Tuesday, October 26, 2021

BLOG TOUR: The Clearing by Tom Deady

Welcome to the Official Blog Tour for Award-winning Author Tom Deady's The Clearing, the first title in a horror trilogy! Today, on our tour stop, we have a guest post featuring the topic: 10 Reasons to Read The Clearing, a book trailer, AND a tour-wide giveaway to share! So... Be sure to check it out and grab your copy now! Follow the tour, HERE.

Young Adult
The Clearing, #1
Publish Date:
August 10, 2021

When Hannah Green’s dog comes out of the woods carrying a sneaker that contains a partially decomposed foot, she thinks it’s the worst thing that could ever happen to her.

She is wrong.

Hannah and her best friend, Ashley, decide to play detective but find themselves in the middle of a decades-old mystery.

What is the strange old woman Mama Bayole hiding in her decrepit farmhouse? Why is the local librarian so determined to prevent them from researching town history? Who is following them around Hopedale, New Hampshire?

The girls make a shocking discovery about what has been happening in the woods behind Hannah's house. As they get closer to the truth, things take a dangerous turn, and they play a deadly game of cat-and-mouse that may end up costing them their lives.


*10 Reasons to Read The Clearing*
  1. Hannah and Ashley are believable protagonists. While stories that feature “perfect” heroes can be fun, giving the readers two main characters who feel real can be much more satisfying to the YA audience.

  2. The book is inspired by true events. I have found this type of story can motivate readers to explore the source material, in this case the mystery surrounding the murder of Jeannette DePalma.

  3. There are no perfect parents. In a lot of YA books, parents are written as all-knowing, compassionate, intelligent, and even heroic. The Clearing paints a more realistic picture of parents – humans with flaws, just like the kids in the stories. I believe this can have a positive impact on readers who may feel their own home life doesn’t “live up” to the portrayal of parent-child relationships in some books. 

  4. There are some factual bits of history included in the story. I generally try to find some weird historical fact that makes the supernatural aspects of my writing feel more believable. In Haven, I wove the story of Giles Corey and the Salem with trials into the story. In The Clearing, there is some lore about Wild Bill Hickok.

  5. The Clearing is the first book in a series. So, if you fall in love with the characters, you know you have more books on the way!

  6. Pop culture! I like to sprinkle in some music or movie references to add dimension to the characters. I’ve found that readers identify with the likes and dislikes of characters.

  7. Homages to other horror books and movies. As a writer, horror stories were a huge influence on me. I often like to include a hat-tip to some of those inspirations. In The Clearing, there is a recurring mention of flies. This is due to the impact Lord of the Flies and The Amityville Horror had on me as a high school reader.

  8. First love. The YA audience is a special age where they have a lot of “firsts” they will experience. The innocent “romance” between Hannah and Marcus is something I think the readers will enjoy.

  9. Mama Bayole is a scary villain. Much like I mentioned with having believable protagonists, the villain has to be real enough that readers can feel the same peril that Hannah and Ashley feel. I think Mama Bayole fits the bill.

  10. Hopedale contains a large and diverse cast of characters. I love writing small-town horror because small towns are almost a paradox. On the surface, it seems that everyone knows everyone. But in reality, how well do we really know our neighbors? The residents of Hopedale that have minor roles in The Clearing, may be stars in later books.

Praise for The Clearing

“Downright creepy. Tom Deady brings the scares in this gripping novel of horror and courage.” —Jonathan Maberry, New York Times best-selling author 

Tom Deady excels in creating a history and mystery that is engaging and action-packed. The Clearing's strong protagonists and their realistic concerns, beliefs, and choices creates a memorable and thoroughly engrossing read that is difficult to put down and impossible to predict—just the ticket for a superior horror novel and should ideally reach into adult reader circles, as well as mature teens.” —Midwest Book Review 

“Deady shows an ability to switch from adult to young adult horror with the ease and confidence of a true wordsmith. The Clearing is a fast-paced supernatural tale, intelligent and sparkling with great characters, and more than a few chills. Superb.” —Dave Jeffery, author of Beatrice Beecham’s Cryptic Crypt and Ship of Shadows


**About the Author**
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Tom Deady’s first novel, Haven, was published by Cemetery Dance in 2016 and won the Bram Stoker Award® for Superior Achievement in a First Novel. He has since published a novel entitled, Eternal Darkness, as well as several short stories and novellas, his most recent being Coleridge.

His novel, The Clearing, is book one in a horror trilogy and inspired by true events. (Vesuvian Books, 2021) Tom holds a master’s degree in English and Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University, is an Active member of the Horror Writers Association, and a member of the New England Horror Writers. He resides in Massachusetts where he is working on his next novel.

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