Following a rather spirited conversation about some main character named Cas and a boy closet stocked with food and TV, well, I guess I have a new book I'm dying to read! With, might I say.. one of the BEST titles this year, and an even better 'tagline'!
Anna Dressed in Blood
by Kendare Blake
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.
So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.
When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn't expect anything outside of the ordinary: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.
But she, for whatever reason, spares Cas's life.
I don't really read much horror or ghost stories, but this looks so wicked. And this is the tagline (which DUDE, should totally be on the cover!!):
Anna Dressed in Blood is released August 30, 2011 from Tor Teen.
author twitter / livejournal / website -- with an awesome header xD