Horror / Ghosts

The Ghost and Mr. Traffic

March 19, 2013
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Indie author Eric Thomas

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Greg is a reclusive overnight radio traffic reporter in Washington, DC, who has spent his life in fear, avoiding anything that might shatter his tenuous grasp on what is normal.

It turns out, Greg has no idea what it really means to be afraid.

In the new Eric Thomas thriller “DRT (A Ghost Story)” Greg witnesses a horrifying fatal crash, a crash he believes he had a hand in causing.

Greg soon begins to see the ghost of the dead driver.

The strain becomes unbearable as Greg attempts to determine why the ghost has sought him out, what it wants from him, and whether any of what is happening is even real.

“DRT” is the story of one man’s struggle to maintain his sanity.

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In a blog post titled “Salvation Through Editing,” Eric Thomas explains how “DRT (A Ghost Story”) evolved, and how it became a better book:

In my latest book, DRT, the editing saved it. I wrote the story in between drafts of “Fall of the Citizens,” giving myself something to do so that I could leave Citizens alone in my closet for a while. The story I wrote was just a simple A to B to C story, about a lonely traffic reporter in Washington DC that is haunted by the ghost of a terrible car crash. After I edited and published Citizens, I went back to DRT, and found a very flawed story waiting for me. The world that Greg Harris lives in was far too limited, and most of the story happened inside his head. This made for a very boring reading experience. I would have chucked it, but I loved where the story went. The journey is worth the destination, so I needed a boost.

So I took a couple of extra weeks, and added a ton of different things. I shifted the story from a third person omnipotent narrator to a first person story, and added tons of touches to fill out Greg’s world. In the process, I had a lot of fun. I could stick whatever I wanted in there, because the opaqueness of Greg’s existence meant the possibilities were endless. I also, in the process, added a lot of instances of foreshadowing that made the story resonate. Now, instead of putting out a sub-par ghost story, I have what I think is a really fun book. The only reason that book is as good as it is now, is the editing.

Read the full blog post here.

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