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Small town secrets lead to trouble for everyone as Caleb must confront the demons of his past in this Southern Gothic queer cosmic horror, a tale of weird magic and monsters on the bayou.

LEWIS IS A TOWN OF SECRETS

The Royce family has been a plague on the small, Southern town of Lewis for generations. Caleb has heard rumors about the family his whole life, just like he'
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Published September 3rd 2019 by Broken Eye Books
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Emily
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Everything she was holding inside wanted to come out and devour the world."

Catfish Lullaby is the first book I've read by AC Wise, and it was good! It's a witchy novella set in a small town with secrets, which is obviously the best setup you can have for a book.

This book is pretty mysterious, and I liked not being entirely sure where it was headed. The first half of the book is a coming-of-age story, and the second half is about the same characters as adults. Although the book is short while t
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Maria Haskins
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With this novella, A.C. Wise proves once again that she is a wonderful storyteller and an writer of gorgeous, lyrical prose. Catfish Lullaby is both gripping and powerful as it tells the story of Caleb and Cere and the bloody history (and twisted magic) that brings them together as children, and then again later as adults. Fantasy and horror, love and family are woven together into a rich and moving tale. The ending opens up new vistas of horror and literally left me gasping.
Anne
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Caleb is a young black boy without a mother who lives on the edge of the swamp in the town of Lewis, down by the Bayou. When he is a boy, he discovers his neighbor's house on fire and helps to save the girl who set the fire.

It turns out that all is not well in the town of Lewis.

Cere was born to destroy the world. Her father, a sorcerer and erstwhile preacher, was bound and determine to murder a man/spirit/creature/monster named Catfish John. The best way to destroy something bigger than the wo
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Caroline
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating exploration of childhood, small-town myths, and how people learn hate and distrust -- and love. Plenty of strong relationships to keep this from getting bleak, and a good keep-you-up-late bogeyman.
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A.C. Wise is the author of numerous short stories which have appeared in print and online in publications such as Uncanny, Shimmer, Apex, The Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2015, and Year's Best Weird Fiction Volume 1, among other places. Her collections, The Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron Saves the World Again, and The Kissing Booth Girl and Other Stories, are available from Lethe Press. In ...more