Damned If You Do by Alex Brown
Genre: Young Adult Horror/Paranormal
Publishing Date: August 1, 2023
Queer Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Filipino folklore in this horror comedy about a high school stage manager who accidentally sells her soul to a demon.
Seven years ago, Cordelia Scott’s abusive father left without a word, and life has been normal ever since. The seventeen-year-old spends her days stage managing the school play (which is going great, if anyone asks), pining over her best friend, Veronica, and failing one too many pop quizzes.
She’s never been sad that her father left, but she knows something is…missing. When her school guidance counselor, Fred, reveals during a session that he’s actually a demon, she learns that something is indeed missing: a piece of her actual soul. Why? She unwittingly made a deal with him to make her father disappear – then bargained to have the memory erased. To make matters worse, Fred is here to make another bargain: Help him with a “little” demonic problem, or she’s doomed to spend eternity in Hell with her father.
The deal? Help Fred neutralize a rival demon, who means to do more harm in her hometown than your average demon deal.
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About the Author:
Alex Brown (she/her) is a queer biracial Filipino American writer who loves to root for the final girl–especially if she’s a monster. Alex’s YA Comedy-Horror debut, DAMNED IF YOU DO, will be out Fall 2023. She also has a short story in the YA Folk Horror anthology THE GATHERING DARK, which will be out Fall 2022. Alex is also the co-creator of The Bridge, a sci-fi/horror narrative fiction podcast that’s had over 1,000,000 downloads to date!
Alex lives in Los Angeles with her partner and two extremely chaotic cats.