From the award-winning author of the acclaimed novel Poe comes an edgy, witty, and bone-chilling novel about a woman who unwittingly agrees to complete one favor for the devil himself at the risk of her immortal soul.
When Fiona Quinn is approached in a bar by a man who calls himself Scratch and claims he’s the devil, she figures it’s just some kind of post-modern ironic pickup line. Fiona doesn’t believe in anything of the paranormal sort. A few drinks in, Scratch offers one wish in exchange for her immortal soul. Fiona’s been wondering if her boyfriend is having an affair, so why not, invisibility would be a good way to find out — hypothetically, of course. It can be done, but there’s only one other small detail—at some point in time, he’ll call in a favor. Whatever it is, Fiona has to do it — and do it well — otherwise she’s his for all eternity. Fiona finds the whole thing so hilarious that she agrees and they shake on it. Bad idea.
Not only does Fiona soon discover that she really was talking to the devil incarnate, but she’s now become a “dead soul” — those who have exchanged their souls on a whim, and must spend their waking hours in mortal terror of that favor eventually being called in...
With Fenn’s “wicked raw and proudly untamed” talent (Bloody-Disgusting.com), Dead Souls is a terrifying and witty venture to the dark side that will haunt you long after you’ve turned the last page.
J. Lincoln Fenn is the award-winning author of the Amazon bestseller Poe, which won the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award for Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror, was jury-selected for the preliminary ballot of the Bram Stoker Award, Superior Achievement in a First Novel, and was one of five finalists in the 2009 St. Martin’s Press New Adult contest. Fenn grew up in New England and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of New Hampshire, studying with poet laureate Charles Simic, and author John Yount, a mentor to John Irving. Currently the Director of Marketing for an academic institution, Fenn lives with her family in California.