The Haunting of Velkwood
by Gwendolyn Kiste
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Pub Date 05 Mar 2024 | Archive Date 26 Mar 2024
Saga Press, S&S/Saga Press
The Velkwood Vicinity was the topic of occult theorists, tabloid one-hour documentaries, and even some pseudo-scientific investigations as the block of homes disappeared behind a near-impenetrable veil that only three survivors could enter—and only one has in the past twenty years, until now.
Talitha Velkwood has avoided anything to do with the tragedy that took her mother and eight-year-old sister, drifting from one job to another, never settling anywhere or with anyone, feeling as trapped by her past as if she was still there in the small town she so desperately wanted to escape from. When a new researcher tracks her down and offers to pay her to come back to enter the vicinity, Talitha claims she’s just doing it for the money. Of all the crackpot theories over the years, no one has discovered what happened the night Talitha, her estranged, former best friend Brett, and Grace, escaped their homes twenty years ago. Will she finally get the answers she’s been looking for all these years, or is this just another dead end?
Award-winning author Gwendolyn Kiste has created a suburban ghost story about a small town that trapped three young women who must confront the past if they’re going to have a future.
"An eerie, poignant novel about guilt, shame, regret, and how the past can haunt us. One of the most original ghost stories you will ever read." —Rachel Harrison, national bestselling author of Cackle and Black Sheep
“From now on, when people ask me to define the current buzz-phrase ‘elevated horror,’ I’m going to point to Gwendolyn Kiste. A heart-wrenching story about how impossible it feels to escape the past, laden with sorrow, and secrets, and a dash of hope. I absolutely loved it.—Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of Road of Bones and All Hallows
"Heartbreaking and hopeful, as compelling as it is chilling. A perfect modern ghost story."—Angela Slatter, award-winning author of The Path of Thorns
“A compelling read that reinvents the haunted house genre.” —A. C. Wise, author of Wendy Darling