New Release (November 2014)
What Haunts Me
Ghost Killer - Book 1
You can’t kill something that’s already dead. Unless of course you’re
There are ghosts and demons that wander among the living; they do not haunt in the traditional sense. Instead, they plague the living with diseases and physical deformities, and once a ghost finds its victim it will haunt them for a lifetime.
A mild illness brings on the dreams, which trigger the suppressed memories, which in turn allows George to see ghosts. Along with this new sight into a realm unknown to most, George instinctually knows that he must kill the ghosts. Of course none of this makes sense, but he cannot control the urge to kill when he encounters them, because deep inside, he knows this is what he must do. Another thing he knows; if he kills a ghost, a person nearby is suddenly healed.
His acceptance of this newfound ability to see and kill ghosts becomes his obsession, but it is also destroying his life and threatening his sanity. George seeks the help of Phil, a known paranormal expert, who briefly explains his new ability, but also warns him about a dangerous man who is looking for a powerful ghost killer, and insinuates that George is that powerful ghost killer. Soon after, George meets Billy, a young woman with a brazen and unlikable personality. However, she is another ghost killer, and that makes her someone he needs to know. With the help of Billy and Phil, George looks for answers as to how and why he’s become what he is and who and what the dangerous man wants. His quest for knowledge leads him to new friends and allies, but also to enemies he could never have imagined, enemies that killed his mother and grandparents and now want him.
Copyright © Margaret A. Millmore 2014
Painting "What Haunts Me" by Ocelia Stanley
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When I started writing What Haunts Me it was my intention to go for a single novel, but as the story developed, I realized I wanted something else; I wanted a series, an episodic series to be exact. I’m a huge fan of Grimm, Haven, Being Human (US & BBC versions), Sleepy Hollow and Warehouse 13, and it occurred to me that I was sort of headed in that direction. Not for the plots (which I think are fantastic and original), but because of the dynamics that make up the characters; opposites that really shouldn’t get along, but do, and not only do they get along, they support each other and fight the good fight with each other. Thus, book one was born and the subsequent books will be like television episodes, so stay tuned!
I should also point out two things about What Haunts Me: first and foremost, the idea all came about because my husband, Bryan, had a strange dream one night and told me about it. I wrote down the details (it didn’t add up to more than a few paragraphs) and “filed” it away for later (I was in the throes of publishing The Dragonfly Door at the time and that was all consuming…), it festered and a few months down the road, a ghost killer was born.
The second thing I should mention is that the story stalled, horribly so… again, Bryan to the rescue! He brought me an article about ghost tours that were being held in various cities around the US, very interesting, I thought; perhaps they have one in San Francisco. They do, it’s amazing and we took the tour.
The tour was conducted by Jim Fassbinder of San Francisco Ghost Hunt. At the time we took the tour, Jim didn’t know that I was taking notes and studying him and his “ghosts”, he does now, and you might just find Jim’s doppelganger in What Haunts Me…
As a side note: SF Ghost Hunt is a great night out and I highly recommend it for locals and tourists alike, you may or may not see a ghost (I hope you do), but you will get a fantastic history lesson about our wonderful town and Jim is a colorful and entertaining guide! You just can’t go wrong.