Future Treasures: X’s For Eyes by Laird Barron
Laird Barron made quite a name for himself as a horror writer early in his career, but he’s really come into his own in the last few years. He was the guest editor of Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Volume One, and the subject of the highly acclaimed tribute anthology, The Children of Old Leech. James McGlothlin reviewed his recent work for us, calling his collection The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All “a great combination of cosmic horror… [and] gritty noir,” and The Light is the Darkness evidence that Barron has become “a superstar… in the tradition of H. P. Lovecraft.”
His latest book, a slender novella from JournalStone, will be published this Friday. It features brothers MacBeth and Drederick, ages 14 and 12, wealthy sons of the superich Tooms family. Their father may be a supervillain, and it looks like the company’s newest space probe just accidentally contacted a malevolent alien god, but that won’t stop the lads from having a great summer vacation. Stu Horvath at Unwinnable says, “They’re like some kind of midnight reflection of the Hardy Boys or Johnny Quest and Hadji. If you ever thought The Venture Brothers needed more horror and less Star Wars references, then this is the book for you.”
X’s For Eyes is 98 pages, priced at $9.95 in trade paperback and $2.99 for the digital edition. Click the covers above for bigger versions.
I thank God I love reading and I thank God Laird Barron writes the sort of horror I really, really enjoy.
Deserves a wider audience but I’m sure that will come in due course.
Thanks for the comment, Robert. I’m curious to see how a standalone novella will sell for Barron… he seems to have the most success with his collections. But there seems to be more interest in novellas recently.
FYI: This isn’t Laird’s first standalone novella–that was the super-excellent THE LIGHT IS THE DARKNESS. Which I reviewed right here: http://johnrfultz.com/2014/07/05/the-cosmic-eye-summertime-readings/
Can’t wait to read this new one…