Author: Ofelia Grand
Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing
Cover Artist: Unknown
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 05/26/2016
Length: Short Story (<15K)
Travis is running himself ragged. He’s trying to keep two jobs just to pay his rent. If he has to flirt with some creepy old women at the pub to get a little extra tip money then so be it. One day, he’ll have someone special waiting for him when he gets back home from work, or is that too much to ask? Right now isn’t the best of times to get a boyfriend anyway since Travis is going mad, but one day… Every so often, Travis gets the feeling of not being alone, and sometimes, he sees things. But he tries to stay positive; maybe there’s a strapping young fella waiting for him in the looney bin.
Larry’s existence was dead boring until Travis moved in. Now he spends his time watching Travis, fantasising about touching him, kissing him… Their movie nights would be a bit cosier if Travis knew he was there, but sometimes, you have to settle for what you can get. As far as roommates go, Travis is the best Larry has ever had, and it isn’t Travis’s fault he can’t see Larry – no one has been able to since the day he died.
When Travis loses one of his jobs, both he and Larry fear for their future. Larry can’t imagine being without Travis, and Travis is desperate to find a way to pay his bills. While Travis searches for a solution to his money problems Larry has to decide if he’s willing to risk existence as he knows it for a chance of a better life
I love ghost stories. I love scary ghost stories, I love ‘I’m going to sleep with the lights on tonight’ ghost stories and I love romantic ghost stories.
Travis is twenty-three years old, continually broke, and he is working himself ragged to keep his little flat so he at least has a roof over his head. He’s a sad, isolated young man, who left school too early to get a decent job, and is cut-off from his family.
Larry is a ghost, tied to the flat for sixty years, and he thinks Travis is the best ‘flatmate’ he has ever had. We get little hints about Larry’s past, and parts of it clearly were not happy. His afterlife, with the exception of sharing the flat with Travis, isn’t happy either. Here the author has done some interesting things. There’s no heaven or hell, instead there is the Nothingness, and Queen Lorraine, to whom Larry has to answer for any attempts to go beyond his regular haunting. For example, trying to interact, in any way, with Travis is forbidden, and punished.
Without going into details Travis knows something is just a bit off in his flat, though he doesn’t quite believe it’s haunted. Naturally events conspire to prove to Travis there is indeed a ghost sharing his flat.
I liked this short story and the characters, but I wanted more. I was left with some questions at the end, though perhaps it’s been left open for a sequel? If so, I’d be interested to read it.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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