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The Imago Sequence and Other Stories

The Imago Sequence and Other Stories


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ISBN: 9781597801461
Published: 05/05/2009

Hardcover - $24.95
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ISBN: 9781597800884
Published: 07/03/2007

To the long tradition of eldritch horror pioneered and refined by writers such as H.P. Lovecraft, Peter Straub, and Thomas Ligotti comes Laird Barron, an author whose literary voice invokes the grotesque, the devilish, and the perverse with rare intensity and astonishing craftsmanship.

Collected here for the first time are nine terrifying tales of cosmic horror, including the World Fantasy Award-nominated novella “The Imago Sequence,” the International Horror Guild Award-nominated “Proboscis,” and the never-before-published “Procession of the Black Sloth.” Together, these stories, each a masterstroke of craft and imaginative irony, form a shocking cycle of distorted evolution, encroaching chaos, and ravenous insectoid hive-minds hidden just beneath the seemingly benign surface of the Earth.

With colorful protagonists, including an over-the-hill CIA agent, a grizzled Pinkerton detective, and a failed actor accompanying a group of bounty hunters, Barron’s stories are resonant and authentic, featuring vulnerable, hard-boiled tough guys attempting to stand against the stygian wasteland of night. Throughout the collection, themes of desolation, fear, and masculine identity are played out against the backdrop of an indifferent, devouring cosmos.

“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...”
— Jeff VanderMeer

"Horrors that defy description and challenge reader expectations charge the electrifying stories in this powerful debut collection. Barron synthesizes influences ranging from H.P. Lovecraft to hard-boiled crime fiction in nine ingeniously plotted tales whose many layers peel away to reveal highly original and viscerally unsettling premises.... These vividly imagined and eerily credible stories herald a potent new voice in horror fiction."
— Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

"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

"A very impressive array of stories from a distinctive talent."
— Don D'Ammassa, Critical Mass

"These tales, relentless in their nightmarish subjectivity, at the same time imply an objectively hostile surround that is the essence ofcosmic horror. Lovecraft is often emulated, but rarely with this conviction and psychological acuity."
— Nick Gevers, Locus Magazine