Schlock Talks | Laird Barron

Laird Barron: “My worlds are growing much larger and much more frightening than I’d imagined.” Illustration by Thom Cuschieri. We’re proud to cap off our run-up to Schlock’s Halloween issue by interviewing one of the luminaries of contemporary horror fiction. In an illuminating Schlock Talk, the award-winning novelist and short story writer Laird Barron speaks

Once upon a Time in the Schlinks

Gone are the days of the simple, weather-beaten solitary son-of-a-whore riding on a brown-dappled mangy horse towards a fiery red sunset.  Or the tense showdown between two dirty and unkempt gunslingers, with the brutal sun beating on itchy fingers, gleaming Colts and extreme close-ups.  The prosperous brothels full of ugly men and beautiful women, cuspidors,