GHOSTS OF YOU by Cathy Ulrich
* Finalist for the 2019 Ladies of Horror Award for Best Collection *
Cathy Ulrich's debut short story collection, GHOSTS OF YOU, seeks the names of the lost and finds the person behind the sensationalism. It examines some of the most common tropes in mystery and crime storytelling, in which the narrative always begin with the body of yet another murdered woman. They are mothers and daughters, teachers and students, lovers and wives, actresses and extras. Their lives have been taken, but their stories still remain. This is how they set the plot in motion...
Advance Praise for GHOSTS OF YOU:
“‘The thing about being the murdered girl,’ writes Cathy Ulrich, ‘is you set the plot in motion.’ But, of course, it’s Ulrich herself who brilliantly constructs the plots set in, around, before, and after another senseless murder—making fully realized gems of stories in the most unlikely of spaces.” – Amber Sparks, author of THE UNFINISHED WORLD and AND I DO NOT FORGIVE YOU
“GHOSTS OF YOU, the debut collection of Cathy Ulrich’s brilliantly original Murdered Ladies stories, is by turns a haunted and haunting literary work. This book left me deeply moved, shaken, and forever changed. Read these stories, then seek out everything else Ulrich has written, for she is a writer of singular voice and vision and this is only the beginning.” – Kathy Fish, author of WILD LIFE: COLLECTED WORKS, 2003-2018
“Cathy Ulrich gives voice to all the romanticized murdered darlings—wives, lovers, prom queens, babysitters, cheerleaders—lying unquestioned at the heart of the American media. GHOSTS OF YOU is a powerful meditation on loss that restores their lives anew, and more: it's a lyrical and fiercely human howl in the wilderness.” – Kendra Fortmeyer, author of HOLE IN THE MIDDLE
“In a dazzling, richly detailed series of second-person narratives addressed to ghostly girls and women, Cathy Ulrich unearths their buried lives and the lives of those around them. Every single one of them becomes unforgettable. In a culture increasingly inured to violence against women and at a time when women are being systematically silenced and disempowered, their bodies and voices erased, stories like these take on a particular urgency and importance. GHOSTS OF YOU will haunt you. Don’t miss this stunning debut collection.” – Jacqueline Doyle, author of THE MISSING GIRL