Walking the Road of Death: Short Stories is one of Peter Horn’s many incredible work. In an academic career spanning nearly 40 years, Horn has published more books than many publishers would ever dream of backlists. Walking the Road is a homage to a incredible imagination that refused to tire. Peter Horn – at a fine age deep in his 80s managed to stitch together a quilt of intriguing narrative, compelling stories and impeccable telling.
The stories criss-cross fantasy, dip into mythology, then out again to post-war South Africa into the deep and dark recesses of the psyche of South Africa in its infant democracy. Horn is a grandmaster wordsmith and his brilliance is subtle as it is impeccable. He does not dizzy the mere mortals with his academic excellence and intelligent words. Instead he levels with us, while he sinks us in sheer story-telling and brilliance.
This is one of the best short stories published in South Africa in post-democracy. Most of these stories lend themselves to cinematic explorations and adaptations.
Peter Horn has published seven volumes of poetry, Voices from the Gallows, Ophir (1969); Walking through our Sleep, Ravan Press (1974); Silence in Jail, Scribe Press (1979); The Civil War Cantos (1987); Poems 1964-1989, Ravan Press (1991); An Axe in the Ice, COSAW (1992); The River that Connect us to the Past, Mayibuye (1996). He has published two collections of short stories, My Voice is Under Control Now, Kwela (1999) and Walking the Road of Death, Geko Publishers (2015), and a collection of essays, Writing my Reading: Essays on Literary Politics in South Africa, Rodopi Press (1994). Most of his works were banned by the apartheid regime. Horn is a professor of literature at the University of the Witwatersrand.