Stel Parad
Chicago, 1845. 

I&M Canal gravedigger Enda Hughes buries a hanged man on Suicide Hill. A priest dies of a sudden heart attack. 

When a curse is found pinned to the church door from a stranger claiming he was denied alms, it sets off a chain of mysterious events that begin to plague the town of Keepataw.

When the canal foreman alerts Enda to an order of phantom monks seen wandering the cemetery, it calls everything she and her apothecary husband, Keir, know into question.

As revengeful deaths, ancient visions, sinister monks, and visitations from unsettled spirits plague their town, the Hughes and encamping Native American tribe must use their medicine and magic as a barrier to save themselves from the unholiest of brotherhoods.
Stel Parad by Lisa Menzel
Lisa Menzel
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ISBN Numbers:
Hardcover: 978-1-64397-020-2
Softcover:  978-1-947727-44-1
Ebook:        978-1-64397-021-9
LCCN: 2018930853 

Page Count: 276 (HC) | 316 (SC)
Release Date: 12/3/2020
Fiction / Horror / Historical
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“incredibly evocative...brilliant.” 
—Matthew Bird, Producer (Fortitude/The Musketeers)
“A workman piece. Like something from David Mamet meets Wong Kar-Wai.” 
—Tom Burstyn, Cinematographer (Hell on Wheels)
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“Menzel does a fantastic job of capturing a spooky ominous feel… Great book with an interesting story, I had a great time reading it and trying to put the pieces together on my own.” 
    — Paula Cwikla, NetGalley Reviewer   
“a dazzling and rich novel that careens from fever-dreams to police drama to exploration of spiritualities and beliefs in min-19th century America. It's a novel to be read slowly and more than once…” 
— Kendra Leonard, NetGalley Reviewer   
Stel Parad by Lisa Menzel is beautifully written and is a very complex puzzle which I had a hard time trying to solve.” 
— Evelyn Jane Thorne, NetGalley Reviewer   
Definitely an out of the ordinary read! Style is very different, almost prose-like, so almost like a reading 'experience' If you want something a little different, this is the one.” 
— Bonita Solely, NetGalley Reviewer   
“poetic and idiosyncratic… Readers who enjoy seemingly impenetrable puzzles will find plenty here to unscramble…” 
— Publishers Weekly
“A very powerful story! The fact that it is inspired by real events that occurred during the construction of the I&M Canal in Chicago makes it even more disturbing...” 
— Giovanni Bonura, Film composer (Reliving Marilyn)
— K. Cornell Kellum, Chairman & Founder, UBIQUITY Entertainment Corp
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The Pushcart Prize, 2021