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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Excellent graphic comic

    ¿The Last Feast of Harlequin¿ by Stuart Moore (writer) and Colleen Doran (art). The anthropologist hid behind the clown¿s mask to attend pre-Lenten rituals and festivals. At a winter carnival in Miracaw he will witness and participate in sacrifice to wormy beasts that would give Lovecraft nightmares. ¿Dream of a Mannikin¿ by Stuart Moore (writer) and Ben Templesmith (art). At her first visit to the psychiatrist, Amy Locher tells him about her nightmare that brings the doc into her horrific ¿realm¿. ¿Doctor Locrian¿s Asylum¿ by Joe Harris (writer) and Ted McKeever (art). The Shire County Asylum looms over everything in the town though it has been closed for years. Everyone remains haunted by the largest gloomiest edifice not just due to its ghastly shape and size friends and family spent time there and though shut some might still stalk its halls. 'Teatro Grottesco' by Joe Harris (writer) and Michael Gaydos (art). No one knows exactly why or when the Teatro Grottesco will show up in a town although there is a link to underground artists disconnected with the locals. However, when this theater of the absurd arrives, it sucks away the inspirations and aspirations of artists before continuing its macabre tour. These four Thomas Ligotti¿s tales are converted into graphic comics that do justice to the horror writer, who provides introductions to each. The obvious link to Lovecraft is throughout each work, but fans will recognize Mr. Ligotti has his own spin to the Lovecraftian tale. The art by four different artists is well done, but there are distinct differences in style, which add freshness to the overall book. However, in the end it is the adaptations by Stuart Moore and Joe Harris that pay home to Mr. Ligotti. Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2003

    For those who know....

    Suddenly to fall into this nothingness, this unreal realm of delight and horror is to be pressed against the ultimate void, to find the emptiness at the heart of existence, to feel the dark laughter of the gods rise up from the foreworld and begin to enfold us with the black ribbons of their fantastic nightmares. Ligotti has been for me a guide into the the terrible beauty that is this existence. He explores fragmented moments of solitude that brings each solitaire closer to the dark gnosis of a disquietude filled with broken memories and alien visions. He absolves us of the burden of thought by freeing it into the broken dreams of our waking chaos. To read Ligotti is to enter the interstices of a collasped mind caught in the net of the unreal that has as Yeat's once put it: "broken bitter furies on the marble floor... ". Maybe one should say: Ligotti's stories lead us deeper into the realms of the Unreal, tempting us into the furthest reaches of the deepest abyss. Ligotti has learned from his dark father, Emerson, that there is only this moment between the real and the unreal: "I and the Abyss.."

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