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London, 1882: Queen Victoria appoints Harold Spire of the Metropolitan Police to Special Branch Division Omega. Omega is to secretly investigate paranormal and supernatural events and persons. Spire, a skeptic driven to protect the helpless and see justice done, is the perfect man to lead the department, which employs scholars and scientists, assassins and con men, and a traveling circus. Spire’s chief researcher is Rose Everhart, who believes fervently that there is more to the world than can be seen by mortal eyes.

Their first mission: find the Eterna Compound, which grants immortality. Catastrophe destroyed the hidden laboratory in New York City where Eterna was developed, but the Queen is convinced someone escaped—and has a sample of Eterna.

Also searching for Eterna is an American, Clara Templeton, who helped start the project after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln nearly destroyed her nation. Haunted by the ghost of her beloved, she is determined that the Eterna Compound—and the immortality it will convey—will be controlled by the United States, not Great Britain.

“I assure you; while I look like a ghost, I’m no spirit or demon. I’m nothing but a girl struggling to make her way in an intolerant world. I bleed, I love, and someday, I’ll die.”

Strangely Beautiful by Leanna Renee Hieber

anonymous asked:

As the unquestionable queen of goth culture, I was wondering if you could recommend some good gothic novels? I've depleted my personal library and need some good recommendations before my next trip to Waterstones

Awww, thank you for the wonderful compliment! (But honestly, I’m pretty sure Siouxsie is the queen. I’m just everyone’s wacky goth auntie.)

Gothic novels I’m particularly fond of, and should be relatively easy to find.:

  • We Have Always Lived In the Castle - Shirley Jackson (Merricat would you like some tea?)
  • The Bloody Chamber - Angela Carter (Short stories, but essential reading!)
  • Dark Dance - Tanith Lee (The other two books of the Blood Opera trilogy - Personal Darkness and Darkness, I - are also good, but Dark Dance plays with a bunch of classic gothic lit tropes.)
  • Perfume - Patric Suskind
  • Interview with the Vampire - Anne Rice (Stop rolling your eyes, this is absolutely full of gothic lit tropes.If you haven’t read it yet, WHY THE HELL NOT GO NOW READ IT JUST DO AS I SAY.)
  • Witch Hill - Marion Zimmer Bradley (Part of the 70s-80s wave of gothic novels, and whoo, racy!)
  • Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier (It’s a classic for a reason! But not everyone reads it!)
  • Black Light, Waking the Moon, or Mortal Love - Elizabeth Hand (Secret societies! Immortal muses! Witchcraft and feminist cults! They’re all a lot of fun.)
  • Flowers In The Attic - V.C. Andrews (This is classic, lurid, gothic trash. If you haven’t read it, it’s worth a look. Just be aware that it is firmly in the potboiler category.)
  • The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker -  Leanna Renee Hieber (A bit twee or saccharine in some places, but fun.)
  • Burnt Offerings - Robert Marasco. (What does the house want? The movie is great, too.)
The Book of Starry Wisdom

The Book of Starry Wisdom 

For the last six months I’ve been sweating over this weird labor of love. Ever since I was a teenager I’ve been fan of H.P. Lovecraft’s writing and The Book of Starry Wisdom is my small way of tending to his legacy. I’ve always wanted to hold a tome of Lovecraft’s works that felt as ominous and storied as the Necromicon, so, I’ve decided to make one.

The Book of Starry Wisdom compiles newly edited editions of H.P. Lovecraft’s cycle of Cthulhu stories, illustrated by renowned deific and fantasy artist, Valerie Herron, and featuring the depraved sculptural work of artist, Jason Soles.

Accompanied by essays and musings by some of today’s premiere Lovecraftian scholars, writers, and devotees, the Book of Starry Wisdom will be a luxurious hardback tome, featuring a leather textured cover, gold foil pressed symbols of significance to the Cult of Cthulhu, as well as other features to be unlocked as the Kickstarter meets its goals. This high end volume will be a stunning addition to the library of any enthusiast of H.P. Lovecraft or worshipper of Dead Cthulhu Who Lies Dreaming.

Produced and edited by writer Simon Berman (WARMACHINE, HORDES, Iron Kingdoms Full Metal Fantasy Roleplaying Game, and Unhallowed Metropolis), The Book of Starry Wisdom will contain:

H.P. Lovecraft’s original stories:
Dagon
The Call of Cthulhu
The Shadow Over Innsmouth

And newly unearthed essays and mad ravings that blur the line between fact and fiction, science and madness. Contributors include:

Adam Scott Glancy (Delta Green)
Orrin Grey (Never Bet the Devil & Other Warnings, Painted Monsters & Other Strange Beasts)
Leanna Renee Hieber (Strangely Beautiful, The Eterna Files)
Ann Koi (Honor & Sacrifice: Tribes of Heaven)
C.A. Suleiman (Mummy, the Curse)
Molly Tanzer (Vermillion, A Pretty Mouth)
Thom Truelove (Surfing the Zeitgeist)
Bryan Thao Worra (On the Other Side of the Eye)

The Kickstarter has been running for less than two weeks and is already over 50% funded. As a “thank you,” here’s a little sneak peek of the original R’lyeh typeset I’ve commissioned for the project. Thanks so much for your support in bringing this foulness into our world.