Now in a new redesigned edition, featuring an updated introduction from the author and songs!
Rose Marshall died in 1952 in Buckley Township, Michigan, run off the road by a man named Bobby Cross—a man who had sold his soul to live forever, and intended to use her death to pay the price of his immortality. Trouble was, he didn’t ask Rose what she thought of the idea.
It’s been more than sixty years since that night, and she’s still sixteen, and she’s still running.
They have names for her all over the country: the Girl in the Diner. The Phantom Prom Date. The Girl in the Green Silk Gown. Mostly she just goes by “Rose,” a hitchhiking ghost girl with her thumb out and her eyes fixed on the horizon, trying to outrace a man who never sleeps, never stops, and never gives up on the idea of claiming what’s his. She’s the angel of the overpass, she’s the darling of the truck stops, and she’s going to figure out a way to win her freedom. After all, it’s not like it can kill her.
You can’t kill what’s already dead.
“Hitchhiking ghosts, the unquiet dead, the gods of the old American roads–McGuire enters the company of Lindskold and Gaiman with this book, creating a wistful, funny, fascinating new mythology of diners, corn fields, and proms in this all-in-one-sitting read!”
“McGuire brings empathy, complexity, and a shivering excitement to this well-developed campfire tale…. A powerful blend of ghost story, love story, and murder mystery, wrapped in a perfectly neat package.”
“The first volume of McGuire’s Ghost Stories is an evocative and profoundly creative work that instantly wraps around readers’ imaginations. Providing a new point of view for an old ghost story, this emotional, consistently surprising collection of adventures is also a striking testament to the power of American myths and memories.”
—RT Reviews (top pick!)
ABOUT SEANAN McGUIRE
Seanan McGuire was the winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and the author of the New York Times bestselling October Daye and InCryptid series. She has won a Hugo Award the SF Squeecast podcast and is the first person to be nominated for five Hugos in a single year. Visit her online at www.seananmcguire.com and on Twitter @seananmcguire.