The Barrens and Others by F. Paul Wilson

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From The Keep, nearly twenty years ago, to Legacies this year, F. Paul Wilson has been one of the dependable names for fine storytelling in whatever genre he chooses. The Barrens and Others is a first-rate collection of first-rate Wilson tales, ranging from Lovecraftian to Western supernatural, with many mysterious combinations in between. It includes a long story starring Repairman Jack, the protagonist of The Tomb and Legacies.

About F. Paul Wilson

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Author F. Paul Wilson was born in Jersey City, New Jersey on May 17, 1946. He has written over forty books and short story collections. He is best known for the Repairman Jack series and the Sims series. He won the Prometheus Award in 1979 for Wheels Within Wheels and in 2004 for Sims. He also won a 1984 Progie Award from the West Coast Review of Books for The Tomb, the Hall of Fame Award from the Libertarian Futurist Society in 1990 for Healer and in 1991 for An Enemy of the State, and the 1999 Bram Stoker Award for short fiction for Aftershock. His book The Keep was made into a film in 1983. In 2012 his title Nightworld made The New York Times Bestseller List.
Published February 7, 2012 by Wilsongs. 384 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Aside from the title story, the one true standout here is —Definitive Therapy,— in which Wilson tries to outdo Jack Nicholson’s version of The Joker in Batman by having The Joker locked up in Arkham Asylum and given a thorough psychiatric evaluation that eventually turns against the shrink himself.

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This was the stuff of Twilight Zone, frets a bewitched character in the first story in this worthwhile collection, setting the tone for the remaining selections. Though its contents range from dar

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It wends the narratives of the biter-bit tales ""Definitive Therapy"" and ""A Day in the Life"" (an all-too-rare short adventure of urban mercenary hero Repairman Jack) through complicated cloverleaves of plot and subplot, and it lays a groundwork of solid credibility for the title story, a dark ...

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Because the stories in The Barrens and Others cover such a wide spectrum of material, it is quite possible that not every story will be for every reader.

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Paul WilsonForge, $24.95 Review by Jim Argendeli Web posted on: Monday, March 01, 1999 2:35:40 PM EST (CNN) -- Short story collections do not sell.

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