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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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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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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Not my sort of thing..... spent most of the time waiting for the stories to pick up, if only a little bit, but most of them don't
This collection will no doubt be loved by Ligotti aficionados, but sadly for me not one story was in any way memorable.
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Masterful writer of uncanny horror. Manages to blend Kafkaesque unease with a Lovecraftian vibe but has a unique style all his own. Genuinely disquieting short stories.
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Were it not for the consistency of repetition in this book, I'd give it a higher rating. At times, it seems as though Ligotti decidedly enjoys repetition as a mantra leitmotif. As professionally as this is applied throughout, by the end it's predictably formulaic. Consequently, I felt unable to complete the novel.
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I have mixed feelings about this collection by Thomas Ligotti. In my opinion the stories in part one of the book are the best, followed by the stories in part 2. I didn’t care that much for any of the stories in part 3 unfortunately. I'd recommend the book to fans of weird fiction, but I'd suggest that Ligotti's earlier collections are the better way to experience Ligotti.
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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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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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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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