A southern society belle who commits suicide after a failed romance and searches for the meaning of her lost life and purpose in death is the premise for Mark Spencer’s latest novel, Ghost Walking.
Spencer, dean of the School of Arts and Humanities at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, is the author of the nonfiction bestseller A Haunted Love Story: The Ghosts of the Allen House, three novels, and three short-story collections.
His latest book, published by Moonshine Cove Publishing and available at most booksellers, is a work of fiction and tells the story of 49-year-old Southern society belle Ladell Allen, who commits suicide on Christmas night 1948 in the wake of another failed love affair. The dead Ladell spends the next six decades revisiting the past, as well as watching the world change within and beyond her home. She interacts with other ghosts, including her beloved papa, who coaxes her to ride in his ghostly black Cadillac into the unknown, a ride she is unwilling to take until she has answers to her questions about the meaning of her life and death.
Spencer will host a book signing at the Allen House on Sunday, February 21, from noon until 4 p.m. The Allen House is located at 705 North Main Street, in Monticello. Copies of Ghost Walking, as well as Spencer’s other books, will be available for purchase. Ghost Walking is $14. A Haunted Love Story is $16. Trespassers, The Masked Demon, and The Weary Motel are all $10.
Spencer has won the Faulkner Society Award for the Novel, the Omaha Prize for the Novel, the Bradshaw Book Award, and the Cairn Short Fiction Award. He and his family live in the famously haunted Allen House in Monticello.