The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies by John Langan









  • Introduction by Jeffrey Ford
  • Afterword by Laird Barron
  • Cover artwork by Santiago Caruso
  • ISBN 978-1-61498-054-4 paperback
  • ISBN 978-1-61498-071-1 ebook
  • 322 pp
  • 2013


An Interview with John Langan by Edie Nugent in Weird Tales


A Conversation with John Langan at  Shock Totem



"An emerging master of the elegant macabre."—Nick Gevers, co-editor of Ghosts by Gaslight.


"I want to be like John Langan when I grow up, okay? He blends meticulously crafted traditional narratives with joyous genre-bending and narrative rule-breaking. His stories are fiercely smart, timely, timeless, heartbreaking, and of course, flat-out scary. Langan fearlessly commits to his monsters, his characters, his readers, to his vision of the horror story and the messed-up, broken, frightening world we inhabit. Wide, Carnivorous Sky, indeed."—Paul Tremblay, author of The Little Sleep and Swallowing a Donkey's Eye.


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. 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 The capstone to the collection is a previously unpublished novella of supernatural terror, “Mother of Stone.”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.


John Langan is the author of the short story collection Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters (2008) and the novel House of Windows (2009).





Table of Contents

Introduction: Reading Langan, by Jeffrey Ford
How the Day Runs Down
The Wide, Carnivorous Sky
City of the Dog
The Shallows
The Revel
June, 1987. Hitchhiking. Mr. Norris.
Mother of Stone
Story Notes
Afterword: Note Found in a Glenfiddich Bottle, by Laird Barron

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This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 29 January, 2013.