Lark Case Files

An occult/noir series written by Christian Read.

The City is rife with cults, covens and cabals.
Broken-glass curses and occult rites in the back of bars.
Magical symbols written in whisky and cigarette smoke.
Ritual muggings and street-rat divination.

Lark works the edges. Once he used to be a player but now he’s rogue, alone but for a few friends and allies and the type who owe favours. Addicted to information, he can’t help but take the cases the damned and the lost and the dangerous hand him.


The right book bites you, seduces and tattoos you.

Two cults have gone to war and unleashed something that doesn’t belong here — something old and wicked — something that has found itself an apostle; a girl who spreads black magic across the city with graffiti she barely understands, unwittingly placing a curse on the town.

Enter Lark. He used to police these kinds of wars for the Library, the biggest coven in town. But that was long ago, before he fell from favour. Now he works the fringes, selling his services for pocket-change and knowledge.

So when the new head of the Library, his ex-girlfriend Scarlet, approaches him to investigate these new conflicts, all he sees is a payday and an opportunity to prove himself to her again.

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Every magician’s story is a Faust story.

Once, he used to work for the Library, the heaviest racket in a city filled with cults, magic and monstrosity.

But a job went wrong. About as wrong as it gets and now he’s alone and hunted by the freaks and sorcerers he used to police. And his old allies have turned their backs. The only one still talking to him is Bettina, the undead muscle girl who kicks heads for him and she’s in her grave.

Then a gig falls into Lark’s lap. Some famous actress is getting stalked. By the Devil, she says. Easy money.

‘There’s no such thing as the devil’. That’s what Lark thinks. He’s wrong.

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The Lark Case Files print editions are launching on the 11th June 2015, at Galaxy Books in Sydney.

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