Unseen by an apathetic society, a stupendous battle is being waged between good and evil. In the center of an unassuming town, gathered in a nondescript hotel, are the most powerful forces of time eternal: the thirteen black covens. On All Hallow's Eve they unite to summon the Black Magician, the darkest and deadliest being of all time They are a rag-tag group of misfits: an inexperienced but lovely witch, an ancient sorcerer obsessed with math, and a private detective who can't seem to solve a case, but they are humanity's only hope. The world is unaware of the battle, but it will suffer the ultimate consequence if the war is won by the black evil. Can a group of social rejects save the world? Or will humanity plunge forever into the abyss? read more
Gunn's Magicians is a rational fantasy about sorcery set in a mid-20th century from which actual modern occultism is absent, much in the way that Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell concocts an alternative world of magic for Georgian England. Of course, Clarke takes her literary cues from Jane Austen, while Gunn's seem to reflect Raymond Chandler by way of Who Shot Roger Rabbit?To the credit of Gunn's imagination, when he wrote the original version of this story in 1954, or even in 1972 when the fuller novel was published, occult magicians weren't yet actually in the habit of meeting via hotel conventions. The whole story is a relatively cornball melodrama, but chapters 8 and 9 are each a sleeping dream of the protagonist about historical sorcery--one a Brocken Mountain sabbat, the other a French Black Mass--which have solid entertainment value.read more
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