Today we have an excerpt from John A. Karr’s newly released paranormal suspense novel, “Ghostly Summons”. The ebook is available now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo, with the paperback due out next month. To go into the draw to win a free ebook of Ghostly Summons, email me at email@example.com and let me know if you prefer .mobi or .epub. The draw will close at noon on 31 March 2013, Australian EDT, and I will announce the winner shortly afterwards.
Excerpt from Ghostly Summons
Lars studied the monitor, then glanced at the business card. He swept it up as he swiveled toward the wall, glanced at the shiny lettering and slipped it into his breast pocket. He swallowed. A bit of a headache had come on, offsetting the voices, keyboards, phones…basic sounds of the workplace. Felt anxious now. No doubt that Frank dude’s fault.
He turned his back to the cube entrance and rubbed his temples. Yeah, high time to dry out a bit.
Office buzz drained from the department.
Must be dozing off. He reached for the coffee and halted.
Someone behind him. Distracted, he hadn’t heard footsteps. Kelsen swiveled toward the cube entrance, irritation swelling inside.
“Look, I appreciate the offer, but —”
No one at the entrance to his cube. And now it was like his cube was inside a cave. Dank, still air. Echoes. Not good. Not good at all. Kelsen swallowed, slowly turned.
A woman occupied his guest chair.
Nude. Silent. Staring.
Blonde hair reached lithe, bare shoulders. Green algae fouled a lean but endowed body. Bits of mud and sand clung to her feet, marring her image even more.
Kelsen didn’t know who she was, but there was no doubt what she was.
Greetings from the rogue element of his mind. It must have captured this poor woman’s image somewhere on television or the internet without his realizing it—and now, dormant for five years, it felt like kicking up again. He was to believe this victim appeared this way an instant before her final heartbeat.
Like the others over the years, the last remaining glint of life had been snuffed from her eyes. The gaze of the dead.
Kelsen peered closer. What had caused her death?
A sheen glistened from the waist down, over what would have been flawless skin, were it not for the clinging bits.
There—a thumb-sized rupture. Center-left breast.
Didn’t take a medical examiner to recognize the bullet wound.
She remained long enough for him to try to swallow the rock lodged in his throat.
Without warning, without sound of passage, she vanished.
Gradually the buzz of the office returned.
Kelsen’s hand trembled as he felt the seat of the chair. Nothing. Not damp. No bits of sand, algae, or seaweed. He drew back in his chair and searched his memories, wanting her to be a past victim.
He could not place her, though she seemed vaguely familiar. Hauntingly beautiful despite death’s repose, doubtless she had been stunning in life, and unlikely to be forgotten.
He didn’t know who she was, but if the past was any indication, her identity would be revealed whether he wanted it to be or not.
There was one more certainty.
This was just the first Visit.
About the author:
John A. Karr believes fiction writing each day helps keep the demons at bay. Ghostly Summons is his first full-length novel for Dark Continents Publishing. DCP has also published his Weird West novella, Ujahwek. He is the author of a handful of other novels: Death Clause, Hippocrates Shattered (scheduled for reprint by World Castle Publications as Shattered), Rhone, and Van Gogh, Encore. His short stories have appeared on webzines Allegory, The Absent Willow Review, and Danse Macabre. More works are in progress and in the marketing queue.
Karr is an ardent believer in the quote by Carl Van Doren (1885-1950), U.S. man of letters:
Yes, it’s hard to write, but it’s harder not to.
Purchase links for “Ghostly Summons”:
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BUT38VS
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00BUT38VS