* CrossesTheLineTwice: Everything in ''MyWorkIsNotYetDone''. Also, "The Town Manager".
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: Arguably, [[spoiler:the ending of "My Work Is Not Yet Done".]]
* CultClassic: In a manner of speaking, but for different reasons than most bearing this distinction.
* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory
* GeniusBonus: While rarely essential to the enjoyment of his work, having a robust literary background does not hurt when reading Ligotti.
* HellIsThatNoise: "Do you know the sound of something that stings the air?"
* TheLawOfFanJackassery: ''Mostly'' on the "obscure/friendly" end, with [[SmallNameBigEgo a small handful of nasty exceptions]].
* MagnificentBastard: If a true antagonist can be discerned in a Ligotti story, the sheer elegance and ingenuity of their cruelty is rarely in question, regardless of how unspeakably amoral their behaviour may be.
* NarmCharm: Intentionally invoked throughout ''Songs of a Dead Dreamer'', usually in {{homage}} to Creator/VladimirNabokov. Simon Smirk, narrator of "The Chymist", is [[LargeHam particularly]] [[InsufferableGenius over-the-top]].
* NightmareFuel: Arguably, nearly everything that Ligotti has ever written. Averted only in a few of his early vignettes, which lean more towards [[MindScrew pure surrealism or philosophical deconstruction]], as well as some of his poetry, which is simply [[TearJerker exceedingly depressing]].
* ParanoiaFuel: [[PerversePuppet Puppets]], [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate doctors]], pills, carnivals, [[CreepyDoll dolls]], abandoned buildings, office work, shadows, flowers, gastrointestinal disorders, souvenirs, OCD, dreaming, art galleries, [[WhiteMaskOfDoom strange]] [[MalevolentMaskedMen masks]], rare books, bondage, chamber music, maps, abstract ideas... Think of it, and this man has made it horrifying.
* {{Squick}}: Frequently presented in [[DissonantSerenity extremely detached prose]].
** NauseaFuel: See BodyHorror.
* UncannyValley: Intentionally invoked frequently.
* TearJerker: Perhaps not the best term... Depression Fuel is more apt.
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