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'Deathlings,' which debuts Oct. 31, features Tryon Creek and takes place in Lake Oswego

Homecoming was going to be a perfect night for Lisa — that is until her date, the most popular boy in school, murders her. What starts off as a magical night quickly turns dark and Lisa, now a ghost, sets out for revenge.

Set in 1986 Lake Oswego, "Deathlings" is the story of Lisa's struggle for retribution and the love that grows between her and a zombie named Corrie, who has teamed up to help her. COURTESY PHOTO: ELLERY FENN - 'Deathlings' availible as Kindle E-book Oct. 31

Author Ellery Fenn is based in Idaho, and "Deathlings" is her debut novel.

Fenn said she has no personal connection to Lake Oswego. She came across it while researching forested towns in Oregon, the state she knew she wanted to set her paranormal romance in.

"Lake Oswego ended up being the best town I could have chosen, mainly because of the close-knit community and small town vibes," she said.

Fenn said the majority of the book takes place in Tryon Creek State Natural Area and she chose the location for its dense foliage, perfect for hiding a zombie.

"I think it's gorgeous and I'd love to visit," she said.

She read everything she could about Tryon Creek and watched YouTube videos of people hiking through it.

"Even through a screen I could feel how peaceful it was, and knew that's where my story had to take place," she said.

At its core, Fenn said the book is about the intersection of love, revenge and death.

"It really explores what the afterlife really is, what it means to be dead," she said.

The Kindle E-book "Deathlings" is available for preorder Oct. 24 and comes out Oct. 31.

The book contains a disclaimer for depictions of sexual assault and murder.

View the book's trailer here.


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