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Review of ‘Creatures of Want and Ruin’

In many fantasy stories, making a deal with a demon starts out as a good idea. Maybe you end up with superhuman strength, riches beyond your wildest dreams or the admiration of those around you. But what do you have to give to receive these gifts? In the case of Molly Tanzer’s fun and atmospheric…

Interview with Molly Tanzer

Many advocates for Prohibition believed that alcohol was sinful—but in Molly Tanzer’s Creatures of Want and Ruin, a batch of moonshine is quite literally demonic. The second book in a loose trilogy that began with last year’s Creatures of Will and Temper, Tanzer’s latest historical fantasy follows Long Island bootlegger Ellie West as she tries to uncover the secrets of the dangerous hooch, and protect her family and community from the diabolical people who brewed it. We talked to Tanzer about why she shifted the supernatural action from Victorian London to Roaring Twenties America and what exactly demonic alcohol would taste like.

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