Study Guide

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer The Supernatural

By Lish McBride

The Supernatural

In case you haven't caught on, Hold Me Closer, Necromancer isn't exactly a realistic work of fiction. Well, unless we're wrong and werewolves, vampires, and necromancers are actually real. Either way, the novel paints a vivid picture of a world where these creatures lurk in the shadows of seemingly normal American cities. Sam may be going about his life as normal at the beginning of the story, but once he's seen a few zombies, disembodied heads, and talking cats that can transform into tiny flying dragons, he becomes pretty sure life as he knows it will never be the same again.

Questions About The Supernatural

  1. How does McBride subvert our expectations and previous views of the supernatural? How does it affect the way we read the story?
  2. Why does the supernatural world coexist with the real world Sam inhabits? How does this heighten tension in the story?
  3. What's Sam's general reaction to the bizarre things he witnesses throughout the story? Why? Does it change in any significant way?

Chew on This

More than anything, this book humanizes the supernatural.

Sam's encounters with the supernatural help him redefine the way he views his environment and relationships.

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