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Book 1 of 3 in GhostWriters (3 Book Series)

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"J.H. Moncrieff is a bold new voice in horror and supernatural suspense."  - Chuck Wendig, New York Times Bestselling Author of Blackbirds

Starred review from BlueInk Reviews! Dark fantasy and paranormal fantasy fans will find J.H. Moncrieff's first installment of her GhostWriters series a flawless read. Exceptional character development, a tightly plotted storyline, relentless pacing, and a perfect fusion of horror and irreverence make this virtually impossible to put down.
Tired of his mundane existence in Minneapolis working in the IT department of an insurance company "watching paint dry in the cubicle forest," Jackson Stone has embarked on the adventure of a lifetime: exploring abandoned cities in China as part of a tourist group. The wise-cracking Stone finds a way to spend the night in China's most infamous haunted area: Hensu, a city completely destroyed after a dam opened and flooded the area, allegedly killing countless people.
During the night, surrounded by nightmarish statues, Stone is visited by a ghostly young woman who desperately wants him to tell her story, which is also the story of Hensu's destruction. The next day, the woman is gone and Stone is in serious trouble with the shady tour guide, who wants him arrested for illegally trespassing on a historic site. Aided by a woman on the tour--a beautiful medium named Kate --the unlikely duo set out share the woman's story while trying to evade local militia.
Regardless of how this novel (and series) is marketed--horror, dark fantasy, supernatural suspense, etc.-- the narrative seed is a ghost story, like the timeless and treasured paranormal mysteries of the early 1900s by Algernon Blackwood and Cherie Priest's Eden Moore and Kat Richardson's Greywalker sagas of the early 2000's. But Moncrieff has done something remarkable here: She has taken something old and made it new again. Stone and Kate--the skeptic and the medium--make a dynamic pair, and the sexual tension doesn't hurt either. With the novel's addition of exotic locales, adept storytelling, and a decidedly creepy undertone,Moncrieff could very well be the 21st century's version of Algernon Blackwood.
City of Ghosts is unconditionally recommended.Also available as an ebook. 

"This is a funny, spooky tale of a man cracking under guilt, his new friend who sees the dead, and a haunting in China. What a glorious combination." - Mercedes M. Yardley, Bram Stoker Award Winning Author of The Bone Angel Trilogy

"City of Ghosts is the undead love child of Ghost Hunters and A Chinese Ghost Story with a touch of Long Island Medium thrown in for humor." - Staci Layne Wilson, entertainment reporter, The Syfy Network and Fangoria

About the Author

J.H. Moncrieff's work has been described as early Gillian Flynn with a little Ray Bradbury and Stephen King thrown in for good measure.

She won Harlequin's search for "the next Gillian Flynn" in 2016. Her first published novella, The Bear Who Wouldn't Leave, was featured in Samhain's Childhood Fears collection and stayed on its horror bestsellers list for over a year.

When not writing, she loves exploring the world's most haunted places, advocating for animal rights, and summoning her inner ninja in muay thai class.

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  • File Size: 1458 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0987712934
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: DeathZone Books (April 15, 2017)
  • Publication Date: April 15, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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