“Our Love Will Go the Way of the Salmon is a book of fathers and sons, love lost and regained, haunted pasts, and snake smuggling. From kidnapping to bank robbing, pursuing rainbow trout to unspeakable monsters, from the deserts of Texas to the desolate forests of Oregon, Our Love Will Go the Way of the Salmon is about the extreme measures people take to recapture the ones that got away.”
I’m a massive fan of Cameron Pierce. I’ve mostly been drawn to his earlier Eraserhead Press titles and his work as Editor in Chief of Lazy Fascist Press. His Severed Press titles and his shift from all-out bizarro weirdness to more conventional horror stories (at least in image) centered around fishing wasn’t as big of a sell for me, so it’s taken me a while to jump into his fishing themed short story collection, Our Love Will Go the Way of the Salmon. While I understand Cameron Pierce has evolved as a writer and his interests have shifted considerably over the years, part of me still wishes he kept writing those crazy early bizarro stories which got him started.
But he wouldn’t still be doing what he’s doing if he wasn’t good at it. Cameron Pierce is a fantastic writer, and some of the weirdness of his earlier short stories still shines through. Reading through “Lost in Cat Brain Land”, then “Die You Doughnut Bastards!”, coming to “Our Love Will Go the Way of the Salmon”, you can witness the maturing of a writer, the strengthening of his storytelling abilities. I absolutely loved this collection. It was at times quaint, down to earth, beautiful, strange, and compelling, just to capture a few of the emotions on display. My favourite story in the collection was the delightfully bizarre and comically beautiful “the Bass Fisherman’s Wife”, with “the Snakes of Boring” right up there too, reading somewhat like a Tarantino road trip/heist film, filled with chaos and tragedy. I love how Pierce can pack so much heart and nuance into a story, no matter its length, and this skill is on full display in this short story collection. He might just take you for a wild ride at the same time too.
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