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My Work is Not Yet Done: Three Tales of Corporate Horror

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  1,949 ratings  ·  209 reviews
When junior manager Frank Dominio is suddenly demoted and then sacked it seems there was more than a grain of truth to his persecution fantasies. But as he prepares to even the score with those responsible for his demise, he unwittingly finds an ally in a dark and malevolent force that grants him supernatural powers. Frank takes his revenge in the most ghastly ways imagina ...more
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published June 1st 2002 by Mythos Books
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Bill  Kerwin
May 24, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: weird-fiction

Thomas Ligotti is as close as I come to a living literary hero. Now that I have learned we share a common loathing, however, I find him more sympathetic but less heroic than before. Yes, Thomas Ligotti and I both loathe meetings, and--unfortunately--Ligotti's visceral loathing of meetings is evident on almost every page of this book.

In 2001, after 23 years, Ligotti retired from his position as an editor with The Gale Group (publisher of research volumes for schools and libaries, best
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Pearls to Swine

There is a peculiar aspect of corporate sociology that never seems to get discussed or analyzed - any lack of ambition for status and promotion by an employee is perceived as a subversive act. I suspect the reason for such a perception is that a lack of ambition connotes an absence of loyalty, or at least respect, for the collective enterprise. The insufficiently motivated are feared for what they might not do as well as for what they might do, namely, the unexpected. Ligotti



4.0 stars. This is a bleak, bizarre and wonderfully original story that I thought I would have real trouble describing in a way that conveys the “unique feel” of the book. Then, as I was contemplating visual aids for my review, the images above popped into my head and I thought...That's pretty much it!!! Still, I will do my best to explain my weird picture equation.

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I'm pretty sure you're not supposed to burst out laughing when reading Thomas Ligotti, but I confess that I did on several occasions while reading "My Work is Not Yet Done". Let me explain why.

I discovered Ligotti's work last year, with the "Teatro Grottesco" collection (, and I really liked it: his prose is wonderful, and he creates amazingly gritty, cloying and paranoid tales of weird cosmic horror - which I
The company that employed me strived only to serve up the cheapest fare that its customers would tolerate, churn it out as fast as possible, and charge as much as they could get away with. If it were possible to do so, the company would sell what all businesses of its kind dream about selling, creating that which all our efforts were tacitly supposed to achieve: the ultimate product – Nothing. And for this product they would command the ultimate price – Everything.

This is the third collection by T
Apr 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a bleak, dark tale of corporate culture and the ways in which the bugs of the corporate world go about surviving day-in and day-out. I can't say that I am going to recommend this, but if you have a hankering for dark material, search no further.

I need to read some more of his stuff before I can fully state if I even like this me, that says something.

Nightmares, here I come.

Okay, I've had some time to think
Benoit Lelièvre
Up until this morning this was in line for the "best thing I've ever read in my life", but since the main narrative MY WORK IS NOT YET DONE kind of ended in a predictable whimper, I'll only say this: MY WORK IS NOT YET DONE: THREE TALES OF CORPORATE HORROR is just one of the best things I've read in 2015. Whoever calls himself a horror fan and hasn't read Thomas Ligotti yet is like a man saying he likes painting despite looking at the same wall of the same museum for years.

The man is
Nate D
Aug 29, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nate D by: Goodreads
I don't read much horror. I mean, just look at the much-neglected horror shelf at the back of any bookstore, dominated by Anne Rice, Stephen King, Dean Koontz. Nothing much too alluring. But as someone who is very interested in horror cinema, it seems strange to me that outside of the standard Poe and Lovecraft and a few Clive Barker stories, I give the stuff such a wide margin (please suggest). So when I ran across Ligotti, who draws comparison to Bruno Schulz and Thomas Bernhard, Kafka and Bur ...more
Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

Regular readers will remember that I recently read the new In the Mountains of Madness by W. Scott Poole, which is not just a biography of horror writer HP Lovecraft but also an examination of the "Lovecraftian" culture that has built up around his work since his death; and that got me interested no
Eddie Watkins
Jul 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Thomas Ligotti is the best "horror" writer at work today, though not many people have heard of him because he chooses to publish with small presses. But to pigeon-hole him as horror is certainly a disservice, as if he and Stephen King could even remotely be grouped together. King has his place and can be scary and entertaining, but Ligotti is entertaining and not only spooky scary but philosophically scary as well. He's in possession of about as bleak a vision as is possible while still retainin ...more
T.E. Grau
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a grim, sad, violent book, which suffers a bit from scattershot plotting that seems to take the story in arbitrary directions, without tying up loose narrative ends.

Still, the rendering of the tale is what helps it overcome structural slips, as no one writes horror fiction like Thomas Ligotti writes horror fiction, especially set in areas of urban, moral, and capitalistic decay.

A pitch black gut punch to optimism and corporate culture.
Tim Pendry
Dec 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book did, in all honesty, give, or at least contribute to, nightmares. The sheer viciousness of the evil acts of the protagonist of the main novella might be enough to do that for some people ... but the real nightmare, as always with Ligotti, lies in his dark vision of existence.

My more considered opinion on Thomas Ligotti's place in contemporary culture is to be found elsewhere - - but this book adds to the canon.

The book is slim - really it is a novella with two
Jul 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, short-stories
I didn't know whether Ligotti could live up to the impressively high standards that he attained in Teatro Grottesco but fortunately he did. I am once again humbled by this man's brilliance. This is precisely the kind of thing I'm looking for in horror; smoothly, eloquently written prose with creeping unease that makes one tremble in the face of the universe and the unseen that hide in its shadows.

Ligotti presents a starkly atheistic, cynical view of life and the universe. If asked whether the
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
There were three stories in this book, of which titular and first story was the longest, and the most offensive. Ligotti's attempt to wring shock value out of various issues, including rape and eating disorders was disgusting, at least to me. The whole first story was an angsty revenge fantasy that dragged on for much too long. Ligotti somewhat redeemed himself with the second two stories though. The second, "I Have A Special Plan For This World" was less focused than the first story, but also m ...more
Dec 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Ligotti read. Don’t know what took me so long. He definitely has his own style which really worked for me in the first and third stories in this collection of corporate terror tales. The second story “I Have A Special Plan For This World”, was a bit of a chore to get thru and seemed to be a series of super long run-on sentences, stream of consciousness style.

The main story and the namesake for the collection was my favorite of the three stories. The voice was strong and drawn,
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
Just never gets off the ground. I found the angst of the main character to be, well, juvenile. The author obviously has issues with the corporate world or he is trying to project something... but it doesn't work for me. The main character garnered nothing but negatives from me - first in his reactions and lack of accountability to himself, and then , even worse, by just quitting. Quitting everything. The "I have decided to die and take everyone with me" motif is just... boring. I didn't find the ...more
Mar 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t think you’re going to like this book.

Here’s the thing. Thomas Ligotti is one of my favourite modern horror writers, but he does not work very hard to be liked by the average reader. His stories are the concentrated expression of a personal philosophy which goes beyond bleak. Most eloquently expressed in his book ‘The Conspiracy Against the Human Race’, it is something not often found in mainstream fiction for the simple reason that it isn’t the kind of thing most people want to read. Mo
I feel like half the art in horror is atmosphere, where nothing exactly happens for a while but I am nail-bitingly on edge and expecting just about anything. The eponymous novella in this book is about one the most unsettling things I've read: the story of an outcast at a large corporation whose personal neuroses, related with a wry, unsettling voice that owes a lot to both Nabokov and Lovecraft, drives him to bizarre extremes. Thinking I'd work through it in a couple of days, the novella had me ...more
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
I read this years ago (I think it was when it first came out, back in 2002). I remember it being okay, but disappointing after reading some of his other (better) stories from The Nightmare Factory.
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It saddens me that I've almost read all of Ligotti's published fiction at this point. No other writer has affected me so much.

In this book Ligotti turns to corporate horror, something he has explored elsewhere, in Teatro Grottesco in particular. But this book is different from anything else I've read by him. His dark philosophy and imaginative, surreal atmosphere come through, but the first story in this book is longer than anything else he's published. Because of this he paces the s
Ian Casey
Dec 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ligotti’s fourth major collection of original fiction (ignoring some obscure ones) is quite literally a change of pace from the previous three. More on that momentarily, but first, a Public Service Announcement.

The Nightmare Network could easily be overlooked as the last and shortest story here, but that would be a disservice. My initial reaction is that this is the most dementedly brilliant thing I’ve read from Ligotti so far, or from anyone.

That visceral response will d
Lee Johnston
Jan 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Interesting concept, just not executed particularly well. It started off strong but towards the end the story line fell to bits around itself and it stopped making sense.
oh heck, I lost interest.
The problem is a possibly good story gets weighed down by vague, obvious satire. Yeah, we're all corporate drones run by unseen malevolences--but I still get vacation days
Sam Reader
Nov 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
(taken from Geek Rage/Strange Library )

The rundown is as follows. This is arguably one of the nastiest things I've ever read, from one of the nastiest authors I've ever read. If you want a good, surreal Halloween read, you cannot go any better than Thomas Ligotti, whose works convey a certain pessimistic and existential dread. So the master of dread and dark pessimism doing a novella about a man pushed past the point of collapse who exacts some very creepy revenge on the people who
Carole Tyrrell
Jun 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
These three tales are for anyone who has ever endured pointless meetings, office politics and ever marvelled at the ability of management to render every common English phrase unreadable by using jargon. Joining an office can be like marrying into a dysfunctional family as you don’t get to choose your co-workers and yet you’re all supposed to bond together as a cohesive unit. Believe me, there is nothing like the monotony and mediocrity of office life to really suck the life out of you.

In the f
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
Dec 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves horror stories...
Shelves: horror, anthology
This was one of the best horror stories I have ever read. Bleak to a extreme. Don't expect anything good. You've been warned.

Our main character is Frank Dominio a loner employer in a mega corporation. He think that everyone is trying to screw his life and that doesn't help the obsessive–compulsive disorder he suffers from. He loaths and thinks that everyone is a swine. Mainly the seven people who work with him whom he dubs them the 7 dwarves give him silence when he proposes somethin
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
A dark view on office life.

I bought this book on a whim, after reading some of the reviews of Teatro Grottesco I decided to buy 'My work is not yet done' at the same time and I'm glad I did.

Frank Dominio is your average office worker he likes to keep himself to himself and largely attempts to go unnoticed by the majority of his co-workers, however when he puts forward a new idea for his company things start to go wrong when his colleagues and fellow managers start badgeri
May 23, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-fiction
How ironic Thomas Ligotti should appropriately title this book for it suits it quite well. I hate to be overly critical of an author who is truly brilliant and possess one of the richest, most fertile, and under appreciated phantasmagorical mind's this side of Swiss artist H.R. Giger, but this novella and the two companion short stories (although the Nightmare Network can hardly be called a story) were complete and utter disappointments. I can only posit Ligotti fell into a deep state of dark ra ...more
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“I wanted to do things to Richard that would make the sun grow cold with horror.” 

Fantastic collection of stories by Thomas Ligotti, though the dark revenge fantasy «My work is Not Yet Done» is the clear standout for me. Frank Dominio, the protagonist hatches a dark, murderous plan to destroy his former co-workers after getting fired. His almost irrational hatred for his co-workers shifts to a darker tone of all out contempt for humanity and the world around him. As a unnamed darkness grants hi
Brian Calandra
Mar 01, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Although there are some creepy moments, this is just men's-rights-activist wish fulfillment. The narrator is a paranoid self-admiring genius who embarks on a revenge fantasy when he is embarrassed at a company meeting. He perceives his colleagues as superficial dim bulbs who exist only to humiliate him, and avenges inferred slights by using a "supernatural" power to render each coworker helpless, after which he leaves that coworker to be tortured, sometimes infinitely (in the sense that the tort ...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. The Was ...more
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