Ligotti songs of a dead dreamer
Songs of a Dead Dreamer by Thomas LigottiSongs 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.
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It's a disturbing twist worthy of Lovecraft himself that the nightmare realms of weird fiction he either made popopular or created have become popular and sanitized. In Eternal Darkness , Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth , Bloodborne , Persona 2 , World of Warcraft and a thousand other games which crib from but do not truly participate in the tradition, Cthulhu, Nyaralathotep and the other Great Old Ones have been demoted from symbols of epistemological despair and universal capriciousness to take their place alongside the hordes of other fictional abominations similarly reduced from symbols of humanity's deepest fears to thugs waiting to be pummeled. Cartoons and movies have reduced these abominations to a gaggle of technicolor freaks: Dagon has been made a Digimon, Nyaralathotep has been left a doe-eyed anime moe sex icon with Nyaruko: Crawling with Love , Cthulhu's resurrection has been failed variously by the Ghostbusters and the children of South Park while the Necronomicon has become the default name for any writer wishing to inject a menacing mysticism into his writing without having to work too hard. The cosmic and incomprehensible has become quotidian and conquerable; the supremely nihilistic subversions of weird fiction have been appropriated as a kind of nihilistic kitsch in which eldritch gods and the existential dread they once represented are reduced to colorful memes or goofy obstacles easily thrown over with a dose of human ingenuity or, failing that, a heaping of good ole' ultraviolence. And yet, if his ideas have been bastardized, at least Lovecraft remains superficially relevant, a fate slightly kinder than the obscurity that has claimed Lord Dunsany, Arthur Machen, Clark Ashton Smith and the legions of other canonical weird fiction authors who once worked with or inspired Lovecraft himself. Like the ancient civilizations and long-forgotten mad prophets they once wrote of, these men have since disappeared under layers of years and cultural developments, unearthed only occasionally by literary archaeologists or the rare devotee who champions their work. For some this championing is a matter of reference: there's little doubt that Robert Chambers experienced a revival when Nic Pizzolatto made his Yellow King a pivotal part of True Detective's mythos.
Thomas Ligotti's emergence from cult status is now part of the Ligotti legend: script references in True Detective ; plagiarism allegations; Penguin Classics editions of his first two story collections, and the rest is history. It's about time. Ligotti published Songs of a Dead Dreamer in , around the start of Ronald Reagan's second term, prior to the Clinton apogee of American power and the End of History. By that yardstick, it's taken Ligotti thirty years to rise from recluse to Penguin Classics status—and history thirty years to bring America face to face with his worldview. Has Ligotti's time come at last?
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Why should anyone fret about vampires and werewolves when our own bodies are already trying to kill us? The scariest monster is not fanged, clawed, suppurating or mummified — rather it looks and smells just like the best we can hope for: disintegration, madness and death. But unlike Morrissey, he may actually deserve the distinction. On the surface, his stories, originally published in the s and 90s, seem quite conventional, being located in traditional settings asylums, woodsy witch-haunted hamlets, abandoned movie theatres and esoteric used book stores and featuring many of the usual horror tropes puppets, manikins, serial murderers and clowns. But once you enter, all the doors and windows slam shut, and you are left alone with the scariest person in the house — yourself.