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Shepherdsville native releases second book in dark series

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By Mary Barczak

Shepherdsville native Bethany Griffin has always enjoyed the musings of Edgar Allan Poe. So it was only natural that she would follow in his literary footsteps.
Her series, the Red Death Saga, is about a plague that wipes out humanity in the 1880s. She was inspired by Poe's short story "The Masque of Red Death."
"I like that (his work is) really dark, but creepy and fun," Griffin said.
Poe's story is about a prince who secludes himself in an abbey in order to avoid catching a plague. As luck would have it, the prince decides to have a ball and the plague ends up invading the abbey walls.
Her newest addition and last in the series, "Dance of the Red Death," will be released on June 11.
There will be a release party held at Bullitt East High School at 7 p.m. in the library.
Griffin will do a reading from her book and answer questions at the event. Refreshments will also be provided.
Griffin, who is a 10th grade English teacher at Bullitt East, said she thinks people will enjoy her new book because "it has a lot of elements to it" such as romance and adventure. But it also entails classic themes.
"Rich versus poor and that you can't escape from death or bad things no matter how much money you have," she said.
Griffin said she doesn't like to insert her own experiences into her books, however she does like to add emotions that she is feeling though.
Creative writing was always a topic that Griffin was interested in, even as a child.
"I remember I would have my mom write out stories for the pictures I drew before I could write," she said.
Griffin just recently began to write professionally within the past couple of years. In 2009, her first book, "Handcuffs" was published, which is about a teenager's journey through adolescence and rebellion.
Her newest series is written for young adults, ages 13 and older.
It follows young Araby Worth through a time of plague. She was depressed in the last book because her twin brother had just died from the plague and she was searching for a bright future. At the end of the last book, rebels had set the city on fire and Araby is escaping the city on an airship.
In this next installment, Araby has joined a conspiracy group to overthrow the government and is searching for a cure for her best friend before she dies. Readers can expect to see other familiar characters such as Eliott and April back as well.
Araby will be tested to choose between her wealth and her friendship in this next book, Griffin said.
"She has to decide if she wants to sacrifice her life for her friend's," she said.
But along the way she may be captured by one of the villains and taken to the masquerade ball.
The book will be available June 11 at Carmichaels and Barnes & Noble.
For more information about the series or about other books she has written, visit her website at www.bethanygriffin.com.