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"A fine, creepy read." -- City Link (Florida)

"A large and generally very impressive gathering of imaginative and stylish horror fiction . . . richly atmospheric. -- Kirkus Reviews

"Beautifully, queasily rendered." -- A.V. Club.com (The Onion)

"Deliciously bleak. B+" -- EW.com (Entertainment Weekly)

"Outstanding...moody and deeply disturbing...each of these four stories will elicit a deep visceral response in the reader." -- Fearzone.com

"Provides a bitterly entertaining treat for those attuned to its storyteller’s grim sentiments." -- Boston Globe

"The Nightmare Factory lives up to its title, cleverly manufacturing disturbing dreams for discerning horror comic readers." -- Rue Morgue

"The skillful art subtly, or not so subtly, pulls out the creepiness of the premises and plots." -- Library Journal

"Worth a visit...the artwork alone warrants a look." -- Fangoria.com

"[E]ntertaining from start to finish...These tales of terror exude waves of paranoia and pathos from every page." -- Ain't it Cool News.com

About the Author

Joe Harris is Professor of Mathematics at Harvard University. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061243531
  • ASIN: B003H4RBOO
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,270,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on November 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
I was really excited by the idea of "The Nightmare Factory" as a graphic novel, but upon review I'm not sure that this is the best medium for the disquieting works of Thomas Ligotti. Those familiar with Ligotti's tales, often compared favorably to Lovecraft, know that they are filled with an internal madness. Characters struggle with unseen demons or relate past tales with much exposition. But what can come across as haunting on the page of a story can come across as inactivity in visual form. Psychological deterioration is hard to conceptualize in comic form. The artistry of "The Nightmare Factory" is apparent, but the artwork is framed with such stillness.

This ambitious collection is actually a representation of four Ligotti pieces--"The Last Feast of Harlequin," "Dream of a Mannikin," "Dr. Locrian's Asylum," and "Teatro Grottesco." Each section has an informative preface that gives context to the story and additional information about Ligotti's work. While I'm not accustomed to so much supplemental material in a graphic novel, it did add a necessary depth. The stories themselves are more creepy ideas than plot driven narrative. In as such, you'll probably like them or hate them. I probably thought "Harlequin" and "Asylum" were the two most rounded selections.

But, as I mentioned earlier, these graphic tales are actually not incredibly visual. Many of the stories relate with little or no dialogue, just an internal monologue or description from one panel to the next. That's fine--but the panels themselves then have to tell a compelling visual story. "Mannikin," for example, (which I like as a story) has endless panels of someone writing at a desk. Other stories just have lots of establishing shots-- towns, streets, buildings, etc...
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Ligotti has long been my favorite "horror writer." I was shocked to actually find this on the bookshelves of BOTH the big chain stores here in town. I hope this does well, because I would love to see another adaptation.

The only quibble I have with the whole package is the McKeever art for "Dr. Locrian's Asylum," but I've never been partial to his work. Still, that did not effect my enjoyment of the adaptation.

My favorite two Ligotti stories, "Dream of a Manniken" (the story that introduced me to Ligotti, I read in in an anthology and was instantly hooked and immediately bought the hardcover of "songs of a dead dreamer", and "Teatro Grotesco" are in this collection. Both are excellently adapted and rendered. "The Last Feast of Harlequin" is the first story in this collection, and the art is wonderful in it as well. Overall, the artists brought their A game, and the whole package is very atmospheric. AND Ligotti writes brand-new introductions to each story.

The price tag, $17.99, was a bit steep for my taste (I'm a full time student) but it's Ligotti-related, so I was bound and determined to buy it. FOX Atomic is supposedly watching the sales of this to see if maybe they might look into other Ligotti ventures. While I know it's a pipe dream, a Ligotti-scripted movie (there already is one, the wonderful "Crampton" co-written with Brandon Trenz, an expanded version of a script they wrote for the X Files years ago (and it would have made for the best episode of any of that show's last four seasons)) maybe in my lifetime???

If you like this, and Ligotti, I suggest also hunting down a copy of "In a Foreign Town, In a Foreign Land," which is a series of short short stories he wrote and which David Tibet of Current 93 composed suitably chilly music to listen to while reading it.
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Thomas Ligotti is really one of the best-kept secrets in the horror field. He's almost a throwback to supernatural writers of days gone by who could scare you without having to resort to blood & guts. Besides that, Ligotti is a fellow Detroiter and I've recently found we attended the same college, Wayne State University. He must be a great guy! Fox Atomic Comics has released an original graphic novel based on several of Ligotti's short stories featuring art by some of the best in the business: Ben Templesmith, Ted Mckeever, Michael Gaydos, and Colleen Doran. Ligotti's stories are adapted by writers Stuart Moore and Joe Harris and Ligotti provides and introduction to each of the four stories in this volume.

"The Last Feast of Harlequin" is a Lovecraft-inspired story very much in the same vein as "The Shadow Over Innsmouth". Here we have another strange old small town with creepy and rather unfriendly inhabitants who harbor a dark lineage. An anthropologist, who serves as the story's narrator, comes to the town of Mirocaw for their annual winter festival. The man has a rather unsettling fetish with clowns and wants to participate in the festivities by dressing in his own clown costume. He finds himself shunned by the townspeople despite his best efforts to fit in with the festivities. He'll soon find he has a dark connection to the others dressed in their bizarre clown make-up. Best story of the book by far I thought. Lovecraft influenced but with Ligotti's own flair and possibly a central character even more off balance than those love ol' Lovecraft.

"Dream of a Mannikin" features the best art in the book, courtesy of 30 Days of Night artist, Ben Templesmith.
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