The Ghost In You

Life is not always filled with happiness.  Some choose work that is not full of beauty.  For those, humor and splendor are often necessary. After working on a mass air crash disaster off the coast of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Paul O’Brien, medical examiner, confronts his inner demons of PTSD, while moving forward in his personal life since his fiancé left him. 

Lillith Messinger, cultural anthropologist, was engaged to her high school sweetheart, Adam Goldstadt, until she believed he betrayed her.  She then took a teaching fellowship in London for one year.  There, she met Eva Clark and Nigel Bard.  Nigel was charming and attractive, and lured Lillith in to dark corners of doing drugs along with certain extreme fixations, as they would often visit Hobb’s End, a Goth sub-culture pub in London where things went beyond music and drinking.

A year later, Paul is called to the scene of the suspicious death of Lillith Messinger in Portland, Maine, and discovers her diaries at the scene.  Through her writing, he learns of the dark world she was lead into, and her own sad addictions after her fiancé betrayed her.  Lillith communicates with Paul from the other side of the veil, or so he believes.  In the end, will he solve the mystery behind her death? Come into the world of Paul O’Brien and meet some interesting characters in his life, and those he meets along the way.


“From its hauntingly beautiful cover, to the story’s final twist, Shawna Galvin’s The Ghost In You is a wonderful piece of literary work.  Intrigue, love, fine writing, interesting facts about a little-known occupation—this novel marks one very strong debut.  Pick up a copy and enjoy the ride.” Roland Merullo, author of many novels, including, Breakfast with Buddha. The Talk Funny Girl, and A Little Love Story.

“Cinch your belt another notch before you read Shawna Galvin Rand’s The Ghost in you… so you don’t have your pants scared off! I was privileged to read some of Shawna’s work during graduate school. With Ghost she has graduated with honors.”  Jeff Foltz, Berkebeiner and Two Men Ten Suns.


“A spooky story with creepy twists reminding the reader that we all see ghosts.”  Peter Cummings, MD, The Neuropathology of Zombies.

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Below are short story, flash fiction, and poetry anthologies where I have works published.  Some are books or anthologies that I've helped edit.