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Occultation and Other Stories
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Winner of the 2010 Shirley Jackson Award, nine stories of cosmic horror from the heir apparent to Lovecraft's throne. Laird Barron has emerged as one of the strongest voices in modern horror and dark fantasy fiction, building on the eldritch tradition pioneered by writers such as H. P. Lovecraft, Peter Straub, and Thomas Ligotti. His stories have garnered critical acclaim and have been reprinted in numerous year's best anthologies and nominated for multiple awards, including the Crawford, International Horror Guild, Shirley Jackson, Theodore Sturgeon, and World Fantasy awards. His debut collection, The Imago Sequence and Other Stories, was the inaugural winner of the Shirley Jackson Award. He returns with his second collection, Occultation. Pitting ordinary men and women against a carnivorous, chaotic cosmos, Occulation's nine tales of terror (two published here for the first time) were nominated for just as many Shirley Jackson awards, winning for the novella "Mysterium Tremendum" and the collection as a whole. Featuring an introduction by Michael Shea, Occultation brings more of the spine-chillingly sublime cosmic horror Laird Barron's fans have come to expect. Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors.
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About the Author

Laird Barron is the author of the novel The Croning and three collections of short fiction: The Imago Sequence, Occultation, and The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All. His work has appeared in many magazines and anthologies. An expatriate Alaskan, Barron currently resides in the wilds of upstate New York. Michael Shea is an American fantasy, horror, and science fiction author. He is the winner of two World Fantasy Awards, and has been nominated for Nebula and Hugo awards. Shea lives in Healdsburg, California.

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"Another brilliant engagement with weird fiction from a writer fast becoming a modern master." --Jeff VanderMeer, author of Annihilation and Finch "Relentlessly readable, highly atmospheric, sharply and often arrestingly written--Barron's prose style resembles, by turns, a high-flown Jim Thompson mixed with a pulp Barry Hannah." --Slate "Laird Barron has, in a remarkably short period of time, emerged as one of the leading writers of contemporary weird fiction." --S. T. Joshi "With sharp prose and wise, original stories, Barron has repeatedly proven himself one of the strongest voices in the field. This collection is a must read." --Sarah Langan, author of Audrey's Door and The Keeper "Laird Barron is one of those writers who makes other writers want to break their pencils. I'm serious. His work is that good. Worse than that, he's an original (damn him!), and the finest writer to join the ranks of the dark fantastic in a long, long time." --Norman Partridge, author of Dark Harvest and Lesser Demons "For my money, Laird Barron is far and away the best of the new generation of horror writers." --Michael Shea, World Fantasy Award-winning author of Polyphemus "...one senses that he has the potential to change the expectations of the next generation of readers by elevating the genre to a new standard of excellence." --Lucius Shepard, author of Trujillo "If you think there aren't any new Richard Mathesons or Harlan Ellisons out there, you need to read Laird Barron." --Stewart O'Nan, bestselling author of A Prayer for the Dying "Heartbreaking, hilarious, sophisticated, and gory, these stories will thrill, trouble, and haunt Barron's fans and have newcomers scrambling to search for his other work." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

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