Michael Matros sends shivers down your spine with Slipstone Rill

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019, 6 p.m.

“From a distance they looked like small birds feeding, perched side by side on the path, watching each other and ready to fly. At least, that was how he later described Jean’s disembodied hands as he approached them through the foggy Saturday dawn...”

Michael Matros visits Gibson's Bookstore to make it hard for us to sleep at night, with his Gothic mystery, Slipstone Rill.

Down from Slipstone Village’s old chapel, across the rill and deep in the woods, live the remnants of a reclusive family of carpenters and violin makers. Two generations earlier, their treasured ring of spruce trees, whose wood is necessary for the distinctive tone of their violins, was poisoned by a girl who had been raped by one of the family. Now, with threats and violence, the last of those craftsmen looks to regain the secret of the trees’ regeneration. Telling the story is the village’s newly arrived chapel administrator, whose predecessor had disappeared, along with the chapel’s prized Maggini violin.

The plot involves a warren of underground tunnels, severed hands appearing on the village path, a little girl looking for her lost doll, mysterious stone and tree circles, a curious mouse, a fat dog, and the strains of a faraway violin joining the evening wind as it plays through the chapel tower’s old wood and iron.

About the author: Born in Asheville, North Carolina, Michael Matros graduated from Duke University and earned an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Former head of English at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, he also served as an editor with the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research and as an administrator with North Carolina's state arts agencies. Moving to Ohio, for many years he directed the Kenyon Review’s summer program for young writers. More recently he served nine years as communications director for St. Paul's School. His fiction and poetry have appeared in Thema, The Greensboro Review, The Above Ground Review, and other publications. He now lives in Keene, New Hampshire.

Event date: 
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
45 South Main St
Concord, NH 03301
Slipstone Rill: A Gothic Mystery Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780692197035
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Published: Darling Road Books - March 7th, 2019

Down from Slipstone Village's old chapel, across the rill and deep in the woods, live the remnants of a reclusive family of carpenters and violin makers. Two generations earlier, their treasured ring of spruce trees, whose wood is necessary for the distinctive tone of their violins, was poisoned by a girl who had been raped by one of the family.


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