Is the Devil more trustworthy than a record executive? Young guitar virtuoso Clarice Marnier is on the verge of success when she crosses the wrong A&R man. Suddenly, instead of being signed to the major label, she finds herself blacklisted. So Clarice makes a deal with the Devil: the soul of her enemy for a record deal and a second chance.
As Clarice and her band, Bloody Waters, begin their ascent to rock stardom they are beset by a strange array of enemies. Has-been guitar heroes, popstar succubi, spell-slinging DJs, angry divas and killer angels - every occult freak and music industry player in LA wants something from them, whether it's a slice of their fame or a bite of their souls.
Clearly there's more at stake than just a record deal - but what does the Devil really want, and how far will Clarice go to protect what's hers?
Jason Franks writes comics, prose and source code. His first novel, Bloody Waters, was short-listed for the 2012 Aurealis Award for Best Horror Novel, and his Sixsmiths graphic novel series was a Ledger Award finalist.
Franks' second novel, Faerie Apocalypse, came out in 2018 from IFWG Publishing.
From his first day at the Academy, things have been difficult for Quay. Though he has surrendered his name, like every other acolyte at the magical school, Quay is the son of a disgraced professor, and he finds that his father’s old enemies are already lined up against him–while the professor’s own faction is just as suspicious. Quay refuses to take a side, but as his powers grow it becomes apparent that the damaged young boy may prove a greater threat than his father ever was.
Deep in the Library of Shadows Quay finds a way to survive his father’s treacherous legacy, but the price is high indeed.
"A mysterious and compelling read told in spookily disconnected first person narrative, delivered by a likeably unlikeable main character. A subtle and dreamlike tale." -- Sam Bowring, author of the Broken Well trilogy
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