January 26th, 2019

cass, can you not

The City of Dreadful Night (James Thomson, 1874)

One of the most Thomas Ligotti things I've ever read, and that's counting Ligotti's actual writings. Based on London, but you fear (and know) it's the other way around. It merits reading in full: longish narrative poems aren't a format I usually enjoy, but some of the scenes read like versified versions of shorts written by a nearly suicidal Borges during a bad opium dream.

All in all, one of the best (and therefore worst) semi-allegorical-but-not-really depictions of depression I know of.

Project Gutenberg version