Great selection of seriously bleak stories about how you can't do a god damned thing to save yourself from a bitter end at the hands of the inexorable forces of the cosmos. Not exactly uplifting I guess is what I'm trying to say. The stories are often haunting and I still thought about many of these stories hours and/or days after reading them. "The Clown Puppet" and “In Foreign Town, in a Foreign Country.” are two standouts in a collection with no truly bad stories. Ligotti is kind of cross between Lovecraft, Kafka and Sartre (all Absurd and no Authenticity though). This kind of stuff is right up my alley though it may not be for everyone. Loved it.