From the author: People aren't the only entities that leave ghosts behind.
I didn't believe in ghosts until Reaches. That town has hundreds--but not of people.
It's buildings. Shimmering on the skyline like the tombstones of monsters. "What the...?" I said, my face pressed against the Greyhound's window. Then, impulsively, "Wait--this is my stop."
I found a hotel. "Used to be a mining town," said the clerk. "Now..." He shrugged.
I went out and explored. Streets rearranged as I walked. Nobody else seemed to notice.
I finally went back to my hotel. But it wasn't...