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The Children of Old Leech: A Tribute to the Carnivorous Cosmos of Laird Barron
Edited by Ross E. Lockhart and Justin Steele
Reviewed by Jason Pettus
This is the first of several books I received earlier this year from horror publisher Word Horde; and if this one is any indication, I've got a lot of great, creepy writing heading my way as this fall turns into winter. This particular anthology is a homage to a famous genre author named Laird Barron (past winner of the Bram Stoker Award, the Locus Award, the Goodreads Choice Award, the World Fantasy Award, and many others); I'm not a regular reader of the genre, but from what I've been able to tell, Barron is famous for taking Lovecraftian themes from the Old Ones mythos and replanting the ideas into a contemporary Pacific Northwest setting, with this compilation mimicking that feel of classic Cthulhu-like stories but set within our own modern times. A loving collection made up of almost two dozen prominent authors in this genre, Barron must indeed be a highly respected peer to have this solid a tribute made in his name, and I'm looking forward now to delving more into the individual titles that Word Horde has been putting out this year. Strongly recommended for all horror enthusiasts; although as with most genre books, if you're not already a horror fan, you can easily skip this yourself.
Out of 10: 8.9, or 9.4 for horror fans