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BK: Adrian Van Young presents SHADOWS IN SUMMERLAND with Lincoln Michel and Alice Sola Kim

    05/05/2016 - 7:00pm

    This event takes place in our Brooklyn location.

    Join us to celebrate the release of Adrian Van Young's Shadows in Summerland with Lincoln Michel, author of Upright Beasts and author Alice Sola Kim.

    Boston, 1859. A nation on the brink of war.

    Confidence men prowl the streets for fresh marks. Mediums swindle the newly bereaved. Into this world of illusion and intrigue comes William Mumler, a manipulating mastermind and criminal jeweler. Mumler hopes to make his fortune by photographing spirits for Boston's elite. The key to his venture: a shy girl named Hannah who sees and manifests the dead and washes up on Boston's harbor along with her strange, intense mother, Claudette.

    As Mumler and Hannah's fame grows throughout Boston, everybody wants a piece: Bill Christian, a brothel tough; Algernon Child, a drunken rival; Fanny A. Conant, a sly suffragette; and William Guay, a religious fanatic. These rogues among a host of others, including the great spirit rapper Kate Fox, form powerful bonds with the spirit photographers, one of which will end in murder. Mumler's first and last mistake: the dead cannot be made to heel.

    Praise for Shadows in Summerland:

    "Fans of Adrian Van Young’s Gothic short stories will find a lot to admire in his debut novel, a horror-filled historical riff on 19th-century séances, spirit photography, and mediumism. William Mumler emerges here as a memorably monstrous entrepreneur, exploiting the living and the dead alike, and moving with equal ease among drawing rooms, darkrooms, and freshly dug graves. In charting his social striving in a milieu of Bostonian clairvoyants and con artists, Van Young has produced a witty and disturbing horror novel: it’s as if Henry James had written an issue of Tales From the Crypt." Bennett Simms, author of A Questionable Shape 

    "Shadows in Summerland is an extraordinary novel certain to enchant readers of Sarah Waters as well as those looking for a thrilling and transporting gothic tale rich in atmosphere and unforgettable characters, dead and alive. Like the novel's illusive photographs, Adrian Van Young captures the limitless wonder and dark mysticism of the 19th century with incredibly authentic detail. Shadows in Summerland is sure to keep readers awake until the witching hour, in the company of an unforgettable cast of characters--spiritualists, photographers and their vapors, a couple on trial for their lives, a girl who sees ghosts, and the enchanting ghost themselves." Julia Fierro, author of Cutting Teeth 

    “Adrian Van Young works a rich plot of historical North American literature in his latest novel. Shadows in Summerland possesses elements of a counterfactual Boston replete with a universe of fancifully imagined swindlers, thugs, and mystics, yet hews close enough to its source inspiration to generate a deeply disquieting portrait of 19th Century America. A fabulous and weird addition to the contemporary fantastic.” Laird Barron, author of X’s for Eyesand 

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    Shadows in Summerland Cover Image
    ISBN: 9781771483834
    Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
    Published: Chizine Publications - May 17th, 2016

    Boston, 1859. A nation on the brink of war.