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The Imago Sequence and Other Stories (edició 2007)
de Laird Barron
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The Imago Sequence and Other Stories de Laird Barron
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This is one batch of creep-ass stories. I pretty much loved this book, every story was a page turner and every one scared the crap out of me. I hate comparisons to other authors, like Lovecraft or Ligotti since the writing is totally different but, imagine Lovecraft's vision of faceless uncaring cosmic menace freed from the purple prose. Think Ligotti's faceless and nameless places and characters given a face and a soul we care about. These protagonists here are no less doomed but we actually care about them, they are fully formed people, and therefore, we feel their terror as the horror of their (our?) world unfolds. There's a lot of good genre-bending here and Barron pulls it off pretty well: a Clancy story, a Western, a Noir. All are done pretty effectively. It's hard for me to pick out a favorite story but I would say Parallax for the elegance of it's ending, although it wasn't the scariest story by far, there was a three-way tie for that. ( )
I was very impressed with this collection. There is a Lovecraftiness (e.g. what I am calling what kids today are calling "cosmic horror") to Barron's work, but I really like that he grounds it (mostly) in the Pacific Northwest and makes good use of that location (look up "Mima Mounds" on Wikipedia, for example).
Is it scary? Hmm. It is certainly *disturbing*, and sometimes even a bit *upsetting*. Barron shows more of the horrors than HPL did, of course, but *show* is a slippery verb. What did I just see? Barron's prose is ambitious, and dense and even, sometimes, what I would call "clotted": he occasionally, I think, reaches for effects that don't quite come off. But most of the time it all works, and, uhmm ... what you see is what gets you. ;^)
I don't like continually invoking the name of Lovecraft, because influential as HPL is/was, Barron is a much better writer than uncle Howard. The stories in this volume share locations and even some characters, so there is a real sense of world-building (of a sort somewhat different from what straightahead science fiction writers do) ... and sometimes the stories do reach out and embrace a more science fiction-al stance. I liked that a lot, too -- just as I liked it when Lovecraft did it, in stories like "The Whisperer in Darkness." Good and sometimes great stuff here -- I look forward to more Barron.
I was very disappointed in this book.
After all the raves about his work and the comparisons to T. E. D. Klein I was really expecting something similar to Klein.
While I enjoy subtle writing and allowing the reader to do a little work with imagining what has been left unwritten......I really resent having to supply my own story ending. This book was full of Do It Yourself opportunities. It was like this.......
whoa, you are wasted drunk and on a Tilt-A-Whirl......whoa, what was that?......spinning, spinning, disoriented.....quick flash of something scary, then gone......spinning, twirling.......and WHAM!......ride over, what just happened?
beasties with big appetites
Another great collection from one of my favorite short story writers.
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The imagery in The Imago Sequence is especially vivid. Barron's language can be disturbing brutal, but always quite lyrical. He cites the poet Wallace Stevens as another influence. He claims to be working on a novel and I know for a fact his publisher is eagerly awaiting it. I am too. Horror fans will enjoy these creepy, terrifying and beautiful tales of damnation. Certainly scared the crap outta me and I liked it.
To the tradition of eldritch horror pioneered and refined by writers such as H.P. Lovecraft, Peter Straub, and Thomas Ligotti comes Laird Barron, an author whose literary voice invokes the grotesque, the devilish, and the perverse with intensity and astonishing craftsmanship. Collected here for the first time are nine terrifying tales of cosmic horror, including the World Fantasy Award-nominated novella "The Imago Sequence," the International Horror Guild Award-nominated "Proboscis," and the never-before-published "Procession of the Black Sloth." Together, these stories, each a masterstroke of craft and imaginative irony, form a shocking cycle of distorted evolution, encroaching chaos, and ravenous insectoid hive-minds hidden just beneath the seemingly benign surface of the Earth. With colorful protagonists, including an over-the-hill CIA agent, a grizzled Pinkerton detective, and a failed actor accompanying a group of bounty hunters, Barron's stories are resonant and authentic, featuring vulnerable, hard-boiled tough guys attempting to stand against the stygian wasteland of night. Throughout the collection, themes of desolation, fear, and masculine identity are played out against the backdrop of an indifferent, devouring cosmos. 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.
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