Tales of Old & New
This is my new project. I hope to read these tales for the joy of reading and research, will be immersed with great voices and characters from a wide spectrum of styles.
This page will form soon with each respective book and connected tribute short story collections.
Once read, the reviews will be added.
First up is Thomas Ligotti’s The Nightmare Factory with The Grimscribe’s Puppets, Edited by Joseph S. Pulver Sr.
Once read will link review, completion expected by end of October and mid November 2020.
The Nightmare Factory
In the realm of the supernatural, Thomas Ligotti is the master of stylish, eerie writing of the highest quality. This new edition brings together his collected short stories with ‘Teatro Grottesco’, a sequence of new stories not published before.
Four books in one collection, Songs of a Dead Dreamer, Grimscribe: His Lives and Works, Noctuary & Teatro Grottesco.
The Frolic (1982)
Les Fleurs (1981)
Alice’s Last Adventure (1985)
Dream of a Mannikin (1982)
The Chymist (1981)
Drink to Me Only with Labyrinthine Eyes (1982)
Eye of the Lynx (1983)
The Christmas Eves of Aunt Elise (1996)
The Lost Art of Twilight (1986)
The Troubles of Dr. Thoss (1985)
Masquerade of a Dead Sword (1986)
Dr. Voke and Mr. Veech (1983)
Dr. Locrian’s Asylum (1987)
The Sect of the Idiot (1988)
The Greater Festival of Masks (1985)
The Music of the Moon (1987)
The Journal of J. P. Drapeau (1987)
The Last Feast of Harlequin (1990)
The Spectacles in the Drawer (1987)
Flowers of the Abyss (1991)
The Dreaming in Nortown (1991)
The Mystics of Muelenburg (1987)
In the Shadow of Another World (1991)
The Cocoons (1991)
The Night School (1991)
The Glamour (1991)
The Library of Byzantium (1991)
Miss Plarr (1991)
The Shadow at the Bottom of the World (1990)
The Medusa (1991)
Conversations in a Dead Language (1989)
The Prodigy of Dreams (1986)
Mrs. Rinaldi’s Angel (1991)
The Tsalal (1994)
Mad Night of Atonement (1989)
The Strange Design of Master Rignolo (1989)
The Voice in the Bones (1989)
Teatro Grottesco (1996)
Gas Station Carnivals (1996)
The Bungalow House (1995)
The Clown Puppet (1996)
The Red Tower (1996)
Songs of a Dead Dreamer
by Thomas Ligotti
Songs of a Dreamer was Thomas Ligotti’s first collection of supernatural horror stories. When originally published in 1985 by Harry Morris’s Silver Scarab Press, the book was hardly noticed. In 1989, an expanded version appeared that garnered accolades from several quarters. Writing in the Washington Post, the celebrated science fiction and fantasy author Michael Swanwick extolled: “Put this volume on the shelf right between H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe. Where it belongs.”
The revisions in the present volume of Songs of a Dead Dreamer have been calculated to make its stories into enhanced incarnations of the originals. This edition is and will remain definitive.
For those already familiar with the stories in Songs of a Dead Dreamer, an invitation is extended to return to them in their ultimate state. For those new to the collection, it is submitted to engage them with some of the most extraordinary tales of their kind. In either case, this publication of Songs of a Dead Dreamer offers evidence for why Ligotti has been judged to be among the most important authors in the history of supernatural horror.
Grimscribe: His Lives and Works
by Thomas Ligotti
Grimscribe: His Lives and Works is the second volume in a series of revised, definitive editions of the horror story collections of Thomas Ligotti. First published in 1991 by Carroll & Graf in the United States and Robinson Publishing in England, Grimscribe garnered significantly more recognition than Ligotti’s first collection, Songs of a Dead Dreamer, which was issued two years earlier by the same publishers.
In the view of many commentators, it was with Grimscribe that Ligotti consolidated his reputation as a horror writer of high stature. As Steven J. Mariconda remarked in a 1992 essay surveying the stories in Songs of a Dead Dreamer and Grimscribe: “Of the two collections, Grimscribe achieves near-classic status and is recommended to all.” Included in this volume is “The Last Feast of Harlequin,” a novella that, in the observation of H. P. Lovecraft scholar and biographer S. T. Joshi, “may perhaps be the very best homage to Lovecraft ever written.”
by Thomas Ligotti
Noctuary is the third volume of Thomas Ligotti’s horror stories to appear in a revised, definitive edition from Subterranean Press. The first two collections in this series, Songs of a Dead Dreamer (2010; 1986; expanded edition, 1989) and Grimscribe: His Lives and Works (2011; originally published 1991), are now collector’s items. Like its predecessors, Noctuary received numerous plaudits from reviewers upon its initial appearance. According to Library Journal, Noctuary is “another colorful collection of horror stories–which spring on the unsuspecting reader the combination of supernatural characters, natural props, and ‘weird’ circumstanced.” As Booklist observed, “The most disturbing terror comes from within, springs unexpectedly from bland or half-formed memories of the past. This is the terror that Ligotti cultivates in the rich evocative tales of Noctuary–For those willing to immerse themselves in Ligotti’s world, the rewards are great.”
When an interviewer asked Ligotti the derivation of the word “noctuary,” he replied that it was the nocturnal counterpart of “diary,” that is, a journal of what occurs on a nightly timetable rather than during the light of day. Echoing the tenebrous tone of the book’s name are the section titles into which Noctuary is divided–Studies in Shadow, Discourse on Blackness, Notebook of the Night. Shadow, Blackness, Night: these are substance and signification of the themes of Ligotti’s works and the signature of gloom in which they are signed.
New to Noctuary are the tense pieces of the volume’s third section. Composed of nineteen dreamy entries, Notebook of the Night is a journal–or perhaps only excerpts of a greater work–of insidious exploits, delirious freaks, hymns to the void, esoteric rituals, and carnivals of the abyss. As an introduction to this and the other segments of Noctuary is “In the Night, in the Dark: A Note on the Appreciation of Weird Fiction.” Perhaps the reader will fight guidance in the words of this meditation on what separates the aberrant from the norm, the diseased from the wholesome, and the night from the day.
by Thomas Ligotti
This collection features tormented individuals who play out their doom in various odd little towns, as well as in dark sectors frequented by sinister and often blackly comical eccentrics. The cycle of narratives that includes the title work of this collection, for instance, introduces readers to a freakish community of artists who encounter demonic perils that ultimately engulf their lives. These are selected examples of the forbidding array of persons and places that compose the mesmerizing fiction of Thomas Ligotti.
The Grimscribe’s Puppets
Edited by Joseph S. Pulver Sr.
Contributing Authors: Livia Llewellyn, Daniel Mills, Michael Cisco, Kaaron Warren, Joel Lane, Darrell Schweitzer, Robin Spriggs, Nicole Cushing, Cody Goodfellow, Michael Kelly, Eddie M. Angerhuber, Jon Padgett, Mike Griffin, Richard Gavin, Scott Nicolay, Simon Strantzas, Paul Tremblay, Ally Bird, Jeff Thomas, John Langan, and Gemma Files.
Thomas Ligotti is beyond doubt one of the Grandmasters of Weird Fiction. In The Grimscribe’s Puppets, Joseph S. Pulver, Sr., has commissioned both new and established talents in the world of weird fiction and horror to contribute all new tales that pay hoame to Ligotti and celebrate his eerie and essential nightmares. Poppy Z. Brite once asked, “Are you out here, Thomas Ligotti?” This anthology proves not only is he alive and well, but his extraordinary illuminations have proven to be visionary and fertile source of inspiration for some of today’s most accomplished authors.
List of tales:
Livia Llewellyn “Furnace” [5,800]
Daniel Mills “The Lord Came at Twilight” [3,950]
Michael Cisco “The Secrets of the Universe” [3,360]
Kaaron Warren “The Human Moth” [2,700]
Joel Lane “Basement Angels” [2,697]
Darrell Schweitzer “No Signal” [1,735]
Robin Spriggs “THE XENAMBULIST: A Fable in Four Acts” [3,369]
Nicole Cushing “The Company Town” [1,700]
Cody Goodfellow “The Man Who Escaped This Story” [8,490]
Michael Kelly “Pieces of Blackness” [3,750]
Eddie M. Angerhuber “The Blue Star” [2,970]
Jon Padgett “20 SIMPLE STEPS TO VENTRILOQUISM” [4,490]
Mike Griffin “Diamond Dust” [4,900]
Richard Gavin “After the Final” [3,100]
Scott Nicolay “Eyes Exchange Bank” [9,050]
Simon Strantzas “BY INVISIBLE HANDS” [6,200]
Paul Tremblay “Where We Will All Be” [4,900]
Ally Bird “Gailestis” [4,019]
Jeff Thomas “The Prosthesis” [4,835]
John Langan “Into the Darkness, Fearlessly” [10,499]
Gemma Files “OUBLIETTE” [8,424]