Will Clarke is a
campfire story-teller, and that's no insult. Clarke's wry, deadly sense
of humor and keen insight into the cloistered world of the Southern
fraternity has yielded "The Worthy: A Ghost's Story," a novel
that captured the 2007 Hollywood Book Festival's top honors.
Clarke, who had his own bad experience with a Southern fraternity during
his college years, draws on those memories to create Conrad, the victim
of a brutal hazing incident at Louisiana State University's Gamma Chi.
The spirit of Conrad returns to earth and enters the body of an unsuspecting
pledge with the goal of bringing down chapter president Ryan Hutchins.
The plot twists and the vivid descriptions of such peculiar Southern
institutions as the big football game make this book a page-turning
A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Clarke originally self-published
"The Worthy," building a cult following on the Net and via
independent books stores. He later republished "The Worthy"
and his first novel, "Lord Vishnu's Love Handles," with Simon