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MagicCon 4 | Vortrag | Houston Hall | by Mary Cronos

Reading by Mary Cronos from her book “Houston Hall – Die Schatten der Vergangenheit” (Shadows of the Past)

Houston Hall is about a great mystery, Scottish mythology, a tragic family history and great emotions. Anthony Houston, a successful Edinburgh lawyer, returns to his parents’ country estate when his family is cruelly killed. He wants to find out who is responsible for this tragedy. But the fear of being in the perpetrator’s sights as well turns him into another, a perturbed, paranoid person who won’t let anyone get to him. Until Mary suddenly shows up at his door and applies as a new maid. She turns his life upside down – and gets his investigation going. But above all, she confronts him with a reality that lies beyond his rational mind.

Houston Hall cannot simply be put in a drawer. It’s full of history and mythology, full of drama and suspense, full of crackling, emotion and humour. And from time to time pathetic – if the lecturer may be believed. But above all it is full of miracles and coincidences for the author. Dirleton’s real story has many scary parallels with the parts of the story Mary Cronos made up before she even knew of Dirleton’s existence. For the author, the proof that this story simply had to be told.


MagicCon 4 | Vortrag | Houston Hall - Schatten der Vergangenheit - Cover

MagicCon 4 | Vortrag | Houston Hall – Schatten der Vergangenheit – Cover

Houston Hall has made it to the finals of the Deutscher Phantastik Preis in 2019 in the category “Best German Novel”. This will be celebrated by publishing the novel in February 2020 in a new look, also as a hardcover.

Lecturer: Mary Cronos
Duration: 60 min  -  The Lecture will be held in: german
Mary Cronos was born in 1987 in an idyllic Brandenburg community on the outskirts of the capital and studied theology until 2015. In 2013 she ventured into self-employment as a freelance artist and today she works as an artist (cosplay photography, cover design, illustration) and author. She uses the rest of her time for blogging and travelling and for her charity project Mission:Change.

In spring 2015, she published the first two volumes of her high-fantasy series "Nafishur" in self-publishing. In November 2016 two of her illustrations were published in the charity anthology "Hoffnungsschimmer. Im Dunkel ein Licht". Three more are part of the new "Hoffnungsschimmer. Im Dunkel ein Licht" anthology.

In January 2018 she made her publishing debut with Droemer Knaur - with the historical Romantasy novel "Houston Hall - Schatten der Vergangenheit". In July 2019 the next two volumes of her "Nafishur" series were finally published. In 2020 the two third volumes will follow. In questions concerning her publications she is represented by Literaturagentur Langenbuch & Weiß.

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