Like many—no, all—of my novels, Blackthorne Faire was born of things I love, including Renaissance fairs, Celtic mythology, “backstage at the theatre” stories, music, sword play, tarot cards, the poetry of Yeats and Shakespeare, and, of course, faerie tales.


Welcome to Blackthorne Faire, a place of wild music and unbridled dance! Of theatre and pageantry! Of deadly duels and rapier-fast quips! Of roasting turkey legs and boisterous drinking bouts!

Welcome to Blackthorne Faire, a place of whispered rumors of unexplained disappearances. Of mystery, intrigue, and murder.

Welcome to Blackthorne Faire, a modern Renaissance Festival where nothing is what it seems. It is a place where a lost tune rediscovered in The Hidden Book of Secret Knowledge stirs long forgotten magic, and where never-before-seen tarot cards foretell unexpected futures that always, always come true.

Welcome to Blackthorne Faire, where true love is found and lost and lost again in the shadow of a coming war between sinister mortals and the Courts of Faerie.

Beware, mortal, oh, beware the sounds that echo over the hills, across the bluffs, and through the winding pathways, for no one can hear the horns of Elfland and remain unchanged.

“Blackthorne Faire is masterful fantasy storytelling. Unexpected, wild, deeply weird, and wicked fun! John Adcox spins real magic as he brings unexpected chills. I really loved this quirky novel. Bravo!” 


“Adcox lays on a splendid pageant. Blackthorne Faire is a thrilling riff on folkloric fantasy, skillfully paced and vividly peopled. I loved the characters and the story was gripping, with some lovely twists and turns.”

—Mike Carey, Author of Infiniti Gate and The Book of Koli, and the graphic novel series Lucifer

Coming in a beautifully illustrated hardcover, ebook, enhanced “ebook 2.0,” and audiobook in January, 2024.