"The Devil's Music" is the first story in her Raised in Hell series from Trestle Press.
Here we meet Sadie, the shape-shifting daughter of the Devil, who's hanging out at a Mississippi Delta blues club in the 1930s. Many fine musicians have sold their souls to her in exchange for their talents. Eventually they have to pay up to Sadie -- whether they like it or not.
But Madeleine takes this idea in a fresh direction -- maybe hell isn't so bad... In fact, maybe it's pretty cool and better than the alternative. This is an imaginative story with a very rich setting. Highly recommended.
Also, Madeleine has a scorcher over at Powder Burn Flash with "Crazy Town." It's a classic turn-the-tables-on-the-bullies story, but done with style, originality, and a sharp eye for detail.
The Devil's Music sounds pretty amazing. I'm really looking forward to reading this one.ReplyDelete
I'm with Sabrina. I'm a big fan of Julia's work. Heading over to Powder Burn Flash now.ReplyDelete
But is there a sound-chip with THE DEVIL'S MUSIC? The ambiance and era already has me slinkin' into readin' these rhythms ... There's also a rumour in WebTowne that Ms Madeleine is relaxed after brownies I baked her - maybe she'll let me up close by the bands?ReplyDelete
Hey there Rat-a-tat-Rhatigan -- good synopsi without giveaways ... I'll flash on over to Powder Burn with those other classy dames up there. Oh yeah -- WAY TO GO MADELEINE!
AT THE BIJOU and beyond
Both gems. Frank Duffy's The Devil's Music story is pretty tasty, too.ReplyDelete
Thanks for stopping by Katherine, Sabrina and Absolutely Kate. I like the idea of a soundtrack for it.ReplyDelete
I'll have to check out Frank Duffy's story, too. Thanks for the head's up.