Noctuary is the third volume of Thomas Ligotti's horror stories to appear in a revised, definitive edition from Subterranean Press. The first two collections in this series, Songs of a Dead Dreamer (2010; 1986; expanded edition, 1989) and Grimscribe: His Lives and Works (2011; originally published 1991), are now collector's items. Like its predecessors, Noctuary received numerous plaudits from reviewers upon its initial appearance. As Booklist observed, "The most disturbing terror comes from within, springs unexpectedly from bland or half-formed memories of the past. This is the terror that Ligotti cultivates in the rich evocative tales of Noctuary For those willing to immerse themselves in Ligotti's world, the rewards are great." When an interviewer asked Ligotti the derivation of the word "noctuary," he replied that it was the nocturnal counterpart of "diary," that is, a journal of what occurs on a nightly timetable rather than during the light of day. Echoing the tenebrous tone of the book's name are the section titles into which Noctuary is divided Studies in Shadow, Discourse on Blackness, Notebook of the Night. Shadow, Blackness, Night: these are substance and signification of the themes of Ligotti's works and the signature of gloom in which they are signed. New to Noctuary are the terse pieces of the volumes' third section. Composed of nineteen dreamy entries, Notebook of the Night is a journal or perhaps only excerpts of a greater work of insidious exploits, delirious freaks, hymns to the void, esoteric rituals, and carnivals of the abyss. As an introduction to this and the other segments of Noctuary is "In the Night, in the Dark: A Note on the Appreciation of Weird Fiction." Perhaps the reader will fight guidance in the words of this meditation on what separates the aberrant from the norm, the diseased from the wholesome, and the night from the day.
Burton, MI : SubterraneanPress, 2012
1st Subterranean ed
Branch Call Number:
FICTION LIGOTTI 2012
207 p. ;,24 cm
From Library Staff
I cannot sing the praises of Ligotti too much. A true innovator of words and integral writer in the horror genre. If you can find 'The Nightmare Factory,' you will experience all you need including this stunning collection. Any work of his is undoubtedly recommended.