Here Lies Olive
by Kate Anderson
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Pub Date 24 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 04 Dec 2023
North Star Editions, Flux
Growing up in the dark tourism capital of the United States, sixteen-year-old Olive should be comfortable with death. But ever since an allergic reaction almost sent her to the wrong side of the grass, she’s been terrified that there is no afterlife. And after the death of her surrogate grandmother, Olive has kept everyone at arm’s length because if there’s Nothing after we die, relationships and love can only end in sorrow.
When she summons a spirit to answer her questions about death, Olive meets Jay, a hitchhiking ghost trapped in the woods behind the poorhouse where he died. Olive agrees to help Jay find his unmarked grave in exchange for answers about the other side and what comes next.
Meanwhile, someone—or something—is targeting Olive’s classmates, and the longer Jay lingers, the more serious the attacks become. Blaming herself for having brought Jay back, Olive teams up with maybe-nemesis, maybe-crush Maren, ex-best friend Davis, and new girl Vanessa to free Jay’s spirit before he’s trapped as a malevolent shade and the attacks turn deadly. But in doing so, Olive must face her fear of death and risk losing another person she loves to the Nothing.
“A creative and surprising mixture of upbeat and macabre make for an engaging read.” —Kirkus Reviews
★ “Anderson presents a fresh, multilayered exploration of grief and trauma set against an engaging supernatural mystery that evokes urban legends and ghost stories in this atmospheric debut.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Deliciously creepy, bittersweet, and surprising, Here Lies Olive is everything I want in a ghost story—but it's Olive’s voice that will stay with me: yearning, biting, angry, despairing, loving, curious, and real, she'll stay with any reader who's been scared to lose what they love.” —Maxine Kaplan, author of The Accidental Bad Girl and Wench
“Darkly charming in its explorations of grief, love, and what happens after death, and filled with a diverse cast readers are sure to love, Here Lies Olive is the queer cozy horror novel we've all been waiting for.” —Sarah Glenn Marsh, author of The Girls Are Never Gone
“Anderson’s debut novel is beautifully narrated, with lyrical prose that lets you fully immerse yourself in Olive’s world. Olive is a relatable character in her quest to grapple with life’s unexpected twists and discover what comes next after death. At its core, Here Lies Olive is a fantastically eery, atmospheric novel with a fun, engaging plot and great queer representation.” —A. J. Sass, award-winning author of Ellen Outside the Lines, Ana on the Edge, and Camp QUILTBAG
“Here Lies Olive is a terrifyingly stunning debut about living life after death. With haunting prose that will keep you up at night, Anderson crafts a thoughtful story of platonic and romantic love, struggling with one’s mental health, and accepting the darkness to get to the light. Chilling and atmospheric, this horror will grip you till its final pages.” —Robin Alvarez, author of When Oceans Rise
“With shades of Wednesday and Madeleine Roux’s Asylum, this wonderfully spooky and mysterious read should be on every Halloween lover’s bookshelf!” —Kat Ellis, author of Harrow Lake
“Here Lies Olive asks us to face our own mortality with courage and a good pair of Converse. White Haven is the retro-goth town of your dreams. . . and nightmares.” —Lindsay S. Zrull, award-winning author of Goth Girl, Queen of the Universe
“A haunting tale that dares to ask hard questions about life, death, and what truly matters. Darkly creative and richly imagined, Here Lies Olive will captivate readers through the final chilling twist.” —Linda Kao, author of A Crooked Mark
“Here Lies Olive is a unique exploration of the afterlife expertly woven into a haunting ghost story that will have you screaming for more! A perfect fall read.” —Rachel Menard, award-winning author of Game of Strength and Storm and Clash of Fate and Fury
“Set in a charming small town that peddles in all things macabre, Here Lies Olive is a delightful exhumation of a grisly topic. After nearly dying herself, Olive is determined to answer her questions about death, chasing one ghostly lead after another. Anderson offers an undeniable main character with a relatable quest. Here Lies Olive is a compelling read, infused with warmth and humor to balance its grim themes.” —Kyrie McCauley, author of If These Wings Could Fly and All the Dead Lie Down
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