The Vorrh. Brian Catling.
The Vorrh

The Vorrh

Vintage:
New York: 2015
First edition, TPBO, SIGNED, Trade paperback, New,
500 pp.
Cover artwork by: Pablo Delcan

Signed by the author on the title page. Quite impressive. Catling is a painter, sculptor, poet and now a novelist. Fantasy for people who don’t like fantasy and for people who really like fantasy! Here’s one that is surely among the picks of the litter. This is a first novel. I believe this one to be reasonably important. Here’ what appears to be a dark fantasy novel published by Vintage. That’s unusual. Not packaged like a fantasy and probably not marketed like one either. That too is unusual. Gets a blurb from Alan Moore: ". . . the current century's first landmark work of fantasy." Guess what? That’s kind of unusual too. I say it’s worth a shot. Jeff Vendermeer likes it a lot too as does Tom Waits. “Next to the colonial town of Essenwald sits the Vorrh, a vast - perhaps endless - forest. It is a place of demons and angels, of warriors and priests. Sentient and magical, the Vorrh bends time and wipes memory. Legend has it that the Garden of Eden still exists at its heart. Now, a renegade English soldier aims to be the first human to traverse its expanse. Armed with only a strange bow, he begins his journey, but some fear the consequences of his mission, and a native marksman has been chosen to stop him. Around them swirl a remarkable cast of characters, including a Cyclops raised by robots and a young girl with tragic curiosity, as well as historical figures, such as writer Raymond Roussel and photographer and Edward Muybridge. While fact and fictional blend, and the hunter will become the hunted, and everyone's fate hangs in the balance, under the will of the Vorrh.” #55614

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