The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All: Stories Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Over the course of two award-winning collections and a critically acclaimed novel, The Croning, Laird Barron has arisen as one of the strongest and most original literary voices in modern horror and the dark fantastic. Melding supernatural horror with hardboiled noir, espionage, and a scientific backbone, Barron's stories have garnered critical acclaim and have 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. Barron returns with his third collection, The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All. Collecting interlinking tales of sublime cosmic horror, including "Blackwood's Baby", "The Carrion Gods in Their Heaven", and "The Men from Porlock", The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All delivers enough spine-chilling horror to satisfy even the most jaded reader.
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|Listening Length||12 hours and 15 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||January 30, 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #35,039 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#48 in Horror Anthologies & Short Stories
#131 in Horror Anthologies (Books)
#181 in Literature Anthologies
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Not sure if this was due to the caffeine-fueled coffee trip that accompanied me on my respite of reading or that I have been in the mood for some Lovecraftian horror of late (despite the real world being seemingly more horrifying currently) but this was a cracking read!
A short story collection with call backs or threads embedded in most of the stories, this was one of the few novels that had me creeped out; not because I'm Billy Bad Butt but because I think it is extremely hard to create horror in prose form.
While not all horrifying, although always entertaining, I found myself devouring pages and scratching my head to link connections and timelines within Barron's own 'Lovecraftian mythos. He's a heck of a writer: great action when doled out, snappy pace and dialog, liquid prose, great atmosphere, and a penchant for genuinely funny moments that break the fourth wall if you know to look for them.
True detective S1 drew inspiration from Barron's work (among others) and you can tell! Quite the range is had here and I'm struggling to prevent diving further into his bibliography in lieu of other reads I have planned. Superb!
My favorite highlights from this: Jaws of Saturn with its cosmic implications, the almost comical but startling tiny sci-fi epic Vastation which presses the boundaries of narrative, the haunted Men From Porlock and its old country aesthetic, and More Dark which joins a long line of nihilistic horror stories about creepy puppets.
I heartily recommend all that comes from feeding this into your head, and the dark specters that shall haunt you.
Also, I listened to the audible version and must say Ray Porter did an outstanding job. His female voices were a little hit and miss, but other than that he was spot on. I particularly loved his voice in Jaws of Saturn and More Dark when he is speaking as the "bad guys" in those stories. Super creepy!!! Loved it!
If you haven't read Laird Barron, i implore you to do so.
My favorite story in this book is titled "Syphon". That story was very clever and surprised me, which was fun. None of these stories really scared me, but the author does have a creative mind and created some good stories here. By the end of the book I saw recurring themes and elements. Most of them take place in Washington state or other northwest regions of the US.
Several of the stories include conflicts featuring these character types: gangsters/hit-men, hilly-billy ruffians, wealthy evil geniuses, and practitioners of black magic. My favorite of those stories is set in 1925, and ends with a paragraph that was so good I had to read it aloud to my husband. This author can write very well, but I do wish many of his sentences had been edited for better flow (sometimes he creates run-on sentences that could easily have been rephrase for a clearer reading experience). If you like the unusual, give this collection a try.
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Es gibt auch Ausnahmen von der Regel: in "The Carrion Gods in their Heaven" geht eine Frau eine unheilige Allianz ein, um ihrem gewalttätigen Ehemann zu entkommen, und "The Redfield Girls" kann als Warnung vor zu viel Neugier verstanden werden, die manchen Charakteren zum Verhängnis wird.
Die besten Stories sind jedoch "Hand of Glory" und das post-apokalyptische "Vastation". Wem stilvoller Horror zusagt, ist bei Laird Barron gut aufgehoben!