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The Remaking

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  188 ratings  ·  99 reviews
Inspired by a true story, this supernatural thriller for fans of horror and true crime follows a tale as it evolves every twenty years—with terrifying results.

Ella Louise has lived in the woods surrounding Pilot’s Creek, Virginia, for nearly a decade. Publicly, she and her daughter Jessica are shunned by their upper-crust family and the Pilot’s Creek residents. Privately,
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by Quirk Books
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Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
"These woods whisper...the woods know what the people of Pilot's Creek have done." The residents of Pilot's Creek, Virginia, a superstitious town, felt that Ella Louise Ford was "touched". As a child, she made dolls that looked like totems. (like effigies) Shunned by the populace, disowned by her parents, she raised her daughter Jessica, supporting the family of two, with Ella's Apothecary Shop nestled in the woods. There were"...miracle cures...roots and leaves and fungi of all kinds." Unfortun ...more
Jun 11, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr
Shelves: reviewed
look at the cover!!!

it's a danger noodle

but it could be a nope rope

who's to say
...for fans of horror and true crime...

Side Note: Is it just me or are ouroboros all the rage right now???

They seem to be popping up everywhere.
I mean, I dig it, but what gives?
I was hooked by the concept of The Remaking. It tracks the evolution of a local ghost story about a 'little witch girl' through several decades. We hear the original 1930s campfire tale first: a suspected witch, Ella Louise Ford, was hounded out of the town of Pilot's Creek after bringing disgrace upon her family. She lived in the woods, helping desperate locals with herbal remedies, until she was accused of causing a woman's miscarriage and became the subject of a literal witch-hunt. Ella Louise and her ...more
Mae Crowe
Aug 15, 2019 rated it liked it
*Received an ARC through a Goodreads giveaway, as run by Quirk Books. Thank you!

The Remaking... Where do I start with The Remaking?

I suppose I should say right up front that I'm extremely conflicted about this book. It's this odd mixture of a poignant theme and an underwhelming story that I usually only find in classic literature. That is to say, I could write essays on this book and thoroughly enjoy exploring the implications, but the reading experience itself was somewhat lacking. As a result, I've been/>The
The Remaking is told in 4 chapters, a chronological story that follows an urban legend about a woman, Ella Louise, and her daughter, Jessica, in the small town of Pilots Creek, Virginia. It starts with a man at a campfire, who requires a bottle of booze as his payment for a story about the tale of the two witches. He tells his tale in a reminiscent way - talking about the mother and daughter and how they were not only sought out for their cures but also outcast from society and eventually, burne ...more
Oct 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed parts I & II of this book, was mostly just irritated during part III, and just ready to be done by part IV...

I was super intrigued by the premise of this book and the pacing of the first two sections felt really good and I was absolutely rooting for Amber, the child actor. Adult Amber, however, made me roll my eyes completely and the writing became overwrought & incredibly repetitive. If the author's goal was to make me despise the main character, he succeede
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Definitely a good read and will have you flipping pages. I like how the book is laid out and different from chapter to chapter, but it takes a moment to be fully clear on who’s the focus of a segment. Otherwise a fun idea, more thriller than horror but interesting and well done.
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, owned
Entertaining read revolving around a campfire urban legend growing in scope each generation. It's not scary itself but a great homage to scary stories and cult movies. And wow, really a fast read! I read 240 pages in one sitting last night and finished up beside the pool today.

3.5 rounded up.
Domonic Gaccetta
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Started reading this today. Mostly because I saw the author at comic con and he sold me and my group of friends on the book. The premise of telling the same story through four different lenses sounds spectacular.

Clay gets five stars for being an awesome guy and chatting with me and my friends. He also may have mentioned he checks good reads so this is my way of saying thank you again for a great panel and giving some insight into the processes for maintaining and building suspense. You and the
Jun 05, 2019 added it
Thanks to Mr. Chapman and Quirk books for the Advance Reader Copy of The Remaking. I read several different genre's and particularly enjoy thrillers, horror, and some true crime, so when I saw the synopsis I quickly requested. I did enjoy the book, it is a little different than what I was expecting, a little more on the YA side, which is fine, I just usually enjoy more adult themes in my horror. That being said I do read Graphic Novels, including some by Mr. Chapman and I enjoy them. If you enjo ...more
Sarah Anna
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Remaking begins with a campfire story - the type of story you'll have heard before: a small town tragedy that has developed over the years into an urban legend, a ghost story. Every single town in the world has one - my own town has one, not altogether dissimilar to the one depicted in the novel - witches, innocent women, persecuted due to ignorance, fear and mania.

After this introduction we are thrust into the 1970s and the pulp horror of the time. The two perspectives of this t
Megan Houde
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
The premises of this book was really intriguing. Take a real life ghost story that over time has been turned into an urban legend and turn it into a book. Yep that’s what the author did. And he wrote it perfectly, that sometimes these stories never leave you no matter how many times they’re told.

Our main character Amber is a child actor when she gets a role in a horror film starring as the little ghost girl of Pilot Creek(based on a real story). She has a controlling mother and keeps hearing
Neelam Babul
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A gripping story!!!!!

The Remaking tracks the evolution of a local ghost story about a 'little witch girl' through several decades. We learn about the original 1930s campfire tale first, of a suspected witch, Ella Louise Ford, who was hounded out of the town of Pilot's Creek after bringing disgrace upon her family. She lived in the woods, helping desperate locals with herbal remedies, until she was accused of causing a woman's miscarriage and became the subject of a literal witc
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, own, fiction, horror
“From campfire story to ‘70’s horror flick to ‘90’s meta remake to true crime podcast...Some stories refuse to die.”

This is the story about a girl, who’s life and career are ultimately ruined by an urban legend and who ends up being the target of a witch hunt. She can’t escape the stories, the horror fans, the past and definitely not Ella Louise or Jessica Ford.

Although there were some parts that tended to drag a little in this story, I overall really enjoyed it. I especi
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Ella Louise and her daughter Jessica are accused of witchcraft and burned at the stake in Pilot's Creek Virginia. No one knows where Ella is buried but her daughter's grave is a steel reinforced coffin surrounded by a fence of interconnected crosses. Obviously, someone was afraid she would rise from the dead and come after them. Their story became an urban legend just right for campfire stories and movie making. This is a fun book not too scary but definitely creepy. It will keep you reading and ...more
Kayla Mckinney
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Those who suffer witches

The Remaking takes readers through a cycle of witch stories: a legend, a cult horror film, and the remake of the film - which is haunted by the original ghost story.

In pacing, it is reminiscent of Norman Partridge’s Dark Harvest, creating a horror film in the reader’s mind and making her turn pages faster and faster. But it’s real success lies in the almost feminine rhyme quality of its repetition (words repeat and echo throughout) paired with an understandin
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hey, I won a copy of this book from Goodreads.

So, I liked this. It was spooky, but not spooky enough to leave you sleeping with the lights on. It was a nice, comfy, atmosphere spooky, and there was enough going on to make me go 'well...okay, ONE more chapter, and then bed' more than once. Overall it was an enjoyable read, though I don't think it's one that's going to stick with me, scratching at the back of my head for more attention.

I gotta say, though, he names of the t
Horror DNA
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jennifer-turner
My favorite part of writing for Horror DNA is being exposed to unfamiliar authors and stories and falling in love. And I absolutely love Clay McLeod Chapman's The Remaking, it would totally go in my top ten books of the year list if I ever get around to making one.

You can read Jennifer's full review at Horror DNA by clicking here.
Beth Tilley
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The tragic tale of Ella Louise Ford and her daughter, Jessica. After being accused of witchcraft and burned at the stake in 1931, they are forever separated, Mother in an unmarked grave and daughter, in the cemetary. These two been searching for one another since. Their story is forever told through local folklore, a low budget horror film, another film never finished and finally a podcast. I hope that they were eventually reunited.
Lauren Bourke
Jul 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaway-wins, own
This is a good book, but I wouldn't say great. The book addresses the horror movie genre and talks about tropes and remakes, and that is what this book reads like. If the author's goal was to give any more insight into the idea of horror in literature/cinema or somehow take the genre somewhere new, he didn't quite get there. If you like basic Hollywood horror movies then this book will be entertaining, but if you were looking more substance you won't find it here. I enjoyed reading the book and ...more
Haley McGough
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to NetGalley for giving me a ARC.

I really liked The Remaking. The urban legend of Ella Louise and Jessica is terrific! Their story definitely unnerved me, which I was really hoping for. All of the references to classic horror in this book made me so happy, as a big horror fan. The cyclical nature of Ella Louise and Jessica's story is captivating and keeps you wanting to read. The only reason this wasn't a five star book is I didn't love the ending. It's still an amazing book a
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: giveaway, horror
*Received via NetGalley for review*

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Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Remaking, by Clay McLeod Chapman, is a standalone novel. The small town of Pilot's Creek, Virginia, is set apart mainly by its dark history: how the local loner Ella Louise and her young daughter Jessica were burned as witches and Jessica's grave was ringed with intertwined crosses. The story becomes the basis of a low-budget horror movie starring nine-year-old Amber Pendleton as Jessica. But Amber's life becomes inescapably connected to Jessica's death, through the movie remaking and true c ...more
Keith Chawgo
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The remaking is an interesting novel which is told over a span of a hundred years at around 20 year intervals. We have the legend, the film, the remake and the podcast – with each written in different styles. Does this work within the confines of the novel, yes and no but I’ll get to that a bit later.

The opening of the novel we have the legend of the little ghost witch was excellently done. The origin story is frightful and horrible which is steeped in legend. Chapman develops this mythos excel
Martin Gil
An intriguing concept that lacked the proper execution.

The premise of a ghost story that is retold periodically as an urban legend, a couple of films, and a podcast until it is finally solved excited me. I was lucky enough to win an advanced copy here on Goodreads (Thank you!), and before I even began reading, I flipped through the pages and liked what I saw. Bits of screenplay, radioplay, first-person narrative, and traditional third-person narrative all mixed together promised to b
Rhonda Stefani
Sep 27, 2019 rated it liked it

I'm so conflicted about The Remaking, really wanted to love this, a story inspired by true events about cursed horror films based on on witches who were burned at the stake couldn't be more up my alley in genre if it tried. Sadly for me personally, the way it was told made it ok but not great.
"Here lies Jessica Ford. May she always burn."
The Remaining is told in four parts, the campfire urban legend recounting the events in Pilot's Creek on October 16, 1931 at four
Missy (myweereads)
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
“No. You’re not here for any of those stories. You want to hear about Jessica don’t you? Course you do. That’s why you’re here, isn’t it? Tonight of all nights…Twenty years ago on this very evening. October 16, 1931”

The Remaking by Clay McLeod Chapmen It’s the horrifying supernatural story about Ella Louise who lived in the woods surrounding Pilot Creek, Virginia. Her and her daughter Jessica are publicly shunned by the locals and privately seeked out for her herbal medicine to help
When Clay McLeod Chapman and Quirk Books Editorial Director Jhanteigh Kupihea were brainstorming ideas for Chapman’s latest novel—a cerebral horror tale about a ghost story haunted by the very ghosts at its narrative core—they decided to anchor the story in an actual urban legend rather than start from scratch.

“We wanted to find a campfire tale that had been whispered around the region,” Chapman says. “Something with a little history still clinging to its ribs.”

The story
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you Quirk Books for the gifted copy.

The Remaking is part witch story, part movie making, part podcast, and a very unique read. Ella Louise and Jessica Ford (mother and daughter) were burned at the stake by an angry mob and they refuse to let the people of the town forget. The 70's roll around and now a movie is being made to tell the tale of the two Ford women. Amber gets the part of young Jessica, and what happens to her on the set of the movie changes her life forever. Cut to
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