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The nightmare factory. Volume 2
Ligotti, Thomas.
1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Fox Atomic Comics, [2008]

Physical Description:
1 v . (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm.
Presents four adaptations of the work of horror writer Thomas Ligotti, including "Gas Station Carnivals, " "The Clown Puppet, " "The Chymist, " and "The Sect of the Idiot, " by artists such as Joe Harris, Bill Sienkiewicz, Stuart Moore, and Nick Stakal.
General Note:
Several stories by various authors.
Gas station carnivals / Joe Harris ; art by Vasilis Lolos -- The clown puppet / Joe Harris ; art by Bill Sienkiewicz -- The chymist / Stuart Moore ; art by Toby Cypress ; colored by Rico Renzi -- The sect of the idiot / Stuart Moore ; art by Nick Stakal ; colored by Lee Loughridge.
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The mind-bending universe of horror master Thomas Ligotti awaits in another graphic adaptation of his haunting work. Enter a sphere where bizarre gas station carnivals serve as the first stop on the road to oblivion, a malevolent puppet steals people's identities, a deranged chemist engages in horrific experiments, and nameless beings skulk about in a stone tower, waiting to envelop the unsuspecting into the nebulous reaches of unreality.

Ligotti's world is a thoroughly modern one where both identity and reality are fleeting, and nothing is truly as it appears to be.

Four more of Ligotti's arresting tales are adapted into fine graphic literature by famed creators Stuart Moore, Joe Harris, Vasilis Lolos (The Last Call), Bill Sienkiewicz (Elektra: Assassin), Toby Cypress (Killing Girl), and Nick Stakal (Criminal Macabre: My Demon Baby), featuring all-new introductions to each story by Thomas Ligotti.

Author Notes

Stuart Moore is a freelance editor and partner in Botfriend, and editor of the Virgin Comics / SciFi Channel comics line and of the bestselling Marvel Knights imprint.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

School Library Journal Review

Gr 10 Up-Harris and Moore, along with a variety of artists, offer graphic adaptations of four of Ligotti's short stories. Harris's "The Gas Station Carnivals" is an evocative tale about a man looking for validation of childhood visits to bizarre carnivals, where he first encountered a nightmarish man whose hidden face could be his undoing. But does this man really exist or is he a result of "hideous magic"? In "The Clown," also by Harris, the storyteller is haunted by "nonsense" that fills his head. Most terrifying is a lifeless marionette that appears before him with "dead eyes" and a "perverse expression," and is "deemed to be capable of anything." In Moore's "The Chymist," a mad scientist performs sinister experiments on live human subjects, while a man in "The Sect of the Idiot" has visions of hooded beings not of this world, followed by a horrifying realization that they are not just dreams. Ligotti has been described as a master of contemporary horror, and the tales in this volume live up to expectation-sophisticated, horrific, and unpredictable. The artists' full-color illustrations bring a different style and flavor to the book, and none disappoint. A new introduction by Ligotti prefaces each tale.-Lara McAllister, Halifax Public Libraries, Nova Scotia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.