Glamour & Shadows *** Nightlife Interrupted
The Hermes Foundation ** * The Midnight Turn
Dark Side of the Vale *** Fairy Tale Ending
The Lark Legacy - A prequel to The Hermes Foundation
Glamour & Shadows
From the Author of Drown the Heart and Creative Spark, this is where the Society stories all begin with a dimming of the lights.
Only the Society keeps humanity blissfully ignorant of the dangers that lurk within every shadow.
Incubus Detective Algiers Stanton and his fairy partner Ophelia Dupre have been working together for quite a while. One serious, one not so much, they make a perfect team; complementing each other even as one grates on the other's nerves.
When they're called upon to investigate a grisly murder thought to be committed by a shapeshifter, it looks like a routine case of clean & close, everyone happy. But the complications of a millennia old organization refuse to go quietly under the rug and when the past rises up to shake the very pillars of the Society, the two detective's lives may change forever in the process.
The shadows await!
Why Urban Fantasy?
The Urban Fantasy genre has been inundated with many great stories from hundreds (if not thousands) of fantastic writers. I’ve always found it fascinating but m first exposure to the idea of it came from the Shadowrun roleplaying game. My uncle gave it to me for Christmas. He did so because the original book was set in Seattle but what it did for me is open my mind to possibilities.
To that point, Elves, Dwarves and Orcs lived in the pages of fantasy novels. They were Lord of the Rings, Dungeons and Dragons and old school video games. They didn’t use handguns or computers, they weren’t in a modern world and while Shadowrun is set in a cyberpunk future, changing it up got me thinking.
I didn’t think much more about the genre until Vampire: The Masquerade came out. As a goth kid in the 90s, I became absolutely addicted to that game and as they came out with other monsters in the modern world, the urban fantasy genre unfolded for me. I started thinking of my own versions and the very first story I came up with was the basis for The Hermes Foundation. Much later, I started thinking about Glamour & Shadows.
So while that may be how I came to enjoy the genre of urban fantasy, I started writing in it because I loved playing with pop culture and monsters. Having them indulge in video games, movies and the types of things we find entertaining, all while dealing with their own intrigues, made it unique and fun. This is why Ophelia is an avid gamer and consumer of cinema.
Ultimately, I find it comfortable to write in the Urban Fantasy genre and I love playing with the real world and all that mysticism. It’s served me well for this series and the one offs I’ve put together as well. It affords me the opportunity to twist things up and make them unique all while building fresh stories with a tried and true mystery foundation.
About the author:
Robert Hazelton has been writing short fiction, novels and music his entire life. As the founding member of Deadly Nightshade Botanical Society and a long time member of the band Abney Park, he has traveled extensively and performed countless shows in exotic locales.
Robert writes in a variety of genres but keeps drifting back to modern fantasy/horror. He considers Elizabeth Moon, Frank Herbert, and Steven Pressfield to be his biggest influences.