Agents of Dreamland

Agents of Dreamland

Book - 2017
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"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 Signalman. In a ranch house near the shore 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 in. A day after the events at the ranch house which disturbed the Signalman so deeply that he and his government 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 contact. And a woman floating outside of time looks to the future and the past for answers to what can save humanity."--Publishe.
Publisher: New York : Tom Doherty Associates/, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780765394323
Branch Call Number: Fiction Kiernan
Characteristics: 125 pages ; 21 cm


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JessicaGma Dec 15, 2020

It was a nice short creepy read. If you like Lovecraft, but transposed into the 20th century, this one is for you. It felt a little like the Time Bureau from the Umbrella Academy show, but against the horrors from beyond.

May 11, 2020

This was pleasantly creepy and a super quick read.

May 24, 2018

HP Lovecraft is one of my favorite writers. I love his non-Euclidean horrors from beyond space and time, but his racism and misogyny are much more apparent and troubling to me as I've re-read his works as an adult. However, I am glad to see that his Mythos has been picked up by modern writers with modern sensibilities. Kiernan has taken up the Mythos and placed it firmly in the 21st Century, and is frankly a much better writer than Lovecraft ever was. Fans of Charles Stross' Laundry Files will enjoy this novella. While Stross' take on Mysterious Agencies Fighting Nameless Horrors leans heavily toward satire of governmental bureaucracy, Kiernan takes a much more atmospheric approach that recalls the best of noir fiction.

Jan 25, 2018

Great story and writing. This author keeps getting better. If you like spooky stories check this one out - its short, but chilling.


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