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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 kungfuaddict on ‎05-18-2012 10:16 AM

Just found the Free Friday's post via Facebook!  Woohoo!  I'm loving my new Simple Touch w/ GlowLight - fantastic idea!

by aynajane on ‎05-18-2012 10:19 AM

As always thanks, Jeff, Spec and B&N. I already loved Fridays but now have something more to look forward to thanks to you fabulous free finds. ♥ the thrillers and young adult especially!


Thanks & Have a great weekend, you earned it! :smileyhappy:

by DigitalGrl on ‎05-18-2012 10:32 AM

Thank you to you all for the free book postings!

by AliciaDean_1835 on ‎05-18-2012 11:01 AM

So excited! I love a good horror story. Haven't read one in a while but looking forward to checking this out.


Thanks for all the additional suggestions.


Have a great weekend and Happy Reading to all!



Alicia Dean

Death Offerings

(The Northland Crime Chronicles Book 2)

Only $2.99 through the end of May

by Eros-Ashima on ‎05-18-2012 12:33 PM

Thanks again for another Spectacular, Jeremacious, and JFrolicious Friday. I look over my hoard of books like a miser might look over his hoard of gold. Cackllng away here ....

by seelenfisch on ‎05-18-2012 01:19 PM

Laird Barron is fantastic! This is an absolutely great Free Friday. Thanks!

by CdaleChillin on ‎05-18-2012 04:05 PM

Thanks for absolutely great books this Friday!!

by jakibookworm on ‎05-18-2012 04:27 PM

Cannot wait to dig in!

by oscar34 on ‎05-18-2012 08:51 PM
Thanks for all the great books. It was a pleasure reading all the positive feedback this week unlike last week were some of were called a bunch of airheads. Also, thank you to the person who started the facebook page called nook books that are free. I passed on several free books for the site to be posted as did other people and it has just been growing with everyone sharing what they are finding and it is free! So thanks to making a great beginning to the weekend.
by JamericanSpice on ‎05-18-2012 08:55 PM

Not sure I'll be reading this, but thank you for all the great book choices!

by Bebop64 on ‎05-18-2012 08:56 PM

Thanks everyone! This blog just adds another dimension to the greatest gift I've ever received. Love it!

by CheckRaise01 on ‎05-19-2012 10:04 AM

great books thank you!!




by IrishFire on ‎05-19-2012 02:38 PM

thank you!!!! 

by Lirielrose on ‎05-19-2012 10:05 PM

So sad I never got on here until today- the baby is teething... I missed the last 2 books I need in the Sandra Bricker series....grrrrr     =(