In the October/November issue of Asimov’s, on magazine shelves now, you will find a new story penned by me, entitled “The Ghost Hunter’s Beautiful Daughter”. It’s set in Warren, Ohio, just a twenty minute drive from where I sit in my office on the North Side of Youngstown, an old floundering steel town with a richly beautiful courthouse square that serves as its downtown, and wonderful old mansions and churches from a time when the region was prosperous. Every year in the month of October, a local community theater, along with a local church, puts on a Ghost Walk through Warren’s historic district. When I was a teen in high school, a troop of friends and I would always go on the Ghost Walk, which is more history oriented than it is interested in horror and frightening anyone. The lives of former residents in the historic district are recounted, at least those who have a bit of a thrill in their family histories. It’s always something I look forward to each autumn. For this story, I wanted to set a scene at the Ghost Walk in Warren, which seemed appropriate since I was writing a ghost story.
As an aside, this is the first time a story of mine has been published in Asimov’s, over which my teenage self, if he could know about it, would totally be geeking out.
You can get a taste of the story over at Asimov’s right now, actually. Just click here. And, if you like it, go out and buy a copy to read the rest of it, or order it online. I hope you enjoy it.