The Loveliest Dead

Open Road Media
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In this “shocker from [a] horror maestro,” a grieving family’s inheritance stirs the past and brings out the dead (Publishers Weekly).
 
After the sudden death of their youngest child, Josh, Jenna and David Kellar need a fresh and healing new start. When Jenna is bequeathed her estranged father’s home in the coastal town of Eureka, California, it’s the opportunity the Kellars, their son Miles, and Jenna’s elderly mother have been looking for. And the last thing they expected. The house has been waiting for them, and so have those who still walk there in the dark.
 
There are the children seen playing in the backyard—at once innocent and terrifying; the noises and music that rattle the walls; the man who appears in Miles’s bedroom at night, watching over him with an unhealthy obsession. But when Jenna sees Josh, she fears that she’s either losing her mind or someone is playing a very sick game. For a local psychic, it’s neither—it’s a warning. For the Kellars, the past isn’t dead. In fact, it’s just starting to come alive.
 
A Bram Stoker Award finalist for Live Girls, “Garton shows a sure hand in . . . mixing The Amityville Horror, Poltergeist and Jack Ketchum’s The Girl Next Door” (Bookgasm). A winner of the World Horror Convention’s Grand Master Award, Garton is in the company of such recipients as Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Anne Rice, Clive Barker, and Richard Matheson.
 
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About the author

Ray Garton is the author of sixty books, including horror novels such as the Bram Stoker Award–nominated Live GirlsCrucifaxLot Lizards, and The Loveliest Dead; thrillers like Sex and Violence in HollywoodMurder Was My Alibi, and Trade Secrets; and seven short story collections. He has also written several movie and TV tie‐ins and a number of young adult novels under the name Joseph Locke. In 2006, he received the Grand Master of Horror Award. He lives in northern California with his wife.
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Publisher
Open Road Media
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Published on
Apr 1, 2014
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Pages
330
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ISBN
9781497627567
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Ghost
Fiction / Horror
Fiction / Occult & Supernatural
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