When men start to disappear once again in the cover of night - their bloody hearts turning up on doorsteps - the village falls into frenzied madness.
Hans and Greta, two outcast orphans, find themselves facing accusations of witchcraft and are met with an ultimatum: burn at the stake, or leave the village forever.
With nowhere else to go, they abandon their only home.
As they venture into the strange forest, their path is fraught with horrific creatures, wild and vivid hallucinations, and a mysterious man tied to the witch's past.
The Shrike is watching, just beyond the deep darkness of the woods.
The Shrike and The Shadows is a dark and twisted take on the Hansel and Gretal fairytle. I love this retelling! The author delivered a fast paced thrill ride that left me on the edge of my seat.
The narrator, Ryan Haugen, lent the perfect voice to the story as it leapt to life from my speakers.
Amazon Best Selling Author, Chantal Gadoury, is a 2011 graduate from Susquehanna University with a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing. Since graduation, she has published "The Songs in Our Hearts" with 48Fourteen Publishing, and "Allerleirauh" with Parliament House Press, with future titles to follow. Chantal first started writing stories at the age of seven and continues with that love of writing today. Writing novels for Chantal has become a life-long dream come true! When she's not writing, she enjoys painting, drinking lots of DD Iced Coffee, and watching Disney classics. Chantal lives in Muncy, Pennsylvania with her Mom, Sister and furry-'brother' (aka, puppy) Taran.
About the Author: A.M Wright
A.M. Wright is an Ohio native, perched on the shores of Lake Erie for as long as she can remember. She is a graduate of Walsh University and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Corporate Communications, with two minors in Marketing and Writing. She has a passion for reading, writing, and drawing; and has a particularly strong love for shojo-manga and all genres of anime. When A.M. Wright isn't focused on her day job, she is sorting through submissions, writing too many stories to keep track of, and playing video games with her fiance in a townhouse that's just a fifteen minute drive from "The Roller Coaster Capital of the World."
A Word from Chantal Gadoury
When A.M Wright and I started to write “The Shrike & the Shadows,” I started a score playlist to listen to - to capture the atmosphere I imagined in our novel. For me, it was so important to be in the right mind-frame to write our dark fairytale retelling. All of it was inspired by the song A.M Wright originally shared with me, when we began to plan out our story:
In the Woods Somewhere: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMk-Nb_viR8
This song played a major role in our writing, and inspired much of the story, the woods, and our characters.
Take a listen to my personal “Shrike & the Shadows” playlist that I listened to as I wrote. This playlist is mostly all classical/score music - as I avoid listening to music with words when writing. When I write, scenes almost unfold in my mind like a movie; so added dialogue can at times, kill the situation.
The Shrike & the Shadows Score:
You can also experience the Various Artist Playlist I created: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5KjrgXZsz8uoSyGppF6D59?si=-EgsqaisRc69yHZ7dsGi8g
Main Titles (Sleepy Hollow) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzDdneyRxvE
The Gravel Road: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ro4FHd51t4
Snow White: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNieoRfBqcU
A Window to the Past: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrZB9nPMvS4
Mistake of Your Life: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DquoNl7GsQ8
Main Titles (Chocolat): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7De42gw0jc
Show Me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K79ig2PKP3Y
Day One: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DITy3T2BgbI
Ryan Haugen tried to write for a long time. He has nothing to show for it - in fact this is the first time he’s sat down to write since college.
Actually, he isn’t even sitting right now. He’s standing, and coming to grips with how writing has always caused him to deceive himself. So, that honest work tied to fiction would ever materialize shocks even him.
As a narrator, Ryan has no formal qualifications or training.
As a producer, he has an above-average grasp of Windows 10 and Audacity.
As a purveyor of twist endings, he would have you know he quit his day job to pursue narration full time in his home studio after 7 months of part-time narration, and 15 books narrated.
Ever engaged, passionate, and consumptive of all forms of media, Ryan floats in bewildered contentment at the notion anyone would want to listen to him speak for dozens of hours, but hopes you enjoy his youthful performances in the tales he tells, and that by now, you truly believe he is a better storyteller than he is writer."