The Hum & The Shiver-Midwest Connections

The Hum & the Shiver

In this valley, songs live . . . and kill. The Hum & the Shiver is the first novel in a new series that spins a new Celtic mythology in the mountains of Tennessee and has drawn comparisons to  the magical realism of Charles de Lint and to Holly Black’s Modern Faerie Tales series. No one knows where the Tufa came from, or how they ended up in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee, yet when the first Europeans arrived, they were already there. Dark-haired, enigmatic, and suspicious of outsiders, the Tufa live quiet lives in the hills and valleys of Cloud County. While their origins may be lost to history, there are clues in their music — hints of their true nature buried in the songs they have passed down for generations.

A resident of Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin, Alex Bledsoe worked as a reporter, editor, and photographer before taking up writing full time. His Eddie LaCrosse series has earned rave reviews from critics, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist.  Alex builds buzz for his novels  and discusses a myriad of current event and pop culture topics on his, and is a regular contributor to where his insightful pop culture posts are always sure to spark intriguing  conversations among readers.

One Response to The Hum & The Shiver-Midwest Connections

  1. I’ve just finished reading and reviewing The Hum and the Shiver (my review:, and I would definitely recommend it. It utilizes a subtle type of fantasy to draw a believable, yet fascinating world. The tufa are a great creation – love to hear what others thought.

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