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
"What happens when the ordinary and everyday is not kind? What happens when we take the hard road and make the harsh, bad choices? Shadowmancy explores this... with relish." -- Gillian Polack, author of Year of the Fruitcake
Jason Franks writes comics, prose and source code. He is the author of the occult rock’n’roll novel Bloody Waters and the
literary portal fantasy Faerie Apocalypse. He is also the writer of the graphic novels The Sixsmiths, McBlack and Left Hand Path, as well as numerous short stories in prose and comics. His work has been shortlisted for Aurealis, Ditmar and Ledger awards.
Franks lives in Melbourne, Australia, with his wife and son and a trio of sadly neglected guitars. Find him online at
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?
When I saw my escape, I took it. Now I'm in New York City and trying to get my life back on track. Despite the tracker in my ankle, Crow hasn't come for me. He hasn't even called me. I told him the depth of my feelings but he cruelly rejected them.
Maybe he's forgotten about me.
One day, I walk into my apartment and spot the pile of buttons on the counter. I never left them there, and there's only one explanation for their presence.
Maybe Crow hasn't forgotten me after all.