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Hey folks, Ambush Bug here. Sorry to disappoint, but there won’t be a regular AICN Comics Reviews column this week due to some of them-thar technical difficulties.
But fear not, Faithful Talkbackers, we do have a nifty contest for you all to partake in. Fox Atomic is publishing another massive original graphic novel presenting four of horror/suspense writer Thomas Ligotti’s best short stories. The comic is called THE NIGHTMARE FACTORY, named after a collection of short stories by Ligotti.
Fox Atomic has lined up some pretty top tier talent to bring these tales of terror to life. Writers Stuart Moore (one of my favorite Batman and Punisher writers) & Joe Harris (film writer of WHEN DARKNESS FALLS and THE TRIPPER) provide the words. The art chores go to such uber-talent as Ben Templesmith (30 DAYS OF NIGHT, WORMWOOD), Coleen Doran (SANDMAN), Ted McKeever (BATMAN, METROPOL, ENGINEHEAD), and Michael Gaydos (ALIAS). With an ensemble cast like this putting the book together, it’s got to be good. And I’ve read it…is really is that good.
Fox Atomic and AICN Comics want to give away ten of these bad boys to ten lucky Talkbackers who are willing to share a deep dark secret. Since nightmares are on tap, I figured it’d be an awesome contest to pick y’all’s psyche and ask you guys to send in the scariest, most pee-inducing nightmare you’ve ever experienced. So send me a SHORT PARAGRAPH (!) describing your worst nightmares along with your postal address. The top ten will be announced at the end of the month and will receive a copy of THE NIGHTMARE FACTORY OGN.
Click on the images to the right and the left to see snippets of the artwork in all its glory, and you can read my review of this book in next week’s column. Don’t forget to send your worst nightmares here.
Good luck and we’ll be back with more reviews next week.

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  • Sept. 5, 2007, 7:45 p.m. CST


    by jake31


  • Sept. 5, 2007, 7:48 p.m. CST

    congratulate me!

    by jake31

    I have been reading AICN for well over 5 years and have never posted before. In fact, I never had an account until about 2 minutes ago. And now? My first first.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Ligotti is very talented, but what an acquired taste!

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    I think a comic series is the way to go for him. And hey, you guys gonna do a double-length column next week?!? ;^)

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Way to go Jake31!

    by BangoSkank

    You fucking useless twat. <p> How was that?

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 9:06 p.m. CST

    I dig Ligotti's stuff

    by neutrino

    Be interesting to see how it translates. I never have nightmares though - despite how much horror I read and watch - so I guess I'll have to buy it. Or maybe I could make on up - something involving being trapped in a giant bowl of pudding with a naked Rosie O'Donnell. (shudders)

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 9:07 p.m. CST

    No review-age this week?

    by TallBoy66

    Well, huh?

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 10:37 p.m. CST


    by BangoSkank

    Sorry my nightmare is so long. I actually cut a shitload out.

  • Sept. 6, 2007, 5:40 a.m. CST

    Congrats Jake31

    by Dr.Zeus

    Your life is now complete!.....umm feel free to kill yourself! :D heh Hey Ambush! I'll do this weeks column for you if you don't mind? Okay fellas and fellets! New comics arrive on Thursday this week. Rush right out and buy a copy of "The Boys #10!" You know that book is going to be entertaining as hell!

  • Sept. 6, 2007, 7:23 a.m. CST

    Ligotti's stuff can be very repetative after awhile.

    by rev_skarekroe

    Might make for good funnybooks, though.

  • Sept. 6, 2007, 8:20 a.m. CST


    by Bluejack

    argh! I'll rant about something to pick up after you slackers! ;)

  • Sept. 6, 2007, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Ligotti: one of the best horror writers ever

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    Don't believe it? Go to and see for yourself.

  • Sept. 6, 2007, 11:06 a.m. CST


    by bendkafka

    Ligotti belongs in the company of Poe and Lovecraft in the field of horror fiction.

  • Sept. 6, 2007, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Bug, Are You Insane? Here's MY Nightmare...

    by Buzz Maverik

    "Hey, Buzz, let me tell you about this dream I had last night--"<p>"NO-NO-NO!"<p>"C'mon, it was really cool and would make a great movie. I was beating up all these bikers and taking their women, only they didn't look like real biker women, they looked like models and actresses pretending to be biker women and the bikers were going to stick your head in one of those things from the saloons in the old westerns that Doc Holiday used to spit in and Doc Holiday was in it and he said he had my back, and for some reason he flew one of those A-Wing fighters from the STAR WARS know the ones nobody cared about and not even Lucas could sell the toys of...Anyway you were running around with that brass thing on your head, whaddya callit--"<p> "A spitoon. Don't tell me your dream. I don't care--"<p>"And like, I had a band and played lead guitar but all the instruments were made of balonga. Now, you might remember that Doc Holiday was flying the A-Wing fighter and he kept switching from Val Kilmer Doc Holiday to Dennis Quaid Doc Holiday and I think there was even a Dennis Hopper Doc Holiday in there because he played him in a TV mini-series back when his career was temporarily derailed thanks to drugs. Okay, the Peanuts gang comes to my concert and you've got the spitoon on your head and my drummer, Neal Peart of your favorite band Rush--"<p>"I hate Rush. Your dream would make a terrible movie."<p>"No, man, if they could just film my dream, just film it directly, it would make the greatest movie you ever saw. Anyway, every chick Scott Baio ever dated wanted me and they looked like they did when Baio originally dated 'em--"<p>"I don't watch that show. I watch THE TWO COREYS--"<p>"That's amazing because they were in my dream, too. Like a cameo, like a hommage, they were fighting vampires which is why this dream would be the perfect sequel to LOST BOYS, TOMBSTONE, STAR WARS and RACE FOR YOUR LIFE, CHARLIE BROWN. Now, here's the sick part--"

  • Sept. 6, 2007, 4:02 p.m. CST

    we can do our own reviews

    by Homer Sexual

    I mean, I don't want to read comic reviews from last week, next week. So maybe those of us who bother to read this review-free talkback should review something from last week. I will do so as soon as I get home from work.

  • Sept. 6, 2007, 8:09 p.m. CST

    Good idea, Homer

    by rev_skarekroe

    Too bad I didn't buy any comics last week.

  • Sept. 6, 2007, 10:53 p.m. CST

    Last Week I Read...

    by Buzz Maverik

    ...the won where the Hulk followed Betty Ross on her honeymoon to Niagra Falls. When he nears the falls, he's jumped by Tiger Shark who is hiding out there after having killed Namor's father in a back issue of SUB MARINER. See, Tiger Shark thought that the Hulk was the point man for an attack by the Defenders who might be aiding Namor in hunting him down. It was a better fight than you would have thought, with Tiger Shark keeping Hulk in the water. SPOILER ALERT: Hulk slams Sharky against the side of the cliff, ending the fight.<p>I can't recommend this one enough...but you guys were probably hoping for a newer issue.

  • Sept. 6, 2007, 10:55 p.m. CST

    The Won?

    by Buzz Maverik

    I read the "one"...Stupid lack of edit feature...

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 3:16 a.m. CST


    by Anton_Sirius

    Ligotti is so easily the greatest horror writer nobody's ever heard of... anything that gets him more exposure is good news.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 5:14 a.m. CST

    Is Y the Last Man getting reviewed next week?

    by ian216a

    Coz that just fucked me up - Seriously. I am fucked up.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 5:15 a.m. CST


    by ian216a

    can I call first dibs on having Rosario Dawson playing 355 in the film?

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Column idea

    by stones_throw

    Buzz reviews back issues. "Buzz's Back Issue Bin". Except with a better title.

  • Sept. 10, 2007, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Ligotti Nightmare

    by Fatbeard

    So, after my grandma went crazy and died from brain cancer, I had a dream that I was in her house and everything was all decrepit and Sepia Toned and from the root cellar I heard this consistent banging. When I opened it my dead grandma lumbered up the stairs accompanied with the smell of brimstone. She looked like she had been ripped in half and then crudely stiched back together with thick leather straps. She told me "I'm starving in Hell." But before she moved to eat me completely she was overwhelmed with hunger and snapped her spine so she could bend completely in half and eat the meat of her own thighs. I woke up screaming.

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Nightmare for contest

    by Timelord2112

    I have had the same reoccuring nightmare since I was a kid. My parents have this freaky as hell Michaelangelo's David head in their house. It is marble, all white with blank eyes and the neck is a black cube that sits on any table. I have this dream (been moved out for years and I still do!) where he climbs out his black "stump". He is dripping with blood, as if it was painful for him to escape but he does it anyway. He then chases me down in my parents house and kills me a different way every single time. One day he might lift me Michael Myers style and stab me through the heart with a kitchen knife, other times he might just push me down the stairs. Each time I "die", it actually feels real! Not only that but I am still "alive" for a good 10 seconds after my dream death so I can watch this freaky ass David turn his head and look into my eyes before I finally wake up. Michaelangelo may have been a genius but I will always hate his work...can't help it. Thanks!

  • Oct. 15, 2007, 12:32 p.m. CST

    i won!

    by tibbar

    WOW! how shocked was i today to open my mail and find a copy of this graphic novel, signed by thomas ligotti himself?!?! this is the first thing i've ever won in my life!!! fuckin awesome! i cant wait to read it. this will definitely be a prized piece for me, not only as a ligotti lover, but as a graphic novel/comic book lover as well.

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 4:27 p.m. CST


    by Le Vicious Fishus