Not only do we share the same publisher, we have Loki in common as our favorite villain. Welcome Alice Phillips to Bad Moon Rising!
In Paris, 1888, the city prepares for the Exposition Universelle and the new Eiffel Tower swiftly rises on the bank of the Seine. One August morning, the sunrise reveals the embellished corpse of a young man suspended between the columns of the Panthéon, resembling a grotesque Icarus and marking the first in a macabre series of murders linked to Paris monuments. In the Latin Quarter, occult scholar Rémy Sauvage is informed of his lover’s gruesome death and embarks upon his own investigation to avenge him by apprehending the cult known as the Eighth Day Brotherhood. At a nearby sanitarium, aspiring artist Claude Fournel becomes enamored with a mesmerist’s beautiful patient, Irish immigrant Margaret Finnegan. Resolved to steal her away from the asylum and obtain her for his muse, Claude only finds them both entwined in the Brotherhood’s apocalyptic plot combining magic, mythology, and murder.
What’s the first story you ever wrote?
I published my first story in Highlights magazine at age 6, something about dinosaurs. Tyrannosaurus was my favorite. I was always in trouble in kindergarten for drawing T. Rex eating a brontosaurus carcass scribbled with red crayon gore.
I love a gothic or paranormal horror story that makes me leave the lights on at night, but that is all in good fun. In reality, the anxieties of everyday life and imaginings of my own mind are more frightening than anything in fiction.
At the moment I’m rooting for Daenerys from Game of Thrones and Loki from the Avengers
Making all the puzzle pieces of your plot fit together, especially when your novel has a specific timeline and swift pace.
I’m drafting ideas for two books: a sequel to The Eighth Day Brotherhood and a book of surreal short stories related to my work as an art historian and curator.
Alice M. Phillips of Richmond, Virginia, is an art historian and museum curator living in Iowa City, Iowa. Her recent exhibitions include Exploring the Demimonde: Sin and Temptation at the fin-de-siècle and Nocturnes: Night Skies in Nineteenth-Century Art and the Darker Side of Modern Art. She holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Iowa, specializing in nineteenth-century French Symbolist art. Dr. Phillips is also a visual artist, Irish fiddle musician and step-dancer, and facsimile creator of rare historical medical books.
My website is www.mephistophelia.com/books.htm, where readers can find more information and a preview of the novel. I can also be found at www.facebook.com/arthistorianalice, www.goodreads.com/mephistophelia, and mephistophelia.tumblr.com.