Holy cow, how did I almost forget to hand out my Book of The Year award?
Last year went to John Langan’s incredible folk-horror tale, The Fisherman.
Let’s all hope Netflix turns it into a movie like they did with Malerman’s excellent Bird Box
OK, so onto this year’s book. It’s a doozy with one hell of a long title.
Songs of a Dead Dreamer and Grimscribe by Thomas Ligotti
(Yeah, I totally cut & pasted that)
This book. Oh this book.
So it’s technically a re-issue, but holy cow. This (set of two) books garnered me not just a Book of The Year, but also a personal “Favorite New Horror Author” award. It’s that good.
Ligotti’s work is just mind-bending. It’s also literary AF. So unlike The Fisherman and Bird Box I can totally recommend this to people who don’t traditionally like horror. Just don’t expect an easy read. It’s anything but.
As I said in my review earlier this year, this book is a straight-up challenge to get through. It takes time, focus, and lots of re-reading individual passages to unwrap the horrifying packaging of this guy’s ideas. The prose is also flat out beautiful, and makes me envious when I look at it.
Grab yourself a copy and you won’t be disappointed. I’m very excited to have received Ligotti’s The Conspiracy Against The Human Race for Christmas, which supposedly inspired a lot of those crazy Matthew McConaughey rants as Rust Cohle in the excellent season 1 of True Detective.
Good times all around.
What was your book of the year? Let everyone know down in the comments. I need to start making my “To Read” list for 2019!