Crier's Knife by Neal Litherland is an amazing tale that evokes the Old West, southern gothic and Lovecraftian horror (without the racism), but set in his own unique world. It has a sense of the South or Appalachia, with the mentions of lowlands and a mountain, but isn't really set there either.
"Dirk Crier is no stranger to being summoned up the mountain, and this is far from the first time he’s been sent to bring his cousin Teller home when he’s gone too far astray. This time is different, though. This time a shadow looms over the end of the path; a nameless threat, asleep for now, but coming closer to waking with every passing day. He will need to be swift if he wants to bring them both back to the slopes of Ben Morgh.
"And if he isn’t quick enough to save his cousin, Dirk will show those responsible why the folk around the mountain say only a dead man crosses a Crier."
Based in Northwest Indiana, Litherland continues to live the life of the indie author, supporting himself by his writing. He recently appeared at Windy Con 45 Unlikely Heroes in Chicago and shared his expertise in several panels, including "Super Heroes Re-imagined," "The Obligatory Vampire Panel," "Storytellers Guide to Not Sucking," "Streaming Services the New Movie/TV studios" and "If, When, and How to add Sex to your Story."
Litherland is currently working on a mystery and a Crier's clan sequel.
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