Scratch by Steve Himmer
When he draws the attention of a shape-shifter from local legend, his world is shaken, and he is led across the slippery border of the feral wilderness which has a history all its own.
Steve Himmer’s gothic American tale was originally published by hip Chicago publisher Curbside Splendor.
Himmer is a Senior Lecturer of Writing at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, and is the author of three novels: The Bee-Loud Glade, Fram and Scratch. These works, along with short stories and essays, have earned him comparisons to writers as diverse as David Foster Wallace and Jules Verne. Steve also runs the highly-regarded web journal, Necessary Fiction.
“Scratch is not only a ripping tale—of dreams and darkness, humans and houses, and the creatures those houses are meant to keep out—but a contemplation of the beautiful dark mysteries of nature. Like a strange old story you overheard when you thought you were alone in the woods, Scratch is beguiling, haunting, and wild.”
— Kate Racculia, author of Bellweather Rhapsody