Starred Review. As Elizabeth Hand aptly observes in her introduction to this exceptional debut horror collection, Langan's tales celebrate supernatural fiction's antiquarian and visionary past with as much eloquence and acuity—and terror—as they explore the dark heart of the 21st century. The richly atmospheric title story evokes the weird fiction of both Henry James and M.R. James in its account of a family cursed with a demonic familiar with a ravenous appetite for disobedient children. On Skua Island, a relentlessly creepy monster story, pits a team of modern espionage operatives against an implacable creature of the living dead out of Norse legend. The five tales run the gamut from supernatural satire (Tutorial) to apocalyptic nightmare (Episode Seven), but whatever their theme or tone, Langan shows uncommon skill at balancing character, plot and mood to achieve the perfect pitch for each. Horror readers will welcome a new voice speaking in a classic tongue. (Dec.)
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This author is truly great at his craft. John Langan has created a literary collection that is so bone-chilling it will satisfy even the biggest horror afficionado. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Lillie Thundercloud
You want to buy a good book. That's why you read these reviews. So, you lucked out. This is one of our best short story writers. Buy this book. End of review.Published on February 1, 2013 by Richard W. Keeney
Not the best. He likes to copy other writers' style alot, but should concentrate on developing his own. Also, showing more doesn't necessarily make things scarier.Published on July 27, 2010 by Cheryl
I'm not a huge fan of horror fiction-- I reviewed this collection for a librarians' database-- but I loved "On Skua Island. Read morePublished on February 19, 2010 by bumuling
Langan is a superlative stylist, yet this initial collection shows more of a promising future than a presently engaging body of work. Read more
'Mr Guant and Other Uneasy Encounters' is a collection of five stories by John Langan. The stories carry a feel of the old fashioned ghost story. Read morePublished on May 19, 2009 by Randy Cook