The Spirit Phone

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BHC Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.81 inches | 1.34 pounds

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About the Author
In Arthur Shattuck O'Keefe's debut novel The Spirit Phone, Aleister Crowley and Nikola Tesla confront the enigma of Thomas Edison's new invention: a phone to communicate with the dead. O'Keefe's short story, "A Spirited Conversation," based upon The Spirit Phone, appears in the Fall/Winter 2021 issue of The Stray Branch. His short fiction has also appeared in Flash Fiction Magazine, Manawaker Studio's Flash Fiction Podcast, and Ragazine. He has written articles for PopMatters, The Japan Times, Metropolis, and Japan Today. He was born in New York and lives in Kanagawa, Japan, where he is at work on his next novel.
"O'Keefe's debut novel certainly serves up a unique blend of elements...and the action is well paced. Perhaps most rewarding is his evocation of this time and place: new innovations were radically altering the fabric of everyday life, with modern technology like cars and electric lights commingled with horse-drawn carriages and gas lamps. It was a world made magical and strange, an ideal setting for such a strange tale." -Booklist"filled with twists that are impossible to predict...there is nothing to do but enjoy the ride. The Spirit Phone is an inventive novel that's moved by mysteries and magic."-Foreword Reviews Magazine"The Spirit Phone is an enjoyable occult mystery with one foot in historic reality and the other in a preternatural apocalyptic whirlpool that keeps you spinning from one shocking revelation to the next at breakneck speed." -Nightmare Magazine"The unlikely but exciting investigative duo [of Tesla and Crowley] are the perfect pair to involve in this who-done-it horror. O'Keefe's novel is a historical look at the invention of the time. Filled with twists and turns, this thriller finds itself at the intersection of the scientific and the arcane." -Manhattan Book Review

"This is a strong first novel and gripping read, with a neatly crafted plot that seamlessly blends weird technology and supernatural events." -Matthew Allen, screenwriter for the producers of such films as Terminator 2: Judgement Day, The Boondock Saints, and The Equalizer

"O'Keefe has conjured a fantastical and fascinating alternate history...I highly recommend The Spirit Phone for anyone who seeks a lively and intelligent read." -Bruce Boston, four-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Dark Matters and The Guardener's Tale

"With his gripping, dreamlike debut novel The Spirit Phone, Arthur Shattuck O'Keefe establishes himself as an imaginative author of uncanny ability. Literary speculative fiction has long been overdue for a new writer to take a hammer to the form and make it better than it was. In creating a work that is part supernatural steampunk, part spellbinding alternate history, O'Keefe has done that and more." -David W. Brown, author of The Mission

"For fans of alternative historical fiction, The Spirit Phone delivers. What a wild, entertaining romp..." -Richard Thomas, author of Spontaneous Human Combustion, and Bram Stoker / Shirley Jackson nominee

"A twisted, twisty and novel take on science, the supernatural and modern history. Surprising, engaging, thought-provoking and fun." -Ian R. MacLeod, author of Red Snow and winner of the World Fantasy, Sidewise, Locus, John W. Campbell, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards