It pierces the horizon, a strange, thick mist hangs heavy around the mountain, and has for as long as anyone could remember, and is the reason why Ghost Mountain is named just so. The Old Folks insist that this is a sacred spirit of protection, called up from the heart of the mountain. Most people nowadays just assumed it was a coal seam that caught fire and couldn’t be put out, but at any rate, it saved the mountain from extinction. But with every explosion in the surrounding mountainside, Ghost Mountain became ever more secluded, less connected to the outside world. It was many hours and even more miles by train on switchback tracks through thick forest before you’d arrive at the next semblance of a town. The people of Ghost Mountain were alone. Or so they thought.
High Lonesome is the story of Ghost Mountain, a remote Appalachian village populated by spirits, long-forgotten gods & the descendants of a defunct cult. We follow our hero Lonna, as she outwits gods and ghosts alike to win back her father's soul from the malevolent forces in the woods.
This project tells the story of Ghost Mountain through a series of hand-carved relief prints that are designed as illuminated manuscripts and supplemental illustrations. This page is an invitation to step into the story as I write it: a place to document the process, from taking notes in my little green book to mapping out characters in my sketchbook to pulling the final print. This is a living, breathing story. You are most welcome here, dear reader ♥