Title Of Book: The Scarecrow Hunters (Glint & Shade Book 1)
By: Eric Shane Love
Sub-Genre: Dark Fantasy, Coming of Age, Occult Horror
A new dark fantasy series from Eric Shane Love. An epic quest, strange creatures, and an ancient wood full of sinister mysteries. Join Eliot on his mission to find and destroy the scarecrow.
In the valley of Gal-Braith, a tradition has existed for as long as anyone can remember. It is the tradition of the kohlas: a journey all boys begin on their seventh birthday. A quest to find and destroy the scarecrow.
Born from an agreement between the people of the valley generations back and the low energy of the Dark Wood, no one remembers how the kohlas began and few question if it should continue.
Aided only by a strange group of woodsmen, Eliot begins his kohlas like all the others. But a seed planted deep inside him by his estranged mother makes his journey different from the rest.
For readers of the Dark Tower Series, dark fantasy, and gothic horror fiction, this is a satisfying fever dream of twisted characters set in a macabre forest in the land of Glint & Shade.
“There’s a path that used to lead straight from here to the back side of yer daddy’s farm,” the old woman said. “But it cuts awful close to that wicked place . . .”
“The Dark Wood?” the boy asked.
“Aye, the Dark Wood.” She leaned close, her hot breath the smell of burnt cabbage. In a whisper, she went on: “The darkness what takes our boys from us. Our boys who come back with dead eyes if they come back at all.”
The boy swallowed as the old woman sat back. “Yeh have the look of yer mother,” she said. “When the time comes, you remember her.” But he wouldn’t. When the hunters arrived, growing as if from the shadows, Eliot would forget everything. And the wind would blow in circles the fabric of his waking thoughts, breaking the anchor of spring and flinging it headlong into summer.
In the small valley region of Gal-Braith, a tradition has existed for as long as anyone can remember. It is the tradition of the kohlas: the journey all boys begin on their seventh birthday. A quest to find and destroy the scarecrow, it is the way all boys grow to become men. It is the way things have always been, the way things are, and the way things will always be. And it is a lie. Born from an agreement between the people of the valley generations back and the low energy of the Dark Wood, no one remembers how the kohlas began and few question if it should continue. Eliot begins his kohlas like all the others, but a seed planted deep inside him by his mother makes his journey different from the rest.
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What People are Saying:
5 Stars – “I would absolutely encourage anyone who enjoys reading dark fantasy to give this series a try.”
5 Stars – “It’s a great introduction to this world and its characters and what is at stake.”
5 Stars – “The climax was so well done and beautiful and does wrap up everything nicely while still leaving you with enough questions to want to keep reading.”
5 Stars – “A story of a quest for manhood. Exceptional characters and a beautiful story.”
5 Stars – “A book that makes you think for yourself!!”
Meet Eric Shane Love:
Since January 2016, I’ve been a freelance videographer, photographer and social media content creator. I live in a rural Georgia town about an hour and a half inland from Savannah. Before 2016, I worked nearly fifteen years at a small, non-profit youth home for troubled teenage boys. I was a mentor, educator and the creative director during that time. I’ve always had a love of writing. As early as sixth grade, I wrote stories about my classmates, passing them around the room to get feedback. A few random, interesting and trivial things to know about me: I’m in a band with my brother, Brian: Tiger Creek. I sing and play keys. I am a classically trained vocalist, though that has almost no bearing on the classic and 80s rock, and, less fortunately, the spattering of country songs we perform in the band. Halloween is my favorite holiday. Christmas is a close second. I have three dogs and a cat: Maddie, a 150-year-old basset hound, Bella, a mutt who gives me the best cuddles, and Hot Breath Eugene, an enormous pit/bull mastiff mix whose head looks like a basketball with eyes. Maddie is the Queen, Bella is the Princess, and Eugene alternates between being the Court Jester and the Village Idiot. The cat’s name is Chuck, and he is irreparably deranged. That’s why we love each other. He’s the Crazy Witch who lives in the forest outside the city walls, so to speak. All my pets are rescues. I also have about fifty plants in my house. I have a tendency to take much longer to tell a story than is necessarily required, and sometimes those stories don’t have endings. I get that from Debbie, my mom. Also, I hate technology. Sign up for my newsletter and have access to a behind-the-scenes look at my writing process, read exclusive content, and learn about the lore and geography of Eliot’s world at my website.
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