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The Ceiling Man

The Ceiling Man by Patricia Lillie

From the back cover:


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.

Writing as Kay Charles

Ghosts in Glass Houses (A Marti Mikkleson Mystery)

Marti Mickkleson sees ghosts. No one believes her except her great-grandmother. Since Grandma Bertie died the day Marti was born, her support isn’t worth much in the world of the living.

Ten years ago, Marti ran away from her wealthy family and the small town where she was known as “Marti Cray-Cray.” When she wakes up in a compromising position and sees her father standing over her, she thinks he owes her a big apology. After all, he’s dead and talking to her—and she talks back.

He doesn’t apologize. Instead, he claims he was murdered and demands she go home and do something about it. If she does, he’ll move on to the afterlife and leave her alone. If not, he’ll haunt her forever. With her life going downhill fast and nothing to lose, she agrees.

In Bicklesburg, she finds her once formidable mother in the throes of dementia, her perfect-prom-queen sister now a lawyer married to a not-so-perfect man, and her bad-boy high school boyfriend a private security guard watching over the family fortress.

Before Marti can decide if staying is worth it, her mother wanders away and is found cradling a bloodstained garden gnome. Marti is the only one who sees the ghost of her father’s former girlfriend hovering beside Mom, but it’s not long before the body is discovered.

With the help of Grandma Bertie, Marti must make peace with her family, deal with old friends and enemies and new scandals—and uncover a murderer without ending up a ghost herself.

Ghosts in Glass Houses is available for Kindle and in paperback on Amazon
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Short Stories

• “That’s What Friends Are For,”  Supernatural Tales, ed. David Longhorn. Forthcoming, 2019 (Date TBA).

Supernatural Tales , edited by David Longhorn, is a thrice-yearly magazine dedicated to supernatural fiction, including ghost stories and quiet horror.

• “Zwillingslied,”  Twice-Told: A Collection of Doubles, ed. C.M. Muller. February 2, 2019.

Twice-Told: A Collection of Doubles is an anthology of 22 tales, all of which examine the theme of the doppelgänger in unique and unexpected ways.” C.M. Muller, editor.

With stories by Tim Jeffreys, Clint Smith, Patricia Lillie, Chris Shearer, Shannon Lawrence, Charles Wilkinson, Craig Wallwork, David Peak, Jason A. Wyckoff, Esther Rose, Steve Rasnic Tem, Jack Lothian, Gordon B. White, Nina Shepardson, Timothy B. Dodd, Farah Rose Smith, Tom Johnstone, Jess Landry, C.C. Adams, Tim Major, J.C. Raye, and Erica Ruppert.

• “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.

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

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.

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.