An epic battle between psychological manipulation and natural magic unfolds as Perjos, the world’s greatest magician, returns to the Blank Slate Boarding House for Creatives to settle old scores. The house’s newest servant, Emily Turner, must resist the magician’s powers alone after her only friend disappears, leaving her to face Perjos as he destroys the lives of the the artists who stay at the Blank Slate. The one person left to help Emily stop Perjos is Old Ted who lives in the forest, but his world — and our world — is forever changed by a tree plague that devastates the forests. The Blank Slate welcomes believers and skeptics alike in this dark and richly layered tale of historical-magical realism, inviting the question "What is Magic and What is Reality?"
Chaunce Stanton brings readers into the realm of imagination. He writes in diverse fiction genres, including literary, magical realism, dark humor, and horror. He develops characters who behave realistically within the unexpected twists and turns of their lives.
His latest novel, The Blank Slate Boarding House for Creatives, combines Fantasy of Manners and Alternate History fiction with unexpected plot twists and strong character development.
His first novel, Luano's Luckiest Day (2012), came from a dream about a boy riding a white tiger in search of his mother. Chaunce began writing the novel as soon as he woke up. It is a story set without a specific map or calendar in mind, and yet he is able to bring the desert town where Luano lives to life so that it becomes very real to the reader.
A resident of St. Paul, Minnesota's diverse North End neighborhood, Chaunce's favorite reads include Growth of the Soil by Knut Hamsun; Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke; Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón; and Devil in the White City and Isaac's Storm by Erik Larson.
Chaunce is an avid walker, reducing his "carbon footprint" by leaving his actual footprints on the sidewalks of the city. He is married to Naomi who preserves and cooks the produce from their large organic raised-bed garden. They enjoy traveling and the odd visit to cemeteries.
Learn more about Chaunce at http://www.chauncestanton.com