Thomas Ligotti is simply one of the most masterful American writers alive
today. Most would consider him an author of horror stories, but his work is
unlike anything else being written in any genre. He has been favorably
compared to both Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft, yet Ligotti's fiction,
far from being merely derivative of any one writer, has a distinctiveness
that is singular both in its voice and its quality. Mr. Ligotti's work has
been internationally acclaimed. His latest collection, The Nightmare
Factory, won both the 1997 Bram Stoker Award and the 1997 British Fantasy
Award for best anthology/collection of the year; "The Red Tower" also won
a Bram Stoker Award for best novella of the year.
Thomas Ligotti was born on July 9, 1953, in Detroit, Michigan. He has lived
his whole life in that area, graduating from Wayne State University in the
early 70's. For the past twenty years Ligotti has worked as an Associate
Editor at Gale Research (now The Gale Group), a publishing company that
produces some of the finest compilations of literary (and other) research in
the country (their Contemporary Authors series, for instance, can be found
in the reference department of institutions of higher learning throughout
Does Thomas Ligotti really exist?
Because Ligotti is a very a private person, he does not go around the
country signing books or reading for crowds at conventions. Consequently, a
fascinating myth has developed throughout his writing career that the man,
"Thomas Ligotti," simply doesn't exist; that the name is a pseudonym used by
another horror writer. Although his fiction often deals with whether his
characters exist or not, the author himself is as real... as you are.
What kind of fiction does Ligotti write?
Ligotti's stories have been labeled as horrific, weird, psychological,
surreal, or dark fiction. All of the above terms are relatively accurate in
their own way, though perhaps the most accurate description is that his work
as a whole may be defined as nihilistic short fiction.