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Songs of a Dead Dreamer by Thomas Ligotti
Cover Artist: Aeron Alfrey
Review by Mario Guslandi
Subterranean Press Limited Edition  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781596062962
Date: 01 March 2010

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Originally published in 1985 by Silver Scarab Press Songs of a Dead Dreamer was the debut collection of Thomas Ligotti, an American horror writer become by now a cult author little known to the general public but highly esteemed in the golden ghetto of writers, editors and publishers belonging to the world of the genre small press. Now reprinted by Subterranean Press in a revised, definitive version, the collection, assembling eighteen tales plus two alleged "essays" on horror writing, represents a significant showcase of Ligotti’s atypical horror fiction.

From official release/information:

From publisher's website: Songs of a Dreamer was Thomas Ligotti's first collection of supernatural horror stories. When originally published in 1985 by Harry Morris's Silver Scarab Press, the book was hardly noticed. In 1989, an expanded version appeared that garnered accolades from several quarters. Writing in the Washington Post, the celebrated science fiction and fantasy author Michael Swanwick extolled: "Put this volume on the shelf right between H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe. Where it belongs."

The revisions in the present volume of Songs of a Dead Dreamer have been calculated to make its stories into enhanced incarnations of the originals. This edition is and will remain definitive.

For those already familiar with the stories in Songs of a Dead Dreamer, an invitation is extended to return to them in their ultimate state. For those new to the collection, it is submitted to engage them with some of the most extraordinary tales of their kind. In either case, this publication of Songs of a Dead Dreamer offers evidence for why Ligotti has been judged to be among the most important authors in the history of supernatural horror.

(Source: Subterranean Press)

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