July 10, 2014 by Laird
The folks at Miskatonic Musings talk about Del Toro’s Mimic and my short story, “Old Virginia.”
image courtesy of Miskatonic Musings
| Tags: del toro, lair barron, listen to this, old virginia
So you’re the “Chuck Norris of weird fiction,” according to the hyper-nerdy, youthful podcasters. That sounds about right.
As long as I’m not the Steven Seagal of horror…
I love “Old Virginia” but I can think of a dozen other of your short stories that are much better than this one. Interesting choice.
James, I’ve listened to three Miskatonic Musings podcasts. Let’s just say that the youngish podcasters, all of whom are movie-pop culture oriented, are not into the finer points of weird fiction in general or Mr. Barron’s oeuvre in particular. In the be thankful for small blessings department, the callow youth nonetheless recognized Mr. Barron’s obvious talents and unique contributions to weird fiction. Sometimes, that’s all one gets. By the way, I agree with your main point.
I get what you’re saying but I think you might be selling the cast of Miskatonic Musings a bit short. They seem, to me anyways, to be fairly familiar with the horror story scene. And in the podcast in question, they (or at least one of them) seems to have read several other Barron stories, including his novel *The Croning*.
All of which makes me wonder why they picked “Old Virginia” as a Barron example to discuss. I suppose we should just be happy that Barron is being discussed! More people should be aware of this incredible writer.
Just to add a couple of thoughts–Old V is an early story and I think it reads that way. On the other hand, I’ve been told on several occasions that it is the only good thing I ever wrote, so there’s that.
Weston Ochse and Wrath James White are definitely the Chuck Norrises of horror.
“…nerd rock star…” He’ll yeah.
Hell, dammit, not he’ll. Autocorrect is an infernal invention of the Children of Old Leech! For those of us who can actually spell, at least.
I’ve always wondered who/what birthed the infernal Autocorrect…
I even have a shortcut on my phone DYA (Damn You Autocorrect!!)
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