Back From the Dead
Tom Anders is a man going through the motions. Since the death of his wife, he listlessly teaches his folklore classes at Armfield University and makes a halfhearted pursuit of his urban legends research. Then she returns from the dead one fine spring day for a serious heart to heart:
Janie put her left hand flat on the table. Tom recognized the wedding ring. She had been buried wearing it. "You didn't ask the question, but you do want it answered," she said. "Touch me."
Janie is real, Janie is back, and she's not alone. All over the town of Canemill, the dead are rising. Not as shambling corpses or gossamer ghosts, but as solid, normal-seeming people with debts to collect, desires to realize, and old scores to settle.
Tom follows Janie back to the cemetery and meets a creature of myth and legend with the appearance of a young woman, a woman that the street people call Graveyard Mariah. Something about her is maddeningly familiar, as is the red scarf she wears. Tom knows he's seen both before, but unless he makes the connection, and soon, the dead will overwhelm the living all over the world, and Canemill will just be the first to go.
Used availability for Richard Parks's The Blood Red Scarf
September 2011 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition