Last Updated on Friday, 21 June 2013 20:52 Written by T.E. Grau
Thomas Ligotti is simply one of the most masterful American writers alive today.Most would consider him an author of horror stories, but his work is unlike anything else being written in any genre. He has been favorably compared to both Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft, yet Ligotti's fiction, far from being merely derivative of any one writer, has a distinctiveness that is singular both in its voice and its quality. His latest collection, The Nightmare Factory, won both the 1997 Bram Stoker Award and the 1997 British Fantasy Award for best anthology/collection of the year; The Red Tower also won a Bram Stoker Award for best novella of the year. Ligotti's latest novella, My Work Is Not Yet Done, won both the International Horror Guild and Bram Stoker Awards (May and June '03 respectively).
(from Thomas Ligotti Online)
LORE: I know you are a great admirer of the classic writers of supernatural and fantastical fiction, such as Poe, Lovecraft, Blackwood, Machen, and others. Did the newly arrived authors of the '70s and '80s like King, Barker, Campbell, and T.E.D. Klein influence and/or inspire you to give horror writing a go, or did you always imagine you’d pursue writing?
T.L.: Campbell and Klein were inspirational to me because as short story and novella writers they set a standard for horror fiction that I found worth aspiring to.
LORE: As a writer of dark fiction, where a bleak outlook – and, indeed, outcome – aids in the effective expression of a horror story, do you think your real experiences with anhedonia have helped your fictional stories? Similarly, do you think a pessimistic worldview gives an individual a bit of an edge when writing dark literature?
Written by Rod Heather Monday, 04 March 2013 16:53
R. A. Salvatore is best known for The DemonWars Saga, his Forgotten Realms novels, in which he created the popular character Drizzt Do'Urden, and Vector Prime, the first novel in the Star Wars: The New Jedi Order series. He has sold more than 15 million copies of his books in the USA alone and twenty-two of his titles have been New York Times best-sellers.
In the final book of the #4 New York Times best-selling Neverwinter Saga, Drizzt Do'Urden navigates a winding path littered with secrets and lies. Tangled up in his companion Dahlia’s dark secrets, the ties that once held her close to Drizzt threaten to tear as her bonds to his former foe, Artemis Entreri, continue to grow. Meanwhile, in the caverns of Gauntlgrym, the drow Tiago Baenre enlists the help of Bregan D'aerthe in his quest to destroy Drizzt. While making promises they may not keep, the agents of the elite drow mercenary group hide plans of their own. Determined to stand for what’s right in the Realms once again, Drizzt forges a new road north—toward Icewind Dale. Will his new companions follow? Can he fight the darkness alone? Either way, he knows now where he’s headed—back to the only place that’s ever felt like home.
Written by David A. Hill Monday, 07 January 2013 19:36
Carlos Ezquerra is a legendary comics artist, perhaps best known for his work with 2000 AD, DC, and for his involvement in creating the Judge Dredd character. He currently resides in Andorra, a European microstate in the Pyrenees.
LORE: Let's get this out of the way: the Dredd movie. What did you think?
CE: I saw the film in London and it was a pleasant surprise! It captures the essence of the real Dredd, plus it is a return to the earlier one before it was on steroids, and Karl Urban does it perfectly!
LORE: The sheer volume and diversity of your work is amazing. Is there a character/story or writer you've not worked with that might be on your "short list" for future projects?
CE: There are several of them I'd love to work with, but never had the opportunity. Perhaps in the future...
LORE: Could you give us any names or hints? Are you in a position to request or suggest collaborations?
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 May 2012 19:45 Written by LORE Thursday, 03 May 2012 19:15
In conjunction with the exciting release of our first all-new issue, John Fultz recently interviewed Rod Heather for Black Gate about LORE 2.1, LORE's history, resurrection, and future. Check it out HERE!
Last Updated on Monday, 02 April 2012 15:37 Written by Robert M. Price Monday, 05 December 2011 03:04
Jacques Derrida, father of Deconstruction, aptly said that people either love or hate Deconstruction. Once I was teaching a class on Postmodernism and Deconstruction, and one fellow, a retired professor if I recall correctly, was so outraged and incensed by what I was saying that he just could not control himself! He continually interrupted me to sound off about how outrageous Deconstruction’s methods and claims were! I had to ask him to be patient and hear me out. What I was really asking him was to try to be teachable, to stop defending himself against an idea that struck him as counter-intuitive. Give it a chance, try to understand it as its advocates do. If you still disagree, then you will at least be in a position to level an informed critique.
Now I am asking you to do me the same favor. Many readers have found Donald R. Burleson’s and my Deconstructive analyses to be unpalatable. Initially I reacted the same way to Don’s. But eventually I began to realize there had to be a method in this seeming madness. Burleson was no dummy! He must see something in it, so I started reading up on the subject—and I got converted! In what follows, please try to be open-minded.
Don’s “Identity and Alterity in Henry James's ‘The Jolly Corner’” first appeared in Studies in Weird Fiction #8 (February 1990). His “Arthur Machen's ‘N’ as Allegory of Reading” first appeared in Studies in Weird Fiction #7 (Spring 1990). My own “The Criticism of Azathoth” appeared (where else?) in Crypt of Cthulhu # 80 (Eastertide 1992).
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