What if you found out that there was a ghost haunting your home? What if you found out that you were the ghost?
In the middle of her life, Fay wakes up on the top of her piano with a strong intuition that something is not right. To all appearances everything is perfect: married to a man she loves, living in the house she dreamt of as a child, her life is full of possibility. Except - for reasons not immediately clear to Fay - she is now haunting her own once-happy home.
Everything that should be familiar is suddenly altered. But furniture in the wrong places and walls the wrong colour are nothing compared to the fact that there is another woman in the house. A woman who is sharing Fay's husband's bed. There is also a strange, wan girl roaming the house and claiming that she has "brought Fay back."
Somehow her husband has moved on and made a new life without her and now he finds himself in the unenviable position of sharing a house with two wives, one of whom harbours thoughts of revenge.
As Fay begins to come to terms with the reality of her situation, she must confront all of the choices she has made, as well as those she hasn't - and now never will.
This glimmering and darkly comedic novel explores both the domestic and the existential, delving into the dark heart of marriage and the meaning of a life.
The Ghost in the House strips away all that seems less than essential, leaving behind a story that is raw and polished and as close to true as fiction can be.
Laird Barron is an American dark fantasy and horror writer. He is the author of The Imago Sequence and Other Stories. He's currently working on a novel, The Croning, which will be published in 2011. His official website can be found here.
Laird Barron's second collection, Occultation and Other Stories, will be published in May 2010 by Night Shade Books. Here's Risingshadow.net's review of this collection:
A REVIEW OF LAIRD BARRON'S OCCULTATION AND OTHER STORIES
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SHORT REVIEWS OF PS PUBLISHING'S NEW HORROR COLLECTIONS
The small independent publisher, PS Publishing, will publish three interesting horror collections this year. These collections are:
As you can see, this is a good year for horror readers. If you're as big a fan of horror stories as I am, I'm sure that you'll enjoy reading these collections, because they're great collections and they contain lots of stories. In my opinion PS Publishing has done their best with these three collections.
These collections contain several older and newer stories, which will be of interest to horror fans. These stories are fantastic, weird, horrifying and disturbing. If you're looking for something new and fresh to read, you've just found what you've been looking for. These collections offer something for everybody, so don't hesitate to read them.
Beth Bernobich is a new fantasy and science fiction writer. Her short stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Interzone, and Subterranean Press, among other places. Her first novel, Passion Play, will be published in October 2010 by Tor. A Handful of Pearls & Other Stories is her first short story collection and it will be published in June 2010 by Lethe Press.
Beth Bernobich's official website can be found here.
A REVIEW OF BETH BERNOBICH'S A HANDFUL OF PEARLS & OTHER STORIES