World Fantasy Award Winner Jeffrey Ford, Interviewing David Herter About October Dark

My friend Jeffrey Ford is an amazing fiction writer, so when he recommends a book, I tend to listen. The latest novel he's been talking about is October Dark by David Herter. Herter is the author of a number of novels including Evening's Empire, a contemporary fantasy involving an opera based on Jules Verne's 20,0000 Leagues Under the Sea, a community of cheese makers, and an arcane conspiracy.  His Czech Trilogy, consisting of the novellas (from PS Publishing)  On the Overgrown Path (2002), The Luminous Depths (2008), and One Who Disappeared (2009), dealing with the historical figures of composer Leos Janacek, writer  Karel Capek, and composer  Pavel Hass, respectively, are subtle and surreal, blending the fantastic with mystery, horror, and historical fact. The new novel, from Earthling Books is both a horror/mystery involving the history of the world of stop-motion animation and an evocation of late 1970's boyhood. Kong animator, Willis Obrien, Ray Harryhausen, writers Ray Bradbury and Tim Powers, are avowed influences on a complex tale that cuts back and forth in time as if edited together by a master of the cinema. 

Ford likes this novel so much he was willing to do an exclusive interview with the author for Omnivoracious...


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I really enjoyed 'Ceres Storm' when I read it a few years back--it reminded me a bit of Delany's 'Nova', literate and allusive. Looking forward to the prequels etc.

Posted by: Mike Smith | Wednesday March 17, 2010 at 9:47 AM

Whenever I read interviews like this it reminds me how little I know about a lot of things. It also piques my curiosity. I need to get my hands on October Dark. Now. Thanks!

Posted by: Jonathan | Wednesday March 17, 2010 at 3:45 PM

Thanks for providing this most interesting interview.

Posted by: George | Thursday March 18, 2010 at 9:34 PM

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