Barbara Roden

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Industry Publishing
Occupation Writer/Editor/Publisher
Location Ashcroft, British Columbia, Canada
Introduction I didn't start talking until I was almost two-and-a-half; some would say I've more than made up for it in the intervening years. I began reading and writing not long after I began to talk, and have never stopped. I'll read just about anything, but favourite subjects include anything to do with North Polar and Arctic exploration in general and the Franklin Expedition in particular; ghost stories; Golden Age mystery stories; and anything by favourite authors such as George MacDonald Fraser, Andrew Greig, Charles Dickens, R. F. Delderfield, and Barbara Pym. My writing is mostly non-fiction, about ghost stories, Sherlock Holmes, and Arthur Conan Doyle, although I have written a few pieces of fiction which have had kind things said about them. Since 1994 I've edited ALL HALLOWS, the journal of The Ghost Story Society. I love to swim, and during the hockey season I follow the fortunes of the Vancouver Canucks, who will one day (I hope) win the Stanley Cup.
Interests Reading, writing, hockey, swimming
Favorite Movies A Man For All Seasons, The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939), Topsy-Turvy, Gosford Park, Singin' in the Rain, Shaun of the Dead, A Christmas Story, It's A Wonderful Life, The Fog (John Carpenter version), Chariots of Fire, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, Dead of Night (1945), Kind Hearts and Coronets . . .
Favorite Music Cole Porter, Benny Goodman, Glen Miller, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Alan Parsons Project, Loreena McKennitt, Stan Rogers, various film scores and stage musicals such as Sweeney Todd
Favorite Books The Good Soldier (Ford Madox Ford), George MacDonald Fraser's Flashman novels, the ghost stories of M. R. James, the Holmes stories of Arthur Conan Doyle, The Pickwick Papers (Charles Dickens), anything by Joseph Mitchell, Persuasion (Jane Austen), the poetry of Thomas Hardy