Laird Barron can flat out tell a hell of a story. His prose is intelligent, yet not overly complex, his characterization is deep and polished; his atmosphere is dark and brooding and he knows how to quietly ratchet up the tension chapter after chapter.
The Croning is a perfect example of why I enjoy his work so much. There is beauty in the madness of this story. And believe me there is plenty of madness, as Dan and Michelle try to uncover ancient secrets and fairy tales that may just be the end of them both. Or worse…the beginning of something even darker.
A truly remarkable Lovecraftain, cosmic horror fairy tale. Quite the compliment from me, since I am not a huge cosmic horror fan…I am learning.