Read It Now: The Door on Half-Bald Hill


Nearly four years ago, when Helena Sorensen and I had our first conversations about publishing The Door on Half-Bald Hill, we didn’t have any idea how relevant it would prove to be here in the midst of the COVID-19 quarantine. It’s a tale of an isolated people whose world is on the verge of collapse amid blight and plague, and it’s the journey of a young man who refuses to believe the end is inevitable. Though the emotional and physical landscape of the book is bleak, its destination is bright as the dawn.

To find that right now, at this strange moment in history, that we have a beautiful book that can speak directly into the fears and questions that people are experiencing seems more than a little surreal. It seems blessed, if I’m honest. And so, even though the physical book won’t be available until May 22 (and manufacturing delays are likely), we (both Helena and Rabbit Room Press) want to get this story out there so people can be blessed by it right now. To that end, today we’re emailing a PDF of the book (complete with artwork by Stephen Crotts) to everyone who has pre-ordered it. And we’re making it available as a free download for anyone else who pre-orders it through the Rabbit Room Store.

Click here to read my introduction to the book (hint: I love it), and then get thee to the Rabbit Room Store to pre-order it if you haven’t already.

I hope it’s a balm for your soul. I know it has been for mine.

Pete Peterson is the author of the Revolutionary War adventure The Fiddler’s Gun and its sequel Fiddler’s Green. Among the many strange things he’s been in life are the following: U.S Marine air traffic controller, television editor, art teacher and boatwright at the Florida Sheriffs Boys Ranch, and progenitor of the mysterious Budge-Nuzzard. He lives in Nashville with his wife, Jennifer, where he's the Executive Director of the Rabbit Room and Managing Editor of Rabbit Room Press.


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