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Our Eyes at Night

The Last Ghost Series, Book Three

Published by Arcade
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About The Book

A spellbinding novel of the hunter and the hunted, defiance and survival, for fans of Jennifer McMahon and Simone St. James

In a climate-ravaged town in the remote Utah desert, a house remodels itself, a cemetery is rearranged, and an ancient valley is suddenly haunted by a glimmering visitor. Called in to "clean" the unwanted dead, ghost hunter Philip Pratt finds himself in territory at once familiar and unfamiliar, stalking the spirit of Emma Rose Finnis, a one-hundred-year-old phantom who has never let his own spirit rest.
 
Yet Emma has come to this blazing desert for her own reasons—to see just how far a ghost can go in a changing world. And if a living man bars her path, she must find a way through him, even if it means risking her heart and soul. Joined by other ghosts of the West, both old and new, she will make her stand for the unexpected chance at love and home, far from the cold ocean grave where she began.
 
A boldly imaginative tale of loss, hope, and danger by the award-winning author of the Last Ghost series, Our Eyes at Night is a journey through a stunning landscape of inescapable consequences, for both the living and the dead.

About The Author

M Dressler is the author of six novels, including The Last to See Me, book one in The Last Ghost Series, grand prize winner of the Book Pipeline Award and winner of Audiofile Magazine's Earphone Award for Fiction. Her stories and essays have appeared in the Kenyon Review, Creative Nonfiction, and Lit Hub, among others. Her honors include the North Carolina Artists Fellowship and the Paisano Fellowship in Literature, as well as residencies and fellowships from the Fulbright Commission, Hedgebrook, and the Carson McCullers Center. She is an emerita professor at Guilford College in North Carolina and lives and writes on the Oregon coast and in the high desert of southern Utah, birthplace of the ghosts in Our Eyes at Night.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Arcade (March 1, 2022)
  • Length: 312 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781950994236

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Raves and Reviews

"Superior . . . Dressler’s solid prose and knack for creating sympathy for both major and minor characters make suspending disbelief easy. Series fans will find the denouement both surprising and moving. This entry is readily accessible to newcomers, who will be eager to seek out earlier installments."—Publishers Weekly

“In classic Dressler fashion, the latest Last Ghost story is totally engrossing, and overflowing with confounding questions about life and death.”Booklist

Our Eyes at Night is a work of great wit and imagination, with chills aplenty. Grab it if you see it; you won't be disappointed. M Dressler has a masterful grip on narrative and can write the lights out. I am new to her work but will be devouring her back catalogue in short order.”—Billy O'Callaghan, author of The Dead House

“Eerie and daring, a lyrically told tale of powerful and purposeful spirits that will leave you pondering what the dead might actually think of the living, and whether the wall between the two is ever as impermeable as we believe. ”—Elizabeth Crook, author of The Which Way Tree


“Combining the normalization of horror and surprising depths, Our Eyes at Night captures a world just beyond our reality, a world whose presence we fear not because it's scary but because it is so very familiar.”—Eric Barnes, author of The City Where We Once Lived

“Maybe we’ve all learned how to live with ghosts. We are aware now more than ever of how we occupy haunted spaces. Still, perhaps most of us haven’t learned to think of our ghosts as of us, as actually us—as this terrific novel suggests. Our Eyes at Night is a ghost story, yes.  More than that, it gives us a story about humanity: it is a tale of pursuit and an heroic journey; it is a novel about fear and politics, about race and class and gender, about loyalty and persistence and especially about love. It interrogates the nature not so much of death (though it does that) as of life and choice. Our Eyes at Night is full of wonder and humanity, and it is deeply, deeply satisfying.”—Katherine Coles, third Utah poet laureate and author of Look Both Ways

The genius of Our Eyes at Night is the idea that ghosts endure their afterlives the way we endure our lives—longing above all for a place in the sun. And when that place is contested ground suffering from ecological crisis and the widening gap between those who have and those who don’t, then our souls rub, sometimes dangerously, against each other. This is a finely written and vividly felt tale of the hunted, not the hunter, and it’s a fresh and extraordinary take. Not to be missed.”—David Rocklin, author of The Luminist and The Night Language

"M Dressler continues to astound with her ability to write books that you can't put down—every chapter's ending grips your heart and won't let go until you turn the page—and that are about things that matter the most in our world right now: what is happening to our beloved planet, how do we continue to love and live when there is so much pain and so much to be afraid of . . . while reminding us that though we need and want love in our life, we don't need to settle for what makes us invisible to achieve it."—Diya Abdo, author of American Refuge

“What if everyone in the world already took it for granted that ghosts existed? And what if the ghosts were only a ‘problem’ because of the mindset of the living? M Dressler mines rich allegorical territory in her Last Ghost series [and] Our Eyes at Night.”—City Weekly (Salt Lake City)

"M Dressler explores what it means to live and love in a world where ghosts and the living interact with one another . . . balanc[ing] lyrical prose with a gripping ghost tale." —Moab Sun News

Praise for I See You So Close, the Last Ghost Series Book 2
“Tense, lyrical . . . [Dressler] masterfully creates a sense of claustrophobia. Emma Rose’s self-assurance, fury, and mounting suspicion make her a fierce protagonist. Series fans will savor this taut, lushly told tale of secrets and revenge.”—Publishers Weekly


"Dressler’s latest is a captivating page-turner about what defines and divides a community, both in life and in death."—​Booklist

“A haunting story filled with longing
and loss, I See You So Close is a magical spell woven with icy thread and the fabric of lives torn apart. Dressler is a powerful voice—hypnotic at times, speaking eternal truths while conjuring darkness, with a dash of hope tossed in for good measure.”—Richard Thomas, Bram Stoker, Shirley Jackson, and Thriller Award nominee     

"A powerful tale of the supernatural, full of suspense and long-hidden secrets. I loved it.”—W C Ryan, award-winning author of A House of Ghosts

"The dark mystery of a gold rush town, its restless ghosts, and its secret-keeping citizens will keep you turning pages. But it’s Dressler’s profound insights into loneliness and desire that will truly haunt you."—Dawn Raffel, author of The Strange Case of Dr. Couney

"[A] spiritual homage to the Victorian-era Christmas ghost story tradition . . . perfect for the winter doldrums, due to both the timing of the narrative and Dressler’s ongoing ability to weave emotionally compelling stories . . . [Her] aptitude for writing at the intersection of conflict and compassion continue to shine. . . . [A] series that will continue to haunt the reader for many long years."—Sublime Horror

Praise for The Last to See Me, the Last Ghost Series Book 1
Book Pipeline 2017 Grand Prize Winner
Winner of the Audiofile Magazine 2018 Earphones Award for Fiction


“In this highly atmospheric and beautifully crafted novel, the movements of the ghost Emma Rose are both palpable and fascinating. This latest from Dressler is spellbinding from page one.”—Library Journal, starred review

“Evocative . . . astonishing . . . at once lyrical, and ruthlessly human.”—Horror Reviews

“A gorgeous mystery of love that twists into curses.”—Kirkus

“Dressler’s chilly new story is one woman's unforgettable fight for visibility.”—Booklist

“Dressler . . . possesses a sublime talent for supernatural fiction—The Last to See Me being her first foray into the genre. Like Alice Lambry’s sea-glass, glimmering and reflecting the light of the golden sun, Dressler’s attention to detail helps capture the ethereal in a flash.”—Sublime Horror

“Moving, chilly . . . perfect.”—Book Page

“In this enjoyably claustrophobic novel set almost completely within Lambry House, Dressler reaches beyond the grave to consider the lengths that people go to in order to leave their mark behind.”—Publishers Weekly

“Hauntingly original, provocative, and dashed with wit—this literary ghost story changed the way I see the world.”—Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You and Cruel Beautiful World

“A book that will leave you breathless.”—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“For those who need a good scare.”—Telegraph Herald

“Dressler knows how to make worms and flowers seem positively, dreadfully frightening, a talent readers will come to adore.”—Bluffton Today

“Dressler does weave what could be her own version of how love can undo you. How it can become this thing that blinds, that quite literally becomes your ruin, the ghost is ultimately the haunted until set free. The imperfect metaphor for love’s much darker side.”—Chippewa Herald

“This poem of a novel, exquisitely written, introduced me to the inner life of a ghost and held me spellbound throughout. . . . I heard whisperings from the attic, from under the bed. M Dressler has written an extraordinary book, poignant and tragic.”—Luanne Rice, New York Times bestselling author of The Beautiful Lost

“M Dressler has created an original world between time and place, but the longings of her characters are very real. She paints exquisite images with her words, each paragraph a revelation. Don’t miss this unusual and wonderful novel.”—Carolyn Haines, USA Today bestselling author of the Sarah Booth Delaney mystery series

“Marvelously written . . . A book about how the present and past live in constant tension, how past tragedies still influence our lives today.”—Jeff Abbott, New York Times bestselling author of Blame

The Last to See Me is a riveting supernatural duel that reveals itself one measured and lyrical gut punch at a time. A compelling and beautifully written page-turner.”—Scott Hawkins, author of The Library at Mount Char

“Readers will be ensnared and entranced by this story.”—Wendy Webb, bestselling author of The Fate of Mercy Alban

“A new way to think about place, alienation, and the yearnings that make ghosts of us all. This is a writer working at the height of her powers.”—W. Scott Poole, Bram Stoker Award nominee and author of In the Mountains of Madness: The Life and Extraordinary Afterlife of H. P. Lovecraft

“Dressler weaves a suspenseful ghost story that explores love in many dimensions—both spiritual and of the human heart.”—April Smith, author of Home Sweet Home

“Completely captivating, The Last to See Me is the most original take on the ghost story since The Others.”—Lauren A. Forry, author of Abigale Hall

The Last to See Me is the most original ghost story I've read in years. It's both a thrilling tale and a bold condemnation of moral tyranny—a tyranny that fires the spirit of a brave, vulnerable young woman even after death. I couldn't stop reading until I turned the last shocking page. Exquisite and terrifying.”—Laura Benedict, Edgar-nominated author of the Bliss House novels

“Love, longing, fear, hope—the common threads of mortal experience weave themselves through Dressler's exquisite story of an ordinary life that reaches extraordinary proportions. The Last to See Me is a ghost story that's deeply human, rich with wonder at all that makes even the most invisible life profound.”—Margo Catts, author of Among the Lesser Gods

Praise for M Dressler's writing:

"A natural-born storyteller." —Library Journal

"Splendid." —The New York Times

"Elegantly imagined, original, finely tuned work." —The Miami Herald

"Captures both heartbreak and hope, wrapped in careful language that is crystalline in its clarity." —The Denver Post

"Dressler signals that she sets out to write, not just to tell, a story." —The Houston Chronicle
 

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