Occultation by Laird Barron

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Overall, Occultation is genuinely impressive and deserves to be on the shelves of everyone who is interested in a new synthesis between classical Lovecraftian ideas and a slightly more literary (but no less visceral) modern sensibility.
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Laird Barron has emerged as one of the strongest voices in modern horror and dark fantasy fiction, building on the eldritch tradition pioneered by writers such as H. P. Lovecraft, Peter Straub, and Thomas Ligotti. His stories have garnered critical acclaim and 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. His debut collection, The Imago Sequence and Other Stories, was the inaugural winner of the Shirley Jackson Award. He returns with his second collection, Occultation. Pitting ordinary men and women against a carnivorous, chaotic cosmos, Occultation's eight tales of terror (two never before published) include the Theodore Sturgeon and Shirley Jackson Award-nominated story "The Forest" and Shirley Jackson Award nominee "The Lagerstatte." Featuring an introduction by Michael Shea, Occultation brings more of the spine-chillingly sublime cosmic horror Laird Barron's fans have come to expect.
 

About Laird Barron

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LAIRD BARRON was born in Alaska, where he raised and trained huskies for many years. He moved to the Pacific Northwest in the mid '90's and began to concentrate on writing.His award-nominated work has appeared in many places, including The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy, and has been reprinted in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, Year's Best Fantasy 6, and The Best Horror of the Year (volumes one and two).Mr. Barron currently resides in Olympia, Washington, and is hard at work on many projects, including a novel.FIND Laird Barron ONLINE AT www.lairdbarron.com
 
Published July 1, 2010 by Night Shade Books. 257 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by David Marshall on Aug 27 2010

Overall, Occultation is genuinely impressive and deserves to be on the shelves of everyone who is interested in a new synthesis between classical Lovecraftian ideas and a slightly more literary (but no less visceral) modern sensibility.

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