SOUTH WILLIAMSON, KY — Return of the Mothman brings the evil, red-eyed creature back to its old stopping grounds, to West Virginia—this time making its appearance not in Point Pleasant, but in rugged Logan County.
And now the new book—penned by Bram Stoker Award-winner Michael Knost and published by Woodland Press—will officially launch on the Kentucky side of the Tug River on Feb. 22 during an Eastern Kentucky Book Launch Party at Reed’s Décor and Gifts from 2 to 4 p.m. at Southside Mall in South Williamson.
“It’s an honor to have the Eastern Kentucky book release take place here in South Williamson,” said Knost, who is actually a West Virginia native.
“In my novel, the Mothman has some unfinished business across the river in the Mountain State, and I think local readers will be able to identify with the variety of individuals and personalities in the book.”
The novel—described by the publisher as having skillfully drawn characters and riveting suspense—is already receiving tremendous industry buzz in pre-release reviews. For example, Ronald Kelly, a nationally known bestselling author of speculative fiction, stated in his appraisal that the author “breathes a fresh vitality and an unsettling aura of frightfulness into the Mothman legend,” adding that Knost’s “crisp narrative and ability to chill to the marrow of the bone makes for a fascinating and dread-inducing read,” and that the author spins a riveting take on the Appalachian myth.
According to Knost, Return of the Mothman had actually been in the making—“slow-cooking and simmering”—for the last three years or so, and that many of the elements and characters in the tale hit very close to home.
“At the time I was writing, one of my main characters in my book was undergoing a life-threatening health crisis. It just so happened that at the same time my own dad became ill, making it all an especially personal and heartrending experience for me,” Knost said, noting that his father eventually responded to treatment and recovered.
“Although the book is a horror/thriller, the story also has a number of tender and touching scenes, with rich, realistic characters with personalities, actions, and language that are identifiable with the Appalachian region and our culture.
“And, at the same time, the main character is ready to deliver a full dose of red-eyed-fright and winged-terror during his sudden return to southern West Virginia,” Knost said.
“Although I’ve been writing short stories and editing literary projects for several years, I consider this to be my most important work to date. I’m so pleased to offer it to the public on Sat., Feb. 22nd, and humbled that Reed’s has embraced this work and is hosting the entire event.”
Joining Michael Knost at the title’s launch will be F. Keith Davis, who penned the regional bestseller, The Secret Life and Brutal Death of Mamie Thurman, and co-authored the Amazon Top 100 chart-topper, The Feuding Hatfields and McCoys. Davis was also featured on-air on the 2012 HISTORY Channel documentary, America’s Greatest Feud: Hatfields and McCoys, narrated by Kevin Costner.
For more information about the book party, contact Reeds Décor and Gifts, Southside Mall, at (606) 237-0013 Or, see www.woodlandpress.com.