Empty Rides and Freezing Cold: Finding Ligotti in Coney Island


  • Deborah Bridle Université Côte d'Azur - CTELA


Ligotti, spatial hinge, literary geography, weird, horror, pessimism, short story


This short think piece analyses the concept of the spatial hinge (Thurgill 2021) through the author's winter visit of Coney Island, which unexpectedly triggered an experience of the intra-textual worlds of Thomas Ligotti's short stories. The article describes the effects of the spatial hinge and then proceeds to analyse how this geographical concept can be of use for the author's research projects in literary studies, and in her understanding of Thomas Ligotti's works.


Bridle, D. (2020) ‘Objects of Desire and Dreams of Objectification in Thomas Ligotti’s Short Stories.’ Vastarien, 3(1), pp. 45-64.

Fisher, M. (2016) The Weird and the Eerie. London: Repeater Books.

Hones, S. (2022) Literary Geography. Abingdon: Routledge.

Ligotti, T. (2008) Teatro Grottesco. London: Virgin Books Ltd.

Ligotti, T. (2009) ‘My Work Is Not Yet Done.’ In My Work Is Not Yet Done. London: Virgin Books, pp. 1-138 (first published 2002).

Ligotti, T. (2015) Songs of a Dead Dreamer and Grimscribe. New York: Penguin Books.

Thurgill, J. (2021) ‘Literary Geography and The Spatial Hinge.’ Literary Geographies, 7(2), pp. 152-156.

Thurgill, J. and Lovell, J. (2019) ‘Expanding Worlds: Place and Collaboration in (and after) the ‘Text-as-Spatial-Event’.’ Literary Geographies, 5(1), pp. 16-20.






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