Songs of a Dead Dreamer & Grimscribe by Thomas Ligotti
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Songs of a Dead Dreamer & Grimscribe by Thomas Ligotti

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Trade paperback format.  Foreword by Jeff Vandermeer.  This reprint presents an affordable option for readers of dark fiction who have been frustrated by the high price of these rarely-reprinted Ligotti classics, plus gives you two books in one!

Two terrifying classics by “the best kept secret in contemporary horror fiction” (The Washington Post)
Thomas Ligotti’s debut collection, Songs of a Dead Dreamer, and his second, Grimscribe, permanently inscribed a new name in the pantheon of horror fiction.  Influenced by the strange terrors of Lovecraft and Poe and by the brutal absurdity of Kafka, Ligotti eschews cheap, gory thrills for his own brand of horror, which shocks at the deepest, existential, levels.

Ligotti’s stories take on decaying cities and lurid dreamscapes in a style ranging from rich, ornamental prose to cold, clinical detachment. His raw and experimental work lays bare the unimportance of our world and the sickening madness of the human condition. Like the greatest writers of cosmic horror, Ligotti bends reality until it cracks, opening fissures through which he invites us to gaze on the unsettling darkness of the abyss below.

Songs of a Dead Dreamer Contents:

1. Dreams for Sleepwalkers

  • "The Frolic"
  • "Les Fleurs"
  • "Alice's Last Adventure"
  • "Dream of a Manikin"
  • The Nyctalops Trilogy
  • "The Chymist"
  • "Drink to me Only with Labyrinthine Eyes"
  • "Eye of the Lynx"
  • "Notes on the Writing of Horror: A Story"
  • 2. Dreams for Insomniacs

  • "The Christmas Eves of Aunt Elise: A Tale of Possession in Old Grosse Pointe"
  • "The Lost Art of Twilight"
  • "The Troubles of Dr. Thoss"
  • "Masquerade of a Dead Sword: A Tragedie"
  • "Dr. Voke and Mr. Veech"
  • "Professor Nobody's Little Lectures on Supernatural Horror"

    3. Dreams for the Dead

  • "Dr. Locrian's Asylum"
  • "The Sect of the Idiot"
  • "The Greater Festival of Masks"
  • "The Music of the Moon"
  • "The Journal of J.P. Drapeau"
  • "Vastarien"
  • Grimscribe Contents:

    1.  The Voice of the Damned    

        "The Last Feast of Harlequin"

    "The Spectacles in the Drawer"    

    "Flowers of the Abyss"    


    2. The Voice of the Demon    

    "The Dreaming in Nortown"    

    "The Mystics of Muelenburg"    

    "In the Shadow of Another World"    

    "The Cocoons"

    3. The Voice of the Dreamer    

    "The Night School"    

    "The Glamour"

    4. The Voice of the Child    

    "The Library of Byzantium"    

    "Miss Plarr"

    5. The Voice of Our Name    

    "The Shadow at the Bottom of the World"