The Cliff Road Chronicles

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Gideon Redoak was Anne's only full-length novel, but it comprises a mere fraction of her fiction. She continued the story of Gideon and Joshua, and their friends sharing the property on the coast of Maine, in dozens of sequential stories and novellas. The narrative took place in real time, with each story set at the time it was written, so children age and events unfold accordingly. The Cliff Road Chronicles follow the further adventures of the characters introduced in the later chapters of Gideon Redoak, ...
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Overview

Gideon Redoak was Anne's only full-length novel, but it comprises a mere fraction of her fiction. She continued the story of Gideon and Joshua, and their friends sharing the property on the coast of Maine, in dozens of sequential stories and novellas. The narrative took place in real time, with each story set at the time it was written, so children age and events unfold accordingly. The Cliff Road Chronicles follow the further adventures of the characters introduced in the later chapters of Gideon Redoak, referred to collectively as "The Brotherhood of Darkness" or more cheerfully, the "Cliff Road Crowd."

The first group of stories develops the relationship of Gideon and Joshua, which is not a smooth path. Although they become engaged and then married, each of them is confronted with personal crises that challenge their love for each other and their ability to maintain their life together.

The second group of stories, also placed in chronological order, focus on other members of the Brotherhood. Sometimes humorously, sometimes very seriously indeed, Anne explores the fortunes of vampires Alex Goldanias and Francis, mage Ray Griffin, and the Druid Fairlawn family, among others.

Filled with magic, fervent emotion, suspense, harsh reality and sometimes tongue-in-cheek silliness, The Cliff Road Chronicles will entertain and tantalize readers new to Anne Fraser's stories as well as fans of Gideon Redoak.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935303275
  • Publisher: By Light Unseen Media
  • Publication date: 9/21/2011
  • Pages: 338
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Fraser (1957-2008) liked to say that Friday the 13th was her lucky day--she was born on one, and she played the part with enthusiasm. Anne's collection of vampire memorabilia was featured on the cable television show I (Heart) and she was a charter member and served on the executive of the Toronto chapter of the Transylvanian Society of Dracula (TSD). She sometimes dressed up in a full tuxedo and flowing opera cape, and spent one New Year's Eve regaling partiers on the streets of Toronto in that finery.

Sometime in the 1980s, Anne was shown a Dark Shadows comic book and said, "I can write a better vampire story than this." She was making a severe understatement. Anne went on to become a prolific, and highly original, writer. She was constantly composing new stories featuring her "Cast of Dozens." But Anne's greatest joy was collaborating on stories with other writers, producing multi-chapter epics involving anywhere from one to a dozen other people and their characters.

Anne attended the Dracula 1997 centenniel conference in Los Angeles, where her poem, "Dracula Versified," won third place in the creative writing competition. In 2005, her short story, "Shell Shock," won second place in the Creative Writing Contest for the Toronto TSD chapter's 10th Anniversary celebration. Her novel, Gideon Redoak, was published in August, 2009.

Although Anne lost a courageous battle with cancer in April, 2008, she will live forever in the memories of her friends and through her lively and entertaining fiction.
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  • Posted October 2, 2011

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    The Cliff Road Chronicles is a fitting tribute to the late Anne Fraser whose take on the 1990s urban fantasy is extremely refreshing and showcases how ahead of the sub-genre she was (and still is).. Filled with amusing puns, these contributions provide intriguing relationships and personal tsuris that vamps, mages, druids, werewolves, fairies and humans confront.----

    "Gideon and Joshua: A Love Story" consists of eleven shorts that start in the mid 1990s to 2006 mostly in Maine in the chronological order they occur; while simultaneously matching when they were released. They are a direct follow-up to the superb vampire novel Gideon Redoak. The key to these entries is that the pair has relationship issues as mortal couples have, but also has additional issues. With Gideon the baron so tense over several crises, his human lover Joshua books them for a few days at Club Undead in the Caribbean. Over their time together, the lovers admit their love for one another, become engaged and marry, but face problems like any couple compounded by the Pope's condemning gay couples "To Burn In Hell". The tales end with the stunning twist of "The Lost Boy." ----

    "The Adventures of the Brotherhood of Darkness" focuses on other members of the "Cliff Road Crowd" with the same concepts in time (from 1998 to 2007) as the Gideon-Joshua tales. In "Daven's Stream", Ray Griffin the mage is asked to sit for a spell. While driving Vampire widow Alex Goldanias almost suffers a cardiac even without a heartbeat when his "Fairy Godmother" appears out of nowhere to lecture him. The other four tales range from jocular inanity to taut suspense.----

    Harriet Klausner

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