A time-traveling psychopomp gets down to business in a notorious haunted house. It’s not pretty.
The crumbling Blue Alice has been gathering ghosts for over a hundred years. Once a grand mansion, it was converted to a rooming house in the 1920s. Tenants throughout the century since have suffered violent poltergeist attacks by a vengeful spirit, complained of a spectral woman in black who looms and leers at their every move, reported hearing music when there should be none playing, and appealed to exorcists when tormented by a judgmental demon.
Mollie Chandler is on the verge of joining a shadowy Order whose magical operatives, the Glymjacks, manipulate events of the past. As the only candidate for the role of Psychopomp, she must pass one final test before the job is hers.
Mollie must use magic, ingenuity, and intuition to travel back in time to the source of each haunting, avert their circumstances, and change history.
If she succeeds, she will have to give up everything she’s ever known to become a Glymjack.
If she fails, Mollie will not survive – if she’s lucky. When it comes to time travel, the alternatives to death are far worse.
Mollie has but one night to change the histories of the dead and plot the course for her own future.
She is running out of time, and into the haunted heart of the Blue Alice.
“Mehitobel Wilson (no relation) doesn’t write nearly enough, so something new from her is a cause for celebration. LAST NIGHT AT THE BLUE ALICE reveals a writer in full control of her considerable talents. The unique premise lifts it far above other tales of hauntings as each character comes alive on the page and pulls you in. Do not miss this.” – F. Paul Wilson, author of The Keep, The Tomb, and the Repairman Jack series (the Adversary Cycle.)
“Think of Bel Wilson as a Ralph Ellison or a J.D. Salinger of Horror. She takes a long time to write a story but the result is always worth the wait. The result is always groundbreaking. She manipulates prose the way Munch, Bosch, and Goya manipulated brush strokes. With mere words she chisels art out of darkness, and these exceptional skills couldn’t be better exemplified than in LAST NIGHT AT THE BLUE ALICE, likely the most intriguing and original horror-fantasy book I’ve ever read.”
–Edward Lee, author of THE DUNWICH ROMANCE, HEADER, and THE BIGHEAD
October 2015, Bedlam Press: this novella was available from Bedlam Press in a signed, lettered hardcover edition (sold out), and in a trade paperback edition with black & white interior art.