Read The Nightmare Factory, Vol. 1 by Thomas Ligotti Stuart Moore Joe Harris Colleen Doran Ben Templesmith Ted McKeever Michael Gaydos Online


"A fractured mind is often the way into a world not suspected by those of an innocent normality."Enter the universe of renowned horror master Thomas Ligotti—a universe where clowns take part in a sinister winter festival, a scheming girlfriend makes reality itself come unraveled, a crumbling asylum's destruction unleashes a greater horror, and a mysterious Teatro comes and"A fractured mind is often the way into a world not suspected by those of an innocent normality."Enter the universe of renowned horror master Thomas Ligotti—a universe where clowns take part in a sinister winter festival, a scheming girlfriend makes reality itself come unraveled, a crumbling asylum's destruction unleashes a greater horror, and a mysterious Teatro comes and goes, leaving only shattered dreams in its wake.In the tradition of Edgar Allan Poe and H. P. Lovecraft, Ligotti's sophisticated tales of terror take us to places few would suspect exist, where madness is only a thought away. The Nightmare Factory adapts four of Ligotti's most chilling tales into fine graphic literature by famed writers and artists Stuart Moore, Joe Harris, Colleen Doran (The Sandman), Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night), Ted McKeever (Batman), and Michael Gaydos (Alias). Featuring all-new introductions to each story by Thomas Ligotti....

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ISBN : 9780061243530
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Number of Pages : 112 Pages
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The Nightmare Factory, Vol. 1 Reviews

  • BillKerwin
    2018-11-18 22:57

    A graphic interpretation of four Ligotti stories: "The Last Feast of Harlequin," "Dream of a Mannikin," "Dr. Locrian's Asylum" and "Teatro Grottesco." With Ligotti, often the most suggestive horrors are philosophical rather than physical, and therefore images cannot convey how disturbing these stories really are. Still, these illustrated tales are both compelling and useful, as aids to a literary meditation on nihilism.These illustrations may operate in much in the same way as an icon that is used in the journey of Orthodox prayer. Except that here your destination is an abandoned outpost filled with derelict bungalows and impassible roads.

  • James Pratt
    2018-11-25 22:40

    To me, Thomas Ligotti's work is a good demonstration of how horror is most effective in small doses. These illustrated adaptions of a handful of his stories haul you in but don't give you enough time to become acclimated (and therefore desensitized to) the premise before bringing things to an abrupt (anti) resolution. Ligotti is one of the modern masters of weirdness and the artwork ranges from decent to downright spooky. Interesting stuff.James Pratt, author of "When Dead Gods Dream"

  • Amanda
    2018-11-17 03:45

    The best gift someone (at least this girl) can receive is a book, or in this case, a graphic novel of an author's most horror-inducing tales. I've been figuratively dying to get my hands on The Nightmare Factory, and now thanks to the merry holidays, I have it in my possession. Once I had a moment to myself, my greedy hands pawed at this book, devouring its words and images like the literary glutton that I am. And before I knew it, I had reached its end. The graphics ceased, but my enjoyment had not. To have images styled to Thomas Ligotti's words was a gift in and of itself. Ligotti's writings are so imaginative and grotesque, that it is almost necessary to have accompanying graphics; all lovingly crafted from a few different artists of today. I love Ligotti and I love this graphic representation of his stories. Definitely worth your attention.

  • rob
    2018-12-05 06:03

    some critic somewhere said once that ligotti's overarching theme was his stories' sense of dread, in a word: doubt. his characters are saddled with it like a melancholic Atlus, the coming gotterdammerung too strong to allow you to even care to shrug. well, none of that translates to the comic medium. a couple (four total here) of the stories' ends are completely changed, one of them has an entirely new character in its protagonist and the most well known (and most comically (heh) astute)the Last Feast of Harlequin, seems just silly when the ending is shown. none of this leaves the reader feeling like the original stories do, and most of it excises his beautiful prose, and all of it will do nothing to garner more readers for him. pastiche, completely disposable. a shame.

  • R.R. López
    2018-11-24 02:56

    La fábrica de pesadillas en realidad es una fábrica de somníferos.Es innegable que Ligotti es un escritor con gran dominio del lenguaje, una imaginería muy original, y una prosa evocadora con reminiscencias de Poe y Lovecraft, pero sus narraciones a veces son demasiado introspectivas y muy lentas para mi gusto.Este libro lo he usado un par de noches que tenía insomnio, y mano de santo.

  • Tade Thompson
    2018-11-11 04:52

    A bit disappointing.I do not think Ligotti translates well to graphic novel format.The art did not move me in any of the stories. Some of the choices of scene puzzled me.I had high hopes for this, and I won't be buying volume 2.

  • ♡ Carla
    2018-12-09 05:05


  • Doug
    2018-12-11 04:43

    I have read this graphic novel of four shortish adaptations (of Thomas Ligotti short stories by people not Thomas Ligotti) and four short introductions (by Thomas Ligotti), before, and my thoughts shifted from initially enjoying it to thinking that it has missed the mark. Rereading it to coincide with my reading of Songs of a Dead Dreamer, I find that both of my takes were correct. First off, the artwork is excellent in just about every way, and for certain types of fans of horror and horror comics, I might suggest the volume for that alone. Secondly, there are those of Thomas Ligotti fandom that might enjoy the short introductory works. The insight into the Lovecraftian nature of "Last Feast of Harlequin" was interesting. Though this would be only four pages total of the collection. Thirdmost, my mixed emotions being both correct. There is not a story in here that does not nail the major points of the story they are based upon. See "Dr. Locrian's Asylum" as a prime example. You have a town tearing down an asylum and you have weird things happening in the asylum and then after the asylum is torn down the town is haunted by...the release of the other, perhaps. Perhaps the loss of walls between inside and out. Maybe ghosts, but probably not. Gone, though, is the time to build up to what exactly was going on (instead, we get something like a page) and the quiet build up prior to the events. The story as covered in the graphic novel is about 1/3 of the story as written. Even in cases like "Dreams of the Mannikin", where it hits most of the story elements, it misses the essential lingering characteristic of many of the Ligotti stories present. The humanity of the stories, the artistic woe: present in the graphic novel, but not quite present enough. This leaves two of the stories, the named in the previous paragraph, somewhat deprived of their heart, so their endings come up like sudden shorelines. "The Last Feast of Harlequin" and "Teatro Grottesco" seem to keep their flavor more thoroughly, though. For this, my three stars. I like the collection, but do not know if it managed what it tried. I am not even sure if it could have even if it had tried harder.

  • Roman Stadtler
    2018-11-28 22:39

    Well, reviewer Rob summed it up perfectly below. I'll just add; what a snorefest! The Last Feast of Harlequin was the best of the four stories, with a promising set up and interesting action, both with Lovecraftian flavor, but the protagonist wasn't interesting in the slightest, there was no sense of dread (though all the elements were there) and the ending was a whole lot of "That's it, huh? Well."Dream of a Mannikin - I'm not sure what this story is about, something to do with objectification and control, but it was so incoherent, I didn't care.Dr. Locrian's Asylum - This had promise, too, and atmospheric art that fit the story and setting, but it also lacked feeling. If I don't feel anything for any character and don't even feel unsettled, let alone fear or horror, it's failed as a horror story. Like Last Feast, the elements were there, and I'd be curious to see this story done as a short film by someone with sharp narrative skills.Teatro Grottesco - My favorite art in the book, but it was also a wholly uninteresting story. Something about the nebulous void, within and without us, the "soft, black stars" threatening our sanity and existence, in the vein of the void outside Erich Zann's window and seeping through Lovecraft's works in general, but devoid (HA) of even a register of emotion. I don't mind subtlety, but boring and unrelatable, no thanks. Since these are adaptations of Ligotti, I'm slightly curious to try his original stories, like Last Feast, but I didn't care for his writing in the introductions to these stories. They read as pretentious and telling us points of the stories that weren't there, at least in these adaptations. Perhaps they are in the originals?

  • Laura
    2018-11-29 06:09

    Definitely creepy. Ligotti really built up a nightmare with a great amount of skill. But each story's ending left me wishing he would have taken it a step further. Each story the reader is clutching the book thinking, oh dear lord what horror awaits. It's such a perfect fear emotion to pull out of people. Then the ending. And it's not like it's a badly written ending or anything, it's just I wish there was MORE. (view spoiler)[Like the asylum story. Great build up, then the shadows/spirits/memories driving the entire town crazy, and then the whole town consumed by flame... just feels like the whole town being crazy and perpetually haunted would have been a creepier ending. Or if the asylum was destroyed in flames then also the town, that would have been creepier too.I think the story that left me feeling the most eerie was the doll story. The play on reality and dream, the dream within a dream confusing everyone what's real, and then the end with the narrator himself leaving the reader questioning his sanity and what's real. Best ending out of the lot I think. (hide spoiler)]I would highly recommend to fans of horror, especially horror that leaves open endings for you to interpret.

  • C.M. Crockford
    2018-11-11 03:08

    I've read two of Ligotti's other books (Songs of a Dead Dreamer and Teatro Grottesco) and I've read three of the stories adapted here. Even though I KNEW what was coming, I knew how the stories worked and how they would end, I still felt the same awful, numbing horror I always feel finishing his works, always. One is taken into a dream world without explanation or consolation when you read Thomas Ligotti and I feel as though I have been taken there a few times too many. I sat at a transit station and finished the book and gazed into the world. Four or five birds sat pecking at what refuse they could find. What appeared to be vomited beans lay on the ground. And I was forced to keep going.

  • Megan
    2018-11-10 03:54

    Perfect time of year for this. Interpretation of the clown story was super creeps, but all of the stories focus more on atmosphere than plot. However, I really like that, and there's also a heavy amount of philosophy and psychological exploration going on here, which is right up my alley as well. Ligotti writes more than your average horror tale and these are nicely illustrated, although I wouldn't go so far as to say they are fully adapted into comics... I guess technically.... I do especially love Colleen Doran's artwork though.

  • Jim
    2018-11-24 07:00

    Four odd and creepy stories. But they seemed to be missing something. The ideas were interesting and the art was fantastic. But something was lacking in the execution. I don't know if it's Ligotti's stories in general, or the adaptation, but there was something I didn't quite get. Maybe this is an intentional part of his writing, to leave the reader with a sense of bewilderment, but with a few of these, I was just left thinking, "huh?"

  • colleen the convivial curmudgeon
    2018-11-15 00:49

    2.5Overall, I'm kinda meh about the whole thing.The art was decent, and suitably atsompherically creepy, but the stories were disjointed and hard to follow. Apparently they are based on prose novels, as opposed to being written for the format, so maybe that had something to do with it. I liked the one about the town with the asylum, and the clown one sort of stayed with me, but I don't even remember the others, and I just read it yesterday.

  • Mark Desrosiers
    2018-12-03 23:09

    Thomas Ligotti is the type of eggheaded horror writer who prefers to spook you with metaphysics and dreary clowns, rather than the usual electroconvulsive mix of corpses and demons. So let's just say that these stories aren't very frightening at all. Instead, you read this for the spooky art, which seems to improve on his originals in odd ways. I especially dug Ted McKeever's skin-gouging hard lines and Michael Gaydos's washed-out rainbow-noir coloring (in the freakiest of the four stories).

  • Keira
    2018-12-05 04:52

    I wasn't a really big fan of this collection. They were not very nightmarish to me for the most part, and I only enjoyed 2 of the 4 stories (the first two). I guess I would recommend this if you can get it, simply for those first two stories. People with a more poetic/philosophical bent may enjoy the other two stories a bit more than I did.

  • Doug
    2018-11-13 22:51

    Unfortunately for me, this is my first real introduction to Ligotti. Maybe I should seek out his actual stories or maybe just cut my losses. These feel like you're reading one of every ten sentences, like so much is missing. An extra star because the artwork is well done, but overall it's more annoying than enjoyable.

  • Ian
    2018-11-15 06:09

    3 1/2 stars. Ligotti is pretty awesome, so let's jump on the graphic novel bandwagon!...and the results are not bad at all. It's a little bit difficult to get enthusiastic about this project because the addition of a visual element doesn't really seem to improve upon the original work, but at least they leave most of his creepycreepy language intact. A brief, enjoyable read.

  • Janice
    2018-11-22 22:53

    Four creepy stories, featuring skillful but fittingly unsettling artwork from four different artists. I personally found that all four comics relied too much on the narration, (it worked well in the first and last stories, but perhaps not the other two) and scarier visuals would've made them even better.

  • Chris kunselman
    2018-11-15 05:55

    ligotti writes horror like it matters. his books are full of powerful sentences and slowly building unease. this comic adaptation isn't entirely succesfull, the stories could easily have been given another 5 or 10 pages yet most of the art was dark and interesting and far from typical. i enjoyed this quite a bit.

  • Donna
    2018-12-03 23:59

    Atmospheric and well illustrated, but didn't seem very frightening to me. Rather than one tale, this book was four shorter unrelated stories. I think these stories would have been more enjoyable if they were longer and more in-depth.

  • Miah
    2018-12-04 04:50

    I wasn't a fan of this one, which is disappointing, because I thought I would be. Ultimately, I found the stories utterly uninteresting. The art, however, was phenomenal. Especially in "Dream of the Mannikan." The lighting, the shading, the colors all made it pleasing to look at if not to read.

  • Leah Lucci
    2018-11-12 01:51

    A lot of these stories were probably amazing as stories, but didn't quite translate well into comics. The illustrations were, however, beautiful, and some of the stories seem like they would be really cool to read in their entirety.

  • Russell
    2018-11-12 03:02

    I wasn't terribly impressed with this. I bought it on hearing it compared to Lovecraft and Poe, but I don't see Ligotti as anywhere near those writers. Certainly it has that atmosphere, but he doesn't quite pull it off as they did.

  • Aaron VanAlstine
    2018-11-19 04:43

    Four stories illustrated by four different artists. The art is interesting but the so-called horror stories aren't scary, interesting, or compelling in any way. In fact, they are downright boring. It took less than an hour to read this "graphic novel" cover to cover. Skip this one.

  • Melissa
    2018-11-25 02:04

    Felt like I was reading something penned for either the twilight zone or tales from the crypt. None of these stories seemed very "scary"... psychologically or otherwise. Bonus I did find a story in there that an episode of Supernatural was based off of.

  • Chris
    2018-11-16 04:43

    As many others have said, the author goes for scary mood over story. Unfortunately, I think he sometimes goes for scary mood at the expense of the story. These short stories are somewhat frightening to read but leave me feeling more confused than chilled once they are over.

  • Rob
    2018-11-11 03:59

    Good horror.

  • Becky Loader
    2018-11-29 05:43

    These stories are not for the faint of heart. I was not familiar with Ligotti, and what a great introduction to his stories is in this excellent graphic book. Creepy, and yet, compelling.

  • Gretchen
    2018-11-15 02:02

    What is the deal with mammoth worms? That is something I've never grokked. Update: art is lovely; the stories - eh.