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The Nightmare Factory Paperback – Bargain Price, September 4, 2007
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"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 storytellers 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
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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...Read more ›
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.
"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.Read more ›
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Maybe it was my fault, but I thought it was a book by the author since it came up in a search for his name specifically. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Bradley Varnell
I have not read the original stories so I cannot comment on those or this as an adaption of those, but as a stand alone graphic novel, this was very entertaining and appropriately... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Marla CHRISSY Barnes
To me, Thomas Ligotti's work is a good demonstration of how horror is most effective in small doses. Read morePublished on October 10, 2012 by James D. Pratt
This was my frist ever graphic novel. I didnt know that at first,but was very plesently surprised. Drawing is excelent. Come from great storys, will defanatly buy the second vol.Published on December 6, 2011 by will
This graphic novel is made up of 4 short stories, all of which are based on the stories of Thomas Ligotti - a writer of the weird/horror genre. Read morePublished on August 12, 2011 by UltimateFan
Thomas Ligotti is an author who has mined a unique corner of the field of contemporary weird fiction. Read morePublished on August 16, 2009 by DLD
Ok, so it is not really a novel but a collection of 4 short stories. I will compare this to other comic book versions of horror and NOT to Ligotti's prose because i have never... Read morePublished on July 23, 2009 by R. Barnes
Sorry, but I didn't like it.
The same problem as with Lovecraft and other horror authors.
It just didn't succeed in horrifying me. Read more