The book anthology, 23 Tales: Appalachian Ghost Stories, Legends, and Other Mysteries, that I’ve been blessed to be part of, published by Howling Hills Publishing, launched in September, and has kept everyone involved hopping since. Which is a good thing. The book has been well-received regionally and created quite a bit of PR. I was featured in a news article that appeared on the front page of the Johnson City newspaper several weeks ago (they called me “local author and poet,” which kinda made my day). I got to participate in the kick-off event book signing at Union Avenue Books in Knoxville in late September with seven of my co-authors, as well as read at two readings – Barnes & Noble in Johnson City, on Friday, October 13, and Bristol Public Library, on Sunday, October 15. It was a great time all around, meeting curious ghost story fans from the area, and seeing friends from the area who came out to support us, as well. 

On Halloween, my story from 23 Tales, “The West Virginia Turnpike Hitchhiker” appeared in print in the subscription-only newspaper, the Knoxville Compass. I was beyond thrilled when co-editor Terry Shaw called a few nights before and asked if I would be willing for my story to run in this way. Of course, being a subscription-only news service, I didn’t get to see how it played out, but it was exciting, nonetheless. 

I still have some copies of the book available for purchase; they’re $21.95. If you live in the area, you can also find the book at the Mercantile at Emory & Henry College, too. Or you can order it from Howling Hills’ website – However you choose to get it, do get it. Ghost stories are great for any time of year, not just Halloween. And Howling Hills are already taking submissions for next year’s edition – 24 Tales. See their website for more details and specifics. Happy reading!