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Here’s my latest collection–it features the World Fantasy Award nominated Hand of Glory.
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.
*Via Deadline Hollywood: Philip Gelatt and Reno Productions to Adapt Barron’s –30–
*Ellen Datlow’s Nightmare Carnival gets a rave Locus review by Stefan Dziemianowicz in the March issue. What he says about Jessica Mace’s latest exploits:
“In Laird Barron’s “Screaming Elk, MT,” the heroine of his 2013 story, “Termination Dust,” who survived an attack by a supernaturally empowered serial killer, plays a crucial role in ending a curse that has dogged a traveling carnival for half a century. Barron’s protagonist, Jessica Mace, is a wonderfully feisty fighter with a badass streak who can easily hold her own with any of the tale’s macho male characters. She’d make a great series character in future stories.”
*HorrorTalk says of Jessica Mace:
Jessica Mace is the star of Laird Barron’s “Screaming Elk, MT”, a tale that follows our heroine as she gets involved with the drama of the folks of The Gallows Brother Carnival. What makes this one so terrific is not the story itself (and it’s a great one, trust me), but the main character, Jessica. The piece has a wonderful noir feel to it, and Jessica even refers to herself as a femme fatale, but she’s so much more than that. Generally the femme fatale is reserved for the secondary character, and it’s always someone up to no good. But Jessica is far deeper than a throw-away one-dimensional character, and one I’d love to see more of.