Featuring such established authors as Rhonda Eudaly, Terry Mixon and Scott Roche, as well as the continuing editorial hand of Charlie Brown, this book sweeps away the swampy myths for some hard boiled partying.
Published: May 8th, 2015
Cover Artist: Trent Oubre
"Dirty Magick: New Orleans" continues the urban fantasy anthology series exploring the crossroads between magic and crime. Set in "The City That Care Forgot," this book covers back alleys of the French Quarter, the hidden corridors of Storyville, the weird voodoo in the backyards of Treme and whatever those old Victorians are hiding. Featuring such established authors as Rhonda Eudaly, Terry Mixon and Scott Roche, as well as the continuing editorial hand of Charlie Brown, this book sweeps away the swampy myths for some hardboiled partying.
Dark Magic vs. Dirty Magic
by Charlie Brown
In 2012, when I returned to Los Angeles after eleven years, I met up with an old friend. We had both been exploring independent publishing, so she suggested we co-edit an anthology.
The idea excited me, as I was entering a creative writing masters program and could put to use my new skills, plus gain some new ones (layout, design) in the process. But what would our collection be about?
The answer came to me after a few hours brainstorming; Los Angeles, the birthplace of noir, inspired the question, "What would a criminal do with magic?" Thus the title "Dirty Magick" was born.
Most fantasy literature takes place in an older, less technological world. Within those stories, the characters must choose which path they will follow: the light or the dark. Will they be a force for good or evil?
But wouldn't dark magic and dirty magic follow the same path? Yes, they are fellow travelers, but the main difference in my anthologies boils down to one idea: intent.
The dark mages crave power. Whether they gain it from necromancy or other foul sources, the end game for them is to rule, if not the world then their own small corner. Grand designs (or delusions of grandeur) feed their never-ending hunger.
The dirty magicians have another obsession: money. They care little for what the Gandalfs and the Sarumans are plotting. What happens in the upper echelons of society is only important if there is a payment to be had. These characters are from the underclass and they hope to buy their way out of it.
Another main difference would be the study and acquisition of spells. The dark mage would still be a scholar, a dedicated disciple willing to comb dusty grimoires for obscure and powerful rites. Magic is an art.
But there will be no dirty magicians in libraries and archives. No, they will find their tricks on the street, learning whatever works for them in the quickest way possible. Magic is a tool.
By using real cities as locations, like the latest one set in my hometown of New Orleans, the dirtiest and most magical place I know, the writers in my collections can use the raw data of actual mean streets to create those characters who would use magic for their own means as well as the hard-nosed and hard boiled men and women who would fight them. On these crossroads, the magic may not change the world or disrupt the power structure, but the fight between good and evil remains never ending.
About the authors:
Charlie Brown is a writer and filmmaker from New Orleans. He currently lives in Los Angeles, where he recently received his Masters in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California and also runs Lucky Mojo Press and Mojotooth Productions. He has made two feature films: “Angels Die Slowly” and “Never A Dull Moment: 20 Years of the Rebirth Brass Band.” His fiction has appeared in Conium Review, Oddville Press, Writing Disorder, Jersey Devil Press, The Menacing Hedge, Aethlon, and what?? Magazine, plus the anthology "Dimensional Abscesses."
Michael Ashleigh Finn writes his shorts from Houston, Texas. The protagonist here can also be found getting into trouble in "Dirty Magick: Los Angeles", and is worming his way into nascent novel. In addition to his shorts, he's a consultant for the Hugo nominated "Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files" comics from Dynamite Press and the "Mana Punk" role-playing game from Hot Goblin.
Brent Nichols is a Canadian writer of science fiction, fantasy, and steampunk. His stories appear in a bunch of anthologies, such as Shanghai Steam, Blood and Water, Here Be Monsters, and Tesseracts. He’s also the author of several novels and novellas, including Lord of Fire, Bert the Barbarian, and Gears of a Mad God.
Some creatures feed on blood and revel in the screams of their prey. Scott Roche craves only caffeine and the clacking of keys. He pays his bills doing the grunt work no one else wants to take, bringing dead electronics back to life and working arcane wonders with software. His true passion is hammering out words that become anything from tales that terrify to futuristic worlds of wonder. All that and turning three children into a private mercenary army make for a life filled with adventure.
Kirsten Corby is a writer and librarian who works for the public library and lives in the Irish Channel in New Orleans.
Paul K. Ellis grew up in northern Alabama, in the crook of the Tennessee River, and moved to central Virginia in the late 70's. He has worked in food service, retail, radio and television, and in IT, most recently as a systems programmer. His work has appeared in Dirty Magick: Los Angeles, Dirty Magick: New Orleans, and Tales from the Archives. Paul's life is kept exciting by his wife and three daughters. Other than that, he's just this guy, you know?
Hugh J. O'Donnell is a writer and podcaster. He is the host and editor of The Way of the Buffalo Podcast, and his fiction has appeared in Bards and Sages Quarterly, Over My Dead Body! and others. He lives in Western New York with his spouse, cats, and shelves of obsolete video game consoles.
Rhonda Eudaly lives in Arlington, Texas where he's ventured into several industries and occupations for a wide variety of experience. She's married with dogs and a rapidly growing Minion© army. Her two passions are writing and music, which is evident in her increasing horde of writing instruments.
Rhonda has a well-rounded publication history in fiction, non-fiction and script writing. Check out her website - for her latest publications and downloads.
Michell (Mike) Plested is an author, editor, blogger, closet superhero (not to mention sock herder and cat wrangler) and podcaster living in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He is the host of several podcasts including the writing podcast, Get Published, (2009, 2011, 2013 and 2014 Parsec Finalist).
His debut novel, Mik Murdoch, Boy Superhero was shortlisted for the Prix Aurora Award for Best YA Novel and its sequel, Mik Murdoch: The Power Within was launched at When Words Collide 2014. He has stories and several books coming out this year (2015) including Scouts of the Apocalypse (June), and a collaborative Steampunk work, Jack Kane & the Statue of Liberty (June).
Terry Mixon is a former non-commissioned officer that served in the United States Army 101st Airborne Division and also dedicated nearly two decades to providing direct computer support to the flight controllers in the Mission Control Center at the NASA Johnson Space Center supporting the Space Shuttle program, the International Space Station, and other spaceflight projects. He lives in Texas with his lovely wife and a pounce of cats.