My collection Tales from Forgotten Days kicks off with a story called “Impostor Apparition”. Lots of movies and TV shows use the trope of the dead wife haunting her still-living husband, just hovering around sort of benignly to keep him motivated. This story came out of me unpacking in great detail just why I find this trope so very annoying. I came to a conclusion that wasn’t what I expected. Here’s the back of book description:
A confused ghost pulls herself out of nothingness to find a dead woman soaked in blood in a hollow outside of a temporary village of tents.
The ghost remembers nothing, not even her own death. But the hollow stinks of magic. Someone summoned her into existence to solve this crime.
Another ghostly form already comforts the distraught man grieving over the corpse of his wife. Solving a crime? A one ghost job. So why the second beautiful yet useless apparition?
“The Impostor Apparition”, a tale of murder and court intrigue, told by a most unusual narrator.