Let the darkness consume you...
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"For there is only a subtle difference between stagnation and stillness. But one is poison and one is peace."    
- Horn & Dagger
  

Updated 6/30/17

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The Strands
by Brian White

In the Shadow of the Witch
by Brian White


The Strands by Brian White

 
"LET ME SEE THAT OTHER WORLD AND KNOW THAT IT IS REAL."

Blake William knows that worlds exist beyond what he can see and touch. Years of studying the occult have brought him tantalizingly close to what he seeks—close enough to draw the attention of the Strand Society, malevolent conspirators who jealously guard their knowledge of the Strands that make up all existence.

Macaria Tully is the last in a long line of assassins serving the Society. What she lacks in magical abilities, she makes up for with constant training, determined to become the embodiment of death. To her, there is no greater glory than the transcendent beauty of annihilation.

Alex Tannersley, a mage of tremendous power, defected from the Society and is determined to take them down. Blake, skilled but untrained, seems like the perfect recruit to his scheme. But the Society has sent Macaria to follow Blake—and he will lead her straight to Alex.

Synesthetic musician Alma Vida has traveled the world in search of mind-altering rhythms and melodies. When she goes with Blake to visit Alex, she has no idea that Macaria is right on their heels—or that Alex will save them by pulling them through a portal into a surreal dimension outside of time and space, the Primordial Strand, home to the machinery that runs the universe.

Alex seeks the Society's destruction. Blake yearns for holy truth. Alma pursues the song of creation. Macaria wants them all dead. And the Strands have their own ideas...
  

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A debut sci-fi novel focuses on a powerful corporation and its dark quest for control.

Judging by his serious demeanor and his ability to wash Tylenol down with whiskey, Jonathan Romero might seem like any stressed businessman. The company he works for, however, is far from ordinary. With origins that date back to Colonial times and resources that include an immense collection of “occult and philosophical treasures,” the Strand Corporation of Philadelphia engages in activities that even the most morally bankrupt executive might find shocking. Working to steal ideas, patent them, and sell the rights, the company has come a long way from its founding principles. As Romero reflects, rather sourly (particularly as he is suffering from a brain tumor), “The founding fathers of The Strand Society would turn over in their graves if they were to observe the travesty built upon their ideals.” Utilizing people called “Conductors” for “hacking dreams” and a beautiful, H.R. Giger–loving assassin named Macaria to eliminate any threats, Strand has quite the method to its madness. Meanwhile, a writer named Blake William garners the attention of the company, particularly after a former Strand employee named Alex Tannersly (an ex-Conductor whom the corporation has been “hunting” ever since he left) attempts to contact him. William commands success as a writer but he fears he might be losing his mind. What does someone like Alex want with William? Dense with explanation, there is a lot for the reader to absorb. No sooner is Romero finishing his Tylenol than Conductors and a Watcher are being discussed and Macaria’s origins explained. Once things get going, though, the plot is rife with spookiness and “dark atmospheric doom metal.” Incorporating the gothic and the William Gibson–esque, the story reveals that many complex things are possible in this world of dream hacking and murder for hire. While lacking the intricate, futuristic pizazz of Gibson’s Neuromancer, this novel features its share of adventures as well as escalating oddities. A sense of suspense is maintained, allowing readers intrigued by an unlikely hero like William to be decidedly curious as to how this caper will end.


While thick at times, this tale about a sinister company eventually delivers plenty of atmosphere and action.

- Kirkus Reviews

In the Shadow of the Witch by Brian White


Your life will never be the same once the Coma Witch enters it. This is a fact, Trevor, an innocent blacksmith must face once forced to make a deal in order to save his son’s life. When the witch demands payment, Trevor is unable to deliver starting a vicious cycle of revenge and retribution.

Driven to free himself from the witch’s shadow, Trevor seeks the aid of a fellow victim of the witch, a shaman, who trains him to manipulate the forces of darkness and light, turning him into a force of magical destruction capable of battling the witch.


This story of destruction and vengeance set in a dystopian post-modern West follows the trail of devastation and despair through this dark world where good deeds are twisted to evil ends and where Trevor ultimately finds the answer to this question: Is he a mystic in search of a dark revelation or is he the questing knight in search of justice?  

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