Live Stream | Gregory Ariail and Ann Hite

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Image shows text: Virtual. Gregory Ariail and Ann Hite. Friday, September 23, 2022. Also shown are photos of the authors and front covers of Ariails's book THE GOSPEL OF ROT and Hite's book, HAINTS ON BLACK MOUNTAIN: A HAUNTED SHORT STORY COLLECTION.

Gregory Ariail's novel, The Gospel of Rot and Ann Hite's Haints on Black Mountain: A Haunted Short Story Collection, are both released in September and the authors will visit our virtual event space for reading and conversation. We hope you can join us!

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At the age of seventy-one, the recluse Amelia finally leaves her home in the North Carolina mountains to find the world grown strange and almost deserted. In her quest to unravel the mysteries of this apocalyptic landscape, she encounters a neighbor turned into an apple tree, children trapped in mica, and her doppelgänger. Between these events, she reflects on the recent death of her immigrant father and the disastrous love affair with a woman that sent her into seclusion for half a century. THE GOSPEL OF ROT is a creative intervention into the Appalachian imaginary, steeped in the Southern gothic. It explores lesser-known, idiosyncratic, and historically taboo subjects: Biblical apocrypha, heterodoxy, mysticism, queerness, Cherokee lore, and the weird and the fantastic. It strives to upend and complicate any static conception of the Appalachian experience.

Gregory Ariail is from Buford, Georgia. The Gospel of Rot is his first book. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in nearly twenty journals and magazines. He earned graduate degrees from Oxford University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, where he currently teaches. In 2019, he thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail. 


Ann Hite takes her readers back to Black Mountain with this haunted short story collection. An array of new characters on the mountain experience ghostly encounters. The collection took inspiration from her beloved readers, who provided writing prompts. Wrinkle in the Air features Black Mountain's Polly Murphy, a young Cherokee woman, who sees her future in the well's water. Readers encounter relatives of Polly Murphy as the stories move through time. The Root Cellar introduces Polly's great grandson, who tends to be a little too frugal with his money until a tornado and Polly's spirit pays the mountain a visit. In The Beginning, the Middle, and the End, readers meet Gifted Lark on an excessively frigid January day. This story moves back and forth between 1942 and 1986 telling Gifted and her grandmother Anna's story. This telling introduces spirits that intervene in the spookiest of ways.

Ann Hite’s debut novel, Ghost On Black Mountain, not only became a Townsend Prize Finalist but won Georgia Author of the Year in 2012. Her personal essays and short stories have been published in numerous national anthologies. The Ann Hite’s Ghost on Black Mountain won Georgia Author of the Year and was shortlisted for the Townsend Prize in 2012. Her novel Sleeping Above Chaos was Georgia Author of the Year 2017 Finalist. Roll The Stone Away became Georgia Author of the Year 2021 Honorable Mention in memoir category.

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The Gospel of Rot By Gregory Ariail Cover Image
ISBN: 9780881468489
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mercer University Press - September 6th, 2022

Haints on Black Mountain: A Haunted Short Story Collection By Ann Hite Cover Image
ISBN: 9780881468526
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mercer University Press - September 6th, 2022

SKU: x672389