by Morrison, Grant,

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A drag queen initiates her protégée into the magical arts in this phantasmagoric epic, the first novel from the legendary comics writer and New York Times bestselling author.

"Grant Morrison is a modern mythmaker."--Alex Segura, bestselling author of Secret Identity


Luci LaBang is a star: For decades this flamboyant drag artist has cast a spell over screen and stage. Now she's the leading lady in a smash hit musical. But as time takes its toll, Luci fears her star is beginning to dim.

When Luci's co-star meets with a mysterious accident, a new ingenue shimmers onto the scene: Luda, whose fantastical beauty and sinister charm infatuate Luci immediately . . . and who bears a striking resemblance to Luci herself at a much younger age.

Luda begs Luci to share the secrets of her stardom and to reveal the hidden tricks of her trade. For Luci LaBang is a mistress of the Glamour, a mysterious discipline that draws on sex, drugs, and the occult for its trancelike, transformative effects.

But as Luci tutors her young protégée, their fellow actors and crew members begin meeting with untimely ends. Now Luci wonders if Luda has mastered the Glamour all too well . . . and exploited it to achieve her dark ambitions.

What follows is an intoxicating descent into the demimonde of Gasglow, a fantastical city of dreams, and into the nightmarish heart of Luda herself: a femme fatale, a phenomenon, a monster, and, perhaps, the brightest star of them all.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In the first novel by acclaimed comic-book writer Morrison, Luci LaBang, a drag queen whose acting career is trending down, is invigorated by a new challenge: to take a raw, untrained young actor and turn her into someone fit to share the theatrical stage with Luci. The girl's name is Luda, and she reminds Luci of herself, the way she was many years ago. Coincidence? Or a calculated, manipulative move on Luda's part? The story has an All About Eve vibe to it, but it's pretty clear that's intentional: Morrison seems to be doing a riff on that famous film, but he's added a few new elements, such as magic and the occult. Perhaps because this is the author's first stab at long-form fiction, the writing is perhaps a little overblown from time to time, and Luci's first-person narration meanders a bit in places, but overall the prose sparkles with wit and Luci's unique turns of phrase. An engaging and occasionally horrifying story that delivers the goods."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Comics writer Morrison (Supergods) debuts with an intricate and fantastical take on All About Eve starring an aging drag queen and her ambitious protégé. The not-entirely-reliable guide through this "haunted arcade of shifting selves and liquid identities" is Luci LaBang, a former television star now in her 50s. "Narcissus in middle age, in all her airbrushed Hollywood splendor," as she describes herself, is tapped to participate in a stage production called The Phantom of the Pantomime, a mix of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Aladdin, and The Phantom of the Opera by way of Beckett. Luci is also a master of an occult-influenced, perception-bending art called The Glamour. After a suspicious accident befalls Luci's costar, she's replaced by an inexperienced yet bewitching ingenue named Luda. A "Rentboy" with a traumatic past, Luda is desperate and determined to learn The Glamour's "sleight of mind," particularly the ability to disappear into someone else. She becomes a sort of sorcerer's apprentice until, perhaps unsurprisingly, her sinister motives are revealed. Though the madcap theatricality can sometimes feel a bit overwrought, Morrison's dense and often dazzling sentences brim with Wilde-esque wordplay. For readers willing to go the distance, magic awaits. (Sept.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Drag queens -- Fiction.
Musicals -- Fiction.
Magic -- Fiction.
Paranormal fiction.
Fantasy fiction.
Publisher New York, NY :Del Rey,2022
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 427 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780593355305
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