Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride
Recommended by Jake Sexton
Library Technician, Encinitas Branch
For those who love Halloween but don’t like the scares, Hold Me Closer, Necromancer is a book that lightens the dark themes of the horror world, with self-aware humor and genuine human emotion. Our hero, twenty-something slacker Samhain (“Sam”) LaCroix, is working a dead-end, fast food job when he crosses paths with the supernatural. A sociopathic necromancer named Douglas reveals that Sam is just like him, born with magical power over the dead. Douglas proves his seriousness with murderous results, and demands that Sam become his apprentice. Sam finds himself thrown into a new world of spirits, shape-shifters and witches, and must find his footing long enough to outsmart a man who has been playing this game for far longer than he has. All the while, Sam and his friends try to cope with a mix of self-deprecating wit, sarcastic banter, blind panic, and romance. Communing with the undead has never been so heart-warming and hilarious.