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Martha J Allard is the author of “Black Light,” a novel about love, sacrifice, and rock and roll in 1983. They write about demons and angels and people that live in shadow. They dabble in steampunk, space opera, and crochet. Their collection of flash fiction, “Fairy Tale Logic,” will be out in 2023.

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Coming Soon:Book Two in the "Welcome To Dark's" Series.

Ithuriel was the angel who took Frank’s wings and cast him from Heaven in the Fall. Ironic that both angel and demon should end up serving at Dark’s. For thousands of years. But now Frank has managed to escape Dark’s to live a mortal existence. And Ithuriel? He’s still there.

Lucifer is also where Frank left him. trapped between the Earth and Hell, still burning with the effects of one special mortal soul. In the smoldering wreckage of his previous self, the Prince of Hell returns to the one place that is still his: Dark’s. The part of him that rages is looking for revenge, and longs to use Ithuriel as a tool to make Frank suffer. But the other part wants something else from the angel.

Ithuriel longs to heal Lucifer’s damage, but he knows the truth. They are two broken angels. How can they stand a chance anywhere in the universe?

Out Now: Book One in the "Welcome to Dark's" Series

Welcome to Dark’s. Your path to either redemption or damnation starts here, but first, have a seat at the bar. We’ve been expecting you.


Once Frank was an Angel who followed his beloved Lucifer into battle. Frank lost his wings, and he’s been falling ever since. Now he’s the sole tender of Darks, a bar at the edge of reality that is owned by Hell. He longs for the scorch of Lucifer’s heat. Instead, he spends his nights serving drinks, tempting souls. Every night that passes is the same. Each human that stumbles in is the same. Lost. Desperate.

Mica is neither of those things. Human, but able to see through Frank to all his true forms. Mica seems sure of what he wants, not a savior, not an annihilator of souls. He wants Frank. 

All Frank knows is that demons are made for destruction, torment, not love. Until Mica touches him, he’s never wanted for more.  Lucifer has already released Frank. Now his attention is fixed on Mica’s soul.

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Black Light

Los Angeles, 1983. Trace Dellon knows exactly what he wants: the white heat of the spotlight. When his band Black Light is offered a record deal, Trace grabs for it. He will do anything to make it. Bass player Asia Heyes knows what he wants, too. It’s not fame or the adoration of groupies. It’s Trace. It’s always been Trace. Though it’s been unspoken between them, Trace’s other lovers—his audience—push Asia aside. With the record contract, Albrecht Christian comes into their lives. He has everything but what he needs to live: the energy that runs just under Trace’s skin. When everything crashes with a bullet, they all learn the truth. Rock and roll, like magic, requires both love and sacrifice.

Black Light Stories: Your Cruel Fingers Will Close My Eyes

Loch Ness, 1947. Albrecht Christian has lived through both World Wars, but his survival comes with a price. He must steal energy from others to feed himself, and his touch means death for every man who loves him. Albrecht has learned to make himself cold. He doesn’t allow himself love. The world shifts when he meets Merritt Carson, his intended next victim. Different than anything Albrecht has felt before, like whiskey and bottled lightning; Merritt is strong enough to thaw Albrecht’s heart. But Merritt has a secret. He’s a monster in the guise of a man. He has been waiting for someone like Albrecht to break his curse, make him human, to love him.But humanity is fragile. How will Merritt withstand Albrecht’s love once the monster is gone?

Your Cruel Fingers Will Close My Eyes

Short Fiction:

Fairy Tale Logic: A Collection of Flash Fiction Coming Later This Year

Psychic Surgery

This is a collection of stories about being lost and being found. They are myths retold through the lens of a new century. Here you’ll find a koi-girl and her grandfather, living in a stream in the mountains of Tennessee, waiting to become more. There are a pair of bickering celestials in a dive bar that exists in any city in the world, at any given time. A guardian of the moon, out of a job, and trying to care for his daughter the best he can on the streets of Flint Michigan. Angels, fairies, vampires, and junkies fill these pages, but most of all, magic.

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