Houdini Heart by Ki Longfellow

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HOUDINI HEART harkens back to the masters of suspenseful supernatural horror: Poe, Lovecraft, Shirley Jackson, but speaks with a wholly fresh voice. Once caught in its pages, there's no escaping Longfellow's terrible tale. Weeks ago, she was one of Hollywood's biggest writers, wed to one of its greatest stars. The doting mother of their golden child. But now? She's alone, tortured by a horrifying secret no woman could bear. Pursued by those she can't outrun, anguished by a guilt she can't endure, and driven close to madness, she flees to the one place she's ever called home: a small town in Vermont where River House still stands. To a child, the splendid hotel was mysterious and magical and all its glamorous guests knew delicious secrets. Cocooned in its walls, she will write one last book. Her atonement? Or her suicide note? But life is never as you dream it, and River House isn't what she'd always imagined it was. Intense, literary, and harrowing, Houdini Heart is a tale of bone-chilling horror, emotional torment, and psychological terror. Gripped by River House, trapped in an aging hotel of mirrors only Houdini could escape, how much can haunt a mind before it too is only a thing once imagined? "A haunting and disturbing journey through the psyche."—Erika Mailman, Author of "The Witch's Trinity"
 

About Ki Longfellow

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Born on Staten Island, New York, to a French-Irish mother and an Iroquois father, Ki Longfellow grew up in Hawaii and Marin County, California, but ended up living in France and England for many years. She is the widow of a British national treasure, Vivian Stanshall, who dreamed her name was Ki. As Ki Longfellow-Stanshall, she created and sailed the Thekla, a 180 foot Baltic Trader, to Bristol, England where it became the Old Profanity Showboat. It remains there today as a Bristol landmark. On it, she and Vivian wrote and staged a unique musical for the sheer joy of it. "Stinkfoot, a Comic Opera," garnered a host of delighted, if slightly puzzled, national reviews. Her first book, "China Blues," now republished, was the subject of a bidding war. "China Blues," and her second novel, "Chasing Women," introduced Longfellow to Hollywood...a long hard, but ultimately fascinating, trip. When Vivian died, Ki stopped writing. Living on Standing Room Only Farm in Vermont, time did not heal, but it tempered. Eventually Ki began writing again. She chose to explore the figure of Mary Magdalene in her novel "The Secret Magdalene." Nancy Savoca, a brilliant independent film maker (winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize with her first film, "True Love") traveled all the way to Vermont to option the book as her next film. Ki's second book about personal divinity is "Flow Down Like Silver," a novel about the numinous and gifted Hypatia of Alexandria, a tragically ignored woman of towering intellect who searched through that intellect for what Mary Magdalene knew in her heart. "Houdini Heart," Longfellow’s first book of psychological horror is a stunning departure from her usual work. "Houdini Heart" has been favorably compared to the works of Shirley Jackson and H.P. Lovecraft.
 
Published May 24, 2011 by Eio Books. 256 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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