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Seanan offers her own take on urban legends and ghost stories with the tale of Rose Marshall, the Dead Prom Date, who’s haunted the highways and byways of America since she was killed in the early 1950s. Rose has found a pastime in her afterlife, guiding others as needed, sometimes onto the ghostroads and sometimes onto a detour until a later date. And she’s been evading Bobby Cross, a man who fuels his immortality through the sacrifice of others – including Rose on that fateful night – for decades. But she can’t outrun him forever… Pull up a stool, sip on a milkshake, and enjoy the mythology of midnight America.

— From Maryelizabeth's Past Reviews


Rose Marshall died in 1952 in Buckley Township, Michigan, run off the road by a man named Bobby Cross--a man who had sold his soul to live forever, and intended to use her death to pay the price of his immortality. Trouble was, he didn't ask Rose what she thought of the idea.

It's been more than sixty years since that night, and she's still sixteen, and she's still running.

They have names for her all over the country: the Girl in the Diner. The Phantom Prom Date. The Girl in the Green Silk Gown. Mostly she just goes by "Rose," a hitchhiking ghost girl with her thumb out and her eyes fixed on the horizon, trying to outrace a man who never sleeps, never stops, and never gives up on the idea of claiming what's his. She's the angel of the overpass, she's the darling of the truck stops, and she's going to figure out a way to win her freedom. After all, it's not like it can kill her.

You can't kill what's already dead.

About the Author

Seanan McGuire lives and works in Washington State, where she shares her somewhat idiosyncratic home with her collection of books, creepy dolls, and enormous blue cats. When not writing--which is fairly rare--she enjoys travel, and can regularly be found any place where there are cornfields, haunted houses, or frogs. A Campbell, Hugo, and Nebula Award-winning author, Seanan's first book (Rosemary and Rue, the beginning of the October Daye series) was released in 2009, with more than twenty books across various series following since. Seanan doesn't sleep much. You can visit her at

Praise For…

"Seanan McGuire doesn't write stories, she gifts us with Myth -- new Myths for a layered America that guide us off the twilight roads and lends us a pretty little dead girl to show us the way home."—Tanya Huff

"McGuire is a writer to be reckoned with, landing stone-cold emotional blows in quick succession while simultaneously stringing laugh-out-loud moments alongside lush descriptions, knife-sharp badinage and quickfire action sequences.” —Strange Horizons
"McGuire applies a hard-boiled mentality and a keen appreciation for mythology to a blend of politics, magic, and romance.”—Publishers Weekly


Product Details
ISBN: 9780756409616
ISBN-10: 0756409616
Publisher: Daw Books
Publication Date: May 6th, 2014
Pages: 312
Language: English
Series: Ghost Roads