Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge

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Cover art for Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge designed by Timothy O’Donnell.

Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge

by Paul Krueger

Published June 7, 2016 by Quirk Books and Blackstone Audio

ISBN 9781594747595 (paperback); 9781594747793 (eBook); 9781504721073 (audiobook)

In this sharp and funny urban fantasy novel, booze is magic, demons are real, and millennial Bailey Chen joins a band of monster-fighting Chicago bartenders instead of finding a “real” post-college job.
Bailey Chen is fresh out of college with all the usual new-adult demons: no cash, no job offers, and an awkward relationship with Zane, the old friend she kinda-sorta hooked up with during high school.

But when Zane introduces Bailey to his monster-fighting bartender friends, her demons become a lot more literal. It turns out that evil creatures stalk the city streets after hours, and they can be hunted only with the help of magically mixed cocktails: vodka grants super-strength, whiskey offers the power of telekinesis, and rum lets its drinker fire blasts of elemental energy. But will all these powers be enough for Bailey to halt a mysterious rash of gruesome deaths? And what will she do when the safety of a “real world” job beckons?

This sharp and funny urban fantasy is perfect for fans of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. Includes 14 recipes from a book of ancient cocktail lore.

Book description courtesy of Barnes & Noble.

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Press & Interviews

  • Dialogue: Two Asian American Fantasy Authors Talk Identity, Representation, and “Bad Role Models”

    Guest post by Sarah Kuhn & Paul Krueger
    August 4, 2016 on Angry Asian Man

  • A Little More Action, Please: Sarah Kuhn, Paul Krueger, and C.B. Lee on the Asian-American Superheroine Novel

    by Angel Cruz
    October 28, 2016 on Brooklyn Magazine

  • Guest Post: Weird Things About Chicago

    by Paul Krueger
    June 9, 2016 on Fantasy Book Critic

  • An Interview with Paul Krueger, Author of Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge

    by K. Sue
    August 1, 2017 on Hollywood News Source

  • Interview with Author Paul Krueger

    by Donna Huber
    June 10, 2016 on Girls Who Read

  • Interview with Paul Krueger

    by Marjani Moore
    October 2016 on Oracle Reviews

  • Grady Hendrix with Paul Krueger to discuss and sign My Best Friend’s Exorcism & Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge

    by Vroman’s Bookstore
    June 16, 2016

Featured Reviews

  • Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger

    by Vanessa of Food In Books
    June 10, 2020

    Includes recreation of mojito recipe!

  • Five Reasons to Read: Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger – A New-Adult Urban Fantasy that Blends Cocktails & Monster Hunting

    by CW of A Quiet Pond
    April 12, 2020

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