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From the cramped bowels of a dimly lit radio station, Ghost Radio is beamed onto the airwaves. More than a call-in show to tell scary stories, Ghost Radio is a sanctuary for those sleepless denizens of the night, lost halfway between ...

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Overview

Ghost Radio is a terrifying novel about a ghost-story call-in radio show that inadvertently opens a doorway into the paranormal, giving voice to the dead and instigating an epic battle for the souls of the living.

From the cramped bowels of a dimly lit radio station, Ghost Radio is beamed onto the airwaves. More than a call-in show to tell scary stories, Ghost Radio is a sanctuary for those sleepless denizens of the night, lost halfway between this world and the next.

Joaquin, the hip, melancholy host, fields calls from believers and detractors alike. He is joined in the booth by his girlfriend, Alondra, and his engineer, Watts. When a huge radio conglomerate offers to syndicate the show, neither Joaquin, Alondra, nor Watts is remotely prepared for what is about to happen.

Joaquin remains a skeptic even as he begins to feel himself drawn further and further into the terrifying stories he solicits on the radio. Slowly he finds himself unable to distinguish between the real world and the world populated by the nightmares on Ghost Radio. He is forced to confront his past and his own mortality in order to save that which is most precious to him and repair the crumbling wall between the living and the dead.

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Publishers Weekly

Joaquin, the host of Ghost Radio, a call-in show based in Joaquin's native Mexico, builds a devoted audience with his combination of talk therapy and sharing of urban legends and spooky stories in Gout's first novel, a twisty if less than original supernatural thriller.A When Joaquin's growing prominence lands him a Newsweek interview, he decides to relate on the air a near-death experience decades earlier, which claimed the life of a close friend. Joaquin's personal problems mount as he begins to be drawn into his callers' stories and the line between reality and fantasy becomes increasingly blurred. The prose can be awkward at times ("he wondered how he got himself into this situation: a mysterious phone call, and less than an hour later, he'sA wrestling with a reverend of Toltec Christianity"), and Gout adds little that's either new or remarkable to the ghostly radio waves premise used more effectively elsewhere, notably William Sloane's The Edge of Running Water(1939). (Oct.)

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This debut novel by a graphic novelist, producer, director, and composer is an eerie narrative of a Mexican radio host, Joaquin, whose spooky late-night paranormal call-in show transcends into the realm of the "other side." After gaining a cult following, his Ghost Radio show picks up enough fans for nationwide syndication. But before celebrating success, Joaquin must first face the horrific events of his own past. Complementing the story and periodic log of callers' accounts with the supernatural are striking, original black-and-white chapter illustrations reflecting Gout's experience with graphic novels. A thrilling literary and visual experience, this contemporary ghost story set in Mexico is a fast-moving and enjoyable read. The story and writing style recall early Stephen King and Joe Hill's Heart-Shaped Box and would be a good fit in any contemporary popular fiction collection.
—Carolann Curry

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Adult/High School

Gout tells a strange tale of Gabriel and Joaquin, two boys orphaned when their parents' vehicles collide on a Houston road and who become residents at a rehab hospital. Sounds and music fascinate both young men, particularly the Dead Kennedys and fractured pieces of everyday noise. They take to recording and collecting sounds, creating instruments and strange taped commentaries late into the night. One evening they stumble upon an unusual radio program, Ghost Radio , where people call in and retell bizarre and macabre events and stories. The format fascinates them and they set out to duplicate the show. But events take a weird turn-Gabriel dies, and Joaquin wakes to find a mysterious tattoo on his forearm, falls in love, travels back in time, witnesses a murder, experiences flashbacks, and is visited by Gabriel's ghost. All of these curious happenings connect to Joaquin's current radio program's success and its future. Fans of The Twilight Zone will be intrigued with this tale of radio broadcast and its effect and on characters both living and dead.-Joanne Ligamari, Twin Rivers United School District, Sacramento, CA

Kirkus Reviews
The host of a ghost-themed talk show finds himself inside the stories of his callers and sinking into memories of his own disastrous past in a first novel that moves with deserved confidence into Stephen King territory. Artfully drawing on the raucous cultures of North America's two most populous nations, Gout weaves time and viewpoints and his own spectral illustrations into a swift, sophisticated take on what may or may not be madness and may or may not be death. Two cars collide on a highway outside Houston. The survivors are teenaged boys, one from each of the vehicles. Gabriel and Joaquin, both from Anglo-Mexican families, bond with each other during their long recovery in the hospital, eventually pairing as Deathmuertoz, a rock duo that finds favor with Goths (among others). A terrible event in an abandoned Mexican radio station leaves the surviving Joaquin without a musical partner and with no ambition to rebuild. He stays in Mexico, where he drifts into broadcasting and evolves into the host of "Ghost Radio," a nighttime call-in program on which people share their personal tales of the supernatural. When he takes up with Goth beauty Alondra, a serious student of comic books, she moves reluctantly into his professional life as the program's resident voice of reason. Such a voice becomes ever more necessary as Joaquin becomes so susceptible that he finds himself actually slipping into some of the stories as they are told. The show becomes so popular that it moves to the United States, and Joaquin's supernatural experiences begin to intrude off the air. It turns out that his dead partner Gabriel has news for Joaquin from the Other Side-none of it good. Palpable, almost visiblecross-cultural creepiness that never lets up: very smart thrills.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061787829
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/23/2010
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.88 (w) x 4.26 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Leopoldo Gout is a producer, director, graphic novelist, writer, and composer. He is currently producing an animated film with NBC and Curious Pictures. He lives in New York City. Ghost Radio is his first novel.

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Ghost Radio

Chapter One

The Magic Band

Joaquin turned the dial on his ham radio, letting his fingers rub against the worn edge.

He was trolling the six-meter band. The magic band. Not transmitting, just listening. Looking for some conversation, a good "rag chew" as the hams called it, that might distract him, and help him forget his worries about the coming week.

It was called "the magic band" because of its unique ability, under the right circumstances, to transmit and receive messages over very long distances with short antennas and low power. For this reason, the band attracted a wide range of aficionados. From high school students looking to get the most out of a cheap rig, to the kind of techies who casually tossed around phrases like "sporadic E propagation" and "F2 layer refraction."

Tonight it didn't feel very magical. Pedestrian was more like it. The conversations were limp and surprisingly sparse.

But somewhere around 50.24 megahertz, just past some Morse-code warning of thunderstorms off the Catalina coast, he caught a burst of static that intrigued him.

Years ago, Gabriel had taught him about the majesty of white noise: the monoliths of structure hidden in the chaos.

And this burst was chunky with structure.

He cocked his head toward the speaker, taking it in. It came alive in his mind. He imagined hanging over it, watching it roil beneath him like an angry sea. Then the roiling sea solidified, becoming jagged rocks and mountains. And then it was just sound again. But with a purpose, accreting toward a common goal. Sound seeking personification.

The room receded as he leanedcloser to the speaker.

The sound seemed to tease him: its lattices of structure briefly weaving together, only to slide apart seconds later. And what the static became, in those short moments of cohesion, sent shivers down his spine.

It was a voice.

It was very clearly a voice.

He tried to convince himself he was hearing bleed-over from another signal. But this wasn't mixed in with the static. It was a voice constructed from the static.He caught several phonemes, and the click of a consonant or two; but he couldn't stitch them together. He couldn't make out words.

He leaned closer, concentrating.

Slowly, from the rise and fall in intonation, he realized he was hearing the same sentence repeated over and over again. But he still couldn't make out even a single syllable.

He bent even closer, his ear inches from the speaker.

His brow furrowed and his muscles tensed as he searched for the meaning. It was almost there. He felt it roll gradually toward him, like a slow-moving ball.

Almost . . .

There was nothing else in the world, just him and these sounds.

Almost . . .

Nothing but this struggle.

Almost . . .

The first word was on the brink of unveiling itself when he felt a presence in the room with him; something brushed his shoulder. He whipped around ready to strike, only to see the familiar, laughing face of his girlfriend, Alondra.

"I love this: the host of the 'scariest show on Mexican radio' is frightened by a tap on the shoulder."

"Very funny," Joaquin said, still somewhat shaken.

"You're a bit like a cartoon character when you're frightened."

"You're in 'tease mode' tonight, I see."

"A furry animal, I think. Cartoon rabbit maybe."

"And it's not over yet."

"No, a cartoon mouse! Big eyes, little whiskers twitching."

Joaquin forced a chuckle, and as his senses returned, he shot Alondra a sly grin.

"Bet you were one of those girls who got a bit weak-kneed over cartoon animals."

"Maybe," Alondra said, her eyes going wide and looking very much like a cartoon herself.

"Let's test the theory."

He pulled her close and looked deep into her big brown eyes.

"But you don't seem like a furry animal anymore."

"That's the thing about us furry animals. In the daytime we're all hijinks and songs, but at night we get serious. And I mean very serious."

"Now, that's a theory I'd like to test," Alondra said, pulling him toward the bedroom.

An hour and a half later, Joaquin lay on his side looking at Alondra's lean naked body beside him. It glistened with a thin layer of postcoital sweat. She snuggled close to him, looking into his eyes.

"You worried about the trip?"

"Not really."

"Your big play for 'crossover' appeal?"

"You know it's not about that."

"I know. Still in 'tease mode,' I guess."

Joaquin smiled and pulled her closer.

"Thinking about Gabriel?"

Joaquin nodded. He hadn't realized it until Alondra asked the question. But Gabriel had been in his thoughts a lot recently. Maybe it was the trip back to Texas; maybe it was just the time of year. Whatever the reason, Gabriel had felt especially close these last few days.

"Thought so. You had that look."

Joaquin decided not to ask her what she meant by that. He wasn't sure he wanted to know.

"Do you want to talk about it?"

Joaquin shook his head.

Of course, he really did want to talk about it. He wanted to talk about Gabriel and the voice on the radio tonight, and the countless other things that had been coursing through his mind since he first learned he'd be heading stateside. But he couldn't do it right now, maybe not ever.

"You know I'm always here for you. Anytime you want."

"I'd rather just try to get some sleep; emphasis on 'try.'"

Joaquin leaned over to shut off the light, still holding Alondra against his chest. As he lay back down, Alondra let out a contented sigh. Within minutes, her breathing deepened and he knew she was fast asleep.

Sleep didn't come as easily for Joaquin. His thoughts returned to the voice. He tried to convince himself it was some kind of illusion, brought on by anxiety about the week ahead. But he knew that wasn't the case. He knew this was the first sign that his trip would provide him an answer to the mystery that had plagued him for almost eighteen years.

As he drifted off to sleep, thoughts of the voice and the trip receded, and he found himself remembering a recent caller to his radio show.

Ghost Radio
. Copyright © by Leopoldo Gout. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted August 22, 2012

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    Ghost Radio By Leopoldo Gout Joaquin is the host of a popular o

    Ghost Radio By Leopoldo Gout Joaquin is the host of a popular occult
    orientated radio show where people call in to relay their bizarre
    stories. Joaquin has experienced his own share of life altering events
    that have lead him to opening the radio show as a forum for people who
    need to share and hopefully be able to come to terms with what has
    happened to them. Everything is going exceptionally well for Joaquin he
    has even been given a job to broadcast in the states for the first time,
    but soon the stories from his show aren’t just stories as strange events
    begin to bleed over into his everyday life. The author did a great job
    with this novel it is strange and riddled with smaller scary stories
    that keep you immerged in the story. The main plot line is, well weird
    it leaves you wanting more and in the end when the true events come to
    light you are left feeling empty. It was a good ending for the novel but
    for me I wish it had been better there are so many directions the author
    could have gone with this one and I feel the one he chose fell flat. The
    rest of the novel is brilliant and thought provoking, the smaller
    stories are creepy and interesting, all in all it is a good book too bad
    you can’t skip the end.

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  • Posted May 18, 2011

    Fantastic Yet Frightening Book

    Ghost Radio is written by Leopoldo Gout and published by Harper Collins Publishers. Ghost Radio is a frighteningly thrilling book; it will suck you in with fear's tightening grip and spit you out begging for more. The story tells of the life of Joaquin who is struck by tragedy when he barley lives through a head on collision with another car that steals his parents prematurely. However, in the hospital he finds solace with a boy named Gabriel who turns out is the survivor of the car Joaquin's parents crashed into. They become friends listening to a radio show called "Ghost Radio" where people call in and tell rather bizarre stories which leads to them gaining a fascination with death so they form a band "Deathmuertoz". From there strange events happen to Joaquin, Gabriel dies in a freak accident that send him back to the hospital, he is rescued by an unknown man, he wakes up with a strange tattoo on his arm and ends up forming his own version of Ghost Radio. Just as Joaquin meets a love interest his radio show takes off and he is asked to do a interview for Newsweek and bring the show up into North America. Just as soon as his show is gaining popularity up in America peculiar things start happening to Joaquin as he starts being engulfed into the stories that the callers tell him and even as bewildered as he may be he knows that all of these strange events are all intertwined with the shows rising success, and his strange and unfortunate past. I really enjoyed all the twists, caller's tales and back stories the Gout put into the book. It varies greatly from typical horror novels. I really enjoyed all of the callers tales and short chapters as it flowed very smoothly and made it so you never wanted to put down this chilling tale. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys "The Twilight Zone" or any other type of horror story or program.

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  • Posted May 16, 2011

    One of the best books i've ever read!

    Ghost Radio was written by Leopoldo Gout and was published by HarperCollins Publishers. This captivating novel tells the story of Joaquin, a late night radio show host whose life gets more and more complicated as he begins to lose his grip on reality. This addicting story line kept me interested until the very end, and throughout the story kept me wondering what would happen next.
    The story revolves around the main character, Joaquin. Joaquin is the talk show host of the notorious late night Ghost Radio, where callers expose their supernatural experiences and most terrifying stories for the world to hear. Joaquin has some horrifying stories of his own however; his own past haunts him more than any ghost story ever could. Throughout the story you learn of his troubled past, what the trauma of those experiences has done to him, and that things aren't always what they seem. As the story goes on more and more of Joaquin's shocking past is revealed and it begins to seem that he is slowly but surely going crazy.
    As Joaquin's radio show makes it big time and becomes a phenomenon among Americans Joaquin begins to live his own ghost story. He finds himself living and sucked into the ghost stories that the callers tell him, and actually experiencing their unbelievable tales as they air every night. Although his friends are concerned for his wellbeing they assume his strange behavior is just his emotional baggage catching up with him. Little do they know that Joaquin is actually being terrorized by his own ghost who wants revenge.
    One thing I really enjoyed about the book was that many of the chapters are told from Joaquin's point of view giving you an inside look on what goes on in his mind as his life spirals wildly out of control. Parts of the story are also told by Alondra, Joaquin's girlfriend who co-hosts alongside him every night, which provides another unique perspective. Every few chapters or so tells the haunting story of one of the dedicated callers to Ghost Radio, which is interesting, at times even gave me goose bumps, and something I looked forward to that kept me turning the pages. Although at first the story started off slow it eventually picked up and soon enough I couldn't put it down, it truly is one of the best books I've read in a long time. After reading this first book by Leopoldo Gout I'm looking forward to getting my hands on some of his other works.
    I highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in a thrilling tale of ghosts, twists and secrets. It is suspenseful and every time you put it down you'll be excited and waiting to get back into it as soon as possible. When I put the book down for the last time I was satisfied and recommending it to everyone I know. If you're looking for a captivating novel to get absorbed in, Ghost Radio is something to consider as your next book of choice, you won't be disappointed.

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  • Posted December 14, 2010

    I highly recommend this book if you like good ghost stories or a good mysterious plot.

    "Ghost Radio" by Leopoldo Gout, is a fantastic novel in which superstitions, ghost tales, and the power of the radio all toy with the human mind. Joaquin, a hip, melancholy fellow, is the broadcaster of the scariest radio show on Mexican radio, Ghost Radio. Joaquin tells stories of his own as well as listen to callers' stories who swear they are true. But, Joaquin does not do it alone. His darkly beautiful girlfriend, Alondra and his devoted engineer Watt, help Joaquin both through his troubles and some of the stories.
    I liked this book because I like ghost stories and phenomenon, such as what occurs in this book. When the radio station goes national in the U.S. Joaquin seems different. He is a little delusional and crazy. Alondra helps him through it all by consoling him. He seems caught up in past events so much that he remembers them very well. One event he rememberd was when he was admitted to the hospital after a fatal car accident. He was in a hotel room in with Alondra and said "I hate hospitals." Alondra corrected him in saying "You mean hotel" Joaquin was in another accident with a freind Gabriel where it left both of them smoldering and dying. Gabriel died but some how, some way, Joaquin survived. Some say he had a guardian angel but one person who called Joaquin said something different. He called Joaquin a "Vampire who has escaped death twice, surviving on the energy that you suck from the poeple around you." Joaguin was furious. Who could blame him?
    Another reason why I liked this book is because it is mysterious and always has you thinking. Joaquin had a tattoo on his arm and he was not sure why it was there. The tattoo was of the letters E N I B N down and T N U J A A across, crossing over the letters going down. Joaquin did not know what it meant at first, or how it even got there. Alondra thought that it was a "Premonition" but Joaquin still did not know what it meant. Then he connected the letters to one of his favorite songs by "The Dead Kennedys" called "Gonna Kill the Poor Tonight" Each letter was the first letter of the two stanzas in the song. Joaquin followed the lines as if they were directions, placing objects of the same meaning under and accross one another, just like the letters. Then something happened, but you will have to read the book to find out!
    This is a great book and I learned that maybe, just maybe, the human imagination is a whole other world where fantasies and nightmares come to life and that you can only access this world by talking about it to another person who understands your reasoning or sense of thought.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2009

    Ghost Radio Review

    Ghost Radio exists in this strange world between the American view of death as something fearful and dreadful and the Mexican view which is more fluid and natural. The book deals with the host of a radio talk show where callers share their either fascinating or frightening experiences. It helps the people who have dealt with the paranormal realize that they are not alone, and maybe they need to tell their story to someone in order to feel safer. Ghost radio reveals the more fascinating side of the paranormal and shows how just because you think that ghosts are scary, others think of them as miracles or, a way of life. Joaquin, the radio talk show host, deals with demons of his own, either in his personal life or in his mind. You follow Joaquin through thick and thin of about fifteen years. The novel starts out with his punkish childhood to experiencing the paranormal transforming him into an adult with dreams of making it big. Joaquin never changes because the events of his life, each more horrible and inexplicable than the next make it clear that he is in some way destined to fall and will never escape from the haunting voices that torment him.
    Being written by Leopold Gout this book takes a lot of confusing turns and twists just like how Gout likes to write. Ghost Radio is a very fascinating book and great to read. Although I didn't like the book as much as everyone said, it was an interesting book to read learning new things every chapter. If you don't like a long read this book is not for you. This book is not for the fainthearted with deathly stories of ghost and myths that are so interesting and scary you cant put the book down. While listening to the stories of the listeners of ghost radio, you were not only able to see the confusing and very real events of Joaquin's life. If your a reader who loves stories with cliffhangers than this is the book for you. Throughout the book you read of unusual happenings that have you wondering throughout the novel weather Joaquin is trapped in another dimension or is he just insane.
    The heart shattering tragedies that mark Joaquin's life are revealed in the story and helped along by the ghostly encounters that are called into the radio show.
    This book includes a new style of horror genre by combining it with breath taking situation, paranormal hallucinations, and mixed cultures of the US and Mexico showing how different they are.
    This book takes very dramatic swings from character to character that I found very hard to follow but other than that I highly recommend it.

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  • Posted May 24, 2009

    Great super fast read!

    It took me 3 days to read this book. The short chapters are perfect for telling the story. I'm a big fan of short chapters. Im always saying "just one more chapter, just one more chapter", and before i know it, i've read 50 pages.

    The one thing I didn't like about this book is how the author changes from 3rd person, to 1st person, with out any warning. Some chapters are read from the main characters girlfriend, but I wouldn't know till i was halfway into the chapter. Very confusing.

    The story is very orignal, very creative. Some of the stories that are told by listeners of "ghost radio" are very creepy, very strange. The drawings at the beginning of each chapter are a great visual to the story.

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  • Posted November 10, 2008

    Perfect Ghost Story

    This book was thrilling and chilling, spooky fun. I read it quickly and I thoroughly enjoyed the unpredictable plot and scares, both minor and major. An excellent way to spend a rainy day."

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  • Posted November 3, 2008

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    There's a new writer in town

    "Ghost Radio is a definite page-turner, that you pause your life in order to finish it. It gets you to the core. A well written thriller that has all the wonderful elements of a great novel: Friendship, loyalty, love. But best of all: The mysterious power of the dead over the living.<BR/>It will take you back to those moments where ghost stories became an obsession. Whether you have experienced one, or heard an urban legend. Still, the mystery that will always remain in the inexplicable is a wonderful adrenalin that leaves you wanting more. Leopoldo Gout, has a powerful, singular voice and with his novel he allows the reader some foothold in it¿s world.<BR/>There is no doubt that Ghost Radio will become a classic in its genre. I strongly recommend this book. And will look forward to more works from this wonderful new author."

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  • Posted October 30, 2008

    A Thinking Person's Horror Novel

    A promising debut novel right in time for Halloween. At the end of the book, I was left scared speechless and hoping for, if not a sequel, than a follow up novel from Gout. The writing style is intentionally disorienting and moves backward, forward, upside down and sideways through time. The minute I finished the last page, I flipped back to the first and started to re-read, looking for all of the hints of the twists that would come later. Enjoyable and definitely frightening!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2008

    A must-read for any music and horror fan

    The characters in Ghost Radio are hip - really hip. Joaquin, the main character, grew up in the early 90s punk scene. He meets his best friend over a shared love of the Dead Kennedys. They even start their own band, Los Deathmuertoz. (cool name, huh?) <BR/>I discovered the Ghost Radio website ( www.ghostradio.com ) has all of these cool music and animation features, like playlists and videos. I recommend this book for anyone who likes horror novels and ghost stories, but you should also check out the website first to see if the music and other content jive with your aesthetic.

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  • Posted October 22, 2008

    Thrills and Chills

    Leopoldo Gout writes a thriller masterpiece with Ghost Radio. The chilling tale of a Mexican radio show host named Joaquin and his many experiences with the other-side. His whole life he has been surrounded by the paranormal but when he is 33, the paranormal starts to make itself known around him. This book tests the limits of what is thrilling, horrifying and disturbing. With terrifying mini-stories, some that are disgusting or disturbing, throughout a sick and twisted roller-coaster ride of a story. The characters are just as exciting as the events Gout puts them thru. I thought this story perfectly captured the terrified and paranoid emotion that should accompany the frantic feeling of any good ghost story. Gout hits a home-run with his freshman novel and i recommend it to anyone who likes to be scared, disturbed or just likes a good, well written novel.

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  • Posted October 21, 2008

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    A thrilling, sexy take on the iconic ghost story

    Ghost Radio exists in this weird space between the American view of death as something fearful and finite and the Mexican view which is more fluid and natural. The book deals with the host of a radio show where callers share their otherworldly experiences. It serves as a common space for those who have dealt with the uncommon. It is cathartic - they are not alone, but not everyone is able to deal with their demons in the same way. Joaquin, the host of the show, has demons of his own, both literal and figurative. We follow him through about fifteen years, from his DIY punk origins to his corporate radio success. Joaquin never changes because the events of his life, each more horrible and inexplicable than the next make it clear that he is in some way destined to fall and will never escape from the haunting voices that torment him. <BR/>The book is written in both first and third person narratives, with a few characters sharing the first person duties. In this way, we are not only able to see the confusing and very real events of Joaquin's life, but how from the perspective of those around him, it appears that he is descending into madness marked by hallucinations and fears. Is he stuck in an alternate reality or is he simply insane? <BR/>The mystery of the tragedies that mark Joaquin's life are unraveled in the story and aided along by the ghostly encounters that are called into the radio show. <BR/>This novel provides a fresh take on the horror genre by infusing it with nuanced, layered characters, punk music, sex and opposing cultural elements from the US and Mexico. <BR/>I finished the book in one sitting because I was too scared to stop reading! I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2008

    A MUST READ BOOK

    I received an advanced copy of Ghost Radio and it is one of my favorite, if not my favorite, horror book this year. This is a fabulous book! From the very beginning I was captivated, so much so that I couldn't put the book down. The writing style is so interesting and the story is so creepy, mixed with the fact that characters are so lifelike they jump off of the page, this book is a must read.<BR/><BR/>Joaquin, the host of the late-night, call-in, Mexican radio show, Ghost Radio, is no stranger to death. He has had 2 near-death experiences in his life, one in which his parents die and one in which his best friend dies. After this lifetime of survivor¿s guilt, Joaquin has built up a very cynical view about death and the paranormal. Ghost Radio develops a small cult following, and is then approached by a major radio conglomerate to do the show in the US. What happens next is either a rift opens between our world and the next, or Joaquin goes completely insane¿ I don¿t want to give anything away¿!<BR/><BR/>As I said before this is a captivating book, filled with engaging, lifelike characters and a story line that will shock your mind, but it also has some amazing short ghost stories that will haunt you for weeks as well as hair raising illustrations. This is a solid book. Rock solid. It¿s got it all, Toltecs, orphans, the afterlife, the Dead Kennedys, experimental rock, and of course, ghosts. This is a must read for `08 and quite possibly `09.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2008

    Ghost Stories Never Felt so... Good!

    I loved this novel. From the moment i read the summary i was hypnotized. I mean, a haunted radio show where the actual stories start to haunt the host? Sounds like my kind of book. A twisted, suspenseful page turner. And I was right. Ghost Radio by Leopoldo Gout is about a call-in radio show where callers tell their own, real life experiences with ghosts and the paranormal. Joaquin, the hip, ex- rocker host and his gothic, ex-graphic novelist, girlfriend co-host, Alondra, cynically take calls all night from a variety of callers. But when Joaquin starts to get pulled into the stories and then receives a call from someone on the 'other side', he can no longer remain cynical. Gout brings these characters to life with his unique writing style, vividly drawn pictures that begin every chapter and, oh yeah, the Ghost Radio website!, which, for me made this a not only good book but a great story overall. The world of ghost radio is truly brought to life with these three key elements. It feels like reading a movie (if that makes sense.) In fact, if they DO make this into a movie, I'm sure it will be a box office hit... I know I'd see it a few times. It's hard for me to put into words what I'm trying to say, but i guess the best i can do is... this book is one of my favorites, if you like savory, scary and sick books you should get Ghost Radio.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2008

    Haunting

    This thrilling, edgy freshman novel by Leopoldo Gout is chilling and the characters are honest, realistic people who act as if they are truly going through this (even the ghosts.) Ghost Radio is like a modern Edgar Allen Poe story. The story Ghost Radio is the story of a call-in radio show host that is literally being haunted by his past. It is quite well written (similar to the style of Neil Gaimen.) The pictures at the beginning of every chapter bring the story to life. I liked this book when i picked it up, was enthralled by all of the underground music references and was in love with it by the last page. This must read book is for everyone however, not just those who get the music references. It is full of twists, turns, tension and suspense. Anyone who likes a Richard Matheson or Neil Gaimen or Stephen King story will surely love this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2008

    A wonderful read for anyone who enjoys a good Twilight Zone episode

    The novel Ghost Radio documents the strange phenomenon surrounding Joaquin, the cool host of the talk radio show Ghost Radio. The show is born out of his near death experience years ago. Joaquin doesn¿t believe in the paranormal and figures that using the show, he can make some money from the people who do. That is until the lines of the natural and supernatural start to blur and the ghost stories people call in start to play out around him. When a major radio station approaches him about doing his show nationally, his cult hit turns into a national success. However, after a ghostly call into the show, Joaquin can no longer ignore the rift between our world and the next. This is a good book for anyone who likes the works Neil Gaimen or Richard Matheson. It is a spooky, rollercoaster ride that leaves readers shocked, scared and terrifyingly satisfied.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2008

    Ghoulish Fun

    In the tradition of Richard Matheson and early Stephen King comes 'Ghost Radio,' a paranormal thriller about a young radio host and the dead voices that speak to him over the airwaves. Renaissance man Leopoldo Gout has written a fantastic freshman novel ¿ complex characters combined with an engaging & spooky narrative make 'Ghost Radio' a must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2008

    entertaining 'supernatural' thriller

    Supported by his girlfriend Alondra and his radio engineer Watts, former punk rocker and ham operator Joaquin and his cult favored talk show Ghost Radio are in amidst the American alternate lifestyle crowd. Based in Mexico, Joaquin emcees chat-analysis discussions mostly centered on myths, legends and the supernatural turning real.--- He sets the tone by providing two frightening inexplicable incidents from his youth that he fortunately survived but his family in the first paranormal event and his best friend in the second happening died. Callers tell their encounters on the air. The more he hears, the more Joaquin seems unable to separate the real from the fake as realty perceived by this talk show host has vanished a born again believer in supernatural phenomena he cannot stop himself from tussling with those who defy the laws of physics by being here. --- GHOST RADIO is an entertaining supernatural thriller that builds on the theory that some white noise is not beneficial especially the unexplained. Joaquin is an interesting protagonist who goes from true believer to true skeptic to born again believer. Although the writing at times feels oddly stilted and off kilter for what is occurring at that moment, fans will enjoy Joaquin¿s adventures on and off the air. --- Harriet Klausner

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