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Vintage
     

Vintage

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by Steve Berman
 

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A lonely boy walking along a New Jersey highway one October evening meets the boy of his dreams, a boy who happens to have died decades ago and whose ghost now haunts the road. Awkward crushes, both bitter and sweet, lead him to face youthful dreams and childish fears. With its cast of offbeat friends, antiques, and Ouija boards, Vintage is not your typical romance

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A lonely boy walking along a New Jersey highway one October evening meets the boy of his dreams, a boy who happens to have died decades ago and whose ghost now haunts the road. Awkward crushes, both bitter and sweet, lead him to face youthful dreams and childish fears. With its cast of offbeat friends, antiques, and Ouija boards, Vintage is not your typical romance but does offers readers a memorable blend of dark humor, chills and love. A finalist for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.

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"...gay teen readers who've been hankering for a horror story all their own will be thrilled with all of the creeps, crawls, chills, and eyeliner that Berman has to offer." - School Library Journal

"Vintage is an outstanding example of how genres such as YA fantasy and supernatural fiction can be used to create new stories which exploit the potential of speculative fiction to address social issues. I am already anticipating the next book by Steve Berman." - The Green Man Review

"[Vintage is] a smart, stylish coming-of-age story about a gay teenager, a seductive ghost, and the many ways that the past shadows the present. It's also a love story, but one that's dark and sharp and full of unexpected twists. Much like adolescence itself." - Terri Windling, Endicott Studios Blog

School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up An unnamed, gay Goth enthusiast and his friend Trace spend their time frequenting thrift shops, attending random funerals, and playing with ouija boards. On the way home from one of their jaunts, the protagonist finds himself haunted by a jock-ish ghost dressed in 1950s regalia. At first, he is charmed, intrigued, and turned on, but when the ghost, Josh, turns out to be a jealous maniac bent on keeping him forever, the teen discovers that he needs to ditch the demon-and fast-before it's too late. The action kicks off with a blast in this slim, densely packed volume and keeps chugging forward until the bitter end. Berman has created a creepy, kitschy, lusty atmosphere-particularly when the narrator's abilities to tap into a ghost's past are harnessed-that should appeal to mature horror fans. That said, the narrative is weakened by more telling than showing, especially when the more gripping sequences are stalled by explanation rather than rapid-fire action. All the same, gay teen readers who've been hankering for a horror story all their own will be thrilled with all of the creeps, crawls, chills, and eyeliner that Berman has to offer.-Hillias J. Martin, New York Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590210536
Publisher:
Lethe Press
Publication date:
03/01/2008
Pages:
204
Sales rank:
1,130,580
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
15 - 18 Years

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"I know your ghost." She laughed. "Well not know him, but know of him. As soon as you mentioned 47. It's an old urban legend around here."

"I didn't think this 'burb was big enough to qualify as urban."

"Now, now. So what did he say?"

I shrugged, pretending to be apathetic. "Not much." In truth, I couldn't recall all he said and it drove me crazy. "Something about a party and being late, I think."

She nodded several times. "He would say that."

I reached out and grabbed her hand. "Tell me."

"Well, over forty years ago a kid was killed out on that stretch of road. Run down." She lowered her voice to seem dramatic. "Some say accident. Some say not."

"Since then... well, every kid in town knows that his ghost keeps trying to get home. We all want a glimpse. Last time I was out there looking for him was back in junior high with some friends and we all hid in the woods. I fell asleep." The regret in her voice was very evident. "Still some say they've seen him. A lot of the time they're truckers out late and pass a lonesome guy on the road. He's not in their rearview mirror. Or some lost couple stops and asks him for directions. He never speaks though. And he never reaches home."

Vintage: A Ghost Story is a smart and stylish work of contemporary gay fantasy with a gothic twist.

What People are Saying About This

Lee Thomas
A POWERFUL, EMOTIONALLY CHARGED novel, exploring what it means to be young and different in a world that rarely accommodates the individual. Often bittersweet, the story examines how our choices haunt us, sometimes to frightening degrees. MORE THAN A GHOST STORY, Berman has created a coming-of-age tale that rings true, showing us the dreams and dreads of youth. Whether describing the worldly or the otherworldly, Berman's style is as comfortable and sharp as a fine suit. With an eye for detail Berman has woven an ornate fabric from threads of lust, terror, loss and joy, creating the kind of story that never goes out of style. (Lee Thomas, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Stained and The Dust of Wonderland)
Richard Bowes
Steve Berman's first novel Vintage is a skillful brew of Goth fashion, gay teen alienation, a sexually predatory ghost from the legendary past (1957) and an improvised exorcism into which the author has blended a surprisingly sweet coming-of-age love story. (Richard Bowes, World Fantasy and Lambda Award winner)
Holly Black
A witty, shuddersome and extraordinary book that haunts with its charms. (Holly Black, author of the NY Times bestselling Spiderwick Chronicles and the Modern Faery Tale series)
Gregory Frost
Steve Berman has created a group of fully realized characters in Vintage, while delivering a ghost story that surprises at every turn. A READ FULL OF SHIVERS. (Gregory Frost, author of Fitcher's Brides)

Meet the Author

Steve Berman often writes queer and weird fiction for young adult readers. He resides in New Jersey the only state with an official devil.

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