Frases de Thomas Ligotti

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Thomas Ligotti

Fecha de nacimiento: 9. Julio 1953
Otros nombres:توماس لیقوتی,Томас Лиготи

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Thomas Ligotti es un poeta y escritor estadounidense contemporáneo del género de terror. Sus obras narrativas cultivan diversos modos y estilos, más frecuentemente el terror lovecraftiano, y a veces se les ha asignado el calificativo de "horror filosófico". Es decir, se trata de narraciones filosóficas, pero en un tono "más oscuro" que las emparenta con la ficción gótica. Autor poco conocido por el gran público, el periódico Washington Post comentó de su obra: «Se trata del secreto mejor guardado de la literatura de terror contemporánea».[1]​ Otro crítico declaró: «Es un escritor experto en verdad que puede sugerir un horror tan impactante que se agradece que se mantenga fuera de escena».[2]​

Este autor es citado en la española Historia natural de los cuentos de miedo, que cita a su vez a S. T. Joshi , como uno de los escritores fundamentales de la fantasía macabra en su país y defensor a ultranza del género cuentístico frente a la excesiva preponderancia de la novela.[3]​

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Frases Thomas Ligotti

„Also worthy of mention is a clique among the suicidal for whom the meaning of their act is a darker thing. Frustrated as perpetrators of an all-inclusive extermination, they would kill themselves only because killing it all is closed off to them. They hate having been delivered into a world only to be told, by and by, “This way to the abattoir, Ladies and Gentlemen.” They despise the conspiracy of Lies for Life almost as much as they despise themselves for being a party to it. If they could unmake the world by pushing a button, they would do so without a second thought. There is no satisfaction in a lonesome suicide.“

— Thomas Ligotti
Context: Also worthy of mention is a clique among the suicidal for whom the meaning of their act is a darker thing. Frustrated as perpetrators of an all-inclusive extermination, they would kill themselves only because killing it all is closed off to them. They hate having been delivered into a world only to be told, by and by, “This way to the abattoir, Ladies and Gentlemen.” They despise the conspiracy of Lies for Life almost as much as they despise themselves for being a party to it. If they could unmake the world by pushing a button, they would do so without a second thought. There is no satisfaction in a lonesome suicide. The phenomenon of “suicide euphoria” aside, there is only fear, bitterness, or depression beforehand, then the troublesomeness of the method, and nothingness afterward. But to push that button, to depopulate this earth and arrest its rotation as well—what satisfaction, as of a job prettily done. This would be for the good of all, for even those who know nothing about the conspiracy against the human race are among its injured parties.

„This would explain why at any given time there are more cannibals than philosophical pessimists.“

— Thomas Ligotti
Context: Optimism has always been an undeclared policy of human culture- one that grew out of our animal instincts to survive and reproduce- rather than an articulated body of thought. It is the default condition of our blood and cannot be effectively questioned by our minds or put in grave doubt by our pains. This would explain why at any given time there are more cannibals than philosophical pessimists.

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„Since I was a child, I’ve used my imagination to escape from life. At the same time, my imagination has plagued me with both reality-based anxieties as well as anxieties based entirely in the imagination, such as the fear of Hell I was taught to have by the Catholic Church. Paired with a talent for literary composition, a talent that it took me over ten years to refine, I became a writer of horror stories. To my mind, writing is the most important form of human expression, not only artistic writing but also philosophical writing, critical writing, etc. Art as such, especially programmatic music such as operas, seems trivial to me by comparison, however much pleasure we may get from it. Writing is the most effective way to express and confront the full range of the realities of life. I can honestly say that the primary stature I attach to writing is not self-serving. I’ve been captivated to some degree by all forms of creativity and expression—the visual arts, film, design of any sort, and especially music. In college I veered from literature to music for a few years, which is the main reason it took me six years to get an undergraduate degree in liberal arts. I’ve loved music for as long as I can remember. Since my instrument is the guitar, I know every form and style in its history and have written the classical, acoustic, and electric forms of this instrument. I think because I have had such a love and understanding of music do I realize, to my grief, its limitations. Writing is less limited in the consolations it offers to those who have lost a great deal in their lives. And it continues to console until practically everything in a person’s life has been lost. Words and what they express have the best chance of returning the baneful stare of life.“

— Thomas Ligotti
Wonderbook Interview with Thomas Ligotti http://wonderbooknow.com/interviews/thomas-ligotti/

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