Saturday, April 28, 2012

Killing Ghost by Christopher Ransom

So I'm sort of reviving an old post here for a pre-pub post. How, you might ask. Well, I'm a huge fan of Christopher Ransom, a local (to me) author whose work is only pubbed in the UK these days. 

Fortunately for US readers, Cemetery Dance has picked up Ransom's book, The Haunting of James Hastings and is releasing it stateside as Killing Ghost. Their site shows it available May 1! So in honor of Killing Ghost, here's my review of The Haunting of James Hastings:

James Hastings is a Ghost. Not a ghost, ghost. A version of Ghost. Because of his resemblance to the mega rap star, James's job is to throw off paparazzi and make appearances when Ghost can't. But when James's wife dies in a freak accident, he decides it's time to retire. Embracing his old self but consumed by the loss of Stacey, a year goes by with James drinking away the time. Then things begin to change. A new neighbor moves in next door and with her, James becomes convinced that Stacey may never have left. Strange noises in the house, Stacey's clothes and shoes reappearing. And it all goes downhill from there.

I loved this book! Ghost stories are super fun and Ransom threw in some twists and surprises in the plot that brought this book to a whole new level. If you can get your hands on it, I highly recommend Killing Ghost/The Haunting of James Hastings: perfect rainstorm read, great summer chiller, and one that actually had me looking over my shoulder in the middle of the night!

Horror fans, this is an author you need to be reading! Ransom's work is shocking and creepy and his direction never fails to completely surprise me. 

You can read my review of his debut, The Birthing House, here and my Pre Pub Post for The People Next Door here. For more on Ransom and his books (and an excerpt of The Fading), visit Ransom's official page here. (Note The Birthing House is available in the US)

And here's the link to Cemetery Dance's order page for Killing Ghost

If you happen to be a UK reader (or are open to ordering from the UK), Ransom has a new summer release this year as well, The Fading

Hint, hint, husband -- it's out just in time for my b-day again :)


Jenn's Bookshelves said...

This news excites me to no end! Heading over now to order it!

Becky LeJeune said...

Yes, Jenn! Order away! I think you'll really like it. I can't wait until I can get my grubby hands on the new one as well. I'm going to have to start dropping more obvious hints for my husband.