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Summary

Over the course of two award-winning collections and a critically acclaimed novel, The Croning, Laird Barron has arisen as one of the strongest and most original literary voices in modern horror and the dark fantastic. Melding supernatural horror with hardboiled noir, espionage, and a scientific backbone, Barron's 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. 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.

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Lyrical writing and beautiful narration

An interesting collection of short stories, written in beautiful, lyrical prose, and also wonderfully narrated. However, I found the stories themselves slightly hit and miss. Some were very good (Redfield Girls and Blackwood's baby) and others not so. With several, I finished the story and was left thinking "oh, is that it." I will listen to more from the author, but, having read other, very positive reviews for this title, had hoped for something better here.

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  • Yves Tourigny
  • 04-02-18

A match made in... well...

There’s could be no better reader for this excellent collection than Ray Porter. Barron is at the top of his game here, and hits every story out of the park. Porter renders them all distinctly and memorably. Turns out that the beautiful thing that awaited us all was this audiobook.

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  • ArcaneBard
  • 23-04-18

Pretty Good

All the stories are beautifully told and well written, very good but not quite mind-blowing. However, I absolutely adored "Vastation".

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  • Kevin Young
  • 22-03-18

Lush and Dark

Every story is completely immersive, with strong characterization and rich settings. The velvet spiral into the dark recesses of horror is rarely so fine.

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  • Tom Smith
  • 12-07-18

Addicting!

I stumbled on to laird barron about a month ago and have already gone through three compilations and one novel. Really great offbeat cosmic horror with a hardboiled edge, particularly if you are someone who has grown weary of certain horror novelists with more media celebrity. His books are best when read in order, as many of the characters are interconnected. Also, audible does a great job with skilled narration even though I'm sure the print versions are equally gripping.

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  • travis
  • 09-07-18

finally

wonderfully raw and gritty. brings a certain amount of realism to the unreal. if you love his story bulldozer this will be right up your alley.

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  • KurtS
  • 08-06-18

Been a horror fan my whole life - this isn't it.

I very rarely give up on a book. I listened to 5 out of these 10 stories - pushing my way through - hoping one would interest me, impress me, scare me - anything! I gave up after the 5th one. The author has a way with words - unfortunately, put together, they don't make an impression. I'd recommend skipping this altogether.