Agents of Dreamland
In a ranch house near the shore of the Salton Sea a cult leader gathers up ...more
Despite my resolve to take on as few ARCs as possible this year, I couldn't resist this one when it popped up on Netgalley. It sounded wonderfully bizarre and it was.
Much like half of the books I've read so far ...more
This is Lovecraftian horror, and for that I have to compliment: it is very, very disturbing. The entire book is a journey in how far your mind can take you to dark places, in how to terrify human beings without ever really being specific about what we are meant to be terrified by. It is a book that forces you to stare into the void and then beg someone to look back.
It’s excellently written, mysterious enough to be compelling, and ...more
In this novella, Kiernan takes Lovecraftian horror elements, and transposes them into an X-Files-type setting. A government agent known as The Signalman is set to meet another operative, Immacolata, regarding the actions of a California doomsday cult. For some reason, he finds his fellow operative even more frightening than the cult; even though brutal, horrific deaths have occurred.
Meanwhile, a young woman explains how the “Children of the Next Level” gave her life the hope ...more
A four-star for quality, although not for quantity -- I feel like there was a lot of material here that could have had more done with it, especially in terms of the two agents and their agencies. Hopefully Kiernan will do more with this world.
The idea of the (view spoiler)[alien fungal invasion growing human bodies (hide spoiler)] was pretty gross, but the book as a whole didn't feel as creepy or fright ...more
The story hops around in time telling the story of an apocalyptic cult in California and an investigator known only as the Signalman as he investigates and tries to stop it. This features elements from all over the Lovecraftian mythos (An agent of Y? The w ...more
It is certainly testament to the compactness of Cairlin’s world-building that these can be taken as discrete books, though in essence they are clearly elements of a larger whole. Hopefully in this regard Kiernan continues the series, or ...more
Came into this a Kiernan virgin and I've been impaled upon a few utterly weird notions wielded by a master wordsmith.
Someone will try to tell you that this is a Horror novel.
Don't listen to them.
There are Lovecraft references but it's more along the lines of a Suspense-Thriller skating close to the thin ice edge of Science Fiction.
Features two of the most unforgettable characters I've encountered in recent years.
"The Signalman" and sometime suspect, sometime deceitf ...more
Fans of classic weird fiction author H. P. Lovecraft will be pleased to know that this novell ...more
“And a woman floating outside of time looks to the future and the past for answers to what can save humanity.” – When I read this line, I didn’t immediately think about Slaughterhouse Five. If I had made the Slaughterhouse Five/Billy Pilgrim connection, I would probably have ran screaming in the other direction. A Vonnegut fan I am most decidedly not, and Slaughterhouse Five in particular is one of those books that makes my lip curl in disgust when I think about it. B ...more
I say "I think," because you're never really 100% sure what in the EFF is going on. But the story was well-told, and I enjoyed it. ...more
So, this is dark fantasy/scifi and the general plot could described as Alien Invasion with loopy time travel shenanigans and a basis in authentic scientific fact. If you can cope with the creepy try googling Zombie Fungus.
The characters are extraordinarily well drawn for a novella, Caitlin R Kiernan has the magic touch when it comes to getting across personality and de ...more
We meet the Signalman, a secret agent of sorts who has just returned from a mission to sniff out an end-of-days cult, where he and his partner discover that their particular choice of "koolaid", a very unique form of fungi, may actually be heralding in the end of days.
He and a strange woman, who appears to not be tied to time the same way we are, debrief each other on his odd findings.
Meanwhile, we lose contact with one of ou ...more
I can't give an objective review to this - I love the world of black-budgets and underground government complexes fille ...more
BUY this book!
Once again, not knowing my Lovecraft tripped me up. Yep, this is yet another Lovecraft-based story, although in this case it’s a rather less well-known one: the Fungi from Yuggoth. Not one I’d have known anything about even if I’d known in advance, but perhaps I might have been better prepared for the sheer bleakness and darkness of this story had I known it was based on Lovecraft’s mythos in any way.
It’s an intriguing little n ...more
This is a short, but dense, narrative, and Kiernan hops around from one time period to the next. There are a lot of awesome ideas crammed into this novella ...more
Agents of Dreamland by Caitlin R. Kiernan is simply a masterpiece of the new weird. If you haven't heard it from me before all that you really need to know about how I feel about this book is to know that Caitlin R. Kiernan is my favorite horror author. She is among my very favorite writers of all genres. I love you Caitlin!
Agents of Dreamland is a new weird, bizzaro, and post apocalyptic piece of fiction. It is nearly perfect. I wish that it was longer.
"I know an old lady who swallowed ...more
If you're looking for resolution and answers, do not come to Caitlin Kiernan.
If you're looking for a linear narrative that moves smoothly through chronological time, do not come to Agents of Dreamland.
If you're afraid of mushrooms or fungus, do not read this novella.
And if you're concerned that beings Out There are coming to get us, and that people Down Here are trying to hide that fact... well ...more
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 disast ...more
Baffled by the events concerning the cult Children of the Next Level, agent Signalman seeks the help of Immaculata Sexton, a mysterious, time-hopping woman. The cult in question has summoned something deadly and otherworldly, and only one survivor is left albeit infected by some alien fungus. While Signalman tries to get to the bottom of the situation, Sexton traverses the timeline for answers, encountering humanity's bleak cosmic fate ...more
2021 re-reading review: Re-read this little gem so I could understand Black Helicopters, which is unfortunately not working for me at all and probably will not get finished, but it was nice to live in this world again briefly, especially considering I've apparently forgotten how to read. ...more
We have to carry her up to and down from the roof now, the girl from Seattle. In the gray light from the television, her skin shimmers with colors I don’t know the names for. She was afraid, a few days ago, but now I don’t think she is.
I had no idea what to expect when I ...more
The story of a government agent, the Signalman, investigating a doomsday cult is told in a non-linear fashion and through different characters’ point of view, but you get enough information to easily fit every piece of the puzzle.
An exciting and enjoyable read, with a touch of horror, of dark fantasy and even of ap ...more
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