Ligotti as a Gateway Drug
A brief essay of mine appears today at SF Signal as part of their ongoing Mind Meld series of interviews (in which various authors address the same question). This week’s questions to ponder: What SF/F/H book (or books) have inspired you the most? How?
Anyone who knows me knows that Ligotti was bound to come up as part of my answer. But lately I’ve become more and more aware that Ligotti and his fan community, Thomas Ligotti Online, have acted as gateway drugs to a whole world of bizarre, neuron-tickling, soul-crushing texts. And, of course, I talk about those books and how they’ve inspired me, too. Some names that pop up: Mário de Sá-Carneiro, Leonid Andreyev, and Hermann Ungar (among others).