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A Parliament of Crows (trade paperback)

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A Parliament of Crows by Alan M. Clark is a Southern Gothic historical fiction novel.

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188 page trade paperback published by Lazy Fascist Press

A Parliament of Crows is the story of three women in black. Always in mourning clothes, creepy and secretive, devious and deadly, they might at first blush appear to be long lost members of the Addams Family or characters drawn by Edward Gorey. But the women in this novel are inspired by three sisters from history who were anything but humorous. The story of their lives and their crimes is the very definition of Southern Gothic, and the perfect fodder for this historical fiction.

In A Parliament of Crows, the three Mortlow sisters are prominent American educators of the nineteenth century, considered authorities in teaching social graces to young women. They also pursue a career of fraud and murder. Their loyalty to one another and their need to keep their secrets is a bond that tightens with each crime, forcing them closer together and isolating them from the outside world. Their ever tightening triangle suffers from madness, religious zealotry and a sense of duty warped by trauma they experienced as teenagers in Georgia during Sherman’s March to the Sea. As their crimes come back to haunt them and a long history of resentments toward each other boils to the surface, their bond of loyalty begins to fray. Will duty to family hold or will they turn on each other like ravening crows?

"Crime and horror wrapped in a wondrous symmetry, made all the more terrifying by its factual basis, A Parliament of Crows has it all. Read it!"
—F.Paul Wilson, author of Cold City

"Anyone who liked Erik Larson's 'The Devil in the White City' will love this book.  Full of ghoulish characters straight out of Charles Adams, it paints a portrait that screams the very essence of Southern Gothic."
—Al Sarrantonio, author of Skeletons and Halloweenland.

"A Parliament of Crows is a compelling page turner, nearly impossible to put down. Alan M. Clark has once again proven to be a true master of the written word."
—Owl Goingback,Bram Stoker Award winning author of Crota

"With A Parliament of Crows, author Alan M. Clark weaves a tale that shows that truth is far, far stranger than fiction. Part courtroom drama, part historical thriller, part Antebellum Gothic, A Parliament of Crows offers a rare glimpse into the lives of three sinister sisters surrounded by mourning, madness, and murder."
—Ross E. Lockhart, editor of The Book of Cthulhu I & II, author of Chick Bassist

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