Mollie Chandler is on the verge of joining a shadowy Order whose magical operatives, the Glymjacks, manipulate events of the past. As the only candidate for the role of Psychopomp, she must pass one final test before the job is hers.
The crumbling Blue Alice has been gathering ghosts for over a hundred years. Once a grand mansion, it was converted to a rooming house in the 1920s. Tenants throughout the century since have suffered violent poltergeist attacks by a vengeful spirit, complained of a spectral woman in black who looms and leers at their every move, reported hearing music when there should be none playing, and appealed to exorcists when tormented by a judgmental demon.
Mollie must use magic, ingenuity, and intuition to travel back in time to the source of each haunting, avert their circumstances, and change history.
If she succeeds, she will have to give up everything she’s ever known to become a Glymjack.
If she fails, Mollie will not survive - if she’s lucky. The alternatives to death are far worse.
Mollie has but one night to change the histories of the dead and plot the course for her own future.
She is running out of time, and into the haunted heart of the Blue Alice.
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About the Author
Mehitobel Wilson has been publishing horror fiction since 1999. She is a Bram Stoker Award nominee, and many of her stories have been granted Honorable Mentions in the Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror series. If you can’t pronounce her name, call her “Bel.” Bel’s been a dog groomer, an industrial painter, a runway model, a belt worker in a factory, a cigarette girl at a movie theater, an audio/visual technician, a Latin tutor, and a waitress, among other things. She’s lived in the backwoods and on the streets. Now she lives (in a house) in the Deep South, prefers Lone Star beer and Marlboros, and inflicts Hong Kong rap music on whomever comes in proximity. She’d write more fiction if her hands were less sore from bouts of Tekken 4.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Perfect read about an old house and its ghostly residents. Original and fun. I liked the ghosts, their unique chapters, with Mollie's presence and role in their existence giving each ghost suspense and added character. Fun to choose my favorite ghosts, and see how each one affects Mollie's progress toward her goal. So many elements make this story 'just right' reading for those of us who like haunted old house stories, and Mehitobel Wilson delivers with an awesome take on the genre.
Well written. Evocative. It is a quick read --very enjoyable. Blue Alice is the house/building all of the events take place in--over time.