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My name is Jonathan Fortin.


I write Dark Fantasy and Gothic HorrorMy work includes the novel Lilitu: The Memoirs Of A Succubus, as well as short fiction like Requiem In Frost

In 2017 I won the "Next Great Horror Writer" competition from I attended the Clarion Writing Program in 2012, one year after graduating summa cum laude from San Francisco State University's Creative Writing program.


Come explore my macabre world. 

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“One of the Best Books of 2020”
Books Of Blood

“An epic dark fantasy for the ages.

Lilitu: The Memoirs of a Succubus solidifies Jonathan Fortin's place atop the Gothic throne.”​- Jess Landry

Available now on Paperback, Kindle, & Audiobook


Once again, if you want a free taste, or enjoyed LILITU and want more, check out LILITH IN REPOSE, a free short story set in the LILITU world!

"An epic dark fantasy for the ages, Lilitu: The Memoirs of a Succubus solidifies Jonathan Fortin's place atop the Gothic throne."--Jess Landry, Bram Stoker Award-winning author

"Lilitu blends together alternate history, fantasy, and blasphemy in a delight fully dark tale."--E.M. Markoff, author of The Deadbringer

"Hauntingly seductive and beautifully terrifying."--Emerian Rich, author of Night's Knights Vampire Series

"An engaging and disturbing alternate history/reality tale spun from the clever mind of a talented new voice in horror."--R.L. Merrill

"This Steampunk Gothic, in the spirit of Anno Dracula, was so much fun!"--Loren Rhoads, co-author of Lost Angels


England, 1876. Twenty-year-old Maraina Blackwood has always struggled to adhere to the restrictive standards of Victorian society, denying the courage and desire that burn within her soul. But after a terrifying supernatural encounter, Maraina's instincts compel her to action. Maraina soon discovers a plot to unleash a new world—one of demonic aristocrats, bloody rituals, and nightmarish monsters.

Putting her upbringing aside, Maraina vows to fight the dark forces assuming control of England. But as her world transforms, Maraina finds that she too must transform...and what she becomes will bring out all that she once buried. Lilitu: The Memoirs of a Succubus is the first chapter in an epic dark fantasy saga, proudly represented by Crystal Lake Publishing—Tales from the Darkest Depths.


"I was still mortal, the night it all began."

So begins the tale of Maraina Blackwood, protagonist of LILITU: THE MEMOIRS OF A SUCCUBUS--which so happens to be launching this Friday, March 27th!

Watch me read the first chapter:

If you enjoyed watching me read and still need to pre-order, here's the link:


In other news, on Saturday I had a fabulous time being interviewed by Martin Lastrapes for his Podcast, The Martin Lastrapes Show. That will go up on March 27th, the day of LILITU's launch. I'm also doing a few more interviews in the coming weeks, so keep your eyes peeled for those.


On a more personal note, I'm going to take a moment to talk about the current Coronavirus pandemic. It's a super difficult time for us all. I have friends and housemates who have lost their jobs, or who live in constant fear of getting the virus because they would probably die from it. It feels almost inevitable that we'll all lose people we love in the next few months.

Right now, life feels like the beginning of an apocalypse novel, like Stephen King's The Stand. Heck, it feels like the first act of a zombie movie, except instead of eating flesh, people are gobbling up toilet paper and hand sanitizer. The joke among my friends is that this is a "slowpocalypse"--a shitty, boring, slow-moving apocalypse rather than a cool, exciting one where we get to drive weird cars and shoot flamethrowers. (Personally, I think apocalypses suck to go through with or without flamethrowers, but that's just me.)

It's been difficult to reconcile LILITU's place in all this. I am competing with highly important news. LILITU is launching at a time when everyone, even me, is hyper-focused on Coronavirus updates, and with good reason. Heck, with how fast things are changing, I don't know what the world will look like by Friday's launch.

It's made promoting the book much more challenging. There were many things I was planning to do to promote the book that are no longer an option. I was going to have a launch party/signing/live reading; call bookstores to make sure they had copies; go to the horror writer's convention StokerCon in the UK. But now bookstores are closed, StokerCon was postponed, and traveling to the UK is impossible. Above all, getting people's attention is challenging. It's hard not to be a bit morose about that.

None of this means that the decade of hard work I spent on this novel is in vain. I've had some wonderfully supportive people come to me and tell me how excited they are to read it; early readers tell me how much they enjoyed it; and all of that warms my heart and makes it all worth it. I can only hope that the book brings some pleasure to people during these difficult times.

I'm hugely appreciative of anyone who has been supportive right now, given all that's going on. So if you've pre-ordered the book, covered it in your blog, reviewed it, or retweeted or shared any of my posts about it or otherwise supported me--thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much.

Thanks for reading. Wishing you a safe next few months.


The Jonathan Fortin Chronicle

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