The book is a short story collection by David Keyes, and not having read anything by him before, I'm intrigued to see what this often-dubbed 'eccentric' author has to offer!
The back of the book reads:
'"The story of a ghost, and the girl that haunts him..."
Ghosts are haunted, girls fling themselves out of windows, wolves are cartographers, hares are pornographers, mermaids are rescued from carnival sideshows and everyone drinks cocktails and comments on the moon. Collected here for the first time are ten short stories and a novella, The House of Sleep. Each story a slight variation on reality, each its own weather system, its own logic surreal, beautiful and haunting, all recording in Keyes' melancholic style.'
When I opened the book, I had a lovely surprise - it's signed by David Keyes! Awesome, right?
As you probably noticed in the first image above, the package also came with an excerpt from The Blood Red Heiress by David Keyes, and loads of cute things inside, including one of those fortune teller fishes and a cocktail recipe!
This book is definitely the one that's getting read after I finish reading 'Salem's Lot by Stephen King, and I'm super, super looking forward to it. A full review will come once it's finished.
In other, personal news, I've been accepted on an English Literature with Creative Writing degree at university! I'm thrilled - this is turning out to be a wonderful week :)