Today on the site we’re revealing the cover of The Bride Hunt of Elk Mountain by Lumen Reese, a work of adult f/f speculative fiction publishing September 30, 2022! Here’s the story:
Every five years the girls of Elk Mountain wake up in the woods, where the simple farm boys they grew up with become predators and hunt them for brides.
Dan Lightman returns to the mountain to help the Marlow sisters. Lizzie is twenty, deaf since childhood and worried that she could end up married to a man who won’t learn to communicate with her, that she won’t have a voice in her own home. Beck is seventeen, exchanging secret letters with a girl from the other side of the mountain, and she’ll kill or die before she’ll marry anyone else. Nellie is only fourteen, and all she wants is a few more years, to grow up on her own terms.
All three girls live in the shadow of their beautiful eldest sister, Julia. Five years ago -at the last Bride Hunt- she refused the man who caught her, and she was killed for it. The barbaric ritual is a sacred rite of passage to a fringe sect of Catholicism in post-apocalyptic, small-town Appalachia. Dan is one of the hunt’s only critics. He was once too afraid to fight for the girl he loved, but now he’s back with a hired cutthroat and a plan to save the remaining Marlow sisters from their gruesome fate…
And here’s the haunting cover by Justin Frederick!
But wait! Wanna see the entire gorgeous wrap? Of course you do!
Lumen Reese is a bisexual author of (usually queer) speculative fiction from West Michigan. Her books include ‘Trial of the Lovebird Butcher’, ‘Monster Midwife’ and for young adult audiences ‘Claire Got Herself in Trouble’.