The Hallowmere series was created for Mirrorstone, the now defunct young adult publishing imprint of Wizards of the Coast. At the time, the series was meant to be the flagship of Mirrorstone’s program, a dark, historical fantasy that began in Reconstruction-era Virginia and moved to Victorian Scotland and London. Due to the rapid publishing schedule, the last three books were co-authored, though basically written to the original plot line.
Origins of Hallowmere
The origins of Hallowmere come from “The Marsh King’s Daughter,” a fairytale by Hans Christian Anderson that has fascinated me since childhood. In it, a young girl is born of the union of an Egyptian princess and the Marsh King. By day, she is a sullen girl and by night a sweet if horrific-looking toad. I had long wanted to retell this fairytale, but my attempts didn’t truly click until she set it around the time of the American Civil War.
Trying to think of a series name was difficult. I kept a running list of words and phrases, wanting to encompass the epic struggle between Hallowed and Unhallowed Fey. Ultimately, when I realized that the Fey came to a sacred pool to renew their energies–Hallowmere–the series name was born.
Books and Stories in the Hallowmere series (in chronological order):
“Blackwater Baby” – Published in MAGIC IN THE MIRRORSTONE, this origin story of Mara (the Marsh King’s Daughter) tells how she was found in the swamps in the Low Country of South Carolina and smuggled away from her father by Father Joseph.
“Black Gold” – First appearing in the now out-of-print charity anthology e-book, BREAKING WAVES, this story told from the point of view of the Fey Prince chronicles his first encounter with Mara during the Battle of New Orleans.
IN THE SERPENT’S COILS – Orphaned by the Civil War, Corrine Jameson tries to begin life anew with her mysterious uncle. But it seems shadows from her past are hounding her. Sent to Falston Reformatory School for Young Ladies, Corrine hopes she’s escaped only to find her troubles are even worse. As the Unhallowed Fey close in on the school, Corrine and her friends must decide how they will manage to keep from disappearing like so many girls before them.
BY VENOM’S SWEET STING – After the destruction of Falston, Corrine and her friends must follow the Unhallowed to their origins in Scotland. But how will they tell the difference between truth and lies? It’s a race to find out in this second installment of the Hallowmere series.
BETWEEN GOLDEN JAWS – Chasing the rathstones to London, Corrine and her friends become even more deeply embroiled in the bitter war between the Fey. When the Fey Prince offers Corrine a deal, she must choose between the Prince she can’t resist and the friends who have become dearer to her than family.
MAIDEN OF THE WOLF (with Angelika Ranger) – In a last-ditch effort to stop the Unhallowed, a great magic has been unleashed that throws the friends across space and time into separate raths. Lost in the ancient domain of Countess Bathory, Ilona must find a way to rejoin her friends and avoid the dark temptations that threaten.
QUEEN OF THE MASQUERADE (with Amanda Jenkins) – Christina must solve not only the riddle of where she has landed in medieval France, but also of who she is. Who is the strange young man who plagues her and how can she escape her waking nightmares?
ORACLE OF THE MORRIGAN (with Paul Crilley) – Ever plagued by the sight, Siobhan is thrust back to the very beginnings of the Unhallowed deal with the Morrigan herself. Can Siobhan overcome her fears to become the seer she was meant to be?
Regarding Books 7-10
Originally contracted to span ten books, the series was canceled at Book 6. Since the Hallowmere series belongs to Wizards, I legally cannot finish the series unless and until they release the copyright to me. A petition from readers is available online here.
I often get emails from flustered fans wondering what happened to the last books. They’re usually some variation of “Did you quit?” “Why are you leaving us hanging?” I just want readers to know that I promise I didn’t quit and I’m not leaving you hanging on purpose. One day, I’d love to go back and finish.
But until then…no, I won’t tell you the end. 😉