Author of BLACK MAGIC WOMAN, Justin Gustainis, Blogs for Us!
I really appreciate Chris’s invitation to blog today, the publication date (in North America, anyway) of my novel, BLACK MAGIC WOMAN.
Here are 13 things you didn’t know about BLACK MAGIC WOMAN -- both the plot and the book itself.
1. The male protagonist, Quincey Morris, is the great-great-grandson of theTexan who died at the end of the original DRACULA. Contending withsupernatural evil has become something of a Morris family tradition.
2. The book was released in the UK and Australia on January 8th. The NorthAmerican release date was pushed back to January 29th because of a problem atthe North American printer.
3. African “muti” magic sometimes involves the use of human organs – which must be “harvested” while the victim is still alive.
4. "White" witch Libby Chastain, Quincey's partner in the investigation, isbisexual, and a devout practitioner of what she calls "serial monogamy."
5. Jim Butcher, author of the "Dresden Files" novels, was kind enough to readthe manuscript pre-publication. As quoted on the book's cover, he calls BLACKMAGIC WOMAN "the best manuscript I've ever been asked to read."
6. Quincey Morris is terrified of snakes, having almost died fromsnakebits as a young boy.
7. Simon R. Green, author of the John Taylor 'Nightside" novels, was sent anadvance reading copy and said, "This is a novel that's packed with story andengaging characters, and I can't wait to read the next one."
8. "White" magic cannot be used to do harm to another -- which doesn't meanthat you can't use it to protect yourself, as Libby Chastain knows full well.
9. Waterstones, the largest UK bookstore chain, has designated BLACK MAGICWOMAN as its featured SF/Fantasy title of the month. It's got its own displayin each of their 300-some stores.
10. It’s possible to drive off a bunch of zombies without having to “kill” them. All you need is the right magic.
11. The South African national police really does have an Occult CrimesInvestigation Unit, although my character Garth Van Dreenan is not based on anyreal person.
12. Vampires really do hate sunlight. A lot.
13. When you make a deal with the devil, the notes come due in brimstone.
Thanks for indulging me, everybody. I hope I've piqued your interest and thatyou'll take a look at my novel. I'm kinda proud of it.