City of Shadows, by Jack Conner

Grab tight, folks.

Anything can happen in the mysterious, shadow-shrouded city of Lavorgna, an industrial metropolis on a strange world, where the sinister Guild of Alchemists hold sway over the government and underground doctors bring the dead back to life. Here streetwise fifteen-year-old orphan Stevrin is thrown into a deadly stew of murders, disappearances, prostitutes, the undead and more otherworldly dangers. Soon it becomes apparent that it’s up to him to save not only Lavorgna, but the world.

Fans of China Mieville, Jim Butcher, H. P. Lovecraft, Jeff Vandermeer, Robert E. Howard, and Mike Mignola (creator of Hellboy) should enjoy the tale of Stevrin as he seeks to unravel the lethal strangeness gripping the city. Disappearances, earthquakes, insidious gas and shadows prowling the night are just the beginning.

Living at a brothel and doing chores for the girls in exchange for a bed and meals, Stevrin doesn’t know what he’s getting into when the brothel’s madam — and possible witch — Agatha dispatches him to investigate the series of odd occurrences. Before long it’s clear that if he doesn’t figure out what’s going on — and stop it — the whole world will be engulfed in horror.

Join Stevrin on a pulse-pounding trip into terror and weirdness as he explores the mad depths of Lavorgna . . . the City of Shadows.

Keywords: weird, New Weird, horror, H. P. Lovecraft, Hellboy, Robert E. Howard, action, noir, adventure, mystery

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City of Shadows

City of Shadows – Anything can happen in the mysterious, shadow-shrouded city of Lavorgna, an industrial metropolis on a strange world, where the sinister Guild of Alchemists hold sway over the government and underground doctors bring the dead back to life.  Here streetwise fifteen-year-old orphan Stevrin is thrown into a deadly stew of murders, disappearances, prostitutes, the undead and more otherworldly dangers.  Soon it becomes apparent that it’s up to him to save not only Lavorgna, but the world.