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The Imago Sequence and Other Stories

The Imago Sequence and Other Stories The title story of this collection a devilishly ironic riff on H P Lovecraft s Pickman s model was nominated for a World Fantasy Award while Proboscis was nominated for an International Horror Guild

  • Title: The Imago Sequence and Other Stories
  • Author: Laird Barron
  • ISBN: 9781597800884
  • Page: 359
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The title story of this collection a devilishly ironic riff on H P Lovecraft s Pickman s model was nominated for a World Fantasy Award, while Proboscis was nominated for an International Horror Guild award and reprinted in The Year s Best Fantasy and Horror 19 In addition to his previously published work, this collection contains an original story.

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    1. There is a great deal about Laird Barron's writing that I like very much. Unlike Stephen King (whose descriptive passages often resemble an exhaustive catalog of the contents of someone's pockets or purse), Barron has a poet's eye for detail and the knack for choosing the right phrase in order to fix a disgusting or disturbing detail in the reader's mind. But sometimes he also allows himself--something King would never do--to be distracted from the essential narrative by his own evocative detail [...]

    2. The Imago Sequence and Other Stories is a collection of short stories by Laird Barron.This is Laird Barron's first short story collection and the fifth book of his I've read this year. I'm running out of ways to praise the man who has infected my brain like some kind of alien parasite.Nine stories of sanity-blasting cosmic horror haunt its pages. Even though it's his first published collection, all of the Barronial bits are there: Chandler by way of Lovecraft prose, lonliness, helplessness, and [...]

    3. Based on the praise this book received and and how good the author's novel was, this was a HUGE disappointment. And the tricky thing about reviewing a book that so many have obviously liked or appreciated is the second guessingdid I really just not like this that much? Well, yes. Did the book show potential? Definitely. Were the stories original? To an extent, being mostly cosmic horror pastiches and classic horror inspired tales. Was it good? It might have been, but it really really didn't sing [...]

    4. 'Bliss is ephemeral; true for anyone or anything. The oceans have been decimated several times in the last billion years. Sterile waters in a clay bowl. Life returned unbidden on each occasion. The world slumbers, twitches and transforms. From the jelly, lizards crawled around the fetid swamps eating one another and dying, and being replaced by something else. Again, again, again, until you reach the inevitable conclusion of sky-rises, nuclear submarines, orbiting sattelites, and Homo Sapiens fo [...]

    5. Laird Barron is essential reading in the horror genre, case closed.I dig his style. Let's be clear folks, this is not a fast-paced slasher, bogeyman-in-the-closet, call it like you see it type of writing, it's layered and poetic, so you will have to work. And that's fine with me, as a reader, because the payoff is exceptional. It is like one of those fuzzy white noise pictures that takes a while to get into focus but then an amazing picture rises to the surface.Barron brings his characters into [...]

    6. Reading Laird Barron has become something of a life-affirming pleasure for me. Not only his stories delight me, but his storytelling skills are so sound I understand why I like them and why they're so great. Barron is like a champion boxers who mastered the jab. It's the simplest punch, you know he's coming, yet he catches you with it every single time. So many stories in this collection freaked me out. OLD VIRGINIA blindsided the crap out of me. PROCESSION OF THE BLACK SLOTH was elegant and cle [...]

    7. It's been over a week and I still have not been able to put together an intelligent review of this book. Several attempts have been utter disasters. I'm am having a difficult time expressing exactly why this book was so special to me. To me, Barron really conveys a sense of atmosphere or heaviness with his writing. There are times when it is difficult to determine whether the scene is dream, reality, nightmare or something in between. It's almost like looking in a cracked mirror, things don't qu [...]

    8. Very much a 4.5 on the star-rating chart; it is rare I find an anthology of stories where I like the bulk of the entire collection. This time there was only a couple that just didn't do it for me, otherwise, a most awesome weird fiction/horror read.This is actually a reread for me; I first read this in 2007 when it was published, but I recently felt the need for reading horror and really couldn't remember much about this one, so I pulled it off my shelf. After finishing it this time, it came to [...]

    9. If you like H.P. Lovecraft and his modern successors like Caitlin Kiernan, then you'll probably like Barron. Though, to be sure, he only intermittently captures Lovecraft's creepiness or Kiernan's lyricism. In the end it all comes down to "did I enjoy reading these stories"? And, for the most part, the answer would be "yes.""Old Virginia" - Set in the most paranoid days of the Cold War, a team of CIA operatives guards a couple of scientists and a mysterious patient (Old Virginia) in an isolated [...]

    10. This is the best horror book I have read for some time. Laird Barron is like a horror poet and his use of words is just incredible. All the stories were great, but I really loved "Bulldozer" which is a wild west horror story (how cool!). I also loved "The Imago Sequence" I found it veryabsorbing. (chuckle, sorry) I know this is kind of like doing things in reverse, but after reading Barron I really want to check out Lovecraft!

    11. I’m half convinced that Laird Barron is the love child of Jack London and H.P. Lovecraft, and his writing evokes both authors, fusing hardboiled naturalism with unflinching cosmic horror. Amazing stuff, well worth picking up for the title tale, an update of Lovecraft’s “Pickman’s Model,” but all nine stories are top-notch horror fiction in the vein of Lucius Shepard, Thomas Ligotti, or Peter Straub.

    12. Laird Barron has got some pretty serious writing chops. I can’t remember the last time I had to look up so many words in the dictionary while reading. Strangely enough it didn’t bug me like I thought it would and I actually dug checking out the definitions.The subject matter of these shorts are pretty freaking bleak and the prose is very dark and complex, but not overwhelmingly so. A great read for sure and a must for fans of cosmic horror.

    13. I've never forgotten my first encounters with certain horror collections, at different times in my life, that resonated with me - Lovecraft, Machen, Blackwood, Barker, T.E.D Klein, Ramsey Campbell, M John Harrison, Ligotti, Robert Aickman, among others. But they were books that transported me and made me want to write. I've come to Laird Barron relatively late, but I'm adding him to my pantheon of greats (and I don't use that word lightly). Just finished his first two single author works - [...]

    14. I've tried really hard to develop an appreciation for Laird Barron. I started with The Light is the Darkness and found my expectations outweighed what I was presented with. I've also read The Croning and considered it an overly wordy and bloated novel propped up by a great central concept. So I hoped getting a hold of one of his collections of shorter works might prove to be the gold that most everybody else has seemed to find when panning through Barron's works.Sadly, The Imago Collection was m [...]

    15. I kind of went at Laird Barron’s oeuvre backwards. Though I had read “Old Virginia,” and “The Broadsword” in "new-Lovecraftian" anthologies, I picked up his excellent new novel The Croning before fully exploring either of his story collections (the other being Occultation). Of course I fell madly in fascinated disgust, and had to immediately devour everything he had in print. So I started at the beginning, with The Imago Sequence. To read this set of stories, which range over a period [...]

    16. This book collects stories previously published in various magazines within the last ten years. Coming highly praised by those who have read it, I wanted to try some more modern horror, hoping for something above and beyond the generic horror thrillers so common these days. I was not disappointed.Many of the stories are set in Washington state (apparently where the author now resides) and a few landmarks and places crop up in more than one story, thereby going about developing a folklore and myt [...]

    17. I have mixed feelings about this collection. There is much in it which I like, but I am also put off by aspects of the author's style. His stories are cluttered with superfluous characters: consider, for example, the very long description (p.136) of persons at a party in "Hallucingenia" (an effective story in other respects). When I first read the tale, I was so annoyed at this tediously intrusive super-paragraph that I more or less skipped it; looking back, I don't see that I missed anything. J [...]

    18. Literally fantastic collection of short stories with varied themes and textures. Award-winning for good reason and compulsively readable. Laird Barron has a distinct voice and vision with a naturalistic style vying with an expansive vocabulary. His universe is dismal, hopeless, existentially cruel, populated with madmen and jaded adventurers. Cannot recommend highly enough.

    19. DECEMBER 14:"Old Virginia":An eldritch crone is not someone to experiment with--not even if it's a secret government project during the Cold War.This was a very fine, thrilling horror tale, and it is evident that Barron is inspired by Lovecraft--but, fortunately, the keyword is inspired, for this is all Barron, and it is only if one knows about the more specific Lovecraftian (not Mythos) ideas one sees the connection. And that is a compliment to the author. Great, dark tale.FEBRUARY 22, 2010:"Sh [...]

    20. This was a chore to get through. If this book is art, it's abstract art. I'm not ashamed to mention that abstract art is beyond my understanding. I'm not sophisticated enough for it. I just didn't understand what was going on half the time. The story at the beginning and the end were the best and made the most sense to someone who is incapable of thinking in abstracts. I skipped Hallucigenia because it looked long and by then I already knew I probably wouldn't like it and ain't nobody got time f [...]

    21. While this portends to be a series of stories set in the vein of Lovecraft, this fell very short of the mark. While two of the stories (Bulldozer and Parallax) were very well done, and the namesake story (the Imago Sequence) came close, the remainder of the stories were mediocre, at best.There is a big difference between weird fiction that shows you glimpses of a world far darker and stranger than the real world, and fiction that doesn't really do much more than give confusing and disjointed ima [...]

    22. This is one batch of creep-ass stories. I pretty much loved this book, every story was a page turner and every one scared the crap out of me. I hate comparisons to other authors, like Lovecraft or Ligotti since the writing is totally different but, imagine Lovecraft's vision of faceless uncaring cosmic menace freed from the purple prose. Think Ligotti's faceless and nameless places and characters given a face and a soul we care about. These protagonists here are no less doomed but we actually ca [...]

    23. I discovered Mr. Barron's books by accident. Cruising on , looking for new horror, something well-written, different and scary as hell. THE IMAGO SEQUENCE fulfilled all those criteria and then some. Laird's stories are Lovecraftian yet not Lovecraftian. Stylistically, he's nothing like Lovecraft, but the themes and concepts are there, masterfully re-worked for a modern age.For me, the scariest story in the book was "Hallucigenia". Now whenever I drive past an old, delapidated barn, I think of th [...]

    24. Lovecraftian -yes, Ligottian - no. Out of nine stories, there were four that I really liked (including a few involving evil old ladies trying to have sex with you). The others reminded me of William S. Burroughs - who I've never read (except for Naked Lunch - which I really didn't read, but forced myself to get through). This is a solid horror collection.

    25. I am not easily "creeped out." Grossed out, yes; I'm unable to partake of stories, written or otherwise, that bathe victims in buckets of gore. It takes a lot to unsettle me, though: Stolid, unimaginative, I plod bovine, complacent, unwitting, into and through the weirdest of tales. I was thus astonished and delighted to realize that Laird Barron had successfully spooked me with "Old Virginia," the first story in The Imago Sequence (2007, Nightshade Books).The influence of H. P. Lovecraft looms [...]

    26. The first thing that struck me about Imago was that, after having read it and Occultation – Laird’s second anthology – for the first time, I immediately turned around and read them both all over again. That’s never happened to me before with any other book – not sure what it means, just taking note.Laird is often spoken of in the same breath with Thomas Ligotti, but they could not be more different. While I am in awe of Ligotti’s work, his universe is one of futility – of clockwork [...]

    27. More than anything, I find this work to be a feast of language. The language is complex, effervescent, over the top, oftentimes even delirious, always surprising, even if sometimes a tad tiresome. There is no respite in the accumulation of shocking images and concepts, and because of that the stories are somehow hard to palate one after the other. I can though see why they would stand out from among other stories in an anthology. It’s obvious that the author has an exceptional imagination and [...]

    28. This collection of short stories took me quite a long time to read. Most of these stories demanded time and energy. They are not easy to read. Barron does love those wacky $1.98 words, the peculiar words no one uses in everyday conversation well, maybe China Miéville uses them, but that wouldn't surprise me. Barron falls into the weird fiction, speculative fiction, whatever flavor the hoo-hahs slap on it at the time. Put it this way; Barron has a thing for H.P. Lovecraft. This loner geek read g [...]

    29. This took me a really long time to read, and in the end, I'm not sure why I bothered.My first introduction to Laird Barron was with his novel The Croning. Set around the life of an octogenarian, I spent my time with The Croning ooh-ing and aah-ing at all the little nice touches to show this wasn't a "normal" protagonist, and the methods of which Barron introduced his weirdness and strange mythology was beautiful. Plus, I've never read a more compelling opening chapter of anything in my life.So w [...]

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