Synopsis and Advance Praise for The Serpent’s Shadow


The Serpent’s Shadow by Daniel Braum


From Cemetery Dance E Books July 2019

In Cancun 1986, Mayans and Mexicans are fighting with strange powers they do not understand. A young American, alive with his first taste of star-crossed love, finds himself caught in the crossfire. Who is the mysterious and deadly White Lady murdering tourists? What strange, otherworldly things wait in the jungle? Will our young hero beware or heed Saint Death’s call?

Braum’s debut novel delivers a smart, character-driven adventure in the unique and powerful style readers encountered in his story collection, The Night Marchers and Other Strange Tales. Richly depicted Central American settings combine with strange cosmic forces, including a monster large enough to knock the moon out of orbit with a brush of its tail.  Enter the jungle where The Serpent’s Shadow looms over the fate of an embattled city and a young man’s dream.


Advance praise for The Serpent’s Shadow:

“The setting is the real star here, the sweaty, breathing jungle of Cancun and the Yucatan, but the increasing desperation and dread of the characters pulled me in. From the pulsing clubs to the deep cenotes, Braum holds our hands as we dive together into a maze of suspense.”

-David Wellington   Author of Monster Island


“An expertly plotted coming-of-age story where love isn’t just blind, but horrific.”

-Sarah Langan.  Author of Audrey’s Door.


“The Serpent’s Shadow is a chilling apocalyptic brew of myth and murder. Daniel Braum immerses the reader in a Mayan paradise torn by spiritual conflict where all roads and rivers lead to a stunning climax.”

-Douglas Wynne Author of Black January


The Serpent’s Shadow reminds you of the dangers masked in everyday life, how easy it is to step over that unseen threshold dividing the ordinary world into that of pure darkness. It’s time for the shedding of skin and the striking of venomous fangs. The Serpent’s Shadow is a tale that slithers under your skin and grips you until the last sentence.

-Michelle Garza, Coauthor of Mayan Blue


“Daniel Braum is at his eerie best in The Serpent’s Shadow, leading us along the liminal edge towards an otherworldly encounter. While lush inner landscapes are explored against the backdrop of an exotic Mayan locale, Braum uses his uncanny and subtle touch to lure us into the jungle where the inner compass fails and the path home is a mystery.”

– John C. Foster, author of Dead Men




DANIEL BRAUM is the New York based author of the short story collections The Night Marchers and Other Strange Tales (Cemetery Dance E books 2016), The Wish Mechanics: Stories of the Strange and Fantastic (Independent Legions 2017) and the chapbook Yeti Tiger Dragon (Dim Shores 2016). His third collection is forthcoming. The Serpent’s Shadow is his first novel. He is the editor of the Spirits Unwrapped anthology from Lethe Press (forthcoming October 2019) and the host and founder of the  Night Time Logic reading series in New York City. He can be found at and

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