When the succubus Lorelei sees the angel Azaziel from across her master’s dance club, she knows he’s been cast out of Heaven, but is not yet Fallen. She vows to do whatever it takes to bring the angel down. She trails him back to his lair in the warehouses outside of downtown Los Angeles, where they seduce each other, until Azaziel casts her out.
Lorelei can’t let him go. Together on the streets of LA, they encounter Ashleigh Johnson, one of Azaziel’s mortal charges, dying of hepatitis in the street. The angel rescues Ashleigh’s soul from two harpies poised to devour it — then uses it to possess Lorelei. Lorelei flees, taking Ashleigh’s soul along for the ride.
Lorelei’s sister Floria tracks down a defrocked priest willing to exorcise Ashleigh’s mortal soul from Lorelei’s infernal flesh. Before long, the intimate little ritual swells into a virtual Who’s Who of Hell’s presence in LA.
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Praise for As Above, So Below:
“I waited for a decade to read the full story of the succubus Lorelei and the angel Aza after discovering a short story about their too-wrong-to-be-right love/lust in a magazine slush pile. Now, at last, that amazing story serves as simply the jump-off point to unveil a richly imagined supernatural battleground in this frighteningly evocative novel. If you loved the dark fantasy of Christopher Walken’s The Prophecy series, you’ll be entranced by this haunting story of forbidden desire that spans both heaven and hell.”
— John Everson, author of Nightwhere, Covenant, and Violet Eyes
“Fans of paranormal romance, urban fantasies, kick-ass fights, and some pretty damn hot sex, check out As Above, So Below, the new book by Loren Rhoads and Brian Thomas!”
— Dana Fredsti, author of Plague Town, Plague Nation, and Plague World
“Aside from framing the war between Heaven and Hell through well-developed characters and a familiarity with theology, Rhoads and Thomas’s depiction of temptation make this book. In literature, sometimes the mix of horror fiction with romance and erotica leans mainly toward horror, or pulls the primary attention of only one gender of reader (both of these scenarios can be great). However, As Above, So Below is not that story. Any fan of erotic horror fiction, male or female, is going to have fun reading this one. As Above, So Below has a creative plot, vivid descriptive imagery, relentless temptation, graphic horror, and fiery, fun sex.”
— Jeremy Price, Up All Night Horror Fiction Review
“As Above, So Below is a complex novel that could be called paranormal romance but it also works as horror and erotica even though the sex scenes aren’t over the top like some erotica books I’ve read. The best part of the book was the characters.”
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Loren’s favorite posts about As Above:
Creating Lorelei’s character on HorrorAddicts.net
Talking about all the kissing As Above, So Below
Roving Gangs of Ferals: Tuan Ngyen’s gang and A Clockwork Orange
How Lorelei’s story spawned Sins of the Sirens
About the Authors:
Loren Rhoads is the author of the In the Wake of the Templars trilogy, published by Night Shade Books in 2015. She is the editor of The Haunted Mansion Project: Year Two and Morbid Curiosity Cures the Blues: True Tales of the Unsavory, Unwise, Unorthodox, and Unusual. Her stories about the succubus Lorelei have appeared in the books Sins of the Sirensand Demon Lovers.
Brian Thomas served a decade-long stint as a researcher at 20th Century Fox, specializing in religion, arcana, death, and creative violence. He contributed his expertise in matters celestial/infernal to such projects asThe X-Files, Millennium, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, The Order, and The Omen, to name a few. Brian also contributed to Morbid Curiosity magazine, Jamie Foxx’s Night Tales website, and to far too many uncredited script doctoring assignments. He currently operates Rogue Research, a freelance research and technical advising service for filmmakers, authors, and artists.