I am a very big Barron fan, I have followed him ever since I began to come across his first works. He is my hands down go to author when it comes to horror. And much of that has to do with his originality and consistency when it comes to writing good stories.
I have to admit upfront, I feel a little disappointed by this fourth collection of his short works. Although good, many of the tales in this collection I didn't find as consistently good as his previous works.
The biggest difference in this collection is that many of the stories, quite frankly, have the feeling in them that much more personal emotion from LB went into writing these particularly stories, as they majorly are all based in Alaska and as the introduction states, that this is something LB doesn't like talking about. As I read through the stories, there was a rawness to the content, pace and atmosphere that just felt like there was more translated emotional truth coming from the author.
There is a feverishness to the stories as well, in the way of like A nights sleep plagued by mini dreams constantly until one gets up. You slept 8 hours, but you just aren't mentally that rested. If that makes since. There a disjointed almost, fugue like feeling to many of the stories.
Overall, this isn't my favorite of his collections thus far, some of it could be that the stories veer away from what I have come to expect from LB. Which I think is just fine, just not what I'm used to.
In many ways, I just don't know yet, quite how I feel 100% about this collection. Do I recommend it, ABSOLUTELY! Anything by LB I think is worth recommending as he is a phenomenal writer.
I look forward to everything else he writes in the future, and I will definitely revisit this collection. But why I give it 4 stars rather then 5, at this point, the stories just didn't have the impact on me that his others have.
Though I have to say, Frontier Death Song, was a fun read. But then again, this story is much more similar in tone to his other writings.
Keep being great LB!
- Hardcover: 298 pages
- Publisher: JournalStone (7 October 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1945373067
- ISBN-13: 978-1945373060
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 522 g
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