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Cover & Synopsis: SONGS OF A DEAD DREAMER AND GRIMSCRIBE by Thomas Ligotti

In October, Penguin Classics will publish Songs of a Dead Dreamer and Grimscribe by contemporary horror maven Thomas Ligotti (Noctuary, Teatro Grottesco). The reclusive Ligotti is known for a nihilistic style and gothic sensibility and has been called “the best kept secret in contemporary horror fiction.”

About the book:

The recent smash success of HBO’s True Detective has sparked new interest in cult horror favorite Thomas Ligotti, who was cited by the show’s creator, Nic Pizzolatto, as a prime influence. Ligotti’s debut story collection, Songs of a Dead Dreamer, and its follow-up, Grimscribe, marked a major evolution in supernatural horror. Influenced by the strange terrors of Lovecraft and Poe and by the brutal absurdity of Kafka, Ligotti eschews cheap, gory thrills for his own brand of horror, which shocks at the deepest, existential, levels.

Ligotti’s stories take on decaying cities and lurid dreamscapes in a style ranging from rich, ornamental prose to cold, clinical detachment. His raw and experimental work lays bare the unimportance of our world and the sickening madness of the human condition. Like the greatest writers of cosmic horror, Ligotti bends reality until it cracks, opening fissures through which he invites us to gaze on the unsettling darkness of the abyss below.

For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Book info as per Amazon US [Also available via Amazon UK]:

  • Paperback
  • 464 Pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (October 6, 2015)
  • ISBN-10: 0143107763
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143107767


About Kristin Centorcelli (842 Articles)
Kristin Centorcelli is the Associate Editor at SF Signal, proprietor of My Bookish Ways, a reviewer for Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly, and has also written for Crime Fiction Lover, Criminal Element, and Mystery Scene Magazine. She has been reviewing books since late 2010, in an effort to get through a rather immense personal library, while also discussing it with whoever will willingly sit still (and some that won’t).

1 Comment on Cover & Synopsis: SONGS OF A DEAD DREAMER AND GRIMSCRIBE by Thomas Ligotti

  1. Ligotti being published by Penguin is a true recognition. It must be said however that Ligotti’s prose is best consumed in small portions and then it is delicious, much like foie gras.

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