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The Ballad of Black Tom

|| Charles Thomas Tester hustles to put food on the table and keep the roof over his father's head. 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.

The Ballad of Black Tom

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 and 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.

Victor LaValle’s The Ballad of Black Tom—a novella of sorcery and skullduggery in Jazz Age New York—is available from Tor.com Publishing. And if you’re looking for more even more Lovecraftian tales, check out our Reimagining Lovecraft bundle, containing four full novellas: The Ballad of Black Tom, Cassandra Khaw’s Hammers on Bone, Caitlín R. Kiernan’s Agents of Dreamland, and Kij Johnson’s The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe.

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