After decades of drifting, Martin wants to settle down. he's taken on a development project for a small town, and has designs on one of the homes being his own. He spends his evenings talking with his neighbor, an old woodsman who knows more than a thing or two about a thing or two. Then, Martin has the run in the fox...and the bear. And then things start to make a change for the odd.
Scratch is a creature of local legend. A bear-beast shape-shifting being, older than time and more apt to play games and orchestrate events than to slaughter and devour folks. After Scratch has his way with Martin, a chain of events are set in motion, a chain that will snag and trip up nearly every character we meet.
I can't really say much more without giving too much away, hopefully I haven't done so already. Scratch is a cracking good book. Himmer's prose and vision are richly detailed and as veined as a clenching fist. The language is easy and never threatens top smother the story. It was a wonderful rendered novel and I look forward to reading more by Mr. Himmer.
Scratch is available from Dark House Press, or at least it will be when released in October. Mark your calendars!!