2 of 5 stars.
Ghost stories come in a wide variety of flavors. In this contemporary tale, ghosts [ie souls, spirits] are collected and sold to dealers. As macabre as that seems, there’s also moral implications as the ghosts, to a limited degree, can communicate and interact with the living. And yet, the ghosts are given no choice in their binding and later selling.
The tale follows a ghost hunter as he works to bind the “hitchhiker.” Throughout the tale, he allows the memory of his wife’s guiding advise to steer him through the process. The “absence” of Karen despite her words in his mind is all the more striking considering his profession . . .
This tale was a quarterly contest winner appearing in Writers of the Future: Volume 33 edited by David Farland.
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