With a Blighted Touch
In Scarburn County, Tennessee there is a small mountain community called Black Rock, known for its unusual and prevalent blight that affects all vegetation . . . 

When an unexpected death forces Christopher “Kit” McNeil to return to his small hometown in the Tennessee mountains after eighteen years, he must confront his past and a secret he’s kept since he was twelve. 

A talented guitarist with a history of bad choices and even worse luck, Kit soon reunites with an old friend and learns about recent disappearances and mysterious deaths in the area. They begin to wonder if it’s connected to what they witnessed in the woods when they were kids and if a creepy local family is involved. Stranger still, almost half of their high school graduating class has died.

When more shredded bodies begin appearing, Kit becomes a suspect. But what he discovers is even more frightening—evil has set its sights on him and his friends and it won’t stop until it gets what it needs.

Can Kit and his friends band together in time to stop this ancient evil? Or will a new reign of terror that the Cherokee once called Uyaga be unleashed to roam the earth once more? 
J. Todd Kingrea
ISBN Numbers:
Hardcover:  978-1-64397-361-6
Softcover:   978-1-64397-362-3
Ebook:         978-1-64397-363-0 
LCCN: 2023930894

Page Count: 254
Release Date: 10/24/2023
Fiction | Horror | Thriller
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With a Blighted Touch by J. Todd Kingrea
“This book was absolutely chilling in the best ways. It was suspenseful, to the point where sometimes I both wanted to and was afraid to turn the page. The imagery was gross and creepy in a way that drew me that much more into the story…” 
—Imani R., NetGalley Reviewer
“a great mix of supernatural horror, second chances, and some coming of age as well. The author really melds different elements together in a fantastic way…the main focus is always on the horror and I always appreciate that. Because there are horrors here. Nasty, brutal, and unforgiving. But we also have some well written characters that give more depth to the story. I really recommend this book and don't be by a window when you read it!” 
—Horror Reads
“Creepy and intense. Almost claustrophobic as it sucks you into a small town cursed over the centuries and the residents who cannot escape. The combination of lost dreams, a psychotic bullying family, and domestic abuse is almost suffocating in it's oppression—and the theme of Native American lore is addictive. Don't start this at night!” 
—Bonita S., NetGalley Reviewer
“I enjoyed the thrilling Folk take very much. Kept me engaged and read in one evening. Creepy, small town lore. Great book.” 
—Rachel D., NetGalley Reviewer
“I loved the small town horror aspect, this was very well written and I enjoyed the folklore elements, the prose felt almost claustrophobic, I felt sucked in and trapped in this disturbing world, would definitely recommend to horror fans!” 
—The Vampire's Library
“Reading J. Todd Kingrea’s With a Blighted Touch was like surviving a dark ride designed by Stephen King. The story of an antihero revisiting his Tennessee hometown to defeat a creeping evil was scary, delicious, and fun.” 
—Steven Ramirez, author of the Hellborn Series