Tales from God’s Teeth are small slices of Appalachian life, just the briefest of glimpses into a world of monsters and darkness hidden away in the hollers and wilds of the east coast. Ground down by eons, they might not be as impressive as the Rockies or the Himalyas, but the Appalachians hide more than their fair share of secrets. From forgotten coal towns to modern cities, life can vary wildy in Appalachia, and no matter where you are you’re never really too far away from the mountains and, for the folks that call the area home, remembering that can be the difference between life and death. Tread carefully in God’s Teeth, your life might depend on it.
Spurred on by a mysterious and grisly letter from her uncle, Julie sets out to find him with her friend Jack in tow. Told through emails, can our narrator catch up to them in time? What will they find in God’s Teeth?
If you’re reading this then I’m dead, there’s no two ways about it. Actually, it’s more like you’re reading this because I’m dead. I wouldn’t have sent this email if I thought there was any hope of seeing you again.
Now, at this point I could say something along the lines of stop reading this if you value your life, your safety, and even your sanity. But I know you won’t. I know there’s nothing I could write that would dissuade you from reading the rest of this letter and that’s good. It would be too cliché anyway, everyone always reads the rest of the letter. You need to know what’s happened, but if by some chance you truly want to remain ignorant of the things stirring out there in the woods, then for God’s sake, you really should stop reading right now[…]
Glory and Other Stories
Dear Julie is the first collection of short stories set in God’s Teeth, otherwise known as the Appalachian Mountains. Spurred on by a mysterious and grisly letter from her uncle, Julie sets out to find him with her friend Jack in tow. Told through emails, can our narrator catch up to them in time? What will they find in God’s Teeth?
Old is one thing, long-forgotten buildings abandoned and left to decay on unkempt plots, but ancient is another. Ancient conjures up images of civilizations and people long since gone, a time before memorable or conceivable time. However, there are things beyond ancient, things so blasphemously old that their continued existence mocks any importance we may arbitrarily assign to our own laughably short lives. Primeval things that still lurk in heart of the world, as well as the spaces without. These are the things that haunt the collective memories of people from all around the world. But, as I have come to realize, there is something older, deeper, and all around more terrifying than even these things from a time before time, something from beyond the genesis of reality itself.
It had been nearly a week since I had come to stay with my Aunt Ruth and Uncle Irvin. They owned a respectably large plot of land in southern Virginia at the base of the Appalachians […]