Author Rick Wayne

Feast of Shadows


One part mystery.

One part savagery.

Three parts magic.

A strange disease slithers through the streets of New York, leaving its victims ashen and wasted. With no apparent cause or connection, the authorities turn in desperation to a most unusual consultant, a reclusive eccentric known to polite society only as an outlandish chef.

So begins FEAST OF SHADOWS, a groundbreaking work that re-imagines what a mystery novel can be. Across five distinct cases, five different narrators describe their encounters with an odd man in a funny coat, as much an enigma as the mysteries he solves. As he trades blows with an unseen nemesis, the lives of those caught between will never be the same.

Curse of the Red Dagger

After discovering she’s pregnant, a young woman disappears without a trace, leaving her best friend to search for answers—from the penthouses of the super-rich to a secret library under the streets of Manhattan. But as the colorful characters connected to the disappearance fall one-by-one to gruesome circumstances, death becomes her only escape.

To the White of the Bone

A mangled body floats to the surface of a reservoir with nothing to distinguish the victim, save for a strange binding knot burned into her tongue. The case is routed to the NYPD’s resident occultist, homicide detective Harriet Chase, whose history of unusual encounters has left her career in doubt. When the ghosts of her past return with a vengeance, she must face the chance that the man she’s chasing is the Lord of Shadows.

The Song on the Green

One by one, the children of an upscale neighborhood are found crippled and catatonic, their minds seemingly gone forever. As panic grips the community, who fear a predator hiding among them, the only person who knows the truth is an eight-year-old boy, who must stand alone against the creature that hunts him.

Bright Black

After carelessly killing a child in her youth, a former aristocrat is cursed with immortality. Forced to endure as waves of loved ones wither and fade around her, she wanders the world in search of meaning—until she meets a remarkable young man from the Amazon, whose tattooed fingers just might hold the key to saving the world from eternal night.

Part high fantasy, part hard-boiled whodunit, FEAST OF SHADOWS is an epic conundrum and the most devilish meal you’ll ever read.

The complete story will be released in two volumes later this year.