(The stories in the Tales from the Mountain series have no particular read order, EXCEPT for the #CampSeries and the #CemeteryHillSeries that are both numbered.)
The Mountain itself is truly a majestic place. The beauty of the fields and the woods is astounding. The sunrises and sunsets are breathtaking, especially when viewed from the top of the mountain. And winter, though leaving people without access to the towns, is true winter wonderland. There are places to swim and fish during the warmer months, and places for skiing and sledding in the winter.
A red schoolhouse for children to attend is located at the top of one of the hills, but many families homeschool. There is a small general store anyone can patron, and small communities on the mountain usually have a store and one or more other businesses for their residents’ convenience. Individuals may have businesses they conduct from their homes, such as sewing or mechanics. It is all so rustic. Seemingly the perfect place to live if you want to get away from it all.
The mountain is also a place of dark mysteries, with a history of torture and war. People have died horrible deaths. Others have escaped after being put through horrendous torture. Kidnappings and rapes also occur. These types of things have happened up there for centuries. No one is truly safe, especially after dark.
The horrors that are encountered come in various forms, from people to spirits to creatures of the dark. Those that have dwelled on the mountain longest know that it is essential not to be out after dark in certain areas on the mountain, even when driving in a vehicle. They try to get away from these places before nightfall, but some of them are not always so lucky.
Strangers to the mountain often end up dead, and sometimes their bodies are never found. Search parties find blood splattered areas where these newcomers have been killed, but no signs of them anywhere.
Even established communities within the area can suddenly be attacked by someone or something, causing many deaths and injuries.
It is difficult to know who to trust. There is a family distributed in different locations on the mountain that causes a lot of these problems. People may seem okay at first, but situations with this family turn suddenly dangerous. This might happen after someone in the family has gained a persons trust, but many incidents are random.