Wild Fell

Wild Fell

Michael Rowe / Aug 20, 2019

Wild Fell The crumbling summerhouse called Wild Fell soaring above the desolate shores of Black Island has weathered the violence of the seasons for than a century Built for his family by a th century polit

  • Title: Wild Fell
  • Author: Michael Rowe
  • ISBN: 9781771481595
  • Page: 284
  • Format: Paperback
  • The crumbling summerhouse called Wild Fell, soaring above the desolate shores of Black Island, has weathered the violence of the seasons for than a century Built for his family by a 19th century politician of impeccable rectitude, the house has kept its terrible secrets and its darkness sealed within its walls For a hundred years, the townspeople of Alvina haveThe crumbling summerhouse called Wild Fell, soaring above the desolate shores of Black Island, has weathered the violence of the seasons for than a century Built for his family by a 19th century politician of impeccable rectitude, the house has kept its terrible secrets and its darkness sealed within its walls For a hundred years, the townspeople of Alvina have prayed that the darkness inside Wild Fell would stay there, locked away from the light Jameson Browning, a man well acquainted with suffering, has purchased Wild Fell with the intention of beginning a new life, of letting in the light But what waits for him at the house is devoted to its darkness and guards it jealously It has been waiting for Jameson his whole life or even longer And now, at long last, it has found him

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        Michael Rowe is an independent international journalist who has lived in Beirut, Havana, Geneva, and Paris His work has appeared in the National Post, The Globe Mail, The United Church Observer and numerous other publications He has been a finalist for both the Canadian National Magazine Award and the Associated Church Press Award in the United States The author of several books, including Writing Below the Belt, a critically acclaimed study of censorship, pornography, and popular culture, and the essay collections Looking For Brothers and Other Men s Sons, which won the 2008 Randy Shilts Award for Nonfiction, he has also won the Lambda Literary Award He is currently a contributing writer to The Advocate and a political blogger for The Huffington Post from the author s website


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    1. this is a very typical ghost story in some ways, and a very atypical one in others. it has all the hallmarks of classic horror: secluded house with a dark past, small town whose history continues to haunt its residents, uninformed stranger arriving to shake things up, ghostly childhood playmates, mysterious accidents, nightmares, and some brain trauma and memory loss to keep it good and ambiguous. but it brings new things to the table like a preoccupation with gender identity and a surprising co [...]


    2. Since I read Enter, Night , I've been wanting to check out Wild Fell. I'm sorry that I waited so long!Wild Fell is told in such a unique manner , (I love that!), that it's hard to tear yourself away. Normal day to day chores like cooking dinner, doing dishes and such, all fell by the wayside in favor of parking my butt on the couch,(or by the river on my lunch hour), to see where this novel would take me. It took me a number of places, but it finished with me at Wild Fell itself.Jameson Browning [...]


    3. It is extremely rare, I've found, to find a ghost story that actually gives me chills. I'm a grown-ass man, after all. I've got a full-time job and bills to pay; what's scarier than THAT?This book gave me chills. There are some straight-up creepy as hell parts. And when you get to the end, you realize that either the book you started isn't the same one you've finished, or you're simply not the same person who started reading the book.


    4. This book had a lot of promise once the sexy teen/ghost story trope prologue was out of the way. “I want to teach you about fear,” says Jameson Browning. “I want to tell you a ghost story.” Okay, please do! The story of Jamie’s formative years, with his kindly father, uber-tomboy best friend & the girl in the mirror that he tells his secrets to is pretty swell. The first 78 pages are excellent reading with a nice flutter of creepiness, and they get bonus points from me for the chil [...]


    5. A ghost story with a twist. Wild Fell leads you down into the basement and closes the door. The middle was slow but the ending more than made up for that. 4 very dark stars.


    6. In Wild Fell, Rowe reminds us that we create reality through memory, construct it out of flashes of neurons… and that reality can change as our memories change. Nothing is fixed, nothing static, but all shiftings of sleep sand and illusions. Wild Fell serves as a dark reminder that everything about our identity is changeable – gender, identity, personality, and desire. Our bodies and spirits interact in complex ways, and nothing about ourselves is stationary. Rowe explores the way we can cha [...]


    7. I wondered if Michael Rowe would ever be able to top his brilliant first horror novel, ENTER, NIGHT.Well, he at least equaled his earlier performance with the stunning tale found in the pages of WILD FELL. This is the best ghost story I've ever read. If you care to investigate, I wrote an in depth review of this book on .


    8. Wild Fell begins in the small town of Alvina, Ontario, in 1960, when Sean Schwartz asks his high school sweetheart, Brenda Egan, if she believes in ghosts. Whether he’s trying to scare her into cuddling closer, looking for some excitement to end the summer before school begins again, or is entirely sincere in his question, his question is a prelude to asking Brenda if she’ll cross a mile of Devil’s Lake to Blackmore Island to explore the remains of a mansion called Wild Fell. It takes some [...]


    9. 2011 saw the publication of one of the best and scariest modern vampire novels with Enter, Night. Now Michael Rowe's second horror novel, Wild Fell, is doing for ghosts what Enter, Night did for vampires.Much like Enter, Night before it, Wild Fell takes place in Ontario and takes a structurally interesting approach. The main narrative of Enter, Night ended after 340 pages and was followed by a 70 page coda, a translation of an old document which cleared up a lot of the backstory/history behind t [...]


    10. Mixed feelings on a mixed-up book. First off, a rather long prologue featuring two soon-to-be dead teens with fairly developed backstories, but really aren't important to the rest of the story except as the subjects of a tragic cautionary tale and reason for townfolk to feel superstitious about an abandoned mansion on an island nearby. Then, a pretty solid story about the protagonist and his troubled childhood, with some very creepy occurrences. We learn a lot about little bullied boy Jameson, h [...]


    11. When it comes to building slow suspense while carving out fully-realized human characters, Michael Rowe is a master craftsman. This isn't a breakneck book. Despite its relatively short length (my only complaint), this novel pulls you along at a luxuriant pace, letting the tension build like a room that's slowly having the air sucked out. You won't notice you're out of breath until it's way too late to open a window. In both character construction and setting, Rowe reminds me of Thomas Tryon. He [...]


    12. I kind of have mixed feelings about this one.Some aspects I loved, some i disliked. The first half of the novel has a seriously erie,unsettling vibe to it. You really get the idea thay something is just off. The second half is still gripping and well written. Buttt like others have stated it just seems rather rushed. It's as if the author just got so excited with his idea that he just couldnt wait to get to the climax. I did notice a few subtle holes/mistakes in the second half. ie. characters k [...]


    13. Un petit chef d'oeuvre de la littérature horrifique façon Ghost-story, qui tient en haleine du début à la fin. On s'attend à tout moment à une apparition, on tente de comprendre où l'auteur veut nous embarquer et surtout ce que cache cette mystérieuse histoire. Tout simplement fascinant. Je vous le recommande chaudement !


    14. But in this case, by candlelight, in spite of the veneer of ducal hauteur in this portrait of the laird of Wild Fell, the face rendered here was the face of a monster.The surface of the painting had been slashed with some kind of long, sharp instrument. There were no jagged edges; rather the cuts appeared to have been made almost lovingly, as though the vandal in question had taken his or her time and profoundly enjoyed the sensation of carving Alexander Blackmore’s face into strips.I shuddere [...]


    15. This is a relatively short book, and yet it packs a heavy punch. I took my time reading it in short sessions, the way you might carefully sip a fine and expensive scotch, mostly because I was enjoying the experience so much that I wanted it to last. Rowe's smooth prose makes holding back like that both difficult and yet an utterly satisfying experience, much like you might want to gulp that scotch but will be far better served in careful and gracious sips.I love the way that this ghost story bea [...]


    16. Wild Fell begins in the small town of Alvina, Ontario, in 1960, when Sean Schwartz asks his high school sweetheart, Brenda Egan, if she believes in ghosts. Whether he’s trying to scare her into cuddling closer, looking for some excitement to end the summer before school begins again, or is entirely sincere in his question, his question is a prelude to asking Brenda if she’ll cross a mile of Devil’s Lake to Blackmore Island to explore the remains of a mansion called Wild Fell. It takes some [...]


    17. Una casa encantada, un espíritu alimentado por el afán de venganza, personajes infantiles retratados con maestría, una prosa refinada e hipnotizante Un ejemplo inmejorable de lo que se podría calificar de «Canadian Gothic», si es que nadie lo ha bautizado ya así. Tenía grandes esperanzas depositadas en este libro y me alegra decir que no me ha defraudado en absoluto. Antes bien, aun a riesgo de incurrir en el estereotipo, si se le puede atribuir alguna pega es su brevedad. Ciento ochenta [...]


    18. Wild Fell was my first exposure to the work of Michael Rowe, and I very much enjoyed it. It's a clearly told, emotionally involving tale of haunting, full of history and family and the lingering effects of memory. If you come looking for a haunted house tale, though, be prepared for the book to upset your expectations. The house Wild Fell appears early and late in the book, but most of the story happens elsewhere. I'm now looking forward to reading Rowe's prior novel, Enter, Night.


    19. Three stars instead of two for sheer, dumb pageturnery. Summary, all of which is a spoiler:This oddly-paced tale starts off with a summer horror movie prologue: two teens go to a remote beach at night, decide to have sex, and promptly die in terrible ways. Jump forward ten years and meet our protagonist as a child. One Jameson Browning -- whose mother is the very picture of bad parenting and whose father is the very picture of perfect parenting (or is he?!) -- is a lonely boy who talks to his re [...]


    20. So I picked this up because it was billed as a Gothic ghost storyI was very disappointed. The first chapter is pretty good and decently scary. That is where it stops, the book then spends the next 100 or so pages (it's only a 180 page book) detailing the life of Jamie, his lonely childhood and best friend Hank (a girl who wants to be a boy) there is a bunch of normal kid stuff with the added bonus of a semi creepy "imaginary" friend named Amanda who lives in his mirror and a dead turtle.Amanda i [...]


    21. This is an oddly-structured book with weird pacing. There is an overly-long prologue in which the reader is given time to care about a character, before it abruptly ends and the characters in the prologue never show up again except as footnotes to the protagonist's horror story. I'm someone who is easily scared (one of the few in the world who found The Blair Witch Project terrifying, ffs) and this book was only kind of chilling and creepy in parts (mainly the part that was told from the POV of [...]


    22. Jamie Browning wants to get away from it all - a divorce, an accident and a father suffering from Alzheimer's disease. An insurance windfall allows him to purchase Blackmore Island and its Victorian Gothic residence, Wild Fell. The property is a dream come true or a nightmare come true. Vengeful ghosts await. They have always waited.I enjoyed this ghost story. There is a strong weave of sense of place, time, and character throughout the novel.The prologue alone paints images like a prose version [...]


    23. I'm an easily scared person when reading horror or ghost stories, but honestly the scariest thing about this book was the cover photo! It dragged for large parts of what is a short novel, making it feel much longer. The protagonist frustrated me repeatedly by not connecting obvious things together and often he gave me that annoyed old school horror film feeling of, "No! Don't go in there!" I kept waiting for a spooky pay-off at the end for the somewhat laborious set-up and instead finished up th [...]


    24. Really liked this short ghost story, which was a twist on the classic haunted house. I enjoyed the characters and the questions posed by the narrative (what is reality? What memories can we trust?). A couple moments actually scared me, too.



    25. Wild Fell is a great example of literary horror fiction. What’s that mean? Well, the way I define it is like this; if you can take the horror element out of the story (in this case, a ghost and creepy house), does it still work? And when it comes to Wild Fell, the answer is a resounding yes. Don’t believe me? Go ahead, read the novel. I’ll wait. Okay, finished? Good. Now, take everything you’ve read, and remove the horror stuff. What do you get? An interesting coming-of-age story. A man [...]


    26. Excellente "ghost story" ! Très prenant, une écriture maîtrisée. J'ai toutefois moins aimé le (trop long) passage de l'enfance de Jamie. Un auteur à suivre, assurément !


    27. Originally published in Charmful Dead ThingsI stumbled upon Michael Rowe’s work earlier this year at the Word on the Street Festival and FanExpo in Toronto (both events I would highly recommend). I came across Wild Fell at FanExpo and the moment I saw the striking cover art by Erik Mohr and the quote from none other than Clive Barker—a seal of approval if there ever was one—I was instantly intrigued and picked it up.Wild Fell begins with a prologue set in 1960 where two teenage lovers go f [...]


    28. I'm currently reading through this year's nominees for the Shirley Jackson Awards (which, to be honest, I usually find to be a much stronger list than their purely horror counterpart, the Bram Stoker Awards since I find the latter can be kind of incestuous rather than purely merit based in its final selections). I've made no bones about my love and continuous search for the ultimate haunted house novel, and admittedly lately after a crop of poor showings I've grown disheartened by the whole genr [...]


    29. So, this compact ghost story is truly unique; it's nicely absorbing as Jameson Browning narrates his tale. The book is readable in the sense that once you settle in, you forget it is a book at all and that delightful stage of reading can commence in which you're oblivious to the world.We start out in the 1960's, with a prologue hinting at supernatural forces at work concerning the property known as Wild Fell, once owned by the Blackmore family; and move on to our main focus, Jameson Browning. Th [...]


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