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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Got my author's copies of Spirits of St. Louis!

A nice little package from Rocking Horse Publishing arrived here in Spain, containing my author's copies of Spirits of St. Louis: Missouri Ghost Stories.

It includes my story "After the Raid", an offshoot of my Civil War horror novel A Fine Likeness. For those who have read the novel, it follows the story of Helena, the daughter of the German photographer who gets killed by the bushwhacker band, and how she takes a terrible revenge. Of course a terrible revenge comes at a terrible price. . .

The story also stands on its own in case you haven't read the book (ahem).

There are lots of good stories in here. I especially liked "Ghost in Celestial Blue" by Donna Volkenannt, which is set in Bissell Mansion in St. Louis. Since I know you read this blog, Donna, could you tell me if there's really a ghost there? I suppose I could Google it, but where's the fun in that?


  1. Congratulations, Sean! Nothing cooler than holding the book.

  2. Hi Sean - yes congratulations .. and good to see a picture of you and your book .. Missouri Ghost stories - must be interesting .. cheers Hilary

  3. Hi Sean,
    Sorry I'm late answering your question. Christmas is at my house this year, so I'm still in Yikes! mode.

    Your story "After the Raid" was great!

    There have been reports of ghosts in Bissell Mansion. The last time I had lunch there the owner told of workers having some ghost stories.

    One of my best friends from grade school and high school lived there during the 1960s. I spent a lot of time there at PJ parties and studying. I don't remember actually seeing a ghost, but we used to tell ghost stories during sleepovers. What creeped me out more than the possibility of seeing a ghost was a border who stayed in the mansion. Whenever he was around I got the willies.


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