Book Review—The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All by Laird Barron

Credit: goodreads.com

Credit: goodreads.com

As an extreme horror junkie, I am always on the lookout for those exceptionally rare horror masterpieces that leave me not merely scared or disgusted, but rather, utterly disturbed, and ill at ease for days after finishing the final page.

In the past few years since I’ve started this blog, I can think of three books that have accomplished this:

  1. The Shining, by Stephen King
  2. The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies, by John Langan
  3. Your House is On Fire, Your Children All Gone, by Stefan Kiesbye

And now this: The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All, by Laird Barron.

What can I say? Barron’s collection of short stories, in their Lovecraftian, primal, otherworldy promises of horrors beyond the classical Satan, scared the freaking bejesus out of me.

And I don’t mean like “Boo!” I mean in that it made me doubt the safety of the known universe — who decided what was safe anyway? How do you know for sure?

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About Annie McGovern

MA student in Science and Medical Writing; Creative Writing BA; consumes books and science for sustenance (and tea); questionable Korean language skills; end
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One Response to Book Review—The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All by Laird Barron

  1. Sounds intriguing 🙂 Though horror stories really creep me out.

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