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By Laird Barron

To the lengthy culture of eldritch horror pioneered and subtle by way of writers resembling H.P. Lovecraft, Peter Straub, and Thomas Ligotti, comes Laird Barron, an writer whose literary voice invokes the gruesome, the devilish, and the perverse with infrequent depth and dazzling craftsmanship. accumulated the following for the 1st time are 9 terrifying stories of cosmic horror, together with the realm myth Award-nominated novella "The Imago Sequence," the overseas Horror Guild Award-nominated "Proboscis," and the never-before released "Procession of the Black Sloth." jointly, those tales, each one a masterstroke of craft and innovative irony, shape a surprising cycle of distorted evolution, encroaching chaos, and starving insectoid hive-minds hidden simply underneath the probably benign floor of the Earth.

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