The Big Tree is now available for pre-ordering as a Kindle ebook from Nightscape. Here’s what Holly said about it on Facebook:
THE BIG TREE is Rick’s last unpublished work. I knew he was working on it, but did not know he had sent it off to Nightscape until after he died. They have done a wonderful job with this novella, and I am also grateful to Christopher Golden, Glenn Chadbourne, and Tom Monteleone for their contributions. So – enjoy Rick’s final work!
Pre-order The Big Tree from Amazon US
The ebook will be released October 14, 2014. Here’s the description:
In this beautiful and chilling tale, Rick Hautala moves us with a coming of age story like no other. It’s 1960. A young boy and his friends spend most of their time in the treehouse they built in The Big Tree in front of Old Lady Wayrenen’s front yard.
But when Hurricane Donna comes, it leaves more than just a trail of property damage. A chain of events pushes the natural and supernatural worlds at odds with one another and a young girl’s life hangs in the balance. But is she even real?
Combined with the words and artwork of some of Mr. Hautala’s dearest friends: Christopher Golden (Foreword), Thomas F. Monteleone (Afterword), and Glenn Chadbourne (cover art); The Big Tree is one of Rick’s most autobiographical and personal stories from the heart.
The upcoming Macabre Maine short story anthology Haunted ME will be dedicated to Rick Hautala. You can read more about the anthology on the Macabre Maine website.
Crossroad Press has released ebook editions of Rick Hautala’s Cold Whisper.
Cold Whisper for Kindle
Cold Whisper for NOOK
Cold Whisper at SmashWords
About Dark Silence:
Tully. He made Sarah’s every wish come true. He appeared to her eyes alone and spoke so that only she could hear. Sometimes Sarah wondered if it was all her imagination. But the things that Tully made happen were all too real. And, as Sarah grew up, they were all too horrible.
Now Sarah, a college freshman in Maine, lives in terror. She mustn’t think bad thoughts. She mustn’t give in to the lure of Tully’s powers. She mustn’t ever, ever get angry. For what Tully doesn’t understand is that some wishes aren’t meant to be granted.
Crossroad Press has released ebook editions of Rick Hautala’s Dark Silence.
Dark Silence for Kindle
Dark Silence for NOOK
Dark Silence at SmashWords
About Dark Silence:
November, 1694. Rachel Parsons, an accused witch, is hanged at the Gallows Tree in Summerfield, Maine. Before she dies, she curses all who live on her land. Her words end with the creak of the rope as the ladder is pulled out from under her.
Autumn, 1963. A retarded boy is chased into the old, abandoned mill. But it is one of his tormentors who ends up at the bottom of a shaft.
Summer, 1994. Brian Fraser has heard the stories about the old mill. They say it’s haunted, filled with the whisperings of long ago…including something that his own father won’t talk about. But Brian is drawn to the mill. Drawn to an evil so hideous, so apocalyptic it threatens one’s sanity…
Website Wag the Fox has posted a new review of Rick Hautala’s Four Octobers, a quartet of October-themed novellas.
Print editions of Four Octobers: A Collection of Novellas can be found from various online sellers, including these from Amazon.
Four Octobers is also available as an ebook for Kindle and NOOK.
Holly Newstein-Hautala offered Rick’s archives—manuscripts, letters, etc.—to the Walker Memorial Library in Westbrook, ME, where he lived and worked most of his adult life. A year after the offer was made, the library turned down the offer. Holly tweeted about the rejection, which caught the interest of a couple of reporters, and now The Portland Press Herald and American Journal have run front-page articles about the issue.
Before the articles even appeared, Southern Maine Community College expressed an interest in Rick’s papers. Holly will be visiting SMCC next month to see how they would care for Rick’s archives. Looks very promising, she said!
Keith West at AdventuresFiction.com posted this blog review of Rick Hautala’s Indian Summer.