Chilling Murder Mystery Brings Ancient Aztec Rituals into Hell's Kitchen, N.Y.

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Co-authors Kay Williams and Eileen Wyman craft a spellbinding, theatrical mystery with their first collaborative novel, "Butcher of Dreams."

Set in the seedy mid-80s New York City neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen -- where drugs and prostitution run rampant -- Lee Fairchild's repertory theater is the perfect place for bizarre occurrences. But when her antique Aztec mask is stolen, creepy coincidences start to flourish and Lee is faced with a sinister mystery that threatens the future of her start-up theatre.

Lee, a sensitive, sympathetic main character, and her troupe of temperamental actors must face a dangerous madman and seemingly supernatural scares, all while trying to create a successful opening show for their off-Broadway theater in Kay Williams and Eileen Wyman's spine-tingling new book "Butcher of Dreams" (ISBN 9780964924161, Calliope Press, 2007).

"Butcher of Dreams" is a highly original, well-crafted mystery novel -- the kind of mystery so chilling and suspenseful, sleeping with the lights on will seem like a good idea. The string of strange and sinister events begins with a dead homeless person found inside the theater, his ring finger missing. Then, when an actress is poisoned and an actor is stabbed, Lee's theatrical imagination runs wild and she starts to suspect that the murders are somehow connected to the missing Aztec mask.

Considering the mask's disturbing history, Lee has more than enough reason to worry. Her late husband bought the mask in Mexico shortly before his tragic, premature death. He was warned the mask would bring bad luck to anyone who owned it: supposedly it was stolen from a tomb at the City of the Dead, where it was used in Aztec sacrifices.

After a dangerous encounter with a shrouded assailant, Lee narrowly escapes with just a few injuries, but she quickly realizes that if she's not careful, she might be the next murder victim. With her life, the lives of her co-workers and the future of her theater at stake, Lee has to think fast, and move even faster, to solve the mystery of the "Butcher of Dreams," before she loses absolutely everything.

About the Authors
Kay Williams and Eileen Wyman still reside in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York City, N.Y., which is now one of the nicest areas in the Manhattan. Williams is an award-winning author and a professional actress who has played leading roles at regional theaters across the nation. Wyman's writing career includes experience as a comedy writer, a book and film script editor and a short fiction writer. Both women are now working on the sequel to "Butcher of Dreams," set in Russia in the early-90s.

"Butcher of Dreams" (ISBN 9780964924161, Calliope Press, 2007) can be purchased through local and online bookstores. For more information, visit Publicity contact: Review copies available upon request.

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