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Blackwell: The Prequel
Blackwell: The Prequel

Blackwell: The Prequel

Magnus Blackwell


291 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper, Cloth, EPUB

Cloth, $25.99 (CA $34.99) (US $25.99)

Publication Date: January 2017

ISBN 9781944109240

Rights: WOR

Vesuvian Books (Jan 2017)


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"A dark story of passion, revenge, and a Faustian pact ... a guilty-pleasure read that kept me captivated knowing something sinister is looming." ~New Orleans Magazine In the late 1800s, handsome, wealthy New Englander, Magnus Blackwell, is the envy of all. When Magnus meets Jacob O'Conner—a Harvard student from the working class—an unlikely friendship is forged. But their close bond is soon challenged by a captivating woman; a woman Magnus wants, but Jacob gets. Devastated, Magnus seeks solace in a trip to New Orleans. After a chance meeting with Oscar Wilde, he becomes immersed in a world of depravity and brutality, inevitably becoming the inspiration for Dorian Gray. Armed with the forbidden magic of voodoo, he sets his sights on winning back the woman Jacob stole from him. Amid the trappings of Victorian society, two men, bent on revenge, will lay the foundation for a curse that will forever alter their destinies. "An intriguing, dark tale … seamlessly blends mystery, magic and matters of the heart to create an enthralling read." ~RT Book ReviewsSERIES AWARDS 2018-2019•Gold, Mystery, Feathered Quill Book Awards•Gold, Horror/Supernatural/Paranormal, American Fiction Awards•Gold, Intrigue, Readers' Favorite Book Awards•Gold, Cross Genre, NYC Big Book Awards•Silver, Adult Fiction, Feathered Quill Book Awards•Bronze, Horror, Foreword Reviews Magazine Book of the Year Awards•Bronze, Magic, Readers' Favorite Book Awards•Finalist, Series, Next Generation Indie Book Awards•Finalist, Suspense, National Indie Excellence Awards•Finalist, International Book Awards•Finalist, Horror, Best Book Awards•Finalist, Supernatural, Readers' Favorite Book Awards•Official Quarterfinalist, Screencraft: Cinematic Book Contest


"… seamlessly blends mystery, magic and matters of the heart to create an enthralling read." —RT Book Reviews

"A dark story of passion, revenge, and a Faustian pact ... a guilty-pleasure read that kept me captivated ..." —New Orleans Magazine

"A lush gaslamp thriller … This cinematic novel is filled with Victorian style and a license for alternate history. The blend of African, French, Spanish and Caribbean cultures on display feels palpable and timeless. A bonafide gothic page-turner." —BestThrillers

"… a provoking yet absorbing read about the dark, twisted and dangerous part of the human psyche." —Readers' Favorite

Awards Gold Medal Winner ~2019 NYC Big Book Awards: Cross Genre ~2019 Readers' Favorite Book Awards: Fiction —Intrigue ~2018 American Fiction Awards: Horror—Supernatural/Paranormal ~2018 Feathered Quill Book Awards: Mystery"I love the storyline and period of time (turn of the century). The author throws fire on many pages through vibrant dialogue and fantastic scene writing. The end is far from predictable, and so satisfying and rewarding. The care and attention to detail with cover art and layout is near perfect." ~Feathered Quill Book Awards Judges' CommentsSilver Medal Winner ~2018 Feathered Quill Book Awards: Adult FictionBronze Medal Winner ~2017 Foreword Reviews Indies Book of the Year Awards: Horror Finalist Honors ~2019 Next Generation Indie Book Awards: Series~2019 National Indie Excellence Awards:Suspense ~2019 Chanticleer Mystery & Mayhem Awards: Semi-Finalist (Winners TBA 4/2020) ~2018 Hollywood Book Festival: Wild Card~2018 ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Contest: Quarterfinalist~2017 Readers' Favorite: Fiction: Supernatural~2017 International Book Awards

Author Biography

Alexandrea Weis, RN-CS, PhD, is a multi-award-winning author, an advanced practice registered nurse, and historian who was born and raised in the French Quarter of New Orleans. She has taught at major universities and worked in nursing for thirty years, dealing with victims of sexual assault, abuse, and mental illness in a clinical setting at many New Orleans area hospitals. Having grown up in the motion picture industry as the daughter of a director, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story moving and memorable. A member of both the International Thriller Writers Association and the Horror Writers Association, Weis writes mystery, suspense, thrillers, horror, crime fiction, and romance and has sold approximately one million books. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans where she is a permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries and rescues orphaned and injured animals.