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The Remaking by Clay McLeod Chapman is a horror story I was prepared to enjoy but, unfortunately, I found it to be stagnant and boring This is the story of Ella Louise Ford and her daughter Jessica who were burned at the stake under suspicion of being witches This crime was committed by some of the townspeople of Pilot s Creek in Virginia who subsequently met their end in grim fashion Twenty years later, an ambitious director comes to town to make a movie about the unfortunate mother and chil The Remaking by Clay McLeod Chapman is a horror story I was prepared to enjoy but, unfortunately, I found it to be stagnant and boring This is the story of Ella Louise Ford and her daughter Jessica who were burned at the stake under suspicion of being witches This crime was committed by some of the townspeople of Pilot s Creek in Virginia who subsequently met their end in grim fashion Twenty years later, an ambitious director comes to town to make a movie about the unfortunate mother and child Things do not go well and twenty years after that, a remaking of the movie is undertaken I read the entire book because many reviewers found this novel to be excellent and I wanted to be fair by making sure that I was not missing anything Unfortunately, it only seemed to repeat itself, at a slow pace, over and over again Maybe this is not my kind of book and please remember that this is only my own opinion Thank you to Quirk Books and NetGalley for the e ARC in exchange for an honest review I was hooked by the concept of The Remaking It tracks the evolution of a local ghost story about a little witch girl through several decades We hear the original 1930s campfire tale first a suspected witch, Ella Louise Ford, was hounded out of the town of Pilot s Creek after bringing disgrace upon her family She lived in the woods, helping desperate locals with herbal remedies, until she was accused of causing a woman s miscarriage and became the subject of a literal witch hunt Ella Louis I was hooked by the concept of The Remaking It tracks the evolution of a local ghost story about a little witch girl through several decades We hear the original 1930s campfire tale first a suspected witch, Ella Louise Ford, was hounded out of the town of Pilot s Creek after bringing disgrace upon her family She lived in the woods, helping desperate locals with herbal remedies, until she was accused of causing a woman s miscarriage and became the subject of a literal witch hunt Ella Louise and her young daughter Jessica were burned at the stake, and Jessica whom the locals suspected of being evenpowerful than her mother was buried in a reinforced, fenced off grave According to lore, the two ghosts are still searching for one another.This allegedly true story is adapted into two films a low budget 70s slasher and, two decades later, an ironic proto Scream remake Amber Pendleton, the child actor who plays Jessica in the first film, goes on to play her mother in the second Finally, in 2016, there s a podcast which seeks to uncover the truth behind the Jessica story and the legends that have sprung up around it.I loved the idea and I loved the story Unfortunately, I did not love the style In this book, nothing is ever stated once when it can be phrased in five different ways and repeated to death with line breaks To give an example of what I mean, it s this sort of thing Amber glanced back up and realised Miss Lambert was still holding her arms out Reaching out for her For her For a hug An embrace To hold Amber.Why are any of the words after holding her arms out necessary Why do they need to be on separate lines Occasional use to emphasise a particular point would be fine, but it s no exaggeration to say most of the book is written like this I ended up skim reading a lot of the text, focusing solely on the important plot points, which I remained interested in despite my irritation.Get a ruthless editor to remove all the reiteration, and this would be an excellent creepy tale with an irresistible concept As it is, the style gets in the way of the story But I did really like the story.I received an advance review copy of The Remaking from the publisher through Edelweiss.TinyLetter Twitter Instagram Tumblr These woods whisperthe woods know what the people of Pilot s Creek have done The residents of Pilot s Creek, Virginia, a superstitious town, felt that Ella Louise Ford was touched As a child, she made dolls that looked like totems like effigies Shunned by the populace, disowned by her parents, she raised her daughter Jessica, supporting the family of two, with Ella s Apothecary Shop nestled in the woods There were miracle curesroots and leaves and fungi of all kinds Unfortun These woods whisperthe woods know what the people of Pilot s Creek have done The residents of Pilot s Creek, Virginia, a superstitious town, felt that Ella Louise Ford was touched As a child, she made dolls that looked like totems like effigies Shunned by the populace, disowned by her parents, she raised her daughter Jessica, supporting the family of two, with Ella s Apothecary Shop nestled in the woods There were miracle curesroots and leaves and fungi of all kinds Unfortunately, a pregnant woman died after taking Ella s suggested cure On October 16, 1931, at four minutes past midnight,five men went beyond the lawTonight they were going to burn a witch Both Ella Louise and nine year old Jessica were burned alive Thinking that Jessica waspowerful , she was buried in the cemetery in a steel reinforced coffin under six feet of concrete A metal fence ofthan one hundred interlocking connected crosses was installed to prevent Jessica s ghost from searching for and reuniting with her mother who was buried somewhere deep in the woods Until they are reunited, her soul won t be at peace Based upon a true witch burning, an urban legend was born a legend that is told and retold without knowledge of what really happened and why The Remaking by Clay McLeod Chapman is a ghost story divided into four chapters The first part is a campfire style version of the legend of The Witch Girl s Grave at Pilot s Creek Subsequent retellings include the tale as a horror film, a horror film remake , and a podcast Amber Pendleton, a nine year old budding actress, is chosen to star as Jessica in the flick Don t Tread on Jessica s Grave Amber was a vessel, a conduit for her character, for Jessica Ford, the Little Witch GirlWhispers of dialogue had followed her into her dreams Amber is swept up in their history She acts as the thread binding and connecting the embellished remakes of Ella Louise and Jessica s haunting story.Although the writing was uneven at times, on the whole, this reader was impressed with the concept of four reworkings of an urban legend, one remake every twenty years Be careful where you are at four minutes past midnight A creepy, spooky read Most enjoyable.Thank you Quirk Books and Net Galley for the opportunity to read and review The Remaking for fans of horror and true crimeSide Note The Book Snake continues her reign for fans of horror and true crimeSide Note The Book Snake continues her reign I ve been watching The Haunting of Hill House and it reminded me how much I utterly love horror ghost stories It used to be my go to genre of choice I thought I had left it behind, but it s back my craving for a good, well told ghost story The Remaking is a fantastic tale, the type you tell around a campfire to scare the heebie jeebies out of everyone else From the very first line in the story until the very last, I was captivated, enthralled with the story and the method the author used I ve been watching The Haunting of Hill House and it reminded me how much I utterly love horror ghost stories It used to be my go to genre of choice I thought I had left it behind, but it s back my craving for a good, well told ghost story The Remaking is a fantastic tale, the type you tell around a campfire to scare the heebie jeebies out of everyone else From the very first line in the story until the very last, I was captivated, enthralled with the story and the method the author used to tell his scary tale and retell it and retell it again I thought it might be a bit boring, the same story told over and over again but isn t that what we do with a good ghost story The kind that never lets us go that is what The Remaking is a good, horrifying ghost story and it is one that you will not want to miss Post Note I love the dedication page and the artwork almost as much as the story itself 1.5 stars The Remaking had all of the ingredients to make a hit a ghost story, a spooky film myth, and the Groundhog Day type concept of repeated actions Why did it go so wrong Concept Writing 1 2Pacing Alright, so the setup is this A urban legend about a woman named Ella Louise and her daughter, Jessica, is told around the campfire to young boys Ella Louise and Jessica were burned alive one night by a group of scared men and they haunt the woods still Spooky There s power in the 1.5 stars The Remaking had all of the ingredients to make a hit a ghost story, a spooky film myth, and the Groundhog Day type concept of repeated actions Why did it go so wrong Concept Writing 1 2Pacing Alright, so the setup is this A urban legend about a woman named Ella Louise and her daughter, Jessica, is told around the campfire to young boys Ella Louise and Jessica were burned alive one night by a group of scared men and they haunt the woods still Spooky There s power in the telling, and the first chapter of this book is amazing it s told as if it s a ghost story at camp, complete with narrative asides.But then we immediately lose the plot as the real story starts to unfold Now we re following a young girl named Amber in the 1970s who s been cast as Jessica in the film adaptation The pacing starts to flub and falter, as we re in this girl s head way too much and not much happens.In general, this book felt like a screenplay montage that just never quite paced itself out Amber s story is interesting, I guess, but the choppy non sentences and bizarre lack of pacing left me extremely irritated I was waiting for something to happen, but then when things DID happen, I was taken for a ride with extremely distracting writing I think it was trying to be dramaticbut instead it just came across like someone was pausing for false emphasis every few words Guys, this just really rubbed me the wrong way I wanted horror If you count horror as dead bodies, blood, trauma I got it But the writing, the pacing, and the strange male gaze throughoutI didn t even touch on this, but this is a story about a woman driven ghost story and a woman being haunted and yet every single element of this story was from a seriously pushy male gaze that both trivialized the female portions and weirdly sexualized them at the same time so yeah let s just screw that, thanksreally stopped me from even mildly enjoying this story It felt like it fetishized a story of female pain and suffering, and it wasn t even done well Ugh I m sorry for the rant, folks This was a huge miss.Blog Instagram Received an ARC through a Goodreads giveaway, as run by Quirk Books Thank youThe Remaking Where do I start with The Remaking I suppose I should say right up front that I m extremely conflicted about this book It s this odd mixture of a poignant theme and an underwhelming story that I usually only find in classic literature That is to say, I could write essays on this book and thoroughly enjoy exploring the implications, but the reading experience itself was somewhat lacking As a result,Received an ARC through a Goodreads giveaway, as run by Quirk Books Thank youThe Remaking Where do I start with The Remaking I suppose I should say right up front that I m extremely conflicted about this book It s this odd mixture of a poignant theme and an underwhelming story that I usually only find in classic literature That is to say, I could write essays on this book and thoroughly enjoy exploring the implications, but the reading experience itself was somewhat lacking As a result, I ve been wondering what to rate this for a while now, and I m still not sure what I settled on is right This book is just too nuanced to be limited by a five star rating system.So buckle down for a long review as I try to break down the nuances And if that s not for you, as always, there s a bolded tl dr at the bottom Firstly, it is a disservice to this book to describe it as a supernatural thriller The supernatural entities that exist in The Remaking have very little sway over the actual story or the horror therein In fact, for the first couple encounters, you re left wondering if what happened was real or just a product of Amber s fear and trauma It isn t until the last portion of the book that there s any evidence that anyone else can see and hear the things she has seen and heard.The real horror of this book has nothing to do with the ghosts of Jessica and Ella Louise Ford rather, it has everything to do with egotistical male creatives who believe they have the right to romanticize the wrongs committed against women.There are three male creatives who attempt to recreate the story of the Little Witch Girl of Pilot s Creek Lee Ketchum, Sergio Gillespie, and Nate Denison There is very little difference between the three of them they s all overconfident in their creative abilities, they all believe they were destined to tell Jessica s story, and they all actively use Amber to their own ends I think the best part of their characterization is that they all seem like decent men if a tad egotistical when they re first introduced They all practically worship Amber in their own ways, but as soon as she gets in the way of their goals, suddenly she s a bitch, a witch, and everything in between for preventing them from telling a story that is rightfully theirs.Except, no, it s not.Which brings me to my second point The Remaking is a masterpiece of parallelism Amber s story follows much the same track as that of the Fords she is ostracized for the trauma that society has brought upon her First, it s her mother forcing her into an acting career and not allowing her to have a childhood Then, it s Lee s treatment of her on set Then, it s horror fans romanticizing her trauma, Sergio to the point where he thinks he loves her Then, it s the disaster of the remake and the failure of the cast, crew, and court system to recognize her distress.It goes on and on and on, until Amber identifies herself as a Ford seen as a witch and murderer when she s just trying the deal with the traumas that everyone else refuses to recognize And thus, she follows the same course people hate her, but believe they are entitled to their romanticized version of her story.It sthan a little sick Just a side note, a large part of me is convinced that Jessica and Ella Louise were not witches, despite the supernatural elements of this story Why Because of the role of rumors in Amber s story and the way everything else lines up As for the story itself, the plot s execution just isn t as good as it could have been I know, I know that sounds weird after I just praised the implications of the story, but it really is something separate that I have to consider Chapman clearly set his sights high for The Remaking a story like this requires subtlety, nuance, attention to detail It s not supposed to be an in you face story, but one where the tension builds gradually, dread and anger swelling in your heart I can admire the intentions that were obviously there, and it pains me to say this, but the intention wasn t enough It just it wasn t quite there A result of pacing Style Personal preference That, I can t quite pin down, but despite the implications and intrigue, the story itself was rather underwhelming.I also have no clue what s going on with POV in this book Seriously I ve examined and re examined the points where the POV switches again and again, and I can t think of any rational reason it was doneBut Mae, I thought you loved when you got the POV of different characters I do But as it turns out, I m less of a fan of the changing between types of POV.I m serious This book goes from second person to third person to first person The only switch that makes sense is having the first part of the book in second person it serves almost as a prologue, told as though you re sitting by a campfire with a drunk old man who s telling you the story of the Fords It has an awesome effect, but I have no clue why the book later went from third to first And to make things absolutely clear, it has nothing to do with the character Amber has sections that are both third and first POV After part one, there should have been either third or first chosen No switches Just one or the other I also think we could have done with someof Amber s POV in the last section Her unraveling is a big part of this story, and being cut off from her thoughts for so long feels wrong somehow I truly think we need Nate s POV, because a lot of the horror comes from the bullshit that goes through the head of him and those that came before him, but while the other parts feel balanced between, this one Doesn t To make it perfectly clear, I m glad I read The Remaking, even if I m not entirely sure I d read it again As a woman who takes interest in the happenings of the TV film industries, I admire Chapman for bringing up the problem our entertainment industries have with the careless romanticizing of real world tragedy Because it is a problem We have a habit of making these things glamorous and heart wrenching while willfully ignoring how ugly the story really is And honestly, kudos to the author for basing this story on a true story with that theme without falling into the same trap You have to admire the attention to detail that takes The Remaking speaks to some very real issues of the entertainment industry namely, the romanticizing of tragedy and men s entitlement to a woman s trauma This theme manifests through careful parallelism and glimpses into the characters psychs Despite some shortcomings of the story itself, it s an important message that Chapman presents in a way that it cannot be ignored &Free Pdf ↛ The Remaking ↻ Inspired by a true story, this supernatural thriller for fans of horror and true crime follows a tale as it evolves every twenty years with terrifying resultsElla Louise has lived in the woods surrounding Pilot s Creek, Virginia, for nearly a decade Publicly, she and her daughter Jessica are shunned by their upper crust family and the Pilot s Creek residents Privately, desperate townspeople visit her apothecary for a cure to what ails them until Ella Louise is blamed for the death of a prominent customer Accused of witchcraft, both mother and daughter are burned at the stake in the middle of the night Ella Louise s burial site is never found, but the little girl has the most famous grave in the South a steel reinforced coffin surrounded by a fence of interconnected white crossesTheir story will take the shape of an urban legend as it s told around a campfire by a man forever marked by his boyhood encounters with Jessica Decades later, a boy at that campfire will cast Amber Pendleton as Jessica in a s horror movie inspired by the Witch Girl of Pilot s Creek Amber s experiences on that set and its meta remake in the s will ripple through pop culture, ruining her life and career after she becomes the target of a witch hunt Amber s best chance to break the cycle of horror comes when a true crime investigator tracks her down to interview her for his popular podcast But will this final act of storytelling redeem her or will it bring the story full circle, ready to be told once again And again And again I won this as a goodreads giveaway Thank you Quirk Books and Penguin Random House.After you read the book make sure you study the cover on the dust wrapper Once I got into it, the story was a fast read And while reading it I kept thinking about all of the off kilter 1970 s horror flicks that I have seen Especially Let s Scare Jessica To Death.I see this book as an homage to the horror film genre and good set piece for the fall season. 3.4 Stars is about right I was really liking this, especially the formatting and the way it was written, but then the ending happened and it just didn t really make sense to me Maybe I need to re read it a couple of times, but I just didn t understand the last chapter Overall it had a pretty solid creepy vibe throughout, loved the cemetery setting, and I really enjoyed it as a horror novel, but overall felt like it was just an average read Didn t really connect with any of the characters at 3.4 Stars is about right I was really liking this, especially the formatting and the way it was written, but then the ending happened and it just didn t really make sense to me Maybe I need to re read it a couple of times, but I just didn t understand the last chapter Overall it had a pretty solid creepy vibe throughout, loved the cemetery setting, and I really enjoyed it as a horror novel, but overall felt like it was just an average read Didn t really connect with any of the characters at any point and didn t really know which direction this was heading I felt like it could have been much better had the last part been a bitdetailed, but again, I felt like it stopped quite abruptly and left me a little unsatiated, wanting , what happened in that final scene I would still give this a shot, as I m sure some might find the endingrewarding than I did I m definitely intrigued by this author and might go back and look at his other previous works