Last fall a new band of demon hunters hit the scene with Bookburners – the gritty Urban Fantasy presented in 13 episodes from Serial Box Publishing. Every week fans tuned in to see what new trouble a black-ops team of magic hunters had found themselves in, and now the gang is all back for a second round!
A fan of Fringe, the Librarians, or Supernatural? Then you will love this serial. Team written with new episodes every week, Bookburners is about a group of bad-ass problem solvers who bring snark and heart to even the strangest of situations.
What: Bookburners Season 2
Who: Max Gladstone (Three Part’s Dead), Margaret Dunlap (The Lizzie Bennet Diaries), Brian Francis Slattery (Spaceman Blues), Mur Lafferty (The Shambling Guide to New York), Andrea Phillips (Zombies, Run!), and Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit Wood).
When: Premiers June 22 with new episodes dropping every Wednesday. The season will have 13 episodes and reach its finale on September 14th.
How: Read or listen with our iOS app, on our site, or wherever e-books are sold. Subscribers will be charged $1.59 each week for text+audio episode bundles. Season Pass holders pay $18.99 up front to pre-pay for access to all the episodes (in text and audio) as they go live. You can also at any time purchase a single episode from us or your favorite e-book seller. The series pilot is always free!
Overview: Magic is real, and hungry—trapped in ancient texts and artifacts, only a few who discover it survive to fight back. Detective Sal Brooks is a survivor and member of a Vatican-backed black-ops anti-magic squad: Team Three of the Societas Librorum Occultorum. Together they stand between humanity and magical apocalypse. Some call them the Bookburners. They don’t like the label.
What Happened Last Season: Magic is real, and some books have teeth. Former NYPD detective Sal Brooks learned this the hard way when her brother Perry was possessed by a powerful demon called the Hand. To save him, Sal joined Team Three of the Societas Librium Occultorum, a black-ops team of magic hunters backed by the Vatican that tracks down dangerous magical books and artifacts for safe keeping in the Vatican’s Black Archives.
Sal faced down magical threats around the globe, adjusting to her new life and her new teammates: Father Menchu, the team’s field leader; Liam, a possession survivor who shared a brief romance with Sal; Grace, Team Three’s combat expert whose life is tied to a magical candle; and Asanti, the Archivist and guardian of the Black Archives.
Disaster struck when the Hand returned and took possession of Sal. Worse yet, the Team discovered that Cardinal Varano, head of the Society had a dark agenda of his own. After a climactic whirlwind of magic and in-fighting that left the Archives badly damaged, The Hand was banished and Varano was ousted, leaving Sal and the rest of the Society to pick up the pieces.
What’s Coming This season: The tide of magic is rising and the Bookburners must sink or swim. This means their usual strategy of “Contain and Archive” is going out the window to make room for “Experimentation and Field Practice” – much to the dismay of some and the glee of others. Big secrets – about the Society, the world (both ours and the Other), and the murky pasts of our heroes will come to light….that is, if the team can stay alive to learn them.
Serials – like cereal – are easy to taste test: for just $1.99 you can get an episode in both text and audio formats! Like your favorite TV shows, episodes have about a 40 minute read-time or 90-minute listen-time. And if you’re worried about starting with the second season – no need! The action kicks right off and you’ll be in for a wild ride no matter what. (Season One passes are available on their site and in their app, as well as collected omnibus editions at your favorite e-retailer.)
So dive into this serial now and remember to watch your back – because some books have teeth.
Check out the covers for the first three episodes:
The Team Behind BOOKBURNERS Season Two:
Max Gladstone has been thrown from a horse in Mongolia, drank almond milk with monks on Wudang Shan, and wrecked a bicycle in Angkor Wat. Max is also the author of the Craft Sequence of books about undead gods and skeletal law wizards—Full Fathom Five, Three Parts Dead, Two Serpents Rise, and Last First Snow. Max fools everyone by actually writing novels in the coffee shops of Davis Square in Somerville, MA. His dreams are much nicer than you’d expect. He tweets as @maxgladstone.
Before joining the Bookburners, Margaret Dunlap wrote for Eureka (SyFy) as well as ABC Family’s cult-hit The Middleman. Most recently, she was a writer and co-executive producer of the Emmy-winning transmedia series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, and co-created its sequel Welcome to Sanditon. Her short fiction has previously appeared in Shimmer Magazine. Margaret lives in Los Angeles where she taunts the rest of the team with local weather reports and waits for the earthquake that will finally turn Burbank into oceanfront property. She tweets as @spyscribe.
Mur Lafferty is the author of The Shambling Guides series from Orbit, including The Shambling Guide to New York City and Ghost Train to New Orleans. She has been a podcaster for over 10 years, running award-winning shows such as I Should Be Writing and novellas published via podcast. She has written for RPGs, video games, and short animation. She lives in Durham, NC where she attends Durham Bulls baseball games and regularly pets two dogs. Her family regrets her Dragon Age addiction and wishes for her to get help. She tweets as @mightymur.
Brian Francis Slattery
Brian Francis Slattery is the author of Spaceman Blues, Liberation, Lost Everything, and The Family Hightower. Lost Everything won the Philip K. Dick Award in 2012. He’s the arts and culture editor for the New Haven Independent, an editor for the New Haven Review, and a freelance editor for a few not-so-secret public policy think tanks. He also plays music constantly with a few different groups in a bunch of different genres. He has settled with his family just outside of New Haven and admits that elevation above sea level was one of the factors he took into account. For one week out of every year, he enjoys living completely without electricity.
Andrea Phillips is an award-winning transmedia writer, game designer and author. Her debut novel is Revision, an SF thriller about a wiki where your edits come true. She has also worked on iOS fitness games Zombies, Run! and The Walk; The Maester’s Path for HBO’s Game of Thrones; human rights game America 2049; and the independent commercial ARG Perplex City. Her nonfiction book A Creator’s Guide to Transmedia Storytelling is used to teach digital storytelling at universities around the world. You can find Andrea at andreaphillips.com, or on Twitter at @andrhia.
Amal El-Mohtar has received the Locus Award and been a Nebula Award finalist for her short fiction, and won the Rhysling Award for poetry three times. She is the author of The Honey Month, a collection of poetry and prose written to the taste of twenty-eight different kinds of honey, and contributes reviews to the LA Times and NPR Books. Her fiction has appeared most recently in Lightspeed, Uncanny Magazine, and is forthcoming in The Starlit Wood anthology from Saga Press. She divides her time and heart between Ottawa and Glasgow. Find her online at amalelmohtar.com, or on Twitter @tithenai.
And if you’re a Bookburners newbie, check out the Season One recap here!
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