101 Weird Writers #47 — Thomas Ligotti: Absurd Degenerations and Totalitarian Decrepitude in "The Town Manager"

This post is part of an ongoing series on 101 weird writers featured in The Weird compendium, the anthology that serves as the inspiration for this site. There is no ranking system; the order is determined by the schedule of posts. Thomas Ligotti (1953 – ) is an iconic American writer of weird short fiction whose oeuvre has been […]

Interview: Thomas Ligotti and the Realm of Nightmares

While Thomas Ligotti has been cited by authors as the greatest living writer of the Weird, mainstream recognition of his work has seemed to lag behind. However, this month Penguin is publishing a new work in its series of classics that combines two of Ligotti’s earliest collections, Songs of a Dead Dreamer and Grimscribe: His Lives and Works. With Penguin adding […]

The Night School

The following story was originally published in Grimscribe (1991) but can now be found in a new collection from Penguin Classics called Songs of a Dead Dreamer and Grimscribe. Instructor Carniero was holding class once again. I discovered this fact on my return from a movie theater. It was late and I thought, “Why not take a short cut across the grounds of […]