On the Overgrown Path
by David Herter
PS Publishing Trade Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 1904619851
Date: September/October 2006 /
Having evoked the kind of fascinating magic realism often associated with works by Tim Powers and James Blaylock in his 2002 novel Evening's Empire, David Herter, now offers an equally classy and thoughtful piece of dark fantasy, this time in the form of a novella from PS Publishing. This edition features an introduction by John Clute.
"En route from Bratislava to Prague in the deceptive spring of the 1920s, Leos Janacek, famed opera composer, ethnographer, and amateur psychologist, is stranded in an obscure and enigmatic mountain village, lured from his train by a song of blood. Here, Janacek must become a detective far from home. Attempting to solve a bizarre murder in which he himself is suspect — and whose perpetrator might be a wild animal, a jealous lover, or Nature unhinged — he brings to bear his singular skills of observation and poetic insight, and most importantly, his belief in the truthfulness of the "little melodies" heard in everyday life: the cry of a bird, the plash of snow from the eaves, the horrendous lie voiced with a smile. What he uncovers is a many-stranded aria of ravenous Nature and mischievous Time, threatening to consume his world."
(Source: PS Publishing)