The Black Fire Concerto

Mike Allen (Author)


"Some very black magic indeed... A prize for the multitude of fans who relish strong Grand Guignol with their sword and sorcery."
-Tanith Lee

"A dark, luscious feast of a book... Allen has created a fantastic world of fantasy and horror like a Bosch painting, like a Shostakovitch symphony-something out of a beautiful nightmare."
-R.S. Belcher

"Exploding with magic, music, and violence, this short novel has the magical feel of an old school suspenseful fantasy adventure as filtered through the eyes of H.R. Giger."
-Little Red Reviewer

The Red Empress is the only home Erzelle has known since the day her family was lured aboard and murdered, victims of a grisly ritual meant to make the elite immortal. Erzelle plays her harp for the diners inside this ghoul-infested riverboat, knowing her own death looms, escaping through the music that's all she has left of her parents.

Her nightmare's upended in the space of a day by the arrival of Olyssa, a fellow musician, but so much more.

Erzelle is swept up in Olyssa's quest to find her ensorcelled sister Lilla, a journey across a mutated landscape that leads them to an enemy responsible for the deaths of millions. To stop the slaughter of countless more, the pair has no choice but to draw on the deadly magics that reshaped the world ... a power that's as dangerous to its wielders as it is to its foes, one that's killing Erzelle even as she fights to control it.

Cover art by Lauren K. Cannon, http: //

Product Details

Haunted Stars
Publish Date
June 21, 2013
5.98 X 0.43 X 9.02 inches | 0.61 pounds
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About the Author

Writer and poet Mike Allen is the Nebula Award nominated editor of the CLOCKWORK PHOENIX anthologies and the digital journal MYTHIC DELIRIUM. His newest books are the short story collection UNSEAMING and the novelette THE SKY-RIDERS, the latter co-writen with his friend Paul Dellinger. Read more about Mike's work at http: // and follow him on Twitter at @mythicdelirium.