The Art of Darkness

New “Laundry” Story at

January 14th, 2010 by Cobwebs

CthulhuThe Tor site has a story by Charles Stross set in the “Laundry” milieu, in which something that definitely isn’t Santa comes down the chimney.

All bureaucracies obey certain iron laws, and one of the oldest is this: get your seasonal leave booked early, lest you be trampled in the rush.

I broke the rule this year, and now I’m paying the price. It’s not my fault I failed to book my Christmas leave in time—I was in hospital and heavily sedated. But the ruthless cut and thrust of office politics makes no allowance for those who fall in the line of battle: “You should have foreseen your hospitalization and planned around it” said the memo from HR when I complained. They’re quite right, and I’ve made a note to book in advance next time I’m about to be abducted by murderous cultists or enemy spies.

If you aren’t familiar with the Laundry Files, I recommend them; they’re sort of spy thriller/horror/science fiction hybrid in which the protagonist is a member of a secret government organization tasked with keeping horrible eldritch things from seeping into our world. The first two novels in the series are The Atrocity Archives and The Jennifer Morgue, and it appears that a new novel, The Fuler Memorandum, is due out later this year. I get a huge kick out of the stories, particularly the mildly-exasperated way that the protagonist goes about his daily demon-fighting routine, and this is a fun one. Check it out!

(via BoingBoing)

Bonus Link: Here’s another Laundry story on the Tor site.

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