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Concrete Crown, A

MacBeth Retold

Publisher: Independently Published
Year of Publication: 2023
Book type: Novella
Age: Adult
Genre: Sci-Fi
Sub Genre: Horror · Post-Apocalyptic · Retelling
Language: English
Key Phrases: black author · body horror · novella · retelling
Double, double, toil and trouble; sliver fall and city crumble

A CONCRETE CROWN: MACBETH RETOLD is a post-apocalyptic novella set at the edge of a city corrupted by a mysterious contaminant. Micah, a seasoned scout, has seen firsthand the dangers of the desolate city, but as the contamination spreads, his cousin Dawson only grows more convinced that it’s safer inside than out. When their battle of wills escalates from argument to blackmail and murder, Micah must ask if his motives are as noble as he wants to believe.

As each following decision causes more chaos and more devastating loss, concrete shards begin to grow from Micah’s head just as guilt and fear sprout in his mind. Haunted by a watchful ghost and followed by nagging, prescient crows, Micah returns to the unnamed city in search of answers. Soon, the real question works its way to the surface: do Micah’s impulses belong to him at all, or are they the whims of the city that’s gotten under his skin?

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