Taylor Brown


Gods of Howl Mountain

Gods of Howl Mountain Cover

I’m pleased to announce that my third novel, Gods of Howl Mountain, is now available for pre-order (links below). Here’s the scoop:

Set in the high country of 1950s North Carolina, Gods of Howl Mountain is a dark and compelling novel of family secrets, whiskey-running, vengeance, and love.

Maybelline Docherty, “Granny May,” is a folk healer with a dark past. She concocts potions and cures for the people of the mountains—her powers rumored to rival those of a wood witch—while watching over her grandson, Rory Docherty, who has returned from the Korean War with a wooden leg and nightmares of the Battle of Chosin Reservoir. Rory runs bootleg whiskey in a high-powered car to roadhouses, brothels, and private clients in the mill town at the foot of the mountains—a hotbed of violence, moonshine, and the burgeoning sport of stock-car racing.

Granny May must help her grandson battle rival runners and federal revenue agents, snake-handling pastors, and the mystery of his own haunted past: namely, the real story behind his mother’s long confinement in a mental hospital, during which she has remained completely silent.

With gritty and atmospheric prose, Taylor Brown brings to life a perilous mountain and the family who rules it, tying together past and present in one captivating narrative.

Pre-Order Gods of Howl Mountain now!





The River of Kings Giveaway

The River of Kings Giveaway


St. Martin’s Press, my publisher, has partnered with Goodreads to give away 50 free copies of my novel The River of Kings.  I would be honored for you have a copy of this book on your shelf if you don’t already.  Here’s the link for entry:  https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/253067-the-river-of-kings


Gods of Howl Mountain Giveaway!

Gods of Howl Mountain Goodreads Giveaway

My lovely publisher, St. Martin’s Press, has partnered with Goodreads to give away 100 free copies (!) of my forthcoming novel, Gods of Howl Mountain…six months ahead of the March 2018 pub date! Easy to enter — here’s the link:

Enter Giveaway


Fallen Land: 2017 Southern Book Prize Finalist!


Hugely honored for Fallen Land to be selected as one of four finalists for the 2017 Southern Book Prize in the Literary category. Congratulations to Julia Franks, whose novel Over the Plain Houses won the prize!

2017 Books All Georgians Should Read


Huge thanks to the Georgia Center for the Book for selecting The River of Kings as one of the 2017 Books All Georgians Should Read.  In some ways, this book is my love poem to the state of my birth, childhood, and formative years. I’m so grateful for the book to make this list.

Also, Fallen Land made the 2016 list!

More details here:   http://georgiacenterforthebook.org/Read-Georgia-Books/index.php



Interview on WHQR’s Communique

Huge thanks to Gina Gambony of WHQR’s Communique for having me on the show. We talk about The River of Kings, the nature of time, and I read a passage from the novel.




The River of Kings Endpapers!

I’m so damn thrilled about the endpapers in The River of Kings hardcover. Huge thanks to my editor, George Witte, and all the people at St. Martin’s Press who made these happen.

River of Kings Endpapers

Fallen Land in Paperback!

Thrilled to announce that Fallen Land is available today in paperback!  And oh what a beautiful cover! Copies are available everywhere fine books are sold, and online as well:

Pick up your copy of Fallen Land in paperback!

Fallen Land Paperback



The River of Kings: Order Now!

Buy The River of Kings

You guys, The River of Kings is now available!  Get your copy today from one of these retailers:







The River of Kings: Cover Art!

River of Kings Cover ARt

Excited to share the cover art for The River of Kings, coming on March 21, 2017. Here’s the description:

The Altamaha River, Georgia’s “Little Amazon,” has been named one of the 75 “Last Great Places in the World.” Crossed by roads only five times in its 137-mile length, the blackwater river is home to thousand-year-old virgin cypress, descendants of 18th-century Highland warriors, and a motley cast of rare and endangered species. The Altamaha has even been rumored to harbor its own river monster, as well as traces of the most ancient European fort in North America.

Brothers Hunter and Lawton Loggins set off to kayak the river, bearing their father’s ashes toward the sea. Hunter is a college student, Lawton a Navy SEAL on leave; both young men were raised by an angry, enigmatic shrimper who loved the river, and whose death remains a mystery that his sons hope to resolve. As the brothers proceed downriver, their story is interwoven with that of Jacques Le Moyne, an artist who accompanied the 1564 expedition to found a French settlement at the river’s mouth, which began as a search for riches and ended in a bloody confrontation with Spanish conquistadors and native tribes. In The River of Kings, SIBA-bestselling author Taylor Brown artfully weaves three narrative strands—the brothers’ journey, their father’s past, and the dramatic history of the river’s earliest people—to evoke a legendary place and its powerful hold on the human imagination.



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