The Nightmare Factory, Vol. 2

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  • Paperback
  • 112 pages
  • The Nightmare Factory, Vol. 2
  • Thomas Ligotti
  • English
  • 20 August 2019
  • 0061626368

About the Author: Thomas Ligotti

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The Nightmare Factory, Vol. 2 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 UnrealityLigotti S World Is A Thoroughly Modern One Where Both Identity And Reality Are Fleeting, And Nothing Is Truly As It Appears To BeFour 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

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10 thoughts on “The Nightmare Factory, Vol. 2

  1. Bill Kerwin says:

    Not quite as good as Volume 1 Gas Station Carnivals is excellent and The Clown Puppet was also very good, but I thought the other two stories The Chymist and The Sect of the Idiot were second rate Ligotti to begin with, and illustrated in ways that made themludicrous than scary Taken together, though, I admire these two volumes Ligotti s horror stories areintellectual than visceral, full of unsettling paradox and suggestion, and it would be a difficult task to represent Not quite as good as Volume 1 Gas Station Carnivals is excellent and The Clown Puppet was also very good, but I thought the other two stories The Chymist and The Sect of the Idiot were second rate Ligotti to begin with, and illustrated in ways that made themludicrous than scary Taken together, though, I admire these two volumes Ligotti s horror stories areintellectual than visceral, full of unsettling paradox and suggestion, and it would be a difficult task to represent them graphically and still be true to the quality of their terror

  2. B.C. says:

    This was a book that they over thought way too much They tried to make it smart and artsy In my experience, when artists try to be to smart or to abstract, very few people can appreciate it The people who can appreciate it are the artist and the people who think exactly like that artist I am not one of them.This book had next to nothing worth the weight of the paper it was on This is marketed as a horror novel There was nothing scary I just kept reading and waiting for something scary to This was a book that they over thought way too much They tried to make it smart and artsy In my experience, when artists try to be to smart or to abstract, very few people can appreciate it The people who can appreciate it are the artist and the people who think exactly like that artist I am not one of them.This book had next to nothing worth the weight of the paper it was on This is marketed as a horror novel There was nothing scary I just kept reading and waiting for something scary to happen, or anything to happen, and it never did.I will say there are a few good images Some of the art is pretty good Not good enough to compensate for the story and writing.The one piece of creative writing was a story that had only one person speak The writer did a great job of including the other characters side of the conversation within the monologue.Flip through this book if you like art and then put it back on the shelf

  3. Carlos says:

    I had found the first volume sort of hit and miss and was hoping that the second would preserve the strengths while avoiding some of the pitfalls of the first While it isconsistent, it s still sort of weak and made me realize how difficult it can be to translate from one medium to another, especially when dealing with such an odd, singular vision such as that of Thomas Ligotti.I ve found that Ligotti s best stories have such a powerful sense of language that after reading one, I ll have a I had found the first volume sort of hit and miss and was hoping that the second would preserve the strengths while avoiding some of the pitfalls of the first While it isconsistent, it s still sort of weak and made me realize how difficult it can be to translate from one medium to another, especially when dealing with such an odd, singular vision such as that of Thomas Ligotti.I ve found that Ligotti s best stories have such a powerful sense of language that after reading one, I ll have a phrase or a whole sentence bouncing around in my head for a while To transfer these stories successfully into a visual medium would probably require a visual imagination equally as twisted and powerful as Ligotti s literary imagination Sadly, none of these pieces reflect such an achievement.Of the stories adapted, Gas Station Carnivals, which is the first of the four, is easily my favorite The story centers largely around a story that one character tells about weird little carnivals located adjacent to gas stations, which his family would come across on road trips Among the attractions was a sideshow which would sometimes feature a sinister figure called The Showman, who never shows his face to the audience From this little bit of reminiscence, the story spins off into a strongly Kafka esque sense of paranoia The visuals are adequate though not spectacular, and the choice to fully reveal The Showman, while an arguably defensible choice, reveals the pitfalls of this sort of adaptation Also, the illustrator, perhaps because he was aware of the importance of language, has chosen to highlight important terms in the dialogue, which makes the whole thing feel like the world s strangest Mark Trail comic.The next story is The Clown Puppet, is a weaker story than Gas Station Carnivals The story is of a man who has experienced occasional visitations from a clown puppet, a literal puppet that will suddenly appear in his presence and mostly just proceed to creep him out These experiences have turned him into something of a drifter, and so as the story begins he finds himself behind the counter of a little drugstore after closing hours The clown puppet shows up, but the events of that evening deviate somewhat from his previous experiences Because it is a lesser story, one would imagine there s a littlethe illustrator can do, yet it also means the story is evenstrongly dependent on the language The art pushestowards the surreal, with a certain washed out look which emphasizes the artificial lights of its nighttime setting However, it doesn t really compensate for the weaker story.The third story is The Chymist from Ligotti s debut collection Songs of a Dead Dreamer I confess I ve never thought this was a great story Ligotti does have a talent for a unique sort of psychopath who despite a certain awful glamour also happens to be completely aware of his own insignificance in the universe, a combination of malevolence and lucidity I find chilling In this story, the psychopath is also the narrator, which means instead of seeing the story from the point of view of someone we might identify from we see it through someone completely repellent, which makes it less able to get under my skin The narrator is an actual chemist who works for a pharmaceutical company, and the story involves his picking up a prostitute in a bar, going back to her place and him giving her a drug with certain literally nightmarish effects It s not a great story, and the art doesn t help At some points, it does sort of evoke the peculiar take on urban decay that is a prominent Ligottian theme, but the figure of the chemist himself, whether in his leisure suit wearing regular day self or in his mad scientist alter ego, is just a bit too cartoony A better artistic representation might have made this unlikable character a littleinteresting, but the cartoony approach just makes him even less interesting.The final story is The Sect of the Idiot, a story about a man who moves to a new city, an older city which he finds almost transcendent in its age and decay One night he has a dream about certain strange, inhuman figures gathered in a room During the course of the dream, he comes to realize that not only do these figures somehow control reality but that they are themselves in turn controlled by evenpowerful,inhuman beings This story is also from Songs of a Dead Dreamer and the original, while pleasant enough, never struck me as one of his stronger pieces The adaptation is interesting, though as with Mr Locrian s Asylum in the first volume, I got the sense that the story had been trimmed a little too much, so that much of the sense of atmosphere was lost Aside from saying that I liked the way the figures in the room reflected the story s strongly Lovecraftian element, I thought the art decent but not strong enough to compensate for the abridgment of the text.Overall, I d say only The Chymist is a disappointment, though perhaps it was unrealistic to hope an interesting approach would redeem a lesser story The other stories, while never really elevating the original material or perhaps even living up to it, are enjoyable though not quite a match for the originals

  4. Doug says:

    As I said in my reivew of the first volume in this series, there is a mix of good to great art and some interesting writing adapting, but these short graphical vignettes rarely catch the full force of the prose which began them Some of the art might make up the gap for some of the readers, and there are those Ligotti completists who will wince at not being able to have his short introductions I would say they are less vital this time than in the previous volume but generally it is a curiosity t As I said in my reivew of the first volume in this series, there is a mix of good to great art and some interesting writing adapting, but these short graphical vignettes rarely catch the full force of the prose which began them Some of the art might make up the gap for some of the readers, and there are those Ligotti completists who will wince at not being able to have his short introductions I would say they are less vital this time than in the previous volume but generally it is a curiosity that could have been condensed, with the first volume, into somethingmemorable Special shout out, though, for The Chymist , which redefines Ligotti s vision in a way that is ultimately delightful sneaking horror in under a veneer of cheese Once I got into it, it is my favorite in this volume, and possibly in both volumes A complete story that finds its heart, unlike several of the others

  5. Marissa says:

    Considering this is a collection based on the work of Thomas Ligotti, it seems like a weird irony that his introductions to the stories actually turn out to be the worst writing in the book One of the intros is literally an entire page of him basically rephrasing the same sentence over and over in an attempt to seem both deep and creepy As you can imagine with anyone who describes their own writing as nihilistic, he comes off as a pretentious, talentless hack With that said, the first story Considering this is a collection based on the work of Thomas Ligotti, it seems like a weird irony that his introductions to the stories actually turn out to be the worst writing in the book One of the intros is literally an entire page of him basically rephrasing the same sentence over and over in an attempt to seem both deep and creepy As you can imagine with anyone who describes their own writing as nihilistic, he comes off as a pretentious, talentless hack With that said, the first story was a little creepy, but that is probably mostly due to the artistic rendering and not so much the writing or premise The scary clown thing is not the most original horror concept of all time In general, the stories read like bad Lovecraft fan fic and the art is pretty average

  6. Mark Desrosiers says:

    The stories here aremetaphysical than frightening the artists are a tad less interesting of course, Templesmith was on board last time and on the whole Ligotti seems to think he sprofound than he actually is or perhaps he s just sarcastically foregrounding themes like Nonsense, Meat, and Being Still, I loved The Clown Puppet , which with lots of help from Bill Sienkiewicz promises everything the title delivers And I was very amused to see Ligotti heaping serious non i The stories here aremetaphysical than frightening the artists are a tad less interesting of course, Templesmith was on board last time and on the whole Ligotti seems to think he sprofound than he actually is or perhaps he s just sarcastically foregrounding themes like Nonsense, Meat, and Being Still, I loved The Clown Puppet , which with lots of help from Bill Sienkiewicz promises everything the title delivers And I was very amused to see Ligotti heaping serious non ironic praise on The Unearthly , a ghastly 1957 John Carradine Tor Johnson vehicle that I mostly remember as one of thehilarious Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes

  7. Doug says:

    Between this and volume one, there s a collection of four stories that I really enjoyed Unfortunately there are a few stories among the rest that felt lacking, unfulfilled That might be due to the nature of the medium As with volume one, the illustrations are worth an extra star But I d probably be better off reading a collection of his actual stories instead.

  8. Amanda says:

    Ligotti s works are truly mesmerizing for their clarity into the horrors that lie just beneath the surface of reality And to have four talented artists bringing such horrors to life is what makes this second volume of The Nightmare Factory so breathtaking Ligotti s stories have a tendency to leave their mark upon my mind searing their imprint into tortured memories of the bizarre These stories will always remain with me as curiosities to ponder for days to come.

  9. Joe says:

    Bleh Some decent art but not scary or interesting.

  10. Damon says:

    This doesn t warrant much discussion Pretty generic psychological horror Nice enough art, including some Lolos, but not a lot of substance.