It’s hard, coming home. Hard for different reasons, mind, depending on who’s homecoming and why. Coming home means asking yourself why you left. Coming home means accepting that the place you left doesn’t exist any more...and sometimes, coming home means fighting monsters.
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. Freshly awake to just what dangers are lurking, she joins 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.Buy Bookburners now on Serialbox
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Liam and Grace travel to Shanghai to investigate a lead on the Orb – and hopefully their own pasts.
Hera-at-home: getting to know the mysterious Maitresse!
Asanti’s murky past gets a bit clearer when an old friend visits her to reminisce…and collect on a debt.
The Vatican’s Secret Archives, aka Archivum Secretum Apostolicum Vaticanum, are subject to wild conspiracy theories, and for good reason. With a name like that, who wouldn’t speculate?
When the writing team got together for our second Bookburners story summit, we knew that one of the most important questions we had to answer was: How is Season 2 different than Season 1?
Frustrated at the still-broken Orb, Liam does some old-school web fishing and gets a nibble from Turkey.
The surprising pleasures of writing this episode lay in realizing how little I had to stray from the truth, from actual experiences I’d had at academic conferences, to make “Mistakes Were Made” work. The harried and overburdened staff. The presenter who realizes slowly, during the presentation, that his work isn’t even all that interesting to his peers and possibly himself. The resolute eccentric who does amazing work but has deep-sixed his own career because he couldn’t care less about his discipline’s politics. I’d already met them all.
Asanti and Liam sneak invites to a magical conference in Russia, and find the bad coffee and cheap cups the least of their problems.
Sign up for the Vatican's six-day training session, “Exorcism and Prayer of Liberation,” to learn practical ways to help the demonically-afflicted.
When I read through the first season of Bookburners, one thing in particular captured my imagination and wouldn't let go again: Team Four. There was just enough information in that season to be sure there was a big story lurking between the lines, but not enough to guess what exactly had happened. What exactly did Team Four do? Why had the Vatican turned against using magic to fight magic? Most of all, what was behind that door?
With the Orb broken and magic on the rise, the Bookburners look for new answers in old places.