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The Thomas Ligotti Reader

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Ever since the first edition of Thomas Ligotti's 'Songs of a Dead Dreamer' appeared in 1985, it was clear that here was an author of extraordinary brilliance and originality. In following years there has been a great deal of interest in the author and his works, although, until now, articles about him have mostly been scattered in obscure journals. Now, at last, here is a ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Wildside Press
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Bill  Kerwin
May 26, 2015 rated it liked it

If you are new to the land of Thomas Ligotti, and could use a little guidance through the bleak terrain of his fictional universe, this could be a good place to start.

Now I'm not a big fan of literary criticism. In spite of practicing it casually and wantonly, in almost every other review, I refuse to read much of it. If I don't understand a book and yet still find I like it, I will read it again—at least the puzzling passages—slowly, and see what happens. Often I find this is sufficient, withou
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Jason Radak
Oct 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great analyses of a writer possessed of a philosophy that makes Lovecrafts's vision seem scattershot. I especially enjoyed ST Joshi's essay.

A theater troupe should try adapting Ligotti's stories, I think they would be a natural for the stage.
Ian Casey
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
In principle I’m glad The Thomas Ligotti Reader exists, but in practice it’s like a pitched battle between the forces of content so good it demands to be read and content so awful it puts one off reading. Hence I’ll have to go through it item by item to give my complete impression.

As a general comment though, this is chock full of glaring typos to such a bizarre extent that it’s as if it wasn’t proofread even once by the authors, editors or publishers. At one point names were spelled differently
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Texasshole
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Worth reading for the essay by and interviews with Ligotti, and the piece written by David Tibet, but reading literary critics can be pretty painful. Some of these pieces barely rise above the collegiate level.

Also, worth mentioning that the copy editing in this thing was pretty bad.
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Darrell Schweitzer is an American writer, editor, and essayist in the field of speculative fiction. Much of his focus has been on dark fantasy and horror, although he does also work in science fiction and fantasy.

Schweitzer is also a prolific writer of literary criticism and editor of collections of essays on various writers within his preferred genres.