Lanternfish Press

Rare & Strange

Available September 4, 2018

Tales of the Astonishing Black Spark

“Buy Tales of the Astonishing Black Spark for the superheroes; read on for the humor and the wisdom. This is a rich and furious debut novel.”

—Daniel A. Hoyt, author of This Book Is Not for You and Then We Saw the Flames

Trapped in a dead-end job in his Ohio hometown, watching the girl of his dreams move on to a glamorous new life in a big city—Donald McDougal’s aimlessness has held him back for a long time. When a lightning strike grants him superhuman powers, he jumps at his chance to finally be somebody. But the new abilities and the pursuit of superheroic fame come with a price tag, and it may not be one he can afford.

This wry debut is at once a fanboy’s homage to the history of superhero storytelling in America and a keen-eyed satire of those same stories, raising questions about race and privilege that are becoming impossible to ignore.

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About the Author

Charlie J. Eskew is a writer from Columbus, OH. He is a professional comic book shop lurker and tenured Black dude in America. Please satisfy your unnatural obsession with him via Twitter @CJEskew or his website,