A dark and electrifying novel, A Beast in Venice (Redux) is as powerful and moving as any work of dark contemporary fantasy.
While walking the misty streets of Venice one night in search of a good martini, Brigham Stone, former lawyer, now artist living in Venice, sees a man walk through a brick wall. His wife, Rose, thinks it's because he drinks too much. His gondolier friend, Mauro, is convinced that ghoulish creatures known as "shroud eaters" have returned to Venice after a centuries-long absence.
Brigham struggles to succeed as an artist in Venice, and to gain representation in a gallery in the world of Italian protectionism. Thankfully, he finds a rich new patron, Charles Raymond. Charles seems like a such a kindly old man with money and a taste for art. But he has other, more sinister, tastes lurking behind his nice clothes and friendly manner.
At the same time, strange things are happening in Venice. Bodies, butchered and devoid of blood, are found floating in the canals. Brigham is attacked by unknown assailants. He meets an alluring young woman who introduces him to the world of underground vampire clubs.
Drawn into a hidden world of torture, blood, and murder, Brigham must grapple with a hideous evil that on the one hand grants him eternal life, but on the other hand threatens to take his humanity, his marriage, and his life.
A Beast in Venice (Redux) is a rich and disturbing horror novel; chilling and unforgettable. It would appeal to fans of Stephen King.
A gripping and exquisitely crafted novel, Self-Portrait of a Dying Man is as powerful and moving as any work in contemporary literary fiction.
Haunted by the Angel of Death, Margold James sets out on an journey of self-discovery and atonement, that takes unexpected turns for himself and his family.
Informed by Death that he has six months to live, Margold is desperate to be forgiven by those he’s wronged, and to atone for the evil he has done.
Finding the forgiveness of others to be a rare thing, however, he sets out to find atonement through other means.
At the same time, he decides to paint a series of self-portraits. Something of himself by himself to ease his family’s grief.
As the deadline speeds nearer, he finds Death to be an unrelenting foe.
Self-Portrait of a Dying Man is a deeply moving portrait of one man’s struggle to find forgiveness and atonement, and to escape the clutches of Death, and its affect on his family.
An unforgettable, mesmerizing, and intelligent page-turner with strong female characters.
The Ghost of Caroline Wald is a gripping, moving, and beautifully written novel, as compelling as any in the horror genre today.
Irreverent and rebellious, newly-minted eighteen-year-old Frankie Johns discovers the ghost of a teenage girl (Caroline Wald) residing in the abandoned undertaker’s house up the street. She is beautiful and seems very sweet. He also discovers a little cache of skeletons piled behind a false wall in the basement of the house. There is perhaps something quite evil living there, as well. He is nevertheless infatuated by the ghost, and she convinces him to dig up her grave to retrieve her diary, which had been buried with her.
The diary shows a diabolical change in the girl from sweet little thing to murderous monster. She explains it away, but Caroline Wald might not be what she appears to be.
At the same time Frankie is struggling with what it means to be newly grown up, and is trying to find some direction for his life. He is trying to get into college and decide on what he will do with himself.
He does battle with a great evil living in the house, the police, his best friend, and his parents.
The Ghost of Caroline Wald is a fascinating novel with taut, suspenseful storytelling and rich, unforgettable characters. At times poignant, funny, and scary, this young adult/coming of age story will appeal to adults as well.