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American Nocturne, written by Hank Schwaeble, is a collection of horror noir stories, where crime and supernatural mystery meet in the dark corners of the world.

Featuring murdered detectives, body horror on demand and the specifics of the black magic snuff industry, the book is a definitive must if you’re looking for a grimmer, darker look into the good old supernatural PI genre. The author does an excellent job of bringing the mundane specifics of everyday crime together with its magical elements, hinting at a larger, more terrifying universe.

Dean Samed’s cover brings out the dark, oppressive atmosphere of the novel, even if it does not do much to bring out the more extraordinary elements in the stories. If anything, Alex McVey’s more austere interior art makes for a great introduction that brings out the best in each story. Some of the stories, however, seem to fall a bit short on the mystery department, which is a necessary part of the noir feeling, veering more toward the supernatural adventure style of the author and might have been better suited in another collection altogether.

If you love noir thrillers and supernatural adventure and don’t want to have to pick between your two favorite genres, then this collection brings the best of both worlds together for your reading pleasure.

American Nocturne is published by Cohesion Press

About The Author


Konstantine is a writer by choice. His short stories have been published in Haikaosru's Battle Royale-Slam Book, the AE Canadian SF Review and the Savage Beasts anthology by Grey Matter Press. People tell him he's got a writing problem, but he's recently managed to have one of his stories published in Japanese so he guesses he's still got it under control. He's got a Patreon Account, where he writes SF flash fiction and dreams to one day isolating himself in a little house in the mountains, where he will live off the land and order groceries from Amazon, like his glorious ancestors.

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