by Jeffrey E. Barlough
Review by Colleen Cahill
Gresham & Doyle Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780978763411
Date: 31 October 2008 List Price $14.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
The Western Lights series by Jeffrey Barlough is an interesting collection of works that while set in the same world, can hardly be said to be the same story. No retelling the same tale for this author, as he moves from Dark Sleeper, a Dickensesque tale that includes an Etruscan demon, to the Lovecraftian House in the High Wood and the myth driven Bertram of Butter Cross. All take place in the cities and small towns on the western edge of North America, ones that have survived the "sundering" which may have wiped out all other human civilization. The society here is very English, a place that any early 19th century Brit would find comfortable, except perhaps for the mastodons and deadly saber-cats. In his latest addition to this series, Anchorwick, Barlough writes a different story then he has before, a ghost story, but with the same masterly style he has displayed in the other books. From official release/information:
Product Description: FEAR HAUNTS THE TURRET ROOM . . . It is hard to say just what sort of noise it was. I swung the lamp round and scanned the darkened chamber. I saw no one, of course, and nothing. It was then that my ears caught hold of it -- a faint, energetic whispering, as of a voice struggling to make itself heard. My scalp tingled with a sudden sense of impending danger. All in an instant I spied a glimmer of movement, and was struck cold to see a strange, ghostly shape swimming in the air before me. The words it was whispering were but two, louder now, and repeated several times over in a desperate, pleading tone -- HELP ME! A vanished professor, an outbreak of graffiti, and a heretic saint are but a few of the elements in this new fifth volume of author Jeffrey E. Barlough's acclaimed Western Lights series!
(Source: Gresham & Doyle)