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Laird Barron

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Tekijän teokset

The Croning (2012) 437 kappaletta
Occultation and Other Stories (2010) 408 kappaletta
Blood Standard (2018) 135 kappaletta
X's For Eyes (2015) 109 kappaletta
Swift to Chase (2016) 97 kappaletta
Year's Best Weird Fiction, Vol. 1 (2014) — Toimittaja — 95 kappaletta
The Light is the Darkness (2011) 94 kappaletta
Black Mountain (2019) 76 kappaletta
Man with No Name (2015) 67 kappaletta
Tales of Jack the Ripper (2013) — Avustaja — 43 kappaletta
Worse Angels (2020) 43 kappaletta
The Wind Began to Howl (2023) 26 kappaletta
Adam's Ladder (2017) 13 kappaletta
A Little Brown Book of Burials (2015) 13 kappaletta
The Forest 7 kappaletta
Old Virginia 6 kappaletta
The Lagerstätte 6 kappaletta
Proboscis 6 kappaletta
Behold the Void 4 kappaletta
The Broadsword 3 kappaletta
Hallucigenia (2015) 2 kappaletta
Primeval: A Journal of the Uncanny - Issue #1 (2013) — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta
Frontier Death Song 2 kappaletta
Bulldozer 2 kappaletta
Blackwood's Baby 2 kappaletta
Phantasmagorium #1 (2011) 2 kappaletta
Shiva, Open Your Eye 2 kappaletta
Parallax 2 kappaletta
-30- 2 kappaletta
Hour Of the Cyclops 2 kappaletta
Gamma 1 kappale
Burnt Black Suns 1 kappale
Catch Hell 1 kappale
Six Six Six 1 kappale
Vastation 1 kappale

Associated Works

The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories (2011) — Avustaja — 811 kappaletta
Lovecraft's Monsters (2014) — Avustaja — 345 kappaletta
New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird (2011) — Avustaja — 327 kappaletta
Lovecraft Unbound (2009) — Avustaja — 326 kappaletta
The Book of Cthulhu (2011) — Avustaja — 296 kappaletta
Black Wings of Cthulhu: Tales of Lovecraftian Horror (2010) — Avustaja — 262 kappaletta
The Book of Cthulhu 2 (2012) — Avustaja — 207 kappaletta
The Best Horror of the Year Volume One (2009) — Avustaja — 194 kappaletta
Haunted Legends (2010) — Avustaja — 183 kappaletta
When Things Get Dark: Stories inspired by Shirley Jackson (2021) — Avustaja — 159 kappaletta
The Mammoth Book of Cthulhu (2016) — Avustaja — 153 kappaletta
Cthulhu’s Reign (2010) — Avustaja — 151 kappaletta
Inferno (2007) — Avustaja — 140 kappaletta
Fearful Symmetries (2014) — Avustaja — 139 kappaletta
Supernatural Noir (2011) — Avustaja — 134 kappaletta
The Best Horror of the Year Volume Four (2012) — Avustaja — 134 kappaletta
The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Two (2010) — Avustaja — 130 kappaletta
A Season in Carcosa (2012) — Avustaja — 123 kappaletta
Poe: 19 New Tales Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe (2009) — Avustaja — 123 kappaletta
The Gods of HP Lovecraft (2015) — Avustaja — 120 kappaletta
The Best Horror of the Year Volume Five (2013) — Avustaja — 120 kappaletta
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2011 Edition (2011) — Avustaja — 120 kappaletta
The Best Horror of the Year Volume Three (2011) — Avustaja — 113 kappaletta
The Best Horror of the Year Volume Six (2014) — Avustaja — 108 kappaletta
Nightmares: A New Decade of Modern Horror (2016) — Avustaja — 108 kappaletta
The Best Horror of the Year Volume Eight (2016) — Avustaja — 107 kappaletta
Clockwork Phoenix: Tales of Beauty and Strangeness (2008) — Avustaja — 104 kappaletta
The Best Horror of the Year Volume Seven (2015) — Avustaja — 93 kappaletta
Burnt Black Suns: A Collection of Weird Tales (2014) — Esipuhe — 92 kappaletta
New Cthulhu 2: More Recent Weird (2015) — Avustaja — 79 kappaletta
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2014 Edition (2014) — Avustaja — 78 kappaletta
Fungi (2012) — Avustaja — 75 kappaletta
Children of Lovecraft (2016) — Avustaja — 73 kappaletta
Year's Best Fantasy 6 (2006) — Avustaja — 69 kappaletta
Seize the Night: New Tales of Vampiric Terror (2015) — Avustaja — 69 kappaletta
Blood and Other Cravings (2011) — Avustaja — 69 kappaletta
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2015 Edition (2015) — Avustaja — 68 kappaletta
Creatures: Thirty Years of Monsters (2011) — Avustaja — 68 kappaletta
The Best Horror of the Year Volume Eleven (2019) — Avustaja — 64 kappaletta
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2013 Edition (2013) — Avustaja — 62 kappaletta
The Cutting Room: Dark Reflections of the Silver Screen (2014) — Avustaja — 62 kappaletta
Year's Best Fantasy 7 (2007) — Avustaja — 59 kappaletta
Miscreations: Gods, Monstrosities & Other Horrors (2020) — Avustaja — 57 kappaletta
The New Black: A Neo-Noir Anthology (2014) — Esipuhe — 52 kappaletta
The Humanity of Monsters (2015) — Avustaja — 50 kappaletta
Hellboy: An Assortment of Horrors (2017) — Avustaja — 50 kappaletta
Ghosts: Recent Hauntings (2012) — Avustaja — 50 kappaletta
Year's Best Fantasy 8 (2007) — Avustaja — 47 kappaletta
Best New Fantasy (2006) — Avustaja — 46 kappaletta
Horror: The Best of the Year, 2006 Edition (2006) — Avustaja — 45 kappaletta
The Madness of Cthulhu, Volume Two (2015) — Avustaja — 44 kappaletta
Nightmare Carnival (2014) — Avustaja — 44 kappaletta
Halloween: Magic, Mystery, and the Macabre (2013) — Avustaja — 44 kappaletta
Autumn Cthulhu (2016) — Avustaja — 41 kappaletta
Edited By (2020) — Avustaja — 36 kappaletta
The Best Horror of the Year, Volume Fourteen (2022) — Avustaja — 29 kappaletta
Isolation: The horror anthology (2022) — Avustaja — 28 kappaletta
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 47 • April 2014 (2014) — Avustaja — 27 kappaletta
Nightmare Magazine, October 2012 (2012) — Avustaja — 24 kappaletta
Ashes and Entropy (2018) — Avustaja — 22 kappaletta
Dark Faith: Invocations (2012) — Avustaja — 22 kappaletta
Shades of Blue and Gray: Ghosts of the Civil War (2013) — Avustaja — 21 kappaletta
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2018 Edition (2018) — Avustaja — 20 kappaletta
Cthulhu Fhtagn! (2015) — Avustaja — 20 kappaletta
Licence Expired: The Unauthorized James Bond (2015) — Avustaja — 18 kappaletta
Revelations: Horror Writers for Climate Action (2022) — Avustaja — 15 kappaletta
Horror For Good: A Charitable Anthology (Volume 1) (2012) — Avustaja — 14 kappaletta
Nox Pareidolia (2019) — Avustaja — 11 kappaletta
Suffered from the Night: Queering Stoker's Dracula (2013) — Avustaja — 11 kappaletta
Gigantic Worlds (2015) — Avustaja — 11 kappaletta
Innsmouth Nightmares (2015) — Avustaja — 8 kappaletta
Jack Haringa Must Die! (2008) — Avustaja, eräät painokset8 kappaletta
Nightmare Magazine, June 2013 (2013) — Avustaja — 7 kappaletta
Shadows Over Main Street, Volume 2 (2017) — Esipuhe — 7 kappaletta
Come Join Us by the Fire Season 2 (2020) — Avustaja — 5 kappaletta
Nightmare Magazine, December 2013 (2013) — Avustaja — 3 kappaletta
Protectors 2: Heroes (2015) — Avustaja — 1 kappale
Unspeakable Horror 2: Abominations of Desire (2017) — Avustaja — 1 kappale

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Yleistieto

Virallinen nimi
Barron, Laird Samuel
Syntymäaika
1970
Sukupuoli
male
Kansalaisuus
USA
Syntymäpaikka
Palmer, Alaska, USA
Asuinpaikat
Palmer, Alaska, USA
Olympia, Washington, USA
Ammatit
author
poet
sled dog racer
Suhteet
Barron, Jason (brother)
Palkinnot ja kunnianosoitukset
Shirley Jackson Award (2007, 2010)
Agentti
Janet Reid

Jäseniä

Keskustelut

THE DEEP ONES: "Old Virginia" by Laird Barron, The Weird Tradition (syyskuu 2015)
Laird Barron, Thing(amabrarian)s That Go Bump in the Night (elokuu 2012)

Kirja-arvosteluja

Why is he calling Horseheads “the Valley”? I don't get it. Horseheads isn't called “the Valley”. It's in a region with valleys, but the town proper and the surrounding towns are not called “the Valley”. There's a ridge and a river, but it isn't called “the Valley”.

Oh, wait. He's just referencing Horseheads for the name and the tale of Sullivan's march, re-imagined for modern times. Thanks for the lectures, btw. Horse heads on pikes are unsettling and spooky.

All the descriptions are much like the part of the state where I live, which is down the Chemung River about 20 miles (32 km) from Horseheads and Elmira in a place that's actually called the Valley. If you referenced “the Valley” in this region, that's what people would think of, not Horseheads.

So much for research. You just looked up information online, didn't you? Despite living a very short distance away with easy access to information.

All that would have been fine if Meg and Delia weren't back. So annoying. So boring. So insulting.

Perfect Meg. Perfect, stunningly beautiful, ever-so-smart librarian Meg. She floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee, vulnerable, yet tough. So is Delia. Perfect Delia, protector of the dynamic duo, rich, unattainable beauty, perfect body. Both designed to hang from the arms of our flawed heroes at parties, have interesting home lives, and quip perfect lines. How did our heroes find these perfect women among all the dishwater women of upstate NY? It was fate, I tell you. Fate.

That's the thing. Within all of my criticisms, I liked the story, and was able to skim over the excessive Delia and Meg adoration. I wouldn't have been so miffed if the lectures hadn't been so heavy-handed and needlessly wedged into the story.

I'm sick of being pulled out of a story because authors feel the need to paint the story with long tirades of their personal politics. It isn't that I disagree with them. I just don't care. It doesn't add to a story, it distracts from it.

I enjoyed the last book, so I will probably read the next when it comes out, but jeez, this was a mess.
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rabbit-stew | 1 muu arvostelu | Dec 31, 2023 |
Much better than the first book in the series. By that, I mean Meg was absent through most of it. Other than that, it's a typical detective series with a little noir and, since it's Laird Barron, a little cosmic hallucination thrown in.

It's pure dames, booze, and murder entertainment. Except for perfect pre-made-family Meg. Detectives who roll into family life always lose their edge. I hope that she turns into the ultimate evil.
 
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rabbit-stew | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Dec 31, 2023 |
I'm hoovering between 3.5 and 4 stars for this book. On one hand, I was 4 stars entertained. I love Barron's writing. OTOH, this book wandered all over the place with tangential threads that introduced a ton of characters that went nowhere, and seemed to serve no solid purpose.

So, I'm trying to decide if the plot was overly complicated because this first book was a vehicle to introduce the main character. Or, does the plot branched in so many directions because Barron couldn't control his own instincts to add more layers to the first, very simple plot.

Big spoiler without specification:
I was a bit stunned at the final resolution to the mystery because of the twisting and turning to the lead up. Satisfying, yeah, okay. Heart-rending? Um, maybe. I didn't see it coming. It was mostly unrelated to the rest of the book.

I adore Barron's writing skills. He's able to pull fine details into his making of gothic characters and settings of rural areas. Especially upstate NY, which I love. I'm able to follow his descriptions of dirt roads to the people who live at the end of them without a problem. He uses stereotypes, but that's okay. The jaded people who populate his mid-size cities are familiar to me. There are the typical big fish in small ponds, folks who have had enough of big city life, young toughs forced into rural tribes by need, etc. It's shorthand.

I like Isaiah a great deal. He's a little different. Anyone who loves animals and kids like that is okay in my book. His opening adventure in Alaska leaves you with a grin. He's a fun noir hero.

Every time Meg was part of the story, I lost interest completely. She's the story's static noirish tough-talking girlfriend with a kid to round the edges of the tough guy. I really hate that. I know that eventually the kid will be in danger, yadda, yadda, yadda. Big fight with the kid's dad. It's all so tiring.

The second book is on the menu.
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rabbit-stew | 4 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Dec 31, 2023 |
This is the continuation of a short story included in a different book. I can't remember which one.

In any case, it's excellent. It's a crafty mashup of references to literary and poetic greats tied to an extended cosmic horror tale with Hardy Boy underpinnings.

Yeah, I can't explain this one. I adore that Barron referenced one of my favorite poems by Wallace Stevens.
 
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rabbit-stew | 5 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Dec 31, 2023 |

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