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On The Table Read Magazine, “the best book magazine in the UK“, in The Serial Killer’s Son Takes A Wife by Michael Libling, Bobby Blessing is trying to leave his family legacy behind when he falls in love with Cori Widdoes.

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The Serial Killer’s Son Takes A Wife

There wasn’t a soul in town who didn’t know what Bobby Blessing’s father had murdered 27 innocent people, and would have kept on doing if he weren’t behind bars. But Bobby knew that number was probably much higher, but even he didn’t know the whole story.

Michael Libling plunges readers inside the decidedly cursed life of Bobby Blessing, a young man trying to survive the life of having a serial killer for a father in a small town where nothing is forgotten.

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Most of my stories are set in small towns, and … The Serial Killer’s Son Takes A Wife is no exception,. There’s something wonderful and comforting about small towns, until you make the mistake of probing beneath the surface.

-Michael Libling

When readers meet Bobby, he is living a relatively benign existence as the owner of an ice cream parlor in Saratoga Springs, New York. He has a new last name and is working hard to leave his family’s horrific legacy behind, including his mother, who wasn’t exactly a sweet treat herself.

His life is lonely, as having a dad for a serial killer isn’t exactly an icebreaker conducive to forming friendships. But one harsh winter night, when the astonishing Cori Widdoes shows up with a hankering for ice cream, Bobby abruptly forgets the one key to his survival: Nothing is what it seems. Before too long, he finds himself asking, how do you tell the woman you love your dad is a serial killer?

Through it all, the specter of Bobby’s bloodthirsty father looms, forcing Bobby to face unspeakable answers to questions that have haunted him for a lifetime. With surprising doses of humor that cut through the tension and horror, The Serial Killer’s Son Takes A Wife delves into areas that few serial killer novels have explored before.

Michael Libling

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Michael Libling

Michael Libling is a World Fantasy Award finalist whose short fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Realms of Fantasy, The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror, The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy,and many others. 

The Serial Killer’s Son Takes a Wife, published by WordFire Press,is his second novel. His first, Hollywood North: A Novel in Six Reels, was published in 2019 by ChiZine and subsequently, in 2020, by Open Road Media.

Creator and former host of the long-running CJAD radio Trivia Show in Montreal, Libling is the father of three daughters and lives on Montreal’s West Island with his wife, Pat, and a big black dog named Piper. Among other things, he claims to be one of only a handful of North American authors who has never owned a cat.

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