Linghun by Ai Jiang
Follow Wenqi, Liam, and Mrs. in this modern gothic ghost story by Chinese-Canadian writer and immigrant, Ai Jiang. LINGHUN is set in the mysterious town of HOME, a place where the dead live again as spirits, conjured by the grief-sick population that refuses to let go.
Many thanks to Ai Jiang for a review copy.
This is a unique story, it's one of those books which comes once in a while, there's this place called HOME short for (Homecoming of Missing Entities) a place where you can bring back your dearly departed, or not so-dearly, but in the spiritual sense. Housing is in great demand as you can imagine, and if you're interested in purchasing a house you can camp in the resident's backyards (They are called Lingerers) hoping that a home becomes available. Now the process of auctioning a house is quite bizarre and very original, I won't reveal any details but it's quite unique, hope the British auction program "Homes Under the Hammer" takes it up someday!!.
We are introduced to a few POVs but it adds to the story, a very emotional and sad story but highly recommended!!
Would like to see the story expanded in the future.
Ai Jiang is a Chinese-Canadian writer and an immigrant from Fujian. She is a member of HWA, SFWA, and Codex. Her work can be found in F&SF, The Dark, Uncanny, among others. She is the holder of Odyssey Workshop's 2022 Fresh Voices Scholarship. Her debut novella Linghun (April 2023) is forthcoming with Dark Matter INK. Find her on Twitter (@AiJiang_) and online (http://aijiang.ca).