The Fisherman (Paperback)
Title: The Fisherman
Do not read the back of this book! You won’t want to spoil any of this powerfully imaginative and richly emotive tale. John Langan manages to extend the dramatic pacing and deep world building of his acclaimed short stories into this full length offering with a wonderfully genre bending effect. Originally rejected from several publishers for being either too literary or too genre this is a book equally perfect for fans of both literary realism and Lovecraftian horror. The Fisherman is a beautifully written, shockingly expansive epic meditation on loss, recovery, and the monsters deep grief can threaten to transform us into.
In upstate New York, in the woods around Woodstock, Dutchman's Creek flows out of the Ashokan Reservoir. Steep-banked, fast-moving, it offers the promise of fine fishing, and of something more, a possibility too fantastic to be true. When Abe and Dan, two widowers who have found solace in each other's company and a shared passion for fishing, hear rumors of the Creek, and what might be found there, the remedy to both their losses, they dismiss it as just another fish story. Soon, though, the men find themselves drawn into a tale as deep and old as the Reservoir. It's a tale of dark pacts, of long-buried secrets, and of a mysterious figure known as Der Fisher: the Fisherman. It will bring Abe and Dan face to face with all that they have lost, and with the price they must pay to regain it.