ELIZABETH F. SHEARLY

A Pentagram of Candles and Spectres

He’s dead and can’t help her—unless she breaks all the rules

Book cover for a book titled A Pentagram of Candles and Spectres by Elizabeth F. Shearly

I attended school with Dr. Landon Sykes. I know, you want to hear about him—he had that magnetic charm. But this story is about my inquest. And what I did there.

A Pentagram of Candles and Spectres is a romantic paranormal short story. It’s part of the Second Acts of Weary Warrior Women collection.

I attended school with Dr. Landon Sikes. I know, you want to hear all about him—he had that magnetic charm. But this story is about me.

Back when Landon taught me to cross through the veil into the spirit world, things were already changing; my talent of calling spectres across into the world of the living was just beginning to be demonized. My teachers gave up trying to get me to stop invoking and cross over instead, but with Landon’s help—and a lot of encouragement from my grandmother beyond the veil—I was able to pass.

That’s why I use spirit invocation to teach my ghost-inclined students to cross the veil. Even though social pressure to stop invoking spectres is growing every day. Even though I could lose my job for it. Hence, the inquest. And what I did there.

Content notes contain spoilers; peek at your own risk!!

Content notes: School bullying.