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  • ISBN: 9781683691532
  • ISBN: 1683691539
  • Physical Description: 295 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Philadelphia : Quirk Books, [2019]

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"Inspired by a true story, this supernatural thriller for fans of horror and true crime follows a tale as it evolves every twenty years--with terrifying results. Ella Louise has lived in the woods surrounding Pilot's Creek, Virginia, for nearly a decade. Publicly, she and her daughter, Jessica, are shunned by her upper-crust family and the local residents. Privately, desperate characters visit her apothecary for a cure to what ails them--until Ella Louise is blamed for the death of a prominent customer. Accused of witchcraft, Ella Louise and Jessica are burned at the stake in the middle of the night. Ella Louise's burial site is never found, but the little girl has the most famous grave in the South: a steel-reinforced coffin surrounded by a fence of interconnected white crosses. Their story will take the shape of an urban legend as it's told around a campfire by a man forever marked by his childhood encounters with Jessica. Decades later, a boy at that campfire will cast Amber Pendleton as Jessica in a '70s horror movie inspired by the Witch Girl of Pilot's Creek. Amber's experiences on that set and its meta-remake in the '90s will ripple through pop culture, ruining her life and career after she becomes the target of a witch hunt. Amber's best chance to break the cycle of horror comes when a true-crime investigator tracks her down to interview her for his popular podcast. But will this final act of storytelling redeem her--or will it bring the story full circle, ready to be told once again? And again. And again . . ."--

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 September #2
    The Witch Girl of Pilot's Creek is an urban legend based on Ella Louise Ford and her daughter Jessica, who in 1931 were blamed when a baby was stillborn after the mother took one of Ella's herbal remedies, and were burned as witches. The townsmen buried Ella in the woods and then buried Jessica under six feet of concrete in a grave surrounded by crosses. Locals say that Jessica rises from the grave on the anniversary of her death. When a former resident comes home to make a film based on Jessica's story, he unleashes a series of events that show why it's best to leave ghosts alone. His horror film becomes a cult classic, trapping the actress who plays Jessica in that role. Decades later, a remake is planned and she is called out of obscurity to star as Ella. Jumping through time from the 70s to the 90s to 2016, Chapman slowly builds the tension and frights. As both a novel of psychological terror and a traditional ghost story, this short, chilling read is recommended for all collections. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Clay McLeod Chapman is the creator of the storytelling session &;The Pumpkin Pie Show&; and the author of rest area, nothing untoward, and the Tribe trilogy. He is co-author of the middle grade novel Wendell and Wild, with Nightmare Before Christmas director Henry Selick. In the world of comics, Chapman&;s work includes Lazaretto, Iron Fist: Phantom Limb, and Edge of Spiderverse, among others. He also writes for the screen, including The Boy (SXSW 2015), Henley (Sundance 2012), and Late Bloomer (Sundance 2005). You can find him at

Subject: Witches > Fiction.
Women > Crimes against > Fiction.
Motion pictures > Production and direction > Fiction.
Actresses > Fiction.
Podcasts > Fiction.
Urban folklore > Fiction.
Genre: Horror fiction.
Psychological fiction.
Ghost stories.
Horror fiction.
Ghost stories.

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