LIGHTWOOD by Steph Post
A riveting literary crime drama about a man hoping to leave behind the sins of his past,
who learns that blood ties are stronger than prison steel.
Judah Cannon is the middle son of the notorious Cannon clan led by Sherwood, its unflinching and
uncompromising patriarch. When Judah returns to his hometown of Silas, Florida after a stint in prison,
he is determined to move forward with his childhood best friend and newly discovered love, Ramey
Barrow. However, pressured by unrelenting family bonds, Judah takes part in robbing the Scorpions, a
group of small-time, meth-cooking bikers flying down the highway with the score of their lives.
Unbeknownst to the Cannons, however, half of the stolen cash belongs to Sister Tulah, a megalomaniacal
Pentecostal preacher who encourages her followers to drink poison and relinquish their bank accounts.
When Sister Tulah learns of the robbery, she swears to make both the Cannons and the Scorpions pay,
thus bringing all parties into mortal conflict rife with deception and unpredictable power shifts.
When Judah’s younger brother Benji becomes the unwitting victim in the melee, Judah takes it upon
himself to exact revenge, no matter the damage inflicted upon himself and those around him. Judah
becomes a driven man, blinded by his need for vengeance and questioning everything he thought he
believed in. With Ramey at his side, Judah is forced to take on both the Scorpions and Sister Tulah as he
struggles to do the right thing in a world full of wrongs.
About the Author
Steph Post is a recipient of the Patricia Cornwell Scholarship for creative writing from Davidson College
and the Vereen Bell writing award. Her fiction has appeared in the anthology Stephen King’s Contemporary
Classics and many other literary outlets. Her story, “The Pallid Mask”, was nominated for a Pushcart
Prize. Her first novel, A Tree Born Crooked, was a semi-finalist for The Big Moose Prize. She lives in St.
Petersburg, Florida. Visit her online at stephpostfiction.com or @StephPostAuthor.
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TAYLOR BROWN grew up on the Georgia coast. His work has appeared in a wide range of publications, including The North Carolina Literary Review, The Southwest Review, The Baltimore Review, Chautauqua, Garden & Gun, The Rumpus, CutBank, storySouth, and many others. He is the recipient of a Montana Prize in Fiction, and he’s been a finalist for the Press 53 Open Awards, Machigonne Fiction Contest, Wabash Prize in Fiction, Rick DeMarinis Short Story Contest, Dahany Fiction Prize, and Doris Betts Fiction Prize. He is the author of In the Season of Blood and Gold (Press 53, 2014), Fallen Land (St. Martin’s Press, 2016), and The River of Kings (St. Martin’s Press, 2017). Taylor, an Eagle Scout, graduated from the University of Georgia in 2005. He settled in Wilmington, NC, after long stints in Buenos Aires, San Francisco, and the mountains of North Carolina. He is the editor-in-chief of BikeBound.com, and he enjoys old motorcycles, thunderstorms, and White Dog Mash #1.