Kiss the Goat: A Twenty-first Century Ghost Story

Brian Stableford, Author . Prime $29.95 (196p) ISBN 978-0-8095-4484-4

In this unusual ghost story from Stableford (The Carnival of Destruction, etc.), Kit Miner, a young Yorkshire bus driver, doesn't know what to make of the strange aural and tactile hallucinations she has in her cheap boardinghouse room until she overhears a rock music tune leaking from a random bus rider's Discman and realizes that it's a tune that sometimes plays during her weird experiences. The rider, art history student Stephen Carraway, reveals that it's a cut by the goth band the Electric Hellfire Club, and this is the first clue that Kit is being haunted by someone with infernal interests. With Stephen's help, Kit discovers that Rose Selavy, a suicide who once worked as a prostitute in Kit's room, is trying to connect with her. Though a bit too talky and analytical in spots, this novel, with its heady mix of historical and pop culture sources, shows how a truly inspired writer can find an original new angle from which to present one of supernatural fiction's most familiar themes. (June)

Reviewed on: 05/09/2005
Release date: 05/01/2005
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