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Check out the latest Ligotti interview at The Art of Grimscribe. This is one of the best and most comprehensive interviews I've read of Ligotti. Thanks to Eddie and Thomas Wagner!
We have published an online, German translation of Ligotti's "The Shadow at the Bottom of the World" ("Der Schatten am Grunde der Welt") [removed Jan 2002 at author's request]. The story was translated by Eddie M. Angerhuber, who is the creator and webmaster of the amazing, German Ligotti website, The Art of GrimScribe.
A big thank you to Eddie for her patience over the last six months or so. She writes:
I'm now working on the translations of a new Ligotti story collection for Blitz/Metzengerstein. It will appear next year, and in case anybody is interested they can order it at http://www.blitz-verlag.de. It will contain the following stories:
Sein Schatten wird zu einem höheren Haus aufsteigen (His Shadow shall rise to a Higher House)
Sein Schatten wird zu einem höheren Haus aufsteigen (His Shadow shall rise to a Higher House)
Look for much more to come from Eddie, including information about German Ligotti books. I'm going to try to keep you posted on what's going on over at The Art of GrimScribe. If you haven't gone there yet, please do. The website is not only beautiful to look at, it is full of online stories, vignettes, and essays (a good many in English, too).
Some days it just all seems to fall together.
Brandon Trenz contacted me yesterday morning with terrific news: he and Tom Ligotti asked me to republish their X-Files episode script, the brilliant "Crampton," on TLO! So, as of today, "Crampton" is online [removed Jan 2002 at author's request]. If you haven't read this one, get ready for one tremendously chilling and entertaining read.
"The Shadow at the Bottom of the World" by Thomas Ligotti, in now reprinted in its entirety on the website. This is Tom's favorite of his own work and is clearly one of the best prose pieces he's ever written. If you haven't read it yet, you must--NOW! If you have, it's time to read it again.
The fascinating Thomas Ligotti interview, "Triangulating the Daemon," from Esoterra's Spring 1999 issue is also online now for your information and enjoyment. Tom actually revised and updated it himself today, so read through it even if you've read it before for some new tidbits (like the next Current 93/Ligotti collaboration, for instance, which Tom mentions by name).
Moreover, Tom wrote me recently with the following: "'I Have a Special Plan for This World' (the story) will appear in the next issue (#2) of a horrorzine called Horror Garage. This should be out sometime this fall." Congratulations, Tom!
"I Have a Special Plan for This World" is another astounding, dark tale by TL. I won't ruin a thing for you, but I will say that it shares little in common with the C93 collaboration piece other than the title and a grim outlook. Questions? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And finally, happy 30th birthday to Matt Cardin! Warmest congratulations go out to Mr. Cardin for the recent, marvelous news that one of his stories, "Teeth," has been accepted for publication in a forthcoming collection edited by horror heavyweight John Pelan! Am I surprised? Not a bit. I've always been proud to state that Mr. Cardin's prose work originally appeared on the TLO website. Much of it still does. Incidentally, there's more possibly great news for Mr. Cardin on the horizon--I'll keep you posted. Here's to you, Matt!
I'm delighted to introduce author Quentin Crisp. Thanks to the kindness of John B. Ford, I recently had the opportunity to read Crisp's fantastic novella, "The Psychopomps." He is a writer of precise craft and innovative imagination. I am pleased to present Crisp's superb contribution to the Related Fiction section of TLO, "Dating the Android."
Good things are happening in LigottiLand. Look for another, more extensive update quite soon.
Well, it's been a few months and, sadly, no major website updates till now. That doesn't mean that things aren't stirring around in the void, though.
Firstly, an update on the Last Feast of Harlequin screenplay from our own Brandon Trenz:
It has been a while since I announced that "The Last Feast of Harlequin" had been optioned for film. Since some of you expressed an interest in the progress of this project, here's the latest. (As I may have mentioned, I'm terribly superstitious about these things and I'm terrified that speaking in specifics will jinx the whole deal, so forgive me if I'm a little vague.)
The option still resides with a producer, formerly with David Lynch's Picture Factory, now with Marilyn Manson's Posthuman Entertainment. The script that Tom and I wrote is making the rounds, being read by Hollywood studios. Technically speaking, we're in a state known as "development hell," which sounds worse than it is--pretty much every project that isn't a Star Wars prequel goes through this stage for some period of time.
In the meantime, Tom and I have finished a second script (this one from an original story rather than one of Tom's short stories) and are talking about which idea to work on next. Also, Tom has a few new things of his own in various stages of completion.
Thanks again for your interest, and I'll continue to keep you posted as things develop.
P.S. - If you'd like to read about an extreme example of "development hell," check out this screenwriter's sad story: www.mindspring.com/%7Espacklebeast/querytosale/chronology.html . Though we're in better shape than this fellow, there were a number of elements of his tale that sounded spookily familiar.
Greetings, and welcome to Thomas Ligotti Online! The last month and a half have been busy around here, but rest assured that the website updates have been going on in the background. Please check out the disturbing, new Ligottian fiction by horror writer, Richard Gavin ( "Reflections from the Abyss" ) and TLO veteran, Matt Cardin (" An Abhorrence to All Flesh"). Also, by the inestimable Mr. Cardin, we have a new commentary page on Ligotti's "Nethescurial," as well as his further notes on "The Shadow at the Bottom of the World." Thanks to both Richard and Matt for their contributions!
Ligotti's "The Shadow at the Bottom of the World" itself will be online very shortly, as well as the long awaited Esoterra interview, bibliography updates (which will include some German Ligotti books) and a few more surprises. Stay with us!
The following is a message from author, Brandon Trenz:
Good day, friends.
I've been given the thumbs-up to announce that Thomas Ligotti's short story "The Last Feast of Harlequin" has been optioned for the screen.
This has actually been in the works for some time. Tom was initially contacted by the Picture Factory (David Lynch's production company) in January, 1999. After reading the script for "Crampton," the producer agreed to let Tom and I have a crack at the screenplay. After five drafts and two major rewrites, we completed a script that we're quite proud of. (The good DL has gotten a sneak peek, and has provided us with valuable feedback.) It's a different animal from the short story, but we both think it is a nice marriage of mass-market appeal and that uniquely twisted Ligotti imagination.
What happens next? Hard to say. There are so many horror stories about great movie projects that die before a single frame is shot. Without inviting bad luck, I will say that a hot director has been lined up, and that discussions are supposed to heat up in March.
If you're interested, I'll keep you posted.
Thanks for that, Brandon. Spread the news, fellow readers! We'll be keeping our fingers crossed!
Ligotti's Quote of the Day (from a recent missive):
There are a couple of terrific, new Ligottian stories in the Related Fiction area by Matt Cardin and John B. Ford, an excellent new analysis of Ligotti's "Autumnal" by Doyle Netzly, and updated pages throughout. Let me know how you like TLO, and voice your opinion on what can be done to make the website better by emailing me at email@example.com. Look for two new Ligotti interviews and "The Shadow at the Bottom of the World," coming shortly.
If you don't already know this, Ligotti's latest work has recently been released: another collaboration between he and musical phenomenon, Current 93 , entitled, " I Have a Special Plan for This World ." It consists of twelve short texts which may be described as a connected series of vignettes recorded, mixed, and supplemented by David Tibet and Company. The result is simply amazing; like nothing I've ever heard from Ligotti before. The price from Middle Pillar is cheap--$13.00--my suggestion is to buy it immediately, as you won't regret it .
I'm loathe to give anything too specific about " Special Plan " away, but I will state that the performance leaves me with that same mix of euphoria and depression which is (to me, personally) the hallmark of Ligotti's best work. Tibet's reading of Tom's material is inspired, and the background voices and drones are creepy without in any way distracting from the central persona.
The writing itself is unlike anything I've ever read (or heard) by Ligotti, sharing more in common with his shorter pieces than anything, but also giving the impression of a longer work, as the pieces are connected by one melancholy and deranged voice. The language, though, is lush and lyrical--a (much more skilled) Jonathan Doe from "The Frolic" could have penned these words. Beautiful and decadent and despairing, the CD left me with absolutely no doubt that Thomas Ligotti is the modern Master of Horror.
I've finally formatted and published Douglas A. Anderson's Complete Ligotti Bibliography . Most of the links on the page go to used bookstore search engines where Ligotti's books can be found and purchased, and a few links go to my online story summaries and, of course, four go to the online text of the stories themselves. Thanks so much, Doug, for this excellent and meticulous research!
Two more Ligotti interviews will be online shortly: the Esoterra interview, "Triangulating the Daemon," and Robert Bee's recent interview previously published on the Spicy Green Iguana website. Please bookmark us and check back often; these are two of the best interviews I've read of TL.
Doyle Netzly's analysis (complete with short Ligotti interview) of "Autumnal" will be appearing shortly; the first new one in what I hope will be a complete summary and Ligotti Q & A on each of his stories and vignettes.
Additionally, a few more Ligotti stories will be appearing in the very near future, starting with "The Shadow at the Bottom of the World." Supplementing this superb story will be horror author Matt Cardin's insightful commentary.
Speaking of Matt, another Cardin Ligotti-related story, "The Basement Theatre," will be appearing soon in the Related Fiction section, as well as horror author John B. Ford's tribute to Ligotti, "The Eternally Descending Blade."
If you haven't checked out the Related Fiction section, please do so--we have some impressive new talent here (i.e. Mr. Cardin and Mr. Ford), and some of the work published here has received high praise from well known authors, including Tom Ligotti himself!
Again, please bookmark our pages, and by all means, join TLO, our Ligotti mailing list. We've already accrued almost one hundred subscribers (and the list is growing daily); some of the most intelligent, well read, and congenial men and women I've met online are members of TLO. Please, join us! As a Ligotti reader, there's no better source of information both about the author, his work, and the work of other, similarly remarkable writers.
Here's news for whoever might be out there in the Blackness relating to Ligotti's latest story. The title, originally "The Conspiracy Against the Human Race," has been published as "The Shadow, The Darkness." The story has been printed in an Avon book entitled
999: New Stories of Horror and Suspense
, edited by Al Sarrantonio. . Ligotti described the book to me as "a hardcover, high-profile horror anthology (S. King, J.C. Oates, a short novel by William Peter Blatty, etc.)".
Best of all, Ligotti's newest story is (imo) easily the best one to date. I won't reveal anything except for one fact: when I read the manuscript for the first time, I got physically ill (specifically, a stomach disturbance). For reasons which you will understand once you too are able to read this remarkable tale, this illness evoked a profound nihilistic bleakness within me which lasted several days. I have never been moved in quite the way "The Conspiracy Against the Human Race" (the original title is my favorite) moved me.
Thomas Ligotti is collaborating again with David Tibet and
Current 93 on a project entitled "I Have a Special Plan for This World." Apparently, these consists of twelve short texts that are in a story/poetry/song lyric format; he has already written them. I'm not sure when this will be coming out. Stay tuned.
On a side note, "Teatro Grottesco" was inspired by an actual theatre company that Ligotti peered at every day on his way to work -- "Theatre Grottesco" (listed on an office directory as being on the 20th floor). Incidentally, when he actually tried to visit the office, the door was locked. That's all I'll write about this odd but true story for the time being...
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