Announcing Our Newest Acquisition: Brother Wolf by Eleanor Bourg Nicholson

We are thrilled to announce our latest acquisition: Brother Wolf by Eleanor Bourg Nicholson.

About the Book:

For Athene Howard, the only child of renowned cultural anthropologist Charles Howard, life is an unexciting, disillusioned academic project. When she encounters a clairvoyant Dominican postulant, a stern nun, and a recusant English nobleman embarked on a quest for a feral Franciscan werewolf, the strange new world of enchantment and horror intoxicates and delights her—even as it brings to light her father’s complex past and his long-dormant relationship with the Church of Rome. Can Athene and her newfound compatriots battle against the ruthless forces of darkness which howl for the overthrow of civilization and the devouring of so many wounded souls?

In this sister novel to A Bloody Habit, Nicholson explores fatherhood, spiritual authority, the occult, the advent of Modernism in the early years of the twentieth century, and the deep desire for meaning in the heart of a charming neo-pagan heroine.

Praise for A Bloody Habit (Ignatius Press, 2018):

“A real nineteenth-century Gothic vampire story, rich and colorful, and wonderfully full of foreboding. The characters are vivid and convincing.”

Tim Powers, best-selling novelist

“A dark tale of vampires, mysterious strangers, animated corpses and bloody battles, A Bloody Habit is a worthy addition to the genre of Gothic horror.”

Fiorella de Maria, author of The Sleeping Witness and Poor Banished Children

Announcing Our First Acquisition

Chrism Press is excited to announce its first acquisition! Our own Rhonda Ortiz, one of Chrism’s editors, just took home the Genesis Award for her category with a Federalist-era novel currently called The Life We Greet. (That’s a big award for unpublished novels!) We were SO proud of her…especially because we knew we wanted to snatch this beautifully written romantic historical up for the new line.

About the Book:

BOSTON, 1793—Beautiful and artistic, the only daughter of a prominent merchant, Molly Chase cannot help but attract the notice of Federalist Boston—especially its men. But she carries a painful secret: her father committed suicide and she found his body. Now nightmares plague her day and night, addling her mind and rendering her senseless. Molly needs a home, a nurse, and time to grieve and to find new purpose in life. But when she moves in with her friends, the Robbs, spiteful society gossips assume the worst. And when an imprudent decision leads to public scandal, Molly is tempted to take the easy way out: a marriage of convenience.

Merchant sailor Josiah Robb is as familiar to Molly as a brother—as dear and as exasperating. Yet she is no sister to him. He hopes to marry her before anyone else does, but sailing the high seas leaves no time for convincing Molly that he is more than her teasing childhood friend. Josiah wants a new job and a fresh start, and when he agrees to carry a confidential letter to President Washington, his life is changed forever.

In the wake of tragedy, these longtime friends discover a new intimacy. But slander, confusion, absence, and a wealthy, conniving bully stand between them. And with French spies on the loose, they not only have to rescue their reputations—they have to protect their lives.