Writer in the Wilderness
Hilton Everett Moore is a published author of short stories and has his first book, "North of Nelson, Volume I" in distribution. You can get your very own copy here by clicking on Catalog at the top of the page.
In this book you will find six gripping short stories set in the wilderness of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan which will hold the reader spellbound as the various protagonists live, and sometimes perish, in this often harsh and rugged land. The mythical village of Nelson frames the life and plights of the various actors as they plunge headlong physically, psychologically, and metaphorically, into the treacherous waters of the Sturgeon River Country, where humans live precariously on the edge of a knife, and every mistake could be fatal.
Hilton Moore was named the Winner of Editor's Choice award for his short story, "A Silent Mistress" on the Illinois State University's online magazine, "Euphemism". You can read this story for free at: https://english.illinoisstate.edu/euphemism/16-1/
Two short stories are in print in the U.P. Reader publication. Titles: "Requiem for Ernie" and "A Dog Named Bunny".
Hilton's second short story collection, "North of Nelson, Volume II is now in distribution. You can get your copy my clicking on Catalog at the top of the page.
In this book you will find five compelling short stories that will captivate even the most jaded reader with frankness and audacity. Moore holds nothing back, no subject is out of bounds, no apologies are given, as he exposes stories of incest and lust, love, and hate.
Please scroll down and see some of the reviews Hilton has received for both volumes.
Make sure you check out his website at: www.writerinthewilderness.com for information on other projects, products, and sometimes a contest for cool free stuff.
Review North of Nelson, Volume I
Ruth Ananda (Matthews)
A very raw masculine perspective and a strong sense of place. His bittersweet, sometimes brutal stories, when read as a collection, span over a hundred years. He describes Northernmost Michigan, its remotely sparsely populated vastness, bringing it to life with the peculiar idioms of its inhabitants.
I am privileged to have read North of Nelson, Volume I by Hilton Everett Moore and anxiously await Volume II...Not so much read I challenge, as tumbled headfirst into his collection of short stories. His intimate knowledge of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and his intimate storytelling weave together to bring simple characters into lives of human struggle. Sometimes the struggle is too hard to push oneself and bring about unthinkable but understandable choices. He has crafted incredible stories to be savored.
Sue Harrison, Author
NORTH OF NELSON should be read slowly, savoring the quirky characters, the poetry of
the words, the odd, fierce stories. Hilton Everett Moore is far more than a regional writer. His words and stories place him in high literary circles indeed. So many of his phrases or sentences elicited a bit of envy, as in "I wish I would have written that!" Beautifully illustrated throughout! A treat for
the eyes, the mind, the imagination.
Moore's stories begin as a tightly woven fabric only to be unwoven as his characters come to life. Each of which is entwined with another. He has an uncanny insight into the human condition and shows how each of us are a part of another. How our actions are not truly actions of ourselves but rather a part of a chain reaction of love and hate, life and death in our universe.
Mary C. Rajala, Retired L'Anse Area Schools
...a magnificent portrayal of the bold rural life experiences in North of Nelson. The reader will certainly be captivated by this collection of short stories.
Moore's writing has a charming flavor to it. The stories are riveting - you feel as if you're right there with his characters, sharing their experiences and emotions. Look forward to Volume II.
...the stories take you on a journey wanting to know more about each character. Good read!!!
Dr. Donald M. Hassler, Professor of English, Emeritu, Kent State University, Advisor, International Authors Publisher, Former Executive, Exxtrapolation
These six stories reminds me of the early Joyce in Dubliners. Each is a careful analysis of deep and painful emotion generated by crime or illness or simply the remote ruggedness of Upper Michigan. I think a genuine U.P. literature needs this sort of work and am glad to see it.
Robert Boldrey, M.A. in English, Professor, North Central Michigan College
Moore's stories are reminiscent of Wendell Berry and Ron Rash where geography plays an important role not only in linking the stories but also serving as another character. While the location is distinctly the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, it transcends to other locations such as southern Ohio, eastern Kentucky, Appalachia, the Ozarks, or many other tight knit rural areas where family is paramount. The central theme of relationships draws the characters not only to each other but to the place they call home. Moore reveals the same affinity to the Upper Peninsula that he allows his characters to feel.