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Stacia Kane is the author of the gritty dystopian urban fantasy “Downside” series starring Chess Putnam and featuring ghosts, human sacrifice, drugs, witchcraft, punk rock, and a badass ’69 Chevelle. She bleaches her hair and wears a lot of black.

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Unholy Ghosts review in the London Times UNHOLY GHOSTS was chosen as one of six Summer Fantasy Picks in the 3 July 2010 LONDON TIMES!
“The world of Unholy Ghosts split from ours about 1996, when murderous ghosts returned to terrorise the living. As a result, governments and religions fell, replaced by the only group able to offer protection: the Church of Real Truth. Chess Putnam is a young witch trained to exorcise troublesome spirits and debunk false claims from people pretending to be haunted. She’s also a drug addict with bad taste in men: details that make the first volume in Stacia Kane’s Downside Ghosts Series grittier and grimmer than most urban fantasy.”
If you want to escape to another world, you can choose between doom, dark fantasy or honest laughter says Lisa Tuttle ♦ Download PDF: Summer Fantasy Picks (The Times - July 3, 2010)

Fans of urban fantasy will find themselves sleep-deprived after they start this new series. It’s that hard to put down. Characters with larger-than-life personalities rule against a dark and dangerous backdrop. This is an exciting world you’ll want to escape into again and again. Don’t worry, the next book will be out in July! — TOP PICK! 4 1/2 Stars, Gail Pruszkowski, RT Book Reviews

UNHOLY GHOSTS is the first book in Stacia Kane’s new series and is absolutely a full on winner!…The characters are kick ass and the plot will have you on the edge of your seat. I absolutely recommend it! — Reviewer Top Pick!, Night Owl Reviews

UNHOLY GHOSTS is a wonderful, weird, wild tale filled with gritty magic, punk rock and macabre spirits. Kane’s world is dark, dangerous and haunted, populated by hustlers, junkies and exorcists…and you’ll never want to leave. Simply the best book I’ve read this year. — Caitlin Kittredge, author of STREET MAGIC

Stacia Kane’s UNHOLY GHOSTS is one of the most interesting books I’ve read in months. Vivid characters and superior world-building combine with a wonderful sense of pace to create a gripping book. I was enthralled. — Charlaine Harris, NYT Bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse (Southern Vampires) series and the Harper Connelly series

Expect the unexpected. Kane delivers dark, sexy urban fantasy at its finest. I couldn’t put it down! — Karen Marie Moning, NYT Bestselling author of the Fever series and the Highlander series

In UNHOLY GHOSTS, Stacia Kane has penned the ultimate bible of badassery. This is a black diamond of an urban fantasy, fierce and darkly satisfying as running on a storm-lashed shore. — Ann Aguirre, national bestselling author of Blue Diablo and Doubleblind

Fans of urban fantasy will find themselves sleep-deprived after they start this new series. It’s that hard to put down. Characters with larger-than-life personalities rule against a dark and dangerous backdrop. This is an exciting world you’ll want to escape into again and again. Don’t worry, the next book will be out in July! — TOP PICK! 4 1/2 Stars, Gail Pruszkowski, RT Book Reviews

UNHOLY GHOSTS is the first book in Stacia Kane’s new series and is absolutely a full on winner!…The characters are kick ass and the plot will have you on the edge of your seat. I absolutely recommend it! — Reviewer Top Pick!, Night Owl Reviews

Stacia Kane has written an engrossing fantasy novel whose characters with their mix of vulnerabilities and friendships will worm their way into your heart… Her talent for world-building and ability to outline the concepts of the Church of Truth in easily understandable terms lend credibility to her work. Kane’s characters may have flaws, but they’re strong, likable and well-developed… I read the book straight through and eagerly await the second book in the series, UNHOLY MAGIC. — 5 Blue Ribbons, Romance Junkies

The action, suspense, sexual tension, and chills make this an intense book. Once you get into this novel, you will not want to put it down, and I am looking forward to more Chess Putnam adventures in the future. — Coffee Time Reviews

Intricately plotted within a disturbing setting, UNHOLY GHOSTS will be riveting for many readers… — Fresh Fiction

In short? I loved [Chess], and not just because I love the Betty Page haircut (even though I really, really do). I went in expecting her to be a cardboard cutout ass-kicker and, instead, found an extremely flawed woman who, like all of us, makes bad decisions and then has to get out of them. She certainly doesn’t consider herself a hero. … As far as she’s concerned, she’s just trying to keep herself alive however she can. …
As I mentioned in my brief list of reasons-why-this-book-is-awesome, there’s a lot of action and very little fluff. …
If you like urban fantasy, ghost stories, or maybe you just want to try something exciting, definitely pick up this book. At the very least, it’ll be a fun ride. As for me, I think I’m a Chess Putnam fan for good.
— BSC Reviews

UNHOLY GHOSTS is a thrilling ride, textured and vivid, a powerhouse of fantasy. Brimming with characters that aren’t quite heroes but aren’t quite bad guys either, it shows the hard core, broke down parts of the world other stories skip over, the dark side of reality that comes not from magic, but from the poor, desperate and disillusioned trying to make it through a hard life. — Michele Lee

UNHOLY GHOSTS is to be commended for the risks it takes, while at the same time deserving of being held in check for them. I honestly think some will be turned off while others will eagerly embrace a book that does take risks like this. As for me, I honestly struggled with how to rate it. On one hand, I’m glad to have read it and experienced a truly unique urban fantasy. — 5 Balls in the Books With Balls segement, KMont at Lurve ala Mode

UNHOLY GHOSTS is the first book in Stacia Kane’s new series and absolutely full of win! From the very start, Kane just draws the reader in effortlessly. Chess is unlike any other heroine you’ll ever read about… While I loved Chess, Terrible just stole the show for me. He was my favorite and no matter how much I loved the other characters, I lived for his parts.

Another thing that made UNHOLY GHOSTS a book of never-ending awesomeness for me was the pace… There’s no awkward pauses or drawn-out monologue and that to me is brilliant. I don’t want to have to sigh in boredom or feel like the action overshadows everything else and in this book, neither happens. UNHOLY GHOSTS is the beginning of a new Urban Fantasy series that I think it will be a huge hit. The characters are kick ass and the plot will have you on the edge of your seat. I absolutely recommend it! — 5 Lushes, Wendy, The Book Lush

For me, Stacia Kane brought UF back to its gritty, noir-ish roots where the city and the world is as much a character as the protagonist…In sum, UNHOLY GHOSTS is part creepy horror, part old-school urban fantasy, and completely awesome. I say go out and buy it if it sounds interesting to you, because it’s not like anything you’ve read in a while. Trust me. — K.M. Ruiz, Ink and Coffee

Finished Stacia Kane’s UNHOLY GHOSTS today, her debut in her new series and it was seriously a wild ride! It was dark, gritty, edgy and enthralling from the first chapter! — Jessica, A Great Read

The pace of the book was wonderful and the story gripped me ASAP and didn’t let me go till the last word. I loved how Ms. Kane shows us that looks are deceiving and we should never judge a person just with taking one glance at him or her. A highly recommended read not only for Urban Fantasy lovers, but for anyone who likes a good story. — 4.5 Bookies, The Book Lovers

I love the authors writing, the characters are rich, the story arc will keep you gripped and the dialogue is not only sharp but witty to help lighten the sombre setting. It’s brave, it’s a great read but above all else it’s the depth and complexities of the characters that makes this a wonderful read for me. — Falcata Times

I was immediately sucked into the dystopian world-building. Brilliant. I mean, WOW. Dingy Downside streets populated with punk-greaser kids contrasted with suburban bliss and the safety of the new Truth-based Church—whose clergy members reminded me a bit of Gainsborough’s Blue Boy. The esoteric elements were believable, the pacing of the book was fast and furious, and the characters were lusciously drawn. … Kane knows how to write; her prose is simple, controlled, and effective. And after all the hub-bub over the unusual slang, I personally found the Downspeak dialogue to be utterly delightful. — Jenn Bennett, Phantasmic Fiction

From its harrowing opening scene until its highly-satisfying slam-bang ending, UNHOLY GHOSTS grips the reader by the scruff of the neck and never relinquishes its hold. — 5 Tombstones, Bitten By Books

I think UNHOLY GHOSTS is a unique concept in the urban fantasy genre and I cannot say enough about it. I know I am already anxious to get started on the next book in the series, UNHOLY MAGIC. All I can say is add this book to your summer reading list today! — 4.5 Tombstones, Bitten By Books

Loved it, loved it, and loved it! The plot was unlike any other book I have ever read. I really liked the way the book was able to deliver. Paranormal fans everywhere will be talking about this book for a while. — Readaholic Reviews

UNHOLY GHOSTS by Stacia Kane is one of those books that makes me really excited about the future of the genre… some of the strongest world building I’ve ever seen in an urban fantasy world… a dark blend of urban fantasy and horror. Kane has created a unique world, and characters that stick with you. — John’s Book Blog

I think most people will say they like it when an author takes risks, goes for something different and writes outside the box. After reading UNHOLY GHOSTS, I have to wonder if Stacia Kane is aware there is a box. Really, UNHOLY GHOSTS pushes the limits in what we’re seeing in Urban Fantasy today…[it's] one of the best Urban Fantasy stories I’ve read this year. It’s rich with details, the suspense is heart stopping at times, and the world building is fabulously unique. Don’t let my rant about the drug use deter you from reading this book, you would be missing out if you did… Stacia Kane has taken some risks with smashing results. — Fiction Vixen

This is an ambitious novel, a novel that shuns the formulaic pitfalls and conventionality of other bestselling paranormal fantasy sagas. This is Stacia Kane at the top of her game—it is a writer evolved, a storyteller matured, an imagination fully unleashed upon the world…Dark, stylish, and wildly original… — Paul Goat Allen, B&N Explorations blog

I think that this book should have come with a do-not-read-before-going-to-bed-or -you-will-be-up-all-night disclaimer. I didn’t want to put [it] down once it got going. There were so many twists and turns! There just aren’t any boundaries in this book…this book is utterly compelling. — Buckeye Girl

Chess was a very unique individual. I’ve never before read about a main character that was also addicted to drugs, and it was a very fresh idea for the urban fantasy genre. In a genre full of kick ass bounty hunters and assassins and law enforcement officers, it was a breath of fresh air to read about a less than perfect, flawed character that read almost like an anti-hero. — Sara’s Urban Fantasy Blog

Any series that is described as “a cross between Ghostbusters and Escape From New York” is going to get my attention, big time. Of course that also means said series is going to have a lot to live up to. And in one of the wonderfully rare cases, UNHOLY GHOSTS does exactly that. It’s cool and twisted, just the way I like my urban fantasy. — 4 Bats, All Things Urban Fantasy

I’m so excited about this book – I LOVED it! I haven’t read an Urban Fantasy this good in quite a while…The writing is perfectly paced, I didn’t get bored once and everything slots together at the right time. The plot is just brilliant and had me engrossed until the very last page – I didn’t want to put this book down! — Book Chick City

What really makes UNHOLY GHOSTS stand out is that despite being atypical in certain aspects, it never fails to entertain or grip you. [It] is a witty, at times moving, unique Urban Fantasy by an uncommonly good writer. — 8/10 Review, RDW, A Genteel Black Hole

Reviews for UNHOLY MAGIC

This follow-up to UNHOLY GHOSTS is full of supernatural suspense told in a fast-paced story. With a gutsy heroine, creepy paranormal elements and some page-turning action, it’s a satisfying addition to the flooded urban fantasy genre. It all adds up to a very entertaining read. — 4 Stars, Gail Pruszkowski, RT Book Reviews

Like any drug, the first taste gets your attention but its the second taste that gets you hooked. I though the first Downside Ghosts book, UNHOLY GHOSTS, was an impressive debut, but UNHOLY MAGIC is even better. I am well and truly addicted to this dark, seductive urban fantasy series. — Abigail, All Things Urban Fantasy

This follow-up to UNHOLY GHOSTS is full of supernatural suspense told in a fast-paced story. With a gutsy heroine, creepy paranormal elements and some page-turning action, it’s a satisfying addition to the flooded urban fantasy genre. It all adds up to a very entertaining read. — 4 Stars, Gail Pruszkowski, RT Book Reviews

Like any drug, the first taste gets your attention but its the second taste that gets you hooked. I though the first Downside Ghosts book, UNHOLY GHOSTS, was an impressive debut, but UNHOLY MAGIC is even better. I am well and truly addicted to this dark, seductive urban fantasy series. — Abigail, All Things Urban Fantasy

UNHOLY MAGIC is book two in the Downside Ghosts series & without a doubt my favorite new series of 2010…I tried real hard to read UNHOLY MAGIC slowly, because the wait for CITY OF GHOSTS may be too much for me. I think I’m already going into withdrawals. Stacia Kane does not disappoint & crafts one of the most original new series of [the year]. — 5 Stars, Wicked Lil Pixie

For me, UNHOLY MAGIC has the precise combination and balance of everything I love about the urban fantasy genre: action, romance, complex but likeable characters and world building. I adored this book so much from beginning to end – just perfect. — Book Chick City

Kane has written one of the most dark and disturbing Urban Fantasy’s I have read in a long time. This story drug me in, striped me bare, then rebuilt me page by page till the end. Enticing and addicting from page one… — Smexy Books

In trying to come up with an adjective to describe the over all tone and feel of this story, I came up short. Gritty seems weak in reference to this book and just does not cover it. I had a brief twitter conversation about the Downside series and I eventually came up with this: UNHOLY MAGIC spits on gritty and calls its mother names. Yes, this book is that bad ass! Stacia Kane has written an amazing, spine tingling novel in UNHOLY MAGIC, taking me by surprise by surpassing even the brilliance of its predecessor UNHOLY GHOSTS. — 5 out of 5, The Fiction Vixen

The bottom line is this – never before in paranormal fantasy have I read a series that features the combination of grand scale world building, labyrinthine storyline, superb character development, and social relevance. Stacia Kane’s Downside saga is taking paranormal fantasy to another level right before our eyes…

I challenge anyone who has never read a paranormal fantasy before to read this series – I’ll guarantee you that you never look at paranormal fantasy the same way again. — Paul Goat Allen, B&N Explorations blog

Reviews for CITY OF GHOSTS

Book Three in the Downside Ghosts series lives up to expectations. Kane’s dark and dangerous world is a unique setting for her anti-heroes. The heroine’s realistic flaws make her more interesting and set her apart from others in the genre. Fans of urban fantasy will love the tight plot, swift pace and twists and turns. — 4.5 Stars, Gail Pruszkowski, RT Book Reviews

UNHOLY GHOSTS and UNHOLY MAGIC stayed with me long after I read them and it was no different with CITY OF GHOSTS. There’s so many layers from the complex characters to the awesome world building of Downside. It’s full of witchy magic, action and romance, I literally couldn’t put this book down until I had read the very last word. I could go on and on about these books, they are just so brilliant! If you haven’t started this series, you MUST! — 10/10 review, Book Chick City