Welcome to Arcanium, the Circus of Lost Souls. Stay a while. Feast your senses on the world-famous collection of human oddities and marvels, death-defying daredevil acts and breathtakingly beautiful performances of strength and skill.
Just take care not to make a wish in front of the fortune teller or threaten life or limb of any of the cast, or else the denizens of this demonic circus will ensure there is hell to pay. Literally.
These are the stories of the cursed prisoners, the voluntary oddities and the demons that comprise Arcanium—and the wishes that bind them there.
(For links to the FREE Behind the Curtain short stories, scroll to the bottom of the page.)
Summary: He’s the reason to be careful what you wish for.
After her jealous boyfriend makes an angry, careless wish, Maya DeLuca finds herself trapped in a traveling demonic circus and at the mercy of a devious jinni, Bell Madoc. She joins the other lost souls of Arcanium who suffer in perpetual purgatory under the weight of their wishes, all making the best of a cursed situation.
But Maya’s not even cursed because of her own wish, which means she still has three for Bell to grant.
He may be fond of her—the passion they share is as hellfire hot as it is wrong—but that doesn’t mean she’s safe from his endlessly inventive, wicked imagination. He might twist her wishes at his whim for his own pleasure. Or he might just give her what she wants…which could be even worse.
“WELCOME!! To the Kinkiest show on earth!!!!!
How lucky was I to get this book that has SO many of my favorite things to read about. Then, add a renaissance festival/ Circus as the setting and I was hooked. This book has one seriously HOT Jinni named Bell Madoc, Golems, an array of freaks for an Oddity show, an Incubus and Succubus, and many other odd characters.
I’ve always loved a great Ren fest and the Circus but never would have thought to put all that together and add some kink to it to get a seriously good read.” -Gina Wilkins, Goodreads
“It’s amazing how just 1 teeny, tiny moment in time can be responsible for so many branches the road of life can take. 1 insignificant sentence, uttered in the “heat of the moment” can irreversibly change one person’s life forever – without their knowledge of what’s going on!
The Arcanium is a magical place, one filled with magic – golems, jinn, incubus and sucubus, demons – oh my! So many characters, so little time! I was utterly hooked by the 2nd Chapter – I liked Maya and was confused, excited, and completely sympathetic toward her. Upon learning her fate, I was angry but titillated by the possibilities this afforded her. Bell, the one who made wishes come true was an enigma.
Interesting, unique, exciting, and at times quite steamy – this story transported me to a different world where wishes can come true, not all demons are evil, and love can still conquer all!” –Wicked Reads Review Team
“I loved this book, for a dozen reasons. Rarely do I find such originality and freshness in today’s erotic romance. Aurelia Evans makes Arcanium feel real—bloody, dangerous, uncomfortable and unbearably arousing. The horror and the eroticism balance perfectly, both conveyed in vivid, visceral detail. In Arcanium, violence and fear are the flip side of sexual desire. You can scarcely tell whether your heart is racing from lust or terror.” -Author Lisabet Sarai, Beyond Romance
Summary: These days, she’s traveling in some unusual circles…
Before her father can kick her out of the house, Caroline runs away to join the circus. Even though she’s far from the oddity or performer that Arcanium is known for, the fortune teller Bell Madoc grants her wish to become a part of his circus and assigns her to run the carousel.
It’s repetitive work and quarters are cramped, but it’s a perfect job while Caroline figures out what the hell she’s going to do with her life.
Then some of the creepy carousel mounts—the ones that look like tormented human men—start coming to life at night. At first she thinks they’re just dreams, but she quickly discovers that Arcanium is no ordinary circus.
Caroline must not only come to grips with the shady motivations and affections of her new colleagues, but also with the driven desire inside her for Riley and Colm—men bound to the carousel to atone for their sins, who beg her to save them.
“I would most definitely recommend this book if you like your books different from the usual. This isn’t your normal romance novel. It’s full of sex and kink and paranormal oddities. However, it is quite good and engaging. I will surely follow this series and will be watching out for the next installments.” –Sultry Steamy Reading
“Overall, this was a spicy story with 2 men and 1 woman whom turn to each other to find comfort and care. The road isn’t always smooth and the bumps are quite exciting. I really love the cast of characters and will continue this series as I want to see how they develop.” –Wicked Reads
Summary: Friends are supposed to stick together, but now they can never let go…
Seth and Lars are drawn into the dark world of Arcanium when Seth makes a throwaway wish in front of the circus fortune teller, Bell Madoc, who decides Arcanium needs a little something extra in the ring. The jinni curses the two men to remain in contact at all times, and Seth and Lars are torn from their lives of university soccer, on-campus parties, and bright futures.
Now they perform beautiful aerial acts for the circus, but these two otherwise straight men must also adjust to living their lives always touching, sleeping together in the same small bed, never having any privacy.
The curse also alters the way they express and experience desire for others, like conjoined twins Joanne and Jane.
And to their horror and confusion, each other.
“Aerial’s main characters, Seth & Lars, have been introduced in the previous books as the Aerial/Trapeze artists. This is their story…and what a story it is!!” –Wicked Reads
“This is now the third book, and I still get surprised by the things that happen to the people within the circus. I mean that in a good way. I like that the author keeps hitting me with the unexpected. The series gets me scared, curious, turned on, and confused in good ways.” –Sultry Steamy Reading
Summary: He’s the master of the ring, but he cannot master her.
Kitty has been part of Arcanium as Pretty Kitty the Bearded Lady for over fifteen years, taking care of the circus’ inhabitants—both human and demon—when the curtains close.
But she’s kept a dark secret from the rest, one that she shares with the sadistic demon known only as the Ringmaster. Though it would be a stretch to call the arrangement he and Kitty share tender, the Ringmaster finds himself curiously drawn to the kind but dark heart of Arcanium.
When Kitty convinces a long-time lover of hers from outside Arcanium to join the circus – Victor, a sweet, handsome, charming man in love with every square inch of hair on Kitty’s body – the secret between Kitty and the Ringmaster not only risks coming to light, but the strange relationship itself threatens to crumble and throw Arcanium into chaos.
“Once again, Ms. Evans brings us a surreal experience in paranormal erotica that has infusions of horror, contemporary, and BDSM. I don’t even know how to categorize this book because it feels like it has every genre on it. I think one of the reasons why I love Arcanium is because I haven’t really encountered a book or a series as dark and as compelling as this one, and that really appeals to me big time.” –Sultry Steamy Reading
“What is it about dark side that draws us? What is the lure of the forbidden, the attraction of the taboo, the terrible, irresistible appeal of cruel power and evil shadows? If I could answer this question, I could explain the unrelenting fascination of Aurelia T. Evans’ demon circus Arcanium.
Ringmaster is the fourth book in this erotic horror series, and, in my opinion, the best so far.” Author Lisabet Sarai, Beyond Romance
Arcanium’s getting a little more twisted…
After one too many demons leave her for other women, Valorie, the circus contortionist, is thinking about quitting Arcanium. It’s not that she hates performing, but she’s been in Arcanium for almost twenty years. She’s bored, feeling neglected and rejected, and there’s nothing keeping her there anymore.
Until ex-lover Bell, the fortune teller and owner of Arcanium, gives her the fire-eater—bound and gagged—as a present and a bribe to convince her to stay.
John—cursed into Arcanium and heavily scarred from fires gone out of control—turns out to be an adequate distraction. He’s almost sweet, in spite of the bad person he used to be—a decent enough pet willing to work his way to redemption in Valorie’s collar and under her command. Valorie’s just not sure whether he’s enough.
Especially when her former fiancé from twenty years ago stumbles upon the circus and discovers where his would-be wife disappeared to.
“Val has been part of Arcanium from book 1, and I felt like she was “done wrong” from the get go. I enjoyed her back story (I may have even teared up a bit), I believe she has finally been humanized (I can admit she’s been a bitch) – and it’s about time.
Feeling alone, feeling unloved, and wondering what her next step is – this story just grabbed me and wouldn’t let go.” Wicked Reads
Spider (Book 6), Totally Bound, November 2018
Oh, what a tangled web she weaves…
One moment, Elizabeth is the modest, religiously devout nanny who accidentally brings her four charges to a slightly inappropriate circus filled with all the things a phobic like her could ever fear. The next, she’s sucked into the demonic world of Arcanium and transformed into Arcanium’s newest oddity, the Spider.
Her anxieties and phobias quickly attract the attention of the Creature, the gargoyle-like guardian of the haunted funhouse, who feeds on fear—and she offers a veritable feast from which he can relieve her, especially after she’s been locked in a glass box with giant spiders crawling over her eight-limbed body all day.
However, she also catches the eye of her jealous ex-lover, who helped make her into the scared, secretive woman she’s become, a woman who wrapped herself in the piety of her childhood cult just to escape him.
Between Arcanium and her own personal demons, Elizabeth has all four of her hands full.
“Totally Bound is a romance publisher, yet Ms. Evans’ books break every romance rule. … Definitely not a book for the faint of heart! At the same time, none of this content is gratuitous, inserted just for shock value. Like many of the characters in the earlier Arcanium books, Elizabeth is broken inside. Strange as it might seem, her ordeals contribute to a sort of healing.
I find Arcanium’s mix of terror and eroticism refreshing and deeply enjoyable. Even after six books, Bell can still inspire my wonder.” Author Lisabet Sarai, Beyond Romance
Still to come:
Funhouse (Part 1) (Book 7)
Haunted (Part 2) (Book 8)
Skeleton (Book 9)
Silk (Book 10)
Illusion (Book 11)
And FREE Behind the Curtain short stories:
Torso and Tattoos (best read after Fortune)
Tumbled and Twisted (best read after Fortune)
Lions and Tigers (best read after Fortune)
Shapes and Sizes (best read after Fortune)
Scale and Skin (best read after Fortune)
Teeth and Tongue (best read after Carousel)
Love and Respect (best read after Aerial)