The Man Who Walked to the Moon by Howard McCord
A Novella

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The Man Who Walked to The Moon is an evocation of the twin wildernesses of amorality -- the natural and the human. The setting is a mountain range in Nevada. The man who walks it tells this story:

"My name is Gasper, William Gasper, and I do nothing for a living but live, simply. My family is undistinguished, my background ordinary. I prefer walking alone to all other steady activities. Doubtless such a vocation reflects a social inadequacy in my personality. However, since I have nothing to contribute to society of much worth, save an icy mind, I can imagine myself only a laborer or small clerk, a servitor as I was to the military. It has never been of any importance to me to seek a means by which I might be more comfortable with others or others with me...."

Gasper walks one mountain in particular: The Moon. As he narrates with a sharp-honed style the story of what happens on that mountain, menace and dread ever so gradually take hold, until at last the reader discovers, chillingly, who this man really is, what he has done, and what he will do when he comes down. In this entrancingly brief novel, his first, Howard McCord has written an eerily exacting portrait of a psyche as old as myth and as current as every politician's worst nightmare. Little wonder, then, that Kirkus Reviews called this novella "a startling debut" and Library Journal observed that The Man Who Walked to The Moon "could become a cult classic."
 

About Howard McCord

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Howard McCord was born and raised in El Paso. A veteran of the Korean War, he is the author of more than twenty-five volumes of poetry, short fiction, and essays, including The Man Who Walked to The Moon (McPherson), The Great Toad Hunt and Other Expeditions (Crossing Press), The Wisdom of Silenus: Collected Essays (St. Andrews College Press), The Old Beast (Copper Canyon Press), and, with Walter Lowenfels, The Life of Fraenkel's Death (Washington State U. Press). For over thirty years he taught at Bowling Green State University, Ohio, first as director of the Creative Writing Program, later as director of the Ph.D.-Creative Emphasis degree program. Among his many honors are two NEA fellowships, the 1990 Ohioana Award for poetry, the Golden Nugget Award (U.T. at El Paso), the Hart Crane Award, a National Woodrow Wilson fellowship and a Fulbright fellowship.
 
Published July 26, 2012 by McPherson & Company. 128 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

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Marchinko meets Samuel Beckett in this static, very strange debut about a Marine-turned-hitman-turned-hermit who wanders the moon, his preferred peak in Nevada's Steen Mountains. Narrator William

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Marchinko meets Samuel Beckett in this static, very strange debut about a Marine-turned-hitman-turned-hermit who wanders the moon, his preferred peak in Nevada's Steen Mountains. Narrator William

Jul 31 1997 | Read Full Review of The Man Who Walked to the Moo...

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