I’m pleased to report that author Loren Rhoads interviewed me about Guilt Is a Ghost: A Vera Van Slyke Ghostly Mystery as part of her “5 Questions” series. You can read it here, and while you’re at that site, check out Loren’s other publications. Her tour of graveyards around the globe, 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die, has a cherished place in my living room. (Yes. Cemeteries. Living room. I see the irony.)
On the same day the interview was posted, my new novel received its first review. It’s at Nina Zumel’s wonderful site titled Multo (Ghost), and you can read it here. I respect Nina’s opinions very much, and so her recommendation that one read Help for the Haunted prior to Guilt Is a Ghost has prompted me to rethink my own suggestion that a reader can start with either book. I know a couple of people who are about to read Guilt without having read Help, so I’ll see what they have to say regarding that question. (I should add, though, that none of my five beta readers/proofreaders — two who had read the earlier-released book and three who hadn’t — made mention of any potential “readers feeling as if they had missed something” spots.)
Speaking of proofreaders, I’m about to send out a draft of Ghostly Clients & Demonic Culprits: The Roots of Occult Detective Fiction. This is the third volume in Brom Bones Books’ series of anthologies named the Phantom Traditions Library, and it’s the book that I’ve been preparing to edit for over a decade. A few folks who have appreciated the years of research behind the Chronological Bibliography of Early Occult Detectives have already expressed their excitement about this book, which should be released in mid-October.
Feel very free to read more about the three books mentioned in this update by clicking on the titles below:
- Guilt Is a Ghost: A Vera Van Slyke Ghostly Mystery
- Help for the Haunted: A Decade of Vera Van Slyke Ghostly Mysteries
- Ghostly Clients & Demonic Culprits: The Roots of Occult Detective Fiction