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"'The falling snow, dropping from the darkened sky, reminded her of the steady rain of souls upon the plains of her homeland. Although, unlike the souls, the snow did not scream.' When I read those lines (from Michael Marano's Dawn Song), I got up, turned on all the lights and checked the locks."
"The author's talent is unquestionable, his sensitivity and power of expression quite impressive. How rare to find a work of this genre written in so literate a style. It put me in mind of Anne Rice."
William Peter Blatty, author of The Exorcist and Legion
"A fresh take on an old problem-- how to make the monsters slither into the REAL world. This one does it."
Jack Ketchum, author The Girl Next Door and others
"Michael Marano achieves horror with a vision of evil, not with mere unpleasant physical detail. His feverish story is convincing, frightening, and urgent. Dawn Song is dark fantasy with all the lights on. This author spares us--and himself--nothing. Thank God."
Fred Chappell, author of I Am One of You Forever,
Brighten the Corner Where You Are, Farewell,
I'm Bound to Leave You, Dagon, etc.
"You have never experienced anything like the world of Dawn Song. This novel is a delight of incisive language and lush imagery. Michael Marano is a masterful observer of the human condition and of all the horror and beauty lurking therein."
Tananarive Due, author of The Between
and the Publisher's Weekly notable book,
My Soul to Keep.
"Both lyrical and horrifying, Michael Marano's Dawn Song is a memorable debut. There are no cliches or stereotypical horrors here, but a story that is unusual and compelling and writing that is rich with dark, seductive beauty. It is a tale of ambiguous evil, told through a cast of characters (both human and otherwise) who possess every shade of grey found between the darkness and the light. Dawn Song is guaranteed to linger in your imagination and haunt your dreams."
Nancy E. Baker, internationally acclaimed author
of The Night Inside, A Terrible Beauty
and Blood and Chrysanthemums
"Mike Marano has a knack for conjuring heartbreaking details that feel unbelievably familiar, for creating characters you're just damn sure you've met at some point. Marano's Dawn Song captures a queer zeitgeist and melds it with a mythic evil that'll send chills up your spine. Dawn Song is frighteningly evocative -- I loved it."
Thomas S. Roche, Co-Editor, Sons of Darkness:
Tales of Men, Blood, and Immortality and Brothers
of the Night: Gay Vampire Stories
"Dawn Song is sublime in the classic sense, the intersection of the sacred and the profane, sensuality and sterility, beauty and death. Achingly beautiful and heart-rending, Marano's characters do battle with the demons that haunt each and every one of us -- broken families, lost loves, missed opportunities -- while also being pawns in a greater battle between the forces of Hell. Integral to it all is the Succubus, one of the most innovative and evocative treatments of this mythological characters I've ever seen. Dark, seductive, and alluring, she cuts a path of elegant destruction as she collects the souls necessary to learn her true Name. A majestic creature, she will continue to haunt you long after you've turned the last page and closed the cover."
Pam Keesey, author of Vamps: An Illustrated History of the Femme Fatale, editor of Daughters of Darkness : Lesbian Vampire Stories, and Women Who Run With the Werewolves : Tales of Blood, Lust and Metamorphosis