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The Croning

The Croning


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ISBN: 978-1-59780-231-4
Published: 02/05/2013

Hardcover - $24.99
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ISBN: 9781597802307
Published: 5/1/2012

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ISBN: 9781597804141
Published: 5/1/2012

Strange things exist on the periphery of our existence, haunting us from the darkness looming beyond our firelight. Black magic, weird cults and worse things loom in the shadows. The Children of Old Leech have been with us from time immemorial. And they love us…

Donald Miller, geologist and academic, has walked along the edge of a chasm for most of his nearly eighty years, leading a charmed life between endearing absent-mindedness and sanity-shattering realization. Now, all things must converge. Donald will discover the dark secrets along the edges, unearthing savage truths about his wife Michelle, their adult twins, and all he knows and trusts. For Donald is about to stumble on the secret…


“…after crafting two award-winning volumes of [short stories], Barron’s first full-length novel is a magnificent book rife with myths, secrets, and the darkest kind of magic. It’ll grab you from the first line and not let go until the last. Don’t miss this book.”
—Norman Partridge, author of DARK HARVEST

—David Hartwell, editor of the World Fantasy Award-winning anthology The Dark Descent

“The Croning is a devastating exploration of dementia and a possible cause, and a deeply disturbing imagining of a modern day Rumpelstiltskin. Reading it is like being eaten from the inside out by termites. You have the gnawing sense that something is wrong, you feel ill, but it isn’t until it’s all over that you realize you are cold and empty.”
—Kaaron Warren, Ditmar and Aurealis award-winning author of The Grinding Fruit

“I have no doubt that Laird Barron’s long-awaited first novel, The Croning, will be a thrill for all his fans, both old and new. There are hints of Arthur Machen and H. P. Lovecraft here, but in essence this is a grand summation of Barron’s compellingly dark view of a fragile humanity lost in the vortices of a universe it can scarcely comprehend. Its characters and setting are crisply realized, and its climactic scene is terriflyingly apocalyptic in the finest tradition of cosmic fiction. Barron’s muscular prose is something to roll in the mouth like a richly marbled steak.”
—S. T. Joshi, Bram Stoker award-winning author

“With Occultation and The Imago Sequence, Laird Barron proved he was the master of cosmic horror in the short story form. But now, with The Croning, he proves he’s the master of the novel. By turns touching and terrifying, this novel is sure to be on many of 2012’s awards lists. So far, my favorite read of the year!”
—John Hornor Jacobs, author of Southern Gods