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Clement County

Tales of Mystery & Intrigue from Kentucky

The JSF has just released Clement County: Tales of Mystery & Intrigue from Kentucky. Everything from gritty reality to the supernatural rears its head in the new short story collection from Hal Blythe and Charlie Sweet.

Clement County zeros in on the characters, plots, and locales that make this fictional southeastern Kentucky county come to life.

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