Welcome to the web home of Stacia Kane and her heroine Chess Putnam!

The Chess Putnam series is a cross between Ghostbusters and Escape From New York, with an awesome punk rock soundtrack, black magic, greasers, drugs, human sacrifices, and a black 1969 Chevelle. It kicks off with UNHOLY GHOSTS, which is now available from Del Rey Publishing, with the next two books in the series, UNHOLY MAGIC and CITY OF GHOSTS, coming in July and August.
SACRIFICIAL MAGIC, Book 4 in the series, will be released March 2012!


November 2014 FIVE DOWN is available! This collection of four previously-published Downside short stories plus one brand-new never-before-published novella is available in ebook for $3.49. Click here for more details.

August 2011 » Downside ebooks at promotional prices! Starting on August 23rd, you can buy ebook editions of all three Downside books at great low prices; UNHOLY GHOSTS for NINETY-NINE CENTS(!) and UNHOLY MAGIC and CITY OF GHOSTS for $4.99 each, at your favorite ebook retailer (sorry, North America only). That’s $10.97 for all three books combined! Click here for more details.

May 2011 » SACRIFICIAL MAGIC (Downside #4) has a release date! It will be released March 27, 2012 in the US (and I imagine roughly the same date in the UK). You can preorder the book at your favorite bookstore online or in person now!
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Newsy News-Made For Sin
Thursday, October 1st, 2015


I’m going to assume that most (if not all) of you are aware of Penguin Random House’s digital publishing program/imprints, which were introduced a few years ago now?

Well (again). A few months ago, my editor there asked if I might be interested in writing one, and I thought it sounded like fun. A few more conversations and some paperwork ensued, and now I have a new book coming out! Which I really hope you’ll like. It’s called MADE FOR SIN, and rather than going on and on about it, I’m just going to give you the “About” from

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