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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books (10 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753513749
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753513743
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An accomplished conjuror of nightmares in the tradition of H. P. Lovecraft" (The Times)

"Ligotti is wonderfully original; he has a dark vision of a new and special kind, a vision that no one had before him" (Interzone)

"A generous serving of Edgar Allan Poe, a dash of Franz Kafka, a smidgen of Robert Aickman: These comprise the components in the cauldron of creativity of Thomas Ligotti. . . . His descriptive powers are mesmerizing." (Hellnotes)

"Quite unlike anything else being published ... One of the most unique voices in the field ... His imagery is breathtaking" (Science Fiction Chronicle)

"(Ligotti uses) restrained, lyrical prose and subtly disturbing images that Poe himself might well have admired" (USA Today)

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THE MOST ORIGINAL AMERICAN HORROR WRITER SINCE LOVECRAFT

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By friedegg4u on 24 May 2012
Format: Paperback
Teatro Grottesco, a collection of short stories, is split into three categories: Derangements, Deformations and the Damaged & the Diseased. This is the first time I've read anything from this author (whom I've heard so many goods things said) and I'm really enjoying it so far. I find his style very easy to read (although he does belabour the point sometimes) and he successfully manages to weave a haunting atmosphere in a most indirect way.

What particularly drew my attention to Ligotti is that people said he wrote in the tradition of Lovecraft with subtlety generally lacking from many modern writers of horror. He unsettles the reader not by regaling us with explicit acts of violence or terror, but instead by weaving a mood and atmosphere with his words and the way he tells the story.

With Lovecraft, his themes often centered around an individual uncovering a mystery that led the protagonist to discover ever more unsettling and disturbing things about reality that threatens their sanity. Humanity and it's sense of order and being the dominant species are undermined and belittled by the discovery of beings that were they not somehow dormant or absent would swat us away like we would an insignificant insect.

Ligotti seems to pursue this theme but in a different way. There are malignant and supreme forces at work in the universe that defy all comprehension by us mere mortals. As the reader, don't expect to understand the these mysteries any better than the protagonists of the story. The torment/suffering of the human victims in Ligotti's stories are often almost incidental to the central but unknowable goals of these malignant forces/beings.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julia Royce on 8 Oct. 2012
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I couldn't actually finish this book. Not because it's bad, but because I found it so frightening. The brooding atmosphere followed me around everywhere, so I only read 4 stories and then had to stop! My friend, who had read it first, really enjoyed it, but wasn't affected by it like I was. (I am not a wuss, usually. In fact the friend I mentioned found Heart-shaped Box one of the scariest things he had read, while I thought it was a bit of fun featuring a malevolent ghost.)

If you want to be frightened, then I recommend this book.

The writing is superb and very stylish, evocative and sinister.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leeroy Matthews on 3 Jan. 2014
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Bizzare,unnerving,atmospheric and totally original.Ligotti is a genuine modern master and is well worthy of any comparisions made to his work with that of other literary magicians of the poetic,terrifying and surreal (Poe and Lovecraft are obvious touchstones).But his vision and style is all his own,no concessions to 'show-business',Ligotti is a craftsman and a complete one off in the best possible sense .
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By TomCat on 4 Aug. 2011
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Teatro Grottesco is a collection of thirteen short stories (give or take (some include `micro' narratives inside themselves)), in the horror genre. What kind of horror, precisely, is difficult to say, because while Ligotti doesn't conform to any of the basic slasher-gore, paranormal, supernatural, serial killer (etc.) genre types, he doesn't ignore them either. Instead he offers a subtle convergence of all of these ranks of horror (and much more besides), while simultaneously corrupting and distorting them from their more classic/familiar incarnations. For example, Ligotti's conception of viscera isn't a hyperbolic focus on blood `n' guts, but a half-glimpsed suggestion of mutation, tumorous growths and sick, malformed bodies. In the opener `Purity' I see a fetishising of the latent horror implicit in extreme body types - from the incredibly obese to the deathly emaciated or over-tumoured; the reader is unnerved not by any explicit focus on blood/bile/organs or the other inside aspects of the body which commonly dominate horror, but by an external grotesque which, mostly hidden in shadows or shooed away, is all the more disturbing for its malformity - such bodies cannot exist without something having gone drastically wrong. In this aspect, Teatro Grottesco is strikingly Lovecraftian: the body isn't a healthy temple which spills its secrets when sliced from the outside; it's instead an internally corrupting, treacherous, sickly and unhealthy shell liable to bloat itself or shrivel or grotesquely mutate: unreliable and frightening.

Similarly, Ligotti's approach to the supernatural is unconventional. In the title story `Teatro Grottesco', an elusive, never-seen theatre company drains all ambition and creativity from any artist precocious enough to enlist their services.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By kepotaz on 25 April 2011
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Thomas Ligotti is a depressed genius who writes horror stories that mix Lovecraft, Poe, Kafka, Borges, E.M. Cioran, David Lynch, Thomas Bernhard and bunch of horror writers into a depressing, yet brilliant and surreal mix of short stories that represent nightmares better than any writer that I know of.

Some of the reviewers here in Amazon complain that the "plots" don't go anywhere, or that the stories don't make sense. Ligotti isn't about plots or stories that "make sense". His stories are about mood, atmosphere and dark, surreal truths about the world we live in. Mix of philosophical ideas and nightmares. Trying to "get" his stories is like trying to get what Kafka is about, or what the nightmare you had last night was about.
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