Friday, June 11, 2021 - 6:00 pm (click here to register via Crowdcast)
Scroll down to purchase your copy of Bacchanal. If you would like a signed/personalized copy, please specify that in your order comments, along with the name you'd like Veronica to sign to.
Evil lives in a traveling carnival roaming the Depression-era South. But the carnival’s newest act, a peculiar young woman with latent magical powers, may hold the key to defeating it. Her time has come.
Abandoned by her family, alone on the wrong side of the color line with little to call her own, Eliza Meeks is coming to terms with what she does have. It’s a gift for communicating with animals. To some, she’s a magical tender. To others, a she-devil. To a talent prospector, she’s a crowd-drawing oddity. And the Bacchanal Carnival is Eliza’s ticket out of the swamp trap of Baton Rouge.
Among fortune-tellers, carnies, barkers, and folks even stranger than herself, Eliza finds a new home. But the Bacchanal is no ordinary carnival. An ancient demon has a home there too. She hides behind an iridescent disguise. She feeds on innocent souls. And she’s met her match in Eliza, who’s only beginning to understand the purpose of her own burgeoning powers.
Only then can Eliza save her friends, find her family, and fight the sway of a primordial demon preying upon the human world. Rolling across a consuming dust bowl landscape, Eliza may have found her destiny.
Veronica G. Henry was born in Brooklyn, New York, and has been a bit of a rolling stone ever since. Her work has appeared in various online publications. She is a graduate of the Viable Paradise Workshop and a member of SFWA. Veronica is proud to be of Sierra Leonean ancestry and counts her trip home as the most important of her life. She now writes from North Carolina, where she eschews rollerballs for fountain pens and fine paper. Other untreated addictions include chocolate and cupcakes.
Sheree Renée Thomas is an award-winning fiction writer, poet, and editor. Her work is inspired by myth and folklore, natural science, and Mississippi Delta conjure. Nine Bar Blues: Stories from an Ancient Future is her first all-prose collection. She is also the author of two multigenre/hybrid collections, Sleeping Under the Tree of Life and Shotgun Lullabies, and she edited the World Fantasy-winning groundbreaking black speculative fiction Dark Matter anthologies. She is the associate editor of the historic Black arts literary journal, Obsidian: Literature & the Arts in the African Diaspora, founded in 1975, and editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, founded in 1949. Thomas' work has appeared in numerous anthology publications including The Big Book of Modern Fantasy (1945-2010), Marvel's Black Panther: Tales of Wakanda, Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology, The Moment of Change: An Anthology of Feminist Speculative Poetry, Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam, The Ringing Ear, Mythic Delirium, and the New York Times. She lives in her hometown of Memphis, Tennessee near a mighty river and a pyramid.