Eric J. Guignard




Last Case at a Baggage Auction

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1963 Detroit is a hotbed of gambling, and the weekly baggage auctions keep a busy trade. Charlie Stewart and Joey Third are skilled in the art of successful bidding, but when Joey lands a mysterious suitcase, the thrill of winning turns to terror once they realize they’ve opened something sinister.

Inside the suitcase is an antique gramophone, and the music it plays is unlike anything they’ve heard before. A chanting voice speaks to them in strange words, evoking visions of a dark, frozen land. It’s a voice that makes them sick with addiction, and it continues chanting in their heads even when the record stops playing.

Charlie sets out to solve the mystery of the unholy music and how to turn it off forever. But the urge to listen grows stronger, and the more it plays, the more the aural virus spreads, until people begin to vanish . . . feeding an apparition that seeks immortality.


So sets the story of Last Case at a Baggage Auction, the thrilling and beautifully poignant horror novella written by award-winning author Eric J. Guignard, presented here by Harper Day Books in author’s preferred text and gracefully illustrated by artist Steve Lines!

Read Last Case at a Baggage Auction, and then follow up with Eric J. Guignard’s newer works, the collection That Which Grows Wild, novel Doorways to the Deadeye, and more!


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Nominated for the International Thriller Award
for Best Short Story of the Year (as Baggage of Eternal Night)!


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  Product Details:                    
  Last Case at a Baggage Auction   Written by Eric J. Guignard  
  Hardback (with dust jacket) ISBN-13: 978-1-949491-25-8   Illustrations by Steve Lines  
  Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1-949491-24-1   Published by Harper Day Books  
  E-book ISBN-13: 978-1-949491-26-5   Cover Art by SessaV  
  Library of Congress Control Number: 2020938951   Number of pages: 156 (about 35,500 words)  
  First Harper Day Books edition published in August, 2020   Made in the United States of America  
  Reviews and Praise:              
  “Highly recommended short read, and one of the best entries of the year. Part noir, part horror, it burrows deep into the reader’s psyche as it weaves a deceptive tale that lingers long after the final page.” Cemetery Dance Magazine  
  “A swift, enjoyable horror-mystery with a working-class vernacular eloquence that harkens back to the days of film noir.”  
  “Add brilliant pacing to the intriguing premise and great characters, and Guignard has given us an all-around fantastic and fun tale.” This Is Horror  
  “A fully-rounded, intelligent, and consistently surprising narrative that’s packed with the type of thrills you’d expect from a scary book, along with a great deal of sumptuously researched historical detail.” The Bedlam Files  
  “Beautifully formed . . . with an authentic, colourful and witty first-person narrative.” Horror DNA  
  “Guignard not only delivers a solid story, but his descriptions of the settings and characters are extremely vivid and a pleasure to linger over.” Kendall Reviews  
  Revised Release Note:  
  See the original project this was attached to, as Baggage of Eternal Night (part of the Double Down series), here.  
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