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Be careful what you wish for. Young men in search of adventure . . . explorers driven to investigate the ends of the earth . . . a girl trying to find the perfect hiding place . . . a curiosity-seeker drawn to an abandoned amusement park. All of them are looking for something—and unfortunately, they usually find it. For the very unlucky, it sometimes finds them! In these ten spellbinding stories by World Fantasy Award winner Barbara Roden, very little is as innocent as it seems; but much is haunting, enigmatic, and terrifying. Where the Twilight Zone ends, the Northwest Passages begin.
Readers with a taste for deftly executed tales of subtle horror will welcome Roden's fine debut story collection. "Out and Back" tells of an abandoned amusement park whose attractions are sinister snares set to entrap unwary thrill seekers. In "The Palace," a skeleton crew working the night shift at a luxury hotel finds the premises haunted by the ghosts of a serial killer's victims. Both the title story and "The Wide, Wide Sea" are set in Canadian wildernesses, where the alienated mingle freely with the ghostly. Roden is a copublisher of the classic ghost story imprint Ash Tree Press, and her fiction resonates with echoes of Poe, Conan Doyle, Coleridge, Dickens and other masters of antiquarian horror. This yields powerful expressions of the supernatural in the book's two tales of 19th-century Antarctic exploration, "Endless Night" and "The Brink of Eternity," whose carefully crafted old-fashioned style lends atmosphere to depictions of a terra incognita rich with awe and terror.