(A Prequel)

In the late 1800s, handsome, wealthy New Englander, Magnus Blackwell, is the envy of all. When Magnus meets Jacob O’Conner—a Harvard student from the working class—an unlikely friendship is forged. But their close bond is soon challenged by a captivating woman; a woman Magnus wants, but Jacob gets.

Devastated, Magnus seeks solace in a trip to New Orleans. After a chance meeting with Oscar Wilde, he becomes immersed in a world of depravity and brutality, inevitably becoming the inspiration for Dorian Gray. Armed with a forbidden magic, he sets his sights on winning back the woman Jacob stole from him.

Amid the trappings of Victorian society, two men, bent on revenge, will lay the foundation for a curse that will forever alter their destinies.



Gold Medal Winner
~2018 American Fiction Awards: Horror—Supernatural/Paranormal
~2018 Feathered Quill Book Awards: Mystery
~2019 NYC Big Book Awards: Cross Genre
~2019 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards: Fiction — Intrigue

Silver Medal Winner
~2018 Feathered Quill Book Awards: Adult Fiction

Bronze Medal Winner
~2017 Foreword Reviews Indies Book of the Year Awards: Horror

Honorable Mention or Finalist
~2019 Next Generation Indie Book Awards: Series
~2019 National Indie Excellence Awards: Suspense
~2019 Chanticleer Mystery & Mayhem Awards: Semi-Finalist (Winners TBA 4/2020)
~2018 Hollywood Book Festival: Wild Card
~2018 ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Contest: Quarterfinalist
~2017 Readers’ Favorite: Fiction: Supernatural
~2017 International Book Awards

Set in the late 1800s, Weis and Astor’s latest is artfully done — an intriguing, dark tale complete with vividly drawn characters, and a uniquely compelling character in Magnus. One highlight is the storytelling, which seamlessly blends mystery, magic and matters of the heart to create an enthralling read. The contrast between the angry, brooding Magnus and the compassionate Jacob heightens the conflict driving the story. Readers will be engaged from the start of the story to its climactic ending.

Melanie Bates

RT Book Reviews