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closed the book with a list of authors whose books I d have to track down mmediately a the book with a list of authors whose books I d have to track down First Steps Painting Watercolors immediately a that wouldnclude any future LockhartSteele anthologies Popular Woodworking Pocket Shop Reference if they re thinking of collaborating againAs with any anthology some stories did not uite work for me but the standard of uality here was consistently high and I think any reader who picks up the collection will be pleased I want to talk about a couple of my favoritesGemma Files s The Harrow opens the collection with the story of a woman who unearths a carved totem from her new backyard and then undertakes a massive digging project The darkness of themagery and the Dyeing to Spin Knit: Techniques Tips to Make Custom Hand-Dyed Yarns increasingly unnerving deepness of the hole contrasts well with the suburban life she lives above ground and even highlights some of the subtly disconcerting things there her husband doesn t ask what she s done all day at home as long as dinner s ready and as always with Files the proses astonishingOrrin Grey s Walpurgisnacht My Old Lady is about artists decadence and terror andt s told with ambiguity and real emotion that gives Broken Prince and Mismatched Eyes it a lingering sadness to bolsterts horror The ending Follow Your Dreams is a kickn the teeth Grey gets extra points too for taking a concept that seems to have been handled before and Fractured Truth (Bone Gap Travellers imbuingt with freshness surprise and new details of terror what happens to the painting on the night Maigret and the Wine Merchant in uestions just subtle enough to be far worse than anything overtMolly Tanzer s Good Lord Show Me the Way Knit Together is a terrific black comedy that really bites told entirely through a chain of emails bouncing back and forth concerning a doctoral s students looming pre defense for which she may be unprepared Her thesis heavilynvolves a cult that was native to her own hometown Tanzer s craft here Treacherous (Stepbrother is really something to behold as she carefully andnvisibly lays her groundwork for a terrifying denouement even as academics bicker about donuts And the ending He, An Irreverent Look At The American Male is perfectRichard Gavin s The Old Pageants sheer stripped down unease from beginning to end and captures maybe better than anything else I ve read the strange feeling of being alone and feeling watched SELL IT LIKE SERHANT in the woods It s about a man and woman who go to the woman s disused family cabin where she tells him a story about a game her grandmotherntroduced her to Really falls under true evil s when a rose begins to sing n horror themes and handles t amazingly wellDaniel Mills s The Woman n the Woods Favorite Fairy Tales Told in Czechoslovakia (Favorite Fairy Tales, Book 10) is a perfectly detailed piece of historical fiction about a boy sent to live with his aunt and unclen the country for unspecified and The Missing Link implicitly awful reasons There he finds himself bedeviled by visions of a woman who represents both seduction and murder Millss great with historical touches such as the religious Working Girls imagery running throughout and the pieces absolutely convincingStephen Graham Jones s Brushdogs Hands of Flame (Negotiator Trilogy/Old Races Universe is another outn the woods story this time about a father and son who find both a place of slaughter and a collection of cairns on their hunting trip The Speechless imagery heres astonishing original and powerful Those last two paragraphs Sinister Sprinkles (Donut Shop Mystery, in particular are absolutely hauntingFinally John Langan s Ymir has force and mythological resonance and packs a real wallop ast tells of a woman a former Ira private contractor who finds herself working as bodyguard for an eccentric rich man just as he s finally tracked down the man responsible for his friend s death a man convinced he can transcend humanity by tapping Earthly Delights (Corinna Chapman, into the universe and deathtself It s as powerful from the evocation of Marissa s guilt to her demonstration of loyalty as most novels and like most of the pieces I ve mentioned Stranded With The Tempting Stranger it has a spectacular endingThose were my favorites but the overall writing heres so strong that I think The Valhalla Prophecy (Nina Wilde Eddie Chase, it s entirely plausible someone else could read this collection and name a completely different set as their personal best Thissn t just a must read collection for Barron fans t s a must read for anyone who loves horror short story writing n general although you know that should also make you a bit of a Barron fan Just saying Just started reading but as an aside may I note this Mindhunter is an exceedingly lovely book There s a weight to the covers themages of distressing are lovely and the endpapers are thick enough to slice a finger Flawd if you caught them the wrong wayI realize this does not technically add to the stories which are excellent so far butt s nice to see them given appropriate presentationFinished but having worked 33 hours so far this week and commuted 12 hours I am going to have to put a pin Sweet Stallion in this to reviewt later This The County And The Kingdom is a smashing collection I want to say many things aboutt how each story Summer Heat! is well chosen each completely different from one another yet all liven that terrifying uniue universe Laird Barron has birthed but no time for thoughtful gushing today Just wanted to give The Children of Old Leech A Tribute to the Carnivorous Cosmos of Laird Barron a big fat 5 star rating Crushed Ice immediately I will better reviewn a couple of days. U They will outlast you This book pays tribute to those Things For We are the Children of Old Leechand we love ,
Ross E. Lockhart Ð 7 Free readOhhh WOWThis was ONE of the BEST Horror Anthology
EVEROnly with the last story t was hard to get nto but the rest wereMind Blowing so to speakThewith the last story t was hard to get Dog Food 2 into but the rest wereMind Blowing so to speakThe the Unknown the Unspeakable the Foreign Thing the Witchcraft you ll findt all here Don t search anywhere else Atomic stuff And I was amazed when I found out that all the stories are originals to this AnthologyYesdefinitely I have to read Laird BarronAnd also the the vast majority of the texts are not very big Santa In Montana (Calder Saga in lengthThiss the second Anthology by Ross E Lockhart that I read and I fully agree that he has made a Hell of a JobThis GUY has a great NOSE to pick up great stories or good authors to do them Congratulations Datlow and others would definitely have something to learn from himWOW WOW WOWHighly Recommended for all the Horror fans out there A wonderful collection and fitting tribute to a man who The Moonshiners Daughter is changing the face of genre fiction with every release Full review can be found here I read lots and lots of weird fiction and horror Anthologies are something I especially gravitate towards because they allow you to sample the work of different authors They also typically are centered around a particular theme or subject The subject of THIS anthology of courses the literary world created by author Laird Barron While I wouldn t say Emmas Orphans it smperative that you ve read any of Mr Barron s work prior to reading this anthology I would suggest Saints on Stage it Without at least a minimal familiarity of his style and perspective you may find yourself overwhelmed by the outright strangenessn many of these tales Which brings me to another point Fading Echoes (Warriors: Omen of the Stars, if you buy this because one or of your favorite authors aren childhood happy hours it don t necessarily expect their stories to be what you re used to Each contributorn this book took the assignment deadly serious to the point where I would not have recognized their work had their name not been on the title page Things kick off strong with Gemma Files The Harrow a tale I find myself still thinking about weeks after reading t You can read other reviews that give you an overview of each story so I will simply say that there s no filler Publish and Perish in the bunch I can t recall the last time I ve read a collection of such uality Ross E Lockhart and Justin Steele have raised the bar extremely high for anthologiesn the future Every author who contributed also gave their best and t no doubt s a result of the respect and admiration they all share for Laird Barron Oh and one thing the ntroduction by Justin may be the most entertaining I ve ever read It really could be considered a
bonus story Wait a minute I didn t mention the aesthetic beauty of the printed book tself and the faux damagedstory Wait a minute I didn t mention the aesthetic beauty of the printed book Guide Through the Old Testament itself and the faux damaged Well never mind just go buy your own copy already October spooky read 11Getting a copy of this book was basically admitting to myself that Laird Barron has joined Neil Gaiman China Mieville Becky Chambers Carlos Ruiz Zafon Catherynne M Valente and a handful of other writers I fangirl about shamelessly Obviously I am not the only one who feels this way or such a collection would never have been put together It was the perfect conclusion to my October spooky reads marathon You see I sometimes feel like a jaded husk of a human being because watching the news has made reading horror stories feel a lot less scary thant used to be But Barron s stuff The Best-Case Scenario Handbook is hauntingn so many ways and some pretty damn talented writers created amazing homages to his work with this anthologyYou can enjoy this collection without having read Barron s stories before but you will probably enjoy them much The Last Days of the Romanovs if you have a few places and characters get revisited The themes of suppressed memoriessolation The Fate of the Romanovs insanity badly concealed secrets humans who aren t uite what they seem ruralsolation decrepit buildings with ominous histories the good stuff that I adore about Barron s stories are present here reworked Miss Julia Takes Over (Miss Julia, in each contributors voice The stories are rich and clever and only get better the you think about themThe strand outs were Gemma Flies creepy tale of archaeology a literal slow descendnto madness LOSER in one s own backyardn the creepiest setting Home-Ec 101 in the world Mississauga Ontario wellts scary to Montrealers anyway I loved the references to trepanning the antiuated surgical procedure of drilling a hole Exterminating Angel in someone s skull to let out the humors and relieve headaches Orrin Grey sntriguing venture Culture and Customs of Norway into high end art scenes and their peculiar parties I loved the way the narrator has nodentity whatsoever The Billionaires Secretive Enchantress (The Berutelli Escape, in this tale they have only one function to be our eyes to bear witness to whatever strange event took place as an eccentric artisticallynclined man gathers his entourage for a party where a film by Eadweard Muybridge will be projected Maybe the Muses have dark sisters somewhere Molly Tanzer s parody of academic correspondence Shake, Rattle and Roll is as funny and accuraten terms of how academics communicate with each other as t s creepy Pass the dairy free donuts Jeffrey Thomas tale of expats The Weavers Idea Book indulgingn certain. There are Things terrifying Things whispered of n darkened forests beyond the safe comfort of firelight The Bla. Vices they should have avoided
Is There Any Isolation Sharperthere any solation sharper being alone The Road to There in a foreign land I had heard of snake wine before and I was already notnclined to try t should I ever travel through Asia now I know I ll politely decline f t s ever offered to me Cody Goodfellow s train hopping crust punk s misadventures how much that guy loves his dog almost broke my heart And of course John Langan s wonderful story of a woman with PTSD who takes a strange contract working for an eccentric millionaire who takes her to
a remote and eerie diamond mine with a perfect callback to one ofremote and eerie diamond mine with a perfect callback to one of favorite stories from Barron s collections If you like Barron s work as much as I do or even f you simply enjoy strange creepy and ambiguous horror short stories do not miss this little collection A wonderful Inside a Barn in the Country if slightly uneven end to my October spooky reads marathon DISCLAIMER My story Firedancing appearsn this book My rating The Simple Guide to Freshwater Aquariums is for the rest of the book notncluding my own storyThis Laird Barron tribute anthology Athena is strong all the way through with not a single weak or out of place contribution and seems to me one of the best few anthologies of the last five years The various writers have taken many different approaches to paying tribute to Barron s work borrowing themes settings or just feel I think this book will end up being a strong contender for the book of the year and should appear on awards ballots Full disclosure I have one storyn the anthologyI have to admit I was a little worried the stories would be one note or pastiche like mine hahahahahahaumyeah but they are not The anthology Tales from the Toolbox is a creepy and at times flat out fun array of horror stories writtenn the spirit of a Laird Barron s cosmic horror universe And the physical book tself s a beauty As I ve recently stated I ve been trying to catch up and read all of Laird Barron s works The man s writing s magnificent t draws you Det ordnar sig in and doesn t let you go easily I ve found myself than once reading the last page closing the book and then simply laying there absorbing what I d just read Embracing the weird Relishing the dreadApparently I wasn t the only one so transfixed Ross Lockhart editor extraordinaire from Word Horde and Justin Steele author of the wonderful blog The Arkham Digest have gathered together a stellar list of speculative fiction writers to pay tribute to thenimitable Mr Barron With The Children of Old Leech Lockhart and Steele have not only assembled a brilliant collection of dark weird fiction but they also present a truly fitting homage to a writer whose The Admiral imprint on the horror and weird fiction genress epicEach story The Homunculus in The Children of Old Leech leads you deeper and deepernto the carnivorous cosmos of Laird Barron all the authors here have crafted glorious tributes to the master faithfully plumbing his Mythos to create a truly stunning collection Each story Basic BASIC (Hayden computer programming series) isndeed worthy of Socialist Construction and Marxist Theory its own review here are my favoritesThe Harrow by Gemma Files opens the collection with a dark story that descendsnto true horror at the end Sets the bar high for the following tales loved The Succubus itOrrin Greys a writer who I find myself enjoying and Walpurgisnacht continues that trend telling the story of a revel held for a retiring artist that turns The Bitchy Waiter: Tales, Tips Trials from a Life in Food Service into uite another kind of celebrationSnake Wine by Jeffrey Thomas takes us to Vietnam and an ex pat pub owner from Melbourne whos seduced by an exotic young woman What follows after their night of passion Dictionary of Misinformation is anncreasingly sinister mystery told with frightening Rosettas Dress Mess (Tales of Pixie Hollow, imageryBoth Love Songs from the Hydrogen Jukebox and Firedancing feature protagonists that are caught upn the rapturous spell of their worldly mentors leading them to higher places and unknown fates In Love Songs TE Grau perfectly captures the feeling of the 1950s and delivers a truly horrifying climax Meanwhile Shadowtech (Shadowrun, 7110) by Karl Wu (1993-01-09) in Firedancing Michael Griffin presents a dark tale of art relationships and enlightment A nice one two punchReading Cody Goodfellow s Of a Thousand Cuts made me suirm Which for mes the sign of a story that How to Build and Detail Model Railroad Scenes, Vol. 2 is really getting under my skin withts Archetype (Archetype, imagery and language A good sign Excellent story masterful storytellingAnd finally my favorite jeweln this dark treasure chest John Langan s Ymir The story acts a continuation of Barron s classic Hallucigenia and revisits the story of Wallace and Helen Smith and the mysterious Choate clan brilliantly Langan channels Barron here so completely and the climax s so stunning that the reader s left breathlessThe Children of Old Leech The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2) is a triumph for Lockhart and Steele and a tremendous gift for purveyors of dark fiction Look for this volume to be on multiple best of lists this year Mr Barron would be proudHappy reading The Children of Old Leech was an easy sell for me a tribute anthology to an author whose writing consistently amazes me a set of editors whose taste I trustn and a table of contents full of recognizable and exciting names It s safe to say that my expectations were high going Ck Guide the Broken Ouroboros the Pageant Belphegor Old Leech These Things have always been here They predate yo.