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hallelujah
Jan 26, 2020

by LITERALLY AN ADMIN


dad update, he has only had the emotional energy to finish the first story of lake monsters so far, he rang me up and recited the entire story to me over the phone from memory so it obviously struck a chord :3:

ss and the good husband are going to blow his mind. he also loves vampires and child neglect stories (tragic past) so sunbleached should be right up his alley

this thread does good work

hallelujah fucked around with this message at 22:17 on Feb 2, 2020

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hallelujah
Jan 26, 2020

by LITERALLY AN ADMIN


a huge part of the horror genre's benefit to society is letting traumatised people think "oh well, at least that didn't happen to me"

hallelujah
Jan 26, 2020

by LITERALLY AN ADMIN


horror doesn't create fear... it releases it

hallelujah
Jan 26, 2020

by LITERALLY AN ADMIN


Anomalous Blowout posted:

http://www.thebramstokerawards.com/...thomas-ligotti/

Owl Goingback and Thomas Ligotti announced as 2019 HWA lifetime achievement winners. It's kind of bonkers Ligotti didn't have one of those already.

quote:

OWL GOINGBACK
“I grew up an only child in the rural Midwest. I would probably have gone stark raving mad of boredom, especially during the harsh winter months, if I hadn’t been kept entertained by horror fiction and Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine. I owe a lot to Poe, Lovecraft, Bradbury, Forry Ackerman, and many modern scribes of dark fiction for helping me keep my sanity during those years, and I wanted to give something back to the genre by writing horror fiction of my own. I am deeply honored that the Horror Writers Association has named me a Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and eternally thankful that my works of fiction are being read and enjoyed by at least a few people.” —Owl Goingback


THOMAS LIGOTTI
Thomas Ligotti has accepted and will be making an official statement soon.
something nice happened to him and he doesn't know how to react :3:

hallelujah
Jan 26, 2020

by LITERALLY AN ADMIN


stokerfolk: please give us a brief description of your life

ligotti:

ligotti:

ligotti: :cb:

hallelujah
Jan 26, 2020

by LITERALLY AN ADMIN


he really is one of the only famous horror people i want to be irl friends with, but sadly also one of the ones most likely to have a freezer full of dismembered something. hopefully beef pork goat nonsense

hallelujah
Jan 26, 2020

by LITERALLY AN ADMIN


i've always had a thing for puppets and department store mannequins, and also for poles and sicilians, and so i feel a profound sense of kinship with the man

hallelujah
Jan 26, 2020

by LITERALLY AN ADMIN


does anyone know anything about ballingrud's background? dad wants to know if he's jewish. i don't think he is though

e: please forgive me for my weird intrusive anthropological fascination with horror writers' cultural backgrounds. i have had an interesting life

hallelujah
Jan 26, 2020

by LITERALLY AN ADMIN


escape artist posted:

so what's a good Ligotti entrance point
the eyes

hallelujah
Jan 26, 2020

by LITERALLY AN ADMIN


somebody get me ligotti's email so i can stop taking out my sexual frustration on this thread

hallelujah
Jan 26, 2020

by LITERALLY AN ADMIN


chernobyl kinsman posted:

i think Annie Wilkes-ing ligotti would be really good for him, emotionally
i agree, that's why somebody needs to get me his email asap

hahaha omg

quote:

For instance, I was a religious fanatic for years when I went to Catholic school. I used to say hundreds of prayers a day and have nightmares about going to hell. Even now my fear of hell may be revived during a panic attack, which causes the peculiar and absurd terrors to arise. In sum, my life has made no sense at all.

hallelujah
Jan 26, 2020

by LITERALLY AN ADMIN


quote:

Q: What was the first story you ever penned about?

A: That would have been a story I wrote in elementary school, which I don’t think would have much interest in the present context. In any case, it was a fantasy story about a rubber eraser that comes to life.

quote:

Q: There was some mystery surrounding your identity in the beginning of your career. Why do you think that is? Is Thomas Ligotti your real name? Did you find all the speculation annoying?

A: What you’re talking about was a hoax perpetrated by a friend and scriptwriting collaborator of mine named Brandon Trenz. Both of us were rather amazed when the whole thing got out of hand with a certain group of persons. Others knew it wasn’t true from the beginning. My birth name is indeed Thomas Ligotti. And I’m not a Muslim.

quote:

Q: What was it like to see an illustrated novel based on your work?

A: It was no great thrill. I agreed to it for money.

quote:

Q: Does it irritate you to hear that some people consider you a nihilist?

A: I would call myself a pessimist. At one time I thought it simply inaccurate for anyone to call me a nihilist, since the dictionary definition of nihilist applies to me in very few of its aspects. The term nihilist is more apt in connection with someone like Nietzsche, for whom I have no use at all. Nietzsche also considered himself a type of pessimist, but after he ceased to admire Schopenhauer he modified the term pessimism so that it carried almost none of its original meaning.

These days I don’t mind being called a nihilist, because what people usually mean by this word is someone who is anti-life, and that definition fits me just fine, at least in principle. In practical terms, I have all kinds of values that are not in accord with nihilism.For example, I politically self-identify as a socialist. I want everyone to be as comfortable as they can be while they’re waiting to die. Unfortunately, the major part of Western civilization consists of capitalists, whom I regard as unadulterated savages. As long as we have to live in this world, what could be more sensible than to want yourself and others to suffer as little as possible? This will never happen because too many people are unadulterated savages. They’re brutal and inhuman. Case in point: Why is euthanasia so despised? Answer: Because too many people are barbaric sons of bitches. And even
in those places where euthanasia is allowed, you can’t be assisted in dying until you’re suffering to the brink of madness. At the Swiss clinic known as Dignitas, where you can be humanely euthanized, or in Oregon, where euthanasia is still legal, though perhaps not for long, you have to jump through a host of hoops to prove you’re mentally lucid. Who the hell is mentally lucid when they’re in such pain that they can hardly think? What a boon to humankind it would be if we offer everyone euthanasia before they are reduced to zombies of misery, so that they could say good-bye to their friends and families with a smile on their face and a clear mind. And what about people who are in mental pain from which they are not likely to recover? Have some loving mercy. There is nothing in this world as important as to be able to choose to die in a painless and dignified manner, something we do have the ability to bestow on one another. If euthanasia were decriminalized, it would demonstrate that we had made the greatest evolutionary leap in world history. If we could only arrange society so that we didn’t have to fear every one of us, the throes of agony that routinely precede death, I would be proud to call myself a human being

quote:

Q: If you could change one thing about this world we live in what would it be?

A: I really don’t like the idea that this world, or any world, exists at all.
i'm crying. my boy

hallelujah
Jan 26, 2020

by LITERALLY AN ADMIN


i would like to know if ligotti has seen the new cats, and what he thought of it

hallelujah
Jan 26, 2020

by LITERALLY AN ADMIN


chernobyl kinsman posted:

it would cause him to have an episode
but there are episodes and episodes

hallelujah
Jan 26, 2020

by LITERALLY AN ADMIN


part of my urgency in trying to get in contact with ligotti is that he could literally die at any moment

but then again, isn't that true for everyone?

hallelujah
Jan 26, 2020

by LITERALLY AN ADMIN


sweet ligotti, the peasants call him the goddess of gloom

hallelujah
Jan 26, 2020

by LITERALLY AN ADMIN


Bilirubin posted:

can't tell whether it is a property of Ligotti to make a random goon swoon after him like this every few months or if its just a series of reregs of the same goon :iiam:
the truth will astonish you

hallelujah
Jan 26, 2020

by LITERALLY AN ADMIN


i don't want to have sex with the man, i just want to get him high and talk about the holocaust

hallelujah
Jan 26, 2020

by LITERALLY AN ADMIN


COOL CORN posted:

I feel like Ligotti wouldn't use any mind altering substances
you're right, he probably doesn't even drink coffee because it gives him visions of hell

we will listen to the three released versions of leonard cohen's puppet song, one after the other, over and over for as long as it takes

hallelujah
Jan 26, 2020

by LITERALLY AN ADMIN


the story where he is haunted by visions of a malevolent clown puppet the size of a man really touched me, both because of the meat nonsense but also when he describes the light turning rose gold before the vision commences, because that happens to me too

hallelujah
Jan 26, 2020

by LITERALLY AN ADMIN


PsychedelicWarlord posted:

NALM was just as good as you folks said.
:unsmith:

there's a cute thing that happens with goons where we're all so critical that when something genuinely good comes along, we're left stunned and in shock

hallelujah
Jan 26, 2020

by LITERALLY AN ADMIN


i am, myself, a coast of great desolation

hallelujah
Jan 26, 2020

by LITERALLY AN ADMIN


PsychedelicWarlord posted:

Just finished Teatro Grottesco. Did Ligotti have some sort of stomach ailment IRL
yes lol

hallelujah
Jan 26, 2020

by LITERALLY AN ADMIN


all of ligotti's writing is autobiographical, just like ulililia's masters of the universe is autobiographical

it's all about the incomprehensible eldritch horror of being thomas ligotti

hallelujah
Jan 26, 2020

by LITERALLY AN ADMIN


the moody blues omg they're my dad's favourite

hallelujah
Jan 26, 2020

by LITERALLY AN ADMIN


ligotti's grandmother was polish and he said that being told horrifying polish fairytales was a major part of his childhood

hallelujah
Jan 26, 2020

by LITERALLY AN ADMIN


hallelujah posted:

ligotti's grandmother was polish and he said that being told horrifying polish fairytales was a major part of his childhood
and the other side of his family

hallelujah
Jan 26, 2020

by LITERALLY AN ADMIN


(i have no evidence that guy is related to doleful tom. but look inside your heart)

hallelujah
Jan 26, 2020

by LITERALLY AN ADMIN


i'm desperate to read aquarium too but again, capitalism

hallelujah
Jan 26, 2020

by LITERALLY AN ADMIN


i hear that nihilism rant in an unwavering monotone

hallelujah
Jan 26, 2020

by LITERALLY AN ADMIN


i wonder if ligotti knows how to polka

hallelujah
Jan 26, 2020

by LITERALLY AN ADMIN


i am of polish descent. because there is no polish-australian literature, my parents got me polish-american literature instead. usually this had a high population of italian characters as well, because the poles and the italians have historically got on like a house on fire except when they find themselves on opposite sides of a world war, and they usually gravitated to the same kinds of industrial immigrant communities (like detroit!) and were victims of a similar sort of racism back in the day, being white but not anglo. so i always thought of poles and italians as the yin and yang of working-class immigrant americana

anyway, as i grew up i ended up with lots of polish friends and lots of italian friends, most of whom have also noticed the weird kinship of our races. a few years ago, my friend (italian) and i were discussing how italians and poles live in the same places, get on well with each other, have cultures that coexist peacefully, have similar religious practices, and generally share the same philosophies on life... but you never, ever hear about them getting married. why? we didn't know. we speculated that there is some unwritten law that if the poles and italians should ever pick the forbidden fruit and join together in holy matrimony, a weird chemical reaction of the spirit would occur and the offspring would be forever cursed

so you can imagine my joy when i finally discovered a family that broke the law, and the cursed progeny was lugubrious tom

hallelujah
Jan 26, 2020

by LITERALLY AN ADMIN


MockingQuantum posted:

I want to read a parody of Ligotti where it's just about a social malcontent dreaming inside a dream about a beautiful woman who turned out to be a puppet, but then he turned out to be a puppet too, and in fact the dream was a puppet
that's not even a parody, it is the truth

hallelujah
Jan 26, 2020

by LITERALLY AN ADMIN


Big Mad Drongo posted:

I would pay very good money for a Ligotti commentary track for any Muppet movie/Muppet Show episode.
"the unnatural ebullience of these puppets, or as they identify themselves, "muppets", can only come from the satan"

hallelujah
Jan 26, 2020

by LITERALLY AN ADMIN


chernobyl kinsman posted:

decent odds that ligotti converts to shia islam or some extreme trad version of catholicism like sedevacantism when he hits his 70s
i'll make a subbotnik of him yet

hallelujah
Jan 26, 2020

by LITERALLY AN ADMIN


realtalk though, it'll be sufism, it always is

hallelujah
Jan 26, 2020

by LITERALLY AN ADMIN


i will accept a ligotti gang tag as punishment for my sins

hallelujah
Jan 26, 2020

by LITERALLY AN ADMIN


Hieronymous Alloy posted:

What's the elevator pitch to get people to read ligotti?
crazy hermit who wants to have sex with puppets and it makes him sad

hallelujah
Jan 26, 2020

by LITERALLY AN ADMIN


hallelujah posted:

crazy hermit who wants to have sex with puppets and it makes him sad
this is my elevator pitch in general, not just to promote ligotti, it's just what i say to people in elevators

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hallelujah
Jan 26, 2020

by LITERALLY AN ADMIN


this gang tag goes well with my avatar text

we are all sinners under the woeful eye of ligotti

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