Desper Hollow

Desper Hollow

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by Elizabeth Massie
     
 

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It begins when hardheaded mountain matriarch Granny Mustard decides she wants to live forever, but then is killed. Her slow-witted but equally hardheaded granddaughter Jenkie decides to pick up the ball and run with it, taking Granny's unperfected immortality moonshine recipe, a socially-inept friend named Bink, and dreams of fame and fortune to an abandoned trailer… See more details below

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It begins when hardheaded mountain matriarch Granny Mustard decides she wants to live forever, but then is killed. Her slow-witted but equally hardheaded granddaughter Jenkie decides to pick up the ball and run with it, taking Granny's unperfected immortality moonshine recipe, a socially-inept friend named Bink, and dreams of fame and fortune to an abandoned trailer up in Desper Hollow.

But slow-witted doesn't stand against the terrible power Granny initiated. Jenkie's experiments only worsen the troubles with Granny's original recipe, bringing dead critters and a few stray folks back to a state of hungry, vicious, mindless animation. Now a stash of the living dead is locked up in the back of the trailer, a howling heard that has Jenkie terrified. And Armistead, one of the red-eyed living dead, seems way too alert for comfort.

Mountain resident Kathy Shaw and Hollywood pitchman Jack Carroll, who is looking for the next hit reality show, find themselves caught up in the growing horror surrounding Desper Hollow. They can't avoid it and must face it head on. So must Armistead, who fights the fog of his ghastly condition to discover the truth of who he really is.

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Publishers Weekly
Though Massie (Sineater) is an adept and imaginative fashioner of setting and character, her zombie thriller promises more than it delivers. Granny Mustard, the feared matriarch of Desper Hollow, cooks up a particularly nasty brew of moonshine that returns the dead to life. Her great-granddaughter Suze tries to stop the spread of it by reducing the adjacent town of Beaver Dam to ash, while Suze’s sister Jenkie tries to launch a reality TV show, Jenkie Mustard and Her Monsters What Come Back to Life. Massie abruptly takes a turn for the serious as a local preacher and his daughter try to set things right, and one of the recently arisen zombies, Armistead, begins hearing the voice of God. Jenkie, originally entertaining and gutsy in a darkly bizarre way, is reduced to a mumbling extra from white-trash central casting, while her aghast television producer becomes a sudden action hero. A final crisis of faith and improbable revelation drown all the preliminary exuberance in overwrought exposition, inspiring only a longing for what this had the potential to be. (June)
Book Reviews Site - Frank Errington
Desper Hollow is much more than just another zombie story. Sure, there are zombies, the book is also filled with the most memorable characters; from the Mustard clan, to the locals, to the two Hollywood types who travel to the Appalachians to investigate the possibility of a reality show featuring the zombies Jenkie Mustard is holding captive in her trailer.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781937009144
Publisher:
Apex Publications
Publication date:
04/18/2013
Pages:
226
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

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