I wrote a movie script version called “Appalachian Haunting,” which came close to getting optioned. Years later, the producer is still interested, though he sees it as an over-the-top comedy while I was kind of serious. I think. With me, you can never tell for sure.
Though I won’t have the U.S. print rights back for another year, I can sell the book overseas as an e-book, and there’s no reason to miss out on even new one reader. So I revised it quite a bit, including cutting a flashback and moving it to the beginning of the book. That came from the movie script, where sticking in a flashback would have meant a flawed structure. The book employs quite a bit of Appalachian folk magic as the basis for the supernatural events.
Here’s the summary:
After parapsychologist Anna Galloway is diagnosed with metastatic cancer, she has a recurring dream in which she sees her own ghost. The setting of her dream is the historic Korban Manor, which is now an artist's retreat in the remote Appalachian Mountains. Drawn both by the ghost stories surrounding the manor and her own sense of destiny, Anna signs up for the retreat.
Sculptor Mason Jackson has come to Korban Manor to make a final, all-or-nothing attempt at success before giving up his dreams. When he becomes obsessed with carving Ephram Korban's form out of wood, he questions his motivation but is swept up in a creative frenzy unlike any he has ever known.
Sylva Hartley is an old mountain witchwoman who is connected to Ephram Korban both before and after his death. Her knowledge of Appalachian folk spells and potions has bound her to the manor in a deeper and darker way. Sylva harbors a family secret that refuses to stay slumbering in its grave.
The manor itself has secrets, with fires that blaze constantly in the hearths, portraits of Korban in every room, and deceptive mirrors on the walls. The house's brooding atmosphere affects the creative visions of the visiting artists. A mysterious woman in white calls to Anna from the forest, while Mason is driven by the whispers of an unseen critic. With an October blue moon looming, both the living and the dead learn the true power of their dreams.
It's a power that Korban craves for himself, because he walks a shadowy land where passions burn cold and even the ghosts are haunted.
Though the Internet is worldwide, Badass Bookies is an Australian blog. So Lisa the blog host naturally talks about books available to her, and few of mine have been available in Australia before. It’s one of the wonderful ways e-books are breaking down artificial barriers. And a way for me to bring this book back from the dead, better than it was before.
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