High Lonesome Sound

High Lonesome Sound

In the sleepy mountain town of Moon Hollow, Virginia, there is a church with a crooked steeple. No one will say for sure how it got that way, but it’s the reason the whole town gathers every Decoration Day to honor the dead.But this year, there are two fresh graves up on Cemetery Hill, a stranger’s come to town, and the mountain’s song is filled with dark warnings.The good...

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Title:High Lonesome Sound
Author:Jaye Wells
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High Lonesome Sound Reviews

  • Vickie

    I love Jaye Wells. Have done since my intro to Sabina Kane. Haven't met her? RED-HEADED STEPCHILD is first in the series....go..get...it!

    Horror takes many forms. I like mine with atmosphere. Draw me in, make me scared, make me care what's going to happen to the characters, make me scared [yes, again]. This one does that. I loved being scared by this story. I read this before bed. Yep, made for some intriguing dreams.

    There's magic in the hills and the power of one religious zealot who takes the

    I love Jaye Wells. Have done since my intro to Sabina Kane. Haven't met her? RED-HEADED STEPCHILD is first in the series....go..get...it!

    Horror takes many forms. I like mine with atmosphere. Draw me in, make me scared, make me care what's going to happen to the characters, make me scared [yes, again]. This one does that. I loved being scared by this story. I read this before bed. Yep, made for some intriguing dreams.

    There's magic in the hills and the power of one religious zealot who takes the joy out of living in the town for his own selfish reasons. Abhorred the zealot. That's how well written the characters are, when I hope for something awful to happen one of them. He is truly horrid and self-serving.

    It's set in my husband's home area of Virginia, near Big Stone Gap. Lots of hollows and ridges there. I asked him if there was a Moon Hollow {or Holler as it's said there} and he said it wouldn't surprise him.

    Gothic horror at its finest. I was intrigued by the premise and especially the setting of HIGH LONESOME SOUND. So good!

    I can definitely recommend this book and author.

  • Tori Meskell

    I love Jaye Wells's writing, so it's obvious why I would choose this to read. However, this is different from anything I've read from her up until now. She's created a town, a world, that is rich and full of stories, and made it a suspenseful, edge of your seat ride. It's scary and pulls you forward, making you need to learn all of it's secrets. Hig Lonesome Sound is an amazing read! Looking for more like this from Wells.

  • Sandra Robards

    I loved this book. It was haunting and tense, with a beautiful use of words to set the mood and build the feeling of dread and anticipation of the horror to come.

    The characters: a young woman raised in a small mountain town but yearning to leave, an elderly granny/wise woman whose warnings go unheeded, a frustrated former best-selling author who seeks inspiration to overcome his writer's block by traveling to the mining town, and a self-righteous holy man who is anything but. The characters are

    I loved this book. It was haunting and tense, with a beautiful use of words to set the mood and build the feeling of dread and anticipation of the horror to come.

    The characters: a young woman raised in a small mountain town but yearning to leave, an elderly granny/wise woman whose warnings go unheeded, a frustrated former best-selling author who seeks inspiration to overcome his writer's block by traveling to the mining town, and a self-righteous holy man who is anything but. The characters are well-rounded and came to life on the page.

    I haven't read a horror novel in years, but having read the author's previous novels, trusted that she wouldn't lead me somewhere I didn't want to go. And I was rewarded with a gripping story I finished in two days.

    I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Marsha Hubbell

    I’m a huge fan of Jaye Wells and her urban fantasy series. When I heard she was writing an American gothic tale, I could hardly wait. “High Lonesome Sound” has it all – fear, horror, shock, suspense, death, decay, family curses, ghosts, madness. But it also has beauty, nature, love, and justice. All the aspects of a good gothic tale and more.

    Welcome to Moon Hollow, Virginia. The name alone makes you shiver. Toss in a church with a crooked steeple in a tiny Appalachian mining town where everyone

    I’m a huge fan of Jaye Wells and her urban fantasy series. When I heard she was writing an American gothic tale, I could hardly wait. “High Lonesome Sound” has it all – fear, horror, shock, suspense, death, decay, family curses, ghosts, madness. But it also has beauty, nature, love, and justice. All the aspects of a good gothic tale and more.

    Welcome to Moon Hollow, Virginia. The name alone makes you shiver. Toss in a church with a crooked steeple in a tiny Appalachian mining town where everyone knows everything about everyone (or thinks they do), bring a stranger to town, throw in a preacher with an unholy hand on the congregation, an old granny with secrets, magic and herbs, a strong-willed young girl named Ruby in an impossible situation, a cemetery with traditions that must be met, and Ms. Wells has the reader tightly in her grasp.

    I think “High Lonesome Sound” may be her best writing to date. There are characters that will stick with you and touch your heart. There are others, well, let’s just say they get what they deserve. So lean back, get comfortable, and don’t forget to leave a light on.

  • Paul Goat

    A gothic horror set in the heart of Appalachia; Wells’ High Lonesome Sound is a darkly immersive storytelling tour de force.

    When struggling horror novelist Peter West rents a cabin in a remote place called Moon Hollow for a few weeks, his goal is to find the seed of a new story—instead he finds an ancient evil hidden in the hollers of southern Virginia. Fueled by rich description and sublime imagery, the author’s use of dichotomy throughout was outstanding, particularly the play between the fir

    A gothic horror set in the heart of Appalachia; Wells’ High Lonesome Sound is a darkly immersive storytelling tour de force.

    When struggling horror novelist Peter West rents a cabin in a remote place called Moon Hollow for a few weeks, his goal is to find the seed of a new story—instead he finds an ancient evil hidden in the hollers of southern Virginia. Fueled by rich description and sublime imagery, the author’s use of dichotomy throughout was outstanding, particularly the play between the fire and brimstone of the town’s religious leader Deacon Fry and the mountain magic of Granny Maypearl. In this sequence, far below the earth in a mineshaft, Wells again uses dichotomy brilliantly: “Inside the main tunnel, support beams reinforced the rock walls and ceiling. Christ the Redeemer Church had a vaulted ceiling, too. But in the mines, instead of the Lord’s Supper, the worshippers took coal as communion. Like those tasteless wafers Reverend Peale handed out, each lump of coal promised future salvation in exchange for their sacrifices.”

    A word of caution: reading this novel may compel readers to seek out and consume copious amounts of apple pie moonshine.

  • Chris Bauer

    I've read a number of novels by author Jaye Wells in the past and have always enjoyed her style of urban fantasy and other variants.

    "High Lonesome Sound" is a horse of an altogether different color. Gothic Southern. Appalachian horror. Coal country noir - the labels are endless but this book is unique.

    Wells writes with a deft and steady hand, conjuring vivid and memorable characters forth and immediately giving them HUGE challenges and choices. The plot unfolds quickly and the reader is almost i

    I've read a number of novels by author Jaye Wells in the past and have always enjoyed her style of urban fantasy and other variants.

    "High Lonesome Sound" is a horse of an altogether different color. Gothic Southern. Appalachian horror. Coal country noir - the labels are endless but this book is unique.

    Wells writes with a deft and steady hand, conjuring vivid and memorable characters forth and immediately giving them HUGE challenges and choices. The plot unfolds quickly and the reader is almost immediately transported right into the action.

    She provides just enough background to get oriented and then complication after complication roll over the main characters like waves at the beach.

    Where the work really shined for me was in the details of the setting. Without resorting to 50 cent words, Wells has created living, breathing character out of the setting itself - no easy task.

    I suppose the most impressive aspect of the work, to me, was the incredibly consistent tone and voice of the work. Just superbly done throughout.

    This isn't scream out loud, "jump-scare" work. No, this is a much more subtle, chilling of the spine sort of work. The kind of novel which leaves you staring at nothing with wide eyes when you finish.

    Strongly recommended.

  • Jennifer Jamieson

    Horror writer Peter West is watching his life go off the rails. He hasn't written a new book in too long, and his ex-wife is now writing an expose book about their life together. He's depressed, but random inspiration found in a book about ghostly mining towns gives him the kick in the butt he needs.

    He needs a new book, and he needs it now.

    Peter rents a house in the remote mining town of Moon Hollow, figuring the isolation and colorful characters that live there will prove inspiring enough to ge

    Horror writer Peter West is watching his life go off the rails. He hasn't written a new book in too long, and his ex-wife is now writing an expose book about their life together. He's depressed, but random inspiration found in a book about ghostly mining towns gives him the kick in the butt he needs.

    He needs a new book, and he needs it now.

    Peter rents a house in the remote mining town of Moon Hollow, figuring the isolation and colorful characters that live there will prove inspiring enough to get his story off the ground. He has no idea how much inspiration he's just stumbled into.

    The town sits above a mine that's claimed lives, and has a past that intends to claim souls.

    Deacon Fry holds sway over the town, and he doesn't believe in the old stories of mountain magic and the real reason they hold a day of respect for the dead every year.

    A young woman named Ruby, however, grows up with that magic--and not only hear's the mountain's song, but can raise the dead.

    Both need to come to peace with their pasts, as both secrets and the dead don't want to stay buried.

    High Lonesome Sound has all the hallmarks of classic southern gothic horror. Wells' characters weave a colorful picture of stereotypical small town isolation, and while the time period isn't explicitly spelled out it has an almost timeless quality that many stories of it's type display. It's more about the quirky, weird people you get within truly isolated communities. In such communities, you don't need the internet to know what your neighbors are up to--the local grapevine makes everyone's life far more open than any social media users sharing everything with the public.

    The story has a very classic feel to it, and it entertained well throughout. While it has a few characters that are hard to like, they were all interesting to follow. A fun read throughout, and a good choice for your buy list.

  • T. Frohock

    I initially picked up this book, because Wells mentioned on Twitter that her urban fantasy fans didn't want to read her Southern Gothic novel. It was nice to stumble into that conversation, because I told her that after reading her blurb,

    seemed right up my alley, and it was.

    For those who avoid horror because it's usually equated with gore,

    isn't in that category. This is excellent Southern Gothic that explores the seedier side of religion and small town

    I initially picked up this book, because Wells mentioned on Twitter that her urban fantasy fans didn't want to read her Southern Gothic novel. It was nice to stumble into that conversation, because I told her that after reading her blurb,

    seemed right up my alley, and it was.

    For those who avoid horror because it's usually equated with gore,

    isn't in that category. This is excellent Southern Gothic that explores the seedier side of religion and small town secrets without drowning the reader in graphic violence. While there are certainly moments of dread and spookiness galore, the overall theme is uplifting and Wells avoids the downer ending. I loved the exploration of women in small town dynamics, too.

    Wells shows a deft touch of subtlety with her characterization, which made all of the people seem very real. The tension remained high right up until the end, and I greatly enjoyed the read.

  • Melliane

    2.5/5

    I’ve always loved all of the Jaye Wells’s novels that I read and when I saw that she was releasing a new story, I was very intrigued! How not to be?

    The author brings original and different ideas from what we usually found here. It is thus very intriguing to discover this little town of Moon Hollow and all the secrets that the inhabitants hide. We then follow different characters throughout the story while trying to understand what exactly is happening. In addition, the arrival of a stranger

    2.5/5

    I’ve always loved all of the Jaye Wells’s novels that I read and when I saw that she was releasing a new story, I was very intrigued! How not to be?

    The author brings original and different ideas from what we usually found here. It is thus very intriguing to discover this little town of Moon Hollow and all the secrets that the inhabitants hide. We then follow different characters throughout the story while trying to understand what exactly is happening. In addition, the arrival of a stranger is consistent with the death of two people and everyone is afraid of what this could mean.

    I always have trouble when there are several characters to follow but, if I was afraid of that at the beginning of the story, I found that the story was well done and I finally did not have any worries. However, I am a little sad to say that, but I did not connect on the novel. If the general idea is nice, I did not get attached to the characters nor managed to really enter the story. There was probably a little too much religion for me or too many characters. I do not know what exactly but it did not work for me. By cons I’m sure the novel will please others.

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