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Pledged to the Dead:

A Jules de Grandin Mystery

A SMALL BUT SPOOKY SNACK-SIZE NOVELETTE by one of the master storytellers of Weird Tales magazine:

What started as a lighthearted flirtation with a beautiful, strangely dressed maiden under the New Orleans moonlight ended with young Ned Minton pledged to eternal love with a girl who had died a century before — a promise enforced by the all-too-real fangs of the demon-serpent who guarded her.

Ned's only hope is that French physician and occult investigator Jules de Grandin can get to the bottom of it and end the curse that keeps the lovely Julie d'Ayen shackled to the material world — before the eldritch serpent's fangs end Ned. . . .

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This book is available in several different formats, so you can pick whichever one fits best into your life:

Hardcover Multimedia Bundle Edition:

  • Pocket-size 5x8 hardcover edition with matte-finish covers; 50 pages; 3 illustrations.
  • Includes the full audiobook, EPUB e-book, and of course PDF versions as downloadable bonus content.
  • Suggested retail price: $19.99.

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  • 1 hour, 6 minutes. Suggested retail price: $6.99
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