Download The Fisherman by John Langan PDF – From The Fisherman by John Langan PDF: 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. Buy from Amazon
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. The Fisherman by John Langan PDF
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.
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Review – The Fisherman by John Langan PDF
At the heart of John Langan’s The Fisherman (2016) which has just been awarded the prestigious Stoker Award by the Horror Writers Association, is a fundamental human emotion: grief and the desire to have one last sojourn with a deceased loved one to say all of the things that never got said when they were alive. If such was possible, what might be the price one would have to pay since life always proves there is no such thing as a free lunch?
The Fisherman is a most original and creatively crafted novel. It opens with one of the most ominous and foreboding beginnings one is likely to encounter. The story to be revealed is described “as coal-black” and the narrator questions, “Can a story haunt you? Possess you?” However, a mere couple of pages later Langan moves his readers to an incredibly realistic tale describing a man, Abe, and his attempts to deal with the sudden and premature death of his wife, Marie, to cancer. Abe’s story is one to which any reader will relate who has suffered the loss of a loved one. Abe’s bereavement is revealed in an objective, yet movingly fashion without undue sentimentality. The Fisherman by John Langan PDF
Abe eventually finds escape in fishing the streams in the Catskill Mountains of New York. At work, a colleague, Dan Drescher, has also suffered a loss: the death of his wife and two sons in an automobile accident. Abe cautiously and hesitantly reaches out to Dan and the two begin to share a friendship and moments of relief fishing together, until the ill-fated day that Dan suggests they seek out a little-known and isolated stream called Deutschman’s Creek—Dutchman’s Creek, created by the relocation of eleven and a half towns to form the Ashokan Reservoir in 1916. Abe and Dan’s lives will never be the same.
The bulk of The Fisherman contains a narrative entitled “Der Fischer: A Tale of Terror.” It is a bizarre story told to Abe and Dan by a local by the name of Howard that chronicles the pernicious history of the area. It is also a heady stew of the ghostly and unknown, of the preternatural and incredible. For the reader it is like being given a dish one has never tasted before as the reader attempts to delineate possible ingredients. The Fisherman by John Langan PDF
In “Der Fischer: A Tale of Terror,” as well as the novel as a whole, one can discern hints of William Hope Hodgson, Aleister Crowley, H. P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, Matthew J. Costello, Stephen King, and even Herman Melville (the latter of which is clearly evident), among others. This list, in no means, is meant to imply The Fisherman is a derived pastiche of other novels. What it does denote is The Fisherman is such an exceptional work that it stirs the imagination that will have the reader dipping into their bank of knowledge of other pieces of fiction with which they are familiar, seeking any kind of parallel to Langan’s creation.
For what is a work of horror, The Fisherman is vastly literate, at times complex and filled with numerous characters and events although Abe and Dan are meant to be the focus at both the beginning and the end of the novel. It contains surprising beauty and repugnant evil, vivid visual and sensual details, a purposefully distorted vision of ancient mythology, and an ever present feeling of dread. The setting for most of the novel, considering the related events as well as many of the proceedings themselves, borders upon the surreal. Yet, behind it all there remains a surprising foundation of humanity. The Fisherman by John Langan PDF
The last portion of The Fisherman focuses once again upon Abe and Dan and their terrifying, unworldly experiences at Dutchman’s Creek as Langan produces layer after layer of new dismaying fear for the main characters and the reader. Only after the novel’s climax is there a sense of relief, but it is a false one as Langan proves not to have run out of additional scares to recount.
The Fisherman is the most mindboggling of novels. Readers are likely to retain some of the book’s images in their mind long after completing the novel and feel a sense of chill engulf them anew. The Fisherman is one of those rare novels that many readers, upon finishing it, will be tempted to start reading all over again with the suspicion that the novel contains much that will have been accidentally overlooked with just one reading.
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John Langan is the author of two novels, The Fisherman (Word Horde 2016) and House of Windows (Night Shade 2009/Diversion 2017), and two collections of stories, The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies (Hippocampus 2013) and Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters (Prime 2008). The Fisherman won the Bram Stoker and This Is Horror Awards for superior achievement in a novel in 2016. With Paul Tremblay, Langan co-edited Creatures: Thirty Years of Monsters (Prime 2011). He’s one of the founders of the Shirley Jackson Awards, for which he served as a juror during its first three years. Currently, he reviews horror and dark fantasy for Locus magazine. In 2019, his next collection, Sefira and Other Betrayals, will be published by Hippocampus Press.
John Langan lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with his wife, younger son, and many, many animals. He holds a first degree black belt in the Korean martial art of Tang Soo Do.