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The Timely Arrival of Barnabas Bead
In this first story of a series of short stories by A. S. Peterson, Colonel Barnabas Bead and his faithful lieutenant, Horton Adams, have been assigned to a remote Confederate outpost in the Appalachian Mountains, but the road they take to get there may lead them somewhere else entirely.
Kindle Edition, 31 pages
Published March 15th 2014 by Rabbit Room Press
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i recently discovered Mr. Peterson's work through the Rabbit Room (rabbitroom.com), where i found his two-novel historical fiction series, several short stories, and other articles and essays that he has written over the course of the last several years. He has a great voice and an uncanny knack for slipping subtle humour into his horror stories, which i absolutely love. But out of everything i've read of his so far, this is unquestionably the best example of his literary craftsmanship.
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Peterson returns all too briefly to the world of Fin's Revolution to restore wonder one more time. The title character, Bead, longs to live out the same stories his father told of the voyages of the Esprit de la Mer, but spends a lifetime seeking the ship to no avail. In the valley of death something astounding, disturbing, and wondrous overtakes him and his companion. Peterson's command of language and story is arresting, awe inspiring, and points to a joy seen in the works of Chesterton, Lewis ...more
I read and enjoyed both of Peterson's very solid "Fiddler's..." offerings, but the use of language and imagery in this short piece felt like such a great leap forward in the evolution of his craft that I was a little taken aback (and perhaps a tad jealous..?) at the gorgeousness of the writing. Well done.
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