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Notes on Reading The Barrow: The Myth of Pasiphaë

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  • June 19, 2014

I suppose there is a version of the old question—if a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?—that goes something like: If an author makes a reference and no one gets it, is it really a reference? A great many obscure references and homages are buried in The Barrow—I mentioned a few of the gaming ones in my first essay on reading the book—and I certainly tried to write the novel in a way that it was still “readable” even if you aren’t picking up on the references and homages (your mileage may vary, of course). But still, there were some references...


Notes on Reading The Barrow: Sex & Horror

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  • June 5, 2014

In reading reviews from critics, bloggers, and readers (and as an author I do read reviews; any author who claims not to read reviews is either a liar or a moron), I’ve noted a number of comments about the sexual content of The Barrow. This was not entirely unexpected. I suppose there is always some danger in authors responding directly to critics and reviewers; but I suppose if I were entirely averse to danger I would have written a different book. There was, certainly, an “easy” and “safe” version of The Barrow, where Stjepan is a straight (white) male hero, there’s no sex in it (certainly...


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