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 people of Moon Hollow are about to learn that some secrets are too painful to bear, and some spirits are too restless to stay buried.

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TitleHigh Lonesome Sound
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 13th, 2018
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GenreHorror

High Lonesome Sound Review

  • Paul Goat
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Melliane
    January 1, 1970
    2.5/5I’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 2.5/5I’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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  • Jennifer Jamieson
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Chris Bauer
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Vickie
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Marsha Hubbell
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Sandra Robards
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Michelle Palmer
    January 1, 1970
    WOW!!!I have enjoyed several of Wells' Urban Fantasy books but this was amazing. A small town run by a deacon of the church. An author who comes upon a story about the town in a book of small town legends. A girl who just wants out of the small town. Two bodies that have been added to the cemetery in the last month. This is the recipe for an excellent horror book. The characters were so real that I kept thinking they were my relatives. Their actions felt authentic. The settings are very realisti WOW!!!I have enjoyed several of Wells' Urban Fantasy books but this was amazing. A small town run by a deacon of the church. An author who comes upon a story about the town in a book of small town legends. A girl who just wants out of the small town. Two bodies that have been added to the cemetery in the last month. This is the recipe for an excellent horror book. The characters were so real that I kept thinking they were my relatives. Their actions felt authentic. The settings are very realistically described. The plot is evenly paced and well developed. I want more of this from Ms. Wells.
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  • Jo Dawson
    January 1, 1970
    Demons and legends and a dash of witchcraft - everything I love in a book! High Lonesome Sound is the tale of a man looking for a story, he didn’t plan on entering a different world. And Moon Hollow is definitely a different world. Steeped in local lore and history, the town is as much a pivotal character as the people residing there.What a great read, I generally choose my books closer to the side of paranormal than horror, but I do enjoy Jaye Well’s writing so was excited to give this a shot. Demons and legends and a dash of witchcraft - everything I love in a book! High Lonesome Sound is the tale of a man looking for a story, he didn’t plan on entering a different world. And Moon Hollow is definitely a different world. Steeped in local lore and history, the town is as much a pivotal character as the people residing there.What a great read, I generally choose my books closer to the side of paranormal than horror, but I do enjoy Jaye Well’s writing so was excited to give this a shot. High Lonesome Sound was a well crafted, perfectly told tale. I really enjoyed it.
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  • Brandy Macdonald
    January 1, 1970
    When I started this book I was unsure where the story would take me, and a little hesitant about the fact it jumped from character to character every chapter. I was worried I would not be able to get to know the characters in depth but I was definitely wrong to worry. Jaye did an amazing job developing the characters and their story. High Lonesome Sound tells the story of a town in the Appalachian Mountains and what a story it tells. I was continually surprised by what twists were thrown into th When I started this book I was unsure where the story would take me, and a little hesitant about the fact it jumped from character to character every chapter. I was worried I would not be able to get to know the characters in depth but I was definitely wrong to worry. Jaye did an amazing job developing the characters and their story. High Lonesome Sound tells the story of a town in the Appalachian Mountains and what a story it tells. I was continually surprised by what twists were thrown into the story. Just when I thought I had the story figured out, it changed on me and I loved it. If you love horror and a bit of supernatural this is a must read.
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  • Amy Braun
    January 1, 1970
    WOW. Okay, let me start off by saying that this book is rough on your emotions. It's not going to shy away from harsh and grim realities, and more often that not, it's going to punch you in the feels (and it shows little mercy to authors, either). But it's AMAZING, and absolutely worth the read. The main story following this strange town will leave you with chills. There were some chapters that actually gave me shivers, and a lot is left to the imagination, an expert example of showing rather th WOW. Okay, let me start off by saying that this book is rough on your emotions. It's not going to shy away from harsh and grim realities, and more often that not, it's going to punch you in the feels (and it shows little mercy to authors, either). But it's AMAZING, and absolutely worth the read. The main story following this strange town will leave you with chills. There were some chapters that actually gave me shivers, and a lot is left to the imagination, an expert example of showing rather than telling. And yet, for as much as I adored the main story and its unique magic, it's the characters that truly shine. None of them is a traditional hero (except for maybe Ruby and Granny, because they're AWESOME), and they all carry their own griefs and flaws. Ruby is an ideal lead that you can't help but cheer for, Peter is as complex as they get, and even Deacon Fry has an engaging history and past that isn't easy to read. On top of all of that, the prose is written beautifully. You won't be able to tear your eyes from it. I cannot recommend this book more highly for horror fans looking for strong and severely flawed characters trapped in a highly atmospheric story. An absolute must read that nobody should pass by.
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  • Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! What a ride! I love everything Jaye Wells puts out and this is no exception. We get the story from several characters' perspectives (some relatable and likeable, but some not so much). At first I was worried I wouldn't be able to keep all the characters straight in my head, but it was very easy to follow. With short chapters, this book was a good read for me with most of my reading being over my lunch breaks.The overall story was very fascinating. The book is set in a small town where every Wow! What a ride! I love everything Jaye Wells puts out and this is no exception. We get the story from several characters' perspectives (some relatable and likeable, but some not so much). At first I was worried I wouldn't be able to keep all the characters straight in my head, but it was very easy to follow. With short chapters, this book was a good read for me with most of my reading being over my lunch breaks.The overall story was very fascinating. The book is set in a small town where everyone is in everyone's business. I felt like I knew these people from my own small-town experience.But unlike other small towns, there's something otherworldly happening. Mostly it's little glimpses that something truly evil might be lurking in the woods. It was just creepy enough to make my skin crawl, but then it went back to the mundane for a while and I almost those things. Then there were longer looks until you finally get the full story of what goes on in Moon Hollow.This story spoke to me on many levels. Loved it!
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  • Lauri
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this book! I binge read the whole second half of it because I wanted to see what was going to happen. Then sad that it was finished! The story hits everything you would expect in a gothic horror novel. The characters immediately came to life for me and are written so well tht I had great visuals throughout the book.When Ruby started singing, it gave me a chill as if I could actually hear her, and also brought tears to my eyes.Midway through the book, I started really disliking Peter, but h Loved this book! I binge read the whole second half of it because I wanted to see what was going to happen. Then sad that it was finished! The story hits everything you would expect in a gothic horror novel. The characters immediately came to life for me and are written so well tht I had great visuals throughout the book.When Ruby started singing, it gave me a chill as if I could actually hear her, and also brought tears to my eyes.Midway through the book, I started really disliking Peter, but he redeemed himself in my eyes at the end.Would recommend this to everyone!High Lonesome Sound
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  • Wendy Nelson
    January 1, 1970
    I'm a big fan of Jaye Wells. I wasn't sure I was going to like this one, but after I got started it was clear again why I loved her and her writing. What a story teller. I finished the book in less than a day because I needed to know what was going to happen! Intense!
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  • Kris
    January 1, 1970
    This book is very different from what I normally read and honestly if I didn’t know and love the author I probably wouldn’t have given it a chance. I’m glad I did!
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