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The Remaking

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  665 ratings  ·  230 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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Jun 11, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr
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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." ...more
Jan 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-books
The Remaking by Clay McLeod Chapman is a horror story I was prepared to enjoy but, unfortunately, I found it to be stagnant and boring. This is the story of Ella Louise Ford and her daughter Jessica who were burned at the stake under suspicion of being witches. This crime was committed by some of the townspeople of Pilot’s Creek in Virginia who subsequently met their end in grim fashion. Twenty years later, an ambitious director comes to town to make a movie about the unfortunate mother and ...more
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 ...more
...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've been watching The Haunting of Hill House and it reminded me how much I utterly love horror/ghost stories. It used to be my "go to" genre of choice. I thought I had left it behind, but it's back: my craving for a good, well told ghost story. The Remaking is a fantastic tale, the type you tell around a campfire to scare the heebie-jeebies out of everyone else. From the very first line in the story until the very last, I was captivated, enthralled with the story and the method the author used ...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,
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I won this as a goodreads giveaway. Thank you Quirk Books and Penguin Random House.

After you read the book make sure you study the cover on the dust wrapper.

Once I got into it, the story was a fast read. And while reading it I kept thinking about all of the off kilter 1970’s horror flicks that I have seen. Especially “Let’s Scare Jessica To Death”.

I see this book as an homage to the horror film genre and good set piece for the fall season.
Amy Imogene Reads
1.5 stars

The Remaking had all of the ingredients to make a hit—a ghost story, a spooky film myth, and the Groundhog Day-type concept of repeated actions. Why did it go so wrong??

Writing: 1/2

Alright, so the gist of the novel is this: A urban legend ghost story about a woman named Ella Louise and her witch-child daughter, Jessica, is told around the campfire to young boys (maybe girls, but mainly boys it appears). Ella Louise and Jessica were burned alive one night by a group of
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, ...more
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
"A good ghost story gets told...and retold. It's in the telling where the tale takes on a life of its own. A ghost story grows. It exists on the breath of those who tell it."


I had so much fun reading The Remaking! This book has so many things I love - horror movies, ghost stories, true crime podcasts, and a spooky setting. The cover is eye-catching, and I was hooked on the story immediately.

This story is told in 4 different sections - the original ghost story, the filming of the movie about
Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
Nov 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
I absolutely love the concept for this book. It’s the reiteration of a scary tale from the true story to the urban legend to a movie to a meta remake to a podcast that wants to uncover the truth about it all.

It is instantly intriguing, right? If you're into horror movies at all, I know this one is making your Spidey senses tingle. The remake concept is not really applied to books—it is weird when you think about it. It feels like it would be a violation to re-write someone else’s book, and yet
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 them. When
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror, giveaway
*Received via NetGalley for review*

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The Remaking focuses on the titular remaking of an
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 succeeded. Mostly, I
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 time setting,
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, fiction, witchy
A fun take on the horror genre that utilizes an immersive and fresh concept to accomplish what it sets out to do.

There are nods to all the great horror cliches and tropes, and even some examination of them, and there is definitely an underlying nuance of the residual effects of appropriating someone else's story to make it our own for our own gain. In this case, the book examines the urban legend of a mother and daughter burned at the stake by their town's men after being accused of witchcraft
Octavia (ReadsWithDogs)
The perfect book for anyone who sighs when their favorite horror movie is remade and also anyone who loves witchy tropes and final girl stories with spookiness.

An ideal book to start October with! The story follows the urban legend of the little witch girl as it's made into a slasher in the 70's, and a remake in the 90's each time with weird things happening on set- especially to the girl cast as the witch.
The original movie girl tries to figure out if she's haunted and goes on a popular true
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.
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 witch-hunt. Ella
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Alittle different than I thought it'd be but I couldn't stop reading it!
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
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 ...more
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
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.
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, horror
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.
Faith Hurst-Bilinski
Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The last two books I've read have been tales of revenge. Two very different books. Here we have tales based on the true story of a woman and her daughter killed long ago by a group of men who declared them witches. You can find pictures of the real cild grave easily enough and read all the stories and mythology attached. The fact remains, this woman and this child were murdered.

The fictional tale that we come upon starts with it's own retelling of this story by a local cursed to spread the word
Whitney Gaston
Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it
This book had so much potential to it! I do hate it when I get super drawn in by a book and think the premise is amazing, and then it just kind of lets me down.
I liked a lot of things about this story--I don't normally read horror books, but I really was drawn in my the concept of an urban legend meeting modern technology.
I also LOVED how the author took this legend through 3 different genres of film-making. The first rendition of the Little Witch Girl Ghost story is done on a low budget movie
Dec 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
I love horror movies, anything scary and I'm in, which is why I was intrigued by The Remaking.

Sadly, The Remaking didn't meet my standards, but then I do have high standards.

Except, when a book is billed as horror or scary I want to feel a tingle, or something in that emotional realm.

Instead, I got a book that was 20% story, and 60% about movie-making and the rest about horror movie mythology, horror cons and how obsessed horror movie fans can get, like any genre fan.

It was as if the author
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Very interesting take on a ghost story but I was hoping for more resolution at the end.
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