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- Print Length: 72 pages
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- Publication Date: November 12, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00596UPDM
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More About the Author
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became a novel, and ended up being shortlisted for the UK Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger award for best unpublished novel.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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Mr. Rowan has put out a neat little collection here, and this reviewer is certainly inclined to explore what else he has to offer.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There's some truly wonderful stories in this collection. Lilies has to be my favorite, but Ice Age was good too. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lisa
Ice Age is a great short story collection in the horror genre. Each of the eight compact tales is a gem! Read morePublished 21 months ago by Karen Siddall
A nice collection of darker short stories which I really enjoyed from an author I hadn't been familiar with before.Published on December 6, 2013 by Cher812
A group of dark tales... listening to them can't tell when one ends and the next begins. A ramble not particularly engaging or captivating. Sorry.Published on November 18, 2013 by jbshorses
I've never read Rowan before, so I was really curious when I kicked into this short story collection. There are eight stories here. Read morePublished on August 29, 2013 by Horror Novel Reviews
Rowan's short story collection is elegant, disturbing, and fierce. His writing is the style that keeps the reader slightly off-kilter, unsure, and very afraid. Read morePublished on August 16, 2013 by Gothic Readers Book Club
This set of short stories has a common theme of despair, underpinned by a fear which is never fully explained - compelling the reader to think more deeply about the subject matter... Read morePublished on August 9, 2013 by CK