John Langan’s The Fisherman is literary horror at its sharpest and most imaginative. It’s at turns a quiet and powerfully melancholy story about loss and grief; the impossibility of going on in same manner as you had before. It’s also a rollicking, kick-ass, white-knuckle charge into the winding, wild, raging river of redemption. Illusory, frightening, and deeply moving, The Fisherman is a modern horror epic. And it’s simply a must ...more
Featuring cosmic horror, quiet horror, psychological horrors and a few scenes that were just horrific in general, I find myself lacking the words this book deserves.
This tale was outstanding and I waited way too long to read it. You should read it and the sooner the better.
My HIGHEST recommendation!
You can get a copy here: https://amzn.to/2FM01US
*I bought this book with my hard earned cash and the author was kind enough to sign ...more
So The Fisherman!
I had heard that people were calling this, "cosmic, Lovecraftian horror". But you won't hear these horror buzz words from me because I haven't read any Lovecraft (yet).
But if those descriptions mean that this book has some seriousl ...more
Prepare to be totally creeped out!
We're in present day upstate New York when we meet Abe and Dan, both widowers who have suffered personal pain and loss. Working for the same company, the two men ultimately get together to do a little fishing; and while on the way to a new spot, Dutchman's Creek, they stop at an empty roadside diner for breakfast and meet Howard, the owner.
And oh boy....are they told one hell of a fish-horror-story abou...more
I've been meaning to read this one for way too long. I don't think I've encountered a single person in the horror community who has a bad thing to say about this novel. Most people have been eagerly encouraging me ...more
I have to admit, when Abe b ...more
The book is pretty much two separate novellas smashed together, the better part of which is the present day story of Dan and Abe and the incredible losses they suffer. Their stories start in the first hundred pages, then get interrupted by the unnecessarily long second story (essentially the ENTIRE backstory/story of people who lived in a town bothered by "The Fisherman"). Eventually, we get back to the present ...more
When one of the locals hears of their interest, he feels the need to tell them the legend of Dutchman's Creek, and why it is avoided.
Assuming it's no more than a colorful piece of folklore, a fish story as i ...more
Here is an interview with Mr. Langan about this book and about the wyrd and horror:
I have never been fishing, so I can’t say that fishing stories are something I care for very much. But If I learnt anything reading a collection of John Langan short stories last October (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...), it’s that this man knows how to write, and that I trust him to take the seemingly banal and transform it into something I won’t be able to look away fr ...more
As other reviewers report this is a story within a story. The first, and present day, story is of love and the loss of that love. How people handle loss in different ways and how t ...more
I was immediately immersed in the story(s) from the very beginning. I dug everything about it. It was dark and brooding. Cosmic and literary.
Abe and Dan have both suffered devastating loses. Fishing is a great form of therapy for them.
Next on the agenda, Dutchman’s Creek, a hidden river that promises some huge catches. When Abe and Dan stop for an early breakfast at a small diner to wait out a rain storm, they are related ...more
I know I sound like a broken record, but I'm really strict when it comes to horror. For me, horror is a very delicate matter with aspects as many as those of the human psychology. Rarely can a film or novel scare me lately, and I'm not talking about jump-scares. I guess my being so demanding makes me either a perfect judge ...more
(view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)]
This book spoke to me. The writing style, the pace, the weirdness, the horror, the tale of grief. The imagery was both fantastic and horrifying. It was both scary and sad. I didn't want to put the book down. I won't be able to visit the Catskills and Woodstock without thinking of the story of the fisherman...["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>
Over the past decade, John Langan has established himself as a master of weird fiction and horror literature. It’s hard to believe that his newest work, The Fisherman, is only his second novel.
The Fisherman is the narrative of Abe (“Don’t call me Abraham,” he insists in the opening lines), a widower recounting the events following his wife’s recent passing from cancer. His mournin ...more
To the horror community at large, John Langan is no stranger. Hailed by critics as a writer with outstanding talent, he’s been published in multiple anthologies, including several “years best” anthologies, Ellen Datlow’s Fearful Symmetries, and two single author collections--Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters and the critically acclaimed The Wide Carnivorous Sky. And the reason for such a prolific body of published work is q ...more
The Fisherman by John Langan reads like a sprawling generational epic of a tale; albeit, it's a story which the author somehow manages to squeeze onto 266 pages. Still, for the most part it's a job well done.
The novel actually turns out to be a story within a story, and as the book first opens we begin to learn about two men, Abe & Dan, workmates who develop a bond inspired by the grievous losses each has suffered in their lives, and strengthened by the common interest they ...more
When the two go hand in hand, how do we cope?
After heartbreaking loss, two men find solace in fishing. As one man spirals further into depression, he convinces his friend to accompany him to a mysterious river in search of an ...more
Death is, naturally, a theme that is central to horror storytelling across the board. But ...more