‘The Banshee of Machrae’ promises to leave you spooked

NEWNAN, Ga.— Author Sonja Condit strives to invoke all emotions in readers at various times, but one supersedes the others.

“My favorite feeling to evoke is eeriness,” Condit said. “my eyesight is terrible and I am forever losing sight of things that are right in front of me or being surprised by tricks my eyes play on me.”

“I like to share that feeling of being in an unreliable and changeable reality,” Condit said.

There’s no shortage of eeriness, or any other emotion, in Condit’s upcoming novel “The Banshee of Machrae.”

“Reality is often unsettling,” SFK Press publisher Steve McCondichie said. “Life has a way of flipping everything we know upside down sometimes. When we read a book that does that I think it helps prepare us for those moments.”

Sonja Condit wrote her first novel, a twenty-page bildungsroman about the life of a trapdoor spider, at the age of seven. Her second novel, about a mummified cat who escaped from a museum at night and went out to have adventures with real cats, was just the beginning of her passion for telling stories that come from inside the hearts of her characters—to Sonja, plot is just an excuse to find out why people do what they do. “The Banshee of Machrae”was inspired by a news story about a couple of young people who went on an arson spree for love. Sonja is a musician and teacher in Greenville, SC, where she lives with her husband, two children, four cats, and a greyhound.

One winter night, young Kalen Machrae drives off a haunted bridge. Rescued and revived, he’s trapped between life and death. As Kalen deteriorates, Jessa, his obsessed little sister, starts setting fires, each one more ferocious and nearer to the home where her older brother lays suffering. Emmy Fane, Kalen’s girlfriend, can’t allow Jessa to kill Kalen, but she can’t bear for a declining Kalen to endlessly anguish. Struggling with her choices, Emma encounters Lilly, the Machrae family banshee and phantom spirit of the bridge. Lilly shows her myriad possibilities for each option, and how each incarnation unfolds.

Praise for “The Banshee of Machrae”:

“Wickedly smart and wildly inventive. Condit is a one-of-a-kind writer. I loved ‘The Banshee of Machrae.’”

—Karin Gillespie, author of “Love Literary Style”

“Sonja Condit leads us into a deep and powerful exploration of the haunted Machrae family. In prose as strong and searing as the elemental force of the fires that burn through the novel, we see complexities illuminated that are too dark to turn away from. Condit is an absolutely fearless writer.”

—Marlin Barton, Capote Award Winner, author of “Pasture Art”

More information about “The Banshee of Machrae” can be found at: http://sfkpress.com/the-banshee-of-machrae/

Purchase “The Banshee of Machrae” September 11 from your favorite local Southern independent bookseller or online.

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Who do we become in the wake of tragedy? SFK Press author Rebecca Davis answers this question in her intricate and sensitive debut novel. Inspired by a gruesome murder that occurred near her hometown of Germanton, NC in 1929, Amidst This Fading Light explores life, death, and what it means to carry on as people deal with what fate brings upon them. Get 2017 SFK Novel Contest winner Amidst This Fading Light in paperback and eBook format now!



When There’s Summer Left, There’s Reading Left

Why not check out SFK Press author Cathy Adams’s hysterical and haunting novel about a disjointed working-class family striving to piece together the shreds of their tattered American Dream? A Body’s Just as Dead is available in paperback and eBook format now!

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