When modern witch Jean Miller flees to rural North Carolina with twenty-grand in cash, she hopes to start a new life closer to nature. But none of her Wiccan spells can ward off the Landlord, a warlock who moves through the walls of her new apartment complex. He entices her with visions of a greener, more sustainable world—the future she’s always longed for. But in order for it to come about, hordes of people must die on a burning mountain.
Ravenous for this lush future, yet horrified by the cost, Jean investigates the secrets in the woods and walls. Her discovery of pagan cults and missing children call to mind legends of the Fair Folk: nature spirits with a deep hatred for modern man. Maybe this explains why the Landlord keeps buying property on these so-called “fairy portals.” And why luminol tests reveal bloodstains under the carpets.
Nature itself is staging a revolution, and Jean will play a starring role. For years, the Landlord has been gathering a coven for the most ambitious conjuration ever attempted. If he’s successful, the Fair Folk will reclaim the dying Earth from humanity. But in order for the portal to open, thousands of innocents must be sacrificed. If Jean refuses to help, she will join them.
She doesn’t have long to decide. Because soon the mountain will open up, and the culling will begin.
A DARKNESS IN SPRING is a dark fantasy novel of 70,000 words. It is partially inspired by the real-life Missing 411 mystery, which involves strange deaths in rural settings. In 2010, I received an MFA from the University of San Francisco. Thank you for your consideration.