Wicker Man Studios – Barbara Lien-Cooper and Park Cooper
Song to the Siren
Our new book is out! Song to the Siren is a prose novel about:
–scares, drugs, and rock and roll
–true love, madness, and the supernatural
–childhood… and surviving long enough to get out of childhood…
Here’s a link to the book trailer!
When two young documentary filmmakers start investigating the enigmatic death of the infamous Reed Sinclair, founder of the never-quite-made-it indie rock group The Big Carnival, they interview Reed’s former girlfriend, photographer Samantha (“Sam”) MacNamara– who tells them the story of a seeming love triangle between herself, Reed, and a frightening entity named Belle.
Belle may have simply been how Reed’s troubled mental state interpreted multiple tragedies and coincidences in his life… or she may have been a supernatural being.
As the filmmakers begin to uncover the frightening truth, Sam must face the riddle of her relationship with Reed if she wants to step into the light, away from the specter of Belle and the shadow that was cast over Sam’s life.
PRAISE FOR SONG TO THE SIREN:
“As soon as I jumped into this book it was hard to put down. When I wasn’t reading it, I couldn’t wait to pick it back up again and often found myself thinking about Reed. The authors did a wonderful job of making this a gripping tale . . . fascinating, creepy, and heartbreaking all at once. Reed has earned a spot in my [list of] favorite characters. He is broken, flawed, but still so caring. I finished this book days ago and I still think about his character. That’s how much I love the guy. Amazing character development . . . The ending was hauntingly beautiful and moving . . . A book I will not soon forget. Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐”
“Captivating, entertaining, and thoughtful . . . SONG TO THE SIREN is a must-read paranormal and mythological story. From the utilization of the indie-rock scene as a setting to emotional character growth and the mystery of ‘Belle’ . . . one novel readers won’t want to miss. Rating: 10/10”
–reviewer Anthony Avina
“It’s old school, with a lot of the creepiness appearing in the shadows . . . Could we be witnessing a mental breakdown and delusion, or are we seeing something truly supernatural? Honestly, this book could appeal to the romance crowd equally as much as it could to any lovers of quiet horror. What it is, is a damn good story. It is engaging, entertaining . . . well-written . . . You really could suspend disbelief and think this was a true transcript from a real magazine or documentary. I, for one, thoroughly enjoyed it.”
Here’s a link to get the book:
The Talking Cure: A Novel of Magic and Psychiatry
–Zach Cutter claims he’s not really an antiques dealer as such, but that he’s really a supernatural investigator.
–Zach claims he’s got repressed memories, missing at least a year of his life, probably more.
–Zach claims he can do magic. Not stage magician magic– real magic.
–Zach claims he’s got feelings for his new psychiatrist, Dr. Cynthia Mann.
–Zach claims a lot of problematic things.
But they’re all true.
After a disturbing case in New York made Dr. Cynthia Mann wonder if the supernatural might actually be real, she’s started her life and her practice all over again in Cleveland, where she meets a new patient, stranger than any she’s ever met before—and far more charming than anyone she’s ever met, too.
During the progress Zach makes as Cynthia’s patient, he tells her stories about his past, and their relationship slowly edges from a doctor-patient one to a friendship—and Zach clearly wouldn’t mind if it became more.
Together, Cynthia and Zach will eventually have to find a way for him to get out of the trouble he stumbled into long ago…
Basically, one reader called it “THE DRESDEN FILES Meets THE PRINCE OF TIDES.” That’s not a perfect summation, of course, but it gives a general idea. So, paranormal with a little hint of romance (it’s the first book in a series).
“[A]n engaging and exhilarating paranormal read. . . a great job of world-building and infusing humor and wit . . . Captivating, heartfelt, and entertaining . . . Rating: 10/10”
–reviewer Anthony Avina
“5/5 stars . . . I really enjoyed this story . . . [Zach and Cynthia] have been through the dark . . . and perhaps they can help each other get to the other side. The cases . . . were very interesting indeed . . . And I absolutely love his car! (It is magical and so fantastic, though its story is so sad, I want to adopt it!) The humour is excellent, I had a few times where I laughed out loud. . . . The two authors are husband and wife, and I think they did well writing together.”
Amyah MapleBell, MapleBell Reviews
HUNGRY GHOSTS Kickstarter:
Kickstarter launched for graphic novel HUNGRY GHOSTS that Barb and I wrote– and then just a few days later, it met its basic goal! So it made! Some people are going to be getting a samurai graphic novel!
BUT ALSO: our Kickstarter also reached all its stretch goals! So– and this is the one we’re super-extra-excited about– also, Shooting Star Press the prose novel we wrote that also features Isogai Heidazaemon Taketsura (from one of Lafcadio Hearn’s classic stories)– he’s in the graphic novel and the prose novel! So we’re getting that ready now!
Barbara and I started Wicker Man Studios when we were first starting out writing comics and graphic novels. We had our own creator-owned graphic novel, Half Dead, co-published by Marvel Comics and Dabel Brothers Productions. With artist Ryan Howe, Barb also created Gun Street Girl, an LGBT supernatural action-adventure comic, which started out digital, then found a print publisher, and then we took it back and are working on bringing it back again.
Park has a Ph.D. in literature from Kent State, and his graphic novel, Swipe, came out from indie comics publisher Angry Viking Press. He’s working with Angry Viking and other artists on making more Swipe stories… a Swipe novel is also written, and is coming in the days ahead…
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