Saturday, July 12, 2014

Dead Man and the Lustful Spirit

Title: Dead Man and the Lustful Spirit
Author: Lou Harper
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Cover Artist: Lou Harper
Genre: paranormal, short story
Length: 8000 words (approx 30 pages)
Formats: epub, mobi, pdf

Denton is a necromancer and his boyfriend Bran is a witch. It's not as exciting as it sounds. They don't even get to dress the part, unless it's New Year's Eve and they've been invited to a costume party. Denton is happy to let his hair down, but coaxing the reclusive Bran out of his shell is hard enough without a demonic spirit crashing the party.

Convincing the spirit to return whence it came from will call on Denton's special skills, but not in necromancy.


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Now that we have Denton, who sees death traces and has some necromantic abilities which he’s exploring and polishing with Bran’s help, and Bran, the antisocial witch and herbalist, as an established couple, Lou Harper sent them to a New Year’s Eve party. What could possibly go wrong?


Funny you should ask—another party-goer has exactly the sort of problem that only people with Denton and Bran’s abilities can solve. The guys are having a medium good time—Bran and his dubious social skills are having some issues with the crowds amd the small talk, while Denton’s natural exuberance lets him acquire people and information like black capes collect cat fur. The banter is funny, the situation not too dire, but certainly needs to be dealt with.

I enjoyed the story, which starts with humor (who knew the right lure for certain demons is fresh cookies?) and keeps going. The couch in Bran’s apartment gets a turn as a secondary character and made me snort.

This is a lovely small taste of this couple, who get together in the first book of the series, Dead Man and the Restless Spirits, reviewed here, and it’s free, which is kind of the author. And like those cookies, it’s enticing me to have more. Dead Man and the Army of Frogs is the next volume in the series.4.25 marbles

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