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About High Lonesome Sound 

On the day her mama died, Ruby Barrett stopped hearing the mountain’s song, and her daddy, Cotton, climbed into a barrel of moonshine.

With no future to look forward to in Moon Hollow, Ruby prays for a miracle to help her escape. When horror author Peter West arrives looking for a story idea to resurrect his failing career, Ruby believes he’s the answer to her prayers.

But her daddy has some whiskey-soaked prayers of his own. He wants his wife back, and he’s willing to strike a deal with the devil himself to make it happen.

What people are saying about High Lonesome Sound: 

“A masterful portrayal of flawed humanity struggling to hear the song of the sublime. It’s harrowing, haunting, and ultimately triumphant with a deeply satisfying conclusion.” –Kevin Hearne, NYT Bestselling author of the Iron Druid series

“A story that will leave you shivering in the dead of summer.” –Cherie Priest, author of The Family Plot

“Some of the best horror I’ve read in ages. Feels like Stephen King after he  really hit his stride.” –Stephen Blackmoore, author of Dead Things

High Lonesome Sound Bibliography

I do an enormous amount of research for every book I write. This is because I often only write about things I am fascinated to learn about. In the case of High Lonesome Sound, I did even more than usual because I wanted to avoid writing something that relied too heavily on stereotypes of Appalachia.

I know lots of readers and writers who are interested in this region and its customs. So I’m sharing my bibliography in the hopes it will help others learn more about Appalachia’s rich traditions and history. The works cited below are mostly non-fiction books, but I have also included a link to my Pinterest board, which collects dozens of articles, images, and other resources not easily cited. In addition, I’ve linked to a PDF of an essay I wrote in graduate school about feminism in the Gothic genre and how High Lonesome Sound adds to the tradition. There is a bibliography on academic sources for the history of Gothics included.

 

 Bibliography for High Lonesome Sound by Jaye Wells

Crissman, James K. Death and Dying in Central Appalachia: Changing Attitudes and Practices. Chicago. University of Illinois Press. 1994.

Dotson-Lewis ,B. L. Appalachia: Spirit Triumphant: A Cultural Odyssey of Appalachia. Infinity Publishing. 2004.

Dyer, Joyce, editor. Bloodroot: Reflections on Place by Appalachian Women Writers. The University Press of Kentucky. 1998.

Jabbour, Alan, and Karen Singer Jabbour. Decoration Day in the Mountains: Traditions of Cemetery Decoration in the Southern Appalachians. Chapel Hill. The University of North Carolina Press. 2010.

Joslin, Michael, and Ruth Joslin. Mountain People, Places, and Ways: A Southern Appalachia Sampler. Johnson City, TN. The Overmountain Press. 1985.

McCoy, Edain. Mountain Magic: Folk Wisdom From the Heart of Appalachia. St. Paul.  Llewelyn Publications. 1997.

Whitington, Mitchell. Funeral and Mourning Traditions of the Old South. 23 House Publishing. 2017.

Additional Resources:

Moon Hollow Pinterest Board : Dozens of articles and images collected by the author

Further reading: Jaye Wells’ “The Narrative of Agency in High Lonesome Sound” essay. Wells Gothic Essay*

*All rights reserved. Do not reproduce or quote essay without permission of author.