An Introduction to Jonathan Carroll
Jonathan Carroll
2086

I first came across Jonathon Carrol when urged to read Land of Laughs — I was captivated and loved the book — the town of Galen was real in a most surreal way. I immediately looked for more and came across Voice of Our Shadow which entranced me even more. I compared Carroll to my other favourite writer, Alan Garner, whose later books also captivated me with his observations about relationships and the dark fantasy shadow in which they were presented. This trend has continued, through Bones of the Moon and beyond. But he is not an easy, safe read — he can evoke uneasiness with a simple literary gesture — one which remains long after the book is finished and replaced on the shelf. Whenever I see a Bull Terrier I am instantly transported to Galen, should anyone say (not that it happens) “Play with Little Boy” I feel a shver down my spine. And these stories can be revisited, often, with the same emotional evocation. Of all the writers I have read, Jonathon Carroll has a special place alongside Garner, Gaiman, Ellison and Robinson (Spider) whose prose remains special in books that can be read and reread and remain as fresh as their first readings…

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