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The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All

The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All


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Published: 07/01/2014

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ISBN: 9781597804677
Published: 04/02/2013

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Published: 04/02/2013

A third collection of stories from critically acclaimed and award-winning author Laird Barron.

Over the course of two award-winning collections and a critically acclaimed novel, The Croning, Laird Barron has arisen as one of the strongest and most original literary voices in modern horror and the dark fantastic. Melding supernatural horror with hard-boiled noir, espionage, and a scientific backbone, Barron’s stories have garnered critical acclaim and have been reprinted in numerous year’s best anthologies. His work has been nominated for multiple awards, in- cluding the Crawford, International Horror Guild, Shirley Jackson, Theodore Sturgeon, and World Fantasy awards.

Barron returns with his third collection, The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All. Collecting interlinking tales of sublime cosmic horror, including “Blackwood’s Baby,” “The Carrion Gods in Their Heav- en,” and the World Fantasy Award–nominated “Hand of Glory,” The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All delivers enough spine-chilling hor- ror to satisfy even the most jaded reader.

“He writes dangerous stories, in something I’ve described as like a cross between H.P. Lovecraft and James Dickey…Very much like crack to my brain.” –Nic Pizzolatto, author of Galveston and creator of HBO’s True Detective

“…Barron’s prose style resembles, by turns, a high-flown Jim Thompson mixed with a pulp Barry Hannah…” –Adrian Van Young for Slate

“I’ve come to Laird Barron relatively late, but I’m adding him to my pantheon of greats (and I don’t use that word lightly).” –Adam Nevill, author of The Ritual

“With sharp prose and wise, original stories, Barron has repeatedly proven himself one of the strongest voices in the field. This collection is a must read.”
–Sarah Langan, author of Audrey’s Door

“Laird Barron is one of those writers who makes other writers want to break their pencils. I’m serious. His work is that good. Worse than that, he’s an original (damn him!), and the finest writer to join the ranks of the dark fantastic in a long, long time.”
–Norm Partridge, author of Dark Harvest and Lesser Demons

“…one senses that he has the potential to change the expectations of the next generation of readers by elevating the genre to a new standard of excellence.”
–Lucius Shepard, author of Trujillo

“If you think there aren’t any new Richard Mathesons or Harlan Ellisons out there, you need to read Laird Barron.”
–Stewart O’Nan, Bestselling Author of A Prayer for the Dying

“Barron’s monsters are revoltingly earthy, yet psychically controlling….Barron doesn’t shrink from going over the top, but his narrators, like some of pulp crime novelist Jim Thompson’s, keep going beyond when they should be dead…Bloody wonderful stuff.”
Booklist, starred review

” These vividly imagined and eerily credible stories herald a potent new voice in horror fiction.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“…Laird Barron [is] a more ingenious Lovecraftian than most. He doesn’t merely recycle the master’s elaborate, harebrained “mythos, but adds…his own strange spin to tales of ancient evil…”
The New York Times ( Terrence Rafferty)

“Laird Barron is one of the dynamic new voices in contemporary horror fiction… Barron has all the tools to become a classic himself.”
–S. T. Joshi, author of An H P Lovecraft Encyclopedia

“Laird Barron is a writer who has a real sensitivity to the atmospherics necessary to first rate dark fantasy/horror and the talent to make that atmosphere alive on the page. He is one of the leading writers of his generation.”
–David G. Hartwell, coeditor of the Year’s Best Fantasy series

“A striking and original writer…A first rate stylist.”
–Jeff VanderMeer, author of City of Saints and Madmen

“For my money, Laird Barron is far and away the best of the new generation of horror writers.”
–Michael Shea, World Fantasy Award winning author of Polyphemus

“Laird Barron’s fiction is rich with images that are horrifying and shocking in their otherness, and in their beauty..”
–Paul Tremblay, author of THE LITTLE SLEEP

“Laird Barron concocts the most wonderful nightmares.”
–Kelly Link, author of Magic for Beginners

“Laird Barron’s The Imago Sequence and Other Stories is the portfolio of an emerging master of contemporary Lovecraftian horror…”
Locus (Nick Gevers)

“The Imago Sequence & Other Stories belongs on every horror connoisseur’s shelf of landmark debut collections, sandwiched between Michael Shea’s Polyphemus and Clive Barker’s Books of Blood.”
–Marc Laidlaw, Author of the World Fantasy Award nominated The 37th Mandala

“I envy you the experience of opening up this book. Prepare to squirm…”
–Ellen Datlow, editor of Best Horror of the Year 1

“Laird Barron is one of the most talented new writers around.”
–Gordon Van Gelder, editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction

“Like those past masters, Barron writes phantasmagorias, hallucinatory nightmares of worlds beyond his characters’ control, where the veil can be torn away for a moment to reveal, ever so briefly, the true face of reality.”
Fearzone (by Nick Kaufmann)

”… the way Barron consistently keeps his language focused on specific, manageable, concrete detail catapults the true terror…well beyond any of Lovecraft’s abstract hyperbole. There is much debt to the close, specific horror of Patrick McGrath and the outlandish psychological horror of Jim Thompson.”
–IROSF ( Blunt Jackson)

“No wan, scholarly dweebs here. Barron’s protagonists are often Big Tough Guys. These bruisers have seen hard times and done whatever it takes to survive them. Men who struggle to make sense out of a world that’s bigger and more dangerous than they realized, and then they end up in a Laird Barron story. Tragic really.”

“If you’re looking for an heir to the Lovecraft legacy, Barron holds the title.”
–Matt Adder (Bookgasm)

“…Laird Barron’s powerfully atmospheric “Hallucigenia,” a dark fantasy masterwork that blends Lovecraftian horror with particle physics.”
Publishers Weekly

“Laird Barron, meanwhile, is rapidly maturing into a first-class writer of moody, tenebrous American horror.”
Locus (Nick Gevers)

“…the enormously promising Laird Barron is building, piece by puzzle piece, a signature mythos of formidable complexity, limning a contemporary America inhabited by tough-guy obsessives, drawn ineluctably into dread supernatural conspiracies and fractured fugue states in which the prevalent atmosphere of terror is rendered all the more awful for its ramifying ambiguity.”
Locus (Nick Gevers)

”…Laird Barron’s “The Imago Sequence,” a heart-stopping tale of some deeply disturbing photographs and the people who will do anything to see them…”
Publishers Weekly

“This is the only collection of stories I have ever read that actually entered my consciousness to the degree that I dreamed about its landscapes and characters. Chalk that up to the author’s extraordinary prose style, which is densely descriptive; and his ability to weave hard-boiled action reminiscent of Lawrence Block together with allusions to another dimension that would make H.P. Lovecraft shiver. Barron’s universe walks and talks like this one, but it is haunted by a greater darkness just beyond our influence, making its way toward us with an alarming determination.”
–S. P. Miskowski on Occultation & Other Stories

“…Laird Barron’s “The Occultation” had an amazing way with atmosphere…the atmosphere in this story of a couple creeping themselves out over the nothing in the dark that might actually just be something in the dark is so skillfully handled that it actually resulted in me being creeped out. In a nicely lit room.”
Green Man Review (Deborah J. Brannon)

“Reading ‘The Imago Sequence’ in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction was one of the most thrilling experiences of my life, one that led to a frantic search for every other Laird Barron story I could get my paws on. He has revitalized the weird fiction tradition with works that showcase enormous talent, originality and energy. Above all, his slim yet steadily growing oeuvre reveals an author who combines genius with a determination to work his guts out so as to perfect his art. For me, Laird Barron is the most exciting writer to come along since Thomas Ligotti. Seek ye his books!”
–Wilum H. Pugmire, author of The Fungal Stain & Other Stories

“Laird Barron’s “Strappado,” inspired by “Masque of the Red Death” among others is… A cautionary tale of sex and violence that examines the dangers of an empty life…Barron takes readers into a dangerous place but never veers into the leering torture porn territory of Saw or Hostel. This is a story demanding personal reflection and care; a visit to the dark side that doesn’t sugarcoat the sort of horrors that live there.”
Bookslut ( Collen Mondor)

“I can’t do it: I can’t sum up Laird Barron in a single, pithy sentence. He isn’t the future of horror: he’s where horror is right now. His fiction is a heady mix of elements from the long and varied traditions of horror (including Lovecraft, yes, but Shea and Klein and Straub, as well) blended with material from sources as varied as Wallace Stevens’ elliptical poems, Cormac McCarthy’s violent apocalypses, and Martin Cruz Smith’s blunt thrillers. It’s a moving target, returning to favorite themes and motifs, then leaping out into bold new territory. It’s intelligent and gripping, and the proof of the integrity of its author’s intentions is branded on every last sentence.”
–John Langan, author Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters