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Robert Holdstock

Robert Holdstock(1948-2009)
Robert Holdstock wrote under his own name and under several pseudonyms, including Chris Carlsen (Berserker), Robert Faulcon (Night Hunter), Robert Black, and Richard Kirk (Raven). Mythago Wood won the World Fantasy Award For Best Novel in 1985 and the British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) Award in 1984. Lavondyss, won the BSFA Award for Best Novel in 1988. Mr. Holdstock also wrote short stories and non-fiction. Learn more at Robert Holdstock’s website.

Mythago Wood: Dreamy and strange

Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock

After his post-WWII convalescence in France, Steven Huxley is returning to his family's home on the edge of Ryhope Wood, a patch of ancient forest, in Britain. For as long as Steven remembers, his father, who recently died, had been so obsessed with the forest that it destroyed their family.

Upon returning home, Steven finds that his brother Christian is quickly following in their father's footsteps — both figuratively and literally — for he has also discovered that this is no ordinary forest! It resists intrusion from Outsiders, time and distance are skewed there (so it is much larger inside than the 6 miles it covers in modern Britain should allow, and time seems to expand), and strange energy fields interact with human minds to create mythagos — the idealized forms of ancient mythical and legendary creatures, heroes, and villains formed from collective subconscious hopes and fears. So, fo... Read More

Lavondyss: Will stay in my mind forever

Lavondyss by Robert Holdstock

The wood sucks at the mind, it sucks out the dreams.

Many times I don't like sequels because there's nothing new to learn. Authors tend to give us all of their world-building in the first novel, so I'm often bored by a sequel. But Lavondyss blew my mind. It is, I have no doubt, one of the best fantasy novels ever written.

In Mythago Wood, Harry Keeton entered the forest with Steven and he's been there for years. We got the sense back then that Harry had some secret personal purpose for going in — it wasn't just to help Steven. His sister Tallis remembers him leaving when she was four years old. Her parents are distressed and assume he's dead. When Tallis hears what she believes is a communication from Harry and starts interacting with the wood, her parents think she's gone batty. But Tallis is dete... Read More

Avilion: Dreamy, as usual, but not mind-blowing

Avilion by Robert Holdstock

At the end of Mythago Wood, we left Steven Huxley waiting for Guiwenneth to return from Lavondyss. Avilion is a direct sequel — the story of what happened when Guiwenneth came back. She and Steven have lived happily together for years and have two children, Yssobel and Jack.

Unfortunately, though, she’s not exactly the same woman she was before. Her ordeal with Christian has changed her and she and Christian (now leader of the time-travelling army called Legion) still haunt each other. Yssobel dreams of Christian and is intrigued by him, causing strain in the mother-daughter relationship, and perhaps danger to herself and the family. So Guiwenneth sets out to find and destroy Christian, Yssobel leaves home to find her mother, and Jack goes to Oak Lodge (where the Huxleys used to live) to try to find out how to track down Yssobel.

Tha... Read More

The Secret History of Fantasy: Stories that redefine the genre

The Secret History of Fantasy edited by Peter S. Beagle

The basic premise of the SECRET HISTORY anthologies (there's also a science fiction one, The Secret History of Science Fiction, which I haven't read) is that there's a type of writing that got missed or buried because other things were more popular, more commercial, or dodged the spec-fic labeling. Certainly that's the thrust of Peter S. Beagle's introduction, and the two other non-fiction pieces by Ursula K. Le Guin and editor David G. Hartwell.

In the case of fantasy, this type of wri... Read More

Robert Holdstock dies

Robert Holdstock

According to reports we haven't yet confirmed, Robert Holdstock died this morning of an E.Coli infection. He was 61 years old.

Mr. Holdstock is one of my very favorite fantasy authors and I'm reading his book Avilion now. Lavondyss, the sequel to Mythago Wood is, in my opinion, the best fantasy novel ever written. I encourage you to try his work, if you're not familiar with it.

Our sincere sympathies go to the Holdstock family. He will be truly missed.    ~ Kat Read More

More books by Robert Holdstock

The Merlin Codex — (2001-2006) Publisher: Centuries before he meets Arthur, Merlin wanders the Earth, eternally young, a traveler on the path of magic and learning. During his journeys, he encounters Jason, and joins in his search for the Golden Fleece. Hundred of years later, Merlin hears of a screaming ship in a northern lake, and divines that is the Argo… that Jason still screams our for his sons, stolen by the enchantress Medea and thought dead. But death is not the end, and Merlin’s trek to the North leads to the revival of both man and ship, with new companions and a new quest-to find Jason’s sons. Roving from the frozen north to the blighted island that will become Arthur’s realm, from the deep forests of ancient Britain to the sun-washed shores of ancient Greece, Merlin’s journey is an epic tale of mystery and enchantment.

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Francoise Jeury — (1978,1991) Unknown Regions was also published as The Fetch. These books are about a psychic investigator.

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Raven — (1978-1979) As Richard Kirk. Publisher: From out of the bonds of slavery there arose a warrior. A warrior feared across all lands, a warrior whose blade was stained with the blood of thousands — man and beast — who smiled as she killed, with hair as gold as summer sun, eyes as blue as the heavens, and a body which invited only love, yet dealt bloody, merciless death to her enemies.

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There are a couple more in this series which are written by other authors

Beserker — (1977-1979) As Chris Carlsen.

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Chris Carlson Robert Holdstock Beserker 1. Shadow of the Wolf 2. The Bull Chief 3. The Horned Warrior<br />
Chris Carlson Robert Holdstock Beserker 1. Shadow of the Wolf 2. The Bull Chief 3. The Horned Warrior

Robert Holdstock The Emerald Forest, Ancient EchoesAncient Echoes — (1986) Publisher: Jack Chatwin has visions. When the glimpses of this strange realm affect him, his body shimmers and the distant sounds of the lost world can just be heard. But is he witnessing events from the past, from the future, or from a world in parallel to his own?