Angela Mason spent a quarter-century of her life in the music and performance fields as a vocalist, musician, actress and on-air radio personality while living in Illinois, Indiana, the Gulf Coast, Eastern Seaboard states and even Germany. But the love of writing and of history prevailed and she has been published with or working for various newspapers, magazines and journals since 1992. “Death Rides the Sky” is her first full novel, and the creation of it helped her get over her fear of tornadoes, which was developed over several years of intense storms sweeping across the woods and fields of Wayne County, Illinois (where there haven’t yet been enough earthquakes to warrant a book and subsequent facing of that fear…yet). She resides in her beloved Southern Illinois with her husband Jack and a passel of spoiled cats, is mom to three beautiful adult kids and grandma to (so far) two of the most amazing granddaughters on earth.
Death Rides the Sky: The Story of the 1925 Tri-State Tornado
On an ordinary spring day in 1925, folks in the Midwest were going about business usual: attending school, preparing the fields, mining coal, and tending their stores. Little did they know that between 1 and 4:30 p.m. on March 18, their lives would be changed forever in an event that defined the weather in the central U.S. From the hills of the southeastern Ozarks to the plains of the Hoosier heartland and across the developing communities of southern Illinois, the Tri-State Tornado destroyed cities, devoured whole farms, and set the record for the most deaths, injuries, and monetary damage, a record which remains standing to this day.
This is the story as told directly by nearly four dozen survivors and eyewitnesses, in the most comprehensive account of the Tri-State Tornado ever to be compiled. Many of the survivors were only children when that killer storm swept down from the sky and carved a path through the lives of thousands of individuals linked by this singular event.