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M Dressler Wants To Tell You A Ghost Story

Courtesy of Mylene Dressler

 Writer Mylène Dressler grounds her prose in her experience as an immigrant and the day-to-day happenings of life around her. But for her new book, Dressler realized the story she wanted to tell was decidedly un-grounded.

In “The Last To See Me” (Skyhorse Publishing/ 2017) Dressler casts a spectral heroine, the ghost Emma Rose Finnis, who has unrelentingly haunted a mansion for more than 100 years. As the reader catches glimpses into Finnis’s long-forgotten life, Finnis herself must fight a ghost hunter and other living beings to protect the sanctity of her haunted home.

Host Frank Stasio speaks with Dressler about her new novel and about the parallels between ghosts and the literary characters that haunt their writers. Dressler is an associate professor of English and creative writing at Guilford College in Greensboro. She writes under the pen name M Dressler.


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Laura Pellicer is a digital reporter with WUNC’s small but intrepid digital news team.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.