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Occultation and Other Stories

Occultation and Other Stories


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ISBN: 9781597805148
Published: 07/29/2014

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ISBN: 9781597801928
Published: 05/10/2010

Winner of the 2010 Shirley Jackson Award, nine stories of cosmic horror from the heir apparent to Lovecraft’s throne.

Laird Barron has emerged as one of the strongest voices in modern horror and dark fantasy fiction, building on the eldritch tradition pioneered by writers such as H. P. Lovecraft, Peter Straub, and Thomas Ligotti. His stories have garnered critical acclaim and have been reprinted in numerous year’s best anthologies and nominated for multiple awards, including the Crawford, International Horror Guild, Shirley Jackson, Theodore Sturgeon, and World Fantasy awards. His debut collection, The Imago Sequence and Other Stories, was the inaugural winner of the Shirley Jackson Award.

He returns with his second collection, Occultation. Pitting ordinary men and women against a carnivorous, chaotic cosmos, Occulation’s nine tales of terror (two published here for the first time) were nominated for just as many Shirley Jackson awards, winning for the novella “Mysterium Tremendum” and the collection as a whole. Featuring an introduction by Michael Shea, Occultation brings more of the spine-chillingly sublime cosmic horror Laird Barron’s fans have come to expect.

“Laird Barron concocts the most wonderful nightmares. And, as with writers like Joe Hill and Glen Hirshberg, you’ll be willing to forgive him the sleepless nights. In fact, you’ll find yourself impatiently waiting for more short stories by Barron as soon as you’ve come to the end of this batch.”
— Kelly Link, author of Magic for Beginners and Stranger Things Happen

“A striking and original writer, Laird Barron’s sense of the wonderfully strange is fully developed. Often entertaining, always perception altering, Barron’s short fiction defies easy classification. A first-rate stylist.”
— Jeff VanderMeer, author of Finch

“Laird Barron is one of the best new writers of weird, unsettling fiction I’ve read in several years. I look forward to every new story by him, eagerly scouring the tables of contents in magazines and anthologies for his work. If you, dear reader, have not yet been lucky enough to come across his fiction elsewhere, I envy you the experience of opening up and reading this book. Prepare to squirm...”
— Ellen Datlow, editor of The Best Horror of the Year