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Future Treasures: Man With No Name by Laird Barron

Monday, March 14th, 2016 | Posted by John ONeill

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Laird Barron is one of the modern masters of horror. James McGlothlin reviewed his latest collection for us, The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All, saying, “Barron is still one of the leading horror voices of today… I highly recommend it!”

Barron’s also been highly prolific, releasing a steady steam of books in the last few years — including first novel The Croning, the novella X’s For Eyes, and the first volume of the new Year’s Best Weird Fiction anthology series from Undertow Publications.

His latest is a promising-looking novella that looks closer to a modern thriller than anything else. Click the back cover above for the book description. The first of the Nanashi Novellas, Man With No Name was called “Bold, complex, and absolutely riveting” by Jonathan Maberry. It arrives this week from JournalStone.

Our previous coverage of Laird Barron includes:

Future Treasures: X’s For Eyes by Laird Barron
Playing in Laird Barron’s Sandbox: The Children of Old Leech by James McGlothlin
Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Volume One, edited by Laird Barron
Riddles, Intrigue, Occult and Super-Science: A Review of Laird Barron’s The Light is the Darkness by James McGlothlin
Cosmic Horror Skills at Novel Length: A Review of Laird Barron’s The Croning by James McGlothlin
New Treasures: The Croning

Man With No Name will be published by JournalStone on March 18, 2016. It is 106 pages, priced at $9.95 in paperback and $2.99 for the digital version. Read more at the JournalStone website.

See all of our latest coverage of the best in upcoming fantasy here.


  1. Ordered mine yesterday! Gon’ be goooood…

    Comment by John R. Fultz - March 14, 2016 11:35 pm

  2. Back when I was grad student it was so much easier to stay on top of Barron books. Now that I have real job, I’m two books behind! I still haven’t got my hands on X’s For Eyes much less this new one. Sheesh! I know what I’m going to be doing come summer though.

    Comment by James McGlothlin - March 15, 2016 12:54 am

  3. The only problem I have with this book, and Xs for Eyes, is they one day may be collected under one set of covers – do I spend up big now, or save dollars in the hope that *one* day, they’ll be available cheaper? If only Barron wasn’t such a great writer! Grr…

    Comment by Robert Mammone - March 15, 2016 8:00 am

  4. @Mammone

    For a couple of years I was buying whole anthologies simply on the criterion that there was a new Laird Barron story within. When Barron’s newest collection The Beautiful Thing that Awaits Us All came out, the only thing that really disappointed me was that I had already read almost every story within. At the time I thought to myself, “Why am I paying double for the same stories?”

    Comment by James McGlothlin - March 15, 2016 8:18 am

  5. Just Pre-ordered the Kindle version. I’ve never read Barron before, and generally not a horror fan-if that what Barron is known for-but the title alone hooked me, and its been a long time since I’ve read a book like this, but it oozes too much awesomeness to pass up.
    Thanks BlackGate… this is why I check you out everyday.

    Comment by kid_greg - March 16, 2016 8:29 am

  6. @kid-greg

    A lot of Barron’s horror stuff has characters that are gangsters, or assassins, or something similar. I’ve often thought that Barron could write a straight-up crime novel. I don’t know if this book will be that or whether it will be another horror work. At any rate, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. He is a great writer.

    Comment by James McGlothlin - March 16, 2016 8:33 am

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