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  • Paperback Edition
    • 978-1-03-910012-1
    • 5.0 x 8.0 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 174 pages
  • Hardcover Edition
    • 978-1-03-910013-8
    • 5.0 x 8.0 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 174 pages
  • Keywords
    • murder,
    • serial killer,
    • cult,
    • Rideau Ferry,
    • Ferry master,
    • Rideau regional hospital,
    • thriller

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The Ferryman's House
by Catherine Poag

On the surface, a quiet township in rural Ontario might seem picturesque, but in the early decades of the twentieth century, that image couldn’t have been farther from the truth. With an obscure cult, unexplained disappearances, and a series of murders, the dark rumours of what really went on in those early days have cast long shadows on this humble setting. Back in the day, the residents of this township—which straddled a stretch of water connecting two larger lakes—relied heavily on the services of the local ferryman to cross this wide channel. But their ferryman had an ominous reputation and a chilling secret. Almost fifty years later, ferryman Luther Neville is haunted by his memory of those long-ago days and menaced by echoes of obstructed justice and a mystery yet to be unravelled. A fictional adaptation inspired by the real-life legend of Ontario’s Rideau Ferry Man, The Ferryman’s House—Book One of the Ferryman’s Tales—is an eerie tale that imagines the truth behind the legend and brings back to life all those lost to history … and to the Ferryman.

Currently in her third year of a four-year undergrad degree at Saint Francis Xavier University, Catherine is pursuing her literary passions through editing the school newspaper and writing stories about local legends near her hometown of Smiths Falls, Ontario. Catherine’s love for writing started at a young age and grew throughout the years as she worked as a columnist for her university paper, and then moved on to be the Editor in Chief, which gave her the opportunity to freelance for the Maclean’s University Guidebook. Catherine is very involved in her community as she sat on town council as a student representative in high school. In 2017, she was a recipient of the Brooke & Brittany Henderson Award for Youth and in 2018, she received the Lieutenant Governor’s Community Volunteer Award and the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Youth Achievement.


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