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Posted August 29, 2014
New Avalon is an experimenral work of fiction, poetry and essays -in the form of stories.
he novella The book begins with the novella "The Ghost Plantation" a rich and enthralling
tale of dark magic, ancient bloodlines and the power that land exerts over man. Three college
friends drive the backroads from Richmond to Williamsburg on Halloween night. All is fine until
Michael hears a bewitching voice speak to him, moments later they see an enormous plantation
dhouse where on previous trips there had been only fields.. The mansion blazes with the light
of a thousand candles . and a mysterious woman draws the three through a cloaked veil of
magic and time to their collective fates.
The short story "The Visitor":tells the tale of an unknown caller who every year leaves roses and
a half-bottle of cognac on a churchyard grave. The tale is well crafted and achieves what Edgar
Allen Poe once identified as the goal of every short story, "a certain unique or simple effect."
The book tries to cover many genres, science fiction, one page shorts, even an experimental
foray into memoir that I doubt has ever been tried before as it weaves the writer's story into the
other stories collective fiction and lightly dusts throughout with an underlying mystery continuity.
As with all experimental writing , some piece work better than others but taken as a whole, this
book is quirky and refreshingly original. An intelligent and entertaning read.