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Haints on Black Mountain
A Haunted Short Story Collection
Ann Hite takes her readers back to Black Mountain with this haunted short story collection. An array of new characters on the mountain experience ghostly encounters. The collection took inspiration from her beloved readers, who provided writing prompts. “Wrinkle in the Air” features Black Mountain’s Polly Murphy, a young Cherokee woman, who sees her future in the well’s water. Readers encounter relatives of Polly Murphy as the stories move through time. “The Root Cellar” introduces Polly’s great grandson, who tends to be a little too frugal with his money until a tornado and Polly’s spirit pays the mountain a visit. In “The Beginning, the Middle, and the End”, readers meet Gifted Lark on an excessively frigid January day. This story moves back and forth between 1942 and 1986 telling Gifted and her grandmother Anna’s story. This telling introduces spirits that intervene in the spookiest of ways. “The Ghost Dog” brings a young widow, who is a photographer, and her thirteen-year-old son to the foot of Black Mountain to live in a one-hundred-fifty-year-old house. Spirits from the past, inhabitants of the house, come into play. This tale is really two: one told in the present and one in 1940. How can two mothers’ paths converge with decades separating them? “Take Me Home” features a young girl whisked away from Black Mountain to stay with her grandmother in a house with the infamous Georgia Central State Hospital almost in its backyard. One can only imagine what happens.
Ann Hite’s debut novel, Ghost On Black Mountain, not only became a Townsend Prize Finalist but won Georgia Author of the Year in 2012. Her personal essays and short stories have been published in numerous national anthologies. The Storycatcher, her second Black Mountain novel, was released by Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster on September 10, 2013. Lowcountry Spirit, an eBook novella, is available from Pocket Star, also an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Where The Souls Go, the third novel in the series, published by Mercer University Press, was a IndieFab finalist in 2016. Ann’s latest novel, Sleeping Above Chaos, was a finalist for the Georgia Author of the Year Award 2017. It was also a finalist for IndieFab 2017 and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Roll The Stone Away: A Family’s Legacy of Racism And Abuse was released by Mercer University Press in April 2020. Ann is an admitted book junkie with a library of over a thousand books. She lives near Powder Springs, Georgia with her husband and daughter, where she allows her Appalachian characters to dictate their stories.
“2012 Georgia Author of the Year and Townsend Prize finalist Ann Hite stays true to her Appalachian settings and Southern Gothic genre, she’s a writer who tests her craft and takes risks. Hite’s haints are sure to haunt her readers long after they close her book.”
“Painting compelling stories in sepia-toned watercolor, Ann Hite’s flawlessly executed short story collection, HAINTS ON BLACK MOUNTAIN masterfully layers ghosts, wind, family, and storms across a narrative canvas spanning 160 years–blending generations, and brilliantly blurring the borders of short story convention and the novel.”
Robert Gwaltney, author of The Cicada Tree
“In Ann Hite’s beautifully-realized story collection, Haints on Black Mountain, wandering spirits comfort, enlighten, and sometimes disturb the humans who connect with them. From the forceful figure of Polly Riley determined to preserve her Native American heritage in the opening story, to Gran who does what she must to save herself in the final entry, the characters reveal to us the depth of the human soul. In prose as stunning as the natural world she describes, Hite fills us with the wisdom and wonder of women who inhabit the mountains of Appalachia.”
Books by Ann
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