Houdini Heart

Houdini Heart

by Ki Longfellow

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HOUDINI HEART harkens back to the masters of suspenseful supernatural horror: Poe, Lovecraft, Shirley Jackson, but speaks with a wholly fresh voice. Once caught in its pages, there's no escaping Longfellow's terrible tale. Weeks ago, she was one of Hollywood's biggest writers, wed to one of its greatest stars. The doting mother of their golden child. But now? She's alone, tortured by a horrifying secret no woman could bear. Pursued by those she can't outrun, anguished by a guilt she can't endure, and driven close to madness, she flees to the one place she's ever called home: a small town in Vermont where River House still stands. To a child, the splendid hotel was mysterious and magical and all its glamorous guests knew delicious secrets. Cocooned in its walls, she will write one last book. Her atonement? Or her suicide note? But life is never as you dream it, and River House isn't what she'd always imagined it was. Intense, literary, and harrowing, Houdini Heart is a tale of bone-chilling horror, emotional torment, and psychological terror. Gripped by River House, trapped in an aging hotel of mirrors only Houdini could escape, how much can haunt a mind before it too is only a thing once imagined? "A haunting and disturbing journey through the psyche."—Erika Mailman, Author of "The Witch's Trinity"

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BN ID: 2940012602114
Publisher: Eio Books
Publication date: 05/24/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 254
Sales rank: 896,947
File size: 795 KB

About the Author

For the author's personal site see www.kilongfellow.com

For "The Secret Magdalene" see www.thesecretmagdalene.com

For "Flow Down Like Silver" see www.flowdownlikesilver.com

For "Houdini Heart" see http://eiobooks.com/houdini/

From the age of four, Ki Longfellow knew what she wanted to be...a writer. Or a painter. Writing won. Born on Staten Island, New York, to a French-Irish mother and an Iroquois father, she grew up in Hawaii and Marin County, California, but ended up living in France and England for many years. She is the widow of a British national treasure, the complete artist Vivian Stanshall, who dreamed her name was Ki. As Ki Longfellow-Stanshall, she created and sailed the Thekla, a 180 foot Baltic Trader, to Bristol, England where it became the Old Profanity Showboat. It remains there today as a Bristol landmark. On it, she and Vivian wrote and staged a unique musical for the sheer joy of it. "Stinkfoot, a Comic Opera," garnered a host of delighted, if slightly puzzled, national reviews. Her first book, "China Blues," was the subject of a bidding war. "China Blues," and her second novel, "Chasing Women," introduced Longfellow to Hollywood...a long hard but ultimately fascinating trip.

When Vivian died, Ki stopped writing, living on "Standing Room Only Farm" in Vermont. Time may not heal, but it tempers, and eventually Ki began writing again. She chose the figure of Mary Magdalene to tell that tale in her novel "The Secret Magdalene." Nancy Savoca, a brilliant independent film maker (winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize with her first film, "True Love") traveled all the way to Vermont to option the book as her next film. "The Secret Magdalene" is currently in pre-production.

Ki's second book in her Divine Feminine series is the recently published "Flow Down Like Silver," a novel about the numinous and gifted Hypatia of Alexandria, a tragically ignored woman of towering intellect who searched through intellect for what Mary Magdalene knew in her heart.

She is now at work on the third and last book in this series: "The Woman Who Knew the All," a continuation of the life of Mary Magdalene after the death of Jesus. She was still a young woman. Where did she go? Who did she meet? What happened to her? Surely a being as vital as she would not stop living the kind of life a seeker lives? In this third book, Mary Magdalene comes fully into her own as a woman and as an enlightened being.

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