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>> No.20788826

>>20788791
lurking for some really obscure stuff, dig deep bros

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>>20788826

>> No.20789156

This thread might be gud.

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>>20788822
Best post so far. Keen ‘‘em coming

>> No.20789184

>>20789177
*keep

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This one has short stories like “Exploding Raphaelesque Heads” and "The Arse-Licker" which I consider weird and hilarious

>> No.20789444

>>20789177
Is this real? Is this actually the plot of that book?

>> No.20789459

>>20789177
is F. Gardner a pedophile?

>> No.20789633

>>20789444
It sure is.

>> No.20789648

>>20789444
>>20789459
Yeah

>> No.20789788

i don't get the appeal of ligotti. being a fan of lovecraft, machen and hodgson i was told to read his stories and i did and they're fucking boring

>> No.20789850

>>20788999
I'd love to have an art book of C.A.S., I really like his paintings.

>> No.20790158

>>20789788
>lovecraft, machen and hodgson
they can't hold handle to ligotti. ten classes above them.

>> No.20790198

>>20789788
he's more like Kafka or Schulz, his work isn't very Lovecraftian

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>>20790198
>Lovecraftian
i need suggestions.

>> No.20790472

>>20790400
Try Laird Barron

>> No.20790639

>Thomas "the real horror is the society we live in" Ligotti
No thanks, stop shilling the cunt

>> No.20790866

there are parts of gravity's rainbow and bleeding edge, against the day etc that fit into this desu

>> No.20790900

>>20789788
did you read his short story night school? to me it is the best example of his pulp gothic horror inspiration coming through in his style. its also one of my favorites in the way that it builds up. way better than anything machen wrote (though I like him too).

>> No.20790919

>>20790639
>t. filtered pleb who reads for le message
Go back to /sci/

>> No.20790931

>>20790400
Algernon Blackwood - the willows
clark ashton smith - genius loci
Robert Bloch - the shambler from the stars
william hope hodgeson - the house on the boarderlands
frank belnap long - the hounds of tindalos (his other stories are also underrated)

>> No.20791091

>>20788791
This book is probably the worst shit I've ever read.

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>>20788791

>> No.20791379

>>20790400
Based Bloodborne Lovecraft enjoyer

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>> No.20792693

>>20788999
Read this is you really really like skeletons

>> No.20792733

>>20788791
The Cult of the Idiot by Tom Ligotti
>I went to a city
>it was creepy
>I contemplated the stars
>I dreamed about tentacle men in a certain room
>I found that house
>I went into that room
>creepy chairs
>I transform'd into a tentacle man

>> No.20792774

>>20792733
Shit that's weird

>> No.20792845

Anyone read The Darkest Part of the Woods by Ramsey Campbell? I've heard it's part of the mythos, can someone spoil the entity for me before I waste £25

>> No.20792862

>>20792733
funniest shit I've ever seen

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how much has it got?
the most necrophilia

>> No.20792964

>>20792845
It was good, from what I recall there was some fungus that induced lsd type alternate states found in the woods, government destroyed the fungus. The creature, some kind of fucker made from sticks and leaves impregnates people that wander around woods and won't let people leave by mind tricks and shenanigans. It was pretty good, lots of Campbell prose clumsiness

>> No.20793265

>>20792845
Better to listen to audiobook or rent it from the library

>> No.20793303

>>20793265
Couldn't find it on audible

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>mogs ligotti completely

>> No.20793820

>>20789155
I've read this three times, very underrated.

>> No.20794148

>>20793820
what is it about? no spoliers please

>> No.20794256

>>20794148
I just looked it up, but I'm not going to tell you what i found.

>> No.20794297

>>20794148
A sea voyage on a ship into an unknown land, starts out with pirates and cannibalism then gets worse

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>> No.20794690

>>20791285
Excellent chart, could probably be expanded too since Gemma Files, Ramsey Campbell, and M. John Harrison are notable absences from the list

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>>20788791

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>> No.20795168

Anyone dig any China Mieville?

>> No.20795363

>>20795168
Yea. His Bas-Lag series is great, other than than it's hit or miss. I did really enjoy Kraken though

>> No.20795866

Brian Evenson

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One of the best collections of this stuff comes from Poland of all places

>>20795866
this

>> No.20796328

>>20794148
Two people go on a strange and frightening journey. Very eerie but also poignant.

>> No.20796475

>>20788791
worror?

>> No.20796609

>>20788999
This is good.

>> No.20796767

>>20791285
>>20792005
Horror has the best covers

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>>20788822
An actual line from this book

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You lot into Broodcomb Press yet? The Ostermeier books are the out and out weird horror. One of the best contemporary authors doing the Machen, Lovecraft, Aickman thing.

The other stuff is harder to categorise. A bit horror, a bit magical realism, some more overtly folklore stuff. The whole mythos that Broodcomb has set up is pretty cool though.

>> No.20797573

>>20792733
it's a 'craft pastiche/homage afaik

>> No.20797578

>>20791285
>"weird" stories
>same authors appear three or so times
>no bizarro fiction, not even a Carlton Mellick III book

>> No.20797607

>>20797573
I'm just having a bit of fun. But isn't that most of the genre? I've read four of the stories from Dead Dreamer/Grimscribe and they're all along those lines. Contemplating something beyond the boundaries of human understanding and going insane. Actually, "Dr. Locrian's Asylum" was a little different. And I liked "The Spectacles in the Drawer".

>> No.20797809

>>20797542
Damn anon, really went for the deep cut. Can vouch for those books as well, really one of the best contemporary presses when it comes to weird fiction.

>> No.20798028

>>20797809
Anon way above asked for deep cuts so I thought it might be relevant. I agree, they’re a cut above a lot of other small presses when it comes to originality (while still firmly in the weird horror genre).

Having said that, two more deep cuts from small presses. I really like all of John Gaskin’s collections from Tartarus Press. Recommended if you like the comfy, M. R. James type weird horror. And another guy that does Machen/Aickman style particularly well is Peter Bell. His Sarob Press collections are very hard to come across but his Swan River Press collection, Strange Epiphenies, is in paperback now and is dead good. He can conjur a spooky landscape with the best of them.

>> No.20798208

>>20797542
thanks anon. Im excited to check this publisher out. it looks like the got a lot of good niche stuff.

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>> No.20799225

>>20798349
oh my burning feet of fire uwu

>> No.20799309

>>20798349
damn i love this cover, know where I can get it?

>> No.20799691

>>20788791
Have a friendly hump, anon.

>> No.20799991

>>20797578
Weird and bizzaro fiction are two entirely different subgenres of different genres.

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>> No.20801217

I must not be the only one getting sick of summer and wanting the nice spooky cooling air of autumn hmmm

>> No.20801660

>>20801217
me too

>> No.20801674

>>20790400
lovecraft

>> No.20801832

>>20801217
they’re not weird horror, but everytime autumn is coming around I reread IT by King and Something Wicked by Bradbury. comfiest halloween books in the whole world

>> No.20802045

>>20801832
Something wicked is great. I love the highly metaphorical passages which sometimes even start to stray into nonsense yet the images and ideas are conveyed richly.

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It’s like euphoria but with horror

>> No.20802353

>>20792883
This book rules

>> No.20802755

>>20801832
For me, it's The Haunting of Hill House

>> No.20803094

>>20788999
The best thing to ever come out of my reading Lovecraft is that it led me to find Klarkash-ton.

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I seek books about zombies and zombie accessories. For some reason I've been getting back into them in recent months.

>> No.20803227

>>20793699
Best works by this absolute ham hock?

>> No.20803990

>>20791285
thanks for the chart man, havent seen this before. I know Hawthorne wrote one or two, but i have yet to read them. Lovecraft liked Hawthorne's weird stories

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>>20803227
for pure horror in a lonely place is great, good luck getting it on kindle or in physical form, youll have to pirate it. best stories are .220 swift and where the summer ends
if dark fantasy/fantasy-horror is to your liking then basically all the kane stories

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has anyone read this? I’m not a fuckin scientologist, but I am curious about his works and read somewhere that it was actually good, much unlike anything else he did. anyone confirm?

>> No.20805050

>>20804857
He was a great and respected author in his field before he made Scientology. He's unironically a great man.

>> No.20805270

>>20805050
I don’t really care about what kind of guy or author he was, I just wanna know if anyone had read this book and enjoyed it

>> No.20805630

>>20790931
>william hope hodgeson
>He also attracted some notice as a photographer and achieved renown as a bodybuilder.
interest, peaked

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>>20804165
>it’s $80 used
What on earth? Ligotti would never do this to me.

>> No.20806168

>>20788791
>>20788999
Both of these authors are just poor patisches of Lovecraft.

>> No.20806474

>>20806159
just get it off z lib nigger

>> No.20806524

>>20805630
oh yeah, hes a fucking chad. no question.

>> No.20806547

>>20805630
He was a well liked and talented guy, such a shame that he died in the civil war

>> No.20806559

>>20793699
How so?

>> No.20806563

>>20806159
>Ligotti would never do this to me.
>The Spectral Link
DOUBT

>> No.20807503

>>20806474
I thought humans were supposed to read real books?
>>20806563
I will find it in a thrift store or garage sale some day

>> No.20807553

>>20806159

I managed to snag a copy of this off amazon for $8.

>> No.20807559

>>20806168
Ligotti is very different. Writer that clearly lived and read through modernism and postmodernism. Among others, Kafka, Schulz and Bernhard and so on. Also, Lovecraft, in any literary sense that matters, doesn't deserve to clean his shoes.

>> No.20807588

>>20792005
Source of cover?

>> No.20807604

>>20807588
Will Sweeney

>> No.20807653

>>20807559
Lovecraft is a journalist in the truest sense, and has created an uncanny artifact in his work that is, in some ways, constantly and accurately reporting current events.

>> No.20807663

>>20807604
Thanks. That's some cool art. It looks like a mix of Marc Bell and Jim Woodring.
http://willsweeney.co.uk/

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>> No.20810306

>>20808959
>Peake
I'm sorry, but I'm disregarding your opinion. Peake is terrible.

>> No.20810311

>>20810306
Not him but just because the Gormenghast trilogy is bad doesn't mean his other fiction is bad. I'm going to check for myself anyway.

>> No.20810762

>>20788999
Lovecraft larp but good

>> No.20810779

>>20807559
>doesn't deserve to clean his shoes
illiterate here, what does that mean? he's great or he sucks?

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Any good weird horror detective novels?

I know there's the old tradition of the gentleman occult investigaor but something more recent would be good. I think Laird Barron has done something like that. Anyone read them?

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This one scared me so much I didn't even read it

>> No.20811657

>>20811645
didn't think Mrs Obama would be a Nietzschean

>> No.20811759

>>20806559
>How so?
literally better in every way

>> No.20811782

>>20811657
>Michelle Obama's The Gay Science-Deniers
>>Michelle Obama's Beyond Good and Evil White People
>Michelle Obama's Primate, All Too Primate
>Michelle Obama's Ecce GloboHomo
>Michelle Obama's God is Fed
>Michelle Obama's Thus Spoke Goldman Sachs

>> No.20811848

>>20807503
>I thought humans were supposed to read real books?
I actually like reading so I find an ereader to be indispensable.

>> No.20812788

>>20811375
Laird Barron wrote some straight hardboiled novels that aren’t really horror. I still enjoyed them.

I would recommend his first three collections and his novel The Croning.

>> No.20812885

>>20793699
>his horror stories are almost entirely lost to time
Fuck.
At least we have Sticks and River of Nights Dreaming.

>> No.20813000

>>20794604
This shit reads like a fever dream

>> No.20813135

>>20788791
I'm on an edgy phase, nihilistic thoughts fill my mind. Anons, give me your Edgy and Grimdark recommendations. Only the best stuff. I'd especially appreciate writers over 30 years old, ones that have achieved more complexity in their thoughts than me.

>> No.20813152

>>20810306
How? he's Peake fiction.

>> No.20813157

>>20789788
Ligotti writes the way Lovecraft aimed for (with his favorite stuff like Music of Eric Zann and Colour Out of Space) rather than what he often ended up writing.

>> No.20813195

>>20813135
HG Well's Food of the Gods - It doesn't start off edgy but quicly becomes so
The Jungle
The Call of Cthulhu
If you find them, historical accounts of conquests and seiges, they can get very grim
I don't know the name of it, but the German soldier's account of stalingrad is pretty miserable

>> No.20813267

>>20811375
Last Days by Brian Evenson

>> No.20813303

>>20813135
MODS

>> No.20813319

>>20812885
some of his latter stories become shit due to his incessant drinking and but his bests like .220 swift deserves a place besides the pulp greats like the shadow over innsmouth and worms of the earth

>> No.20813434

>>20807559
>in any literary sense that matters
except the one of being enjoyable to read

>> No.20813456

>>20812885
Didn’t know that.

On Zlib, it has two volumes of his completer horror stories.

>> No.20813574

>>20808959
Never read this one, but I loved the Gormenghast books. Is it really weird horror?

>> No.20813945

>>20803178
McKinney, Flesh Eaters
Maberry, Dead of Night
Keith Blackmore, Mountain Man
Stephen Knight, Left with the Dead
Charlie Higson, The Enemy (young adult, but I liked it)
Jacobs, This Dark Earth

>> No.20813984

>>20804857
http://www.digital-eel.com/blog/library/Fear.pdf

I wonder if it could be as interesting as the stories recounted by his son?:
>...Another important idea was the creation of what they call embryo implants --of getting a satanic or demonic spirit to inhabit the body of a fetus. This would come about as a result of black-magic rituals, which included the use of hypnosis, drugs, and other dangerous and destructive practices. One of the important things was to destroy the evidence if you failed at this immaculate conception. That's how my father became obsessed with abortions. I have a memory of this that goes back to when I was six years old. It is certainly a problem for my father and for Scientology that I remember this. It was around 1939, 1940, that I watched my father doing something to my mother. She was lying on the bed and he was sitting on her, facing her feet. He had a coat hanger in his hand. There was blood all over the place. I remember my father shouting at me. "Go back to bed!" A little while later a doctor came and took her off to the hospital. She didn't talk about it for quite a number of years. Neither did my father.
>>https://warosu.org/lit/thread/S16872382#p16874444

>> No.20814040

>>20811375
>Any good weird horror detective novels?

John Hornor Jacobs, Southern Gods

William Meikle, The Amulet

>> No.20814218

>>20813267
This. It's pretty good, but it's not what I expected going in.

>> No.20815020

>>20814040
>Southern Gods
As in Southern Hemisphere gods or Southern USA gods?

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Ligotti is wonderful, especially Teatro Grottesco, which I find very funny and almost ecstatically weird - but in general I find him to be the only real living "weird tales" author with any substance - pretty much all of the mainstream "weird horror writers" (fanboys) are actual losers, basedboys, etc. Pronouns in bio, Black Lives Matter, all proceeds go to Planned Parenthood (which I firmly believe most of the foundational Weird Horror authors - Poe, HP - would have found too grim and unbelievable had someone told them about a nationwide syndicate of abortion clinics funded by the government, but I digress)... Ligotti is also a loser, but he also fried his mind out with drugs- which not enough writers do at all anymore, at least in this world.

"Conspiracy Against the Human Race" should have never been released; almost everyone I know who reads finds the premise contrived if not distasteful and barely anyone I know who reads really reads short fiction.

Severini, The Bungalow House, Gas Station Carnivals. Absolutely perfect.

The best contemporary weird tales and cinema/art aren't being published or shared publicly, btw - there are fairly large but very private mailing lists and a forum which took me about two years to get an invite and interview for. Literally a "you don't find us, we find you" type deal. There is a member with collection of about a thousand HP Lovecraft letters that no-one has seen besides this user, who posts and transcribes roughly a letter a week.

>> No.20815061

>>20815032
Meds

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>>20815061

How about hell no

>> No.20815904

Been feeling really "ghosty" lately, has anyone got some good haunting/ghost recommendations? Not strictly novels, short stories as well

>> No.20815921

>>20815032
You know Ligotti is a socialist right? Have you read My Work is Not Yet Done?

>> No.20816414

>>20815032
what defines a "winner" winner anon?

>> No.20816577

>>20803178
World war Z and some of its fanfictions
The Living Dead if you really really really like character descriptions, dont mind wokeness and want a fucking long book

>> No.20816598

>>20815921
I think he's just saying that Ligotti doesn't have any social media/internet presence at all and keeps his opinions to himself mostly. In several old interviews of him he does talk about being against conservatives/republicans as well as corporations, and I'm pretty sure the town manager is a satire of GWB

>> No.20816653

>>20791379
Anyone who likes Bloodborne would better off reading Lumley's Titus Crow than actual Lovecraft.

>> No.20816667

>>20816598
Ligotti's been severely ill for years. Of course he has no internet presence.

>> No.20816680

>>20816667
He never did because he's schizoid and agoraphobic, being sick doesn't preclude tons of people from tweeting mindless crap every day

>> No.20816725

anyone got any comfy small town horror stories that are better than king. i like his settings but the books kinda suck.

>> No.20817194

>>20815032
> there are fairly large but very private mailing lists and a forum
>writers that don't want EVERYONE and their mother to read their works
Lol the larp is fucking weak this time son

>> No.20817202

Is there a Mega out there with a nice collection of weird fiction?
If not someone should make it

>> No.20817314

>>20816725
Harvest Home

>> No.20817747

certainly has been mentioned before but 100% robert aickman. he's written the only truly weird horror stories i read in that i absolutely can't wrap my head around what he's doing but it still (or rather consequently) works. get a copy of cold hand in mine and read it from front to back but skip the long one about the vampire girl

>> No.20818932

>>20817202
I got a Copy of selected works based off HP Lovecrafts tastes from a used book store. Its over 700 pages, and has over thirty stories in it. Its from Fall Rivers Press. Material is also of good quality

>> No.20819064

>>20817747
Hell yes. Ive hot 2/4 of his collection (Cold Hand in Mine and the Unsettled Dust) and its crazy. Weird fiction really is the only way to describe it and i can't wait to read what else he's done.

>> No.20819421

>>20806547
He died in WWI anon.

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Is this guy actually good?

>> No.20819441

>>20810306
>>20810311
Both of you get the fuck off this board. Illiterate troglodytes.

>> No.20819560

>>20819421
oh my bad, i must be thinking of some one else

>> No.20819618

>>20804165
am I retarded or is "in a lonely place" not on zlib or libgen?

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>>20817747
>>20819064
Those are Aickman's two best collections for my money. They certainly contain a few of my favourite stories (The Same Dog, The Next Glade, Ravissante). But I don't like Pages from a Young Girl's Journal either.

That said, the other two Faber collections are incredible too. Compulsory Games from NYRB collection is more uneven but is worth it for Hand In Glove and The Fully-Conducted Tour alone. The Tartarus editions are very nice but there's only a couple of stories in there not anthologised in the available paperbacks. As far as his short fiction is concerned, he doesn't really miss at all. Even my least favourite stories have his beguiling prose.

>> No.20820154

>>20820007
what do you think of his novel (late breakfasters) if you've read it?

>> No.20820457

>>20820154
I found it OK from what I can remember. It has the weird, dreamlike atmosphere but it never really develops into the unsettling mood that characterises his short stories. Worth a read if you’ve exhausted the short fiction (plus with the Valencourt paperback you also get a few short stories that aren’t in the Faber or NYRB collections.

His novella, The Model, on the other hand is only for completionists. Really odd fairy tales vibes, quite unlike the short stories. Haven’t read the other unpublished novel that was recently released. Reviews seem mixed on that. There’s also a biography out from Tartarus Press which seems to be universally well liked. Keen to read that soon.

>> No.20820507

>>20819431
Yes

>> No.20820636
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Reading this right now and it's boring as fuck, so many unnecessary, tangential details that spoil the concept and connecting premise entirely.

>> No.20820997

>>20817747
weirdly enough both my local library and shops don't carry any of his work, hate to shell out 20$ for online order

>> No.20821049

>>20789155
Just read some of it and I fucking love it anon. I'm going to look up more work of this writer. Thank you anon and love you

>> No.20821061

>>20815904
I really enjoyed the nyrb collection of Edith Wharton ghost stories anon.

>> No.20821075

>>20820636
You can stop reading after the Yellow Sign, everything after that is Chambers actual passion of shitty love stories.

>> No.20821676

>>20794898
This book sucks. One of the crappiest thing I've ever read in my whole life. Probably even worse than call of the crocodile

>> No.20822247

>>20821676
way to out yourself as retarded

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>>20794898

>> No.20822511

>>20795168

>commie fag with stupid earrings
>fiction writer
No, no I do not care for that man.

>> No.20823564

>>20794739
Can confirm this one is really great, like if Umberto Eco wrote a horror novel

>> No.20824134

>>20821075
The Prophets' Paradise is worth reading, though

>> No.20824235

>>20798349
>set in Northwestern Ontario
Neato.

>> No.20824702

>>20794739
>>20823564
This looks great. Cheers lads.

>> No.20826154

>>20817202
Can someone share a collection of relevant weird fiction ebooks?

>> No.20826907

>>20817747
>>20819064
Aickman and Shirley Jackson are the best kind of weird fiction imo, the kind that can almost pass as normie literary short stories but then they have a kind of strangeness about them that's almost impossible to describe

>> No.20827023

>>20802343
>dude DRUGS and SELF-HARM and RAPE and MENTAL-ILLNESS and IMAGEBOARDS and ESOTERISM LMAOOOO!!!!!! and then he…. dude….. and then he smoke that GUAPPA TRIPLE AK47 and SLIT HIS WRISTS and write THE NAME OF THE NEXT VICTIM WITH HIS BLOOD!!!!
yeah that book isn’t very good, couldn’t get past half of it

>> No.20827036

I remember in the early 2010's there was an article written about how two prominent AI researchers committed suicide within the same week, unrelated. One was an academic, Minsky's phd student and worked at MIT's AI lab and the other was an independent hacker type who worked outside of the mainstream industry (kind of like a ben goertzel/big yud type). Now, chances are it was just something completely mundane like untreated depression coupled with their career not going anywhere. But in my head I was romanticizing it and dreaming up ligotti type scenarios where they did some experiments with AI and both came to some depressing realization about human consciousness being empty.

>> No.20827046

>>20827023
sounds like zoomer horror

>> No.20827091

>>20812885
>The Sticks
God damn that was good

>> No.20827109

>>20827023
I haven’t read the book, but you can trivialize any story like that. It’s meaningless.

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>>20788791
Does anyone have a higher res version of this chart?

>> No.20827855

>>20827161
no but i'd remove dark awakenings as it's included in to rouse leviathan, so you could just get that. also some other books ligotti recommends:

>A Kayak Full of Ghosts: Eskimo Tales, ed. Lawrence Millman (I know that the title of this book makes it seem an unlikely compilation of excellent weird stories, but it is. I wrote a review of it for The New York Review of Science Fiction.)
>Garden, Ashes by Danilo Kiŝ (Kiŝ called Bruno Schulz his “god,” so if you like the latter author, you should investigate this unconventional novel by a major Serbian writer.)
>“The Fashionable Tiger” by Jean Ferry in The Custom-House of Desire: A Half-Century of Surrealist Stories, ed. J. H. Matthews (Ferry’s story is an example of a crossover between Surrealism and the uncanny. Most of the narrative is told in a matter-of-fact, rather banal prose style that characterizes foreign works of the weird.)
>“The Colonel’s Photograph” by Eugène Ionesco in The Colonel’s Photograph, and Other Stories. (“The Colonel’s Photograph”—told in a matter-of-fact, rather banal prose style—is linked in its bizarre, all but inscrutable events to Ionesco’s The Killer, a key play of the Theater of the Absurd. Both works convey a feeling of what might be called “dream terror,” that is, an inexplicable sense of a weird presence or set of circumstances. In his life, Ionesco was an anguished individual who felt that human existence was nothing but alienation, fear, and general misery.)
>The Beelzebub Sonata by Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz (Witkiewicz wrote philosophical novels and plays. He is best-known for the latter, and any one of his plays consists of a bizarre ensemble of characters who collectively express a nightmarish vision of the demonic and the nihilistic.)
>The Magician’s Garden, and Other Stories (also published as Opium, and Other Stories) by Géza Csáth (Among his other accomplishments, Csáth was a short story writer and a psychiatrist. His stories often feature a similar mix of cruelly demented characters and morbid atmosphere associated with the tales of Edgar Allan Poe. Csáth was addicted to morphine, opium, and sex. He committed suicide by taking poison not long after he shot and killed his wife.)

>> No.20828093

>>20827855
thanks anon

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>>20788791

>> No.20828969

>>20827036
Write it and I'll read it, anon

>> No.20829470

>>20821676
>>20822249
Give it another read anons I think you're missing something

>> No.20829652

>>20828668
Not really horror at all, but still sick as fuck. Lots of humor in this too, which really landed for me. They fuck around too much in the mountains with the hot babes and midgets though, and not enough time in Hell

>> No.20830668

>>20788791
A maze of death by K.Dick is pretty gloomy and weird, even before the twist

>> No.20830677

>>20805050
Go do your purification rundown, volcano worshipper, the man was scum in every way

>> No.20831887

bump

>> No.20831961

Summer/heatwave weird horror recs?

I’ve got The Divinity Student by Michael Cisco and The Ceremonies by TED Klein. I think M John Harrison’s The Course of the Heart is set in summer too.

>> No.20832265

>>20789788
I've read a few of his stories now, they all have parts I like but mostly aren't scary. I think I'm going to just finish reading all the ones with cool titles and then try a different author.

>> No.20832509

>>20788791
Bump for interest

>> No.20833996

>>20820636
Yeah its not great lmao, i dont remember much of it, The King In Yellow wasn't even that involved in the plot. Anyone read House On The Borderland, pretty good, but the whole book is pretty much one long weird description of a house.

>> No.20834006

>>20806168
Funny that you say that because Lovecraft took elements form Smith, including a monster he invented.

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>>20788791
Has anyone read this? I've heard it described as "weird fantasy" and the setting sounds kinda interesting. Not sure if it's just generic fantasy though.

>> No.20834035

>>20834029
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mordew
the reception section is larger than anything else in the article kek I wonder who made it (pst it was the author or publisher)

>> No.20834064

>>20820636
The author was a popular normie romance writer who created cosmic horror on accident once

>> No.20834260

>>20832265
It's mostly the bleak, pessimistic worldview and the mysterious dream worlds that I love him for, not so much for the scares. (Though some stories like "The Red Tower" are genuinely unsettling.) His best stories give you this feeling of being completely isolated in a chaotic and unknowable universe, with protagonists who are pretty much ghosts - "The Night School", "In a Foreign Town, In a Foreign Land" and "The Clown Puppet" all exemplify this. But he can also be incredibly funny as another anon point out. (I found myself cackling at My Work Is Not Yet Done even though it reads like an incel power trip, though much of the humor comes from how pathetic and delusional the protagonist makes himself out to be.) Also as someone who is usually depressed and anxious about everything I find his stories weirdly comforting, like his candor about how meaningless he finds life is somehow really cathartic.

>> No.20834449

>>20834260
Yes the atmosphere is excellent. The Night School is the next one I had decided to read after I finished "In the Shadow of Another World".

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One of my personal favorites, seems pretty unknown and underrated even with fans of this kind of literature

>> No.20834551

>>20789788
He has a cult following of tasteless faggots who have no idea about Lovecraft or horror and just like Ligotti's gay aesthetic

>> No.20834603

>>20834551
He's an actual literary writer compared to 90% of horror authors which are pure schlock entertainment

>> No.20834653

>>20797542
>Broodcomb Press
What are the books like, physically? Nice bindings, paper, typefaces etc? Bindings sewn or glued? I'm not expecting Tartarus levels of quality but it would be nice if they're not cheap Chinesium.

>> No.20834846

>>20834526
This sounds cool as fuck, thanks for the tip.

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>>20834653
No, they're printed in the UK. They're a little bit better than average, I'd say. So you'd be right not to expect Tartarus quality. Stock white paper and glued bindings. The typeface is fine and I think the guy that writes all the books does the typesetting himself too. The paperbacks have french flaps.

Pic related, pinched from their website.

>> No.20835817

>>20807559
Ligotti started out consciously aping Lovecraft in fanzines. You can't separate Lovecraft from Ligotti, even once he begins to develop his own themes instead of merely copying from the master's notepad he continues to imitate his style.

>>20834006
CAS and Lovecraft were correspondents and anyone who's read either will admit that it was Philip that initiated Clark into weird fiction, not the other way around. Lovecraft borrowed from nearly every author he wrote to, but Clark was always a better poet than he was a horror writer.

I'm not saying either are terrible authors, though Ligotti took a while to grow on me, but both owe nearly everything to Lovecraft.

>> No.20835867

>>20806159
Reprint is coming from Valancourt books

>> No.20835979

>>20831961
A lot of Dennis Etchisons stuff has a summery, West Coast feel

>> No.20836216

>>20835979
Ty, looks great. In the past, I skipped a lot 80s horror because of the common impression that it's mostly King-esque schlock.

>> No.20837588

>>20835771
Thanks, I'll give them a try. Appreciate your other recs too, I love all the Gaskin collections. Another author I like but never see mentioned is Terry Lamsley, his stories have an oblique Aickmanesque feel.

>> No.20837773

>>20837588
You’re welcome.
>Terry Lamsley
New to me! Cheers.

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