James A. Moore is a Stoker Award-nominated author of over twenty novels, including tie-in work for Buffy the Vampire Slayer. James has written extensively for White Wolf Publishing in the World of Darkness setting. James lives in Atlanta, GA.
Serenity Fallsby James A. Moore
Every town has secrets. Every town has a past that is littered with violence and tainted with lust and greed. Serenity Falls is no exception. There are deeds best forgotten, buried in the past and hidden from prying eyes, but some things refuse to stay concealed. Something in Serenity wants to make itself known and doesn't care who gets hurt in the process.
Serenity has had its problems, to be sure, but as a whole everything seems to be getting better. The local economy is booming and the job market has gone from almost nothing to enough work to keep everyone who wants the work employed.
Still, something is going sour in the 'Falls. The cemetery has been desecrated, the children are disappearing, the locals are having trouble with all the new people in town, and there have been several attacks by wild animals.
The town is trying to rebuild itself, to recover from over a decade of hard times, but every success is met with tragedy and Jonathan Crowley, a stranger himself in the town, is certain that the events are all connected. Proving his theories could be the death of him, because Jonathan Crowley didn't come to Serenity Falls looking for work like most of the newcomers. He was led there, drawn by a series of deadly encounters to look into the town's past and find out what the people who live there have been hiding.
Because some secrets aren't meant to be kept and some towns aren't meant to exist.
The truth will be known.
The past will be revealed.
Vengeance will be had.
Every Soul Will Scream.
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I kept wondering what was going to happen next and how it connected to other parts of the story. If you like supernatural stories this is a good one. I hope Mr. Moore plans on writing similar books.
Three hundred years ago, avarice led to a woman being burned at the stake as a witch. Before dying she cursed the town of Serenity Falls. Over the years, greed has led to adverse happenings to the residents. However, Serenity Falls seems in the midst of a financial renaissance with the reopening of the quarry. As usual with the three-century old Curse, sinister things accompany the good happenings but once again prove much worse than the positive tidings.. The Curse seems reaching the end game as the locals behave weirdly, but if that is not enough to frighten anyone who sees beyond the typical rapacity, two dangerous outsiders have entered the mix. An evil demon-like creature and Jonathan Crowley have arrived with agendas of their own to include killing their visiting rival, but the Curse has other needs for these dueling strangers with the locals caught in the middle of a triangle of terror. On the surface SERENITY FALLS sounds like Stephen King's Salem's Lot, but there is much Moore to the novel than just the rewriting a classic. The story line is loaded with, and an intensifying terror that is difficult to classify as the audience wonders between the Curse and the newcomers as to who is the focus of this peril. Surprisingly for such a large ensemble the residents ensure the audience believes the small hamlet exists and bring life to the threat. Jonathan is an interesting protagonist who seems heroic yet anti-hero as the audience speculates whether he is a savior or the Grim Reaper. His malevolent antagonist adds suspense to a tremendous horror story worthy of the masters. Harriet Klausner