Blood Gravity


With a mother buried in denial and a manipulative father who sexually abused him from age ten, college sophomore Jake Smith struggles in secret with anxiety and a self-injury addiction. When emotional fallout after a disastrous family camping trip leaves Jake unable to cope, fear that his five-year-old brother may one day suffer the same abuse is the only thing that can bring him back from the edge.

In this prequel to the forthcoming Scars series, Gayle Towell explores and explodes the definition of family and what it means when those closest to you hurt you in unspeakable ways.


“as harrowing as it is poignant” – Nik Korpon, author of Fait Avenue

Book trailer:

Where to buy:
Blood Gravity is available online through most major booksellers, including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Powell’s. An autographed copy can be purchased by clicking here. It is also now available on the shelves of the following stores:

Broadway Books
1714 NE Broadway
Portland, OR 97232

Tanasbourne Barnes and Noble
18300 NW Evergreen Pkwy
Beaverton, OR 97006

St. Johns Booksellers
8622 N. Lombard St.
Portland, OR 97203

Another Read Through
3932 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227

Third Place Books
17171 Bothell Way NE
Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

Readings and performances: September 20th 7:30pm-9:30pm at Glyph café in Portland, OR

Official Book Release Party–October 11th 7:00pm at American Legion Post in Portland, OR

November 19th 7:30om at Common Grounds in Portland, OR

Artwork featured in Blood Gravity is by Marylea M. Quintana Madiman

Blood Gravity is published by Blue Skirt Productions

*Due to the nature of the subject matter addressed in the Scars stories (sexual abuse and self-injury), I’ve created a page with a list of trigger warnings for the various works, along with links to resources. Some of these warnings may contain spoilers.*

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