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Barbara Roden

Autor(a) de Northwest Passages

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Obras por Barbara Roden

Northwest Passages (2009) 46 exemplares
At Ease with the Dead (2007) — Editor; Contribuidor — 14 exemplares
Acquainted with the Night (2004) — Editor; Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
Shadows and Silence (2000) — Editor; Contribuidor — 10 exemplares
The Case Files of Sherlock Holmes: The Blue Carbuncle (1999) — Editor — 8 exemplares
Shades of Darkness (2008) — Editor; Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
The Case Files of Sherlock Holmes: The Dying Detective (1998) — Editor — 7 exemplares
Endless Night (2008) 4 exemplares
Midnight Never Comes (1997) — Editor — 4 exemplares
Northwest Passage [short story] (2004) 4 exemplares
The Brink of Eternity 3 exemplares

Associated Works

The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (2009) — Contribuidor — 774 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of New Sherlock Holmes Adventures (1997) — Contribuidor — 513 exemplares
By Blood We Live (2009) — Contribuidor — 299 exemplares
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Nineteenth Annual Collection (2006) — Contribuidor — 235 exemplares
Vampires: The Recent Undead (2011) — Contribuidor — 133 exemplares
Gaslight Grimoire: Fantastic Tales of Sherlock Holmes (2009) — Contribuidor — 125 exemplares
The Captain of the Polestar and Other Tales (1890) — Editor, algumas edições124 exemplares
Poe: 19 New Tales Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe (2009) — Contribuidor — 124 exemplares
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2010 Edition (2010) — Contribuidor — 106 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 21 (2010) — Contribuidor — 100 exemplares
Willful Impropriety: 13 Tales of Society, Scandal, and Romance (2012) — Contribuidor — 82 exemplares
Blood and Other Cravings (2011) — Contribuidor — 70 exemplares
Gaslight Grotesque: Nightmare Tales of Sherlock Holmes (2009) — Contribuidor — 61 exemplares
A Pleasing Terror: The Complete Supernatural Writings (2001) — Editor, algumas edições52 exemplares
Ghosts: Recent Hauntings (2012) — Contribuidor — 50 exemplares
The Clock Strikes Twelve (1946) — Introdução, algumas edições46 exemplares
Halloween: Magic, Mystery, and the Macabre (2013) — Contribuidor — 45 exemplares
Horror: The Best of the Year, 2006 Edition (2006) — Contribuidor — 45 exemplares
The Ghosts in Baker Street : New Tales of Sherlock Holmes (2005) — Contribuidor — 45 exemplares
They Return at Evening (1995) — Editor, algumas edições32 exemplares
Strange Tales, Volume II (2007) — Contribuidor — 26 exemplares
Bound for Evil: Curious Tales of Books Gone Bad (2008) — Contribuidor — 24 exemplares
Tragic Life Stories (2011) — Introdução, algumas edições16 exemplares
The Ash-Tree Press Annual Macabre 1997 (1997) — Prefácio — 15 exemplares
Reunion at Dawn and Other Uncollected Ghost Stories (2000) — Posfácio, algumas edições15 exemplares
Best New Vampire Tales (Vol.1) (2011) — Contribuidor — 14 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Gaslit Romance (2014) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
Terror Tales of the Scottish Highlands (2015) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
Lost Places (2010) — Introdução, algumas edições9 exemplares
Terror Tales of London (2013) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
Exotic Gothic: Forbidden Tales from Our Gothic World (2007) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Exotic Gothic 3 Strange Visitations (2009) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
Exotic Gothic 2: New Tales of Taboo (2008) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
Apparitions (2009) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
A Regimental Scandal (1995) — Editor, algumas edições2 exemplares
Subterranean Magazine Summer 2010 — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares


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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada



Roden is one of the world's foremost experts on ghost stories, contemporary and otherwise, and her first collection generally showcases this knowledge to good effect.

Varying in length from just a few pages to around thirty, the stories here cover everything from vampires to haunted houses, with nods to everyone from Algernon Blackwood to Peter Straub. In general, the stories centre around isolation, people or things being where they don't belong, and the futility of... humanity, I guess. So they definitely plug into the Blackwood/Machen tradition rather than your M.R James.

The chill-factor will vary between readers - though fans of oft-times violent and explicit contemporary horror will find little to please them here. The horror here is generally allusive and metaphorical.

In terms of originality, the collection is a bit of a mixed bag.I found the ant/arctic tales to be the most compelling. It's hard for me to as I'm a bit of a ghost story addict and have read several hundred myself, and the genre as a whole tends to cluster around sub-types. Suffice to say, I never felt there was anything blatantly derivative, though I did find myself comfortably slotting the bulk of the stories into one format or another within a page or so.

Prose-wise, Roden is confident and competent. There's nothing flashy or sublime here. She goes for a quiet, almost detached tone (this is not to say the characters do so). It's very well put together, but I think something with a slightly stronger flavour could have helped a few stories, and increased the originality.

For all that, Northwest Passages is a more than worthy addition to the genre - and I think several of the stories are likely to pop up in anthologies over the years, they are solid.
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patrickgarson | 1 outra crítica | Sep 18, 2013 |
A terrific collection of creepy stories. Roden has successfully reclaimed dread fiction with this group of tales. Most every one of them are a winner, evoking the shadows and nightmares in some pretty good situations. Settings are all over the place; be it the frontier in the Canadian wilderness or some lobby of a ritzy hotel, she brings the environment and characters to vivid realization. Reminds me of Lovecraft, Poe, King in his early works. Traditional style but done well, and will put shivers up the spine. Recommended.… (mais)
noblechicken | 1 outra crítica | Oct 25, 2010 |



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Don Tumasonis Contributor
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Reggie Oliver Contributor
Melanie Tem Contributor
Simon Bestwick Contributor
Gary McMahon Contributor
Joel Lane Contributor
Keris McDonald Contributor
Glen Hirshberg Contributor
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Rick Kennett Contributor
Mark Patrick Lynch Contributor
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Ramsey Campbell Contributor
Christopher Harman Contributor
Frances Oliver Contributor
David G. Rowlands Contributor
Ron Weighell Contributor
Steve Burt Contributor
Michael Chislett Contributor
G. W. Howarth Contributor
Tina Rath Contributor
Iain Rowan Contributor
J. J. Beazley Contributor
Paul Lewis Contributor
Richard Harland Contributor
Bob Morrish Contributor
Antony Oldknow Contributor
Mark Valentine Contributor
Matthew Holness Contributor
Steve Lockley Contributor
Marc Lecard Contributor
Chet Williamson Contributor
John Travis Contributor
Edward Pearce Contributor
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Cathy Sahu Contributor
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Chico Kidd Contributor
Brian J. Showers Contributor
Joseph A. Ezzo Contributor
Jane Jakeman Contributor
Clive E. Ward Contributor
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Hugh B. Cave Contributor
Nick Dimartino Contributor
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Ian Rogers Contributor
Guenther Primig Contributor
Dale J. Nelson Contributor
Mark Samuels Contributor
Michael Cox Contributor
E. Michael Lewis Contributor
Katherine Haynes Contributor
Marion Pitman Contributor
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C.D. Heriot Contributor
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Terry Lamsley Contributor
Jonathan Aycliffe Contributor
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Jesse F. Knight Contributor
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Jason Van Hollander Cover artist
Pat Walsh Cover artist, Illustrator
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