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poignant, thoughtful and chilling

“A lovely collection of poignant, thoughtful and chilling stories.”
   —Yvonne Navarro, author of AfterAge

rich in detail, vital in history and heritage

“The entirety of DARK WAS THE NIGHT evokes its namesake, heart-breaking, grim, and Gothic in wide-reaching sensibilities. More so, it’s rich in detail, vital in history and heritage, and marks an astute triumph of literary tragedy by author Angel Leigh McCoy.”
   —Eric J. Guignard, award-winning author and editor, including That Which Grows Wild and Doorways to the Deadeye

evocative, compelling, and mercilessly dark

“Simultaneously gritty and mythical, melancholy and powerful, McCoy’s stories vary widely in style but are all evocative, compelling, and mercilessly dark.”
   —Alan Baxter, multi-award-winning author of Served Cold and Devouring Dark



THE CATSITTER'S CONUNDRUM cover art - cozy mystery set in WyrdwoodCheck back to find out more about this new series of cozy mysteries that take place in Wyrdwood. The first in the series will be available for preorder in June and in print later this summer!

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Sassy women!
Hot fellas!


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Dark was the Night

Eyes, Mouths, and Claws
The nine horror stories in this collection take you deep into lives touched by darkness. Herein, you'll meet a grandmother with a taste for storytelling, a little girl caught in a lightning storm, and a medical intern who learns the true meaning of family—the hard way. At times gory, very often moody and intense, these tales reveal a truth about our world: evil exists, and love persists.

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Kindle Unlimited USA (UK, AU, CA)
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The Wyrdwood Welcome trilogy is complete
and ready to be read.

What is Wyrdwood?

Wyrdwood is a sanctuary on the forested Oregon Coast, where magickal beings come to be safe from persecution, where souls once called gods reincarnate as plumbers and lawyers, where criminals are evil masterminds, and where love is a force as powerful as magick itself.

The novels and stories of Wyrdwood are intertwined supernatural mysteries and thrillers that will appeal to any reader who enjoys dark modern fantasy.

  • Stalking the Moon

    (Wyrdwood Welcome trilogy, novel #1)

  • Jumping the Moon

    (Wyrdwood Welcome trilogy, novel #2)

  • Hexing the Moon

    (Wyrdwood Welcome trilogy, novel #3)

  • Charlie Darwin, or the Trine of 1809

    (Wyrdwood Historical Society novella)

  • "Nurse Magdaleine"

    (Wyrdwood Historical Society short story)

  • The Catsitter's Conundrum

    (Book 1 of the Kitty Kats Around series)

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A Wyrdwood Story

In 1918, caught between WWI and the Spanish Flu epidemic, Nurse Magdaleine returns to a military base in Brest, France, where the man she loves lies dying.

Magdaleine has a gift that allows her to see the date of a person's death and the method of that death. Fomorian guards are escorting the spirits of the dead from Gehenna.

Can Magdaleine avoid their dark magick long enough to tell Benoît she loves him before it's too late?

Contains mature themes.

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Charlie Darwin

Or, the Trine of 1809

Did you know that Abraham Lincoln, Charles Darwin, and Edgar Allan Poe were all born within one month of each other?

It’s true, and furthermore, at the age of 9, they were brought together by a lonely and precocious birthday girl who wanted human friends to play with.

Together, the boys had an extraordinary adventure in a magickal realm that influenced the extraordinary men they would become. This is that story, in novella form, brought to you by the Wyrdwood Historical Society.

Rated A for Awesome and for All Ages.

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Where our world ends, imagination begins.

Angel Leigh McCoy pulls stories from the ether,
decorates them with wonder,
and powers them with racing hearts.