The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies

The Wide Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies John Langan has in the last few years established himself as one of the leading voices in contemporary horror literature Gifted with a supple and mellifluous prose style an imagination that can con

  • Title: The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies
  • Author: JohnLangan
  • ISBN: 9781614980544
  • Page: 418
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  • The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies

    John Langan has, in the last few years, established himself as one of the leading voices in contemporary horror literature Gifted with a supple and mellifluous prose style, an imagination that can conjure up clutching terrors with seeming effortlessness, and a thorough knowledge of the rich heritage of weird fiction, Langan has already garnered his share of accolades ThiJohn Langan has, in the last few years, established himself as one of the leading voices in contemporary horror literature Gifted with a supple and mellifluous prose style, an imagination that can conjure up clutching terrors with seeming effortlessness, and a thorough knowledge of the rich heritage of weird fiction, Langan has already garnered his share of accolades This new collection of nine substantial stories includes such masterworks as Technicolor, an ingenious riff on Poe s Masque of the Red Death How the Day Runs Down, a gripping tale of the undead and The Shallows, a powerful tale of the Cthulhu Mythos The capstone to the collection is a previously unpublished novella of supernatural terror, Mother of Stone With an introduction by Jeffrey Ford and an afterword by Laird Barron.Table of ContentsIntroduction Reading Langan, by Jeffrey FordKidsHow the Day Runs DownTechnicolor The Wide, Carnivorous SkyCity of the DogThe ShallowsThe Revel June, 1987 Hitchhiking Mr Norris Mother of Stone Story Notes Afterword Note Found in a Glenfiddich Bottle, by Laird BarronAcknowledgments

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    1. Panagiotis

      Πότε δίνουμε άριστα; Τι αντίκτυπο έχει η βαθμολογία; Δηλώνουμε κάτι καταβαραθρώνοντας ή εγκωμιάζοντας ένα έργο; Και γιατί περιφρονούμε τόσο την γκρίζα περιοχή μεταξύ των δύο άκρων; Τέτοια κι άλλα παρόμοια περνούσαν από το νου μου, καθώς ξεκινούσα να γράφω αυτές τις γραμμές [...]

    2. T.E. Grau

      Every insular creative scene has its personalities, its movers, its stars. It's like the cover of Tiger Beat magazine. Or a boy band covered by Tiger Beat magazine. These personalities have labels: The Shy One. The Flirt. The Bad Boy. The Heartthrob.As mainstream publishing occasionally—and grudgingly—accepts while also further insulates indie press Weird fiction (not an easy bit of cultural gymnastics), a brighter light is being shed on the personalities in this scene, as well. The boy (and [...]

    3. Justin Steele

      John Langan's name has been in numerous "year's best" horror anthologies, and for good reason. The man can write, and the more he writes the better he gets. Langan's previous collection, Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters, was an astounding set of stories. I've yet to read his novel, House of Windows, although I've heard nothing but good things about it.The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies has much to offer horror fans of all kinds. Langan enjoys playing with familiar hor [...]

    4. Orrin Grey

      Some books get booted to the front of the to-read list as soon as I get my hands on them. This was such a book. John Langan is one of my favorite living writers. There are people whose writing I love, and people who write about things that I love, in ways that I love. Then there are people who combine all of that. John's one of that latter group.His first collection and his novel were both pretty great, but it's in the stories that comprise The Wide Carnivorous Sky & Other Monsterous Geograp [...]

    5. Sirensongs

      John Langan is an amazing writer. Ever since reading the story "Technicolor" a few years ago, I've been excited whenever I see his name in the table of contents of an anthology. I was overjoyed to get the chance to read the story again in this collection. It still had the same mesmerizing effect on me, very fitting considering the subject matter of the story. I'm always worried about re-reading a piece of literature I remember adoring, thinking that maybe I'll be disappointed the second time aro [...]

    6. C.M. Muller

      These days I normally shy away from metafictional and overly stylistic works (granted, there was a time during college when that’s pretty much all I adored), but I must say that in the hands of John Langan the form has found a proponent of epic proportions. Langan co-edited an anthology a few years back entitled “Creatures”, and herein you will find a good many staples of monsterdom: zombies, vampires, werewolves. But Langan is not interested in rehashing familiar tropes; he seems to thril [...]

    7. Heidi Ward

      This book opens with one of the coolest stories I've read in awhile: the short, brutal, and kind of hilarious "Kids." Within just a few paragraphs, Langan had me both howling with uneasy laughter and wondering if he was plundering my mind for its deepest fears, and that's very much the way to my heart. (Other than through my chest, natch.)The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies has been on my TBR list ever since it came out last spring. I can only say I wish I'd gotten to it so [...]

    8. Sam

      I loved this book. Lots of lengthy, meaty stories with exquisite sentences and paragraphs that stopped me in my tracks. I had only read one story before ("The Shallows" in Ross Lockhart's BOOK OF CTHULHU) and while happy to read it again, it was a couple of other stories that really knocked my on my ass. "Technicolor" is an ingenious riff on/response to Poe's "The Masque of the Red Death," and originally appeared in Ellen Datlow's anthology of Poe-inspired stories. The final story is original to [...]

    9. Adam Nevill

      I spent two weeks reading John Langan's two short story collections - MR GAUNT AND OTHER UNEASY ENCOUNTERS & THE WIDE CARNIVOROUS SKY AND OTHER MONSTROUS GEOGRAPHIES - and they made the last hour of the day something to really look forward to. Always inventive and intelligent and both collections were a constant reminder of what can be done with a horror story. 'Technicolour', 'The Wide Carnivorous Sky' and 'June, 1987. Hitchhiking. Mr Norris' were my personal faves amongst the shorts, bu [...]

    10. Ben Loory

      really just loved this book so much. sank into it like a million dollar couch. great voice, just so masterful and certain, so sure. will read everything this guy writes forever.

    11. Andy

      I often liked these stories, not always for the horror because the storytelling alone is very impressive. Langan was at his best when he was building characters, which isn't always my favorite part of writing, but I love it here. In stories like "The Shallows" and "City of the Dog" I liked the characterization most, but in a story like "Technicolor" he hits exactly the right balance between characterization and creating horror that's quite original.I do have to say this collection is a bit uneve [...]

    12. M Griffin

      I certainly knew Langan’s work before this, from many anthologies and “year’s best” lists, but this new collection demonstrates Langan deserves to be considered at the highest level of modern horror writers. “Technicolor” is the narrative of a teacher telling his class about Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death,” both clever and gripping. The collection ends with a new novella “Mother of Stone,” less experimental than some of Langan’s ‘other work here (though it’s told [...]

    13. Paul Roberts

      Laird Barron’s arm wrestling partner is the master of reinventing overused horror tropes (zombies, werewolves and vampires). Langan’s tale, “The Revel” is IMHO the greatest werewolf story put to print. John is simply the most entertaining horror writer working today. One of my reading highlights of 2013, was to re-read Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death”, down a glass of Jameson and consume “Technicolor” in all its insidious glory. Langan is a true heavyweight. I ran out and bo [...]

    14. Seregil of Rhiminee

      Originally published at Risingshadow.Before I begin to analyze the contents of The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies, I'll mention that a lot has already been written about it and several critics and readers have praised it. That's why writing a review about this collection is a bit difficult, but I'll try to think of something new to say.John Langan is an author who probably needs no introduction to horror readers. Just in case somebody doesn't know him, I can say that he's [...]

    15. Lauren

      I've been reading Langan in anthologies for some time now and have always counted seeing his name in the table of contents as a positive sign, so I was thrilled when my sister gave me this collection for All Hallow's Read. Taken together, the stories in The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies are unsurprisingly terrific, with muscular prose, high literary brio, stylistic experimentation, and strong evocation of dread. Langan likes to pick--or sometimes borrow--old monsters and [...]

    16. C. Varn

      John Langan’s collection, The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies, is a broader abyss than Ogawa’s Revenge (as the title suggest). Langan’s prose shifts and deliberately incorporates modernist twists and variations that do not allow one kind of voice to sink in. Langan does have a formula: take on a literary trope, be it some modernist style meta-fictive, overlaying of different genres, etc and then add in a genre limitation such as the vampire story or the werewolf story [...]

    17. Charles Dee Mitchell

      I recommend starting Langan’s collection on page fifty-five. “Kids”, the opening story, is Langan’s amuse bouche: freshly zombified preteens eat their teacher in four pages. When a character bold-faced as STAGE MANAGER opens “How the Day Runs Down,” we are clearly in the world of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, only Grover’s Corners, and the rest of the world, has been taken over by zombies. Langan can excel with this sort of literary allusion and game-playing, but the long scenes th [...]

    18. Ctgt

      This collection started slowly for me, the first story did nothing and the second was a zombie tale which isn't on my personal favorite list. Langan did make it interesting by using the voice of the Stage Manager from Our Town. Then we start to pick up speed. The title story is a very cool take on the vampire legend where the beast makes his presence known to soldiers in the middle of battle on the streets of Fallujah. City of the Dog is a very good lycan story There was something about the way [...]

    19. Aksel Dadswell

      Reading Langan’s stories is like settling into an old comfortable armchair, and then realising that it only seemed like an armchair, only looked and felt like one. In fact, you realise, as the limbs of the thing that isn’t an armchair unfold to embrace you with a delicacy that belies the pants-soiling danger of your situation, you’re not in your comfort zone at all, and you can’t predict what’s going to happen next. You just know that you won’t get out of here, and whatever you exper [...]

    20. Fredösphere

      I give this 5 stars on the strength of the best stories and my general John Langan fandom. "Technicolor" is a fascinating faux-lecture on Poe's "Masque of the Red Death," so convincing that I assumed its fictional history was true (and I'm apparently not the only one). "How the Day Runs Down" is an utterly unique story told as a spoof on Wilder's "Our Town", but it's far from a joke. I didn't care so much for the too-long novella at the end, "Mother of Stone", which resorts to telling too much a [...]

    21. Félix

      John Langan es conocido (no voy a decir famoso) por tomar personajes y situaciones clásicas del género de terror (lo que los angloparlantes llaman "tropes") y filtrarlos a través de una sensibilidad literaria (digamos) postmoderna. El truco le salió bien en su primera colección de relatos (Mr. Gaunt), pero, en mi humilde opinión, en ésta empieza a revelar sus limitaciones. Veamos, supongan ustedes que les van a contar un relato de hombres lobo, pero, en lugar de contárselo directamente, [...]

    22. Gavin

      The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies is (another) excellent collection of short horror stories written by someone of whom you have never heard. And compared to any "collection of best new horror 20xx" it's a very strong anthology indeed.Langans interest seems to be in how the story is told, rather than what the story concerns. Which is pretty sensible; horror is horror, you'll always get a zombie one, a vampire one, a Cthulhu/cosmic one, a Poestiche and etc but what sets the [...]

    23. Jody Rose

      Dark fiction collection _THE WIDE, CARNIVOROUS SKY and Other Monstrous Geographies_ by John Langan is one of the more outstanding horror collections published in recent history, and will most likely be nominated for literary awards. With an insightful introduction penned by author Jeffrey Ford, and an entertaining afterword written by horror-slash-crime-noir author Laird Barron, _THE WIDE, CARNIVOROUS SKY and Other Monstrous Geographies_ takes readers into strange locales where the weirdest wer [...]

    24. Claire

      I read this book today, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. It makes an excellent complement to Gaiman and Aickman, particularly as the near apotheosis of the "strange story" one occasionally finds in some literary corner and quietly adds to one's personal library of puzzlements.Others have detailed the contents, but for me the standouts were "City of the Dog" and his zombies-filtered-through-Thorton-Wilder tale, "How the Day Runs Down." Also great are "Technicolor" and, of course, the epon [...]

    25. Randy

      After reading John Langan's novel THE FISHERMAN, I knew I had to read more of his work. So I literally mouth-wateringly devoured this collection of his shorter works. Not since I first read T.E.D Klein back when he was still in print have I been so affected by horror fiction. Truth is, Langan is even better, deeper, scarier--and scary in a way that makes you almost believe this stuff could really be true. This is horror fiction at its best, both literary and visceral. A dark joy to read.I unders [...]

    26. Caroline

      This was an engaging, challenging read. I think the only disappointment I had was that many of the very best stories had already appeared in other anthologies which only pays testament to the originality and quality of John Langan's writing. In fact, the book had a rather wide gamut of weird fiction - everything from a new take on the somewhat tired vampire trope to a really strange and beautiful ode to Poe.Stories that I really enjoyed, in no particular order: City of the Dog, Technicolor, The [...]

    27. Karl

      This edition is signed by Langan with a small drawing by him on the title page.9 - Introduction - Jeffrey Ford13 - Kids17 - How The Day Runs Down55 - Technicolor85 - The Wide Carnivorous Sky137 - City Of The Dog173 - The Shallows195 - The Revel225 - June 1987, Hitchhiking. Mr. Noris231 - Mother Of Stone301 - Story Notes315 - Afterword By Laird Barron321 - Acknowledgements

    28. Mel

      I enjoyed the first story in this called Kids and the last story called Mother of Stone. The rest were kind of meh for me. The writing was good; but the style was just not my cup of tea.

    29. Bogdan

      From this volume i liked only four stories:The Wide, Carnivorous Sky, an orignal story about a vampire- long as usual, but good as execution and ideea;City of the Dog, about ghouls, again long, but readable,June, 1987. Hitchhiking. Mr. Norris. the shortest story of the volume and very intense,"Mother of Stone" - kind of the longest one, written in the second person, but with a interesting mystery. But God, very, very long!The other five i didn`t enjoy. The vast majority of them are long in lengt [...]

    30. James Adams

      One of the best collections I've read in a good long while. One or two of the stories stumble a bit at the end, but the majority here are strong from start to finish. To my mind, the best here are: "Technicolor," an examination of, and reply to, Poe's "Masque of the Red Death" that takes the form of a college lecture; "The Shallows," a piece of Lovecraftiana that shows a day in the life after The Elder Gods have prevailed; and "Mother of Stone," possibly the best piece of fiction centered around [...]

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