The Wanderer Resurrected
In early 2011, my friend Fiona G. Ment and I came across a mouldering and crumpled document in the apartment of the cult weird fiction writer Simon Peterkin, who’d disappeared under bizarre circumstances in late 2010. This document, a typescript running to over 200 pages, was entitled on the first, The Wanderer: A True Narrative.
Reading the tale it recounted, thinking it at first perhaps an abandoned novel of Peterkin’s, then wondering if it wasn’t something more eldritch, I felt it should see the light of day, though more as a curiosity than anything else. I didn’t think it would last. Samuel Johnson may have misjudged Tristram Shandy, but in general, ‘Nothing odd will do long,’ is a sound principle. And The Wanderer is odd indeed.
Which is why it is delightfully strange to me that it has to been published again, in a revised and slightly expanded edition, incorporating additional notes and materials, by the wonderful Zagava Books in incredibly handsome editions.Read the rest of this entry »