The Ghost of Billy Masterson
& Other Thousand Islands Tales
by Thomas Pullyblank
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Product #: SCP-0053
Retail Price: $17.95
Physical: 140 pages, 5.25" x 8", softcover, B&W interior
Publication Date: December 6, 2014
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Amazon Kindle: July 2015
It was a cold, clear first day of winter when we laid Billy Masterson to rest in the water he loved. The river was glazed over near the shore that day but hadnít yet frozen. We followed Billyís instructions, given to Jim Pembroke several years before, exactly as he had written them.
The five remaining River Rat Reporters were with me that day. Mindy was too, having returned to the river from Buffalo after finishing the semester. The seven of us drove to the top of the American span of the Thousand Islands bridge and stopped our three vehicles to unload Billyís wrapped body from the back of my pickup. At the exact moment of the winter solstice, at 2:22 in the afternoon, a Canadian bagpiper played Amazing Grace as we lifted the body over one railing and onto the pedestrian walkway, one hundred fifty feet above the Saint Lawrence ...
Thus ends Napoleonís Gold, Thomas Pullyblankís ambitious novel of historical discovery and spiritual wonder that feeds the imagination of all who know and love the Thousand Islands. In this remarkable collection of short stories, also set amidst the mesmerizing beauty of the Thousand Islands, Pullyblank picks up right where Napoleonís Gold left off.
In reading these Thousand Islands Tales youíll share a ghostly adventure through space and time that fulfills a River Ratís deepest desire; an encounter with a shipwreck that will change a river matronís life forever; some unique Thousand Islands history as understood by a thoughtful teen; a dangerous thrill-ride that strengthens the bond between two cousins; a Christmas morning birth in the most unlikely of circumstances; the end-of-life reminiscences of a wealthy Thousand Islands aristocrat; and a River Ratís history-making journey home.
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About the Author
Thomas Pullyblank was born and raised in Caledonia, New York, and received his education at the University of Albany and the Boston University School of Theology. He now lives on a farm outside Cooperstown, New York, and also serves as a United Methodist pastor in Sidney, New York. Pullyblank still vacations in the Thousand Islands, where he and his family traveled every summer of his childhood. He is currently writing Arielís Gift, a follow-up to Cornflowerís Ghost, Napoleonís Gold, and the stories in these pages.
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