Jean Miller thinks modern witchcraft is bullshit—until she casts a spell and an ATM starts spitting out cash.
After shoving twenty-grand into her backpack, Jean flees to the North Carolina mountains, hoping to start a new life closer to nature. But nothing in her Wiccan spellbook can ward off the Landlord, a warlock who moves through the walls of her new apartment. His astral spirit entices her with visions of a greener, more sustainable Earth—the future she’s always longed for.
He doesn’t explain why it requires killing thousands of people on a blazing mountain. Or why she has to help him do it.
Ravenous for this lush future, yet desperate to prevent the cost, Jean ransacks the countryside for answers. Her findings of pagan cults and dead children call to mind legends of the Fair Folk: nature spirits with a deep hatred for modern man. Maybe this is why the apartments’ owners keep buying property on these so-called “fairy portals.” And why luminol tests reveal bloodstains under the carpets.
The Landlord, she learns, is gathering a coven for a massive conjuration ritual—and he craves Jean’s untapped powers. If he’s successful, the Fair Folk will reclaim the dying Earth from humanity. Nature and society will thrive again. But in order for the portal to open, twenty-thousand innocents must burn on the May Eve pyre. If Jean refuses the Landlord, she will join them.
She doesn’t have long to decide. Because soon the mountain will open up, and the revolution will begin.
A DARKNESS IN SPRING is a horror/fantasy novel of 70,000 words. It’s partly 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.