Download a Free Ebook of The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle Before October 13, 2018!

Each month, the Tor.com eBook Club gives away a free sci-fi/fantasy ebook to club subscribers.

We’re excited to announce that the pick for October 2018 is the Shirley Jackson Award-winning horror novella THE BALLAD OF BLACK TOM by Victor LaValle, a gripping revisit of H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Horror at Red Hook” from the viewpoint of a black man.

People move to New York looking for magic and nothing will convince them it isn’t there.

Charles Thomas Tester hustles to put food on the table, keep the roof over his father’s head, from Harlem to Flushing Meadows to Red Hook. He knows what magic a suit can cast, the invisibility a guitar case can provide, and the curse written on his skin that attracts the eye of wealthy white folks and their cops. But when he delivers an occult tome to a reclusive sorceress in the heart of Queens, Tom opens a door to a deeper realm of magic, and earns the attention of things best left sleeping.

A storm that might swallow the world is building in Brooklyn. Will Black Tom live to see it break?

The Ballad of Black Tom Victor LaValle

One of NPR‘s Best Books of 2016, winner of the Shirley Jackson Award, the British Fantasy Award, the This is Horror Award for Novella of the Year, and a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, World Fantasy, and Bram Stoker Awards.

THE BALLAD OF BLACK TOM is available from Oct. 9, 12:01 AM ET to Oct 12, 11:59 PM ET.

Download before 11:59 PM ET Oct. 12, 2018.

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