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“Laird Barron is horror’s new messiah. If you want to experience this guy’s singularly brilliant this collection now.”

- Paul Goat Allen, B&N Explorations Blog




“Inducing real fear in readers is no easy task—I can probably list the authors that have actually scared me in one breath: Lovecraft, Poe, King, Barker, Koontz, Matheson, and Campbell, although I’m most definitely forgetting a few… A lot of contemporary horror isn’t scary at all: it’s just gross. Shocking readers is easy. Scaring them takes talent.


Reading Laird Barron reminds me of what it was like discovering works from the aforementioned horror masters. The nine stories featured in his latest collection are painstakingly constructed—a darkly poetic narrative fuels these deftly plotted stories of existential angst…I’ll say it right now. Laird Barron is horror’s new messiah…And after you’ve devoured these nine dark gems, make sure you check under the bed before you go to sleep. As Barron wrote in “Mysterium Tremendum,” 'there are frightful things lurking in the shadows...' " (You can read Paul’s full review here).


Unsurprisingly, Paul also loved Barron’s new novel, The Croning, available now for NOOK.

Free Fridays Recommends


Each week, we ask our featured author to recommend a book or author that you may want to check out. Since authors are such passionate readers themselves, we thought you might like to find out what they love to read, too! Here’s what Laird recommends:





NOOK owners: go to shop and search for “Laird Barron” to download his incredibly haunting books.

by spec ‎05-18-2012 07:32 AM - edited ‎05-18-2012 07:36 AM

Here's additional freebies, a.k.a Free Friday's Extras, that many good people found and shared since last Friday. As usual all the books were free at the time of submitting this post, please verify the price before clicking Buy.

The Rules of Love by Richard Templar

Ancient Images by Ramsey Campbell

Religion & Spirituality
The God Who Sees You by Tammy Maltby,Anne Christian Buchanan
CEB Common English Bible Psalms by Common English Bible
CEB Common English Bible Acts of the Apostles by Common English Bible

Cooking, Food & Wine
RV Cooking Cookbook by Gooseberry Patch

New Year's Kiss by Tielle St Clare
Stone-Cold Lover by Mel Teshco
Run among Thorns by Anna Louise Lucia

All About Mom by Dahlia Porter, Gabriel Cervantes

Mystery & Thrillers
Badge of Evil by Whit Masterson

Religious Fiction
The Search Committee by Tim Owens
Hollywood Nobody by Lisa Samson
The Hope of Shridula by Kay Marshall Strom
Always the Designer, Never the Bride by Sandra D. Bricker
Medical Error by Richard L. Mabry
The Keeper by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Always the Wedding Planner, Never the Bride by Sandra D. Bricker
Lie Down in Green Pastures by Debbie Viguie
Eye of the God by Ariel Allison

Business & Investing
A Professional's Guide to Decision Science and Problem Solving by Frank A. Tillman,Deandra T. Cassone
Entrepreneurship Lessons for Success by Bruce Barringer,Edward D. Hess,Charles F. Goetz,R. Duane Ireland
Your Brain and Business by Srinivasan S. Pillay
Buy and Hedge by Jay Pestrichelli,Wayne Ferbert


Please laurel this post if the list is useful to you.

by MoonracerMN ‎05-18-2012 07:44 AM - edited ‎05-18-2012 07:45 AM

The free book looks interesting, I like a well crafted horror story(ies). Thank you B&N.


Thanks to you too Spec, you have some interesting titles for me to look into.

by NanaRo on ‎05-18-2012 07:44 AM

I love you guys!


by TarHeelGirl00 on ‎05-18-2012 07:44 AM

It looks like more great choices again this week.  Thanks Spec for compiling the list!  I have found a lot of great books on your list in the religious fiction category.  I am currently reading "Cooking the Books" by Bonnie Calhoun, which was on the list last week.  So far, I LOVE it.  Thanks for helping me discover these books!

by smiller492 on ‎05-18-2012 07:48 AM

I love the extra freebies every week, but some on this week's list are not free....:smileysad:

by LoveToReadJFE on ‎05-18-2012 08:03 AM

Smiler492:  all the books in the list came up free when I looked at them just now . . . . perhaps you should try again for any you wanted that did not come up "free" earlier . . . .

by Lucy_PR on ‎05-18-2012 08:23 AM
Thanks to you I just completed the Sandra Bricker series.... Wujuuuuuu more books to read...
by duke50 on ‎05-18-2012 08:25 AM

I look forward to free Fridays but actually love your list the most....couldn't find it last week and was very dissapointed!!! 

Thanks for all your finds


by estitcher1 on ‎05-18-2012 08:27 AM

Thanks Spec for your list each week, I love the Religious Fiction section always,

I also found them all free.

by juliejpr on ‎05-18-2012 08:38 AM

If you're on facebook, this page has posted several good books in the last week: Nook Books That I Find That Are Free

by Baste on ‎05-18-2012 08:39 AM

Thank you Spec and Jeremy, for another great free Friday. Have a great weekend everyone.

by JfroJeff on ‎05-18-2012 08:51 AM

My friday picks:


Sci Fi

Blowing off Some Steam


Under The Milky Way








Tales From The Oddside


Don't Wake the Dead


The Witch of Cromer


The Taint: Octavia


This Stays Buried


Tales from the STAC Casebook


A Clean Getaway

YA/Teen Fiction

Anathema (Causal Enchantment, #1)


Inner City


Reckless Magic


Turned at Dark

by cgreer on ‎05-18-2012 09:07 AM

Thanks so much for the free Friday books. I look forward to Friday's to see what will be available. I have really enjoyed some very good books and discovered some very good authors that I might never have known about if not for free Friday.

by Claudine_Thompson on ‎05-18-2012 09:46 AM

Nice it was only last night my daughter was looking on my nook to read something similar to this weeks free read, she will enjoy this I think.  Not my type of reading but I think she will enjoy.

by Moderator dhaupt on ‎05-18-2012 10:16 AM

Oh thank you Paul and Jeremy for some real horror stories

I love a good scare every now and again