Sunday, April 14, 2013

101 Weird Writers: Laird Barron - Timothy Jarvis

"Laird Barron (1970 – ) is an American writer, much of whose critically acclaimed work falls within the horror, noir, and dark fantasy genres. In his fiction, the influence of Lovecraft and Lucius Shepard has been subsumed by his own themes and concerns, creating such potent and original modern takes on the weird tale as “The Forest” (2006), reprinted as part of The Weird. Barron spent his early years in Alaska, which has been an influence on his fiction. He moved to Washington in 1994 where he became a certified strength trainer and earned a third degree brown belt in Professor Bradley J. Steiner’s Jen Do Tao system. He has won multiple Shirley Jackson awards for his fiction. His latest collection, The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All, was published earlier this month by Night Shade Books. 101 Weird Writers is delighted to present this appreciation of Barron and “The Forest,” written by our newest contributor, Timothy Jarvis." 4 out of 5