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Opere di Laird Barron

The Croning (2012) 446 copie
Blood Standard (2018) 139 copie
X's For Eyes (2015) 109 copie
Year's Best Weird Fiction, Vol. 1 (2014) — A cura di — 98 copie
Swift to Chase (2016) 96 copie
The Light is the Darkness (2011) 96 copie
Black Mountain (2019) 79 copie
Man with No Name (2015) 67 copie
Worse Angels (2020) 45 copie
Tales of Jack the Ripper (2013) — Collaboratore — 43 copie
The Wind Began to Howl (2023) 30 copie

Opere correlate

The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories (2011) — Collaboratore — 831 copie
Lovecraft's Monsters (2014) — Collaboratore — 351 copie
Lovecraft Unbound (2009) — Collaboratore — 332 copie
New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird (2011) — Collaboratore — 332 copie
The Book of Cthulhu (2011) — Collaboratore — 304 copie
Black Wings of Cthulhu: Tales of Lovecraftian Horror (2010) — Collaboratore — 269 copie
The Book of Cthulhu 2 (2012) — Collaboratore — 211 copie
The Best Horror of the Year Volume One (2009) — Collaboratore — 197 copie
Haunted Legends (2010) — Collaboratore — 186 copie
When Things Get Dark: Stories inspired by Shirley Jackson (2021) — Collaboratore — 168 copie
The Mammoth Book of Cthulhu (2016) — Collaboratore — 158 copie
Cthulhu’s Reign (2010) — Collaboratore — 153 copie
Inferno (2007) — Collaboratore — 143 copie
Fearful Symmetries (2014) — Collaboratore — 142 copie
The Best Horror of the Year Volume Four (2012) — Collaboratore — 138 copie
Supernatural Noir (2011) — Collaboratore — 136 copie
The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Two (2010) — Collaboratore — 133 copie
A Season in Carcosa (2012) — Collaboratore — 124 copie
Poe: 19 New Tales Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe (2009) — Collaboratore — 124 copie
The Best Horror of the Year Volume Five (2013) — Collaboratore — 123 copie
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2011 Edition (2011) — Collaboratore — 123 copie
The Gods of HP Lovecraft (2015) — Collaboratore — 121 copie
The Best Horror of the Year Volume Three (2011) — Collaboratore — 115 copie
The Best Horror of the Year Volume Six (2014) — Collaboratore — 113 copie
The Best Horror of the Year Volume Eight (2016) — Collaboratore — 111 copie
Nightmares: A New Decade of Modern Horror (2016) — Collaboratore — 108 copie
Clockwork Phoenix: Tales of Beauty and Strangeness (2008) — Collaboratore — 104 copie
The Best Horror of the Year Volume Seven (2015) — Collaboratore — 97 copie
Burnt Black Suns: A Collection of Weird Tales (2014) — Prefazione — 93 copie
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2014 Edition (2014) — Collaboratore — 81 copie
New Cthulhu 2: More Recent Weird (2015) — Collaboratore — 80 copie
Fungi (2012) — Collaboratore — 79 copie
Children of Lovecraft (2016) — Collaboratore — 76 copie
Seize the Night: New Tales of Vampiric Terror (2015) — Collaboratore — 72 copie
Blood and Other Cravings (2011) — Collaboratore — 71 copie
Year's Best Fantasy 6 (2006) — Collaboratore — 71 copie
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2015 Edition (2015) — Collaboratore — 69 copie
Creatures: Thirty Years of Monsters (2011) — Collaboratore — 68 copie
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2013 Edition (2013) — Collaboratore — 66 copie
The Best Horror of the Year Volume Eleven (2019) — Collaboratore — 64 copie
The Cutting Room: Dark Reflections of the Silver Screen (2014) — Collaboratore — 62 copie
Year's Best Fantasy 7 (2007) — Collaboratore — 60 copie
Miscreations: Gods, Monstrosities & Other Horrors (2020) — Collaboratore — 59 copie
The New Black: A Neo-Noir Anthology (2014) — Prefazione — 52 copie
Ghosts: Recent Hauntings (2012) — Collaboratore — 51 copie
Hellboy: An Assortment of Horrors (2017) — Collaboratore — 51 copie
The Humanity of Monsters (2015) — Collaboratore — 50 copie
Year's Best Fantasy 8 (2007) — Collaboratore — 48 copie
Best New Fantasy (2006) — Collaboratore — 47 copie
Halloween: Magic, Mystery, and the Macabre (2013) — Collaboratore — 45 copie
Horror: The Best of the Year, 2006 Edition (2006) — Collaboratore — 45 copie
Nightmare Carnival (2014) — Collaboratore — 44 copie
The Madness of Cthulhu, Volume Two (2015) — Collaboratore — 44 copie
Autumn Cthulhu (2016) — Collaboratore — 44 copie
Edited By (2020) — Collaboratore — 37 copie
Isolation: The horror anthology (2022) — Collaboratore — 32 copie
The Best Horror of the Year, Volume Fourteen (2022) — Collaboratore — 30 copie
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 47 • April 2014 (2014) — Collaboratore — 27 copie
Nightmare Magazine, October 2012 (2012) — Collaboratore — 24 copie
Ashes and Entropy (2018) — Collaboratore — 22 copie
Cthulhu Fhtagn! (2015) — Collaboratore — 22 copie
Dark Faith: Invocations (2012) — Collaboratore — 22 copie
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2018 Edition (2018) — Collaboratore — 22 copie
Shades of Blue and Gray: Ghosts of the Civil War (2013) — Collaboratore — 21 copie
Licence Expired: The Unauthorized James Bond (2015) — Collaboratore — 19 copie
Revelations: Horror Writers for Climate Action (2022) — Collaboratore — 16 copie
Horror For Good: A Charitable Anthology (Volume 1) (2012) — Collaboratore — 14 copie
Suffered from the Night: Queering Stoker's Dracula (2013) — Collaboratore — 11 copie
Nox Pareidolia (2019) — Collaboratore — 11 copie
Gigantic Worlds (2015) — Collaboratore — 11 copie
Jack Haringa Must Die! (2008) — Collaboratore, alcune edizioni8 copie
Shadows Over Main Street, Volume 2 (2017) — Prefazione — 8 copie
Nightmare Magazine, June 2013 (2013) — Collaboratore — 7 copie
Innsmouth Nightmares (2015) — Collaboratore — 7 copie
Come Join Us by the Fire Season 2 (2020) — Collaboratore — 6 copie
Nightmare Magazine, December 2013 (2013) — Collaboratore — 3 copie
Protectors 2: Heroes (2015) — Collaboratore — 1 copia
Unspeakable Horror 2: Abominations of Desire (2017) — Collaboratore — 1 copia
Fears: Tales of Psychological Horror (2024) — Collaboratore — 1 copia

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Informazioni generali

Nome legale
Barron, Laird Samuel
Data di nascita
1970
Sesso
male
Nazionalità
USA
Luogo di nascita
Palmer, Alaska, USA
Luogo di residenza
Palmer, Alaska, USA
Olympia, Washington, USA
Attività lavorative
author
poet
sled dog racer
Relazioni
Barron, Jason (brother)
Premi e riconoscimenti
Shirley Jackson Award (2007, 2010)
Agente
Janet Reid

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Discussioni

THE DEEP ONES: "Old Virginia" by Laird Barron in The Weird Tradition (Settembre 2015)
Laird Barron in Thing(amabrarian)s That Go Bump in the Night (Agosto 2012)

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Why is he calling Horseheads “the Valley”? I don't get it. Horseheads isn't called “the Valley”. It's in a region with valleys, but the town proper and the surrounding towns are not called “the Valley”. There's a ridge and a river, but it isn't called “the Valley”.

Oh, wait. He's just referencing Horseheads for the name and the tale of Sullivan's march, re-imagined for modern times. Thanks for the lectures, btw. Horse heads on pikes are unsettling and spooky.

All the descriptions are much like the part of the state where I live, which is down the Chemung River about 20 miles (32 km) from Horseheads and Elmira in a place that's actually called the Valley. If you referenced “the Valley” in this region, that's what people would think of, not Horseheads.

So much for research. You just looked up information online, didn't you? Despite living a very short distance away with easy access to information.

All that would have been fine if Meg and Delia weren't back. So annoying. So boring. So insulting.

Perfect Meg. Perfect, stunningly beautiful, ever-so-smart librarian Meg. She floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee, vulnerable, yet tough. So is Delia. Perfect Delia, protector of the dynamic duo, rich, unattainable beauty, perfect body. Both designed to hang from the arms of our flawed heroes at parties, have interesting home lives, and quip perfect lines. How did our heroes find these perfect women among all the dishwater women of upstate NY? It was fate, I tell you. Fate.

That's the thing. Within all of my criticisms, I liked the story, and was able to skim over the excessive Delia and Meg adoration. I wouldn't have been so miffed if the lectures hadn't been so heavy-handed and needlessly wedged into the story.

I'm sick of being pulled out of a story because authors feel the need to paint the story with long tirades of their personal politics. It isn't that I disagree with them. I just don't care. It doesn't add to a story, it distracts from it.

I enjoyed the last book, so I will probably read the next when it comes out, but jeez, this was a mess.
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rabbit-stew | 1 altra recensione | Dec 31, 2023 |
Much better than the first book in the series. By that, I mean Meg was absent through most of it. Other than that, it's a typical detective series with a little noir and, since it's Laird Barron, a little cosmic hallucination thrown in.

It's pure dames, booze, and murder entertainment. Except for perfect pre-made-family Meg. Detectives who roll into family life always lose their edge. I hope that she turns into the ultimate evil.
 
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rabbit-stew | 3 altre recensioni | Dec 31, 2023 |
I'm hoovering between 3.5 and 4 stars for this book. On one hand, I was 4 stars entertained. I love Barron's writing. OTOH, this book wandered all over the place with tangential threads that introduced a ton of characters that went nowhere, and seemed to serve no solid purpose.

So, I'm trying to decide if the plot was overly complicated because this first book was a vehicle to introduce the main character. Or, does the plot branched in so many directions because Barron couldn't control his own instincts to add more layers to the first, very simple plot.

Big spoiler without specification:
I was a bit stunned at the final resolution to the mystery because of the twisting and turning to the lead up. Satisfying, yeah, okay. Heart-rending? Um, maybe. I didn't see it coming. It was mostly unrelated to the rest of the book.

I adore Barron's writing skills. He's able to pull fine details into his making of gothic characters and settings of rural areas. Especially upstate NY, which I love. I'm able to follow his descriptions of dirt roads to the people who live at the end of them without a problem. He uses stereotypes, but that's okay. The jaded people who populate his mid-size cities are familiar to me. There are the typical big fish in small ponds, folks who have had enough of big city life, young toughs forced into rural tribes by need, etc. It's shorthand.

I like Isaiah a great deal. He's a little different. Anyone who loves animals and kids like that is okay in my book. His opening adventure in Alaska leaves you with a grin. He's a fun noir hero.

Every time Meg was part of the story, I lost interest completely. She's the story's static noirish tough-talking girlfriend with a kid to round the edges of the tough guy. I really hate that. I know that eventually the kid will be in danger, yadda, yadda, yadda. Big fight with the kid's dad. It's all so tiring.

The second book is on the menu.
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rabbit-stew | 4 altre recensioni | Dec 31, 2023 |
This is the continuation of a short story included in a different book. I can't remember which one.

In any case, it's excellent. It's a crafty mashup of references to literary and poetic greats tied to an extended cosmic horror tale with Hardy Boy underpinnings.

Yeah, I can't explain this one. I adore that Barron referenced one of my favorite poems by Wallace Stevens.
 
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rabbit-stew | 5 altre recensioni | Dec 31, 2023 |

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Utenti
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Popolarità
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Voto
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Recensioni
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ISBN
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Lingue
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