London Book Festival Honorable Mention Best Fiction
The ancient Appalachian Mountains offer panoramic views on a clear day. Their rugged beauty highlights simple, heartwarming stories of hearth and home. But then, the Mysts roll in…
These sixteen stories cover the breadth of central Appalachian fantasy and mythology, from modern day fables to ancient creatures, laugh-out-loud teenage hijinks to 19th-century mysteries that refuse to remain unsolved. There are Ghent-le Giants and coal mining dwarves, confused cemetery flower deliveries and slick-haired evangelists, all adding to the lore of the region.
What People Say
Mountain Mysts is a marvelous tribute to the depth of talent and wonder of the Mountain State! Its history, myths, legends, and lore are spun beautifully throughout this eclectic gathering of short stories by these wonderfully talented writers–many of whom hail from West Virginia. Some stories will touch your heart, some will tingle your spine, others will tickle your funny bone. But all will be the reader’s delight as they travel the variety of journeys these gifted writers guide us through. —Joyce DeWitt, actress
Through evocative tales that bring new dimensions to familiar locations, landmarks, and legends, Mountain Mysts illustrates the depth of the Appalachian imagination.
—Ken Bays, former editor of Beckley Life, Greenbrier Valley Life, Wheeling Life, Capital City South and The Valley View magazines
Lose yourself in tales from the mountain range where ghosts, wild creatures, and deathly demons lurk about. The Mountain Mysts anthology will bring you upon many strange and dangerous adventures, through the past and back into the present. —Eliza Tilton, author of Broken Forest
Appalachia. Four syllables that conjure up an endless palette of imagery. At once both pastoral and primal, this rugged range has been a silent sentry to events told and unknown for countless of ages. Mountain Mysts presents a collection of eerie and expertly woven tales that allow the reader to peer beyond the rolling springtime meadows deep down into the shadowy crags that shelter the region’s forlorn framework.—Argyle Goolsby of Argyle Goolsby and The Roving Midnight, formerly of Blitzkid