ACCLAIM FOR JEFFREY E. BARLOUGH AND THE WESTERN LIGHTS SERIES
"A pre-eminent inventor of wonderfully weird fiction...Barlough is writing some of the most imaginative fantasy you can find today...each work in his Western Lights series is a wonderfully out-there unique creation, unlike anything else anyone else is writing...alternate history, science fantasy, gothic horror, every standard label except great writing comes up short...a truly unique reading experience...Barlough's work is simply and utterly unique, not easy to find, but not to be missed...his writing is startling in its originality on all counts."
"Strikingly successful...impressive...combines a Dickensian voice with material that might have come out in the glory days of Weird Tales...a very interesting new voice...those of you who haven't tried his quirky blend of mystery, alternate history, and sheer whimsy owe it to yourself to give it a try; for once, the overused adjective 'unique' is exactly the right word for it."
"His wit and ingenuity, his careful orchestration of a complex plot and a large cast of characters, and - most of all - his flawless recreation of the language and locutions of an earlier century, distinguish his narrative at every turn...unmistakably a writer to watch."
"There's nothing out there on the shelves like Jeffrey Barlough's Western Lights novels."
"Author Jeffrey E. Barlough mixes science fiction, fantasy, horror and gothic suspense into a fascinating mix...surprisingly lyrical and literary."
DeFlip Side "Dark and atmospheric and delightful...a masterful balance of atmosphere, character, humor and mystery...wonderfully mixes horrific, fantastic and supernatural elements, with a dash of science fiction thrown in...I enjoyed it immensely."
F/SF Books at About, Inc.
"Delightfully baroque...Jeffrey Barlough has created a charming and mystical world."
"If Arthur Conan Doyle and H.P. Lovecraft had collaborated on a novel, the result might have been like this...an imperturbably entertaining romance." (Starred review)
Lambda Sci Fi Newsletter
"All in all, a delightful read...to Mr. Jeffrey Barlough I say (in the style of Miss Aspasia Veal): 'Thenk yaw!'"
"Continues to add an element of civilized creepiness to his vividly imagined world...Barlough combines the witty detail of Dickensian fiction with the insidious terror of Lovecraftian horror in an atmospheric tale of dark imaginings that belongs in most horror collections."
"Rich and dark and detailed...the kind of fantasy that calls out to be read on a dark, wintry night when it seems possible that evil might be abroad...Barlough skillfully interweaves humor (high and low) with mysteries both mundane and disturbingly metaphysical...a bravura performance indeed!"
Midwest Book Review
"A true wordsmith craftsman of fantasy adventure at its very best...Jeffrey E. Barlough has brought yet another unforgettably fantastic adventure of mystique and hidden motives to vivid life, and its intrigues are sure to keep the reader guessing to the very end...immensely entertaining...a master storyteller of imaginative fiction...enthusiastically recommended."
"A mesmerizing delight...a wildly imaginative plot and setting."
"Captivating...avoiding sentimentality with doses of gritty wit, Barlough keeps this close-knit narrative hurtling from one cliff-hanger to another...the real joys lie in Barlough's command of Victorian idiom and his rollicking flair for breathing life into endearingly eccentric characters...the engaging plot and the artful writing elevate Barlough's work far above most other contemporary genre fiction...a splendid entertainment." (Starred reviews)
"Presenting a host of fascinating characters and settings in stories with satisfying and somehow comforting auras of antiquity that nevertheless read like modern page-turners...Barlough has created a fictional setting that I would gladly visit time and again, populated as it is by characters that feel like impeccably mannered old friends with ripping yarns to tell."
"Once you're hooked, you're not going to escape until you see the characters to their inevitable end."
"A masterful story-teller, weaving wonderful plots and dark secrets...truly different and entertaining fantasy."
"Barlough is a true original, inhabiting his neo-Victorian style with an authority that suggests he's the first ever to have used it...produces in the reader a genuine sense of inhabiting another world...a straight-ahead narrative of suspense, proceeding grippingly from plot turn to plot turn, with moments that are genuinely bone-chilling."
"Deliciously droll...sure to delight both the romantic reader and those who enjoy visiting strange worlds very much like our own."
"As visitors to Narnia and other imaginary countries have done before them, they'll long for more."
"Utterly over the top...a rollicking, page-turning read...undeniably powerful...a masterful new storyteller."