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About Michael Alwill
Michael Alwill is a fiction writer from New York City. He currently lives in Manhattan with his wife, and is happily bothered by his pets (Ares and Hana) on a daily basis. He has previously worked as an analyst, teacher, and mathematician, and published his first research paper at the age of 21.
Aside from writing, Michael is a voracious reader and consumer of fiction in all its forms—may god help you if you ever get him talking about his favorites...
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A corporate cog wash-up stumbles upon New York’s superpowered underground and finds himself in a fight for his life—and his mind—in this smart, heartfelt fantasy adventure chock-full of surprises.
“A fun fantasy ride hiding a sharp critique of the systems that bind and enslave us.” —Bookscene
The last thing Nicholas Reid expects to find after he’s unceremoniously ejected from his soulless corporate job is a hidden world of superpowered individuals vying for dominion in New York City’s secret spaces and unseen places.
But that’s exactly what he gets when he meets Kat, a member of the clandestine Listeners capable of miraculous, otherworldly feats. Kat—along with her cryptic mentor, Madam—are in a desperate struggle to stop the cutthroat Listener prodigy known as Needle from attaining the one thing forbidden to all Listeners: Freedom to leave New York with their powers intact.
As Nicholas tries to navigate the brewing Listener civil war, a strange string of happenings force him to doubt his own past and question whether or not he has deeper ties to the Listeners than he ever imagined.
“If you’ve been carrying around your inner demons and dreaming of a magical escape, this novel is for you.” —LitNYC
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The stories featured in Weird City are selected from hundreds of submissions and embody the magazine's mantra, "Strange things in dense places." In the print edition these stories are accompanied by striking, full-color works of art.