The Winter Sisters

Appalachian Magical Realism

— The Winter Sisters, by Tim Westover (QW Publishers, 2019) Magical realism is often associated with the Latin American literary tradition where it originated from and its entwinement of the mundane and the ...
Timothy Dodd

The Shadow of the Land

— Fissures and Other Stories, by Timothy Dodd (Bottom Dog Press, 2019) Timothy Dodd’s Fissures and Other Stories is a slim tome of 19 short stories that mostly take place in West Virginia, but whose range of...
Madeline ffitch

Stay and Fight, by Madeline ffitch

The idea of going “back to the land” tends to evoke picturesque images of a nurturing earth and a supposed return to an uncorrupted, self-sufficient lifestyle. These beliefs are swiftly shattered for the charac...
To the Bones

To the Bones (WVU Press, 2019)

In spite of West Virginia’s rich folklore and modern myths like the Mothman and the Flatwoods Monster, the state’s literature—or even that of Appalachia as a whole—is not typically associated with horror and th...

Book Review: In the Amber Chamber

In the Amber Chamber (Brighthorse Books, 2018) is an eclectic short story collection by Carrie Messenger, Associate Professor of English at Shepherd University, that manages the rare feat of being consistent in...

Coal Wars and Rugged Beauty

—Waters Run Wild by Andrea Fekete (Guest Room Press, 2018) Andrea Fekete’s first novel Waters Run Wild was originally published in 2010. Even though it garnered rave reviews and the author’s work has been wi...