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New release: Return to Dyatlov Pass

So, I have some BIG news.

Yeti-sized news, you might say.

Severed Press released my newest novel, Return to Dyatlov Passthis week. I’m excited to hear what you think of it. This novel was extremely difficult for me to write, as I tend to experience everything along with my characters. Let’s just say Dyatlov Pass wasn’t a pleasant place to spend time. It was cold, it was dark, and it was frightening…

In 1959, nine Russian students set off on a skiing expedition in the Ural Mountains. Their mutilated bodies were discovered weeks later. Their bizarre and unexplained deaths are one of the most enduring true mysteries of our time.

Nearly sixty years later, podcast host Nat McPherson ventures into the same mountains with her team, determined to finally solve the mystery of the Dyatlov Pass incident. Her plans are thwarted on the first night, when two trackers from her group are brutally slaughtered. 

The team’s guide, a superstitious man from a neighboring village, blames the killings on yetis, but no one believes him. As members of Nat’s team die one by one, she must figure out if there’s a murderer in their midst—or something even worse—before history repeats itself and her group becomes another casualty of the infamous Dead Mountain.

Once again, Severed was so easy to work with, and I absolutely love the cover they designed for this release. I wouldn’t change a thing.

The Kindle version is currently available on Amazon, but the paper copy should be released in a few days. If you enjoy the book, please consider leaving a review on Amazon and Goodreads. Reviews make such a huge difference for authors, especially those published with indie and small presses.

Want to know more about the true mystery that inspired this book? It’s creepy as hell.

To keep up to date with news on all my latest releases (there’s more coming!), please like my Facebook author page or follow me on Twitter. Thanks so much for your support. I hope you love Return to Dyatlov Pass.

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45 Comments

  1. Congratulations! I didn’t know you had a book coming out. I remember reading about that true story – excellent idea for your story.

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    • JH

      Thanks, Alex. I did write a couple preview posts about it, but in general, I don’t like to be too sales-y, especially on my blog.

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  2. Many congratulations! Just bought a Kindle copy from Amazon. Looking forward to devouring it over the weekend.

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    • JH

      Aw, thanks so much, Dave. You ROCK. I hope you love it.

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  3. Congratulations! I hope the book does amazing (which it will)
    Debbie

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    • JH

      Thanks, Debbie. Me too. I’m so touched by everyone’s support. It’s been fantastic.

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  4. YAY!!! A night for a good dinner and sparkling wine perhaps?

    Your book and the whole story behind it sounds intriguing. I feel so badly for the Russian students, though. 🙁

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    • JH

      Me too, Mandy. It’s an incredibly sad story.

      And yes, that’s exactly what I did last night. How did you know? 😉

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    • JH

      Thanks, Madeline! This one is pretty spooky.

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    • JH

      Thanks, Cat!

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  5. Congrats on the new book. Looks great.

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    • JH

      Thanks, Juneta! I’m very happy with how it turned out.

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  6. Woot woot! Congrats on the new release!

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    • JH

      Thanks, Loni! It’s been an exciting day.

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  7. So excited to read another one of your terrific mysteries. I’m a little nervous about the intensity of this one. I’ll start by reading it in the daylight! Love the title. Love the cover. Love your continued success!!!

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    • JH

      Thanks so much, Mary! I hope you enjoy it.

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  8. Wow, congratulations! And that’s a fantastic cover. The book sounds way too scary for me (I’m a total wimp. I can’t even read children’s horror!), but also incredibly intriguing. Here’s to giant sales!

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    • JH

      Thanks, Rebecca. Ordinarily I’d reassure you it isn’t that scary, but this one actually is. It’s true horror, but not gory.

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    • JH

      That is music to my ears, of course. Hope you love it!

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  9. It was an honor to get first crack at reading this amazing, terrifying book! Being based on actual events, I kept saying ‘what if’. If this is the what if, I pray for the souls of those hikers.

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    • JH

      Thank you so much, Hunter. I’m so honoured you were willing to read it and grateful for your awesome blurb. You’re the best.

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  10. Hooray! As soon as the printed version is available I’ll be ordering one. I’m always thrilled to read something new from you.

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    • JH

      Aw, thanks so much, my friend. You’re the best.

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  11. Whoa! Sounds awesome! How creepy will it be? I don’t know if I can handle it. And knowing that it has a true story at its core…Holy Mackerel!

    I’ve got a Bigfoot story in my next collection of shorts…but it’s not scary, it’s funny.

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    • JH

      I’m not gonna lie, James–this one is pretty scary. I still think you can handle it, though.

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  12. Congrats! I’m going to have to pick this up because I love the real mystery behind the story.

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    • JH

      It is an incredibly creepy story. I’ll always wonder what happened to them.

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  13. Congratulation! What a concept for story! You’re so good about taking ideas from real-life (where the scariest stuff really happens). I look forward it.

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    • JH

      Thanks, Toi. What a nice thing to say! I appreciate the kind words.

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  14. Congratulations on the release! It sounds like another fascinating, yet creepy read. I’ll add it to my list! You sure are writing and publishing much faster than I can read. 🙂

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    • JH

      Aw, thanks Liesbet. I hope you like it.

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  15. I can’t wait to read this! I’m holding out for the print book because my shelves need more J.H.! 🙂 So happy for you!

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    • JH

      Aw, thanks Nikki! You’ll always be my ideal reader.

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  16. That cover alone has me searching for a safe place to hide. Looking forward to being scared!

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    • JH

      Aw, thanks Lee! Hope you enjoy it.

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  17. Yikes! Don’t go to that mountain. Sounds exciting. Congratulations!

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    • JH

      Thanks! Hopefully people like it.

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  18. I meant to write here earlier but congrats on your book., You took this from a very creepy real life event that still makes me shudder. Your front cover is excellent

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    • JH

      Thanks so much, Birgit. Severed does great covers. I’ve been really happy with the ones they commissioned for both of my Severed books (Monsters in Our Wake is the other one).

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  19. Ordering it now on Amazon. It looks like it’s right up my alley. I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

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    • JH

      Thanks so much, Cheryl! I hope you love it.

      Have a great weekend.

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  20. Thank YOU. I’ve always been fascinated by this tragedy. The book I ordered is due in tomorrow (thanks to Amazon Prime). I look forward to seeing what you’ve added to it.

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