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The Labyrinth Index

The Labyrinth Index

Laundry Files (Volume 9)

Charles Stross


The ninth case in Stross' Hugo-winning Laundry Files, described by Kirkus as “a weirdly alluring blend of super-spy thriller, deadpan comic fantasy, and Lovecraftian horror.”

The Lovecraftian Singularity has descended on the world, beginning an exciting new story arc in the Laundry Files series!

The arrival of vast, alien, inhuman intelligences reshaped the landscape for human affairs across the world, and the United Kingdom is no exception. Things have changed in Britain since the dread elder god Nyarlathotep ascended to the rank of Prime Minister. Mhari Murphy, recently elevated to the House of Lords and head of the Lords Select Committee on Sanguinary Affairs (think vampires), finds herself in direct consultation with the creeping chaos, who directs her to lead a team of disgraced Laundry personnel into the dark heart of America. It seems the Creeping Chaos is concerned about foreign relations.

A thousand-mile-wild storm system has blanketed the midwest, and the President is nowhere to be found. In fact, for reasons unknown the people of America are forgetting that the executive branch ever existed. The government has been infiltrated by the shadowy Black Chamber, and the Pentagon and NASA have been refocused on the problem of summoning Cthulhu.

Somewhere, the Secret Service battle to stay awake, to remind the President who he is, and to stay one step ahead of the vampiric dragnet that's searching for him.

Praise for The Labyrinth Index

“Stross still spins a heck of a yarn.” —Kirkus Reviews on The Delirium Brief

"Gaudy and gory....This is Stross in one of his darker moods....The political side of the book...signals some of the real-world anxieties that stand behind the entire series." —Locus on The Delirium Brief

“A fast-paced blend of espionage thrills, mundane office comedy and Lovecraftian horror.” —SFX on The Rhesus Chart

“Alternately chilling and hilarious.” —Publishers Weekly on The Jennifer Morgue

“Combines a le Carré-style espionage thriller with Lovecraftian horror to great effect.” —The Guardian on The Fuller Memorandum

“Smart, literate, funny.”—Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians

“A bizarre yet effective yoking of the spy and horror genres.”—The Washington Post Book World

“Imagine a world where gnarly Lovecraftian demons are all too real yet are routinely neutralized with high-tech wizardry by a supersecret British spy agency, and you'll get an inkling of the genre-bending territory Stross explores in his Laundry Files novels.” —Booklist on The Fuller Memorandum

Reviews from Goodreads

Charles Stross

CHARLES STROSS is a British SF writer, born in Leeds, England, and living in Edinburgh, Scotland. He has worked as a tech writer, a programmer, a journalist, and a pharmacist; he holds degrees in pharmacy and in computer science. He has won three Hugo Awards for his short fiction, including in 2014 for Equoid, a Laundry Files novella originally published on


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