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Stephen Messer

When: Fri., Sept. 30, 7 p.m. 2011

Durham author Stephen Messer's latest work is a neo-gothic fantasy titled The Death of Yorik Mortwell, but don't mourn poor Yorik too much—his ghost is the novel's protagonist. After the heir to the manor at which Yorik is a servant fells him with a rock, the formidable Princess of the Aviary Glade compels him to haunt the spoiled brat and the rest of the manor. But even ghosts face horrors—hellhounds, black blobs of nihil, the apocalypse—and that's not to mention Yorik's responsibility for his orphan sister, who's still among the living. In this posthumous coming-of-age story, Yorik gradually takes control of his afterlife. Gris Grimly, whose artwork has creepified books by Carolyn Crimi and Neil Gaiman as well as his own, brings Messer's characters to life with suitably ghastly yet cartoonish illustrations. Messer's previous books include Windblowne. —Chris Vitiello

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