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These four tales are adapted from a much longer 1996 prose collection of the same title by Ligotti, known for "philosophical horror," but perhaps "existential horror" better describes how he evokes the human condition when confronted with death. In "The Last Feast of Harlequin," an anthropologist drops in on a local clown festival to discover an underground coven of sluggish humans who metamorphose into voracious, wormlike creatures. In "Dream of a Mannikin," two psychotherapists duel covertly over a patient who dreams of animated and threatening store-window mannequins, but questions dangle: Who's dreaming, and who's the mannequin? In "Dr. Locrian's Asylum," the demolition of an abandoned asylum awakens more than bad memories: the tormented inmates' specters lurk in upper windows all over town. In "Teatro Grottesco," a mysterious group secretly destroys artists. Ligotti's plots provide no explanations, redemptions, or tidy endings. Rather, as with H.P. Lovecraft, the epiphanies reveal forces of disorder in a world where the only rebirth is into the dying of the light and endless dread. The adaptations maintain the lyrical psychomania of Ligotti's prose, while the skillful art subtly, or not so subtly, pulls out the creepiness of the premises and plots. With occasional nudity and complex themes, this is best for adult collections.