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"Be warned! Do not read this 5 Book worthy novel in the dark. Leave the lights on. You will need them! I absolutely cannot wait to read another book from this truly skilled author. Well done, Ms. Griffith-I'm a forever fan now!" REVIEWS BY MOLLY
"I have become a big fan of Kathryn Meyer Griffith. I read one book, becoming hooked on her writing. I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good horror stories. This is ranked right up there with some of those scary horror stories by Stephen King." 5 Stars ROMANCING THE BOOK REVIEWS
"I highly recommend this story to anyone who would enjoy a frighteningly chilling story of a mother's love and facing your fears." 5 Star TOP PICK THE ROMANCE REVIEWS
"What you see is what you get. It's a solid, old fashioned ghost story. If you're looking for some solid, well written horror to see you through a lonely night, grab a copy. You won't be disappointed." DARK GAIA PRODUCTIONS
"Griffith's writing style is perfectly suited to the horror genre. It engages the imagination in a way that makes the skin crawl and the spine shiver over and over. I don't think a story has scared me this often since The Exorcist." The Chaotic Reader Blog Spot
From the Author
Updated January 7, 2020:
This book is special to me for many reasons. It was my first published novel in 1984 and as it comes out again in 2015 it'll bring my over forty-nine year writing career full circle. With its publication all my 29 novels and 13 short stories of my new and old books will be out again and because I've self-published them, totally under my control for the first time in 36 years. I'm thrilled. I have my babies reborn and out in the world again...all in eBooks, new paperbacks with stunning new cover art and Audible audio books. Now, perfectionist that I am, I can finally move forward and write new stories.
I'll start at the beginning because, though Evil Stalks the Night was my first published novel, it wasn't my first written one.
That first book was The Heart of the Rose. I began writing it after my only child, James, was born in late 1971. I was staying home with him, no longer going to college, not yet working full time, and was bored out of my skin. I read an historical romance one day I believed was horrible and thought I can do better than that!
And so my writing career began. Over 49 years ago now. Oh my goodness,where has the time gone? Flown away like some wild bird. It took me 12 years to get that first book published as I got sidetracked with a divorce, raising a son, getting a real job and finding the true love of my life and marrying him. Life, as it always seemed to do and still does, got in the way. The manuscript was tossed into a drawer and forgotten for a time.
Then years later I rediscovered it and decided to rewrite it; try again. I bundled up the revised pile of printed copy pages, tucked it into an empty copy paper box and took it to the post office. Plastered it with stamps. I sent it everywhere The Writer's Market of that year said I could. And waited. Months and months and months. In those days it could take up to a year or more to sell a novel, shipping it here and there to publishers, in between revising and rewriting to please any editor that would make suggestions or comments on how it could be better. Snail mail took forever, too, and was expensive. But eventually, as you shall see, it sold.
In the meantime, as I waited for the mail, I'd written another book. Kind of a fictionalized look back at my childhood in a large (7 brothers and sisters, mother, father, grandparents) poor but loving family in the 1950's and 60's. Called it 707 Suncrest. I started sending that one out as well. Then one day an editor suggested that since my writing had such a spooky ambiance to it anyway, why didn't I just turn the story into a horror novel...like Stephen King (this was about 1972 or so) was doing? Ordinary people under supernatural circumstances. A book like that would sell easily, she said.
Hmmm. Well, it was worth a try, so I added something scary in the woods in the main character's childhood past that she had to return to and face in her adult life, using some of my childhood and my young adult life -my heartbreaking divorce, raising my young son alone, my new love- as hers. It was more of a romantic horror when I'd finished than a horror novel. I re-titled it Evil Stalks the Night (and had to fight to get that title because the eventual publisher didn't like it) and began sending it out. That editor was right, it sold quickly to a mass market paperback publisher called Towers Publishing.
But right in the middle of editing Towers went bankrupt and was bought out by another publisher! What terrible luck, I remember brooding. I was so upset. The book was lost somewhere in the stacks of unedited slush in a company undergoing massive changes as the new publisher took over. I had a contract, didn't know what to do and didn't know how to break it. Heaven knew, I couldn't afford a lawyer. My life with a new husband, my son and (at first) my minimum-wage assistant billing job and then my entry level one as a graphic artist a few years later, were one step above poverty at times. In those days, too, I was so clueless how to deal with the publishing industry.
That was 1983, but luckily that take-over publisher was Leisure Books, in time to be known as Dorchester Publishing (which now in 2020 no longer even exists). A publisher that quickly became huge. Talk about karma.
As often as has happened to me over my writing career, though, fate stepped in and the Tower's editor, before she left, who'd bought my book told one of Leisure's editors about it and asked her to give it a read. She believed in it that much.
Out of the blue years later, in 1984, when I'd completely given up on Evil Stalks the Night, Leisure Books sent me a letter offering to buy it! Then, miracle of miracles, my new editor asked if I had any other ideas or books she could look at. I sent her The Heart of the Rose and, liking it, too, she also bought it in 1985; asking me to sex it up some, so they could release it as an historical bodice-ripper (remember those...the sexy knockoffs of Rosemary Rogers and Kathleen Woodiwiss's provocative novels?). It wasn't a lot of money. A thousand dollar advance each and only 4% royalties on the paperbacks. But in those days the publishers had a huge distribution and thousands and thousands of the paperbacks were printed, sent to bookstores and warehoused. So 4% of all those books over the next couple of years did add up, but not as much as I would have liked. The royalties didn't change my life; didn't free me from my low-wage job. I toiled on, writing, as I worked full time...for another sixteen long years. Balancing everything.
Thus my career began. I slowly, and like-pulling-teeth, sold 28 more novels, novellas and short stories over the next 35 years -as I was working full time, raising a family and living my hard-scramble life. Some did well, my Leisure and Zebra paperbacks, my self-published Dinosaur Lake series, launched in 2012, and my Spookie Town Murder Mysteries, launched in 2007, and some didn't. Most of them, over the years,eventually went out of print, but now as I self-published them they are all out again. Yeah!
Of course, I had to totally rewrite Evil Stalks the Night for the resurrected edition, as well as my other early novels, because I discovered my writing when I was twenty-something had been immature and unpolished; and not having a computer and the Internet had made the original writing so much harder. Typewriters are tedious. Also in those days, editors told an author what to change and the writer only saw the manuscript once to final proof it. There were so many mistakes in those early books. Typos. Grammar. Lost plot and detail threads. In the rewrite of Evil Stalks the Night I also decided to keep the time frame (1960-1984) the same. No Internet, cell phones back then. The book's essence would have lost too much if I'd updated it.
As I finished the final editing and formatting in 2015 and self-published it I couldn't help but reminisce about all the life changes I've had since I'd first began writing it so many years ago. Though it was actually published in 1984, I'd started writing it many years before; closer to 1978 or 1979. It occurred to me as I hit the PUBLISH button that I'm as old as my Grandmother Fehrt, my mother's mother and who the grandmother in the story was loosely based on, was back then. My goodness, time does move on. Thank you, Kathryn Meyer Griffith
- ASIN : B01925VLYC
- Publisher : Kathryn Meyer Griffith (December 6, 2015)
- Publication date : December 6, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 1049 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 402 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #578,641 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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DON’T GO IN THE WOODS! How many times must we be told. LOL
Her terror starts early. What do you see in the woods? Shadows? Flickers of life? Sarah knows what she see all those years ago, though no one believed her. She believes she is in this alone.
I love the feeling of dread that hangs on every word, every sentence, every page. I love that Sarah studies everything about the supernatural that she can get her hands on, preparing for what is to come. She believes in her God and loved her Catholic school days. She walks in both worlds. She is older than her years, strong, determined to keep those she loves safe.
Life had been hard for her, so much pain and loss. She has her son and her brother, Jimmy. Everyone else is gone. She had left, but it called her home and it was time to finish it. They are trapped and I can feel her, gathering herself, preparing to fight to the death. The big question, who will survive. I will be worrying, not just about the evil, but Kathryn Meyer Griffith too. She isn’t afraid to kill off her characters.
At times, the fun dialogue made me forget the danger. That is how good Kathryn Meyer Griffith’s writing is to me. I look at the story as an adventure and I am just along for the ride, and a wild ride it is.
Kathryn Meyer Griffith has the ability to lull me into a sense of complacency even when I know evil is to come. Life goes on in a normal fashion…until, wham, bam…I don’t know how many times I thought I knew what was going to happen or that the end was near, only to be given more, another terror, another event of devastating proportions.
Shades of her true life share some of the pages, but I hope she doesn’t walk the woods at night looking for evil anywhere but in her mind! LOL
Wowed. Amazed. And she broke my heart.
characters. Revealed at the end what started the evil in the woods. Not what I expected. Would recommend this
book. Would like to read others by this author.