What do you get when you mix loner hikers, a 2200 mile trek from Maine to Georgia, and a culture that requires you to trust strangers? For many, it’s a rewarding hike on the Appalachian Trail. For me, it sounded like the perfect recipe for a horror novel.
While High Voltage, doesn’t take place entirely on the Appalachian Trail, nearly all my characters trickle in from it, and its culture allows the story to unfold as it does. For the unfamiliar, the AT stretches from Georgia to Maine, and hikers can expect to spend five to seven months to hike the entire trail.
Only one out of five who attempt the hike will complete it. Some fall victim to injury. Bad weather discourages some, and others find it too demanding. So what happens to the others? In my books I imagine something more sinister is at play. I’m not alone. An article in What’s Up Magazine notes that when hiking the Appalachian Trail, “a little fear is healthy. Bad things do happen to good people.”
During the fifteen years we operated Ridgefield Farm in Harpers Ferry, we sometimes hosted AT hikers looking for day work to make some extra cash. The offer came with the opportunity to camp overnight while they were working, and from that concept, High Voltage was born.
As Stephen King writes, the best plots come from “what if” scenarios, and the idea for this book came when I started to wonder what would happen if the farm owners weren’t as hospitable as Scott and I.
Blending a fan favorite character from Dead of Winter, the mystery and intrigue of Tracked To Kill, with just a touch of trail magic, High Voltage is a heart-thumping story with something for everyone. Pick it up on Amazon , Four Seasons Books in Shepherdstown, WV, or wherever books are sold.
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