Self-Published Author Sends Chill with a Part-Memoir and Part-Fiction Book

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‘The Empty Lot Next Door’ follows one man’s journey in revisiting his ghostly past to move on to the future

Bringing chill and thrill to every bookshelf, author Arthur M. Mills, Jr. weaves a spine-tingling tale based on true events of his childhood. Released through Xlibris, The Empty Lot Next Door follows one man’s journey as he revisits his ghostly past, only to bring chaos to his present.

In the South Austin neighborhood, Ray and his family excitedly moves into a small house standing in the midst of a big, green lawn. Beside their house is a strange, vacant lot where a house apparently once stood, and where a huge wide hole in the back lays mysteriously. As a young boy with a lot of new friends, Ray considers the empty lot as an exciting playground. But the tale behind the lot keeps the boy intrigued and frightened as he learns that the house that was once there was burned down years ago, leaving a girl dead amid the fire. The little girl, as the neighborhood kids say, comes out in the night to regain her life. Determined to validate the authenticity of this tale, Ray daringly and mistakenly challenges the “ghost”, a challenge that he would forever regret. Soon, he becomes haunted by the little girl—who he named as Candle Face—visiting his dreams and leaving handprints and other signs even when he is awake.

Many years later, Ray, now a military man, commits another mistake by telling his wife about his dark past. Along with the tale of the empty lot, he discloses to her the truth about the circumstances of his brother’s suicide and the dreams of torment he and Candle Face bestowed upon him for many years. With the past once again revived, Ray faces another set of nightmares—this time with his loved ones’ lives at stake. Woven with a mind-boggling plot and hair-raising play of words, The Empty Lot Next Door follows Ray in confronting the past to move on to the future. This release, part-memoir and part-fiction, will never fail to hook readers with every turn of the page.

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About the Author
Arthur M. Mills, Jr. was born and raised in Austin, Texas. One of his numerous dreams was to become a writer. It took him thirty-seven years, but he fulfilled that dream by writing the novel, The Empty Lot Next Door. The novel is based on true events of his childhood. Mills joined the Army shortly after high school and has been serving honorably ever since. He and his wife, Yonsun have two children, Arthur and Allen.

The Empty Lot Next Door * by Arthur M. Mills, Jr.
Publication Date: April 24, 2010
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 374 pages; 978-1-4500-7221-2
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 374 pages; 978-1-4500-7222-9

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