The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All

The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All

And Other Stories

Book - 2013
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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 hardboiled noir, espionage, and a scientific backbone, Barron's 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.

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 Heaven," and "The Men from Porlock," The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All delivers enough spine-chilling horror to satisfy even the most jaded reader.

Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors.
Publisher: San Francisco, CA : Night Shade, c2013
ISBN: 9781597804677
Branch Call Number: BARRO
Characteristics: vi, 276 p. ; 24 cm

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lukasevansherman
Nov 05, 2015

"It's called 'The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All.' A howling void of blackness, I imagine."
I only recently heard of Laird Barron, which is one of the most perfect horror writer names ever. I agree that if you didn't know, you'd think he had written these decades ago, as it has a similar atmosphere to old, weird masters like Lovecraft, Poe, and Machen. Like Lovecraft, his work can be classified as cosmic horror, but he's a less sloppy writer than Lovecraft and, of course, less racist. Fans of the above-mentioned authors will enjoy these stories, which continues their legacy into the 21st century. Cthulhu gives it 2 tentacles up.

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Rubicat
Oct 27, 2015

If I didn't know better I would have placed Mr. Barron as living in the late 1800s. His prose style is very old fashioned and his language is veddy veddy British and old fashioned. Some of these stories are verbose and are dragged out far too long - so much so that is skipped pages to get to the end. In smaller doses, I would have had barrels of praise for the style but an entire collection was too much. Well worth the time to read but in smaller doses.

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diananock
Aug 15, 2015

A great collection of consistently uncanny stories. Somewhat in the vein of Lovecraft, with with a modern sensibility.

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