The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All Paperback – 1 Jul 2014
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"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 "Wish You Were Here" and "Last Night at the Lobster"
"Relentlessly readable, highly atmospheric, sharply and often arrestingly written--Barron's prose style resembles, by turns, a high-flown Jim Thompson mixed with a pulp Barry Hannah." --"Slate"
WINNER OF THE BRAM STOKER AWARD FOR BEST FICTION COLLECTION
NOMINATED FOR THE WORLD FANTASY AWARD FOR BEST COLLECTION
"One of my favorite writers, period. ... one of the most unique and accomplished prose talents now working in America. 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, creator of HBO's "True Detective"
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 "Wish You Were Here" and "Last Night at the Lobster"
Relentlessly readable, highly atmospheric, sharply and often arrestingly writtenBarron s prose style resembles, by turns, a high-flown Jim Thompson mixed with a pulp Barry Hannah.
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"
"The scariest writer on the planet has to be Laird Barron."
Paul Goat Allen, "The Barnes & Noble Book Blog"
"Laird Barron has, in a remarkably short period of time, emerged as one of the leading writers of contemporary weird fiction."
S. T. Joshi
"You could say these stories are what happens when Jack London and Zane Grey go drinking with William Hope Hodgson and Algernon Blackwood. But what they really are is Laird Barron, and they are terrifying and awe-inspiring. If you haven t yet tried his work, this is a great place to start."
Brian Keene, author of "The Rising"
About the Author
Laird Barron is the author of the novel "The Croning" and three collections of short fiction: "The Imago Sequence," "Occultation," and "The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All." His work has appeared in many magazines and anthologies. An expatriate Alaskan, Barron currently resides in the wilds of upstate New York.
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I'd been anxiously waiting for Laird Barron's The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All, because his previous short story collections (The Imago Sequence and Occultation) and the debut novel, The Croning, were excellent books, so I was excited when I got a chance to read it. I was very impressed by it, because Laird Barron has developed as an author and writes even more unsettling, visceral and hauntingly beautiful stories than before.
Before I begin to analyze the contents of The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All, I'll briefly mention that it's a perfect short story collection for fans of dark fantasy and horror. Its dark stories will be of interest to everybody who loves good horror fiction and appreciates the different nuances of dark fantasy, horror and weird fiction.
What's interesting is that some of the stories in this collection are almost like short novels, because they're surprisingly long short stories.
This collection contains the following nine stories:
- Blackwood's Baby
- The Redfield Girls
- Hand of Glory
- The Carrion Gods in Their Heaven
- The Siphon
- Jaws of Saturn
- The Men from Porlock
- More Dark
Because I've read many horror stories and novels, it's easy for me to say that Laird Barron is an author who has a distinct voice of his own. In his previous collections Laird Barron proved that he's the new master of modern horror stories. After reading these new stories I can say that he's probably the best living horror author, because only a handful of modern authors (Richard Gavin, W. H.Read more ›
Barron is one of the few writers working in modern horror who has managed to transcend his influences. Although he is working broadly within the Lovecraftian tradition, Barron stands out from the hordes of pasticheurs as a powerful and literate stylist who is well on his way to developing his own fully-realised fictional world. Some of the stories here feature recurring characters and motifs, and Barron has a grasp of the grimier side of American history, which lends his fictions an unusual and convincing depth of detail. These are not simple penny shockers.
Evil in Barron's stories is recognisably human in origin, rooted in the old sins of lust, greed and cruelty. His protagonists are often violent or criminally inclined; all the more disturbing, then, when their tendencies bring hard men up against less familiar forms of harm.
I greatly enjoyed this book, and look forward to its successor. Recommended to anybody who enjoys literate modern horror.