Here’s the excellent cover art (larger version below) for Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Volume 1 edited by Laird Barron, coming soon from Undertow Publications. Cover art is by Santiago Caruso and the design is by Vince Haig.

Here’s the synopsis:
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As this is the season for giving, I’ve snagged some time with one of horror’s finest voices. It’s quite a gift, and NO you can’t exchange it for a Hello Kitty backpack.

Laird Barron has emerged as a major force in literary dark fiction over the past half decade, and he was gracious enough to swap some emails with me and discuss anti-intellectualism and the if/how/why it appears in the horror community.

Unwrap and enjoy.

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INTERVIEW: Laird Barron

[Editor's Note: A while back, SF Signal published a Mind Meld feature on Tomorrow's Big Genre Stars. Patrick at Stomping on Yeti has been profiling these writers and has agreed to cross-post them here.]

It’s time for the next installment in the Keeping An Eye On Interview Series. Most of the authors on SF Signal’s Watchlist would be shelved on the SF or Fantasy shelves in the local bookstore. Not Laird Barron. He does his own thing and he does it well. Barron specializes in the terrifying, the occult, the things that live in the dark and go bump in the night. Okay, he writes horror and, quite obviously, he’s a hell of a lot better at it than me. But don’t take my word for it. Take the word of Ellen Datlow, Jonathan Strahan, or Gardner Dozois. Or if you don’t trust any of them as a result of some sort of Lovecraftian paranoia, you can look at the shortlists for the World Fantasy Award, Sturgeon Award, Crawford Award, Shirley Jackson Award, or the International Horror Guild Award. You’ll find his name there as well. Laird’s biggest work so far is probably his first collection, The Imago Sequence and Other Stories but I was pleased to report that he has since sold a second collection as well as a debut novel to be published in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

But now that my lack of authorial talent has scared you into submission, it’s time to see what Laird had to say.

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