Blog Tour: A Man Among Ghosts, Steven Hopstaken

Book Review: A Man Among Ghosts, Steven Hopstaken

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Horror/Paranormal: A Man Among Ghosts, Steven Hopstaken

Blog Tour: March 15, 2023


David Dusek is moving into the adult world. He has a job in San Francisco as a computer programmer. It is time to take another step and buy his own house.


Buying a house in San Francisco is expensive. It is one of the priciest markets in the world. So any house within David’s budget was going to have some drawbacks. It might be old. It might need repairs. It might be in a rough neighborhood. It might be all of those things and more. It might have ghosts.


David is not a believer in ghosts. The faucet dripping? Needs repair. The scratching sounds in the basement? Rats. The man with the melted face in his living room? A vagrant who somehow got in.


Besides, he has other issues to deal with. Issues like an inoperable brain tumor. David has maybe six months to live. He will probably only have three months of functionality. Finding this out right after you’ve bought a house is bad timing. If you have a brain tumor you can expect strange hallucinations, right? And those hallucinations trying to kill you and asking you to kill someone else has a logical explanation, right?




Steven Hopstaken has written several books before. We’ve reviewed his “Stoker’s Wilde” series (written together with his wife, Melissa Prusi). Like his other books, A Man Among Ghosts brings the paranormal into contact with the “real” world, this time with ghosts instead of vampires. David does not want to believe in ghosts. He does not want to think they are haunting him, or wanting him to kill someone he hasn’t heard of and doesn’t know, or possibly trying to kill him. He doesn’t want to see them at home, at work, at a hotel, in a cabin in the woods, or on the street corner.


The problem, though, is that when ghosts want your attention, they have ways of getting it. And really, what are you going to do? Kill them? Exorcise them? Refuse to feed them? Really, once you’ve died once, it’s hard to be phased by anything else the living can do.


Our thanks to Anne Cater of Random Things for our copy of A Man Among Ghosts, provided so we could give our honest review as part of this blog tour. The opinions here are solely those of Scintilla. For other perspectives on this novel, check out the other bloggers on this tour.

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Book Review: A Man Among Ghosts, Steven Hopstaken

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