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Born to Fear: Interviews with Thomas Ligotti

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Hardcover, 243 pages
Published June 30th 2014 by Subterranean Press
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James
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
In his introduction to this volume, editor Matt Cardin opines that "Thomas Ligotti is to his interviews as H.P. Lovecraft is to his letters," which, as far as observations go, I would say is on the money. I've always enjoyed Ligotti's interviews, to the extent that a few of them I've actually preferred to some of his stories. This book, which collects 17 of his interviews from the years 1988 to present day, is a great item to have to those who don't like reading interviews on a computer screen ( ...more
Ian Casey
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
If there were some form of Olympics for nicheness, Born to Fear would be at least a medal contender. This is pretty obviously a book for the most hardcore Ligotti fans or else the most determined collectors of supernatural horror and weird fiction (Hello everyone, is this the support group?). My copy is number 90 of 250 signed hardcovers. The ebook is restricted from sale in Australia so can we please get over this antiquated region-locking nonsense? Ligotti might insist everything is a form of ...more
Omelian Levkovych
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Few of them I have read from liggoti online and also as kind of podcast from youtube channel - Slithering Tsalal : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNzw...
Jeff Mcleod
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I found this to be an excellent companion to Ligotti's The Conspiracy Against The Human Race. I'd even recommend that first-time readers of Conspiracy go through Born To Fear first.

As all Ligotti fans do, I wish there were more interviews with him. There just aren't enough of them in this book. I still give it 5 stars. There's also a good bit of repetition from interview to interview in Born To Fear. I still give it 5 stars. Ligotti is a master.
J.M.
You've gotta know Ligotti. The Grand Decipherer. Read his other works first, however, as a primer.

Suffice to say, in one interview, he actually proves why we can't blame murderers for their crimes, or anyone else for anything. Of course, being human beings, we find it difficult to accept that counterintuitive abdication of moral responsibility-- but that doesn't make it any less valid. We all must believe in free will, because we have no other choice.
Andrew
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you read the subtitle on this and become interested I can almost guarantee you will enjoy this book. If on the other hand you have to look up Thomas Ligotti before you know what this is, I would recommend you read a collection or two of his work before coming back to this if you’re still interested.
Greg Kerestan
Jan 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
Ligotti's writing is much more interesting than Ligotti the writer. Anyone who has read more than maybe three of Ligotti's stories, especially his best-known ones, can easily grasp that Ligotti is an anti-life nihilist who suffers from depression, anxiety and a gastrointestinal disorder. He lays this out pretty transparently in everything he writes, regardless of its fictional setting or characters. As such, interviews with the author have little to add but a repetition of this same bleakness. L ...more
Alex Budris
Wow. I can't believe my first two-star rating is a Thomas Ligotti book. It kind of blows my mind. The man is a five-star author all around; a unique, wonderful voice in modern weird fiction. I was so excited to receive it, expecting to eagerly devour it at once. The book was too damn long. Of all publishers Subterranean Press should have known better; the editing created a book where we hear the author simply repeat himself over and over again. The book would have been very good if it were cut d ...more
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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