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. Agents of Dreamland
is a new Lovecraftian horror novella from award-winning author Caitlín R. Kiernan.
About the Author
CAITLIN R KIERNAN is the author of science fiction and dark fantasy works, including multiple novels (The Drowning Girl, The Red Tree, and Agents of Dreamland); many comic books; and more than two hundred published short stories, novellas, and vignettes. They are also the author of scientific papers in the field of paleontology. They have won numerous awards, including two World Fantasy Awards, two Bram Stoker Awards, and a James Tiptree Jr. Award.
"Kiernan's writing -- starkly visual, tongue in cheek and disturbingly visceral -- carries the day." --The New York Times
"Kiernan's subtly haunting voice draws the reader in." --Publishers Weekly
"Caitlín R Kiernan is one of those writers that you can't believe isn't a household name. Her writing is fantastic and her stories are dark, complex and wonderful." -- Book Riot
"Caitlín Kiernan is one of the great stylists of horror fiction, and this novella is a triumph. It bristles with energy and ideas -- ideas that seem to spill off the page -- and everything is underpinned by a sense of cosmic bleakness that took my breath away. I fell in love with the characters. The story pulled me along by the nose. I honestly didn't want it to end." --Gary McMahon, author of the Concrete Grove trilogy