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Woodcutter's Grim Series, Book 8: The Deep (Paranormal)

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For the ten generations since the evil first came to Woodcutter's Grim, the Guardians have sworn an oath to protect the town from the childhood horrors that lurk in the black woods. Without them, the town would be defenseless...and the terrors would escape to the world at large.

Very loosely based on "Metamorphoses: The Story of Pygmalion and the Statue" by Ovid. Cheyenne Welsh can't forget her past and the disappearance of her younger sister. When she returns to Woodcutter's Grim to sell the family property she grew up on, she's confronted with all the nightmare-realities of her childhood, still alive and well, still right where she left them--down in the darkness the Deep dwells inside. Her home...

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  • Karen Wiesner
    Jan 8, 2018, 18:26
    Editor's Top Pick from BellaOnline
    5 star review from Huntress Reviews
    5 star review from BTSemag
    5 star review and Reviewer's Top Pick from Readers' Favorite
    5 star review from MBR Bookwatch

    5 Stars! “The eighth Woodcutter's Grim Series thriller is a chilling horror tale. The second chance relationship between James and Chey enhances the strong main storyline of a good earth mother fighting the ancient evil her Daddy wrought upon his offspring. Readers will relish the latest work by this wonderfully talented writing wizard.” ~MBR Bookwatch
    Editor’s Top Pick! “To say that author Karen Wiesner has been busy writing would be a gross understatement. According to both her website,, and that of her publisher, Whiskey Creek Press, Wiesner has over one hundred book credits (and counting) under her name with a number of literary awards to match. Whether she is busy forging the fires of romance or guiding her readers on a twisting path of horror (or, in the case of her latest Woodcutter’s Grim Series installment, THE DEEP, mixing a story of both), Karen Wiesner seems at home hanging her creative hat in a variety of genres. In THE DEEP, Cheyenne Welsh has quietly returned to Woodcutter’s Grim, her hometown and a whispered place of dread where evil things have been rumored to gather for several hundred years. Despite having been away from home for a long time, Cheyenne’s homecoming is far from joyful--ever since her younger sister vanished under suspicious circumstances, her mother went mad, and her father became increasingly reclusive with his obsession around his academic work and studies, Cheyenne has attempted to forget the horrors associated with her childhood even as she has followed her despised father’s career path and endured a series of abusive and traumatic situations along the way. With her father, a retired professor, violently and mysteriously murdered in the basement of her childhood home, and her high school sweetheart and neighbor, Dr. James Beck, once again at her side, Cheyenne must gather her courage and unravel a lifetime of pain and horror as she seeks to stand against the darkness of THE DEEP. The novel is listed as Book 8 of the Woodcutter’s Grim Series. In the series, Karen Wiesner has crafted a well-researched and creative world in which evil forces plague the small northern Wisconsin town of Woodcutter’s Grim, commonly taking the guises, appearances, and traits of fairytale monsters and folklore characters. As Wiesner spins THE DEEP, she draws on previously explored mythologies and tales without shutting readers new to Woodcutter’s Grim out—THE DEEP was the first book in the series I have read and I was able to connect to passing references with relative ease. Wiesner builds a sense of dread and foreboding in THE DEEP, particularly in such moments when Cheyenne finds herself alone in her father’s isolated house at the edge of Woodcutter’s Grim and on the brink of sanity. While there are elements of horror imbued throughout, particularly in context to the author’s emphasized Christian references, the story works effectively as a Gothic romance--a young woman trapped in her inherited residence and haunted by some unknown evil is assisted by the man she loves in order to break free of the chains and torments of her past. Overall, THE DEEP is smart and fast paced--I look forward to traveling to Woodcutter’s Grim once again--I’ll try to avoid the evil on the way.” ~BellaOnline Horror
    5 Stars! “If you have not read the previous stories in this series, do not worry. You will still fully understand what is happening. Each title is a stand-alone story. However, those who have read at least a couple of them will be able to envision these events in a broader scope. Each story is a different, dark piece of the evil puzzle that is known as Woodcutter’s Grim. If you enjoy authors who write “old school style”, then this entire series should be to your taste. All the titles, especially this one, has the spicy flavor of the old Gothic Romances that I used to greedily consume. This story has romance, mystery, suspense, adventure, and horror all blended together. Something for everyone. As usual, Karen Wiesner gives readers what they crave—and more.” ~Huntress Reviews
    5 Stars! “THE DEEP is a bone-chilling horror novel loosely based on Metamorphoses: The Story of Pygmalion and the Statue by Ovid. Karen Wiesner entices the reader into the creatively built world, Woodcutter’s Grim, where evil likes to reside. The author’s vivid descriptions of a creepy [fetish] doll, an unknown creature in the basement, and the cold that permeates the house combine into a thoroughly spooky page-turning read. Even with the evil creature as a large part of this story, Wiesner skillfully rebuilds Cheyenne Welsh and James Beck’s relationship as well. Their heartfelt conversations, confessions, and forgiveness make them couple to cheer for. This entertaining, hair-raising novel with an action-packed climax, where—in true fairy-tale fashion—good triumphs over evil and the couple lives happily ever after, stands alone so reading the earlier tales isn’t necessary to enjoy this story.” ~BTSemag
    5 Stars! “In THE DEEP, Book 8, A Woodcutter's Grim Series Novel by Karen Wiesner, we meet Cheyenne (Chey) Welsh. She planned to take her five-year-old sister and leave Woodcutter’s Grim as soon as possible, but she waited too long; her sister disappeared and only Chey knew her father was responsible. Chey loved James dearly, but he refused to leave Woodcutter’s Grim and she knew she couldn’t stay. For years James waited for her to return. After her father’s death, she did return with plans to dispose of everything. However the evil that dwelt in her family home was still there waiting for her. Award-winning author Karen Wiesner returns fans to a place of evil in her 8th book in THE DEEP, Book 8, A Woodcutter's Grim Series. While the series is made to be read in order, this book stands well alone. Karen Wiesner is a prolific writer, having created 105 books in 16 years. The Woodcutter’s Grim Series will have readers looking over their shoulders, watching for creepy monsters to sneak up on them. This series will remind the reader of classic fairy tales with an evil twist. The Deep is a piercing tale, one sure to evoke feelings of fear and terror. Karen Wiesner is a talented author with a gift for combining terror with romance. Her descriptions are so vivid that I could see the scenes playing out on the stage in my mind’s eye. This book in the series is loosely based on Metamorphoses: The Story of Pygmalion and the Statue by Ovid. This series is addictive; once you read one book you will want to read the rest.” ~Readers Favorite
    “While the title may bring to mind a submarine or subterranean setting, actually this novel is the latest in Wiesner’s “Woodcutter’s Grim” series, in which each installment (connected but readable on their own) takes its inspiration from myth, legend, or fairy tale. THE DEEP echoes the myth of Pygmalion’s beautiful statue brought to life by Aphrodite, but in a much darker guise. Woodcutter’s Grim is a Town with a Dark Secret, haunted by evil forces against which certain leading families have pledged to guard the innocent residents. Heroine Cheyenne returns to town after her father’s death, planning to sell his house and break all ties to Woodcutter’s Grim, site of her mother’s death and a more terrible loss: When Cheyenne was fifteen, her little sister Dulcie vanished. To add to the trauma of the memory, Cheyenne was supposed to be watching Dulcie at the time. Their father, an archeologist obsessed with the dark, occult side of certain African cultures, had been reclusive all along and became even more so in his final years. His basement sanctuary, which nobody else was allowed to enter, symbolized his eccentricity and secretiveness. Even when she can’t avoid returning to the house after his death, Cheyenne stays away from the basement. Meanwhile, her teenage sweetheart, James, now a doctor, has never stopped yearning for her. When they meet again after years of separation, she can’t deny her feelings for him. However, she hates the idea of staying in Woodcutter’s Grim, while he has an obligation to spend his life there as one of the town’s guardians. The Deep—“Die Diep”—is an ominous figurine her father brought home from an African dig. Eerie phenomena plague Cheyenne when she temporarily moves into the old house. Could the Deep still be lurking in the locked basement, now animated and malevolent? And could her father have sacrificed Dulcie to the entity incarnated in the statue? This novel merges horror and romance in a perfectly balanced combination. The conflict between Cheyenne’s loathing of her former home and James’s duty to remain in the town is believable, and their emotional clashes are rendered with wrenching intensity. Vividly portrayed sensory details enhance the horror, especially the icy cold of the house and the odor of mushrooms that intermittently permeates the atmosphere. James’s Christian faith, which plays a vital role in his decisions and actions, is not obtrusive or preachy but woven naturally into his character. While secondary characters enrich the background and allude to other books in the series, no prior knowledge of them is necessary to appreciate this story. Wiesner employs African myth and legend to create a plotline intriguingly different from the European-based hauntings of much horror fiction.” ~Author Margaret L. Carter

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