Back in 2010, Stark House Press published my first novel, Thief of Midnight. Today I can report that the sequel is finally on its way! Coming in 2015, the next instalment in the adventures of one small group of Chicago monster-hunters: Fell the Angels. Or as I like to call this one: Four Bodies, No Insurance.
What’s it about? Well …
A month after a ruinous assault by a family of bogeymen, the few humans in the know are still recovering and trying to figure out what they’ll do next. Abby Marquise is waiting for her son, Jimmy, to be returned by the forces that took him, but she’s still not sure if she can square her job with parenthood. (Intimidating therianthropes isn’t a common domestic skill.) It doesn’t help that Chicago looks to be ringing in the New Year with a string of mysterious deaths. The victims? Sorcerers, the rare human practitioners of magic, who are dying in inexplicable ways. Who’s the Crystal Lady? Where did those strange dolls come from? And what’s big enough to tear a human in half … vertically?
I think you’ll like the answers.
This is a book I’ve been working on since 2007. It’s been my experience that things are always hardest the second time, and Fell the Angels did not disappoint me in that regard. It’s also a new direction for me: there’s a cameo by some certain fear-based folkloric monsters, but this book is more of a straight mystery and an opportunity to see the human agents from Thief of Midnight working in their own sphere. Chicago is an old town full of dark corners, and I’m thrilled that Stark House has given me the opportunity to share another story inspired by the Windy City (and torment these characters a little more).
And now, because I’m excited and feel like sharing, here’s a short excerpt from Fell the Angels. The text is still subject to revision (ahh, the editing process) and is, of course, copyright yours truly. 🙂