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The Ceiling Man

The Ceiling Man by Patricia Lillie

From the back cover:

A NOVEL OF SLOW BURN HORROR.

Carole knows there can be no tie between her autistic daughter and the strange events in Port Massasauga. It’s not logical. It’s not possible.

The Ceiling Man has picked up other watchers in his travels, but they all dismissed him as a nightmare. The girl is different. She knows he’s real.

Teenage Abby is an innocent. The stranger only she sees and hears introduces her to evil. When Carole falls under the stranger’s sway, Abby must solve the puzzle of The Ceiling Man and save them both.

”A supernatural creature arrives in the small, fictional town of Port Massasauga and sets his sights on Abby, a girl with psychic powers similar to his own, in Lillie’s gripping debut…Lillie sidesteps horror clichés and presents characters who don’t make eye-rolling decisions…horror fans should expect an entertaining novel that’s tough to put down.”—Publishers Weekly/Booklife

”Lillie’s work is powerful, intense and mindbogglingly good. Her characters are real and believable, and her plot channels the darkness of a truly virulent thunderstorm, complete with a tornado or two tossed in, as evil vies for dominance over innocence amidst a bright blue sky and late afternoon winter sun…Every so often, a debut novel shines so very brightly. The Ceiling Man is one of those rare treasures.”—Reader’s Favorite 5-Star Review

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I do not know who he is. I only know he is.
—Abby

Short Stories

• “The Cuckoo Girls,” Nightscript, Volume 1, ed. C.M. Muller. October 2015.

For my moment of SQUEE, “The Cuckoo Girls” made Ellen Datlow’s Long List of Honorable Mentions for The Best Horror of the Year, Volume 8.

Nightscript Volume 1 An annual anthology of strange and darksome tales by twenty of the finest contemporary scribes. Kristi DeMeester, Gregory L. Norris, Charles Wilkinson, Patricia Lillie, David Surface, Daniel Mills, Kirsty Logan, Kyle Yadlosky, Clint Smith, Damien Angelica Walters, Eric J. Guignard, Marc E. Fitch, Michael Kelly, Bethany W. Pope, John Claude Smith, Zdravka Evtimova, Jason A. Wyckoff, Ralph Robert Moore, Christopher Burke, Michael Wehunt.

Reviews:
Listen:
CM Muller: A Lineage of Shadows in the Nightscript | The Outer Dark: Episode 17

Read:
Dark Musing’s 2015 Review
M R Cosby’s Blog: Books of 2015
Book review: Nightscript Volume 1, edited by C.M. Muller, Chthonic Matter (Teleread)
Reviewing: Nightscripts, An Anthology of Strange & Darksome Tales (Old Style Tales Press)
Nightscript 1 at Dark Musings
A review of Nightscript: Volume 1 (edited by C. M. Muller) at Risingshadow

• “Abby,” Deep Cuts: Mayhem, Menace, & Misery, eds. Angel Leigh McCoy, E.S. Magill, and Chris Marrs. January, 2013.

 
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Deep Cuts: Mayhem, Menace, & Misery Stories by Nancy Holder, Yvonne Navarro, Mehitobel Wilson, Lisa Morton, Sandra Odell, Samael Gyre, Sara Taylor, Michael Haynes, R.S. Belcher, Stephen Woodworth, C.W. Smith, Colleen Anderson, James Chambers, Ed Kurtz, Rachel Karyo, Kelly A. Harmon, Scathe meic Beorh, Patricia Lillie, Satyros Phil Brucato, and Rob M. Miller. Evil Jester Press 2013.

• “Laundry Lady,” MicroHorror: Short Stories. Endless nightmares. July 2012.

Childrens Books

One Very, Very Quiet Afternoon Illustrated by Patricia Lillie. My first book, long out-of-print. Annabelle Barbra Cavendish’s quiet afternoon tea party is disrupted by Daniel Ezra Fiddleson and other friends, whose names run through the alphabet. Greenwillow Books/William Morrow 1986.

Jake and Rosie Illustrated by Patricia Lillie. Jake and Rosie are best friends, neighbors, and inseparable. They even try to dress like twins. 0ne day, Jake can’t find Rosie, anywhere. He begins to cry. But she comes home and brings a nice surprise. Greenwillow Books/William Morrow 1989. NEW: Got an iPad? Jake and Rosie is now available in the iBookstore.

When the Rooster Crowed Illustrated by Nancy Winslow Parker. The rooster’s awake, and so are the horse, the cow, the pigs, and the chickens. But the farmer wants to sleep in. A fun and noisy read-aloud for everyone. Greenwillow Books/William Morrow 1991.

Everything Has a Place Illustrated by Nancy Tafuri. In the best of all possible worlds, everything has a warm and cozy place: a cow in a barn, a cat in a chair, and where’s the baby? On a lap, of course! A warm and reassuring read-aloud for the youngest listener. Greenwillow Books/William Morrow 1993.

When This Box Is Full Illustrated by Donald Crews. This box is empty, but not for long. Month by month, it will fill with wonderful things, perfect for sharing. Greenwillow Books/William Morrow 1993.

Floppy Teddy Bear Illustrated by Karen Lee Baker. Little sisters, don’t you just love them? Big sister has a new teddy bear, and she loves it. But little sister wants it. A lot. So she takes it, again and again. Luckily, Mama has a solution. Greenwillow Books/William Morrow 1995.
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