Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Gallery Bibliography - Laird Barron

A bibliography with cover art of the author's stories and books.


4.5 out of 5

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The Carrion Gods In Their Heaven - Laird Barron

"Just finished a 7500 word novelette in a white heat. It's called "The Carrion Gods in their Heaven" and is about a couple of good girls gone bad, a lonely hunting cabin in the mountains of the Pac NW, and a cursed coyote pelt. After all that, I need to get my mitts on a bottle of Old Crow and sit quietly for a little while and think about what I've done."

Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Novella

Number of words : 25000
Percent of complex words : 10.0
Average syllables per word : 1.5
Average words per sentence : 10.7


READABILITY INDICES

Fog : 8.3
Flesch : 68.3
Flesch-Kincaid : 6.4



CHARACTERS

Wallace Smith

Trust fund no-longer baby, son of a senator. A bit of an adventurer. Runs into serious injury and madness.

Delaney

Chauffeur and bodyguard and muscle for Wallace.

Helen Paxton

Smith's young wife, a photographer.

Mr Woo

Best drycleaner this side of Tacoma.

George Paxton

Helen's ancestor of WWII vintage.

Dalton Smith

Wallace's ancestor of WWII vintage. An ex-senator.

Harold Carter

Bloke Wallace punched.

Gracie

Wallace's ex-wife.

Beth

Ex-wife 2.

Doctor Green

Wallace's medical man for his injury recovery.

Skip Arden

Wallace's friend.

Cecil

Helen's aide.

Kate

Her other aide.

Earl Hutchison

Wallace's dog trainer from Yelm.

Skip Freeman

Friend of Wallace's. An attorney.

Randy Freeman

Friend of Wallace's. A radical biologist.

Janice Freeman

Randy's wife.

Barret and Macy Langan

Friends of Wallace's.

Manfred and Elizabeth Steiner

Friends of Wallace's.

Jerry Premus

An attorney.

Detective Adams

Local law enforcement.

Morgan Choate

Owns the Black Hills property.

Anton LaVey

Famous Satanist.

Barb and Michael Cotter

Dinner guests of Wallace's.

Mel Redfield

Former California poet laureate.

Old man Bloom

Former city councilman

Regis

Tobacco lobbyist. Bloom's nephew.

Jacob Wilson

Heir to the Wilson fortune

Frank

Jacob's bodyguard.

Tommy Tune

Famous theatre guy.

Lonnie Chavez

One of Delaney's old gang.

Ruby Pharaoh

One of Delaney's old gang.

Billy Savage

Security expert of Savage and Sons, puts in a system for Wallace.

Lance Pride

Private investigator Wallace hires to dig into the Choates.

Hesse

Wallace's physical therapist.

Kurt Bruenig

Witness to the unsavory Choates. From Otter Creek.

Josh Choate

Morgan's son. Ex All-America offensive tackle. Degree in physics at Northwestern, advanced degrees in theoretical physics from Caltech and MIT.

Tyler Choate

His other son. Ex-cop in Thurston County and now convict in Walla Walla. Likely devil worshipper, part of a ring. Moved to Station 3, where appears to be quite insane in a Call of Cthulhu manner.

Hank Choate

Morgan's dead son.

Carlotta Choate

Morgan's dead daughter.

Kaleb Choate

Family patriarch. New Tesla.

Paul Choate

A physicist at Evergreen State College.

Nikola Tesla

Famous inventor. The coil guy.

Teagues

Swears Choate was a black magician. From Waddel Creek.

Bakers

From Knob Hill. Thought likewise.

Wooly Clark

Boy who claimed Josh Choate could levitate.

Carl Sagan

Famous astronomer and xenobiologist.

Miranda Carson

Local artist and sculptor.

Lyle Ferguson

A developer, going to work on the barn of problems.

Tom

Wallace's graveyard shift security guard. Ex bus driver.

Elijah Salter

Ex-army sergeant, bronze star, sold the Choates some supplies. Calaban employee.

Warden Loveless

Runs Station 3.

Charlie

Wallace's last security guard.


CONCEPTS

Belphegor

A demon. Also Chemosh and Baal-Peeor.

Mima Mounds

A term used for low, flattened, circular to oval, domelike, natural mounds found in the northwestern United States


WEAPONS

Browning .45 automatic

Handgun.

Model 76 African .416

Big game rifle.

Holland & Holland .500

Bigger game rifle.

.357 magnum

Handgun.


ANIMALS

Bruno

One of Wallace's mastiffs.

Thor

His other mastiff.


ORGANISATIONS

VFW

Veterans of Foreign Wars support.

Elks Lodge

A fraternal society.

BLM

Bureau of Land Management.

Savage and Sons

Private security firm.

Calaban Industries

"This plant makes all kinds of interesting stuff, mostly for aerospace companies and a certain east coast college that was rigging a twenty-mile-long atom-smasher—more on that later."



PLACES

Old Choate place

In Black Hills, old farm Strange rundown place where Wallace and his wife are kicked by an horse.

Olympia

Capital of Washington State.

Snoqualmie

Town in Washington State.

The Marlin

Restaurant near Wallace's. Over the Fourth Avenue Bridge.

Malloy's

Jewellery shop on State street.

Drover Clinic

Wallace's physical therapy centre.

Lucky Bucket

Takeaway joint.

Centralia

Washington State town.

Oddfellow Cemetery

Graverobbed by the Choates.

Lucky Badger

Site of a family brawl between Choates and Bruenigs.

Capitol Forest

Site of strange lights.

Oyster House

Restaurant with lobster night.

Lone Tree Motel

PI calls from here with info on Tyler Choates.

Station 3

Maximum security prison between Lind and Marengo on the Rattlesnake Flat. On the outskirts of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation



FOOD

Hennessy Private Reserve

An expensive cognac.


TECHNOLOGY

Brillo

Scourer for washing.

Pylons

Used for Choates' strange experiments.

SQUID

Superconducting quantum interference device.


MEDIA

Remembrance

Sculpture in wax of a dead woman owned by Wallace. By Carson.


PLOT

Wallace and his wife Helen, a photographer, take an excursion in aid of his work, with Delaney driving. A strange encounter leads his wife to being critically injured, thanks to a kick in the head by a horse, and Wallace lamed and in recovery - while his wife is not recovering. Delaney shot the horse, but it disappears, no-one can find it.

Wallace won't move on and move his wife elsewhere, and she begins to spout strange sayings. The local detective still thinks this is odd, so eventually Wallace begins to dig further, worrying Delaney. Wallace also hires a security firm.

He finds some people who fill him in on the Choates - who could be an evil team of super adventurers if put together in Innsmouth - lots of PhD physicist star athletes there, and a history of black magic and crime and maybe worse.

He then hires a tough PI he has used before to look into it further, and he does talk to the brothers - one in jail - and finds disturbing insanity, demonology, and super science runs in this family. As well as old mystic artifact research, etc.

Wallace is freaked out more - but he is only one injured older man, and there is a whole family of Choates. Delaney, the level-headed ex-hood decides to get the hell out of Dodge when he detects his boss has lost it and finds the house in disarray. A possible sequel hook here.

5 out of 5

Remembrance : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Sculpture in wax of a dead woman owned by Wallace. By Carson.


4 out of 5

SQUID : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Superconducting quantum interference device.


4 out of 5

Pylons : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Used for Choates' strange experiments.


4 out of 5

Brillo : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Scourer for washing.


3.5 out of 5

Hennessy Private Reserve : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

An expensive cognac.


3.5 out of 5

Station 3 : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Maximum security prison between Lind and Marengo on the Rattlesnake Flat. On the outskirts of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.


4 out of 5

Lone Tree Motel : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

PI calls from here with info on Tyler Choates.


3.5 out of 5

Oyster House : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Restaurant with lobster night.


3 out of 5

Capitol Forest : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Site of strange lights.


3 out of 5

Lucky Badger : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Site of a family brawl between Choates and Bruenigs.


3 out of 5

Oddfellow Cemetery : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Graverobbed by the Choates.


3 out of 5

Centralia : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Washington State town.


3 out of 5

Lucky Bucket : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Takeaway joint.


3 out of 5

Drover Clinic : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Wallace's physical therapy centre.


3 out of 5

Malloy's : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Jewellery shop on State street.


3 out of 5

The Marlin : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Restaurant near Wallace's. Over the Fourth Avenue Bridge.


4 out of 5

Snoqualmie : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Town in Washington State.


3 out of 5

Olympia : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Capital of Washington State.


4 out of 5

Old Choate place : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

In Black Hills, old farm Strange rundown place where Wallace and his wife are kicked by an horse.


4 out of 5

Calaban Industries : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

"This plant makes all kinds of interesting stuff, mostly for aerospace companies and a certain east coast college that was rigging a twenty-mile-long atom-smasher—more on that later."


3.5 out of 5

Savage and Sons : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Private security firm.


4 out of 5

BLM : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Bureau of Land Management.


3 out of 5

Elks Lodge : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

A fraternal society.


3 out of 5

VFW : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Veterans of Foreign Wars support.


3 out of 5

Thor : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

His other mastiff.


3.5 out of 5

Bruno : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

One of Wallace's mastiffs.


3.5 out of 5

.357 magnum : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Handgun.


3 out of 5

Holland & Holland .500 : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Bigger game rifle.


3 out of 5

Model 76 African .416 : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Big game rifle.


3 out of 5

Browning .45 automatic : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Handgun.


3 out of 5

Mima Mounds : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

A term used for low, flattened, circular to oval, domelike, natural mounds found in the northwestern United States


3.5 out of 5

Belphegor : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

A demon. Also Chemosh and Baal-Peeor.


3.5 out of 5

Charlie : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Wallace's last security guard.


3 out of 5

Warden Loveless : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Runs Station 3.


3 out of 5

Elijah Salter : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Ex-army sergeant, bronze star, sold the Choates some supplies. Calaban employee.


3 out of 5

Tom : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Wallace's graveyard shift security guard. Ex bus driver.


3 out of 5

Lyle Ferguson : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

A developer, going to work on the barn of problems.


3 out of 5

Miranda Carson : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Local artist and sculptor.


3 out of 5

Carl Sagan : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Famous astronomer and xenobiologist.


3 out of 5

Wooly Clark : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Boy who claimed Josh Choate could levitate.


3 out of 5

Bakers : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

From Knob Hill. Thought likewise.


3 out of 5

Teagues : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Swears Choate was a black magician. From Waddel Creek.


3 out of 5

Nikola Tesla : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Famous inventor. The coil guy.


3 out of 5

Paul Choate : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

A physicist at Evergreen State College.


3.5 out of 5

Kaleb Choate : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Family patriarch. Knew Tesla.


3 out of 5

Carlotta Choate : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Morgan's dead daughter.


3 out of 5

Hank Choate : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Morgan's dead son.


3 out of 5

Tyler Choate : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

His other son. Ex-cop in Thurston County and now convict in Walla Walla. Likely devil worshipper, part of a ring. Moved to Station 3, where appears to be quite insane in a Call of Cthulhu manner.


3.5 out of 5

Monday, March 29, 2010

Josh Choate : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Morgan's son. Ex All-America offensive tackle. Degree in physics at Northwestern, advanced degrees in theoretical physics from Caltech and MIT.


3.5 out of 5

Kurt Bruenig : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Witness to the unsavory Choates. From Otter Creek.


3 out of 5

Hesse : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Wallace's physical therapist.


3 out of 5

Lance Pride : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Private investigator Wallace hires to dig into the Choates.


3.5 out of 5

Billy Savage : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Security expert of Savage and Sons, puts in a system for Wallace.


3 out of 5

Ruby Pharaoh : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

One of Delaney's old gang.


3 out of 5

Lonnie Chavez : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

One of Delaney's old gang.


3 out of 3

Tommy Tune : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Famous theatre guy.


3 out of 5

Frank : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Jacob's bodyguard.


3 out of 5

Jacob Wilson : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Heir to the Wilson fortune


3 out of 5

Regis : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Tobacco lobbyist. Bloom's nephew.


3 out of 5

Old man Bloom : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Former city councilman.


3 out of 5

Mel Redfield : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Former California poet laureate.


3 out of 5

Barb and Michael Cotter : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Dinner guests of Wallace's.


3 out of 5

Anton LaVey : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Famous Satanist.


3 out of 5

Morgan Choate : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Owns the Black Hills property.


3.5 out of 5

Detective Adams : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Local law enforcement.


3.5 out of 5

Jerry Premus : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

An attorney.


3 out of 5

Manfred and Elizabeth Steiner : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Friends of Wallace's.


3 out of 5

Barret and Macy Langan : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Friends of Wallace's.


3 out of 5

Janice Freeman : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Randy's wife.


3 out of 5

Randy Freeman : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Friend of Wallace's. A radical biologist.


4.5 out of 5

Skip Freeman : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Friend of Wallace's. An attorney.


3.5 out of 5

Earl Hutchison : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Wallace's dog trainer from Yelm.


3 out of 5

Kate : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Her other aide.


3 out of 5

Cecil : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Helen's aide.


3 out of 5

Skip Arden : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Wallace's friend.


3.5 out of 5

Doctor Green : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Wallace's medical man for his injury recovery.


3 out of 5

Beth : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Ex-wife 2.


3 out of 5

Gracie : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Wallace's ex-wife.


3 out of 5

Harold Carter : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Bloke Wallace punched.


3 out of 5

Dalton Smith : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Wallace's ancestor of WWII vintage. An ex-senator.


3 out of 5

George Paxton : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Helen's ancestor of WWII vintage.


3 out of 5

Mr Woo : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Best drycleaner this side of Tacoma.


3 out of 5

Helen Paxton : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Smith's young wife, a photographer.


3.5 out of 5

Delaney : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Chauffeur and bodyguard and muscle for Wallace.


3.5 out of 5

Wallace Smith : Hallucigenia - Laird Barron

Trust fund no-longer baby, son of a senator. A bit of an adventurer. Runs into serious injury and madness.


4 out of 5

Bulldozer - Laird Barron

Novelette

Number of words : 10500
Percent of complex words : 10.5
Average syllables per word : 1.5
Average words per sentence : 9.2


READABILITY INDICES

Fog : 7.9
Flesch : 66.8
Flesch-Kincaid : 6.2




CHARACTERS

Jonah Koenig

A Pinkerton man out to catch a thieving murdering cannibal occultist.

Rueben Hicks

Black magic killer and Koenig's quarry. Also known as Tom Mullen or Ezra Slade. Nickname Iron Man. Robbed P. T. Barnum and left with a scary tome. Says he is an Opener.

Violet

A prostitute who entertains Koenig and he becomes fond of.

Sheriff Murtaugh

Irishman, the law in Purdon.

P. T. Barnum

Entrepreneur and employer.

Doc Campion

Purdon's medical man.

Billy Cullins

Purdon's undertaker.

Trosper

A bartender, not a big fan of Koenig's.

Jake

Bar muscle and gunman.

Octavia Plantagenet

Madam at the Honeybee Ranch.

Taylor Hackett

Bar-H ranch owner.

Norton Smythe

Gold mining businessman.

Bob Tunny

Smythe & Ruth Mining Company owner.

Harry Edwards

Smythe & Ruth Mining Company owner.

Philmore Kavanaugh

A journalist.

Dalton Beaumont

Deputy and cousin of Sheriff Murtaugh.

John Brown

An alderman.

Michael Piers

A French poet.

Professor Langston Butler

An anthropologist originally from England. Had an affair with Hicks.

Levi

A deputy.

Tuttle

One of Barnum's lawyers.

Chung Han

Chinese supply man. Also has a brother.

Copernicus

Ancient astronomer.

Evelyn

A Honeybee girl.

Glynna

A Honeybee girl.

Reverend Fuller

Purdon priest.



CONCEPTS

Belphegor

A demon. Also Chemosh and Baal-Peeor.

Saint Vitus' dance

Chorea, a movement disorder that makes you jerk around.


ORGANISATIONS

Pinkertons

Employer of questionable ethicsh who uses private detective type agents.

Molly Maguires

A Gang Koenig broke.

Workers Benevolent Assocation

Union Koenig busted.

Ancient Order of Hibernia

Irish Catholic fraternal order.





WEAPONS

Colt

A type of revolver.

Winchester Model 1886

A type of rifle.

Jim Bowie

A type of knife.



PLACES

Purdon

A California mining town with wretched outskirts.

Riverfront Hotel

Koenig's chosen lodgings in Purdon.

Gold Digger saloon

Koenig gets some info here earlier in the case.

Cedar Grove

Where Hicks departs from. The Sanitarium, in particular.

Lubbock

Koenig finds a letter of Hicks' here.

Albuquerque

Koenig finds a worse letter of Hicks' here.

Bakersfield

Koenig finds dismemberment evidence.

Honeybee Ranch

A whorehouse. Also called the Bumblebee ranch.

Bar-H Ranch

Taylor Hackett's spread.

Forty-Mile Camp

Where Professor Butler lives.

Anderson Creek Canyon

On the way from Purdon to Forty-Mile Camp.

Barnum's House of Curiosities

A freak show.


MEDIA

Dictionnaire Infernal

A book on demons and devils by Collin de Plancy. Stolen by Hicks.

Pseudomonarchia Daemonum

A book, in Latin.


PLOT

A Pinkerton man is hired by P. T. Barnum to hunt down a crazed ex-employee who robbed him. One one the things taken was an old demonology text. The trail leads through an ever more disturbing chain of disturbing writing through dismemberment. Koenig is a tough bastard, union buster, gang breaker, etc. and is more than happy to be violent, as long as he gets someone guilty, even if not the right person. He also has a Harvard education, so is not just some dumb guy, which helps to explain his successes.

When he tracks him down to your good old frontier Western type town everything seems normal enough. Bars, gunmen, whores, sheriffs, avaricious businessmen, etc.

That is, things do get a little odd, but more so after meeting Professor Butler, one of Hicks' ex-lovers: ""Rueben suffers from a unique breed of mycosis—you've perhaps seen the tumors on his arms and legs, and especially along his spinal column? It's consuming him as a fungus consumes a tree. Perversely, it's this very parasitic influence that imbues him with numerous dreadful abilities. Evolution via slow digestion."

and

"I established communion with a primordial intelligence, a cyclopean plexus rooted below these hills and valleys. An unclassified mycoflora that might or might not be of terrestrial origin. There are rites to effect this dialogue. A variety of osmosis ancient as the sediment men first crawled from. Older! Most awful, I assure you."

Koenig makes the rather valid assumption that stopping Hicks from living much longer would be a really good idea. Even with his education, dealing with this level of abnormal horror may be beyond him, especially after his own affliction with the condition Hicks is suffering from.


4 out of 5

http://web.archive.org/web/20040831023021/http://www.scifi.com/scifiction/originals/originals_archive/barron/barron1.html

Bulldozer by Laird Barron: An Appreciation - John Langan

"If I say I could go on and on discussing "Bulldozer," this look at its opening lines offers some explanation why. Of course, my first encounter with the story, I didn't engage in any of this analysis, (not consciously, anyway). I was too caught up in the relentless forward drive of its narrative, in the complexities of its narrator, (Jonah Koenig, just for the record), and in the monstrousness of the man he has pursued to a California mining town that might have been imagined by Gustave Dore. I was busy following the story's leaps back and forth in Koenig's personal history, in the connections it was drawing among a multitude of late-nineteenth century figures and events. I was caught in the way the plot unfolded, to quote the story's end, like "a terrible flower." I won't say I had no appreciation of its accomplishments before I re-read it; it was more a case of my re-reading expanding that appreciation in ways I wouldn't have guessed."


4.5 out of 5

http://edsfproject.blogspot.com/2006/01/bulldozer-by-laird-barron-appreciation.html

Pseudomonarchia Daemonum : Bulldozer - Laird Barron

A book, in Latin.


3.5 out of 5

Dictionnaire Infernal : Bulldozer - Laird Barron

A book on demons and devils by Collin de Plancy. Stolen by Hicks.


3.5 out of 5

Barnum's House of Curiosities : Bulldozer - Laird Barron

A freak show.


3 out of 5

Anderson Creek Canyon : Bulldozer - Laird Barron

On the way from Purdon to Forty-Mile Camp.


3 out of 5

Forty-Mile Camp : Bulldozer - Laird Barron

Where Professor Butler lives.


3.5 out of 5

Bar-H Ranch : Bulldozer - Laird Barron

Taylor Hackett's spread.


3 out of 5

Honeybee Ranch : Bulldozer - Laird Barron

A whorehouse. Also called the Bumblebee ranch.


4 out of 5

Bakersfield : Bulldozer - Laird Barron

Koenig finds dismemberment evidence.


3.5 out of 5

Albuquerque : Bulldozer - Laird Barron

Koenig finds a worse letter of Hicks' here.


3 out of 5

Lubbock : Bulldozer - Laird Barron

Koenig finds a letter of Hicks' here.


3 out of 5

Cedar Grove : Bulldozer - Laird Barron

Where Hicks departs from. The Sanitarium, in particular.


3.5 out of 5

Gold Digger saloon : Bulldozer - Laird Barron

Koenig gets some info here earlier in the case.


3 out of 5

Riverfront Hotel : Bulldozer - Laird Barron

Koenig's chosen first lodgings in Purdon.


3.5 out of 5

Purdon : Bulldozer - Laird Barron

A California mining town with wretched outskirts.


4.5 out of 5

Jim Bowie : Bulldozer - Laird Barron

A type of knife.


3 out of 5

Winchester Model 1886 : Bulldozer - Laird Barron

A type of rifle.


3.5 out of 5

Colt : Bulldozer - Laird Barron

A type of revolver.


3 out of 5

Ancient Order of Hibernia : Bulldozer - Laird Barron

Irish Catholic fraternal order.


3 out of 5

Workers Benevolent Assocation : Bulldozer - Laird Barron

Union Koenig busted.


3 out of 5

Molly Maguires : Bulldozer - Laird Barron

A Gang Koenig broke.


3 out of 5

Pinkertons : Bulldozer - Laird Barron

Employer of questionable ethics who uses private detective type agents.


3.5 out of 5

Saint Vitus' dance : Bulldozer - Laird Barron

Chorea, a movement disorder that makes you jerk around.


3 out of 5

Belphegor : Bulldozer - Laird Barron

A demon. Also Chemosh and Baal-Peeor.


3 out of 5

Reverend Fuller : Bulldozer - Laird Barron

Purdon priest.


3 out of 5

Glynna : Bulldozer - Laird Barron

A Honeybee girl.


3 out of 5

Evelyn : Bulldozer - Laird Barron

A Honeybee girl.


3 out of 5

Copernicus : Bulldozer - Laird Barron

Ancient astronomer.


3 out of 5

Chung Han : Bulldozer - Laird Barron

Chinese supply man. Also has a brother.


3 out of 5

Tuttle : Bulldozer - Laird Barron

One of Barnum's lawyers.


3 out of 5

Levi : Bulldozer - Laird Barron

A deputy.


3 out of 5

Professor Langston Butler : Bulldozer - Laird Barron

An anthropologist originally from England. Had an affair with Hicks.


3.5 out of 5

Michael Piers : Bulldozer - Laird Barron

A French poet.


3 out of 5

John Brown : Bulldozer - Laird Barron

An alderman.


3 out of 5

Dalton Beaumont : Bulldozer - Laird Barron

Deputy and cousin of Sheriff Murtaugh.


3 out of 5

Philmore Kavanaugh : Bulldozer - Laird Barron

A journalist.


3 out of 5

Harry Edwards : Bulldozer - Laird Barron

Smythe & Ruth Mining Company owner.


3 out of 5

Bob Tunny : Bulldozer - Laird Barron

Smythe & Ruth Mining Company owner.


3 out of 5

Norton Smythe : Bulldozer - Laird Barron

Gold mining businessman.


3 out of 5

Taylor Hackett : Bulldozer - Laird Barron

Bar-H ranch owner.


3 out of 5

Octavia Plantagenet : Bulldozer - Laird Barron

Madam at the Honeybee Ranch.


3.5 out of 5

Jake : Bulldozer - Laird Barron

Bar muscle and gunman.


3.5 out of 5

Trosper : Bulldozer - Laird Barron

A bartender, not a big fan of Koenig's.


3.5 out of 5

Billy Cullins : Bulldozer - Laird Barron

Purdon's undertaker.


3 out of 5

Doc Campion : Bulldozer - Laird Barron

Purdon's medical man.


3 out of 5

P. T. Barnum : Bulldozer - Laird Barron

Entrepreneur and employer.


3 out of 5

Sheriff Murtaugh : Bulldozer - Laird Barron

Irishman, the law in Purdon.


3.5 out of 5

Violet : Bulldozer - Laird Barron

A prostitute who entertains Koenig and he becomes fond of.


3.5 out of 5

Rueben Hicks : Bulldozer - Laird Barron

Black magic killer and Koenig's quarry. Also known as Tom Mullen or Ezra Slade. Nickname Iron Man. Robbed P. T. Barnum and left with a scary tome. Says he is an Opener. Also has a strange affliction.


3.5 out of 5

Jonah Koenig : Bulldozer - Laird Barron

A Pinkerton man out to catch a thieving murdering cannibal occultist.


4 out of 5

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Hour of the Cyclops - Laird Barron

Short Story

Number of words : 4400
Percent of complex words : 11.4
Average syllables per word : 1.6
Average words per sentence : 11.4


READABILITY INDICES

Fog : 9.1
Flesch : 63.6
Flesch-Kincaid : 7.2



CHARACTERS

Mr Rembrandt

The antihero of the mission, agent of Central. In a new enhanced body for this adventure of despicable aims.

The Ancient Apothecary

Magical opponent and sacrificer of virgins whom you should shoot first ahead of his henchmen.

Dr Chimera

Doctor and test scientist in Rembrandt's organisation.

Dr Sprague

Doctor and test scientist in Rembrandt's organisation.

Mr Spot

The Ancient Apothecary's torturer.

Ms Smyth

The virgin sacrifice. Just a genius Olympic martial artist with a Nobel prize. Also a cellist.


TECHNOLOGY

Yellow Ichor No. Five

A blood replacement used on Mr. Rembrandt by Chimera and Sprague.


ORGANISATIONS

Central

Mr. Rembrandt's employer. Also servants of the Slitherer From the Stars.


PLACES

White Mountain

Site of the Ancient Apothecary's lair, a tiny town with an abandoned radar site.

Nome

Town 80 miles northwest of White Mountain, in Alaska, not far from the Bering Sea.

Aldebaran

A star.


CONCEPTS

The Slitherer From the Stars

An Elder God-like being.


The Ancient Apothecary has kidnapped Ms Smyth and wants to use her in a ritual, being an extremely accomplished virgin. Mr Rembrandt's employer control wants the same thing, for different reasons. He is sent to retrieve her, in a scientifically and arcanely enhanced and tooled up body-that of her Hammer Throwing ex-boyfriend. He manages to get past the guards, and get the girl. When she realises he isn't the boyfriend George, and has rather nastier motives than just rescue you can add quick draw and good shot to her list of talents.
Yellow Ichor No. Five leaks out just like blood does.


4 out of 5

http://www.3lobedmag.com/issue6/3lbe6_story3.html

The Slitherer From the Stars : Hour of the Cyclops - Laird Barron

An Elder God-like being.


3 out of 5

Aldebaran : Hour of the Cyclops - Laird Barron

A star.


3 out of 5

Nome : Hour of the Cyclops - Laird Barron

Town 80 miles northwest of White Mountain, in Alaska, not far from the Bering Sea.


3.5 out of 5

White Mountain : Hour of the Cyclops - Laird Barron

Site of the Ancient Apothecary's lair, a tiny town with an abandoned radar site.


3 out of 5

Central : Hour of the Cyclops - Laird Barron

Mr. Rembrandt's employer. Also servants of the Slitherer From the Stars.


3.5 out of 5

Yellow Ichor No. Five : Hour of the Cyclops - Laird Barron

A blood replacement used on Mr. Rembrandt by Chimera and Sprague.


4 out of 5

Ms Smyth : Hour of the Cyclops - Laird Barron

The virgin sacrifice. Just a genius Olympic martial artist with a Nobel prize. Also a cellist.


3.5 out of 5

Mr Spot : Hour of the Cyclops - Laird Barron

The Ancient Apothecary's torturer.


3 out of 5

Dr Sprague : Hour of the Cyclops - Laird Barron

Doctor and test scientist in Rembrandt's organisation.


3 out of 5

Dr Chimera : Hour of the Cyclops - Laird Barron

Doctor and test scientist in Rembrandt's organisation.


3 out of 5

The Ancient Apothecary : Hour of the Cyclops - Laird Barron

Magical opponent and sacrificer of virgins whom you should shoot first ahead of his henchmen.


4 out of 5

Mr Rembrandt : Hour of the Cyclops - Laird Barron

The antihero of the mission, agent of Central. In a new enhanced body for this adventure of despicable aims.


4 out of 5

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Occultation Introduction - Michael Shea

"Laird Barron's carnivorous cosmos... Or perhaps it's more a conspiracy his cosmos draws you into than a digesting maw.
And rather than being absorbed as a nutrient, you may be absorbed into an older and more potent Form-your limbs and neck may grow rubbery and rather more elongate, and your new tree-toad fingers might enable you to crawl across ceilings, thence to peer down on old, still-mortal friends and acquaintances, studying them from many angles with your new stalked eyes.
Barron's cosmos is an omni-morph that can dragoon you whenever/ wherever it wants into its swarming, pullulating fabric. This, of course, is a simple Axiom of the reality we all share, every second of our lives, with our Universe: in that great Starry Engine, we all end as mulch, and then, as Other Things...."


4.5 out of 5

Clownette by Terry Dowling: An Appreciation - Laird Barro

"Terry Dowling knows the heart of fear hasn't strayed far from the caves and he understands the raw, ineluctable fascination of a campfire tale. He is conversant with its rules and rituals-—Did you hear the one about the guy, this salesman, who couldn't get a room at his regular hotel? So the clerk says, "Hey, you could stay in this one room we got in back. We'll give you our special rate . . .""


4.5 out of 5

http://edsfproject.blogspot.com/2006_02_20_archive.html

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Group Photo - Laird Barron and John Langan

And two presumably unscarable associates in Paul Tremblay and Hannah Wolf Bowen.


4 out 5

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2313/1898375924_d67cea3344.jpg

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Occultation - Matthew Jaffe

Cover art for the collection :-


3.5 out of 5

http://photos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs436.snc3/25083_1333631855813_1081556704_31030137_760037_n.jpg

Friday, March 12, 2010

Books are my only friends More questions with - Laird Barron

"I conducted a significant amount of research regarding the physical and historical geography of Hong Kong and the Eighteen Hells, or Diyu. Getting these aspects right presented the greatest challenge other than formulating the novella itself. Procession of the Black Sloth is an homage to horror in general, but most especially to Asian horror cinema, and as such, I've found the great body of world literature and film has prepared Western audiences to receive the material. Koji Suzuki's Ringu cycle and films such as Uzimaki, A Tale of Two Sisters, and Ju-on are examples of work that has penetrated Western consciousness and reshaped the imaginative calculus. And of course, anime and manga are powerful and prevalent forces here in the U.S.. In any event, Sloth deals with the reciprocal nature of the universe, a concept that transcends East-West artistic traditions and gets to the root of human fascination and dread, the heart of spirituality we all share in one guise or another."


4 out of 5


http://booksaremyonlyfriends.blogspot.com/2010/01/more-questions-with-laird-barron.html

From The Terrifying Wastes Of The Cosmos Come Scary Old People - Grey Area

"Many of the stories take place in the present day in the American Northwest particularly around Olympia and Eastern Washington state. There are some notable exceptions. The previously unpublished "Procession of the Black Sloth" is a bleak disorienting descent into Hell set in Hong Kong. A grizzled Pinkerton agent tracks down a vicious killer to a Gold Rush town in "Bulldozer", it could be described as Cthulu in Deadwood. "Hallucigenia"is about a wealthy man trying to come to grips with a bizarre and horrible incident that has left his life shattered. It made me think of the best of Clive Barker, only better. The title story deserves to hang in the same nightmarish gallery as "The Picture of Dorian Grey" and "Pickman's Model". "The Imago Sequence" is a notorious trio of photographs sought after by rich and eccentric collectors. One of these sends his agent, an ex-wrestler turned kneecap-busting debt collector, to hunt down the mysterious third image. His investigation uncovers a labyrinth of conspiracy, crime, and macabre cults, or something even worse."


3.5 out of 5

http://io9.com/5266163/from-the-terrifying-wastes-of-the-cosmos-come-scary-old-people

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Lairdbarron.net - Laird Barron

Author's new wordpress site in progress. Complete with comic version of the authro.


4 out of 5

http://www.lairdbarron.net/