“The small town and the store are compelling, claustrophobic backdrops to this drama, and the book’s tension mounts at an exponential rate.” —Foreword Clarion Reviews
“…packed with tension and credible characters that propel readers forward.” —BlueInk Review
“…the mix of sorrow and shame powering these stories lends substance to the scenes of horror. The shocking moments deliver serious jolts.” —Booklife Review by Publishers Weekly
“Thorne fleshes out each character’s backstory in measured detail, making them problematic and relatable, by turns.” —Kirkus Reviews
“It is disorienting, grotesque, absurdly funny and oddly hot…” —Drew Rowsome, My Gay Toronto
“Thorne does a fantastic job of creating a wide cross-section of society…” —Steve Stred, Splatterpunk-nominated author of Sacrament and Mastodon
Critics and readers are raving about…
In the twilight of March 21, 1955, eight people take cover in their local general store while a thundering torrent and flash flooding threatens life and livelihood alike. An overflowing waterway destroys their only path of escape.
The tiny band of survivors is forced to confront themselves and each other when a peculiar stranger with a famous face tries to pick them off one by one.
Can the neighbors survive the predator in their midst as well as the 100-year flood that drowns the small town of Lost Hollow?
Or will they become victims of the night the townsfolk all remember as Hell Spring?
More about ‘Hell Spring’ from an interview with author Isaac Thorne…
Hell Spring is the second novel you’ve set in the Southern small town of Lost Hollow. Your debut novel The Gordon Place is set in the same town, but in 2019. What is it that keeps drawing you to this locale?
Write what you know, I suppose. Lost Hollow is an amalgam of the reality of growing up in a small town along with some of the tropes and archetypes you might find in other fiction set in such locations. The biggest difference is that Lost Hollow never seems to grow or to change very much. The landscape might. People are born and people die. But mostly none of the people who live there learn very much from history or the experiences of their forebears. There’s an old song by a Tennessee-based band I loved, The Floating Men, called “Slide Guitar Music.” Look it up if you’ve never heard it. It poetically describes life in a stale small town. If Lost Hollow had a theme song, that would be it.
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And if you’re looking for more from Lost Hollow…
Lost Hollow constable Graham Gordon just walked into his abandoned childhood home for the first time in twenty years. Local teenagers have been spreading rumors about disembodied screams coming from inside. Now, thanks to a rickety set of cellar stairs and the hateful spirit of his dead father, he might never escape.
Meanwhile, Channel 6 News feature reporter Afia Afton—whose father is the victim of a local decades-old hate crime—is meeting with town administrator Patsy Blankenship. Her mission is to develop a ghost story feature for a special to air on the station’s Halloween broadcast. When Patsy tells her about the screams at the Gordon place, the past and the present are set on a collision course with potentially catastrophic results.
Can Graham come to terms with his father’s past and redeem his own future? Can the murder mystery that has haunted Afia for most of her life finally be solved?
It’s a fight for the future and the past when spirit and flesh wage war at the Gordon place.
“…a thrilling throwback horror tale that tears through the pages like a hound from hell.” –David Simms for SCREAM Horror Magazine, Issue 55
“Thorne has some serious writing chops and every time I jumped back into The Gordon Place, I was easily whisked away to Lost Hollow.” –Steve Stred for Kendall Reviews
“There are no heroes in Lost Hollow, just ordinary people dealing with extraordinary situations and it makes for a dark and wonderful ride.” –Yeti for TN Horror News
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About Author Isaac Thorne
Isaac Thorne is a Tennessee man who has, over the course of his life, developed a modest ability to spin a good yarn. Really. He promises. The screenplay adaptation of his short story “Diggum” from the collection Road Kills is the winner of several horror film festival awards. His previous novel, The Gordon Place, was a finalist in the 2020 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. The audiobook edition narrated by Sean Duregger won the 2020 Independent Audiobook Awards Horror category.
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