Thomas Ligotti, Miami: The Collapse of the Real

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Speaking with the dead can be so instructive. They remember what the living have forgotten, or would not know if they could. The true frailty of things.
…….-Thomas Ligotti,  Grimscribe

In Thomas Ligotti’s TheMystics of Muelenberg we’re presented as usual with a world which is askew, tipped in favor of the strange and deformed, the grotesque and macabre rather than the glittering façade of some Platonic realm of the marvelous:

If things are not what they seem—and we are forever reminded that this is the case—then it must also be observed that enough of us ignore this truth to keep the world from collapsing. Though never exact, always shifting somewhat, the proportion is crucial. For a certain number of minds are fated to depart for realms of delusion, as if in accordance with some hideous timetable, and many will never be returning to us. Even among those who remain…

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One response to “Thomas Ligotti, Miami: The Collapse of the Real

  1. I’m not sure why this ‘other side’ is dark. It seems to me this ‘darkness’ polemic is missing what is truly occurring; that ‘fantasy/real’ is some how a true polemic where then ‘dark’ is this ‘other /chaos ‘ I say that is pure phenomenal fantasy. And what Zizek is talking about is being missed for the sake of an ‘ideal-material’ world. Of course this ‘dark’ can be entertaining but it really gets no further than what is ‘lightened’ and thus is itself a corruption of what Zizek at least is referring to.

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