Something lurks in the Jilted River, or that’s what the old folks say. In the State Park, Trystan and her twin brother, Wagner help their dad with Forest Ranger work. Strange, but lately the hikers are disappearing. Why? Trystan thinks she knows. but Wagner doesn’t want to hear a word about it. River ghosts are imaginary, aren’t they? Everything has an explanation, doesn’t it?
Even when Mom died? That’s explainable, too?
But every night, if you stay by the Hollows, there’s music. Every night, it’s creepy there. And the people who disappear? They are always singing. Where has everyone gone?
What does a heralded, hooded, pointy-toed Merry Man of Robin Hood’s gang have to do with an Appalachian water ghoul?
Today on scotttarbet.timp.net, I am interviewed by steampunk author, and longtime friend, Scott E. Tarbet. Scott and I appear in two Xchyler anthologies together: Shades and Shadows and The Toll of Another Bell. I am also privileged to have one of my poems on the first page of his novel, A Midsummer Night’s Steampunk.
Here are my answers to the Bernard Pivot Questionnaire, just for Scott. Enjoy!
They ring with warbling birdsong. They swim with hazy gossamer wisps, floating under the sun dappled canopy. A waterfall beckons from the north, and it drops down, down, down to the river in the hollow bowl. See the rock face to the west? That is the other half of what used to be one big mountain. They call it the Warbler’s Rock, now. Cerulean Warblers are thick in the trees, and that rock bounces their little voices around just like a concert hall. It’s the best amphitheater in the Appalachians. And they call it the Hollows because . . . ?
Because the Jilted River gutted the earth, and left it standing empty. Continue reading
Are you brave enough to hike to the #jiltedriver? Ask author J. Aurel Guay. I just took him there. Go and check out our conversation.
by J. Aurel Guay
I am pleased to write to you today about an excellent book of short stories. Pleased because this book has just entertained me so well, and because my own story, Jilted River appears under this same cover. Xchyler Publishing’s new Anthology, The Toll of Another Bell, kept me turning pages all the way to the end, and wishing for more.
I could go through the tales one-by-one, in a linear fashion, shooting verbiage at you like a shotgun, but you can do that just as easily by buzzing the Goodreads or Amazon pages. What I have to tell you is my impression of the stories now, fresh on my mind, as a recent reader. Continue reading
A Fantasy Anthology
What have I been doing lately? What has kept me so quiet? Only one thing has the power to silence me, and I promise, it’s important. Today, I am happy to make a birth announcement. My newest creation, Jilted River is available for sale right now. It appears alongside nine other short stories in Xchyler Publishing’s 2015 fantasy anthology, The Toll of Another Bell.
Watch this blog for more about Jilted River, including an interview of me by author J. Aurel Guay, this month. But in the meantime, Want to know more about this amazing book?