- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 272,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Teatro Grottesco Paperback – 10 Jul 2008
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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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Top Customer Reviews
This collection will no doubt be loved by Ligotti aficionados, but sadly for me not one story was in any way memorable.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderfully dark, depressive and despairing! Whilst I didn't enjoy this as much as Songs of a Dead Dreamer and Grimscribe I still really liked this book. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Spencer
Thomas Ligotti is one of the most exciting things to happen to horror fiction in decades. His work is truly literary, yet truly horrifying. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Eric Ian Steele
Thomas Ligotti has been compared to H P Lovecraft but his works are more like gnostic horror. Consciousness he suggests, is an evil illusion that inspires us to inevitable failure... Read morePublished 12 months ago by barbicandy
Not sure. In his weird use of recurrent phrases Ligotti writes almost like someone with OCD. There isn't that feeling of being in safe hands amidst all the weirdness that you get... Read morePublished 16 months ago by T Whines
Not for the faint hearted, it will put you in an edgy world. Much like Poe & H P Lovecraft.Published 18 months ago by adrian bellchambers