Literature / My Work Is Not Yet Done

"I wanted to do things to Richard that would make the sun grow cold with horror."

Frank Dominio, a mid-rank supervisor for the company New Product, comes up with what he believes to be a fantastic idea for a, uh, new product. But when he brings it up in one of his weekly meetings with his higher-ups The Seven, they quickly set about arranging his demotion. Swearing revenge, Frank suddenly finds himself in the possession of horrific supernatural powers, and wastes no time in using them. After all, the newly-christened Domino's work is not yet done.

A novella from the twisted mind of Thomas Ligotti, noted for being different from his other works by (mostly) diverging from the Cosmic Horror Story and focusing on a tale of supernatural revenge.

My Work Is Not Yet Done features examples of:

  • Affably Evil: Richard.
  • And I Must Scream: Frank does this to a few of his victims.
  • Animal Motifs: Swine.
  • Arc Words: WORK NOT DONE and "All right, then!".
  • Asshole Victim: The Seven, to varying degrees.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Richard manages to goad Frank into killing himself.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Barry is turned into a pig. Mary is turned into a mannequin, though she is soon smashed to pieces.
  • The Brute: Harry.
  • Big Bad: Richard, the most intelligent and dangerous of the Seven.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Richard and the rest of the Seven.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: There are patches of darkness which Frank's super-senses can't penetrate, and since Richard can see them too, he knows to hide in them.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Pretty much all of Frank's executions come off like this. Except for Harry, who totally deserved it.
  • The Dragon: Harry is Richard's.
  • Driven to Suicide: Three of Richard's former underlings, which is how he earned the nickname of "The Doctor." Frank realises this happened to him too, and he finishes the job in the end.
  • Dual Wielding: Frank briefly considers doing this, noting that he is naturally ambidextrous.
  • Fat Bastard: Barry.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Frank.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: The Seven are terrible people to be sure, but Frank sinks pretty low when he goes on his rampage against them.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: The Human Garbage Can.
  • Karma Houdini: Through sheer cunning and knowing about Frank's true nature, Richard survives.
  • Karmic Death: It's hard to feel sorry for Harry.
  • Paint It Black: Invoked when Frank buys a new set of black clothing in preparation for his rampage.
  • Pet the Dog: Even after his transformation into Domino, Frank still looks out for his landlady Lilian.
  • Pointy-Haired Boss: Barry is said to be great at management, but is actually infamous within the company for leaving the departments he manages in utter chaos due to his nonsensical project schedules.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Harry, the worst of the Seven, is a serial rapist.
  • Reality Warper: It doesn't take long for Frank to realise that he's more than just a Flying Brick.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Deconstructed. Frank was all set to start his rampage until he's planning the notes he'll leave behind...and realises that all he can really say is, "They were mean to me, so I killed them all." This spurred him to throw himself into the path of a bus.
  • Scenery Gorn: An interest of Frank's prior to beginning his rampage.
  • Shopping Montage: Darkly humourous one when Frank is buying the guns he's planning to use to take down the Seven.
  • The Reveal: Frank tried to kill himself. He's been a broken mess in a hospital bed the whole time.
  • The Sociopath: Richard, pretty much by his own admittance. It's part of why he's not afraid of Frank.
  • Super OCD: Much of Frank's motivation is derived from pure obsessiveness rather than anger.
  • Talking the Monster to Death: This happens to Frank at the hands of Richard.
  • Theme Naming: Aside from Richard, the Seven's names all end with a '-rry' sound.
  • Those Two Guys: The police officers.
  • Ultimate Evil: The Great Black Swine, Frank's name for the intangible force of selfishness inside of everything.
  • Uncanny Valley: In-universe, Sherry's defining characteristic. She's the youngest and most attractive of the Seven, but the moment she moves or talks she suddenly seems alien and inhuman.