Ken McGorry Pens Ghost Hampton


StoryThe answer for local Manhasset author Ken McGorry was online marketing when he found the traditional publishing world a little standoffish and a little slow to react.
Off to a good start, McGorry hopes his novel Ghost Hampton, a mix of paranormal dread and down-to-earth humor, will grow its readership on the Internet through Amazon.
“Amazon was in the back of my mind while my Ghost Hampton queries passed slowly through the digestive system of publishing’s gatekeepers,” McGorry said. He used that time to have Ghost Hampton edited by three editors. “That’s like going to the dentist,” he said. “You gotta do it, and you’re glad when it’s over.”
McGorry went over the book several times himself during the process, cutting and rewriting. The result is a fast-moving tale with plenty of action and surprises, according to advance readers. “The protagonist, a much-resented Bridgehampton lawyer with issues, encounters a strange spirit who tells him exactly when his daughter, a police detective, will die,” McGorry said. “As he struggles to respond, all hell breaks loose and his own past comes back to haunt him.”
Ghost Hampton is available on as a printed book or e-book download at

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Elizabeth Johnson is former editor of Manhasset Press and Manhasset Press Magazine. Growing up in nearby Garden City and attending New York University, she is well-versed in the locale and knowledgeable about the beat she covers. Her community involvement is extensive and includes the Manhasset SCA, Kiwanis International, Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary’s Church, and various civic and local charitable organizations. Curious by nature, her travels, community service, love of the arts as well as local sports give her the inside view to unique content. During her time at Anton, she has received several awards from the New York Press Association and the Press Club of LI, including the coveted "Best Community Newspaper" several years in a row.


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