Hell Hollow

Hell Hollow

by Ronald Kelly

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From out of a shadowy backwoods hollow, echoes a dark threat from the past, nearly a century lost and forgotten.

The rural town of Harmony, Tennessee possessed a disturbing secret; a secret so ancient that most of its residents were completely unaware of it. Even the last survivors of a vigilante raid long ago have filed the tragic events of that autumn night away, totally unaware of the evil that remains, dormant, but forever patient, among the tall pines and thick-leaved kudzu of a place known only as Hell Hollow.

There it would have remained, unrevealed, if not for a handful of unknowing participants. Four kids, bored for excitement during one of the hottest summers on record. A killer on the run, dodging his latest atrocity. And a rape victim on a deadly mission -- scarred in both body and mind. All have a hand in bringing forth an unspeakable evil from the dark woods of Hell Hollow.

He is a skeletal figure in top hat and tails, brandishing a handful of magical cards and a patented elixir that was brewed in the very depths of Purgatory.

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BN ID: 2940157133238
Publisher: Cemetery Dance Publications
Publication date: 10/07/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 297,486
File size: 463 KB

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Hell Hollow 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Over breakfast in Atlanta, his dad the corporate attorney and his mom the psychiatrist inform twelve year old Keith Bishop that he will spend four weeks with his nonagenarian grandfather on the old guy's Mcleod farm in Harmony, Tennessee. His parents plan to vacation in Europe while their son rusticates. Keith expects one month of boredom. With not much to do, Keith and three friends (Chuck, Rusty and Maggie) he meets explore the woods near his grandfather rural locale. They find HELL HOLLOW hidden in the eerie woods; a place where back in 1917, Dr. Augustus Leech's Traveling Medicine Show stopped. The townsfolk lynched Leech whom they thought collected souls for Satan. However, most of those who were involved have passed on while the few who still live conceal the deadly deed by avoiding the area where Keith and company walk unaware that his wicked spirit lives. Soon the tweeners, an escaped killer, and a rape victim collide with the malevolence who has patiently waited for decades to steal more souls. This is a terrific horror tale starring a solid ensemble of humans of all ages and temperament, and a vile evil able to live even after his body died. Readers will enjoy Ronald Kelly's one sitting suspense laden supernatural thriller as "the evil that men do lives after them" (Shakespeare). Harriet Klausner
Wrighty on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a horror novel located in the backwoods of the deep south. As a fan of Stephen King and Dean Koontz I was looking forward to this book. After reading it I thought it was interesting but I felt it wasn't quite for me. I was more involved in the early chapters (the prologue really captured my attention) but then it seemed too long. While there was evil and suspense it all seemed so stereotypical and predictable, from the setting to the characters. The dream sequences were frightening but bizarre.The vengeful villain was effectively creepy but also predictable. The ending was tense and had more satisfying aspects. All in all, it wasn't a bad book, it just wasn't for me.Thank you to LibraryThing Early Reviewers for an advanced copy of this book.
aingalls on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Thanks for Library Thing Early Reviewers for an advanced copy of this book and sorry it took me so long to write a review! Similar to other reviews, the poor editing made it a bit difficult to get through (not my normal, "pick up a book and finish it in one day"), but overall the storyline was pretty catchy.
wrestlingchick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Note: To be blunt, I suck at grammar and refuse to critique on this novel's grammar/sentence structure, as I find I am no where near qualified.From the beginning I was intrigued to read on and fine out what would happen next. This book kept my interest for most of the time. I did find the middle to lag on and had a hard time continuing to read. It is a very Southern type of book which had me read in a Southern accent at times. The originality of the story seems a bit common when it comes to genres like this and the thrill of the story was about a 5 out of 10. It needs a more edge-of-your-seat excitement and especially for me, I need something that will grab my attention and hold on tight to it from cover to cover. All around I enjoyed reading the novel to a certain extent. I just wish the story had more thrill to it.
Chase92 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Keith Bishop is sent to Harmony to live with his grandfather while his parents go on vacation. Along with 3 newfound friends, Keith explores Hell Hollow, a supposedly haunted place that the townspeople warned him not to go near. Meanwhile, Slash Jackson is a serial killer trying to escape the law. He stumbles upon Hell Hollow, and unintentionally releases an ancient evil which threatens to being death and despair to Harmony. Enter Allison, a past victim of Slash who wants to settle the score, whose investigation brings her to Hell Hollow.Confused? Thankfully, the plot of the novel is quite easy to follow. Kelly blends all 3 parts of the story together beautifully, resulting in an engaging read.The story is told from a 3rd person narration, with Keith, Allison and Slash being the more prominent protagonists. The writing was descriptive and clever, drawing you straight into the mystery. The characters are interesting and likeable, and their backstories are so well developed that they bring out your emotions, ranging from sympathy to disgust.The story was fast-paced and enjoyable through the first half, but it soon becomes sleazy, trashy horror during the second half. The whole plot starts to degenerate into a dull and boring read following the nightmare sequences, and I found myself skimming the pages just so I could hurry to the ending. The epilogue was somewhat satisfying, though the hint for a sequel didn¿t exactly make me squeal with excitement.While not groundbreaking, Hell Hollow is an entertaining read that packs more than just a couple of thrills and chills, and will satisfy horror fans
anthrofashion on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A dark fantastic monument. When I opened this book I was met by a story which took me by storm. The writing-style used by Kelly makes sure that every reader will be glued to the pages. The details described made the characters appear as friends, or maybe enemies. The book provides a double-plot. You will meet a victim of rape, a boy in a wheelchair a doctor who should be named Dr.Evil.The title fits the book so perfect that you should be alerted if you are heart-fainted. You feel the warm air and you can smell the delicate food described. The story goes one-step at a time without ever being boring. If you like horror, buy it. If you want a great story buy it.From the first page one thing is sure: You read a book which is going to shock you, make you think "Oh, Lord" One of the stories are many many years old and will make you think about... Woodo... Animals and parents.... I-pod´s grandfathers... Everything put smootly together. It is a great starter book if you have not read any horror. It is... Breathtaking
morrigirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This ho-hum horror novel follows four tween-age kids as they battle the evil Augustus Leech, a con-man, magician, and murderer who is basically the Freddy Krueger of Kentucky. I can¿t tell you any more about the story than that because I spent all five hundred pages correcting grammatical errors, re-wording poorly written sentences, crossing out unnecessary text and dialogue, and wondering why Kelly¿s editor didn¿t fix all these problem before the book went to press.The lack of craft here is mind boggling. Hell Hollow is full of extraneous words and adverbs, unrealistic and unnecessary dialogue, and clunky sentences. Kelly has difficulty maintaining an age appropriate voice in his twelve year old protagonist, and the pop culture references his young characters throw around are twenty years out of date.Perhaps worst of all, Hell Hollow isn¿t scary. Kelly fails to build any sort of tension, and seems to think describing something as ¿dark¿ and ¿gloomy¿ automatically makes it frightening. At no point did I feel like the main characters were in real peril, even as they were fighting for their lives.If you¿re one of those masochists who read Twilight just to see how awful it was, you might enjoy picking Hell Hollow apart. But, if you¿re looking for a chilling, well written and thought out horror novel, you¿d best look elsewhere.
HeidiVargas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Take a ride into Harmony Tennessee stop by Edwin Hill's Store and be greeted by the cow bell over the door, but don't venture too far, because if you enter Hell Hollow you might not make it out.This story tells of a dark secret in a small town in Tennessee, that involves a dark character that gives you goosebumps once he is introduced into the book. I enjoyed the storyline, I almost felt like I could see the small town in my mind. I like that the author draws you into the story with detailed description of the surrounding area you can almost see and smell the small town of Harmony. Keith, Rusty, Chuck and Maggie are like your summer friends, you spent the summer riding your bikes with and you can feel their fear before they enter Hell Hollow, and you want to scream don't go in there. Jasper is so lonely for his family, during the story I was hoping for him to seal his relationship with his grandson Keith. Allison, I felt sad for her and could tell that she was on a fast crash course to a very bad ending. When Doctor Augustus Leech was introduced into the story you could just tell he was a very creepy and fearful man.I enjoyed this book so much it was hard to put down.
TEST NOOKUSER More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best horror novels I've ever read. It's bound to become a modern classic in the horror genre.