The Attic Tragedy
DescriptionSylvie never called them ghosts, but that's what they were-not that George ever saw them herself. The new girl, Sylvie, is like a creature from another time, with her old-fashioned leather satchel, her white cotton gloves and her head in the clouds. George watches her drift around the edge of the school playing fields, guided by inaudible voices. When George stands up for Sylvie, beating back Tommy Payne and his gang of thugs, it brings her close to the ethereal stranger; though not as close as George would have liked. In the attic of Sylvie's father's antique shop, George's scars will sing and her longing will drive them both toward a tragedy as veiled and inevitable as Sylvie's whispering ghosts.
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"Softly shrouded in smoke and shadow, Ashley-Smith's The Attic Tragedy cuts close to the bone. Startling, pointed, and powerful."
-Lee Murray, three-time Bram Stoker Award(R) nominee and author of Into the Ashes
"J.Ashley-Smith doesn't put a foot wrong in this chilling, devastating story. The Attic Tragedy is hard to read in the best possible way."
-Kaaron Warren, award-winning author of Into Bones Like Oil and Tide of Stone
"The Attic Tragedy is beautifully engrossing, elegant, and lavish in the traditions of ornate architecture: J. Ashley-Smith's exquisite words are its sculpted stone blocks; his layers of resonant emotions their subtle coloring treatments; his backdrop of ghosts those detailed flourishes that drive all expressive design to be admired for impression and refinement."
-Eric J. Guignard, award-winning author and editor, including That Which Grows Wild and Doorways to the Deadeye