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VPR's coverage of arts and culture in the region.

Guilford Author Delivers A Ghostly Mystery

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Helen Shepartz
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Michael Nethercott

A new book by Guliford author Michael Nethercott combines ghostly storytelling and traditional drawing room mystery.

The Séance Society follows an unlikely detective duo as they’re enlisted to solve a murder within a group of ghost seekers.

Eccentric characters and a 1950’s setting call to mind both Sherlock Holmes, and the novels of Agatha Christie.

Nethercott says the retro setting allows his characters to avoid the technical trappings of modern society.

He believes the attraction of  ghost stories stems from our fascination with the unknown possibilities of an afterlife.

Michael Nethercott will be reading from the book, and sharing ghost stories at this weekend’s Brattleboro Literary Festival.

Neal was a reporter and VPR's All Things Considered host from 2001 to 2014. He joined VPR in 1996, hosting VPR's jazz programming, including live performances from the VPR studios and the Discover Jazz Festival. Prior to VPR, Neal was a programmer and host for WNCS in Montpelier and WDEV in Waterbury. He holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College.