The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All: Stories

The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All: Stories

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by Laird Barron
     
 

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A third collection of stories from critically acclaimed and award-winning author Laird Barron, and the winner of the 2013 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Fiction Collection.

Over the course of two award-winning collections and a critically acclaimed novel, The Croning, Laird Barron has arisen as one of the strongest and most original

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A third collection of stories from critically acclaimed and award-winning author Laird Barron, and the winner of the 2013 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Fiction Collection.

Over the course of two award-winning collections and a critically acclaimed novel, The Croning, Laird Barron has arisen as one of the strongest and most original literary voices in modern horror and the dark fantastic. Melding supernatural horror with hard-boiled noir, espionage, and a scientific backbone, Barron’s stories have garnered critical acclaim and have been reprinted in numerous year’s best anthologies. His work has been nominated for multiple awards, including the Crawford, International Horror Guild, Shirley Jackson, Theodore Sturgeon, and World Fantasy awards.

Barron returns with his third collection, The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All. Collecting interlinking tales of sublime cosmic horror, including “Blackwood’s Baby,” “The Carrion Gods in Their Heaven,” and the World Fantasy Award–nominated “Hand of Glory,” The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All delivers enough spine-chilling horror to satisfy even the most jaded reader.

Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
WINNER OF THE BRAM STOKER AWARD FOR BEST FICTION COLLECTION
NOMINATED FOR THE WORLD FANTASY AWARD FOR BEST COLLECTION

"One of my favorite writers, period. ... one of the most unique and accomplished prose talents now working in America. He writes dangerous stories, in something I've described as like a cross between H.P. Lovecraft and James Dickey ... Very much like crack to my brain."
—Nic Pizzolatto, creator of HBO's True Detective

“If you think there aren’t any new Richard Mathesons or Harlan Ellisons out there, you need to read Laird Barron.”
—Stewart O’Nan, bestselling author of Wish You Were Here and Last Night at the Lobster

“Relentlessly readable, highly atmospheric, sharply and often arrestingly written—Barron’s prose style resembles, by turns, a high-flown Jim Thompson mixed with a pulp Barry Hannah.”
Slate

“I’ve come to Laird Barron relatively late, but I’m adding him to my pantheon of greats (and I don’t use that word lightly).”
—Adam Nevill, author of The Ritual

"The scariest writer on the planet has to be Laird Barron."
—Paul Goat Allen, The Barnes & Noble Book Blog

"Laird Barron has, in a remarkably short period of time, emerged as one of the leading writers of contemporary weird fiction."
—S. T. Joshi

"You could say these stories are what happens when Jack London and Zane Grey go drinking with William Hope Hodgson and Algernon Blackwood. But what they really are is Laird Barron, and they are terrifying and awe-inspiring. If you haven’t yet tried his work, this is a great place to start."
—Brian Keene, author of The Rising

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597805537
Publisher:
Night Shade Books
Publication date:
07/01/2014
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
330,029
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Laird Barron is the author of the novel The Croning and three collections of short fiction: The Imago Sequence, Occultation, and The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All. His work has appeared in many magazines and anthologies. An expatriate Alaskan, Barron currently resides in the wilds of upstate New York.

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The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
The_Doctor_Is_In More than 1 year ago
Even at 99 cents I paid too much.  I agree with the statement that none of this material was scary at all.  The author tried to encompass multiple genres - horror, supernatural, drama - and succeeded at none of them.  There is very little character development, many of the stories end abruptly with little or no resolution, and they all have the same basic plot.  Lovecraft would be thoroughly disappointed at this effort, as would most readers.  Do yourself a favor and skip this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So the lovers of the grotesque like this? It was neither edgy nor especially scary. Just nihilistic, self-decreed "art" that isn't art at all..just recycled Lovecraft and not well recycled at that. I read for entertainment and edification. I received neither from this collection. I kept reading just to see how far he would go into that writer's masturbatory realm he was creating. Mr. Barron tried too hard and it flopped. In an attempt to frighten, he, like a wannabe Tarantino, goes for the gross. Clive Barker did it better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author is what the fiction world has been waiting for: gripping plots, beautiful narratives, well developed characters. There is a consistant and compelling quality to his work, whether it be his older books or the new one. Barron is a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sadly, not worth the candle.
JJT3 More than 1 year ago
Ok, to be clear, I am writing this review on the basis of the first three stories. I only picked this book up yesterday and I can't put it down. The prose just sucks you in; it's completely immersive. Creepy plots, great dialog and really fleshed out characters.I've read a handful of Laird Barron's work before. After reading this, I'll be checking out more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago