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Read Æ Agents of Dreamland 104 ✓ A government special agent known only as the Signalman gets off a train on a stunningly hot morning in Winslow Arizona Later that day he meets a woman in a diner to exchange information about an event that happened a week earlier for which neither has an explanation but which haunts the SignalmanIn a ranch house neaA government special agent known only as the Signalman gets off a train on a stunningly hot morning in Winslow Arizona Later that day he meets a woman in a diner to exchange information about an event that happened a week earlier for which neither has an explanation but which haunts the SignalmanIn a ranch house near the sho. Agents of Dreamland follows a slow creepy apocalypse No really 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 backIt’s excellently written mysterious enough to be compelling and a bit existential So I’ve been super complementary of this but I also three starred And that’s because I am not a horror person at all I was expecting a lot of cool worldbuilding and cool character development and then horror as one aspect of a whole But the sheer level of horror was kind of all I got out of this book Especially as it’s a novella causing existential fear is the end all be all of this bookBut I will also say that as a whole this narrative is so confusing that I ended it feeling as if I had gotten nothing out of the book as a whole Which is not the feeling you want when you finish a book So overall good but not good for meBlog | Goodreads | Twitter | Youtube

Download ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook  Caitlín R. Kiernan

Overnment sought out help from ‘other’ sources Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory abruptly loses contact with NASA’s interplanetary probe New Horizons Something out beyond the orbit of Pluto has made contactAnd a woman floating outside of time looks to the future and the past for answers to what can save humanity. Deliberately set in the American southwest in the summer of 2015 when the New Horizons space probe was swiftly approaching the orbit of Pluto the narrative hops from one time period and location to another following three characters on very different and yet directly related journeys Kiernan tells their stories with eual amounts of lucidity and pathos yet each with a distinctive voice and styleFans of classic weird fiction author H P Lovecraft will be pleased to know that this novella is something of a meditation upon his classic 1931 short story “The Whisperer In Darkness” in which a man pieces together evidence of a terrifying alien conspiracy at work in rural Vermont and which also has a lot to do with the then newly discovered PlutoIn something of a nod to espionage fiction an aging government operative referred to only as the Signalman meets with a strange and mysterious woman Immacolata Sexton Their discussion is candid and abstract; it’s a bit like listening in on strangers; only very gradually does the nature of their conversation get revealed—yet even there it illustrates only a few fractured pieces of a much larger and darker picture“The Signalman surrenders a halfhearted smile and opens the envelope spreading the contents out on the table between them Ten glossy black and white photographs a tarot card a flash drive and a very old gold coin At first glance the photos could be shots from any murder scene snapped by any forensic shutterbug But only at first glance”A couple of weeks before a young woman named Chloe describes her time spent with Drew Standish a sort of cult leader who is collecting lost and easily manipulated members to become the Children of the Next Level Chloe’s narrative is often hazy and digressive but it paints a frightful picture nonetheless“I’m barefoot up here as the day I was born high on our hot tin roof high on cultured spores and the words of Drew but like Shadrach Meschach and Abednego in the fiery furnace of wicked King Nebuchadnezzar like Indian fakirs gifted by Allah like an Apollo heat shield I firewalk without burns I bathe in the all forgiving all anointing purifying eye of Old Man Ra and I wait for the others to join me on the roof I’m positively zealous says Madeline in my devotions and my sacrifices the holy mortification of sloughing flesh and she tells me the others could learn from my example Sweaty rivulets scald my eyes and I blink away the little pain I keep my eyes on the Chocolate Mountains They’ll come from there says Drew They will come from sunrise”And then there is Immacolata Sexton herself whom may exist or follow a perception somewhere outside of time and space hopping from one time period and location to another from decades of curious discovery nearly a century ago and into frightful decades yet to come What she observes discovers catalogues and cultivates in these shifts are perhaps the most disturbing hints of all in this tight twisted novellaThere are certain scenes in Agents of Dreamland which are reminiscent of other works by Kiernan; specifically her novella Black Helicopters 2013 Subterranean Press and story “Black Ships Seen South of Heaven” printed in Black Wings of Cthulhu IV edited by S T Joshi Titan Books 2016 Like those other works these scenes hint at the carnivorous cosmic doom that is slowly encroaching upon our world and make for some of the darkest and most disturbing imagery this side of a post apocalyptic taleIt’s a bit hard to comprehend the amount of story that is told in a little over 120 pages; this owes largely to the novella’s jigsaw puzzle like narrative structure Agents of Dreamland is an exuisitely haunting read full of mesmerizing prose unsettling images and profoundly disturbing implications And after reading this novella one may never view that dwarf planet at the edge of our solar system the same way again

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Agents of DreamlandRe of the Salton Sea a cult leader gathers up the weak and susceptible the Children of the Next Level and offers them something to believe in and a chance for transcendence The future is coming and they will help to usher it inA day after the events at the ranch house which disturbed the Signalman so deeply that he and his g. Not actually about the Dreamlands although there is plenty of other Lovecrafty stuff in use A four star for uality although not for uantity I feel like there was a lot of material here that could have had done with it especially in terms of the two agents and their agencies Hopefully Kiernan will do with this worldThe idea of the view spoileralien fungal invasion growing human bodies hide spoiler