THE BIG TREE is Rick’s last unpublished work.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!
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.