I shared on Friday about the new anthology I’m in, Plot Twists, a collection of short stories about people entering into the books they read. I wrote two short stories for the collection, and I thought I’d share an excerpt from one of them, “Ghosts on the Page.” A ballerina in New York wanders into Leroux’s Phantom of the Opera, without realizing that seeing the Webber play is not as much preparation as she thinks!
Enjoy the excerpt below, and read the full story by getting your copy of Plot Twists here!
I plucked The Phantom of the Opera off the shelf and carried it over to the bookstore owner. “How much for this one?” I asked. “There doesn’t seem to be a price tag.”
He glanced at the book in my hand. “An interesting choice. And do you think this is what you need? Are you prepared for an adventure in a French opera house? Ballet, and ghosts in the shadows?”
Oh great, now he was trying to be dramatic. “Sure,” I said, “that’s why I picked it up. So the price…?”
He smiled. “I don’t think you understand what I mean. My books are an experience. For the right person. Open the book, read a line, and you will find yourself in the story. Quite literally. To return, open again to the page you began with.”
And this had crossed us into seriously weird territory. “Okay,” I said, backing up a step. “I think I’ll just go on to my date now. Never mind about the book.”
“Surely,” the bookstore owner said, with a new glint in his eye, “you’re not afraid of an adventure?” Continue reading “Excerpt from Plot Twists: Ghosts on the Page”