Inspired by a true story, this supernatural thriller for fans of horror and true crime follows a tale as it evolves every twenty years—with terrifying results.
Ella Louise has lived in the woods surrounding Pilot’s Creek, Virginia, for nearly a decade. Publicly, she and her daughter, Jessica, are shunned by her upper-crust family and the local residents. Privately, desperate characters visit her apothecary for a cure to what ails them—until Ella Louise is blamed for the death of a prominent customer. Accused of witchcraft, Ella Louise and Jessica are burned at the stake in the middle of the night. Ella Louise’s burial site is never found, but the little girl has the most famous grave in the South: a steel-reinforced coffin surrounded by a fence of interconnected white crosses.
Their story will take the shape of an urban legend as it’s told around a campfire by a man forever marked by his childhood encounters with Jessica. Decades later, a boy at that campfire will cast Amber Pendleton as Jessica in a ’70s horror movie inspired by the Witch Girl of Pilot’s Creek. Amber’s experiences on that set and its meta-remake in the ’90s will ripple through pop culture, ruining her life and career after she becomes the target of a witch hunt.
Amber’s best chance to break the cycle of horror comes when a true-crime investigator tracks her down to interview her for his popular podcast. But will this final act of storytelling redeem her—or will it bring the story full circle, ready to be told once again? And again. And again . . .
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The Remaking reads like mystical folklore come frightfully to life. In Depression-era Virginia, local pariah Ella Louise and her young daughter, Jessica, are the victims of a small-town witch hunt that soon becomes a local ghost story. Decades later, former child actress Amber Pendleton is haunted by her experience starring as Jessica in a low-budget drive-in horror movie based on the story. When the host of a true-crime podcast invites Amber to be on his show, she sees a chance to shake her demons at last—or is she cursed to live with the ghosts of humanity’s evils? Pick up this book for a deliciously frightening horror story filled with fascinating, lived-in characters.