"In Post's cinematic fantasy novel, fear and power are the sideshows, while hellfire and destruction are the main attractions." -Entertainment Weekly, #4 on the Must List

"This is a tale brimming with imagination and rich in melancholy as it pits the natural against the supernatural and touches on what it means to be human." -Kirkus Reviews

2019 SIBA Okra Pick



The year is 1922. The carnival is Pontilliar’s Spectacular Star Light Miraculum, staked out on the Texas-Louisiana border. One blazing summer night, a mysterious stranger steps onto the midway, lights a cigarette and forever changes the world around him. Tattooed snake charmer Ruby has traveled with her father’s carnival for most of her life and, jaded though she is, can’t help but be drawn to the tall man in the immaculate black suit who conveniently joins the carnival as a chicken-biting geek. Mercurial and charismatic, Daniel charms everyone he encounters, but his manipulation of Ruby turns complicated when it’s no longer clear who’s holding all the cards. Daniel is full of secrets, but he hadn’t counted on Ruby having a few of her own.
When one tragedy after another strikes the carnival―and it becomes clear that Daniel is somehow at the center of calamity―Ruby takes it upon herself to discover the mystery of the shadowy man pulling all the strings. Joined by Hayden, a roughneck-turned-mural-painter wrestling demons of his own, Ruby engages Daniel in a dangerous, eye-opening game in which nothing is as it seems and everything is at stake.

"Post has the innate storyteller’s gift, and a knack for creating fictional worlds." -Ben Steelman, Wilmington Star News 

"Post's Miraculum is a studied, nuanced, psychologically complex journey into the world of a 1920s carnival." -CrimeReads

"...Evokes the world of circus and sideshow...glittery showmanship and dark desires..." -Colette Bancroft, Tampa Bay Times

"Miraculum is a wonderfully fresh take on folklore in American." -Crimespree Magazine

"Old-fashioned storytelling at its finest." -The Rumpus

"You won't find many writers with more momentum than Steph Post." -BookRiot

"...Post's rich, atmospheric prose and displays of dark magic..." -Booklist

"Miraculum is the first must-read of 2019 and perhaps the best of Post's impressive career." -Writer's Bone 

"This wonderfully odd supernatrual tale, full of myth, dark magic and more than a hint of Southern gothic will entrance readers." -Criminal Element 

"Fans of Erin Morgenstern's Night Circus will inevitably find this a cousin... readers of Katherine Dunn's Geek Love or Neil Gaiman's American Gods are likely to enjoy it." -Library Journal

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