Esra Blu cut her teeth on Poe and Creature Features. Influences on her work include seminal Gothic works like The Monk, Southern Gothic, a variety of fantasy from Tolkien to Bradbury, the modern horror of King and Straub, as well as a host of movies and series from Hammer Films to Night Gallery, Fringe to Supernatural. Blu is a Yankee by birth and hillbilly by blood, and currently resides in what the natives called the “dark and bloody ground” with four cats, two dogs, and a man with whom she shares a deep and abiding love of heavy metal, grunge, and classic rock.
As America pulls itself from the depths of the Great Depression, young college grad Peter Zelinsky inherits a circus from a long-lost uncle and is reluctantly drawn into an unfamiliar world of wild animals, roustabouts, performers, and dark desires. He soon becomes intrigued by an exotic sideshow performer with the physique of a man but the plumage of a bird, fur, and scales. The closer he gets to Kaelan, the deeper the mystery he finds surrounding the seductive performer, his uncle, and a fortuneteller.
When a century-old map leads archeology student Matt Collins to the burial mound of the legendary Bloody Man in the Texas desert, he unwittingly unearths not the grave of a serial killer as he expected, but a real life monster. Ashe Pankhurst is grateful and smitten with the young man who’s saved him from a waking nightmare and offers him eternal life. Matt soon finds himself under the seductive influence of the vampire. He is tempted to accept Ashe’s offer, only to find that his choice has been settled by fate.