By Chet Williamson
In Merridale, semi-transparent blue ghosts are showing. The town's useless are reappearing, frozen of their ultimate moments of lifestyles for all to determine, and none to disregard. The ghosts aren't the true tale the following, even though - it's those people who are nonetheless alive. confronted with the deaths and tragedies in their family, and enemies, can Merridale's sanity live to tell the tale? A vintage novel of horror.
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Ash Wednesday by Chet Williamson