News: Forthcoming Books

Professor David Ullman’s expertise in the literature of the demonic — notably Milton’s Paradise Lost — has won him wide acclaim. But David is not a believer.

One afternoon he receives a visitor at his campus office, a strikingly thin woman who offers him an invitation: travel to Venice, Italy, witness a “phenomenon,” and offer his professional opinion, in return for an extravagant sum of money. Needing a fresh start, David accepts and heads to Italy with his beloved twelve-year-old daughter Tess.

What happens in Venice will send David on an unimaginable journey from skeptic to true believer, as he opens himself up to the possibility that demons really do exist. In a terrifying quest guided by symbols and riddles from the pages of Paradise Lost, David attempts to rescue his daughter from the Unnamed — a demonic entity that has chosen him as its messenger.

A tragic act of violence echoes through a small Minnesota town
Set on the Minnesota prairie in the late 1980s during a drought season that’s pushing family farms to the brink, Little Wolves features the intertwining stories of a father searching for answers after his son commits a heinous murder, and a pastor’s wife (and washed-out scholar of early Anglo-Saxon literature) who has returned to the town for mysterious reasons of her own. A penetrating look at small-town America from the award-winning author of The Night Birds, Little Wolves weaves together elements of folklore and Norse mythology while being driven by a powerful murder mystery; a page-turning literary triumph.
Praise for Little Wolves:
“A complicated portrait of a prairie town, a meditation on violence, a fantasia of myth and folklore, and a knockout murder mystery, Little Wolves is haunting, at times terrifying, a gothic cousin to Kent Haruf’s Plainsong. I loved this book.” — Benjamin Percy, author of Red Moon, The Wilding and Refresh, Refresh

A  powerful sequel to Swain’s magical thriller Dark Magic:

“This book grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go.” — Michael Connelly, New York Times bestselling author, on Dark Magic

In Shadow People, national bestselling author James Swain’s brillant follow-up to Dark Magic, magician Peter Warlock has a dark secret. A psychic who peers into the future, he is able to use the information to alert the authorities to pending trouble. During a séance Peter is confronted by a group of evil spirits called shadow people, beings who have the power to kidnap a person’s soul. Peter is taken to another plane, where he confronts a serial killer about to claim his next victim. It’s a harrowing encounter that Peter only barely manages to survive.

The shadow people aren’t done with Peter. They ransack his brownstone and terrify his girlfriend, then go after his friends. Peter realizes that the shadow people are connected to the serial killer, whom he has nicknamed Dr. Death. He also learns that Dr. Death is a member of the Order of Astrum, a group of evil psychics who murdered his parents years ago.

Peter has only a few days to help the police figure out Dr. Death’s identity before the serial killer claims his next victim.

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