Start reading Episode One now.

Download all episodes to date for e-reader (EPUB and PDF).

A weekly web serial set in the FORM & VOID multiverse.

When hard-bitten professional “ratcatcher” Caren Navarrete accepts the job of hunting down Lex, the mysterious ganglord who ritually slaughtered eleven Martial Magi in Philadelphia on the night of the winter solstice, it’s much more than just another bounty. Lex’s twelfth victim, for reasons unknown, was Caren’s childhood friend and former love, Luke Langit—so this one’s personal.

Caren teams up with Ashton Grenville, an aristocratic teen-prodigy alchemist who is, in his own words, “a walking crime lab,” and together the pair scour the Philly magic underworld for clues that could unravel the mystery and lead them to Lex. They soon find themselves in a dangerous alliance with the refined-yet-ruthless Meillassoux’s Boys, a rival gang equally intent on bringing Lex down. Meanwhile, Ash follows a trail of breadcrumbs left for him by the mysterious and beautiful “Valentine,” a colorful queer YouTuber who seems to share Ash’s interest in seeking out the forbidden Elixir of Life.

Caren and Ash’s investigation eventually unearths a web of corruption that winds all the way through the heart of one of the world’s most venerable magic institutions, along with an ancient plot to incite the apocalypse—a doomed timeline that was set in motion over three hundred years ago. The key to the transformation of the world lies with Caren’s own hidden past—with a lost half-sister, and a mythic power passed down from her precolonial Filipino ancestors—as well as Valentine’s dark and painful secret, which Ash hopes he can uncover before it’s too late.

New episodes free to read every Thursday at the links below. Updated full-text ebook versions (EPUB and PDF) free to download each week. Become a Patron to get exclusive and early-access special content.

Download full text for e-reader (EPUB and PDF).

The Dread Eclipse is on a brief hiatus while we finish our epic-length urban fantasy novel, Those Who Create and Destroy. Stay tuned for updates, and in the meantime enjoy a new free chapter of Those Who Create and Destroy every Monday and Friday here.

Contents

───── ─────

EPISODE ONE (Prologue): Luke – “The Longest Night”
EPISODE TWO: Caren – “Et in Arcadia Ego”
EPISODE THREE: Caren – “Detachment”
EPISODE FOUR: Ash – “Valentine”
EPISODE FIVE: Caren – “Friends with Benefits”
EPISODE SIX: Caren – “Chicken”
EPISODE SEVEN: Ash – “Coffin”
EPISODE EIGHT: Caren – “Boudin Noir”
EPISODE NINE: Ash – “Sonata”
EPISODE TEN: Caren – “Long Night Moon”
EPISODE ELEVEN: Ash – “Ash to Gold”
EPISODE TWELVE: Caren – “Tea and Antipathy”
EPISODE THIRTEEN: Caren – “Pet Play”
EPISODE FOURTEEN: Caren – “Nochebuena”
EPISODE FIFTEEN: Ash – “Cauda Pavonis”
EPISODE SIXTEEN: Caren – “Gravity”
EPISODE SEVENTEEN: Ash – “Family Loyalty”
EPISODE EIGHTEEN: Ash – “Déjà Vu”
EPISODE NINETEEN COMING SOON