The Imago Sequence and Other Stories
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... show more
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.
Publish date: January 1st 2009
Publisher: Night Shade Books
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
I've tried really hard to develop an appreciation for Laird Barron. I started with The Light is the Darkness and found my expectations outweighed what I was presented with. I've also read The Croning and considered it an overly wordy and bloated novel propped up by a great central concept. So I hope...
Laird Barron has got some pretty serious writing chops. I can’t remember the last time I had to look up so many words in the dictionary while reading. Strangely enough it didn’t bug me like I thought it would and I actually dug checking out the definitions. The subject matter of these shorts are pre...
I have this habit where, whenever I approach an author for the first time, I usually tend to head straight for their anthologies before investing myself in their lengthier, more substantial works. I guess the theory is that, by ‘dipping my toes into the pool’ as it were, I get to decide if I’m going...
I read Barron because of the praises he got and comparison to Ligotti. Though there are good stories in this book (Hallucigenia is a superb one) it is rather a mixed bag. Most of the stories seem forced and the weirdness a bit fabricated. Anyone looking for a really amazing stories should stick with...