The Fisherman


April 25, 2016 by Laird

John Langan’s new novel, The Fisherman, is available for preorder. My thoughts in brief: “The Fisherman is an epic, yet intimate, horror novel. Langan channels M.R. James, Robert E. Howard, and Norman Maclean. What you get is A River Runs through It…Straight to hell.”

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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.

One thought on “The Fisherman

  1. Daniel Mathewson says:

    Mr. LB,

    I’ve started a lit mag with two colleagues in Spokane, WA called *The Swamp* : Our magazine centers around placement, setting, and concrete detail– which you give in the most cosmic, gothic sense much of the time in your own writing. I’ve read *The Croning* and also *The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All, *as well as some other shorts including “Probisces.” I think the word “genre” gets a pretty bad rap in literary communities now days, especially in academic settings. But I don’t think your writing is genre as much as it is you melding together elements of the Southern Gothic, the neo-noir, the hard-broiled, and the cosmically-fucked in your writing. Needless to say, I admire and am consistently astonished by your prose, your characters’ grit, and your knack for story-telling/ captivating in general.

    Obviously, this is me soliciting you for any short stories or poems you’ve not yet published. I’d love to publish you in our magazine as we get kicked off out here in the Pacific Northwest (looking to put out our first issue this summer), and if you have any questions, please let me know!

    Dan Mathewson BA UTK, MFA EWU Fiction Editor *The Swamp* Phone: 618.697.6680 Email:

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