CONVERSATIONS IN A DEAD LANGUAGE from the short story collection NOCTUARY by Thomas Ligotti-
There is something TALES FROM THE CRYPT like about this short story, and more straight forward then what one usually associates with Ligotti, and it is a pleasant surprise. The shift in writing style I mean, not the story, which could not be defined as pleasant. Well done, grotesque, disturbing and enthralling… yes. Pleasant…. no.
CONVERSATIONS IN A DEAD LANGUAGE initially feeling more reminiscent to me of Robert Bloch, especially in its more visceral, graphic, vulgar imagery/language/sensibilities. However by the end, with its stream of consciousness narrative, absorption with dreams and puppet imagery, and its strange antagonist and his talk of what lives beyond the darkened sky… with all this you’re in solid Ligotti territory.
It’s a good read ranking up there with Ligotti’s more compelling efforts. A solid B+. Take it for a spin yourself here: