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- "This is the only book by Laird Barron I've read so far. Although his work broadly fits in a Lovecraftian category of "cosmic horror," he has a unique and original voice. Most of these stories occur, at least in part, in the Pacific Northwest. He seems to be primarily a stylist; focusing on use of language and approaching his cosmic horror obliquely, giving the reader only suggestions and the tiniest glimpses of the terrors that exist just behind the thin membrane of reality in these stories. His prose can be a bit dense at times so the stories need a careful reading. They can be truly unsettling. Definitely worth the read for fans of the genre."
- "I've heard a lot about Laird Barron in various book groups to which I belong. Most especially I hear from fans of Lovecraft that Barron is even better. I have to agree. Ever since I read "The Light is the Darkness" , (to see my review of it, just scroll down the book's page, it's the first one), I knew that I would be reading more of Barron's work. Last week I finally got the opportunity to do so, and I jumped on it. I couldn't be more pleased with that decision. I submit this quote: "The canopy of the trees across the street shushed in the breeze, and fields littered with pockets of light swept into the deeper gloom like the crown of a moonlit sea. The starry night was vast and chill, and Lancaster imagined entities concealed within its folds gazing hungrily upon the lights of the city, the warmth of its inhabitants." I won't go into a long winded soliloquy about each story, but I will briefly speak about the theme of this collection-cosmic horror- (see the quote above). Robert Chambers (The King in Yellow), Lovecraft and other authors created and loved this theme. I think it's exciting to see how Laird Barron makes it his own. The idea of ancient, alien invader Gods that live under the earth, under the sea, or somewhere in outer space is spooky by itself. To think that there are humans that live to serve them makes the whole idea even scarier. The cracks in the world mentioned above often serve as gateways...but for what is the question?"
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in What are the best fantasy series"For all big fans of the fantasy genre of books, I would honestly recommend reading The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All. It is an award winning book about crime fiction and dark fantasy, and it will have you on the edge of your seat throughout it. You must read this book today!"
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