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Adumbrant – Henry Mitchell

adumbrantcover023600 words General Fiction

Adam was a dreamer, until the night all his dreams came true.

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Adam Brandt had dreams. He couldn’t remember being a boy, so he figured he must be an old man, but he wet his sheets at night like a wee child. He would wake screaming and confused and his ancient Mamaw would come and comfort him, hold his head in her lap and worry out loud about the day soon coming when Adam would be in the cruel and greedy world without her to watch over him. Adam knew Mamaw wasn’t really his mama, but she was all he had. Mamaw said his mama had been pretty as a sunrise and too pure to stay in a world in love with darkness. That was all he knew about her.

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Between Times – Henry Mitchell

7 5* Reviews on Amazon

88,000 word novel Folk / Fairytale

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Author royalties from the sale of this book in 2016 will be donated to Saluda Community Land Trust.

The second book in the Benjamin Drum Trilogy – Spanning three continents and half a century, this is the second in the series of books charting Benjamin Drum’s life. Between Times traces the lives and wanderings of the families along Sorrow Creek in mythical Marshall County, North Carolina.

Fans of The Summer Boy will delight to recognize some familiar characters and discover new ones to love among other mountains where Drum grows up and the Laurel remains as elusive and hidden as it is real and powerful.

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Brown-Eyed Doe – Henry Mitchell

Brown Eyed Doe1000 words General

Simon Ryder has been on the road all morning, and he still has a long way to go. He’s running a little behind schedule. To Simon, a few minutes can make all the difference.

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Four more miles to Spring Creek. Tired and dull-headed after his long drive over the mountain, Simon Ryder thinks he’ll stop there for coffee before tackling the last thirty twisting miles above the river up to Asheton. As his beat-up van labors on yet one more incline, a red Corvette looms suddenly close behind on a sharp curve, weaving in his mirror, impatient to pass. The stony flank of the mountain hugs the road just left of the pavement and drops away on the right two hundred feet to the river below.

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Bus – Henry Mitchell

buscover2100 words Literary Fiction

Frank had a bad night. His day wasn’t starting off all that well. He missed his bus. After that, options narrowed steadily.

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The bus pulled over to the curb and a little island of umbrellas pointed shut in unison, exposing six harried souls who filed up and in, tilled their tokens and searched for seats. Rain had been falling every day for more than a week. The whole town was a mass of soggy shoes, sullen spirits and short tempers. Most of the riders were regulars, on their way to jobs where they were overpaid and underinspired. The bus was the only place they were ever likely to meet, a sort of ad hoc confessional where they could tell one another things they would never say to anyone at either end of their ride.

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Dancing Mary – Henry Mitchell

dancingmarycover1100 words General Fiction

Old Uncle Drum had worlds of stories, and he had worlds of time to tell them in. Those he didn’t make up, he remembered. To the children who heard them, they were all real and true.

 

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“Uncle Drum, are you asleep?” The old man opened his eyes, smiled at the gaggle of young faces arrayed around him, bright and open, like flowers in a meadow. He wasn’t their uncle, of course, except in the way any old man was uncle to all the children among the People. In the world he came from, they would all have been home watching television. The People did not know of televisions, but they had among them old men like Drum, who knew even older stories. “Not any more, it seems. What’s up?”

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Dark on the Mountain – Henry Mitchell

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7 5* reviews on Amazon

Some things are so wide and deep they can only be told in a story. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a story is worth a thousand pictures. Birth, death, resurrection, loss and love cannot be described or explained. We know them by touch. Stories invite touch. Most of these have been read aloud by the author to friends and strangers at his own table, on mountaintops, in neighborhood pubs, even in church. They are collected here in hope readers might want to read one aloud sometimes. It can get dark on the mountain, but…

There is no night that is so dark
That it can quell the slightest spark;
The faintest light, as dim and far
As from a solitary star,
Will shore the heart and stay the mind
And show the way the soul must find.

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Stories included, Oren , Last Call, Maggie and the Witch, Found Objects, Seed Money, Adumbrant, Brown-Eyed Doe, Hawk’s Eye, Whiskey Nancy, Wilderness Way, Last Christmas, Stone Man

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Davey’s Summer – Henry Mitchell

Daveys Summer5150 words General Fiction

An untamed boy from an dysfunctional suburban family is granted a season of deliverance among his mountain kin. There Davey wanders the hills and creeks, making acquaintance of the animals of the place, and an old hermit, Ethan, who points the boy on the way to himself. This little tale eventually sprouted into an as yet unpublished novel.

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At each place where the rain-swollen creek washed over the road, David tensed as tires slipped on loose gravel, then steadied as the wheels regained traction and the car began to climb the next rise. His father, Harry, grimaced and tightened his grip on the wheel as the car plunged into yet another ford. “Son, you are not going to enjoy this. Ronan and Mary live rough.” David thought Harry sounded hopeful. “Boy, did you hear me?” “Yes, Sir.” “Well, answer me when I talk to you.” “Yes, Sir.”

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Fairy Tale – Henry Mitchell

ftcover3300 word Fairytale / Literary Fiction

Clara was coming home at last. Everyone had gone now. Only the old house still waited for her.

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Little pink tabs stuck out from the edges of pages awaiting signatures. The lawyer, a courteous old gentleman who reminded Clara of a photograph she had seen of Alfred Hitchcock, flipped the pages, explaining each necessity as his pudgy, impeccably manicured finger pointed out the line for signing. The surviving sister, a tall scrawny woman with her gray hair screwed into a tight ball on the back of her head, had already signed. Now it was Clara’s turn. When they were done, the lawyer congratulated Clara on owning her own mountain. She corrected him, “I don’t own a whole mountain, just the tip of one, and a rather small one at that.”

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Flights of Angels – Henry Mitchell

flights of angels cover3700 words Literary / General Fiction

Doris was a dreamer. Tim was a realist. Neither believed in angels, until the storm…

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Doris sits behind the counter tallying her day’s receipts. She keeps losing count and having to repeat the process; her mind is still full of the dream she had the night before. She’s been thinking about it all day. In her dream, she is standing at the back door of her shop, looking out toward the back door of Nickolas Tailors across the alley. Only in the dream there’s no alley, no buildings, no town at all, just a green meadow sloping down toward the Oklawaha River and a boundless forest beyond. It’s how this place might have looked before there was Asheton, or any roads or people here. But in the dream, there are people, or something like people.

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Found Objects – Henry Mitchell

found objects2500 words General Fiction

Jonas had never been a seeker. In a world of seekers, he was a finder. Alone on that mountain, he found himself.

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Jonas set down his bags, hauled a key from his pocket and unlocked the cabin door. The door sagged on its hinges, swung open several inches from its own weight when he released the knob. He picked up the bags, pushed against the door, which stuck on a warped floorboard. Jonas kicked the door and it swung back banging against the inside wall. The sun was about to drop behind a forested ridge to west, but enough light filtered in yet to see the bed, made up neatly, as if just for him, though Jonas knew better. Jonas tossed the bags onto the bed, noted there was kindling in the box beside the wood-fired range at the far end of the single room.

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Hawk’s Eye – Henry Mitchell

hawk eye cover025500 words Literary Fiction

Olivia has left a lot behind. She is traveling light these days, light enough to fly away home. But she will need a hawk’s eye to see the way.

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Olivia woke in the dark, listening to her heart pounding, not certain if from fright or thrill, and waited a minute sitting in bed beside her snoring husband for the dream to follow her up out of sleep. It was another variation on the same dream she’d been having almost every night for months now. She tried to think when it began, whether just before or just after her latest ocular prosthesis. Maybe it didn’t matter which, but she thought there was some connection.

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Last Call – Henry Mitchell

lastcallcover1000 words General Fiction

Fred Wilkie likes his job, but not the hours. He thought this last call would be a quick one, and it was on his way home. Now he’s going to miss his supper, again.

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Fred Wilkie stood with his hat in one hand, rubbing his sore scalp with the other, while the middle-aged city couple waved their arms in front of him and the husband ranted about the poor public safety standards in Marshall County. “Where’s the sheriff?” the florid obese man shouted at him, though they were standing three feet apart. “Why’d she send some flunkie deputy? Our house has been invaded. If we’d been here, we might be dead.”

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Last Christmas – Henry Mitchell

Last Christmas1600 word Horror Story

Newt’s neighbors in Balsam Cove said he was a hermit. Some of them said he wasn’t quite human. One very old woman said he was a ministering angel. If the government man had an opinion, he kept it to himself.

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Rain blew in around him as Newt Christmas came through his door. Three straight days of downpour had washed his yard smooth, erasing any track of his recent unwelcome visitor. Newt didn’t encourage visitors. Not that he discouraged them exactly, but he frankly preferred his own company to any else he knew. Newt closed the door with his back, dropped his slicker over his only chair, rummaged in his wood box for some splints to stoke his old iron cookstove.

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Laurel Falls – Henry Mitchell

final-front-cover-small-copy79,000 word novel Fairytale / Fantasy

The third book in the Benjamin Drum Trilogy – Laurel Falls, the third book in the Benjamin Drum trilogy, brings the wandering protagonist home to find himself at last, and a new generation takes up his quest for the Real. Some familiar characters and a few fresh faces throng together to complicate and resolve Drum’s journey. Love prevails and unity is restored, but not without some spell-binding and spell-breaking trials and errors. Secrets are bared and riddles solved, but on the last page, the High Balsams, mountains mysterious and alluring, still loom constant over all. Is this really the end, or another beginning?

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Lost and Found – Henry Mitchell

Lost and Found10300 words General Fiction

A runaway boy and a lost man trying to find their way home

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Jonas didn’t know how long the boy had been there. He looked up from feeding the chickens and there the child stood under the trees, watching him with an expression of curiosity and mild awe, as if Jonas were an exotic specimen in a zoo. “Hello, there,” Jonas offered. “Hello.” The boy stayed where he was, waiting for Jonas to define their situation, while Jonas wondered how the urchin had come to his yard in particular. Most of the land around was national forest. Jonas knew his few neighbors. This boy didn’t belong to any of them.

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Maggie and the Witch – Henry Mitchell

Maggie and the Witch2600 words General

A tale about a crime in the Southern Appalachians (or some place like it), recounting how Maggie Roberts, faithful wife and church member, attempts to drive a strange woman from her community, and unleashes destructive forces that will imperil all the lives around her.

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After she left Vance Wallace’s store, which also served as the Beaverdam Post Office, Maggie Roberts bent over her mail, a letter from her sister in Poplar Spring, examining the envelope to assure herself that Vance had not pried it open to inspect the contents. It riled her to think he might know something about her kin before she did. She found the storekeeper exceedingly distasteful. He was fat, vulgar, and to Maggie’s mind, took an undue interest in the affairs of all his neighbors.

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Oren – Henry Mitchell

orencover24000 words General Fiction

Oren knew he’d become a nothing man, but when he fell off the train in Drovers Gap, he was somebody all over again

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Oren never meant to hurt anyone. He figured stealing was as bad as he would ever get. It was all that farmer’s fault for pointing the shotgun at him and then getting distracted and looking away long enough for Oren to hit him with the rusty shovel. Oren didn’t hit him that hard, but the farmer slipped in the wet and went down. His shotgun blasted the ground close enough to Oren’s toes to splash mud all over his legs. That much might have been something to laugh about later, but on the way to the ground the farmer cracked his head against the corner of a concrete watering trough, and the farmer didn’t move at all after that.

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Seed Money – Henry Mitchell

seed money cover5600 words General Fiction

It is spring of 1881 in the Carolina “upcountry.” Caroline expected her husband home by now. She might have his funeral without him. Here is a tale, based on actual events, or at least on numerous and varied retellings of them, involving mistaken identity, stolen gold, retribution and deliverance. A family legend from the Southern Appalachians.

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Caroline Prince stood in her yard, her two grown sons at her back, and laid a hand on her husband’s knee as he sat on his aging gelding, saddled, packed and ready to travel. Her tone evidenced her exasperation, “Charlie, it isn’t safe for you to ride all that way alone. You could at least take Edward or Stuart with you.” She couldn’t stop herself from leaning toward him as he bent down and kissed her fondly on her brow.

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Shard – Henry Mitchell

shardcover2800 words Ghost Story

Harold doesn’t believe in ghosts, not in broad daylight. The ghost believes in Harold, though.

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I brace myself. My neighbor Bruce is a good man, but he was a farmer in his glory days and he has taken upon himself to instruct me any time I dare stick a trowel in the ground. Here he comes, limping across his yard in his raggedy overalls. He looks like an ambulatory scarecrow. “Morning, Harold; who are ye burying there?” I lean into my shovel, hoist myself out of the hole I’ve dug, which may be a bit larger than needful. It is big because I had to dig out the cedar stump that used to occupy this spot. Bruce was in the hospital at the time and missed his chance to tell me how to do that. I lay down the shovel and dump my barrow full of peat into the hole. “Morning, Bruce, I’m planting a tree.”

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Stone Man – Henry Mitchell

stonemancover3000 words General Fiction

Edison McTeer lived close to the ground, but he was learning to fly.

He’d had a hard life, but he was not a hard man. He knew about suffering, sacrifice, hard work, and he knew about love. Love was the first thing he knew and the last thing.

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“I’m sorry Ed.” Ron Sanders sounded genuinely sad. His patient thought he looked just like a doctor delivering bad news on a tv drama, complete with white coat and stethoscope hung round his neck, wondered how many times a week he had to say this, if he ever got used to it. Ron glanced at the test results on his clipboard, flipped a page, kept talking, “If only you’d come in sooner, we might have caught this in time to do something real. As it is, I can keep you functioning pretty well for a month or so, or maybe keep you down and suffering for two or three months more than that. Afraid that’s all the choice we have at this stage.”

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Terminal – Henry Mitchell

Terminal Cover1250 words Speculative Fiction

John had been looking forward to retirement for some time. He knew where he wanted to go. He thought this was the winter to follow the geese south.

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The old man thumbed through his Retirees’ Brochure one more time. Migrations. He liked the title. That was exactly what he saw himself doing. Headed south like the geese used to do, going back to a place before this winter his life had become. He couldn’t have told anyone who asked how long he’d been sitting there at the Terminal. People came, sat down around him for a while, then got up and went away. Now and then, someone would smile and speak; most acted as if he weren’t there. Nobody ever tried to sit in his chair, though, so he figured they could see him. The young ones, especially, pretended not to.

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The Day Death Wore Boots – A Collection of Ghost Stories

cover smallThe Day Death Wore Boots – ghost stories to leave you looking… and wondering…

Find out if the miniature Western town is really a toy in the title story. Was Jed Holloway’s death really down to faulty brakes – The Haunted Rig? You want to go home from your holiday in the Costa Del Sol but is it safe – Spanish Midnight? Does it matter that you don’t believe in ghosts when the ghost believes in you – Shard?

From Pompeii to the Wild West, from Australia to the shores of the United Kingdom the spirit world may be closer than you think!

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The Summer Boy – Henry Mitchell

Summer Boy Cover ebook reduced75,000 words Fairytale / General Fiction

Author royalties from the sale of this book in 2016 will be donated to Saluda Community Land Trust.

16  5 * reviews on Amazon

Precocious Benjamin is sent by his dysfunctional suburban parents to spend a summer with his eccentric aunt and her unconventional clan in a remote Appalachian cove.

Near his sojourn’s end, the boy wanders alone through the mountains to the Laurel, a land apart from his world and out of time.

Along the way, he meets strange and powerful creatures, wise and fierce women and formidable men, who help or hinder him on his journey. Mad Davey, the Keeper of the Wood, gives the boy shelter and the love that eluded him in his own world. Lizzie, the Herb Woman reveals to him his true name, and shows him the way to his future. The reclusive monk known as Owl draws hidden strands of power that bind all in Laurel and pull the boy inexorably toward his destiny.

Through it all a dark and mysterious Rider pursues the boy. Neither knows their eventual confrontation will bring resolution and deliverance to them both.

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This Land is My Land – 16 short reads for lazy days

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‘This Land is My Land’ and ‘Came as ‘me’, Left as ‘we’’ are ‘his and hers’ holiday reads from Alfie Dog Fiction. The collections bring together some of the best short stories from 37 authors across the globe.

‘This Land is My Land’  is more action and adventure driven while ‘Came as ‘me’, Left as ‘we’’ contains a mixture of women’s fiction, feel good stories and romance, and both contain stories to leave the reader thinking. Alfie Dog Fiction’s managing director, Rosemary Kind, says “We know from our readers that they like to stock up on reading matter for their holidays and these collections offer the perfect way to do just that.”

Both collections have a truly international feel, not only through the spread of the writers but the fascinating backdrops to the stories. Within the pages the reader will travel from diamond mining in Australia to a lone tree in an African desert, from the quintessential English seaside Pier to the jungles of Malaysia and coast to coast across America.

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Stories included: Winter Light – Henry Mitchell, Tiburcio’s Treasure – G. Lloyd Helm, Fordsburg Apology – Tom Rhoyd, The Sergeant Major Instructor – Martin Gosling, Presence – Michael Barry, Deadly Nightshade – Peter Lingard, The Tree – Dr. Robert Clifford, Tightrope – Michael Mohr, Rosie The Riveter – Chris Cooke, The Refugee – Stephen Rowson, Grey Matter – John Malone, Hunting at Dawn – Ian D. Smith, Under the Baobab Tree – Roger Woodcock, A Forgotten Key -Gerard Taylor Wallace, The Storekeeper’s Town – Paul Peppers, Beasties that Bite and Sting – Terence Brand

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Thrice Upon a Time – Fairytale Collection

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47,000 words Fairytale

Thrice Upon a Time is a collection of 18 modern fairy tales for adults. Some retell stories written long ago from a different perspective, while others are completely new. Read what happens when a late night walk leads to a game of poker with the farm animals and learn the Queen’s side of the story in what it is really like to live with Snow White. Who is the cobbler who turns up in the village? And exactly how many frogs does one princess have to kiss?

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