My favorite Barron story, “The Men from Porlock” (collected in The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All), which I am re-reading tonight, is the creepy tale of a logging operation in the Pacific Northwest, and what may be waiting in the deep dark of the woods for a group of men who venture out from the periphery of the logging camp; some things in the world are older than time…and don’t like to be disturbed.
There are no words to adequately describe the quality of this man’s vision, execution, style, & prose. Suffice it to say you should be reading the work of Alaskan author, Laird Barron…
Following, is a nifty little review of some of Barron’s short fiction over at Slate Magazine; and the full covers of 5 of his other books of outstanding and creepy fiction…these are all available in affordable Kindle editions at Amazon.com (see link above); and Kindle apps are now free, so get on over there and feed your intellect and learn about what really scares you…
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Oh the road to En-dor is the oldest road
And the craziest road of all!
Straight it runs to the Witch’s abode,
As it did in the days of Saul,
And nothing has changed of the sorrow in store
For such as go down on the road to En-dor!
– Rudyard Kipling (written a year after the death of his son)
Witchcraft and the Bible. Interesting to consider the existence of the former in the ancient texts of the other. Reading The Witchraft Cult in Western Europe (Margaret Murray, 1921) today, I came across some text on the witch of Endor, a story mentioned in the Old Testament books of the Christian Bible (and the Jewish Torah). I thought I’d share some of this interesting information…
In the Hebrew Bible, the witch of Endor was a woman who, in the First Book of Samuel, summoned the spirit of the prophet, Samuel, at the demand of King Saul. Samuel was a little pissed off at having been “disturbed”from his eternal rest, and was also shocked at Saul’s going behind Gods back and seeking out a “witch” to comfort him in his anxiety about fighting the Philistines. Samuel chastised Saul—“you’re gonna lose everything and die tomorrow by the end of the day” Samuel told Saul…and he was right—
BUT that’s not what we want to focus on here.
Hidden in this amazing artwork are references to 21 Stephen King books and stories. Can you find them all?
This limited-edition 11″x17″, hand-signed print by artist Mortimer Glum, comes with a diagram showing all the hidden King references. The print was created for a recent Bangorefest appearance in Stephen King’s hometown of Bangor, Maine, and we’re now offering it online for the first time.
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