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Old 31st Jan 2008, 16:50   #1
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Thanks for the research, Bakunin! Those prices are better than what I've found so far. Then again, your thrift store idea is also very appealing. There's an American horror writer I like a lot named Thomas Ligotti, whose stuff is nowadays published by independent publishers. His older, larger publisher work is very hard to come by, and his omnibus collection, "The Nightmare Factory" goes for about $50 on the internet. I found it, out of the blue, at a thrift store for $1. That was a great day for me, I don't mind telling you.
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...your thrift store idea is also very appealing.
How does $8.99 sound for a copy of Kingdom Come? That's with postage and packaging.



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There's an American horror writer I like a lot named Thomas Ligotti, whose stuff is nowadays published by independent publishers.
I've always wanted to read Ligotti, but I've never seen his work for sale. I don't even know if he's been published over here.
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How does $8.99 sound for a copy of Kingdom Come? That's with postage and packaging.

I've always wanted to read Ligotti, but I've never seen his work for sale. I don't even know if he's been published over here.
$8.99 sounds excellent. Why doesn't Amazon have these prices for "Kingdom Come"??

Ligotti is terrific. A not bad (but also not great) description of his stories would be a mash-up of H. P. Lovecraft and Robert Aickman. He's closer in theme and world-view to Lovecraft, but closer to Aickman in talent, and also in the effect he has on, well, me (I'm a big Aickman fan, as well).

I saw some of Ligotti's books on Amazon UK, and they're not giving them away, although some aren't too bad. Be careful with "The Nightmare Factory", though. There is a comic book adaptation of some of Ligotti's stories that also goes by that title. I've flipped through it, and even if comics are your thing, it didn't look very promising.
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There's an American horror writer I like a lot named Thomas Ligotti, whose stuff is nowadays published by independent publishers. His older, larger publisher work is very hard to come by, and his omnibus collection, "The Nightmare Factory" goes for about $50 on the internet. I found it, out of the blue, at a thrift store for $1. That was a great day for me, I don't mind telling you.
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Ligotti is terrific. A not bad (but also not great) description of his stories would be a mash-up of H. P. Lovecraft and Robert Aickman. He's closer in theme and world-view to Lovecraft, but closer to Aickman in talent, and also in the effect he has on, well, me (I'm a big Aickman fan, as well).

I saw some of Ligotti's books on Amazon UK, and they're not giving them away, although some aren't too bad. Be careful with "The Nightmare Factory", though. There is a comic book adaptation of some of Ligotti's stories that also goes by that title. I've flipped through it, and even if comics are your thing, it didn't look very promising.
Oooooh. I've never heard of this guy, but your various words sound interesting. I've been looking for someone new to dip into, since Mr. King has flagged a little and aside from the old classics like Lovecraft and Poe it's just been him for me for a while now. Not sure I can spend £50 bob on a maybe though...
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That's the problem with cult writers like Ligotti, and frankly, in my experience, you're more likely to get burned spending a lot of money on someone like him, who you've only heard good things about.

All I can suggest is buying the cheapest book you can find (and you can find many cheaper than fifty), or go to his website. They sometimes have a free story or two, and there are a lot of interviews with him (he's a very smart, very strange guy. And his story is a little sad).

http://www.ligotti.net/
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Ligotti Online - just in case confusion reigns!
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Hi Bill, welcome. It's good to see another Ballard fan on the palimp.

Also, I couldn't agree more in regards to Ligotti. He's a terrific writer and shamefully neglected by the mainstream. I remember picking up a copy of Songs of a Dead Dreamer years ago merely because it had an introduction by Ramesey Campbell. Some incredible short stories in there. The Frolic still makes me feel uneasy no matter how many times I read it.

The Nightmare Factory is a great collection of his stuff (including Songs of a Dead Dreamer). I didn't realise that it was so difficult to obtain. I can heartily recommend it (if you can find it that is).
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"The Frolic" is a chilling story. Another one of my favorites, and the first Ligotti story I read, is "The Red Tower". Instead of feeling like Lovecraft mixed with Aickman, that one reads like Lovecraft mixed with Steven Millhauser. Very strange and unnerving.

Since this thread is supposed to be about Ballard (I feel like I've derailed it) and you're a big fan, Adr., which books by him do you consider essential reading? I've read most of the books you might mention, but if there are any wild cards, I'd appreciate knowing about them. Sad news like this tends to make me want to catch up.
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Guys, I've moved the Ligotti stuff across to its own thread.
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Seems wise. Thanks!
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