Although the Collins clan is steeped in Appalachian magic, Henry has never paid it much attention. But when his younger sister dies mysteriously Henry can't shake the feeling that the decades-old feud between his family and another is to blame.
Strange things are happening at the edge of reality, deep in the forests and mountains of West Virginia. Let Jason Jack Miller take you to a place where love is forever even when death isn't, where magic doesn't have to be seen to be believed, where a song might be the only thing that saves your soul.
Jason Jack Miller's Murder Ballads and Whiskey series is a unique blend of dark fiction, urban fantasy and horror. It's Appalachian Gothic, Alt.Magical.Realism, Hillbilly Horror. It's American Gods meets Justified. True Blood with witches. It's Johnny Cash with a fistful of copperheads singing the devil right back to hell.
What They're Saying About Hellbender:
"Jason Jack Miller has single-handedly cornered the market on Appalachian Noir fiction, and deservedly so..."
—Michael A. Arnzen, Bram Stoker Award winning author of Grave Markings and Play Dead
"Hellbender is an Appalachian folk tale made modern, a scintillating ride into a country filled with magic and mayhem, a ride found only in Jason Jack Miller's head. Until now, Hellbender."
—Rusty Barnes, editor Fried Chicken and Coffee, author Mostly Redneck
"With the photographic clarity of a beat poet's metaphor and the
soulful twang of a bluesman's axe, Jason Jack Miller draws the reader down a trail of folksong breadcrumbs to the haunted backwoods of Appalachia, where the worst devil of all may be the one that stalks our hopes and dreams."
—Christopher Paul Carey, author of Exile of Kho
"Hellbender is a modern day Hatfields vs.the McCoys crossed with The Blair Witch in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia. Miller’s strong voice and beautifully rendered Southern details will wow readers of this action-packed novel."
--Susan Abel Sullivan, author of The Haunted Housewives of Allister, Alabama
"Perhaps I’m making too much of this, but Hellbender may not be just another good book. I wonder if this book (and its author) represents a changing tide, a new trend in the way books, good books, move from writer to reader."
"Miller succeeds in drawing the reader into his setting through loving description and the atmosphere wafts off the page. Hellbender is a great example of a modern gothic horror story and makes for a wonderful read."
—A Fantastical Librarian
"Set deep in the Appalachian mountains of West Virginia, where blood feuds simmer on back country stoves and old hill magic is more deadly than the bite of a Copperhead. Hellbender is a glorious mix of modern day murder and ancient magic."
"I have never been to the Appalachian Mountains in West Virginia but, after reading this book, I feel like I know the area and the people who call that land home, pretty well. That's what a well-written fiction can do to you – allowing you to travel in time and space."
—Books as Portable Pieces of Thought