Cover Reveal “The Hay Bale” by Priscilla Bettis

Image of distressed photograph of a hay bale

Coming January, 2022.

Contemporary Southern Gothic meets weird horror in this new novelette from Priscilla Bettis.

Professor Claire Davenport yearns to be a mother. After suffering four miscarriages, the university microbiologist tries and fails to qualify as an adoptive mother. Then Claire’s husband leaves.

Alone and emotionally wounded, Claire takes a summer sabbatical from her microbiology classes and escapes to rural Virginia to heal. There, she meets local farmers with strange agricultural practices.

Claire moves into the historic manor house she rented for the summer, and an abandoned child greets her. Is the child real, an answer to her prayers? Or is he a figment of her tormented emotions? Perhaps the tight-knit locals are playing a trick on the science lady from the city.

Whatever the boy’s origin, Claire is determined to find the truth, but the truth may be bloody.

Pre-order “The Hay Bale” Kindle book for only 99 cents.

Feature image is altered image of original photograph by Sindy Süssengut on unsplash.

125 thoughts on “Cover Reveal “The Hay Bale” by Priscilla Bettis

      1. Thanks Priscilla, he’s in a much better place today. I guess I should just count myself lucky that he’s not some kind of indication of hauntingly mysterious goings-on in my home town. That said, the locals here are very ‘Hills Have Eyes,’ so I won’t count my bales just yet 😏

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    1. Thanks, Paula.:-) I took a free-to-use photo from Sindy Süssengut on unsplash then added text with GIMP (also free) then added the dark, fuzzy border and the scratches with Paint (again, free . . . I must be a cheapskate!).

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  1. Sounds good, Priscilla. I’ll be adding this one to my list, as well as your anthology. You’re off to a great start for the new year! Congratulations! 🙂

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