||Amber Quill Press
||Oct 1 2001
When teenage friends Angel and Peter begin searching for Angel’s missing father, they discover two forces more powerful than any they ever imagined possible—the light of a beautiful first love, and the darkness that has caused so many local children to suddenly die or disappear. It's a discovery that could cost them everything—including their lives...
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In a small southern town called Grimshaw, fourteen-year-old Angel Fallow lives in misery. Her Bible-quoting stepfather beats her if she dares break his fanatical rules. Her mother is cold and distant. Angel's only outlet is trips to the woods for secret, forbidden meetings with classmate Peter St. Thomas, her best and only friend.
Angel has always believed that her natural father died right after her birth. So when she learns that he actually disappeared and was presumed dead, she is instilled with hopes of finding him and a chance at a normal life. When Angel and Peter begin searching for Angel’s father, they discover two forces more powerful than any they ever imagined possible—the light of a beautiful first love, and the darkness that has caused so many of Grimshaw's children to suddenly die or disappear. As their relationship deepens, they unearth evidence of a local Satanist cult, its sacrifices of innocent children, and its horrifying connection to Angel’s father. That same cult conducts its gruesome rituals with children who fit their physical profile, within the same woods where they meet. And they realize their discovery could cost them everything—including their lives...
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…Feeling confused, threatened, and in general, upset all over again, Angel began to run toward home, a fresh geyser of tears erupting down her face.
When the house came into view, she spotted Grandma rocking in a chair on the front porch. As sick as Grandma had been, Angel had expected her to be in bed. Certainly, she hadn't anticipated having to face her before she even got in the house. If she didn't get real cool real quick, she knew Grandma would pick up on something being wrong. Slowing to a walk, she sniffled, took a few deep breaths, and rubbed her hands across her cheeks to wipe away her tears.
"You're back early today, child."
Angel nodded and climbed the steps.
Grandma caught sight of her face. "And you're awfully flushed."
"It's just from running home to try to get out of the rain."
"Then why the dreary face?" Grandma leaned forward. "You're upset over what was in that box, aren't you?"
"No, Grandma. Peter forgot to bring my father's stuff, is all. And he's in trouble with his folks, so he had to go home early and can't come back today." It was a partial truth, anyway.
Grandma raised a wary eyebrow. "You're sure he really forgot and can't come back? Or do you think maybe he left everything at home deliberately? To try to do what's best for you and protect you, like I am?"
The same idea had crossed Angel's mind. But she was too upset and exhausted to think about that anymore, much less discuss it. In fact, she wanted nothing more than to peel off her wet clothes, soak in a bath, and cry. Shrugging, she placed her hand on the doorknob.
Grandma sighed. "I suppose it doesn't matter much one way or the other. Least it won't if I decide to come forward with what I know. That's what I'm thinking about doing."
Angel whirled around. "You mean you're going to tell me what's in that box? What you've been hiding?"
"I'm not sure I'm going to tell you directly. It's something that would be very hard for me to say to you. What I mean is I am thinking of going to others, others who can do something about it. It'll cost me everything. But I'm an old woman. I don't have much longer to live now. At least I can die knowing I tried to do the right thing. Besides, maybe it could actually help you somehow, too."
That statement made Angel believe more than ever that her father was still alive. She decided to try one further plea. "You know, Grandma, by this time tomorrow, I will have found out the truth from Peter—at least most of it. So why don't you go ahead and tell me what you know and how it could help me?"
"No more questions, child. I'm just thinking about this. I haven't decided for sure."
During the conversation, Angel's eyes fell upon the grove of trees across the road. That's when she spotted something black among the leafy green foliage. The top of it narrowed into a point, like the top of a hood. Then it moved. A person.
She pointed across the road. "Grandma, look!"
"Don't you see…?" The shape had disappeared.
"See what, Angel?"
"Someone was out there, Grandma." Her voice trembled. "I think they were watching us."
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Sacrifice--Reviewed by Roberta Austen, Murder and Mayhem Book Club
During the deep recession of 1973 the small town of Grimshaw was harder hit than most. Jobs dried up with the closings of many businesses. Then there was the further hard blow when a severe drought caused many farms to fail. John Weekly is truly desperate because he has three children to support and has lost his wife, who died in childbirth. One night when his children are sleepless from hunger, he
is visited by a red-eyed creature who claims to be Satan. Satan says he will restore prosperity if John sacrifices his 12 year old daughter and other children from Grimshaw on a regular basis. When John refuses, the demon blinds him with fire.
Two years later, Ansel, a Grimshaw resident, has evidence that here is a Satanic cult in the area. Instead of being rewarded, he finds himself in the woods by a campfire with hooded figures who have guns. They threaten him if he does not join them.
The story fast forwards fourteen years to 1989. Angel Fallow is a pretty fourteen year old who never knew her father Ansel and does not know how he died. She lives a life of quiet desperation with her mother and a stepfather, who is a zealot who beats her in the name of Godly discipline. Her only friend is Peter, and she
has to sneak to see him to avoid her stepfather's wrath. The two of them begin investigating her father's death and uncover more than they bargained for.
Ms. Wuesthoff's debut novel brings a fresh new voice to the horror genre. She has a pitch perfect ear for dialog and sees inside the psyche of the young adult. This is a chilling tale in which good does not always win, but there is still a spiritual element that gives hope. This story is essential for our times when too many people seem to be making "deals with the devil" with disastrous results that effect many innocents. There is a sequel planned and I will be looking forward to this and other future books by this talented new writer.
Sacrifice--Reviewed by Mayra Calvani, for Ebook Reviews Weekly, Electronic Book reviews, Reader To Reader, Blether, BeWrite, and Horror Authors Network.
Eighteen years ago, in a small southern town named Grimshaw, a devastating economic recession which was sweeping the nation took its hold. Shops, factories and cafes closed, crops withered, cattle perished, leaving Grimshaw residents, mostly farmers, hopeless and desperate.
Doesn’t God hear the mournful cries of his children? Don’t goodness and innocence count at all?
As their prayers were left unanswered, the people of the town succumbed to a terrible depression until one chilling night when the Devil himself welcomed them with all their misery into his evil embrace. Indeed, the Devil offered his protection… in exchange for sacrifice.
And suddenly Grimshaw began to prosper. Once again businesses opened, crops and cattle thrived. The residents, however, behind a friendly exterior, became secretive, bizarre.
Now, fourteen years later, two young teenagers, Angel and Peter, united by an unbreakable bond of friendship as well as deep love, begin to wonder about Grimshaw.
Why are there so many children graves in the cemetery? Why do so many Grimshaw children seem to disappear or die so often? Why don’t the authorities do something about it? Why are people so strange, with their artificial smiles and cold probing eyes?
As Angel and Peter make one terrible discovery after another, Angel realizes her real father’s mysterious disappearance so many years ago is somehow related to these discoveries. Is her real father still alive? Will she be able to find him and save herself from her stepfather’s self-righteous abuse? But above all, will Angel and Peter save themselves from the grim and evil destiny that awaits them?
I literarily finished the book in two days. Like a puppet master, Ms. Wuesthoff kept me turning those pages and played with my mind as I was filled with a whirlpool of unsettling emotions—hopelessness, fear, outrage, sadness, and above all, terror. Oozing with suspense, this is a powerful and horrifying story that will linger in my thoughts and disturb my dreams for months to come. Indeed, Ms. Wuesthoff will likely become a name to be reckoned with in the horror genre. A definite keeper in my bookshelf, I urge you to grab a copy of this one. Pleasant dreams.
Sacrifice --Reviewed by Shelina Emery, MyShelf.com
Grimshaw, a small southern town, was once faced with ruin. One night a man makes a deal with the devil, and all changes. Angel has lived there all her life with her mother and stepfather, who is a religious fanatic and beats Angel on a daily basis. Angel had always dreamed about her real father, who was killed in an accident, or so she was told. Her one true friend is forbidden to her because she is not allowed to associate with boys. Angel always finds a way to meet Peter in the woods, and they build a lasting friendship.
As Peter and Angel’s relationship grows, they begin to discover long buried secrets about the small town: children and animals missing, only to be found later, heads gone and pentagrams carved into their chests. Peter is determined to escape with Angel, as he has loved her all his life.
This book is amazing! The suspense was gripping, and the story itself was spine tingling. It was so believable, I literally got chills! Not to mention an explosive ending that will leave you gasping, wishing it was not over. I will most definitely be watching for more from this author. This book comes highly recommended.
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Reader Reviews for "Sacrifice"
|Reviewed by Regis Schilken
|Hello Ms. Wueshtwoff.,
I like truly scary horror books--those that COULD really happen. I just finished reading Collecting Cooper to be released in a few months. If you'd like a review of your work, please contact
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|Reviewed by Gerald Tate
|I have just recently come on to the site myself, and I was browsing around the different authors. This girl Macey caught my eye because in her Bio, she seemed full of hope, (the next S King etc.) Then I noticed she has been on the site for a couple of years, yet nothing seems to be happening with her. Please just let me say to her that I was very impressed by her style of writing. Well, that is the short excerpts that I have read. My advice to you (for what its worth) Macey is. Don't give up. There is potentially a great writer hidden in there somwhere.
Best of luck. Gerry, Author of Cappawhite
|Reviewed by Nickolaus Pacione
|I am giving an updated review of this novel and this is long overdue after the two years I've had working with Macey on Tabloid Purposes and its second sequel. Then seeing her as an editor she knows what she's doing in the genre. This is coming from A Christian author, but the delivery in this novel is one that rivals a number of female horror authors. The level of brutality in this story is that that can give Richard Matheson a run for his money.
It is a hell of a horror novel, and the ending is one of those that caught me by surprise. Angel Fallow is a character you will remember or relate to because she represents a small population of teens who were messed with emotionally.
This novel calls to mind some of the early Stephen King novels I've read in the sense of the everyperson characters you can relate to. It even has a love story in it, which caught me by total surprise too. Macey is a good writer, actually this is a lot better than a number of the cookie cutter horror novels being produced by Leisure.
I am eager to see what Macey has to offer as far as novels go after this one, and being known as a controversial author it is very easy to appreciate what Macey has done in the short two years since first getting it published. Macey as a peer inspired me as a writer too and that inspiration will appear more in my Science fiction than the horror.
As some are saying Macey wants to be the Queen of Horror, with a book like this she can already call herself the Queen of the Southern Gothic. I know because I read a lot of her short fiction and the story that comes close to this as far as her brutality is the story "To Write A Wrong," and her ability as a nonfiction writer is just as noted too.
I am eager to see what she does with nonfiction too if she can scare with fiction. A mild mannored southern Bell but someone who I can say is misplaced in the South because Sacrifice reads like a Midwestern Horror novel -- it's fucken brutal.
|Reviewed by Andy Lawson
|Macey Baggett Wuesthoff has definitely caught my attention with this totally capitivating story of innocence and plot. If an author can make you "smell" the night, "fell" the trees touch you, and "hear" the gallop of the horse that Peter rode so many times to meet Angel, then a great book is born. I could feel all of this and so much more the entire time I was reading Sacrifice. From Lance's harshness to Grandma's kindness, this adventure into Satan's cult is well executied and descripitively supreme. Great choices of character and adjetives make the ending quick and definitely leaves you wanting more from this author. Please tell me there will be more! I can only say thank you so much Macey for a "scary" read. This is what a horror book should be, and more. GREAT WORK!|
|Reviewed by Martha Lawrence
|Sacrifice is a very well written novel by Macey Baggett Wuesthoff. This book will keep you in total suspense from the first page to the very last page. I became so caught up in the book that I could not stop thinking about it until I completed it in two days. Wow, what a marvel this book is to anyone who loves a good horror story. Each and every character is so very well described you can picture that character as you read this book. I love a book that keeps you spellbound trying to figure out how it will all end. No one will be able to figure out the ending to this one! I have read on Macey's publilsher's website that she is writing a sequel to Sacrifice, and I cannot wait to purchase this novel as soon as it is out. I also feel that this novel would make one heck of a good movie! I give this book 10 stars! I read where Macey Baggett Wuesthoff wants to be the next Stephen King. Well, I think she will be well noted one day as the "Queen of Horror."|
|Reviewed by James Lester
|I have read Sacrifice by Macey Baggett Wuesthoff and found this book spell binding, unable to put it down until finished. The characters become real to you, like family. You fear for them and worry about them. Days or weeks later you will find yourself thinking about this book, Angel and Peter. I highly reccommend this book to any "horror" addict like myself. The end will leave you breathless and wanting more, I can't wait for the sequel and sure hope there is one. Buy this book for your self or as gifts for those horror fans of yours. You will not be dissapointed. One heck of a book rated ten stars.|
|Reviewed by Shirley Cheng
|That sounds like a very interesting and scary read! I'd love to read it someday.|