Quite simply, I was captivated by this novel almost instantly. I admit that some may think I’m somewhat biased: I’ve known James Brogden for many years and have included some of his short stories in the magazines I edited for the British Fantasy Society, as well as publishing a collection of his finely crafted short stories (Evocations, The Alchemy Press). However, and trust me in this, if I hadn’t enjoyed Hekla’s Children I wouldn’t have read it so quickly and you wouldn’t be reading this review.
Nathan is a teacher who has a simple task, guide four teenagers round Sutton Park as part of the Duke of Edinburgh scheme. Except that he’s too infatuated with Sue and hangs back observing them from a distance. As the children cross a stream and continue trekking, he sees the terrain alter. The stream is now a river, the ground becomes a wooded hill. Yet within moments the real world returns – all except the four kids.
Coming soon: Dark Detectives, edited by Stephen Jones, is due from Titan on 20 March (£8.99): “Eighteen stories of supernatural detective fiction, featuring sleuths who investigate fantastic and horrific cases, protecting the world from the forces of darkness. The authors offer tales of great fictional detectives, including Neil Gaiman’s Lawrence Talbot, Clive Barker’s Harry D’Amour, and the eight-part “Seven Stars” adventure by Kim Newman.”
Also appearing in this anthology of supernatural mysteries: Brian Lumley, Peter Tremayne, R Chetwynd-Hayes, Basil Copper , William Hope Hodgson, Manly Wade Wellman, Jay Russell and Brian Mooney. The book also features numerous fine-line illustrations by Randy Broecker.
When I first saw an Ian Miller illustration on a paperback cover, such as that gracing the Panther edition of At the Mountains of Madness, I fell in live with his artwork. Sadly, one doesn’t see his work much nowadays, on the book covers on the shelves in Waterstone’s or WH Smith.
Tanya Huff’s The Wild Ways hits the bookstores on 17 April (Titan £7.99).
“Charlotte Gale is a Wild Power, but there’s nothing wild about the life she is living. When her meddlesome aunts start interfering, Charlie ditches her cousin Allie and their grandmother’s Enchantment Emporium and joins a Celtic rock band on the summer festival circuit.
All Charlie wants to do is play music and have a good time, but she soon becomes embroiled in a fight between an extended family of Selkies and an unscrupulous oil company willing to employ the most horrific means possible to get what they want, including one of the Gale aunts…”