Laird Barron's The Imago Sequence and Other Stories was published in 2007. It's Laird Barron's first short story collection and the winner of the Shirley Jackson Award for Best Collection.

Here's my short review of Laird Barron's first short story collection. Several people have already written fantastic reviews about this collection, so I don't have anything new to add, but I'll write a short review anyway, because every horror fan should read The Imago Sequence and Other Stories.


Laird Barron is one of the best new horror and dark fantasy authors. He's a gifted writer whose stories are macabre and fascinating entertainment for horror readers. He writes modern weird fiction and he does it well – each story in The Imago Sequence and Other Stories is grade-A material.

The Imago Sequence and Other Stories contains nine excellent and different kind of short stories. These stories are well written and fascinating horror stories.

This collection contains the following nine stories (the limited edition contains an additional short story, Hour of the Cyclops):

  • Old Virginia
  • Shiva, Open Your Eye
  • Procession of the Black Sloth
  • Bulldozer
  • Proboscis
  • Hallucigenia
  • Parallax
  • The Royal Zoo Is Closed
  • The Imago Sequence

This collection starts with the sinister "Old Virginia" and ends with the fantastic "The Imago Sequence". All the stories are masterpieces of horror literature. It's almost impossible to choose the best stories, but each story is good (I liked "Old Virginia", "Procession of the Black Sloth", "Proboscis", "Bulldoder" and "The Imago Sequence" very much).

What I like most about Laird Barron is that he writes quality stories. Some writers reveal everything in the beginning of the story, but not Laird Barron. He doesn't make things easy for the reader, but trusts that his readers have enough patience to read the whole story. I also like the way he writes about the characters.

Laird Barron's prose reminds me of such writers as H. P. Lovecraft, Julius Shepard and Clive Barker. His prose is modern and sharp, but it's also lavish. For example, the title story ("The Imago Sequence") demonstrates how easily Laird Barron writes good horror prose.

After reading both collections (The Imago Sequence and Other Stories and Occultation and Other Stories) I can say that Laird Barron has become one of my favourite authors. I've always been fond of this kind of horror literature, so it's great that there are writers like Laird Barron, who continue to amaze readers with their dark stories.

If you're a dark fantasy or horror fan, please, do yourself a favour and buy The Imago Sequence and Other Stories and also Occultation and Other Stories. If you like weird fiction and cosmic horror, you must read these collections. Both collections are essential reading for horror fans.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

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