Les Misérables meets Six of Crows in this page-turning adventure as a young thief finds herself going head to head with leaders of Paris's criminal underground in the wake of the French Revolution.
In the violent urban jungle of an alternate 1828 Paris, the French Revolution has failed and the city is divided between merciless royalty and nine underworld criminal guilds, known as the Court of Miracles.
Eponine (Nina) Thénardier is a talented cat burglar and member of the Thieves Guild. Nina's life is midnight robberies, avoiding her father's fists, and watching over her naïve adopted sister, Cosette (Ettie).
When Ettie attracts the eye of the Tiger – the ruthless lord of the Guild of Flesh – Nina is caught in a desperate race to keep the younger girl safe. Her vow takes her from the city's dark underbelly to the glittering court of Louis XVII.
And it also forces Nina to make a terrible choice – protect Ettie and set off a brutal war between the guilds, or forever lose her sister to the Tiger.
Risingshadow has an opportunity to feature a guest post by Matthew Kressel, who is one of the contributors to the Psi-Wars: Classified Cases of Psychic Phenomena anthology.
About Matthew Kressel:
Matthew Kressel is a three-time Nebula Award finalist, a World Fantasy Award finalist, and a Eugie Award Finalist. He has written dozens of short stories, a few novels, and is the co-host of the Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading series in Manhattan. He is also the creator of the Moksha submissions system.
About Psi-Wars: Classified Cases of Psychic Phenomena:
WELCOME TO THE ULTIMATE MINDMELD
From Atlantis to the Third Reich and beyond, these thirteen original tales of cerebral science fiction and horror explore the evils that abound when humanity wields extraordinary minds as weapons, whether to wage war or prevent it. Steeped in psychic savagery, telekinetic combat, and extrasensory espionage, PSI-WARS imagines corrupt governments and daring operatives, gods and soldiers and hackers and spies. The authors don't flinch when they peer around the darkest, most violent corners of the human psyche. Will you?
Guest post: “You May Change the World” by Matthew Kressel
Jeremy Schliewe's The Lighthouse was published by Eibonvale Press in October 2019.
About Jeremy Schliewe:
Jeremy Schliewe was born in Michigan and now lives in Tucson, Arizona. His short fiction has appeared in Supernatural Tales. His psychedelic pop band Harsh Mistress has two albums available from Burger Records. He produces music for film and video under the name Eidolon.
About The Lighthouse:
The lighthouse stands on the edge of Lake Michigan, sentry against the Great Lakes gales. Intertwined inextricably with personal mythology, it casts a mysterious spell over one young man, prompting his older brother to travel across the country to intervene and embark on an investigation of the past and present, of the divergent paths their lives have taken – and of the mysteries of the Lighthouse itself. This is a story in which the melancholy quiet of small-town America is tinged with the faintest touches of understated mystery.
REVIEW: THE LIGHTHOUSE BY JEREMY SCHLIEWE
You can read a new story (Winter is Coming) by Mark Howard Jones at Horla, which is called The Home of Intelligent Horror:
About Mark Howard Jones:
Mark Howard Jones is the editor of the Lovecraftian anthologies Cthulhu Cymraeg: Lovecraftian Tales from Wales and Cthulhu Cymraeg 2. His latest short story collection is Flowers of War.
A short review about Winter is Coming:
Mark Howard Jones' Winter is Coming is a slice of excellence for readers who love literary horror fiction and weird fiction. It's an atmospheric, beautifully written and unsettling tale of a woman who, after wrecking the car she was driving, finds herself being watched by someone.
There's something creepy about this story that reminds me of classic horror and weird fiction tales. The gradually unfolding story is steeped in unsettling strangeness that culminates into a satisfyingly eerie and terrifying ending.
I was impressed by how fluently the author writes about the woman and her life, because he tells of what kind of a relationship she had with her father and what happens to her after the accident. I also liked the author's way of creating a sense of something not being quite right, because he did it in an excellent way.
If you love literary horror fiction or weird fiction, you should read this story, because it deserves to be read. I highly recommend it to readers who love atmospheric and unsettling tales.
An extraordinary tale based on the manuscripts and research of the reclusive Professor Welkin Westicotter Marplot. His great-granddaughter, Gertrude Dee Marplot, has pieced together the scattered stories of the historian’s dusty, tattered piles to form this book.
Publishing date: June 30, 2020
Publisher: Waxing Gibbous
Genre: Middle grade fantasy
Risingshadow has an opportunity to feature a guest post article by Bob Blanton about Delphi Federation and the Delphi in Space series.
About the author: Bob Blanton has been an avid reader ever since his mother first took him to a library at age five. He toyed with writing for years after finishing college, but was always too busy to complete a novel. While working for Hewlett Packard Co. and traveling on long business trips to Singapore, Europe, and India, Bob wrote books in his head. After he retired to the beach in Mexico, the only things that competed with writing were the sound of the ocean and sunsets over the water, so he was actually able to finish writing the books he started. Bob completed his first three books, the Stone Series, and he has been working on the Delphi in Space series for the past two years. ow that he has started to publish his series, he hopes you enjoy reading them as much as he has enjoyed writing them. Check back for other books as he continues to ply his new trade.
Bob was born in Augsburg, Germany, the son of a U.S. soldier and a German national. His father moved the family back to the U.S. when Bob was six months old. As a child, his family moved almost every year until Bob was fourteen, but they managed to stay in Colorado Springs, CO, for three years before his father retired from the military. The family moved to Noble, OK, just south of Norman and the University of Oklahoma, where Bob attended college. He raced to the west coast as soon as he graduated, and lived in San Diego, CA, for over thirty years while working as an engineer and manager at HP. After retiring, Bob and his wife moved a few miles south to Mexico where they are enjoying their home on the ocean.
About Delphi Federation: Delphi Federation takes place after the Paraxean war, where rebel Paraxeans had decided to conquer Earth. Earth won the war, mainly due MacKenzie Discoveries and the technology from the starship Sakira that the McCormacks discovered in book one. And the crew just happened to find a way to travel faster than light.
In Delphi Federation, the crew tries to figure out how to utilize the faster-than-light travel and continue to introduce the technology from the Sakira to Earth while confronting the powers on Earth that aren’t happy with what they’re doing. They are forced to confront what it really means to have all that power. They have to decide what to do: Do they continue to try and lie low, or do they step up?
About the Series (Delphi in Space): The series follows the McCormacks and their friends after they discover a starship on Earth early in the 21st century. They decide to keep it a secret and to slowly introduce its technology to Earth, hoping to cure some of Earth’s problems like wealth distribution and climate change. They have to fight off the powers that want to gain control of the technology as well as those that want to maintain the status quo. All this while worrying about what will happen when the owners come back for their starship.
In the series I try to show how technology can be used to solve problems, especially if you tame the greed and power that go along with the potential it introduces.
GUEST POST: AN ARTICLE ABOUT DELPHI FEDERATION BY BOB BLANTON