Get ready to explore a gem of mythic fiction in Michael Williams’ Dominic’s Ghosts Blog Tour. Taking place February 13-20, 2019, this blog tour celebrates a new stand-alone novel in Michael’s ambitious City Quartet.

Atmospheric and thought-provoking, Dominic’s Ghosts will take you on a unique kind of journey that involves a conspiracy, legends, and insights from a film festival!

About the Author:
Over the past 25 years, Michael Williams has written a number of strange novels, from the early Weasel’s Luck and Galen Beknighted in the best-selling DRAGONLANCE series to the more recent lyrical and experimental Arcady, singled out for praise by Locus and Asimov’s magazines. In Trajan’s Arch, his eleventh novel, stories fold into stories and a boy grows up with ghostly mentors, and the recently published Vine mingles Greek tragedy and urban legend, as a local dramatic production in a small city goes humorously, then horrifically, awry.

Trajan’s Arch and Vine are two of the books in Williams’s highly anticipated City Quartet, to be joined in 2018 by Dominic’s Ghosts and Tattered Men.

Williams was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and spent much of his childhood in the south central part of the state, the red-dirt gothic home of Appalachian foothills and stories of Confederate guerrillas. Through good luck and a roundabout journey he made his way through through New England, New York, Wisconsin, Britain and Ireland, and has ended up less than thirty miles from where he began. He has a Ph.D. in Humanities, and teaches at the University of Louisville, where he focuses on the he Modern Fantastic in fiction and film. He is married, and has two grown sons.

Synopsis of Dominic's Ghosts:
Dominic’s Ghosts is a mythic novel set in the contemporary Midwest. Returning to the home town of his missing father on a search for his own origins, Dominic Rackett is swept up in a murky conspiracy involving a suspicious scholar, a Himalayan legend, and subliminal clues from a silent film festival. As those around him fall prey to rising fear and shrill fanaticism, he follows the branching trails of cinema monsters and figures from a very real past, as phantoms invade the streets of his once-familiar city and one of them, glimpsed in distorted shadows of alleys and urban parks, begins to look uncannily familiar.

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Top Ten List
If you Haven’t Read Them…
Ten Strange Novels that Shouldn’t Go Overlooked.

We all labor on obscure land.  It’s part of being a novelist: your work is quiet and private.  And yet all of us carry a hope that someday, perhaps even after we’re gone, people will pick up our books, enjoy them, and perhaps even be deepened by the experience of them.
What follows is a list of novels I’ve encountered in my years of reading—not necessarily the ones I consider the best, nor the most influential to my life as a reader, writer, and person, but some that I think are wonderful and strange, and make me wonder how they could have passed beneath the horizon in our increasingly non-reading time. 
There are a number of reasons I have picked these books, and though I set the list in descending order, I will not be held to the ranking (or even to the books listed) tomorrow, because a romance with a book is like a romance with a person, subject to ebb and flow of preference.  But here they are, for the moment, with the strong plea that you roust one, several, or all of them from the back of the shelf. 
Each will repay your efforts.  I almost guarantee.
10.  Robert Holdstock, Mythago Wood.
Holdstock passed away a few years back, much too young, but left behind the remarkable Ryhope Wood series, of which Mythago Wood is the first volume, and a strikingly unsettled wedding of dark fantasy and magical realism.
9.  Carlos Fuentes, Aura.
The great Mexican novelist’s story of a young historian hired to complete the memoirs of a Latin American general, increasingly trapped in a gothic maze of an urban house.
8.  Leena Krohn, Datura.
The account of a reporter’s journey into an increasingly strange city in search of a legendary manuscript.  One of the oddest books I’ve ever read, by a Finnish writer considered one of the very best her country has produced.

7.  Francine Prose, Marie Laveau.
Yes, that Marie Laveau, and I know a number of books have been written about New Orleans’ most famous voodoo queen.  But I’m guessing this is the best.
6. Michael Ajvaz, The Other City.
Almost as strange as Datura (#8 above).  It’s as though Kafka meets Garcia Marquez on an acid trip.
5.  Danilo Kis, Encyclopedia of the Dead.
The one collection of short stories in this list.  It deserves its proper place: Kis was a great writer.
4.  Alfred Kubin. The Other Side.
Jeff Vandermeer excerpts this remarkable Austrian novel in his huge anthology of Weird Fiction.  You might like the whole thing.
3.  Karen Lord. Redemption in Indigo.
The most recent book on this list. A writer from Barbados, Lord infuses this mythic and wonderful novel with magical realism and Senegalese folk tale.  I’ve taught this book twice, and just love it.
2.  Hermann Hesse, Steppenwolf.
The most famous book on the list.  Nowadays talked about but neglected.  A strange, German Surrealist/Expressionist masterpiece. Hesse is one of my favorite novelists.
1.  Mervyn Peake. Titus Groan.
Probably the next most famous book on the list.  The opening to the brilliant, uneven, and profoundly inventive Gormenghast Trilogy.  Many of you may know it, and the rest of you should get to knowing it.

Tour Schedule and Activities

2/13     Ravenous For Reads  Author Interview

2/13     Breakeven Books  Guest Post

2/14     Marian Allen, Author Lady           Guest Post

2/15     Inspired Chaos  Guest Post

2/16     I Smell Sheep            Guest Post

2/16     The Book Lover's Boudoir         Review

2/17     Jorie Loves A Story    Review/Author Interview

2/18     The Seventh Star            guest Post

2/18     Willow's Thoughts and Book Obsessions            Review

2/18     The Horror Tree             Guest Post

2/19     Sheila's Guests and Reviews          
Guest Post

2/20     Jazzy Book Reviews           Top Tens List

Amazon Links for Dominic’s Ghosts