Occultation

Occultation

And Other Stories

Book - 2010
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Laird Barron has emerged as one of the strongest voices in modern horror and dark fantasy fiction, building on the eldritch tradition pioneered by writers such as H. P. Lovecraft, Peter Straub, and Thomas Ligotti. His stories have garnered critical acclaim and been reprinted in numerous year's best anthologies and nominated for multiple awards, including the Crawford, International Horror Guild, Shirley Jackson, Theodore Sturgeon, and World Fantasy Awards. His debut collection, The Imago Sequence and Other Stories, was the inaugural winner of the Shirley Jackson Award.

He returns with his second collection, Occultation. Pitting ordinary men and women against a carnivorous, chaotic cosmos, Occultation's eight tales of terror (two never before published) include the Theodore Sturgeon and Shirley Jackson Award-nominated story "The Forest" and Shirley Jackson Award nominee "The Lagerstatte." Featuring an introduction by Michael Shea, Occultation brings more of the spine-chillingly sublime cosmic horror Laird Barron's fans have come to expect.

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.
Publisher: San Francisco : Night Shade Books, c2010.
ISBN: 9781597801928
1597801925
Branch Call Number: FICTION BAR

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lukasevansherman
Nov 12, 2015

Um, how is it a criticism (mpot) that "all the stories are written by one person"? I think that's pretty common in short story collections.
Barron is part of a new wave of horror writers who are more in line with Lovecraft and Poet and King and Koonitz. Frequently creepy and unsettling, these will appeal to those who like their horror weird and cosmic. Also check out his collection "The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All."

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athos1964
Dec 16, 2014

Barron is one of the best of the new wave of horror writers and "Occultation" is as amazing as his earlier "The Imago Sequence". Barron's work contains a feel that could be described as "Lovecraftian" but his work is hardly derivative. Barron's stories are suffused with a sense of cosmic dread that is truly disturbing. The fact that he sets his stories in Washington state only adds to the chill. If you're a fan of Thomas Ligotti or Ramsey Campbell, give Barron a try!

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mpot
Oct 28, 2010

Slow-moving, all the stories are written by one person and you can tell it.

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