Songs of A Dead Dreamer

Songs of A Dead Dreamer

Book - 2010
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Songs of a Dreamer was Thomas Ligotti's first collection of supernatural horror stories. When originally published in 1985 by Harry Morris's Silver Scarab Press, the book was hardly noticed. In 1989, an expanded version appeared that garnered accolades from several quarters. Writing in the Washington Post, the celebrated science fiction and fantasy author Michael Swanwick extolled: "Put this volume on the shelf right between H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe. Where it belongs."The revisions in the present volume of Songs of a Dead Dreamer have been calculated to make its stories into enhanced incarnations of the originals. This edition is and will remain definitive.For those already familiar with the stories in Songs of a Dead Dreamer, an invitation is extended to return to them in their ultimate state. For those new to the collection, it is submitted to engage them with some of the most extraordinary tales of their kind. In either case, this publication of Songs of a Dead Dreamer offers evidence for why Ligotti has been judged to be among the most important authors in the history of supernatural horror.
Publisher: Burton, MI : Subterranean Press, 2010
Edition: 1st Subterranean Press ed
ISBN: 9781596062962
Characteristics: 282 p. ; 24 cm


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Nov 20, 2017

Takes a great deal of concentration to read this. Don't get me wrong, these stories were good and quite scary, but it's a slow build and one needs to read EVERYTHING (don't skim). As a person who likes to read on the bus, it was difficult for me to get through.

May 26, 2014

"Life is a nightmare that leaves its mark upon in order to prove that it is, in fact, real."
Reclusive American horror author Thomas Ligotti's name came up a number of times in connection with HBO's "True Detective," which prompted me to check out. Subterranean press has reissued three of his collections in revised, hardcover editions with creepy covers. This was his first and established him as the rightful heir to Lovecraft's slow-burn, supernatural horror, although astute readers will pick up traces of Poe too. Like Lovecraft, many of his stories have to due with legends, obscure lore, madness, and dream-like states that may be real. Check it out.


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