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Agents of Dreamland Paperback – February 28, 2017
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“Kiernan’s writing ― starkly visual, tongue in cheek and disturbingly visceral ― carries the day.” ―The New York Times
“Kiernan's subtly haunting voice draws the reader in.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Caitlín R Kiernan is one of those writers that you can’t believe isn’t a household name. Her writing is fantastic and her stories are dark, complex and wonderful.” ― Book Riot
“Caitlín Kiernan is one of the great stylists of horror fiction, and this novella is a triumph. It bristles with energy and ideas ― ideas that seem to spill off the page ― and everything is underpinned by a sense of cosmic bleakness that took my breath away. I fell in love with the characters. The story pulled me along by the nose. I honestly didn't want it to end.” ―Gary McMahon, author of the Concrete Grove trilogy
About the Author
CAITLIN R KIERNAN is the author of science fiction and dark fantasy works, including multiple novels (The Drowning Girl, The Red Tree, and Agents of Dreamland); many comic books; and more than two hundred published short stories, novellas, and vignettes. She is also the author of scientific papers in the field of paleontology. She has won numerous awards, including two World Fantasy Awards, two Bram Stoker Awards, and a James Tiptree Jr. Award.
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To open any fiction by Caitlin R. Kiernan is to open oneself to a world of infinite possibilities. In her works of horror, of course, many of these possibilities are life-changing and even world-ending. They are also frequently unforgettable. From my personal Lovecraft-obsessed viewpoint, Ms. Kiernan "gets" the Lovecraft Mythos in a degree unsurpassable. Here in the novella AGENTS OF DREAMLAND, she creates not just a contemporary ecological disaster brought by summoning from another dimension but very toxic to humanity; she interweaves alien incursions and natural disasters of the past and a post-apocalyptic near future that is almost unsurvivable--and it's not nuclear, nor EMP, nor solar flare. It came from Out There, and it's implacable. (and Lovecraftian). I will never erase it from my mind. What a glorious read for February, Women in Horror Month.
I reviewed a digital ARC generously provided by author and publisher via NetGalley, for review purpose.
The story kept me immersed throughout. I have been reading and enjoying Ms. Kiernan's short stories and books for several years - some more than other, I confess - but this work has transcended her usual style and voice and is in a new level of its own. Of all I have read from her, this book is my new favorite; It is easily the best cosmic horror story that I have read in the last few years.
If you aren't familiar with HPL's works, this novella won't make the slightest bit of sense to you, as it explicitly references "The Whisperer in Darkness" and "The Colour Out of Space," two of Lovecraft's most accomplished works--but Dreamland is NOT just a clumsy updating of HPL's ideas for a more modern, more paranoid age like so many contemporary Lovecraftian works are. It's more suggestive than explicit, more allusive than literal, and in itself that keeps the story much more interesting than a bland modernization. Kiernan's disjointed, kaleidoscopic style is perfectly suited to this kind of nonlinear narrative, and it's grounded in a character who is *herself* nonlinear and timeloose by nature. It gives the story a much, MUCH wider scope while still keeping it rooted in human experience, showing just how heavy the weight of the star winds are on those who dare to resist them.
I couldn't possible recommend this more highly.
This one is worth waving my hands and breaking out my seldom-used exclamation points over. Read it!
The writing is way up there with William S. Burroughs.
Features two (or three) of the most unforgettable characters I've ever encountered in genre fiction: The Signalman and Immacolata Sexton.
Caitlin R. Kiernan is brilliant.
I hope to read more tales of Immacolata & The Signalman very soon.