American Ghoul

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Pub Date Sep 03 2024 | Archive Date Sep 17 2024

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A wildly entertaining debut from Michelle McGill-Vargas, American Ghoul deftly combines horror and social commentary—with a dash of a buddy comedy—in an innovative twist on the vampire genre.

You can’t kill someone who’s already dead.

That’s what Lavinia keeps telling her jailer after—allegedly—killing her mistress, Simone Arceaneau. But how could Simone be dead when she was taking callers just a few minutes before? And why was her house always so dark?

Lavinia, a recently freed slave, met Simone, a recently undead vampire, by chance on a plantation in post-Civil War Georgia. With nothing remaining for either woman in the South, the two form a fast friendship and head north. However, Lavinia quickly learns that teaming up with this white woman may be more than she bargained for.

Simone is reckless and impulsive—which would’ve been bad enough on its own, but when combined with her particular diet Lavinia finds herself in way over her head. As she is forced to repeatedly compromise her morals and struggle to make lasting human connections, Lavinia begins to wonder is she truly free or has she merely exchanged one form of enslavement for another? As bodies start to pile up in the small Indiana town they’ve settled in, people start to take a second look at the two newcomers, and Simone and Lavinia’s relationship is stretched to its breaking point …

A wildly entertaining debut from Michelle McGill-Vargas, American Ghoul deftly combines horror and social commentary—with a dash of a buddy comedy—in an innovative twist on the vampire genre.

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A Note From the Publisher

Michelle McGill-Vargas writes speculative historical fiction, short stories, and flash fiction. Her work has appeared in the Lutheran Witness, Splickety Magazine, the Copperfield Review, and Typehouse Literary Magazine. She is a member of the Highland Writers Group, Valparaiso Writers Group, has served as vice president of the Indiana Writers’ Consortium, and is currently on the board of Midwest Writers. She currently resides in the Midwest with her husband and fur babies. American Ghoul is her first novel.

Michelle McGill-Vargas writes speculative historical fiction, short stories, and flash fiction. Her work has appeared in the Lutheran Witness, Splickety Magazine, the Copperfield Review, and...


Advance Praise

“Wickedly clever and brutal in the best way. American Ghoul is a hair-raising, grimly funny American tale that’s sharply observed and entertaining as hell. Michelle McGill-Vargas arrives with a totally original voice, and her debut is unmissable.” 

Rachel Harrison, bestselling author of Black Sheep and Such Sharp Teeth


“In Michelle McGill’s American Ghoul the pain of American history and human and nonhuman monsters collide. Always engrossing, yet tender and heartbreaking, McGill has expertly resurrected an ancient story, yet demands that we closely examine the wicked creatures that lurk in our past.”

Cynthia Pelayo, Bram Stoker Award–winning author



“Wickedly clever and brutal in the best way. American Ghoul is a hair-raising, grimly funny American tale that’s sharply observed and entertaining as hell. Michelle McGill-Vargas arrives with a...


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