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Product Details

  • Paperback: 106 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492274518
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492274513
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,722,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


    "This fast paced novella, easily read in one sitting, spins a tale of woe dating back to 1649, when a woman wrongly accused of witchcraft curses the reverend who sentenced her to death. As the years roll by, a number of his descendants fall victim to the curse and find themselves inhabitants of the hanging tree. The story's greatest strengths are its pacing and structure: Each short chapter develops an individual victim's back story piece by piece, leaving readers in constant, eager anticipation..." - Kirkus Reviews

"A short but mesmerizing tale, this spine tingling test of the human spirit quite literally takes on the ghosts of our ancestors in an attempt to neutralize their mistakes." - ForeWord Review

ForeWord Reviews 
2013 Book of the Year Award

About the Author

Born and raised on Long Island, Michael has always had a love for horror, thriller, paranormal, science fiction, fantasy and self-help.  Earning a degree in English and an MBA, he has worked various jobs before settling into being a full-time author.  Michael currently resides on Long Island with his wife and children.

Customer Reviews

Loved the characters, and how the author weaved the stories together.
Carrie Gil
This is one of those books that you can read very quickly because it keeps your interest the entire time!
Christy M.
It’s easy to understand each one of the stories and the different characters.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Naila Moon on October 12, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
In a break from his full size novels, Michael Phillip Cash has done it again with a new novella that he has just released this week. The short story called, The Hanging Tree is everything you would expect from a thriller writer. Intrigue, mystery, ghostly presence, it's all there.

The story begins to unfolds in present time with two young teens, Arielle and Chad, who are making out under an old tree dubbed, "the hanging tree". Chad is pushing Arielle in a direction that she may not want to go and it is now a make it or break it decision.

Intertwined within, are five spirits from the past who are watching the whole thing unfold. They begin to tell their tragic tales of being at this very same tree and what it meant for them. Their stories are eerily familiar and all their deaths are based on a curse that be felled them.

Can this curse be broken in time so no harm comes to Arielle or Chad?

Ah, but if I told you, my dear readers, then that would give away the twisted makings of this tale.

I read this in about an hour and half to two hours. It really is packed full of imagery considering the shortness of the book. It's well worth the time and just perfect for the Halloween season upon us.

An easy 5 stars here!

~Naila Moon

Disclosure: I received a Kindle version of this book for free to review. The opinions expressed here are 100% my own.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By gayle pace on November 14, 2013
Format: Paperback

I am quite hooked on Mr. Cash's books, Brood X and Stillwell . Now he's done it again. THE HANGING TREE is his first Novella. You just know after reading the other two books that this is going to be another great read. It was different than the other two but it was still holding you from the moment you opened the book until the very end. I didn't expect anything else from Mr. Cash except a gripping thriller. The story takes place on Long Island, that is known for hauntings and legends.

Two young teenagers, Arielle, who is 17 years old and very unhappy with her father. She is with Chad and are making out under an old tree everyone calls "the hanging tree". Chad is wanting Arielle to go in a direction that she isn't sure she wants to go. She has to make a choice. There is a Harmond family curse, placed by a witch centuries ago for wrong doings that has been carried through the generations. Mr. Cash did an interesting way of weaving five spirits from the past into the story, who are watching everything as it happens. The spirits start telling of their tragic encounters at "the hanging tree". Their stories and their deaths are all wrapped around "the hanging tree" and it's curse.

Will the curse happen again with Arielle and Chad? Can the curse be broken and if so, how? Whatever choices Arielle makes are hers and so are the consequences. This is true for all of us. We live with our choices. The story is a short read with lots of descriptions. It is definitely a page turner and a little gripping. A few times I found myself getting a little rigid. That's a sign to me that the book is definitely a keeper. Mr. Cash, we're all waiting anxiously for the next one.

I would give this book 5 Hanging Trees.

I was given a complimentary copy of THE HANGING TREE from the author, Michael Phillip Cash for this uncompensated review.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 11, 2013
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I bought this last night and read it in about two hours. It's definitely a page turner and I didn't want it to end. I am a fan of Michael's and I loved this novella as much as his previous two novels, Brood X and Stillwell. It has all the elements needed for a great story. It has wonderfully written characters, a clever plot and a few twists and turns that make the ending a surprise. I loved it and I am looking forward to his next book. This is the perfect story for Halloween.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jalynn Patterson on November 21, 2013
Format: Paperback
About the Book:

Enter a world where spirits roam the earth in Michael Phillip Cash's haunting new novella, The Hanging Tree. Set amid the eerie backdrop of Long Island, an area famously steeped in old legend, two young would-be lovers contemplate their future while visits from those who have come before them reveal the lure of fate...and the power of free will.

At seventeen years old, Arielle's relationship with her parents is slowly deteriorating. Angry and defiant, she is at a loss on how to cope with the tumultuous situation in which she finds herself. Arielle's only comfort is Chad, an eighteen-year-old young man who seems to truly understand her struggles. Arielle and Chad meet beneath the low-hanging branches of what the local community has nick-named the "Hanging Tree". An ancient and majestic landmark, it has long been rumored that the tree is haunted by ghosts.

These ghosts span various centuries and vary wildly in age, but each one of them has one thing in common: their deaths are all somehow connected to the tree itself. As Arielle and Chad commiserate over their current situation and their precarious nature of their future, the spectral inhabitants of the Hanging Tree witness their conversation. One by one,the ghosts begin reminiscing about their own lives-and deaths- as they examine the inner demons with which their human forms long struggled. An eerie meditation on the oft-overlooked power of choice, Cash's The Hanging Tree will stay with readers long after they turn out the light.

About the Author:

Michael Phillip Cash 's first book Brood X- A Firsthand Account of the Great Cicada Invasion is presently under consideration for a film adaptation.
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Award winning and best-selling author Michael Phillip Cash has eight novels to date. Stillwell won Honorable Mention for The Book of the Year Foreword Review 2014. Brood X was The Book of the Year for Readers Views and Rebecca's Reads. Cash loves writing about Long Island, its rich history and ghostly inhabitants. He currently lives on the North Shore with his wife and two children.

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