A Voice Calling
By Christopher Barzak
But is the house truly haunted?
Of course the house is haunted.
Button House has stood for centuries, digging its roots and its rot deeper and deeper, consuming all who approach: twin brothers, a child bride, an innocent baby, four young factory workers.
And then came Rose Billings, who had an affinity with the house like no other. Rose, who could hear the house and the pleas of its many ghosts. Rose, who would attempt to solve the mysteries of Button House, or die trying.
From Shirley Jackson award winning author Christopher Barzak comes an obsessive tale of a family haunted by a very terrible house.
Advanced Praise for A Voice Calling
“Christopher Barzak is a master of subtle hauntings. I’m not sure how he managed to make this story both charming and very creepy, but I can still feel the chill up my spine.”
^ Theodora Goss, author of The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter
Nobody writes ghost stories like Christopher Barzak. A Voice Calling is a chilling portrait of a demanding house, its loving inhabitants, and a town that takes a deep and not altogether friendly interest in everything that happens there. It’s a remarkable story—melancholy, terrifying, and beautifully written. I loved it.
^ Delia Sherman, author of The Freedom Maze.
Length: 100 pages
Price: $13.99 (print), $8.99 (ebook )
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About Christopher Barzak
Christopher Barzak is the author of the Crawford Fantasy Award winning novel, One for Sorrow, which has been made into the Sundance feature film Jamie Marks is Dead. His second novel, The Love We Share Without Knowing, was a finalist for the Nebula Award and the James Tiptree Jr. Award. His third novel, Wonders of the Invisible World, received the Stonewall Honor Award from the American Library Association and most recently was selected for inclusion on the Human Rights Campaign’s list of books for libraries in LGBTQ welcoming schools. He is also the author of two short story collections: Birds and Birthdays, a collection of surrealist fantasy stories, and Before and Afterlives, a collection of supernatural fantasies which won Best Collection in the 2013 Shirley Jackson Awards. His most recent novel, The Gone Away Place, received the inaugural Whippoorwill Award, and was selected for the Choose to Read Ohio program by the State Library of Ohio, the Ohioana Library Association, and the Ohio Center for the Book.
Christopher grew up in rural Kinsman, Ohio, has lived in the southern California beach town of Carlsbad, the capital of Michigan, and has taught English outside of Tokyo, Japan, where he lived for two years.