PA Litfest Countdown: Jason Jack Miller


Another powerhouse who will be appearing at this week’s Pennsylvania Literary Festival is author Jason Jack Miller. Jason is the creator of the Murder Ballads and Whiskey series. Those novels, all based in the West Virginia and Pennsylvania region of the Appalachians, so the Pennsylvania Literary Festival is the perfect place to meet the author and become familiar with these contemporary classics of magic realism. As a primer read this interview with Jason conducted by Patrick Stutzman:

About The Revelations of Preston Black

Sometimes a battle between good and evil doesn’t look much like the ones they show in movies.

The good guys don’t always wear white, and they don’t always walk away with the win.

And sometimes you’re better off with the devil you know.

The last time Preston went down to the crossroads, his best friend died and he nearly lost his brother. But Old Scratch doesn’t take kindly to fools, especially not those who come knocking at his front door. And before all is said and done, he’s going to teach Preston a thing or two about what it really means to sacrifice.

Let Raw Dog Screaming Press author Jason Jack Miller take you to a place where love is forever even when death isn’t, where magic doesn’t have to be seen to be believed, where a song might be the only thing that saves your soul.

MURDER BALLADS AND WHISKEY is a unique, literary, blend of dark fiction, paranormal urban fantasy and horror. It’s Appalachian Gothic, Alt.Magical.Realism, Hillbilly Horror. It’s AMERICAN GODS meets JUSTIFIED. TRUE BLOOD with witches. It’s Johnny Cash with a fistful of copperheads singing the devil right back to hell. THE REVELATIONS OF PRESTON BLACK is your ticket into a world where love can save your soul, where a song can change your destiny, and where evil still hides in the dark corners of the night.


“Miller’s ability continues to grow as the “Murder Ballads and Whiskey” series marches forward. The writing here is as rich and fertile as Black Belt soil. These are characters that live beyond the page, and Miller brings his locales to vivid life. His deep and abiding love of music bleeds through every sentence, and not just in random name-checking or lyric quoting; it shows in the very rhythm and cadence of his work.

Just as men like Cash and Lennon poured their souls out through their songs, you feel that same dedication to craft in Miller’s writing. His is a talent that’s going to continue to mature, and I for one am excited to be in on the ground floor.

The Revelations of Preston Black is no breezy summer read. It is a book to settle in with, to sip at slowly and savor (just like the two books before it). Like a good song, you want to just sit back and let this one wash over you.”
-Blu Gilland, FEARNET

“…It contains some of the best writing I’ve encountered this year, and I read a lot. The ‘black baptism’ sequence is fantastic, as is the thrilling conclusion. The sensory richness is unparalleled, and you can almost hear the music. Breathtaking. I highly recommend The Revelations of Preston Black.”
-Lee Allen Howard, author of DEATH PERCEPTION

“The third entry in the Murder Ballads and Whiskey series, REVELATIONS, is a punch to the gut that feels glorious.”
-Dale Herring, GEEKDOM OF GORE.

“THE REVELATIONS OF PRESTON BLACK, Jason Jack Miller’s newest book in the MURDER BALLADS AND WHISKEY series, is a beautifully atmospheric and vividly authentic Appalachian Gothic. Fans of his previous books will no doubt find REVELATIONS a powerful addition to the series. His masterful storytelling style is a magic brew of words, his prose is as deft as a guitarist’s fingers and as haunting as an old blues tune. Miller has enviable skill as a writer — the kind you’d sell your soul to the devil to possess.”
-Mary SanGiovanni, author of CHAOS, THRALL, and the HOLLOWER series