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  [Robert Hood] is a prolific writer of horror from all ages, and Shadow Dance is the first in a new series, Shades. Teenage Nathan wakes in a park with amnesia, only to be attacked by an alligator-headed monster. So begins a rollercoaster of a narrative, thrilling, eventful and eerie. Nathan has been missing for months, presumed dead, yet is no ghost; he walks and breathes. Unfortunately he also fades in bright light. The shades of the series title refer to the sunglasses Nathan and others of his very strange ilk wear, even after dark, and also to the name for the dead in classical mythology. The book can gross out, but it has a weird poetry to it.  
 

Lucy Sussex, The Age

 

 
  "Robert Hood [is] one of this country's leading horror writers"  
 

Aurealis SF magazine

 

 
  "[Backstreets] is a tough novel which is exciting, memorable and sensitive in its treatment of the issues and finally, satisfying and optimistic."  
 

Commonwealth Book Council Notable Books: judges comments

 

 
  "Confrontational and uncompromising, [Backstreets] deserves our attention and praise. There are some great writers on the Australian YA fiction scene and Robert Hood is one of them."  
 

Viewpoint

 

 
 
Shadow Dance
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Ancient Light
Black Sun Rising