Something is amiss in Los Angeles. A body vanishes from the morgue. The errant son of L.A.'s most notorious necromancer has unleashed demons that not even his father can control. Women hungry for more than love are suddenly appearing among the vampire wannabes at the Crypt, a local goth cafe. And a yakuza boss has put a contract out on stuntman Charlie Takumo's friend Michelangelo "Mage" Magistrale, seeking vengeance – and a magical "key" that unlocks enormous power.
The two friends' plight deepens when they're thrust into the middle of a series of mysterious nocturnal deaths that suddenly plague the City of Angels. Caught between professional assassins and ancient terrors that are undead and stalking the L.A. nightlife, they'll need all of Takumo's fighting skills – and Mage's magic – if they want to survive to see the dawn, because... Shadows bite.
Stephen Dedman (born 1959) is an Australian author of dark fantasy and science fiction stories and novels. His short stories have appeared in Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, Year's Best SF, and The Best Australian Writing: A Fifty Year Collection.
Contributing as a story editor, Stephen Dedman is also one of the team members behind Borderlands, a tri-annual Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror magazine published from Perth, Western Australia.
In 2007, he contributed to the Doctor Who short-story collection, Short Trips: Destination Prague.