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The Nightmare Factory Paperback – 1 Sep 2007

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Product details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks (Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061243531
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061243530
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 0.6 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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"Beautifully, queasily rendered." -- A.V. Club.com (The Onion)

"Deliciously bleak. B+" -- EW.com (Entertainment Weekly)

"A fine, creepy read." -- City Link (Florida)

Top 12 Graphic Novels of the Year recipient -- Bookslut.com

A fine, creepy read. --City Link (Florida)

Top 12 Graphic Novels of the Year recipient--Bookslut.com

"[E]ntertaining from start to finish...These tales of terror exude waves of paranoia and pathos from every page."--Ain't it Cool News.com

"A large and generally very impressive gathering of imaginative and stylish horror fiction . . . richly atmospheric.--Kirkus Reviews

"The Nightmare Factory lives up to its title, cleverly manufacturing disturbing dreams for discerning horror comic readers."--Rue Morgue

"Deliciously bleak. B+"--EW.com (Entertainment Weekly)

"Provides a bitterly entertaining treat for those attuned to its storyteller's grim sentiments."--Boston Globe

"Templesmith's art posses the power to spread fear all by itself...and Doran, McKeever, and Gaydos do a splendid job."--Comics Buyer's Guide

"Moody art and ominous pacing create an air of creeping mystery that suits Ligotti's macabre tales."--Washington Post

"Outstanding...moody and deeply disturbing...each of these four stories will elicit a deep visceral response in the reader."--Fearzone.com

"Devotees will appreciate the visual interpretations of his [Ligott's] work, and newcomers will find the book an accessible introduction to a genuinely unsettling dreamscape."--Rain Taxi

"Original and toys in macabre fashion with our nerves. Classy, evocative artwork."--Contra Costa Times

"I'd recommend picking THE NIGHTMARE FACTORY up and giving it a whirl."--Myjoblo.com

"[A] resplendent and disturbing graphic novel adaptation...More than a graphic novel, this is an event! Don't miss it!"--CountGore.com

"A fine, creepy read."--City Link (Florida)

"Worth a visit...the artwork alone warrants a look."--Fangoria.com

"If you're into horror stories, than I'd strongly suggest checking out THE NIGHTMARE FACTORY."--Thick Online.com

"Beautifully, queasily rendered."--A.V. Club.com (The Onion)

"The skillful art subtly, or not so subtly, pulls out the creepiness of the premises and plots."--Library Journal

"Each story is original and toys in macabre fashion with our nerves. Classy, evocative artwork, too."--San Jose Mercury News

Moody art and ominous pacing create an air of creeping mystery that suits Ligotti s macabre tales. --Washington Post"

Provides a bitterly entertaining treat for those attuned to its storyteller s grim sentiments. --Boston Globe"

Each story is original and toys in macabre fashion with our nerves. Classy, evocative artwork, too. --San Jose Mercury News"

Templesmith s art posses the power to spread fear all by itself...and Doran, McKeever, and Gaydos do a splendid job. --Comics Buyer's Guide"

The Nightmare Factory lives up to its title, cleverly manufacturing disturbing dreams for discerning horror comic readers. --Rue Morgue"

A large and generally very impressive gathering of imaginative and stylish horror fiction . . . richly atmospheric.--Kirkus Reviews"

The skillful art subtly, or not so subtly, pulls out the creepiness of the premises and plots. --Library Journal"

Original and toys in macabre fashion with our nerves. Classy, evocative artwork. --Contra Costa Times"

Deliciously bleak. B+ --EW.com (Entertainment Weekly)"

Devotees will appreciate the visual interpretations of his [Ligott s] work, and newcomers will find the book an accessible introduction to a genuinely unsettling dreamscape. --Rain Taxi"

[E]ntertaining from start to finish...These tales of terror exude waves of paranoia and pathos from every page. --Ain't it Cool News.com"

Worth a visit...the artwork alone warrants a look. --Fangoria.com"

Beautifully, queasily rendered. --A.V. Club.com (The Onion)"

I d recommend picking THE NIGHTMARE FACTORY up and giving it a whirl. --Myjoblo.com"

A fine, creepy read. --City Link (Florida)"

Outstanding...moody and deeply disturbing...each of these four stories will elicit a deep visceral response in the reader. --Fearzone.com"

[A] resplendent and disturbing graphic novel adaptation...More than a graphic novel, this is an event! Don t miss it! --CountGore.com"

If you re into horror stories, than I d strongly suggest checking out THE NIGHTMARE FACTORY. --Thick Online.com"

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A bit disappointing.
I do not think Ligotti translates well to graphic novel format.
The art did not move me in any of the stories. Some of the choices of scene puzzled me.
I had high hopes for this, and I won't be buying volume 2.
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I ordered this thinking it was a collection of short-stories by Thomas Ligotti. It isn't. It's a graphic novel based on 4 of his stories. Frankly, I'd rather read the stories, so am very disappointed.The Nightmare Factory Since this item was not described as a graphic novel, I feel misled.
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Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars 15 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy, strange, cerebral, and ultimately rewarding. 12 Aug. 2011
By UltimateFan - Published on Amazon.com
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This graphic novel is made up of 4 short stories, all of which are based on the stories of Thomas Ligotti - a writer of the weird/horror genre. The first two stories are adapted by Stuart Moore. The second two are adapted by Joe Harris. The artists are all different for each story.

First off, I'd like to say that I have one non-graphic novel book of short stories by Ligotti, and I felt that it was good overall. I like weird horror stories that tend to focus on the psychological aspects of terror; stories that are not only about losing one's sanity, but also make the reader feel he may not have such a tight grasp on reality himself. Lovecraft excelled at this when it came to his themes. Ligotti too is very good at conjuring themes that center around madness and the otherworldly(or to be more precise, the horrific world that exists around us that we don't normally see, but are introduced to through the eyes of the characters who are unfortunate enough to be exposed to it in the stories of writers like Ligotti).

Now to this book. I found the first two stories to be my favorites. They were both well-written, had that familiar yet 'something is wrong here' feeling to them, and had artwork that really pulled me into the eerie madness of which I spoke of earlier. "The Last Feast of Harlequin", the first story, is really scary. The edgy artwork of Colleen Doran and Lee Loughridge really accentuated the writing style of Moore(don't know how much of it comes directly from Ligotti), making this a 5 star story. That, and I HATE clowns! The second story, "Dream of a Mannikin", was the best of the bunch for me. Part of it had to do with the sheer creepiness of the plot and the characters involved, and the way the narration was handled by Moore. As the story progressed, that feeling of 'something is wrong here' increased dramatically, testing my sanity and leaving my nerves completely shot. I also hate mannikins. But I think what really brought it home for me was the art of Ben Templesmith. He is a favorite of mine, and the somewhat abstract, expressionistic look he is so well-known for doesn't fail to deliver the goods in this story. He has a knack for scaring the crap out of you with that understated and simple, yet fully vivid and kinetic style of his that is both dreamlike and disturbing in nature. His work here oozes uncomfortability that permeates every panel as the suspense builds to a truly satisfying(at least when it comes to giving you nightmares) conclusion. His coloring really sets the mood brilliantly. He utilizes unsettling hues of orange, umber, and moody blues to create a hallucinatory and thoroughly chilling tone throughout the story.

The last two stories, while definitely eerie in their own right, weren't quite as good as the first two for me. The artwork for each was unique and a satisfying fit. The writing was solid as well. I'm not sure what it was, but they just didn't instill the same fear in me that the first two did. Not to make it sound as if they weren't scary, because they were. I guess the whole mannequin and clown stuff just sent more of a tingle up my spine due to my aversion to them both.

On the whole, I think this book is an excellent choice if you're looking for some stories that drip with the feeling of dread as you read them, your mind desperately(but ultimately feebly)trying to push back against the forces of madness that make up this "nightmare factory". This is a no-brainer if you're a fan of Ligotti, weird/horror fiction, or even the Master himself- Howard Phillips Lovecraft. Ligotti's stories come about as close to Lovecraft in terms of that permeating sense of dread as anything I've read. So if you want to test the strength of your sanity, give this one a go. And if after reading this, you're not convinced, but on the fence, I say just roll the dice. If you've got the money and you're just itching to spend it anyway, I guarantee it'll be worth that smell of burnt denim coming from the hole in the pocket of your favorite pair of jeans.
4.0 out of 5 stars LIGOTTI IN COMIC BOOK FORM 10 Oct. 2012
By James D. Pratt - Published on Amazon.com
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To me, Thomas Ligotti's work is a good demonstration of how horror is most effective in small doses. These illustrated adaptions of a handful of his stories haul you in but don't give you enough time to be acclimated (and therefore desensitized to) the premise before bringing things to an abrupt (anti) resolution. Ligotti is one of the modern masters of weirdness and the artwork ranges from decent to downright spooky. Interesting stuff.

James Pratt, author of "Cthelvis and Others"
2.0 out of 5 stars The Nightmare Factory 25 Jan. 2017
By Mrs. Charles Dickens - Published on Amazon.com
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Waste of money. BIG waste of money.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Price! 26 Jan. 2015
By JVLoyd - Published on Amazon.com
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Fantastice book! Great Price!
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love Lovecraft, King 15 Aug. 2015
By Marla CHRISSY Barnes - Published on Amazon.com
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I have not read the original stories so I cannot comment on those or this as an adaption of those, but as a stand alone graphic novel, this was very entertaining and appropriately nightmarish. I was hoping for something a little more in-depth, but the stories are well written and the illustrations adapted very well to the theme. If you love Lovecraft, King, or other masters of horror, I imagine this will be well to your liking.
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