BELL WEATHER: A Novel

bell-weather-3d“THE TIME IS FAR OFF, THE PLACE IS CHARMING STRANGE, AND THIS IS ROLLICKING, JAW-CLENCHING ADVENTURE.”

– Katherine Dunn, author of Geek Love

A captivating adventure set in a fantastical world where a young woman must uncover the secrets of her past while confronting the present dangers of a magical wilderness

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Me in THE TIMES UNION

BELL WEATHER and I are featured in The Times Union today. There are some fine pictures of our dog Bones.

Dennis Mahoney crafts sentences that take your breath away.

The paragraphs of his virtuoso new novel, “Bell Weather,” move across the page like a summer thunderstorm, ominous and volatile, crackling with electricity and portent…

Due out July 7 from Henry Holt, “Bell Weather” is a dark fabulist adventure tale set in a twisted version of 18th-century America. Mad Max-esque ne’er-do-wells known as Maimers roam the forests and byways, terrorizing the populace with ritualistic butchery. There is a “Game of Thrones” vibe embedded in the narrative.

Full article…

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Booklist Loves BELL WEATHER

If the core of fantasy is about creating an ideal world in which a reader can explore and adventure with their heroes, Dennis Mahoney is an author who reaches deep into the heart of the genre. . . . Mahoney proves he can make a world that’s both dream-like and substantial with vivid descriptions, clever dialogue, and relatable characters. Those wanting to find fantastical escape from the everyday world are advised to pick up BELL WEATHER for satisfying summer reading. — BOOKLIST

Bell Weather

Molly Bell

Molly-Bell

Maimers

Maimers

Researching an Imaginary World

bell-weather-3dBELL WEATHER was my first foray into worldbuilding. Put simply, I made everything up as I went, but the reality was a lot weirder and more complicated.

The story’s earliest elements bubbled when I was still an unpublished author, six months before my first novel, Fellow Mortals, found a loving editor. I had begun to fear I’d never get published, but I knew that writing was good for me — a healthy compulsion — and that I would probably work on novels for the rest of my life. With half-a-century of writing ahead, I wanted to revel in the job, and so I conceived of new characters and places that would inexhaustibly fascinate me.

Continue reading a NecessaryFiction.com

Lord Augustus Bell

Lord-Augustus-Bell

Grayport

Grayport

Floria

Floria

Dr. Benjamin Knox

Dr-Benjamin-Knox

Me in The Saratogian

I answered five questions about writing and BELL WEATHER in The Saratogian newspaper:

1. What is the book about?

BELL WEATHER is a mystery-adventure about a young woman confronting dangers in a reimagined, fantastical 18th-century. The fantasy elements are secondary. It’s essentially a big, old-fashioned suspense story in a strangely familiar world.

2. What inspired you?

I wanted to write something extraordinarily fun — an entertaining story that felt rich instead of flimsy…

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