Working Title: Cabin Fever

(Nanowrimo 2011)

Cabin Fever

Buried beneath piles of snow, an unbalanced family struggles to survival the winter in frontier Nebraska.  Unfortunately, there is something out there in the snow, stalking them…



You can read the first 2 chapters here.


Up until about Oct. 25th I had no idea what I was going to write about, so I went over to the site Seventh Sanctum and used one of their story idea generators, which gave me a plot about combining the legend of the Jersey Devil with something else (I can’t remember what it was, now).  Then I looked up the Jersey Devil on Wikipedia and it’s actually pretty fascinating – a winged creature with two hooved feet and the head of a horse that was seen by various people in the winter of 1909 in New Jersey.  Reading all the origin stories and about the sightings gave me this image of a family trapped in a house in the winter, hearing sounds on their roof… which reminded me of a story I’d started back in high school called “Cabin Fever,” about a family trapped in a snowstorm and how they all go murderously crazy.  I don’t know where that original story is, although I can remember scenes of wolves jumping up out of a frozen pond and attacking people, and family members freezing to death on the side of the road a short ways from safety.

This time around, I have a mother who may or may not be mentally ill, an older brother with a fascination about sciences and becoming a surgeon, a flighty sister, and a little brother who has night terrors, trapped in a monster of a storm.


Lee Montgomery – age 17.  A recent student of Lawrence Academy who hoped to attend Harvard to become a doctor.  Needless to say he’s a little angry about being sent out to Nebraska.

Rosella “Rose” Montgomery – age 15.  Your average girl who is more into fashion, boys, and social gatherings than caring for a mentally ill mother and hyperactive younger brother, and who is certainly not pleased about the move.

Henry Arthur Montgomery – age 5/6.  Growing up with a slightly crazy mother has made him a little unbalanced…


Halfway through Nanowrimo, I decided that I didn’t like the alternating first-person POVs I was using, and began rewriting the novel in third-person.  Needless to say, I made the 50,000 word count goal, but did not finish this draft.

Alternate Covers

Cabin Fever cover 2Cabin Fever cover 3These covers were inspired by the cheesy early 90s teen horror novels I was reading.  Just for fun.

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