The Croning Hardcover – 1 May 2012
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Joseph S. Pulver, Sr., author of The Orphan Palace
Already a master of the horror short story, he shows himself equally skilled at novel-length work.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review
The Croning deserves a place in the bookcase next to T.E.D. Klein’s The Ceremonies, Ira Levin’s Rosemary’s Baby and Fritz Leiber’s Our Lady Of Darkness and that is the highest recommendation that I can give.”
"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
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
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.”
Norman Partridge, author of Dark Harvest and Lesser Demons
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
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Comparing Laird Barron to H.P. Lovecraft is like comparing Leyton Orient to Tottenham Hotspur.......no criticism of Orient intended, but the gulf in class is huge, just as it is with Barron and who he thinks he is.
Don Millar is a successful geologist and regular family man whose loving and strong headed wife Michelle is a respected and published anthropologist. They have two grown children whom they rarely see yet who figure strongly in this narrative. Both Don and Michelle spend a considerable amount of time apart on separate field expeditions but this actually suits them both. Don sometimes believes it helps keep their happy marriage stable.
The weird thing is that Don regularly, accidently, encounters various sinister types in unsettling and disturbing situations when he’s off on his field trips… yes, very strange…and when he’s back home again, safe and sound, his cellar door has a habit of opening all by itself. Hmm…
The Croning is that not-so-common thing: a beautifully written horror story with a brain. I would class this as literature. As well as the general narrative and pace, the author nails natural conversation very well and I imagine that Stephen King, who tends to be overly folksy with his dialogue, both inner and spoken, could learn a thing or two by reading this.
Fans of Lovecraft will like this intelligent, slow burn story of creeping terrors capering insanely just outside of our peripheral vision. With tentacles. I look forward to reading the rest of Mr Barron’s stuff because The Croning is a good chilling read.
The ending was obvious from quite early on.
The story didnt really go anywhere, it felt like like really good foreplay but no climax
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