Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan McGuire

Dusk or Dark or Dawn or DayThe purpose of life is to help others… even if one happens to be dead.
Patty died of loneliness, so teenage younger sister Jenna ran out into a storm and … died too, hoping to meet Patty on the Other Side. Unfortunately, it wasn’t Jenna’s Time yet, so she has to hang around as a ghost.

The world-building of how ghosts gain enough Time to move on to the Other Side is very interesting.
The relationship between ghosts and witches – all the various sorts of witches – is also interesting. The ghost who keeps her rent-stabilized apartment, and the ghost who hangs out at the comics store, are fun.

The mysterious bad guy is a mystery, but the method was clearly set up and the evilness [tm] is really nasty.

The end of the story was completely expected and yet made me cry. But I’ve read Seanan McGuire’s shorter stories before, so I was sort of expecting that. The poem in the beginning, which holds the title, is lovely and creepy.

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