Friday, October 18, 2013

21st Century Ghosts - Laird Barron

"On the day I found a copy of David Hartwell's The Dark Descent, which featured Shea’s novella and a number of other classics, everything changed." 3.5 out of 5

Sunday, April 14, 2013

101 Weird Writers: Laird Barron - Timothy Jarvis

"Laird Barron (1970 – ) is an American writer, much of whose critically acclaimed work falls within the horror, noir, and dark fantasy genres. In his fiction, the influence of Lovecraft and Lucius Shepard has been subsumed by his own themes and concerns, creating such potent and original modern takes on the weird tale as “The Forest” (2006), reprinted as part of The Weird. Barron spent his early years in Alaska, which has been an influence on his fiction. He moved to Washington in 1994 where he became a certified strength trainer and earned a third degree brown belt in Professor Bradley J. Steiner’s Jen Do Tao system. He has won multiple Shirley Jackson awards for his fiction. His latest collection, The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All, was published earlier this month by Night Shade Books. 101 Weird Writers is delighted to present this appreciation of Barron and “The Forest,” written by our newest contributor, Timothy Jarvis." 4 out of 5

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Author Spotlight - Laird Barron

"I’ve always been interested in world mythology, especially Norse. Late in 2011, I packed up my faithful hound Athena and drove an old truck pretty much non-stop from Montana to New York State. The story came to me as I visited a rest stop in Wyoming—two a.m. and a winter breeze rolling out of the Bad Lands. Later, I was relating to fellow author John Langan that I really wanted to write a chase narrative. Our conversation eventually led to “FDS.” The Wild Hunt fits perfectly as the agent of pursuit for our hapless narrator . . ." 3 out of 5

Monday, November 19, 2012

Upcoming work - Laird Barron

Here's a list of my stories appearing between now and mid 2013: "Man with No Name" & "The Blood in My Mouth" to ST Joshi for upcoming anthologies "Nemesis" to Primeval, a new magazine debuting in 2013 "More Dark" to Revelator "Blood & Stardust," to JJ Adams for The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination "Gamma" Fungi anthology "Black Dog" to Paula Guran for an upcoming anthology "The Beatification of Custer Poe" to Steve Berman for an upcoming anthology "Jaws of Saturn" original story in The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All collection "Note Found in a Glenfiddich Bottle," afterword to John Langan's forthcoming collection The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies And The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All will hit the shelves in April of 2013. More to come. 4.5 out of 5

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Why Write about Fungi - Laird Barron

about the Innsmouth Free Press anthology story :- "I’ve always suffered an acute fascination with the vampiric or parasitical properties of certain insects and fungi.In response to this fascination, I’ve written stories such as “Bulldozer” and “a strange form of life” that explore the carnivorous and insidious nature of lifeforms that are neither plant nor animal. “Gamma” is another piece of the creepy mosaic." 3.5 out of 5

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

WIP:The Beatification of Custer Ferragamo - Laird Barron

"I turned my head and beheld a bear halfway through the door. A big old brute, its shaggy black hide rimed in frost, bits of ice and snow caught in its clabbered jaws. Beady black eyes flared red in the fire glow, rolled in the sockets to the whites and back again. “Oh, shit,” I said. " 4 out of 5

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Fifth Annual Shirley Jackson Award Winners

"Fifth Annual Shirley Jackson Award Winners By Ian Randal Strock July 16, 2012 The winners of the fifth annual Shirley Jackson Awards—honoring the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic—were handed out at this weekend's Readercon. We detailed the nominees in this article. The winners were voted upon by a jury of professional writers, editors, critics, and academics (which included Laird Barron, Matthew Cheney, Maura McHugh, Kaaron Warren, and Gary K. Wolfe), with input from a Board of Advisors (including Bill Congreve, Stefan Dziemianowicz, Liz Hand, Jack M. Haringa, S.T. Joshi, Mike O'Driscoll, Stewart O'Nan, Peter Straub, and Ann VanderMeer), and a Board of Directors (including F. Brett Cox, JoAnn Cox, John Langan, Sarah Langan, and Paul G. Tremblay). The winners are: Novel: Witches on the Road Tonight by Sheri Holman (Grove Press) Novella: "Near Zennor" by Elizabeth Hand (A Book of Horrors, Jo Fletcher Books) Novelette: "The Summer People" by Kelly Link (Tin House 49/Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories, Candlewick Press) Short Fiction: "The Corpse Painter's Masterpiece" by M. Rickert (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Sept/Oct 2011) Single-Author Collection: After the Apocalypse: Stories by Maureen F. McHugh (Small Beer Press) Edited Anthology: Ghosts by Gaslight edited by Jack Dann and Nick Gevers (Harper Voyager)"

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Dark Faith Invocations - Maurice Broaddus and Jerry Gordon

Table of Contents: “Subletting God’s Head” by Tom Piccirilli “The Cancer Catechism” by Jay Lake “The Big Blue Peacock” by Nick Mamatas “Kill the Buddha” by Elizabeth Twist “Robotnik” by Lavie Tidhar “Prometheus Possessed” by Matt Cardin “Night Train” by Alma Alexander “The Sandfather” by Richard Wright “Sacrifice” by Jennifer Pelland “Thou Art God” by Tim Waggoner “Wishflowers” by Tim Pratt “Coin Drop” by Richard Dansky “Starter Kit” by R.J. Sullivan “A Little Faith” by Max Allan Collins and Matthew Clemens “The Revealed Truth” by Mike Resnick “God’s Dig” by Kelly Eiro “The Divinity Boutique” by Brian J. Hatcher “The Birth of Pegasus” by K. Tempest Bradford “All This Pure Light Leaking In” by LaShawn M. Wanak “Fin De Siècle” by Gemma Files “The Angel Seems” by Jeffrey Ford “Magdala Amygdala” by Lucy A. Snyder “A Strange Form of Life” by Laird Barron “In Blood and Song” by Nisi Shawl and Michael Ehart “Little Lies, Dear Leader” by Kyle S. Johnson “I Inhale the City, the City Exhales Me” by Douglas F. Warrick

Sunday, July 8, 2012

The Beatification of Custer Ferragamo - Laird Barron

"Yeah, it was me who assassinated Brass Balls Heyward during the War of Northern Aggression. We was fixin’ to portage Gillis Crick and comin’ on to dusk. Pointed my trusty six shooter at the back of his skull and squeezed the trigger. A lick of flame shot from his hair and he dropped, dead as dirt. I didn’t roll him over, or nothin’. Was a bad business puttin' down poor old Brass Balls; made me sick to my soul and I turned and walked away while the smoke still rose from his corpse. I heard tell from the drovers who packed him into a box that he didn’t have no face left on account of the slug blowin' it off, just a black and bloody hole. Didn’t need the drovers to tell me that. I see that awful wound all the time, peepin’ at me from the shadows." 4 out of 5

Friday, June 22, 2012

Great chases great fight scenes - Laird Barron

"The Steve McQueen car chase in Bullitt is probably my favorite modern chase. The hand to hand prize is a draw between Bond and the Russian assassin in the train compartment in From Russia with Love; Viggo Mortenson v the heavies in the bathhouse in Eastern Promises; a brutal fight to the death between two characters, don't remember who or why, in The Deep; and Frank Sinatra v Henry Silva in the Manchurian Candidate. " 3 out of 5

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Ghosts: Recent Hauntings - Paula Guran

Peter Atkins: “Between the Cold Moon and the Earth” Rick Bowes: “There’s a Hole in the City” Laird Barron: “The Lagerstatte” Steve Duffy: “The Rag-and-Bone Men” Jeffrey Ford: “The Trentino Kid” Karen Joy Fowler: “Booth’s Ghost” Neil Gaiman: “October in the Chair” Stephen Gallagher: “The Box” Elizabeth Hand: “Wonderwall” Glen Hirshberg: “The Muldoon” Alaya Dawn Johnson: “The Score” Stephen Graham Jones: “Uncle” (original) Caitlin R. Kiernan: “Apokatastasis” Marc Laidlaw: “Cell Call” Margo Lanagan: “The Proving of Smollett Standforth” John Langan: “The Third Always Beside You” Joe R. Lansdale: “The Case of the Lighthouse Shambler” Maureen F. McHugh: “Ancestor Money” Sarah Monette: “The Watcher in the Corners” Reggie Oliver: “Mrs Midnight” Richard Parks: “The Plum Blossom Lantern” James van Pelt: “Savannah is Six” Tim Powers: “A Soul in a Bottle” Barbara Roden: “The Palace” Ekaterina Sedia: “Tin Cans” Nisi Shawl: “Cruel Sistah” John Shirley: “Faces in Walls” Peter Straub: “Mr Aikman’s Air Rifle” Melanie Tem: “Dhost” Steve Rasnic Tem: “The Ex”

Friday, April 27, 2012

Black Sloth Hell - Sergiy Krykyn

Black Sloth Hell - Sergiy Krykyn 4 out of 5

Gamma - Laird Barron

"Innsmouth Free Press has posted the table of contents for the upcoming (Fall 2012) anthology Fungi edited by Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Orrin Grey: “Cordyceps zombii” by Ann K. Schwader (poem) “Where Dead Men Go to Dream” by A.C. Wise “Last Bloom on the Sage” by Andrew Penn Romine “His Sweet Truffle of a Girl” by Camille Alexa “First They Came for the Pigs” by Chadwick Ginther “Dust From a Dark Flower” by Daniel Mills “Out of the Blue” by Ian Rogers “Wild Mushrooms” by Jane Hertenstein “Corpse Mouth and Spore Nose” by Jeff Vandermeer “Hyphae” by John Langan “A Monster In The Midst” by Julio Toro San Martin “The Pilgrims of Parthen” by Kris Reisz “Gamma” by Laird Barron “The White Hands” by Lavie Tidhar “The Pearl in the Oyster and the Oyster Under Glass” by Lisa M. Bradley “Tubby McMungus, Fat From Fungus” by Molly Tanzer and Jesse Bullington “The Shaft Through The Middle of It All” by Nick Mamatas “Our Stories Will Live Forever” by Paul Tremblay “Letters to a Fungus” by Polenth Blake “Goatsbride” by Richard Gavin “Go Home Again” by Simon Strantzas “Kum, Raúl (The Unknown Terror) – b. 1925, d. 1957″ by Steve Berman “Midnight Mushrumps” by W.H. Pugmire These extra stories are included in the hardcover edition: “New Feet Within My Garden Go” by E. Catherine Tobler “The Flaming Exodus of the Greifswald Grimoire” by J.T. Glover “Big Guy and Little Guy’s Survivalist Adventure” by Claude Lalumière"

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Blood In My Mouth - Laird Barron

"A few minutes later a cow moose and her calf ambled into view. He dropped them with his .7mm, bang-bang, and we got busy gutting and quartering amid the swamp stink and the swarming bugs." 4 out of 5

Monday, April 9, 2012

Yakuza Novella Excerpt - Laird Barron

"Sweat trickled into the seams of Nanashi’s forehead, began to seep along his cheeks. He felt the stirrings of power, the surging vitality of a gorilla, a shark, a tiger. Fire kindled in the center of him, his flesh tingled and tightened and his asshole contracted to a marble. The sweet-bitter tastes of adrenaline cut with vodka prickled his tongue. A ferocious recklessness built within him not unlike the approaching climax of a sex act. He yawned, not quite ready, not quite there, but close."

3.5 out of 5

Friday, November 4, 2011

Speculate 28 - Laird Barron and John Hornor Jacobs Author Interview

"Welcome back for Episode 28 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans. In this episode we continue our sequence of shows on Night Shade Books‘ anthology The Book of Cthulhu with an interview of two contributors to the volume, Laird Barron and John Hornor Jacobs. Like our interview with editor Ross Lockhart, this was a fun and entertaining discussion which covered a lot of ground…and some of it is of the distinctly not safe for work variety (for which John takes the blame!), so be warned! If you like what you hear, make sure to check out each author’s home page for more of what they have coming next, and remember to check back here next week when we’ll talk about some of the writing techniques used in the stories. Until then, thanks as always for listening to the show, and please continue to spread the word!"

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Siphon - Laird Barron

The Blood and Other Cravings anthology this is in has been released. However, another Datlow Macmillan ebook, so there'll be a version to buy here never.

Friday, August 12, 2011

In the attic of the damned - Laird Barron

"Several oil paintings lay under canvas, propped against an easel, and largely unfinished; the labors of an unknown artist. The pieces were disquieting. Impressionist work; the subjects were deformed humanoids dwarfed by unwholesome man-beast figures and indistinct objects of unremittingly baroque dimensions. These latter struck him as tribal renderings of anthropomorphic gods and the cyclopean ziggurats wherein such beings would naturally dwell, the whole as filtered through the lens of someone possessed of a Western European sensibility. Possibly someone with a psychological disorder or a deviant fetish for the grotesque. He’d avoided mentioning the paintings to Michelle for fear she’d form a morbid attachment to them and insist on hanging the “masterpieces” in prominent locations."

3.5 out of 5

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Mysterium art - J. D. Busch

Mysterium Tremendum Art - J. D. Busch

"This is JD's conception of the broken ring symbol on the cover of The Black Guide from Mysterium Tremendum. The BG appears in an upcoming John Langan story, but mums the word, else the Children of Old Leech will be on my case. I can say, unsafely, that the broken ring and The Black Guide might possibly feature in The Croning."

3.5 out of 5

Monday, July 18, 2011

Occultation - Laird Barron

2010 Shirley Jackson Award winner for Single-Author Collection.

5 out of 5

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Charles Tan Interviews - Laird Barron

"Hi, Charles. Can’t say whether I’ve evolved, but I hope I’ve learned a few things along the way. I worked different notes in Occultation; where The Imago Sequence dealt with horror through a hyper- masculine, noir lens, the new collection features, on the whole, a broader spectrum of protagonists, most of them quite ordinary. The focus is much more on relationships than gunfights. People dealing with each other, the wilderness, the inner dark. More focus on atmospherics, more attention to the ghostly and the weird. The third collection, The Beautiful Thing that Awaits Us All, is a fusion of the first two in many ways. I worked in cosmic horror tales alongside the occult and one pure ghost story. Hope to see it out in a year or so."

3 out of 5

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Hand of Glory - Laird Barron

"This is Johnny Cope, enforcer for the Arden family of c. 1920s Olympia, WA.

This is Johnny at work:"

Hand of Glory - Laird Barron

4 out of 5

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Twenty-nine - Laird Barron

"2011 looks like this at the moment:


The Light is the Darkness Bloodletting Press
"Blackwood's Baby" Ghosts by Gaslight
"The Siphon" Blood and Other Cravings
"The Carrion Gods in Their Heaven" Supernatural Noir
"The Hard and the Soft Kiss, in the Dark Room" mystery antho
"Blood & Stardust," mystery antho"

"Two other stories, "Gula de Saturnus" and "The Men from Porlock" have either found homes or will soon.


"The Forest" will appear in a mega anthology of a 100 years of weird by the VanderMeers. Will also appear in Cuásar, a magazine out of Argentina.
"Proboscis" Creatures
Mysterium Tremendum Wilde Stories
"--30--" Datlow's The Best New Horror of the Year 3
"The Broadsword" Guran's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror of the Year 2011"

5 out of 5

Thirty - Laird Barron

"Let be be finale of seem.

Had the last glass of Maker's Mark and it rained the whole time and now it's dark. I spent the last hour hugging my poor bewildered dogs and telling them how damned sorry I am. You'd think a man would run out of tears. It is a hell of a thing.

My dear friends, colleagues, and readers--thank you. I’ll see you all up the trail."

3.5 out of 5

The New Cthulhu - Paula Guran

"Paula Guran took "Old Virginia" for her Prime Books reprint anthology, due November 2011: New Cthulhu--The Recent Weird. Tales from 2000-2010. So I've a reprint here and an original in Lockhart's Night Shade The Book of Cthulhu. Looking forward to that lineup."

The Crevasse, Dale Bailey & Nathan Ballingrud
Old Virginia, Laird Barron
Shoggoths in Bloom, Elizabeth Bear
Mongoose, Elizabeth Bear & Sarah Monette
The Oram County Whoosit, Steve Duffy
Study in Emerald, Neil Gaiman
Grinding Rock, Cody Goodfellow
Pickman's Other Model (1929), Caitlín Kiernan
The Disciple, David Barr Kirtley
The Vicar of R'lyeh, Marc Laidlaw
Mr Gaunt, John Langan
Take Me to the River, Paul McAuley
The Dude Who Collected Lovecraft, Nick Mamatas & Tim Pratt
Details, China Miéville
Bringing Helena Back, Sarah Monette
Another Fish Story, Kim Newman
Lesser Demons, Norm Partridge
Cold Water Survival, Holly Phillips
Head Music, Lon Prater
Bad Sushi, Cherie Priest
The Fungal Stain, W.H. Pugmire
Tsathoggua, Michael Shea
Buried in the Sky, John Shirley
Fair Exchange, Michael Marshall Smith
The Essayist in the Wilderness, William Browning Spencer
A Colder War, Charles Stross
The Great White Bed, Don Webb

Monday, April 11, 2011

The Beautiful Thing that Awaits Us All - Laird Barron

"The next collection is basically finished--more a matter of deciding what to leave out, although there will be an original novella that'll I'll put together after the novel is done. The latest collection is entitled The Beautiful Thing that Awaits Us All--a gift from my dear friend John Langan. It's a hybrid of Imago and Occultation. I'm
excited about it.

Contents for now--

Blackwood’s Baby

The Carrion Gods in Their Heaven

The Siphon

The Hard and the Soft Kiss, in the Dark Room

American Remake of a Japanese Horror Story


The Beautiful Thing that Awaits Us All

Overheard at the Weber Séance

The Redfield Girls

The Men From Porlock"

Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Men From Porlock - Laird Barron

""The Men from Porlock" has been accepted by Ross Lockhart for inclusion in The Book of Cthulhu. Night Shade is publishing that this fall.

It's a 16k novelette; kind of a prequel to Mysterium Tremendum, The Broadsword" and my novel in progress The Croning."

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Black Forest of Cosmic Night - J. D. Busch

Black Forest of Cosmic Night - J. D. Busch

"The Black Forest of Cosmic Night, from Laird Barron's amazing short story, The Broadsword."

3.5 out of 5

Twenty-five - Laird Barron

"One of the greatest things about living with a bunch of huskies was leading them in a howl. "

4 out of 5

Twenty-six - Laird Barron

"I just returned from supper with ST Joshi, Wilum Pugmire, and their friends Mary and John. The rain let up and the sun came out while we walked through downtown Olympia."

4 out of 5

Twenty-seven - Laird Barron

Buffalo Bill Cody

Blueeyed Boy & trusty steed - Buffalo Bill Cody.

3.5 out of 5

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Twenty-eight - Laird Barron

"With Erin's encouragement, I began writing again that winter and penned a 280k fantasy novel in about ten months. What a train wreck that book turned out to be, but it got me going again after a long hiatus to race sled dogs and all the other things that befell me throughout the '90s. "

4 out of 5

Friday, March 25, 2011

Twenty-four - Laird Barron

"In this business people talk about your work. They say harsh things, nice things, they damn you with faint praise, or just damn you outright."

4 out of 5

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Twenty-three - Laird Barron

"God never frightened me as much as He should've when I was a kid. Too cold, too remote, too inscrutable. Plus He's hung up His mankilling guns and promised to never ever drown us again, every rainbow said so."

4.5 out of 5

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Twenty-two - Laird Barron

"Roger Zelazny got me and my brothers through many a dark day."

Roger Zelazny

Lord of Light - Roger Zelazny

3.5 out of 5

Twenty-one - Laird Barron

"I've lived with a lot of dogs over the years, but Athena was my first pet. I loved our huskies that worked so hard and the Doberman and German Shepherd who guarded us from harm. However, of them all, Athena is special."

5 out of 5

Monday, March 21, 2011

Twenty - Laird Barron

Band of Horses - Laredo

Band Of Horses - I Go To The Barn Because I Like The

3 out of 5

Nineteen - Laird Barron

"The supermoon will float over the horizon in a few hours."

4 out of 5

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Eighteen - Laird Barron

"Thank you to my friends and colleagues for revealing my secret lives the last couple of days."

3 out of 5

Friday, March 18, 2011

How I Survived the Cowboy Movie [or When the Barron Opened His Eye - Joseph S. Pulver

Centipede motels, pizza and maybe the supermax will hold him.

3 out of 5

The Secret Life of Laird Barron - F. Brett Cox

Zombie therapy.

3.5 out of 5

Laird Barron: What is He? Should We Worry? - Will Ludwigsen

Just a little homonculus.

3.5 out of 5

The secret dream of Laird Barron - Nathan Ballingrud

Air and sea monsters.

3.5 out of 5

The Secret Life of Laird Barron - Jack Haringa

Volcanic half a couple hot time.

4 out of 5

1.16.11 - Michael Cisco

Of dismemberment and scary outfits.

3.5 out of 5

Laird Barron Makes Me Feel Mighty Real - Nick Mamatas

Beirut used to rock.

3 out of 5