But Damien is desperate to keep her from going. And he’ll do anything to stop her.
Volume 1 collects the first four episodes of the serial My Demon and is 65K words. This work of fiction does not contain paranormal or fantasy elements. It is general fiction. My Demon is considered young adult, but there are instances of strong language and some mild violence.
“I’ve never heard of Mr. Conjure,” Mary said.
“He creeps through the shadows wearing a raggedy top hat and a long black coat. His claws are stained a bright red from all the blood he’s spilled. If he gets you, there’s no escape.”
“Why’s he called Mr. Conjure?” Mary asked.
“What do you mean?”
“Why isn’t he called Top Hat or Mr. Red Hands?”
Eddie frowned. “Because he’s called Mr. Conjure.”
“But what does he conjure?” Mary asked.
“He doesn’t. You conjure him.”
“But why would anyone want to?”
“Because people are sometimes stupid,” Rachel said.
Jenny is a little stupid, at least that’s what Mary thinks. Why else would the teen go to an abandoned house by herself and play a game to summon a monster called Mr. Conjure? Mary doesn’t believe he exists, but Jenny insists that he’s out to get her. She’s so afraid of him that she attempts suicide.
Rachel wants to help Jenny and needs Mary to do it. Mary thinks Jenny needs a shrink, not her. She’s sure Mr. Conjure isn’t real. But something is lurking in the dark, and if it can’t get Jenny, it’ll take Mary instead.
Mary has always been different. She'd like to be normal, but being able to hear ghosts means she'll never be like everyone else. She starts her junior year of high school hoping to be left alone, but Cyrus Asher is new and doesn't know or seem to care that she's an outcast. They start hanging out and all is well until she goes over to his house. Cy's house is haunted, and not by Casper, the friendly ghost.
But it's not the ghost that ruins the evening. That honor belongs to Vicky "The Hickey" Nelson with her borrowed Ouija board and stuck-up friends. They make Mary so angry that she uses the ghost to freak out everybody, Cy included. He orders her out, and Mary thinks she's lost whatever chance she had with him. But there's still the ghost to deal with. He's mean, nasty, and possibly homicidal. She has to get rid of him or Cy and his family could be hurt. Or worse.
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