"In Strangewood, Christopher Golden gradually brings into being a world of haunted and perilous fantasy which, while moving into greater and greater solidity, never loses touch with its painful, sweet, embattled human context. This is a notable achievement. Christopher Golden has written a beautiful and wildly inventive hymn to the most salvific human capacity: imagination."
-- Peter Straub, author of Ghost Story and The Hellfire Club
"If Clive Barker had gone Through the Looking Glass, he might have come up with something as imaginative and compelling as Strangewood. Christopher Golden's writing is vivid, making his quirky fantasy world as real as the 'real world' in his story. It's been a long time since I've read such an original novel in the fantasy genre."
-- Kevin J. Anderson, author of Dune: House Harkonnen
"A terrific novel. There's a hint of The Talisman here, as well as Stephen Donaldson's Thomas Covenant novels, but ultimately it is the strength of Golden's characters that carries this novel and gives it its power. I never do this, but at one point I actually found myself looking ahead in the book to learn whether a particular character made it out of a scrape alive. I cannot give higher praise than that -- breaking my own reading habits because I was so involved with the story -- and I salute Golden for being able to make me do such a thing. Strangewood is an excellent book, an impressive achievement by a fine writer whose message could not be more timely."
-- Bentley Little, author of The Walking and The House
"I read Strangewood in one sitting. Strangewood the novel is a daring and thoroughly engrossing blend of wonder and adventure, terror and tenderness. Strangewood the place is what Oz might have been if L. Frank Baum had grown up on a steady diet of Stephen King."
-- F. Paul Wilson, author of The Select and The Keep
"A beautiful new formulation of genre material. A novel which roots the extremes of imagination in the displacements of the human heart. Lovely stuff."
-- Graham Joyce, author of The Tooth Fairy and Dark Sister
"A fascinating read. It has a lot to say about the nature of creation. Strangewood was the most inventive paperback original of 1999. It deserves great success."
-- Cemetery Dance magazine
"Strangewood is a treat, and it shouts Christopher Golden's talent with a megaphone to its lips. With a sure voice and a steady hand, Golden weaves a story both deceptively simple and vibrantly realized, and he does it with pure artistry. I believe in his characters, his world and his talent."
-- Greg Rucka, author of Keeper and Shooting at Midnight
Though it's labeled "horror," I think of Strangewood as a fantasy novel. I cut my teeth, so to speak, on horror, but I have found, over time, that the writers whose work affects me most profoundly are those who mix the real world with fantastical realms, and the hope represented by the conventions of fantasy with the dread inherent in horror stories. Jonathan Carroll and Tim Powers and Robert Holdstock come to mind immediately. Though they've been labeled horror writers, I think King and Barker both tread that middle ground more often than not. The other major difference I felt while writing Strangewood was that this was the first thing I had ever written in which the story of what happens to the characters emotionally, and within their relationships, was more important than the plot itself.
That trend is continuing into my next novel, Straight On Til Morning, which I'm at work on now. One last thing I wanted to share is the story of how the germ of Strangewood, which sat in my head for more than a year before I began to write, came about. I was being interviewed for a magazine by a writer named Hank Wagner, whom I've known for years. We talk about our children a lot. My son, Nicholas, was perhaps three years old at the time, and he loved Winnie the Pooh. Well, who doesn't? I've always loved Pooh, and I read it to my sons often before bed. Milne had a great gift. The problem was, we owned more than twenty Winnie the Pooh video tapes, and I had watched them all with Nicholas over and over. Hours of Pooh a day. At that time, it was his entertainment of choice. Much as I loved Pooh, I told Hank in this interview that there were times when I would love to see a horde of dark warriors ride down into the Hundred Acre Wood on horseback, slaughter all the little #$%@* and nail their pelts to trees. Then I thought . . . hmmmmm. Strangewood was born.
Strangewood represents a milestone for me as a writer. Though I've written dozens of books, this is the first one I truly feel is everything I hoped it would be. It also seems to be vindication of a sort. There are those who believe that some of the work I've done -- on licensed properties and young adult novels -- isn't fit for a "serious" writer. Which is just silly, of course. But with Strangewood , I've received comments of support from Peter Straub, F. Paul Wilson and Kevin J. Anderson, among others. Their kind words are more than I could have hoped for.
I hope this has piqued your interest, and I look forward to your comments if you should happen to read the book. Thanks for your time. ~ Christopher Golden
Earthling Publications published a signed, limited edition of Christopher Golden's novel STRANGEWOOD. Paul Miller, the man behind Earthling, has received extraordinary praise in recent years for the amazing job he does on each and every book that the company produces. STRANGEWOOD is a beautiful package, including sixteen illustrations by Richard Kirk, an introduction by Graham Joyce, and an afterword by Bentley Little. Even the endpapers are fully illustrated. In addition, the book is Smyth-sewn and bound in leather, and housed in a cloth-covered slipcase.
Christopher Golden says, "STRANGEWOOD [is] my enduring favorite of all of my scribblings," and he is extremely excited about this release. He adds, "Yes, Earthling's book are expensive, but they aren't intended for the casual collector. What Paul Miller does is just as much a work of art as Richard Kirk's illustrations. I'm honored he's chosen STRANGEWOOD for his Earthling Classics series."
To get a copy of the limited edition, go to the Earthling