Songs of a Dead Dreamer and Grimscribe
Most readers may not recognize the name of the author, Thomas Ligotti, but are probably indirectly familiar with his work. The immensely popular TV series True Detective of HBO has derived much from the work of this lesser-known horror master, especially in the text spoken by the character played by Matthew McConaughey, Rust Cohle. Ligotti writes "philosophical horror" that expresses deeper existential fears. He was a horror writer who was particularly famous with other horror authors, but has gained wider recognition now with a publication of his 2 story bundles Songs of a Dead Dreamer and Grimscribe in the Penguin Classics series. The Washington post called the writer 'the best kept secret in today's horror'. The stories in these two bundles are sometimes called "supernatural" horror and often play in dying cities or scenic landscapes, where the writer uses a varying writing style, sometimes cool and distant, then again more rich and baroque.
For people that want to read another kind of horror.
Thomas Ligotti’s debut collection, Songs of a Dead Dreamer, and his second, Grimscribe, permanently inscribed a new name in the pantheon of horror fiction. Influenced by the strange terrors of Lovecraft and Poe and by the brutal absurdity of Kafka, Ligotti eschews cheap, gory thrills for his own brand of horror, which shocks at the deepest, existential, levels.
Ligotti’s stories take on decaying cities and lurid dreamscapes in a style ranging from rich, ornamental prose to cold, clinical detachment. His raw and experimental work lays bare the unimportance of our world and the sickening madness of the human condition. Like the greatest writers of cosmic horror, Ligotti bends reality until it cracks, opening fissures through which he invites us to gaze on the unsettling darkness of the abyss below.
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