The Children of Old Leech: A Tribute to the Carnivorous Cosmos of Laird Barron

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There are Things - terrifying Things - whispered of in darkened forests beyond the safe comfort of firelight: The Black Guide, the Broken Ouroboros, the Pageant, Belphegor, Old Leech... These Things have always been here. They predate you. They will outlast you. This book pays tribute to those Things. For We are the Children of Old Leech... and we love you.
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The Children of Old Leech: A Tribute to the Carnivorous Cosmos of Laird Barron

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There are Things - terrifying Things - whispered of in darkened forests beyond the safe comfort of firelight: The Black Guide, the Broken Ouroboros, the Pageant, Belphegor, Old Leech... These Things have always been here. They predate you. They will outlast you. This book pays tribute to those Things. For We are the Children of Old Leech... and we love you.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
05/19/2014
Lockhart and Steele collect 17 original stories from some of the shining stars of modern horror, constructing a worm-riddled literary playground from elements of the fiction of horror maestro Laird Barron. The results come across with a coherent feeling of dread, without feeling derivative of the source. The Broken Ouroboros comes up in an academic study of a rural cult in Molly Tanzer’s “Good Lord, Show Me the Way.” The worms crawl in as tiny silkworms in J.T. Glover and Jesse Bullington’s “Pale Apostle.” Old Leech appears in the context of a hippie revival retreat in T.E. Grau’s “Love Songs from the Hydrogen Jukebox.” In Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.’s “The Last Crossroads on a Calendar of Yesterdays,” The pages of the Black Guide become material for a golem built by a Jewish man driven insane from a childhood witnessing Nazi magic. A doppelganger of Barron himself features in a wonderfully creepy introduction by Steele. Hopefully Barron will enjoy this tribute; his fans certainly will. (July)
Cthonic Matter - C. M. Muller
"This multifaceted grimoire, and the talent associated with it, is staggering to behold. [...] The tales, while sometimes recalling certain tropes or characters from his fiction, can be enjoyed in their own right; and, I must say, the range of styles on display is consistently impressive."
Betwixt Book Reviews - Benito Corral
"Each story in The Children of Old Leech leads you deeper and deeper into 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."
Publishers Weekly
"Lockhart and Steele collect 17 original stories from some of the shining stars of modern horror, constructing a worm-riddled literary playground from elements of the fiction of horror maestro Laird Barron. The results come across with a coherent feeling of dread, without feeling derivative of the source."
Martian Migraine Press - Scott R. Jones
"Lockhart and Steele have a winner on their hands, I think; this is one I'll keep coming back to, much as I do with Laird's work. Reading TCoOL was like standing in that Tree beside that lake in the hills, up to my ankles in smoky rot and grey grubs, unable to move, while the sun dipped down to dusk. Recommended."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781939905024
  • Publisher: Word Horde
  • Publication date: 7/15/2014
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 818,745
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

ROSS E. LOCKHART is an author, anthologist, editor, and publisher. A lifelong fan of supernatural, fantastic, speculative, and weird fiction, Lockhart is a veteran of small-press publishing, having edited scores of well-regarded novels of horror, fantasy, and science fiction. Lockhart edited the anthologies The Book of Cthulhu I and II, Tales of Jack the Ripper, and The Children of Old Leech. He is the author of Chick Bassist. Lockhart lives in an old church in Petaluma, California, with his wife Jennifer, hundreds of books, and Elinor Phantom, a Shih Tzu moonlighting as his editorial assistant.

JUSTIN STEELE spends his days counseling high school students and his nights reading as much dark fiction as he can. He is a resident of Delaware, where he also obtained a Bachelor’s in English Literature and a Master’s in School Counseling. In 2012 Steele started his blog, The Arkham Digest, where he writes about horror and weird fiction. When he’s not working with students or reading he can usually be found playing with his dogs, Watson and Bella, or cheering on the Baltimore Ravens. The Children of Old Leech is Steele’s first published anthology.
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