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Wild, Dark Times

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  14 ratings  ·  11 reviews
It's the summer of 2012 and Elizabeth Megalos is a disillusioned art-school grad getting by as a bank teller in St. Louis. One evening, she’s attacked by a possessed coworker and saved by a mysterious, wise-cracking sorcerer named Eddy. He drags Elizabeth and Hugh—a skeptical scholar of the occult—to Europe, where he introduces them to his three magical celebrity friends. ...more
Kindle Edition, 192 pages
Published July 23rd 2019 by Liminal Books (Between the Lines Publishing)
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Austin Case
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This is my baby and I love my baby: 5 stars!
Dave Higgins
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Case filters Abrahamic dualism through the lens of post-modern subjectivity to create a religious thriller that both relies on artists rather than academics and treats the mystery at the heart of things as genuinely magical rather than merely political.

Elizabeth Megalos works as a bank teller in St. Louis, another art-school graduate who gave in, copped out, and joined the system. However, when a previously overfriendly colleague almost kills her in an feral rage, only for a man claiming to be a
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wild, Dark Times by author Austin Case is fascinating. Opening my eyes to a world that I had not paid much attention to before, this book grabbed me by the soul and held on for dear life. It was as if the Demiurge had taken over my mind and forced me to read until I sobbed big ugly tears. I could not put this book down.

I will admit that I was in a perpetual state of confusion for the first few chapters until Eddy became clearer as a character, but it was worth the wait. Wild, Dark Times is at
Kim Napolitano
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Magic! Where does it comes from, what does it mean if you can control it? Elizabeth’s life becomes upended when she is intruded by a sorcerer by the name of Eddy. He saves her life from a mad co-worker gone zombie like and spills a tale of how she’s necessary to stop the oncoming apocalypse. It only gets weirder from there and more fun. Cross country globetrotting, rock star magicians and an angel race to solve the clues and save the world! So engaging, funny and down right terrifying, this mad ...more
Josh Timbrook
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved Wild, Dark Times. It has everything you want in a book. It is a great adventure story with likable characters. The story takes the protagonist and a group of magicians to several places around the globe starting in St. Louis. I love the details about places I have been before and how it is set around the wiccan harvest festivals. I also learned a lot about real magick and wrote down several notes to look up later. The end has a great twist that wraps the book up well. The author Austin ...more
Jenny Gaitskell
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this esoteric, globetrotting adventure.

When, at midsummer, dark spirits come for Elizabeth, she's adopted by a group of friends who've bonded over their interest in the mystic and occult. The end of the world is coming in the form of a demigod - they need to to figure out how to stop it, and why Elizabeth is so important. Travelling to the places they see in psychedelic visions, learning more through rituals performed on each of the key dates of the ancient calendars, they
Patrick D'Orazio
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wild, Dark Times by Austin Case is a very trippy journey into a world of magic and monsters that had my head spinning at times. Elizabeth Megalos is a bank teller and a former art student who is bored with her life until one of her coworker friends shows up at her doorstep and attacks her. She doesn’t just attack like a normal person, she attacks like a possessed lunatic. Moments later, in steps Eddie, who saves Elizabeth from the assault and then claims he is a sorcerer. Bewildered and somewhat ...more
Jessica Belmont
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wild, Dark Times plunged me into a world that is horribly dark, yet so compelling, I absolutely could not put this book down until I finished. I fell in love with Austin Case’s writing. He writes in such a captivating and enchanting way, it is unlike any Urban Fantasy/Parnormal novel I have ever read.

There is a lot if drugs and sex in this novel, and if that is off-putting to you, I still urge you to give this novel a shot. The characters are brilliantly written. I felt as if I was in this
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Wild, Dark Times isa story about enjoying life while you have it, discovering your own magic and really loving what you love. A huge theme in the conversations the characters have is to appreciate the art of others, even if it isn’t your favourite thing, never to put other people down for the things they love or how they love them – and that’s something I can get behind. Would recommend
Kim Lo
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wild Dark Times takes a magical twist set in the few months with a group of people with various magical powers joined together to stop the apocalypse set to happen on December 21, 2012. Taking a more enchanted and dangerous adventure towards how to stop it all, the premise itself is intriguing because with fantasy of these types, there is always its own little twist on its own magical world of creatures and elements and how magic works in this urban fantasy reality. Due to those adventure ...more
Liliyana Shadowlyn
Aug 26, 2019 rated it liked it
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Great plot, a lot of trippy episodes, but mediocre execution. I liked the characters, but I wish there had been more development of the main ones. The descriptions of the psychedelic bits were brilliant and interspersed throughout the plot at appropriate points. Unfortunately, the order in which some plot points and characters were introduced was confusing and made them seem less important than they were. Overall a fun but very confusing read.
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Austin Case received a Master's Degree from the University of Amsterdam in Western Esotericism and Mysticism. His academic knowledge of the occult and other peripheral phenomena has given him a unique take on fantasy and other speculative fiction.