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Devil's Oven

A novel by

"Haunting and Poetic"

--David Morrell, New York Times Bestselling Author

"Devil's Oven is stunning and lyrical and all kinds of creepy. Benedict taps into our childhood's grimmest fairy tales - the ones that evoked the fear of monsters hiding in closets, murderous shadows lurking under the bed - and takes them in a delightfully spooky new direction. Benedict has graced us with a sophisticated and thoroughly grown-up contemporary nightmare. I won't sleep easy for days."
--J.T. Ellison, bestselling author of Where All The Dead Lie

There's an unknown mountain in Appalachia called Devil's Oven, a place where extraordinary, dark things have been happening for centuries.

Ivy Luttrell, a lonely seamstress, finds a man's dismembered body, barely covered by the rich soil of her beloved mountain. Instead of alerting the authorities, Ivy keeps the man for herself, stitching him back together with her own skilled hands. It might have been the beginning to a fairy tale, but when the fearsome power of Devil's Oven gives the man life, he escapes Ivy's control and terrorizes Alta, her small mountain town.

Bud Tucker, a local businessman and owner of The Twilight Club, has money problems and a restless, red-headed wife, Lila, who has too much time on her hands. Easygoing Bud has relied too heavily on the advice of his second-in-command, Dwight, a squirrelly guy from up east, and now he's in the sites of some very unpleasant people. But no one is prepared when one of Bud's employees is viciously murdered, least of all, Lila, who is quickly drawn into the madness that Ivy has brought down on them all.

Their salvation lies in the hands of a mysterious newcomer, a delicate young stripper named Jolene, whose connection to Devil's Oven is even deeper and more mysterious than Ivy's. As the violence grows around them, Jolene is torn between her secret loyalties and her affection for Bud and the other people she's come to know. Her choice will change life on Devil's Oven forever.

Part Gothic folk tale, part Frankensteinian nightmare, Devil's Oven breaks the bonds of the traditional horror novel, combining lyrical storytelling with bone-chilling, surreal suspense.

About the Author:

Laura Benedict is the author of the dark suspense novels Bliss House, Isabella Moon and Calling Mr. Lonely Hearts. She has also edited the Surreal South anthology series with her husband, Pinckney Benedict. Her work has appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Thrillers: 100 Must-Reads, Noir at the Bar, and other anthologies. She has no respect for genre boundaries and delights in treating her readers to the unexpected.

Visit her Amazon Author Page or her website,
Twitter, @laurabenedict

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Paperback Editions

May 2012 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Devil's Oven
Author(s): Laura Benedict
ISBN: 0-9850678-2-9 / 978-0-9850678-2-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Gallowstree Press
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Kindle Editions

February 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Devil's Oven
Author(s): Laura Benedict
Publisher: Gallowstree Press
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