Voice of our Shadow

Voice of our Shadow by Jonathan Carroll

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«Voice of Our Shadow is the most frightening novel I`ve read since Bram Stoker`s Dracula. I thought it was a love story, and it was. Then I thought it was a ghost story, and it was, sort of. Then I thought it was a story of madness, and it might be, maybe. It is a cunning, magical, wonderful novel — funny, sexy, sad, and tender.»

— PAT CONROY author of The Great Santini and The Water Is Wide


Outwardly, Joseph Lennox is an ordinary young man, raised in a New York suburb and striving to make his way as a writer. Yet for him Vienna is not just one of the lures of Europe but a refuge in time and place, a refuge from a tragedy in his boyhood in which he played a far more complicit role than anyone realized. Joe`s overbearing older brother, Ross, taunted him as they played near a railroad and touched the third rail, dying instantly. But he lives on in Joe`s lonely guilt and dreams.

Now, in Vienna, Joe finds friendship with the strangely mantic Paul and India Tate, and their destinies soon become erotically — and ominously — intertwined. Once again Joe is haunted by the specter of betrayal and death. In the end he must face the horrifying realization of how fragile is the barrier that separates the demons of our own conjuring from the inescapable reality of the unseen.

Jonathan Carroll`s first novel, The Land of Laughs, was dubbed by The Washington Post an «intricate, challenging, ultimately chilling tale.» Voice of Our Shadow, in its imaginative power and delineation of terrifying pursuit, will be seen as an even greater achievement.

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Jonathan Carroll (born 1949) is a modern American writer. Mostly known for novels written in the genre of magical realism. Also writes stories. Biography Jonathan Samuel Carroll was born on January 26, 1949 in New York, USA. Parents - Sydney Carroll, screenwriter, and June Carroll, actress and songwriter, who participated in many Broadway productions. Jonathan himself described himself as a "difficult" teenager. After general education at Loomis School in Connecticut, Carroll enters Rutgers University and graduates with honors in 1971. In the same year, he married Beverly Schreiner. Since 1974 he has been living in Vienna. In 1976, Carroll made his literary debut with the publication of Brenda`s Party, and his first novel, The Land of Laughter, came out in 1980. Winner of the World Fantasy Prize (1988) and the Bram Stoker Prize (1995). Jonathan Carroll (full name - Jonathan Samuel Carroll / Jonathan Samuel Carroll) was born on January 26, 1949 in New York. His father wrote ...

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Jonathan Carroll (born 1949) is a modern American writer. Mostly known for novels written in the genre of magical realism. Also writes stories. Biography Jonathan Samuel Carroll was born on January 26, 1949 in New York, USA. Parents - Sydney Carroll, screenwriter, and June Carroll, actress and songwriter, who participated in many Broadway productions. Jonathan himself described himself as a "difficult" teenager. After general education at Loomis School in Connecticut, Carroll enters Rutgers University and graduates with honors in 1971. In the same year, he married Beverly Schreiner. Since 1974 he has been living in Vienna. In 1976, Carroll made his literary debut with the publication of Brenda`s Party, and his first novel, The Land of Laughter, came out in 1980. Winner of the World Fantasy Prize (1988) and the Bram Stoker Prize (1995). Jonathan Carroll (full name - Jonathan Samuel Carroll / Jonathan Samuel Carroll) was born on January 26, 1949 in New York. His father wrote screenplays for films ([The Hustler] (1961), [A Big Hand for the Little Lady] (1966)), and his mother worked as an actress on Broadway and starred in films [An Angel Comes to Brooklyn] (1945), [New Faces] (1954). The idea for the first story came to Carroll`s mind when he was still in school. “It was about an old woman who lived in New York, very lonely, and about how she decided to have a dog,” the writer later recalled. "And at the end of the story, she kills the dog, simply because the dog did something that upset her." After graduating from high school, Carroll entered Rutgers University, and on June 19, 1971, he married actress Beverly Schreiner. Later he continued his studies at the University of Virginia and taught English at the Hickory Academy in North Carolina, and then at one of the St. Louis schools. In October 1973, the Cimarron Review published an essay [Reading My Father`s Story], in which Carroll talked about his father`s work, and three years later, in May 1976, the story [The Party at Brenda`s House] was published. It takes place in the town of Dobbs Ferry, where the writer lived in 1968. This five-page story clearly demonstrated the peculiarities of Carroll`s prose, in which autobiography and fiction, mainstream and fantasy merge together. Jonathan Carroll`s first novel, The Land of Laughs, was published in 1980 and, as Michael Swanwick later wrote, “was greeted with enthusiasm by fantasy enthusiasts, but also accepted by the mainstream as their own.” The main character of the novel, a school teacher, explores the facts of the biography of his favorite writer and unexpectedly discovers that this writer was more than just an inventor of children`s stories ... "The Land of Laughter" to this day remains one of the most popular works of the writer, having received later nine years after the first edition of the Apollo Award`89. The writer`s next novel, Voice of Our Shadow, published in 1983, although its main character was also a writer, differed significantly from the previous one, primarily in a much darker atmosphere and numerous techniques typical of the horror genre. The novel was recognized as no less successful than the first, and critics hastened to bring Carroll to a number of writers specializing in horror novels. The writer himself, however, had other plans in this regard: “My publisher from England offered me a lot of money for a big horror novel. The only requirement was that the novel had to be long and frightening. It takes me almost a year to write a novel of 300 pages. They wanted 600 pages and it would take me at least two years. Eyeballs on the floor and blood on the walls for two years in my head is too much, so I said no. " After several stories, Carroll released his third novel, Bones of the Moon. He is also mentioned in his essay "In Tradition" on hard fantasy books by Michael Swanwick: “Carroll is not only distinguished by her attention to sensual detail. The fantastic world of Ronda, where his character Cullen James finds herself in the series of continuing dreams, is bright as illustrations from classic children`s books. And even the minor details of these dreams awaken a deep memory ... In his dreams, Cullen, along with her son Pepsi - whom she got rid of in the "real" world by having an abortion - with the she-wolf Felina, the camel Marzio and Mr. Tracy, a dog in wide-brimmed felt hat, goes on a hike in search of the five Moon bones. In her waking life, she suffers, loves, gets married, suffers again, finds new friends - and faces the last horror where reality and dreams intersect. " The next novel [Sleeping in Flame] (1988) is indirectly related to the previous one and even bears the subtitle of the second book of the cycle "The Rondua Trilogy". Its publication, coupled with the success of the World Fantasy Award-winning [Friend`s Best Man], allowed critics this time to place Jonathan Carroll, formerly better known as a master of mainstream / horror, into the ranks of fantasy writers. And the book A Child Across the Sky, published in 1989 and seemingly completing the trilogy about Ronda, was finally consolidated for Carroll (the author diligently rejects this title). followed by Outside the Dog Museum, which received a British Fantasy Award, and then After Silence (1992), which was coolly received in America and much more welcoming in Europe; [From the Teeth of Angels] (1993) - grew out of the revised story [The Moose Church], published two years earlier in the horror anthology ... And also the story [Black Cocktail] (1990). So over the years, the trilogy has grown into a whole universe, where the heroes of some books suddenly appear in others, completely different from the previous ones. Jonathan Carroll began his second series of novels with Kissing the Beehive (1997). The hero of this novel, a writer experiencing a creative crisis, returns in search of inspiration to his hometown, Cranes View, to write a documentary book about the murder of a girl whose corpse he and a school friend found in the river many years ago. Despite the elements of mysticism scattered throughout the text, the book belongs to the genre of a classic detective story, and mysticism appears in full growth in the next two novels about Cranes-View: the book The Wedding of Wands, the closest in Carroll`s work to the genre of the “vampire novel” [The Marriage of Sticks] (2000), which won the prestigious horror Bram Stoker Award and The Wooden Sea (2001), where a dead dog unwilling to remain underground awaits grateful readers, a meeting with aliens and finding out ways to wake God up. Carroll successfully continues to work in the genres of fantasy, horror, mainstream and science fiction, periodically publishing his works in the magazines "Omni", "Weird Tales" and others. The author`s collection of stories by the writer [The Panic Hand] was awarded the Bram Stoker Award and was nominated for the World Fantasy Award`96. Carroll`s decision to become a simple English teacher led him first to Tehran, then to Beirut, and then to the American International School in Vienna (Austria), beloved by the writer, where he continues to work to this day. Bibliography The Land of Laughs (1980, Russian translation 2003) Voice of Our Shadow (1983, Russian translation 2003) Bones of the Moon (1987, Russian translation 2002) Sleep in flames / Sleeping in Flame (1988, Russian translation 2005) A Child Across the Sky (1989, Russian translation 2002) / Black Cocktail (1990) (story) Outside the Dog Museum (1991, Russian translation 2002) After silence (1993, Russian translation 2005) / From the Teeth of Angels (1993) / The Panic Hand (1995) (collection of stories) Kissing The Beehive (1997, Russian translation 2004) The Marriage of Sticks (2000, Russian translation 2004) The Wooden Sea (2001, Russian translation 2005) White Apples (2002, Russian translation 2007) Glass soup / Glass Soup (2005, Russian translation 2008) A Ghost In Love (2008, Russian translation 2010)