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Lenoir-Rhyne University professor releases contemporary fantasy novel

Lenoir-Rhyne University professor releases contemporary fantasy novel
Lenoir-Rhyne University professor releases contemporary fantasy novel

Dale Bailey, Ph.D., professor of English at Lenoir-Rhyne University and a critically acclaimed author of seven books, announces the release of his latest fiction titled, "In the Night Wood." He will have a reading and book signing at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Barnes & Noble bookstore, Hickory, North Carolina, and at 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14, at Malaprop's Bookstore/Café, Asheville, North Carolina.

Bailey's novel features Charles Hayden, a failed father, husband, and scholar, who hopes to put his life back together with a new project: a biography of Caedmon Hollow. Deep in mourning from the loss of his young daughter, Hayden and his wife, Erin, pack up their American lives and settle in Hollow's remote Yorkshire mansion. In the neighboring village, Charles meets a woman he might have loved, a child who could have been his daughter, and the ghost of a self he hoped to bury. Erin, paralyzed by her grief, immerses herself in pills and painting images of a horned terror in the woods.

"'In the Night Wood,' is a ghost story, but it's also a story about grief, loss, and redemption," Bailey said.

A graduate of Bethany College, Bailey earned his bachelor's degree in English. He received both his master's degree and doctorate in English from the University of Tennessee. His two most recent books, "The End of the End of Everything: Stories" and "The Subterranean Season: A Novel," were both published in 2015. His story "Death and Suffrage" was adapted for Showtime's "Masters of Horror" television series. His short fiction has won the Shirley Jackson Award and the International Horror Guild Award, has been nominated for the Nebula and Bram Stoker awards, and has been reprinted frequently in best-of-the-year anthologies, including "The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy."

In 2016, Bailey received the LR Faculty Scholar Award, which is presented to the faculty member who has made the greatest contribution to his or her discipline during the academic year.