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The Nightmare Factory

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In the realm of the supernatural, Thomas Ligotti is the master of stylish, eerie writing of the highest quality. This new edition brings together his collected short stories with 'Teatro Grottesco', a sequence of new stories not published before.

The Frolic (1982)
Les Fleurs (1981)
Alice's Last Adventure (1985)
Dream of a Mannikin (1982)
The Chymist (1981)
Drink to Me O
Paperback, 552 pages
Published June 27th 1996 by Carroll & Graf (first published 1984)
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Nickolas the Kid
Θα προσπαθήσω να εξηγήσω όσο καλύτερα μπορώ γιατί βάζω μόνο 2,5/5

Κάποιες ιστορίες ήταν πολύ δυνατές και θύμιζαν έντονα ανακολουθίες σε όνειρα ή καφκικές καταστάσεις. Μου άρεσε αυτή η εναλλαγή ανάμεσα στην πραγματικότητα και το όνειρο. Επίσής βρήκα κάποιες ιδέες πολύ πρωτότυπες ειδικά τις 2-3 τελευταίες...

Όμως η γραφή του Λιγκότι ήταν το κάτι άλλο. Αισθανόμουν ότι δεν μπορούσα να περάσω ανάμεσα από τις λέξεις. Ότι με έπνιγαν οι προτάσεις και οι παράγραφοι. Τόσο πυκνή γραφή που στο τέλος έγινε κου
Dec 18, 2016 Ellie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Αινιγματική, μυστηριώδης σχεδόν μαγική, φιλοσοφική, γριφώδης, ποιητικη, υπνωτιστικά σκηνικά, αναμεσα στο ημιφως και τη σκιά, αστρικο, ραφιναρισμένη γραφή, ασαφη νοήματα (νομίζω οτι αυτή ειναι και η μαγεία του). Για την ακρίβεια, μάλλον είναι μάταιη κάθε προσπαθεια υπερανάλυσης και αποδόμησης του νοήματος στις ιστορίες του βιβλίου, μιας και (παρα το γριφώδη χαρακτήρα τους) απαντήσεις δε θα δωθουν, ουτε καν ως υπονοούμενα. Απλώς διαβάζεις αυτό που γράφει ο Λιγκότι κι αν εισαι τυχερός, παρασέρνεσαι ...more
Dec 08, 2016 Xanthi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Εξαιρετική η γραφή του Ligotti και πολύ καλή και η μετάφραση πολύ προσεγμένη. Επιλέγει με κόπο την κάθε λέξη και την θέση της ώστε να σε βάλει στο mood που θέλει. Με τις λέξεις δημιουργεί έντονη ατμοσφαιρα σε κάθε ιστορία. Δεν είναι τόσο τρομακτικός όσο σου αφήνει μια αίσθηση διαστρέβλωσης και νοσηρότητας.
Δεν ήταν όλες οι ιστορίες του εργοστασίου τόσο δυνατές, αλλά αρκετές ήταν εξαιρετικές!
Γοτθικό πομπώδες ύφος γραφής!
Nov 17, 2010 Shawn rated it it was amazing
This collection compiles stories from Songs of a Dead Dreamer, Grimscribe: His Lives and Works, Noctuary & Teatro Grottesco into one big volume.

Following my recent decision about large reviews, I'll present this in a three-tiered format (short to long) with the story by story analysis left for the last tier (and presumably only of interest to those who have read the book). Those who hang in for the long haul can see how often I abuse the shortcut word "titular!"

I decided to re-read this, st
Aug 04, 2007 Waffles rated it it was amazing
Great horror for those who prefer atmosphere and dread over character-driven plot. It took me a few years to acquire the taste, but now I'm hooked. Ligotti is one of the giants of American horror (the others being Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft). The Nightmare Factory collects most of Ligotti's previously published stories as well as some that were new to the book. In an interview Ligotti described his style as an attempt to read like awkwardly translated East-European literature.
Rebecca McNutt
This is an excellent collection of horror stories, and most of them follow entirely original concepts. If you're a horror fan and you've never read this book, you should definitely check it out.
Μιχάλης Μανωλιός
Στα συν:
+Γράψιμο: Έτσι θα έγραφε ο Λάβκραφτ –αν ήξερε πώς να το κάνει. Ο χειρισμός της γλώσσας στην πένα του είναι πραγματικά απαράμιλλος. Από την πρώτη παράγραφο έχεις τη βεβαιότητα ότι όχι απλώς ξέρει τι κάνει, αλλά έχει απόλυτη επίγνωση ότι το κάνει τόσο μα τόσο διαφορετικά από όλους τους άλλους. Δεν μπορώ να φανταστώ έλλογο αναγνωστικό ον που να μην θαυμάσει την απόλυτη έλλειψη ασυνέχειας στις λέξεις και στις έννοιες στα κείμενά του. Γράψιμο χωρίς την παραμικρή ραφή. Βαθιά υπόκλιση.
Jun 02, 2007 Ken rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People that don't want to sleep well
It is a style of writing that I cannot clearly identify. It feels alienated both from both reality and the characters. The stories read like Lovecraft, only with a more 'matter-of-fact' tone.

Mark McLaughlin
Apr 15, 2015 Mark McLaughlin rated it it was amazing
Ligotti always offers creepy literary perfection, and this collection is no exception! Great stuff!
Molly Moore
Mar 26, 2013 Molly Moore rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I honestly don't even know where to begin in writing a review of Nightmare Factory... and I'm absolutely certain I can't be objective. I accidentally discovered this book - and, by extension, Mr. Ligotti - during an early morning at work last week. Reading only the Washington Post's blurb at the bottom of the front cover ("The most startling and unexpected literary discovery since Clive Barker"), I set it aside and made up my mind to peruse it later. Little did I know then that I'd be ending my ...more
May 01, 2014 Victor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Es un excelente libro. Lo primero que leo de Ligotti. Extrañaré no tenerlo en la mesita de noche, cada noche y leerlo antes de dormir para tonificar la materia encargada de los sueños.

Siento que debo hacerle especial mención a los cuentos que realmente me gustaron:

-El retozo
-El último festejo de Arlequín
-El doctor Voke y el señor Veech
-La Medusa
-El Tsalal
-La voz de los huesos
-Las ferias de gasolinera
-El bungalow
-La torre roja

Lectura altamente recomendada.
Apr 24, 2009 Matt rated it it was amazing
I didn't have time to read all the stories in this (library copy), but Ligotti truly is a master of transferring dreamlike atmosphere onto the printed page. Stories that stuck out for me as far as creepiness include "The Frolic," "The Christmas Eves of Aunt Elise," and "Glamour." He's been called the modern-day Poe or Lovecraft, and I can definitely see why. I just wish his books were easier to find!
Rodrigo Tello
Jul 04, 2013 Rodrigo Tello rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un delirio total pero muy bien escrito, relatos que cuesta leer e incluso entender pero que a la vez son pequeñas obras maestras la mayoría de ellos. Ligotti es el Philip K. Dick del horror gótico más filosófico y desquiciado
Κωνσταντίνος Κέλλης
Move over, Stephen.
I'm sorry Clive and H.P. It's not you, guys, it's me...
Actually, it's not me either. It's Thomas Ligotti.

Long story short, this collection blew me away. Horror short stories can't get better than this.
Dec 31, 2007 Bradley rated it it was amazing
This is the greatest horror book that I have ever read.
Darran Mclaughlin
Feb 02, 2015 Darran Mclaughlin rated it really liked it
Superb. I haven't read very much horror since going through a phase of reading everything Stephen King, Dean R. Koontz and James Herbert wrote as a kid. I dipped into it, reading Edgar Allan Poe, House of Leaves and Lost Souls by Poppy Z Brite, but I didn't really look into Horror to try and find the serious writing as I have with crime writing, science fiction and fantasy. Whilst you often hear the likes of Georges Simenon, WIlliam Gibson or China Mieville being praised as writers worthy of bei ...more
Feb 07, 2010 Jason rated it really liked it
Ligotti has, like his prose, slowly but without failure snuck up on me and resigned me to the basic truth that I'm probably never going to discover another writer who can make me feel such universal dread, but yet love it all. He's firmly made himself the main attraction of my reading schedule, and it's a shame that I'll have to re-read him to do that rather than expect new books, which he doesn't seem too intent on writing. Regardless, reading a story of his again always suggests something that ...more
Lady Lovecraft
Jan 11, 2016 Lady Lovecraft rated it it was amazing
As a general rule I try to only write reviews for indy authors because regular authors will always have lots and lots of people leaving comments. I had to make an exception in this case (not the first time I've done so). I'm all about atmosphere. I want description to gently prod me to the edge, then, imagination full, I topple headfirst into the nightmare or fantasy, or whatever suits the genre. In the fashion of Lovecraft, who was a master of punishing readers with their own imagination (in a ...more
Saxon Roach
Sep 08, 2013 Saxon Roach rated it really liked it
Not for everyone, I'd think and it took me a few goes to really get into the very odd, absent, prose but... When you do, this feels like real terror must feel... No screams, just wordless babbling and stunned silence... An atmosphere of profound evil permeates this book... this guy has SEEN things
Aug 22, 2007 Clint rated it it was amazing
Man, when I read this book I would literally get goosebumps sometimes, mostly from the first story "The Frolic." A really really unique writer, mega-creative. And anyone who can pull off a Current 93 collaboration is super cool.
Feb 17, 2010 Robert rated it did not like it
Ligotti is much easier to take in smaller bites - me, I just choked on this. Appreciate that he is an important part of horror lit, I just don't have to like his work.
Sep 24, 2008 Gabriel rated it it was amazing
"Gas Station Carnivals" is probably the most frightening thing I've ever read.
Javi Rodríguez
Jan 17, 2017 Javi Rodríguez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ligotti es un grande del horror universal y se le debe reconocer como tal, nada ha de envidiarle a sus claras influencias dentro del género como Lovecraft, Maupassant y Poe, y además hay que decirlo, La fábrica de pesadillas es algo así como si estos tres genios hubiesen fusionado sus mentes y sus estilos para hacer uno de los mejores libros de horror que he leído. La obra se podría describir como atmosférica, cósmica y psicológica, y algo barroca también pero siempre en su justa medida. Ligotti ...more
Nov 09, 2016 Andi rated it liked it
I thought I would really enjoy this based on the reviews. There are certain authors that I can fully recognize their mastery of the craft without necessarily enjoying their work, and Ligotti is definitely one of them.
Nov 29, 2016 Liz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fiction
Κι εκεί που πλανιέσαι ξετρελαμένος στους σαγηνευτικούς του κόσμους, η τελευταία ιστορία τελειώνει, κι αυτός ο θεός ο Λιγκότι σε πετάει έξω και σου κλείνει την πόρτα κατάμουτρα. Και τώρα;
Arthur Meursault
Mar 02, 2016 Arthur Meursault rated it it was amazing
This is a huge collection of pieces from Thomas Ligotti's previous collections of short stories: Songs of a Dead Dreamer, Grimscribe, Noctuary and Teatro Grottesco.

Songs of a Dead Dreamer provides the bulk of the stories - 18 Ligotti stories! As always with Ligotti, some are more obtuse than others. It is interesting to see Ligotti develop as a writer even within the Songs stories as his fiction evolves from the relatively simplistic horror stories of The Frolic and Les Fleurs to much more soph
Lizbeth Gabriel
Apr 17, 2015 Lizbeth Gabriel rated it it was amazing
This is the most refined, rampant brain sickness I've ever come across, and it was disguised as a book. Words can't describe the impact of these stories. If you are a fan of Lovecraft, you must read this author. Just keep in mind Ligotti's prose is even more nightmarish, vague and unsettling. It reminded me of an exhausted, fevered man, slowly drowning in quicksand made of leprous, rotting matter, struggling and screaming in vain. The landscape is desolate, swampy, forsaken. Every life born ther ...more
Mar 05, 2009 Jail rated it it was ok
Thomas Ligotti is a very talented but really frustrating writer. His concepts are way more developed than most horror writers. Also his writing is dense and difficult in a genre where most are content to write in a eazy to read schticky way, so in these ways he's refreshing. But more often than being refreshed, I was frustrated by his lack of followthrough. Much like Lovecraft, whom he clearly admires, his stories have strong beginnings and interesting ideas but when rarely any interesting endin ...more
Sep 18, 2012 Karl rated it it was amazing
Ligotti speaks to me in ways no other writer does. There's a beauty to the cold emptiness of his nihilistic horrors. Something comforting in their hopelessness. You can stop running once you realize there's nowhere to run to.
Not that all the stories are brilliant... certain imagery repeats itself... some bits skate too clumsily close to Lovecraft... and as other have mentioned, these bitter chocolates are best enjoyed singly and at intervals... don't go trying to swallow the whole box in one si
Yukio GB
Hermosa introducción, de mis favoritas. Algunos cuentos eran muy aburridos para mi gusto, otros estuvieron bien. Uno o dos me gustaron mucho, pero no me encantaron. Y sí, ciertos relatos me recordaban un poco a Lovecraft en el lado del horror cósmico.
Podría decir, que no era lo que me esperaba. Tarde bastante en terminarlo, nuevamente, por la razón de que algunos relatos se me hacían eternos y aburridos.
Tal vez en una relectura futura mi opinión cambie un poco.
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Thomas Ligotti is a contemporary American horror author and reclusive literary cult figure. His writings, while unique in style, have been noted as major continuations of several literary genres—most prominently Lovecraftian horror—and have overall been described as works of "philosophical horror", often written as philosophical novels with a "darker" undertone which is similar to gothic fiction. ...more
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“This, then, is the ultimate, that is only, consolation: simply that someone shares some of your own feelings and has made of these a work of art which you have the insight, sensitivity, and — like it or not — peculiar set of experiences to appreciate. Amazing thing to say, the consolation of horror in art is that it actually intensifies our panic, loudens it on the sounding-board of our horror-hollowed hearts, turns terror up full blast, all the while reaching for that perfect and deafening amplitude at which we may dance to the bizarre music of our own misery.” 33 likes
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