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  • File Size: 470 KB
  • Print Length: 72 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: November 12, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00596UPDM
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Hello, thanks for visiting.

I've written both novels and short stories, mostly crime fiction.

ONE OF US is my debut crime novel. It started as a short story published in Hitchcock's Magazine, became a novel, and ended up being shortlisted for the UK Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger award for best unpublished novel.

I've also had over thirty short stories published. Some of those stories have been reprinted in Year's Best anthologies, won a Derringer Award, been voted into readers' top ten of the year, or been in anthologies nominated for awards..

NOWHERE TO GO is a collection of eleven of my previously published crime stories, many of which appeared first in print in magazines like Hitchcock's and Ellery Queen's.

ICE AGE is a collection of eight stories of the strange and the chilling that have been published in various places over the last few years.

And last, but not least, SEA CHANGE is something different again: a young adult novel like those I loved as a child by writers like Alan Garner and Susan Cooper, about haunted, folklore-ridden England.

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This collection of short horror stories was great - not one was repetitive of another, and you never knew what was next to come.

Some of the stories were just interesting reads - scary, and yet still fanciful enough to escape from true terror; others, however, were truly chilling due to their ability to strike home real fears. In particular, The Call, Through the Window, The Circular Path, and Ice Age managed to illicit shock, awe, and horror in me. They each of them reached a particular fear of mine, and as they were written so well, allowed me to see, hear, and feel the terror of the characters as though they were my own.

Iain Rowan is a fantastic writer for this genre, and I eagerly await his future anthologies. I highly recommend this book for any persons who might enjoy a thrill, either fanciful or personal.
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I've already reviewed one of the stories in this collection, Lilies, and given it 5-stars, so I've not really left myself any leeway upwards to review Ice Age, which contains Lilies plus seven other stories for the same price... (at the time of writing)

So please consider this a 5star+ review or something.

Anyway, this a great collection of weird, supernatural stories - it's hard to avoid calling such stories 'horror' but some of the tales here are designed to do a lot more than scare you witless. The best stories here (for me Sighted, Here Comes The New Way, and the aforementioned Lilies) are those the most original, where the author is doing something utterly his own. Some of the others have a more conventional ghost/horror story structure, but always with something new - even if that something is just the clarity and precision of Rowan's prose, which is sparse but strong, and full of memorable little phrases. In particular the depiction of a war-torn city in two of the stories is brilliant.

Highly recommended.
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Book Info: Genre: Horror, suspense Reading Level: Adult

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this eBook from the LibraryThing Members Giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis: Ice Age is a collection of eight short stories of the strange and the chilling by award-winning author Iain Rowan.

Stories of the dead and the living, and cities at war where it is hard to tell one from the other. Lonely roads and forest paths and wrong turnings. Very wrong turnings. The fiery martyrdom of The New Way, distant voices that call from the sea, and the ice creeping in, ever in.

Stories in this collection have been reprinted in year's best collections and featured in anthologies nominated for Stoker and Shirley Jackson awards.

Ice Age features the stories Lilies, The Call, Through The Window, Driving In Circles, Sighted, The Circular Path, Here Comes The New Way and Ice Age.

My Thoughts: The first story in this book is Lilies, which I have reviewed separately.

Like Lilies, I found the other stories in this book to be evocative, beautifully written, spare but complete: perfect exemplars of the short story. It's very difficult to review a short-story anthology without providing spoilers, so I'll leave it at this. If you like wonderfully written, chilling short stories, this book is one you don't want to miss.
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Ian Rowan's Ice Age is wild and imaginative selection of absurdism, horror, crime, sci-fi and everything in between. Perfect for fans of The Twilight Zone TV series but with extra bite!
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Most of the eight stories in Iain Rowan's Ice Age hardly count as short stories at all; they are more like vignettes of people at the cusp of huge changes in their life and their world. A certain fantasy element pervades through many of them, but even the seemingly mundane tales exist in a shadowy borderland of wakefulness. In effect, they are all horror stories, though they don't need monsters, just a sudden shift in reality, to frighten and unsettle. Some of the most involved are the three urban stories 'Lilies', 'Sighted', and 'Here Comes the New Way', set in unspecified cities in unspecified universes with unspecified rules on life and death. 'Here Comes the New Way' may be one of the best, with a provocative metaphor of personal faith and a haunting conclusion. Others, like 'Through the Window', are more predictable and conventional but still tap into a deep sense of unease.

Mr. Rowan has put out a neat little collection here, and this reviewer is certainly inclined to explore what else he has to offer.
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These stories struck just the right tones for me. Undeniably sad, yet some were also life-affirming. At least that's how I felt while reading this collection.
The author did a fabulous job of building memorable characters facing impossibly dark situations, most of them acting with decency and bravery.
All the stories touched me, but Lilies was my favorite.
To the author, thank you.
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Lovely collection of short stories and each one is very different. Lovely read for anyone who needs to wait on anything. A lovely way to spend an afternoon in the sun.
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I was just in the mood for some short stories.Iain Rowan has written a chilling collection.I enjoyed reading all of them.Thanks for the Kindle freebie.
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