The Shadow at the Bottom of the World

The Shadow at the Bottom of the World

The Shadow at the Bottom of the World A longtime Lovecraft devotee who has extended the weird tale to the next level via the likes of Borges and Burroughs Thomas Ligotti is usually published as part of a general anthology of horror writ

  • Title: The Shadow at the Bottom of the World
  • Author: Thomas Ligotti Douglas A. Anderson
  • ISBN: 9781593600587
  • Page: 208
  • Format: Paperback
  • A longtime Lovecraft devotee, who has extended the weird tale to the next level via the likes of Borges and Burroughs, Thomas Ligotti is usually published as part of a general anthology of horror writers But now Ligotti has pulled together a collection of his favorite fiction, both old and new, representing his best and most characteristic works.Thomas Ligotti s stories aA longtime Lovecraft devotee, who has extended the weird tale to the next level via the likes of Borges and Burroughs, Thomas Ligotti is usually published as part of a general anthology of horror writers But now Ligotti has pulled together a collection of his favorite fiction, both old and new, representing his best and most characteristic works.Thomas Ligotti s stories are perhaps best described as dark magical realism Many of his stories center on the distorted perspective of a frequently doomed narrator The title story, The Shadow at the Bottom of the World, reimagines a kind of Bradbury like small town that encounters the appearance of a kind of existential darkness, written with a sharp imagery like that of William S Burroughs In story after story in this collection, Ligotti does not merely present his readers with isolated incidents of supernatural horror he challenges them to confront nightmares that are entwined in the very fabric of life itself.QUOTES The best new American writer of weird fiction to appear in years The Washington Post Ligotti is wonderfully original he has a new vision of a dark and special kind, a vision that no one had before him Interzone Aficianados of the macabre consider Ligotti one of the finest writers in the field The Sunday Times Thomas Ligotti is an absolute master of supernatural horror and weird fiction, and a true original He pursues his unique vision with admirable honesty and rigorousness and conveys it in prose as powerfully evocative as any writer in the field I d say he might just be a genius Ramsey Campbell Britain s most respected living horror writer, according to the Oxford Companion toEnglish Literature

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    A fine anthology of Ligotti's works, from his first successful story ("Last Feast of the Harlequin") to many of the best pieces contained in "Teatro Grottesco." In most horror stories, the forces of evil or chaos intrude upon a world of goodness and order, and are eventually--if only temporarily--defeated. Ligotti, however, gives us something much different: a malevolent pantheism in which reality is nothing but a series of masks, people nothing but a series of puppets, while an ever-shifting mi [...]

    The Shadow at the Bottom of the World is a collection of short stories that absolutely reek of bleakness and sheer horror, but not horror in the same sense of the more mainstream type of horror novels. Ligotti connects all of his stories with an overaching theme of evil that "may show itself anywhere precisely because it is everywhere and is as stunningly set off by a foil of sunshine and flowers as it is by darkness and dead leaves." (145) This is probably one of the darkest collections of horr [...]

    Ligotti is one of the downright strangest writers I've encountered, but at his best, he legitimately is one of the all-time greats of literary horror. His prose has a hypnotic quality that cannot be compared to anyone else I'm aware of. Plot is minimal (but used to good effect at times), while an atmosphere of gloomy dread reigns supreme, and a dark undercurrent of pessimism flows beneath decaying cityscapes and dust-choked towns. At times his writing degenerates into gibberish, but even his "fa [...]

    Earlier this year I had a chance to read two of the most recent projects by horror writer Thomas Ligotti -- contemporary corporate novella My Work Is Not Yet Done and his nonfiction primer on "pessimistic philosophies," The Conspiracy Against the Human Race -- and found both of them to be excellent, really dark and unique stuff that appealed to me as a non-fan of this genre. So I thought I'd take a chance and read up on a bunch of his short fiction too (Ligotti has never actually written a singl [...]

    I had trouble getting this collection and instead read the collections that contained these stories originally--Songs of a Dead Dreamer, Grimscribe, Noctuary, and Teatro Grottesco. I'm adding this collection to my books read for the completion of a reading list; I'm that kind of nerd.Reading Ligotti for the first time has been one of the more remarkable reading pleasures of this year. I can only state that rereading his work will be another.

    Re-reading this one again. Stories from throughout his writing career. Excellent."Dr. Voke and Mr. Veech":Probably the closest we ever come to a love tale by this modern master of the macabre, Thomas Ligotti. And this love-story-with-revenge story is not your average, romantic tale!;-)Mr. Veech visits the strange, eerie Dr. Voke because he has a (bizarre, some would add) heartache--some other man has the affection of the woman he loves; the Dr. finally promises to help But certainly not in the w [...]

    I have to say I was overjoyed when the creator of the popular--and critically acclaimed--TV show True Detective cited as an influence various masters of the weird tale, such as Thomas Ligotti. That brought these writers a well deserved exposure to a mass audience.I suggest this book for those who might want to read Ligotti's fiction. This book is a "best of" kind of book. Most of the stories here appeared previously in other anthologies.These are well written stories of metaphysical horror. Behi [...]

    Ligotti creates my favourite kind of horror: a vague, alien menace that is omnipotent, incomprehensible, and intrudes on the normal functioning of the world. This sort of completely overwhelming force establishes a great sense of nihilistic dread.Still, as good as Ligotti is at creating this force, his characters are mostly vague, shadowy, and not very interesting. Add to that the lack of plot in most of the stories, and you're left with a very effective evil that doesn't have much to do.Ligotti [...]

    Brilliant stuff. The selection in The Shadow at the Bottom of the World may be a little uneven in terms of quality but is still an excellent sampling of the motifs, themes, and styles of Ligotti's work. My favorites? Content wise, I'd have to say "The Cocoons" and "Dr. Locrian's Asylum"; the form award goes to "Teatro Grottesco"; and the two stories that really made my jaw drop are "The Red Tower" and "The Tsalal". Its a shame that getting a hold of a copy will cost you a kidney, but I'm tempted [...]

    what i learned from this book: thomas ligotti is a f*cking WEIRDO. some bizzare, terrifying, spooky, otherworldy stuff. short stories w/hints of poe and lovecraft but far more haunting and unsettling. master of the weird.

    This collection is amazing. a true master of horror. Be sure to have a birthday party or something after you read this.ese stories get under your skin.o your head.d make you thinkunsettling

    It's…it's fine.The problem with this collection is that Ligotti spends too much time in the Lovecraftian mold: cults, old gods, that kind of thing. Which is okay, I guess, but leaves you feeling like you've read it before. And on the occasions when he steps out of the mold, it doesn't always work. He's at his best in stories like "The Red Tower", about a malevolent factory, or the titular story, about…well, something evil coming out of the earth. These stories are less narrative and more ton [...]

    A great selection of Ligotti's stories from his four volumes of published work. Includes a previously unpublished story, 'Purity'.

    A read that asks readers to fully involve themselves. The prose is dense, very much in the vain of Poe and Lovecraft -- which many critiques have stated -- but with modern highlights, such as sharp dialogue and present day, urban settings. These stories cannot be skimmed, and readers must remove themselves from this world to investigate the deep and peculiar lands of Ligotti. His environments and topics can be described as supernatural, but they are written as though they are as natural as the m [...]

    Picked this up when it was getting namedropped in a lot of True Detective thinkpieces, back in that month when nobody went outside or did seemingly anything apart from watch True Detective and lovingly caress the curvature of McConaughey's skull. Opened it to find a story about actually a giant worm that eats clowns or something, followed by some kind of Seuss/Lovecraft mashup, at which point I deduce that Ligotti's particular brand of 'weird' fiction isn't for me, at least until I can find some [...]

    Ligotti comes up with an atmosphere that is nicely Lovecraftian but that, for me, fails to resonate very deeply. Were I to derive Ligotti's metaphysics from this one volume I'd end up with a dark and dismal world of appearances underneath of which is something merely damp and distasteful. Thus, discovering the reality behind the appearances is sort of a let down. I find Ligotti much more interesting after reading the relevant entry and browsing the interviews at ligotti.

    This was a pretty good book except,I have to say,that it bored me somewhat. The stories for the most part were interesting if basically all about the same thing.I know others who really loved this book but I am not one of them.I think that if I had read a story here and there I would have liked it more. It just seemed very heavy and not much fun.

    None of the stories were bad, but the majority felt like painfully constrained homages to Lovecraft with nothing particularly interesting or worse, new, to say. Some of them were good, but I'd find it hard to recommend

    Mostly great stories - only one or two that didn't really strike a chord with me, but they were still technically brilliant.Ligotti's style is unique, while also being reminiscent of many of the classic masters of the genre.

    A truly terrifying collection of short stories. Very surreal with a dark dream-like atmosphere. Reading through this book gave me the same heavy feeling in my chest you would get from being stuck in a nightmare. "The Last Feast of Harlequin" easily jumped into my all time favorite horror shorts.

    The writing style is good and I like the short story format, but by the last story you feel like you've read the same basic yarn repeatedly.

    If you find yourself feeling way too happy, read a few stories from this book. Lovecraftian Nihilism at its best.

    A unique blending of Lovecraft and Borges, King and Barker, with a dash of Huysmans. Bleak, unsettling, as infectious as a half-remembered nightmare.

    Anyone interested in horror lit, or more exactly Weird lit, should read everything by this contemporary master.

    If Ligotti came up to you and said, "I had the most flucked up dream last night" let him finish, because what follows is gonna be good. Or, just read this book.

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