Melanie Hutsell was born in Kingsport, Tennessee, and now resides in Maryville, but also spent important time in Union and Rhea Counties, also in Tennessee. She did undergraduate work at the University of North Carolina, and has an MFA from Indiana University. Although this is her first novel, Hutsell has been active in regional writing circles for some time, and her poetry and prose have been published on line and in print. A draft of the first two chapters of this book won the 2001 Tennessee Writers Alliance Novel competition awarded at the Southern Festival of Books. “Full of suspense and magical realism, The Dead Shall Rise creates a landscape, both gorgeous and ominous, for the reader’s exploration.” – Jane Hicks.
Knoxville, Tennessee: Celtic Cat Publishing, 2016. 189 pages. Trade paperback