BOOK REC’ – THE BEAUTIFUL THING THAT AWAITS US ALL AND OTHER STORIES

By 21st October 2013Uncategorised

Continuing my catch-up of the new wave in North American horror (as a metal fan that’s a handy classification for my own shelves), I thought the new anthology from Laird Barron (just finished reading it) – THE BEAUTIFUL THING THAT AWAITS US ALL AND OTHER STORIES – was tremendous. ‘Blackwood’s Baby’, ‘Hand of Glory’, ‘The Siphon’, and ‘The Men from Porlock’ being my personal favourites from stories that are nearly all epic in their range. As well as the writer’s own vision, many of the same qualities I enjoy in Cormac McCarthy’s westerns, in Blackwood’s mysticism and terror in the wilderness, and in Lovecraft’s cosmic horrors, I thoroughly enjoyed in this collection. Particularly affecting and effective is the constant sense of an occult force that swells behind the action of the stories (not an easy thing to conjure).

 

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