the tale of a girl in a haunted land of civil war and slavery

Go Ask the Dead deals with a beautiful young girl, Amanda Mannon, who comes from a rather haunted family and becomes rather haunted herself. Surviving her morally loose mother’s murder, and her seductive handsome stepfather’s murder attempt of her, she goes to live with a wealthy great-aunt Lavinia Mannon. Because she can both see and talk and interact with the dead, she has a long-term affair with William, the ghost of long-dead Confederate officer killed at Gettysburg.

Later, it all turns very bad for her with William with sexual abuse from him and his ghastly cohorts. Desperate, she turns to Craig her ex-husband who still loves her for help. But she must find the strength to defeat the evil dead from inside of herself. Later, she gives birth to a son. But with this baby’s remarkable heritage, what, exactly will the future hold for him and Amanda and Craig? This is the tale of a haunted girl in a haunted land, the South, still haunted by the Civil War and slavery.

Excerpts

     Because if I had a husband as handsome as you, I would never be unfaithful to him at all, Ted. If he only loved me, I’d be completely faithful and try my best to make him happy,” she said, blushing to her roots again.

     Ted kissed her on the mouth long and heatedly. It surprised Mandy a bit, but his kiss, his suddenly embracing arms felt so, so good to her. Her blood ran in warm currents through her veins now, and she felt wonderfully hot and delicious tingles going through her. She briefly wondered if it was wrong. This man was her stepfather after all. But then, was he? Her mother, his wife, was definitely missing and may very well be dead. So if that were the case, they really weren’t related at all.

     Her blood began causing sweet, delicious tingles all through her for the very first time. Was she like her loose mother after all?

     Ted stopped kissing her then and said, “People are really complex, complicated, Mandy. Your mother has had serious issues. In the end, I realized she was a really sick woman who needed treatment, but she refused to get it. In the end, Mandy, her beauty was her downfall. I don’t think it’ll be yours.”

     “Thank you, Fat, ah, Ted, thank you so much.”

“England, midear, jolly old England. And the king was the tall, manly Charles II of England. Through my affair with this king, you descend from both him and me and some other important lords and ladies of seventeenth century England. My name was Lily. I was half English, half gypsy. I had long black hair, green eyes, and red, red lips. I was doing my gypsy living near a tavern of England, and this king came in in disguise as a commoner.” “England, midear, jolly old England. And the king was the tall, manly Charles II of England. Through my affair with this king, you descend from both him and me and some other important lords and ladies of seventeenth century England. My name was Lily. I was half English, half gypsy. I had long black hair, green eyes, and red, red lips. I was doing my gypsy living near a tavern of England, and this king came in in disguise as a commoner.”

“He looked at me as if transfixed. I knew he was the king, despite his disguise and gave him glance for glance. He was so handsome, he made my young blood start to course with fire in my veins. You felt that sensation this night with your stepfather, Ted. Wasn’t it magical? Anyway, I’m here now and I’m having this talk with you because you have become a woman tonight with this Ted. A woman with all the yearnings and passions passed along to thewomen of my and the king’s line. Also, you are in a great deal of danger now.”

“I am in danger? Why, how? Surely not Ted! I think I love him!”

The ghost almost jeered at her and said, “Oh, you love him, the man who took your virginity at fifteen, and there is the matter of your missing mother too. Isn’t there?”

“What about her? What are you trying to tell me now?”

“Just this, Amanda, this Ted does not love you. You are a delightful toy for him, nothing more. Listen to me, he’ll whore you out to his rich clients for a pretty penny. He doesn’t love you! And he most certainly didn’t love your mother. Fascinated with her, yes. But in the end, her wanton ways drove him mad and so she disappeared several months ago!”

“Katey, Katey, Katey!” William moaned in his own rapture above her as her fingernails raked his back. Then the settings changed and she was in her own muffled bed in what looked like the predawn hours. William, naked, was there with her moaning softly. She instinctively nibbled his ear and said to him, “William, you must remember whoever I was to you before, I’m not Katey whoever she was! I’m Amanda now!” “Katey, Katey, Katey!” William moaned in his own rapture above her as her fingernails raked his back. 

“But you were having a dream as my fiancée, Katey, and so you were Katey a long time ago. She and I were to marry soon after the war. I think the last time we were together, she became pregnant and I got killed at Gettysburg. A little later, she died of influenza or some such disease back then. Then, I’m positive she came back as you.”