Ghostographs: An Album


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Rose Metal Press
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6.2 X 7.9 X 0.3 inches | 0.26 pounds
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About the Author

Maria Romasco Moore's stories have appeared in DIAGRAM, Hobart, Interfictions, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, and the Lightspeed anthology Women Destroy Science Fiction. Her first novel, Some Kind of Animal, will be published by Delacorte Press in 2020. She is a graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop and has an MFA from Southern Illinois University. She currently lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her partner Axel and cat Gamma Ray. She likes silent films, aquariums, and other tiny windows into other worlds.


"Every so often I'm lucky enough to stumble across a debut by someone I immediately know will become one of my 'everything writers'--a writer, that is to say, whose sensibility is exciting enough and whose work is original enough that I realize I'm on board not only for the book in my hands but for every book that follows. Maria Romasco Moore is such a writer, and GHOSTOGRAPHS is such a book: unique, beautiful, refined, and surprising."--Kevin Brockmeier
"Maria Romasco Moore's astonishing GHOSTOGRAPHS is an incantation, an elegy for the distance between life and death. It's the sound one hears if one is lucky enough to perceive the chatter of ghosts, their magical cataloguing of what was and is. This is more than a novella, more than a book; it's a living object that pulls you into its loop until it's also yours, and you live there, too."--Lindsay Hunter
"Maria Romasco Moore's GHOSTOGRAPHS gives me the same feeling I experienced years ago when I first encountered the gorgeous, gruesome art of Edward Gorey. These stories in miniature leave me feeling both thrilled and horrified: horrified to be so thrilled, and thrilled to be so horrified. All my life I've wanted to encounter a real ghost, and now it seems I've come to know a whole town full of them."--Pinckney Benedict
"Each of these stories is its own ghost: startling, uncanny, gone. Each one rattles its chains, smiles its terrible smile, gestures toward the others. I feel like this book was written, specifically, for me: the me that loves vintage photographs, formal constraints, hauntings, ephemera, poetry; the me that loves campfire stories; the me that's still a little scared of the dark."--Carmen Maria Machado
"Maria Romasco Moore's sizzling debut, GHOSTOGRAPHS: AN ALBUM, calls to us from a lost world, one we can't have back but that isn't quite done with us. This collection of electric, short narratives functions like a re-remembered dream in the shower--nagging, expectant, undetermined. The interplay of lyrical narrative with old photographs of people and landscapes (sometimes fading from view, sometimes burning with light) landed me inside the familiar made strange. The sharp, sly language in GHOSTOGRAPHS is bound up in longings, just-revealed secrets, and wonder, and gives meaning to what is overlooked or misconstrued. The book takes us out of ourselves so that we see the world under a new ecstatic light. And as Romasco Moore writes, 'You've got to be careful with light...some of it is shadow in disguise. Some of it isn't light at all but the absence of darkness. Some of it can burn you.'"--Scott Blackwood