Award-winning debut novel Path of the Half Moon sheds light on racism with a ghostly twist

This award-winning paranormal historical novel mixes the experience of an African-American youth with an ancient Native American curse for an edgy and thrilling escape from the ordinary.
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Path of the Half Moon
Path of the Half Moon
PEORIA, Ariz. - Nov. 23, 2018 - PRLog -- In Path of the Half Moon, the debut novel by author Vince Bailey and winner of the 2017 Arizona Authors' Association Literary Award, Curtis Jefferson lives on the blurry line between prank and delinquency. When the African-American youth finds himself unjustly sentenced to the notorious Fort Grant, a penal outpost in the middle of the Sonoran Desert, he doesn't know that the facility is built upon the cursed site of a century-old Native American massacre. The innocent young man's character and endurance are tested in a racially charged environment that includes a murderous inmate, whose hatred for Curtis is fueled by openly declared racism. But it is the supernatural events arising from a century-old Apache curse that have him questioning his grasp on reality.

Setting the story in the 1960's provides an opportunity to explore the challenges that face our nation even today—the undertone of racism in the United States and the unexpected consequences of real-life events like the Fort Grant massacre, an attack on Native American peoples that had surrendered to the U.S. Army.

"There is an element of historical background which is essential to the story," says Bailey. "I hope my readers enjoy the intertwined details of fact and fiction, which has allowed me free rein to fabricate a world of shadowy places, actors, and actions that imitate the real, unhampered by the realities."

This story will resonate with readers of all ages and backgrounds. Its gritty injustice is tempered by the author's ability to paint his characters so eloquently that the reader cannot help but root for Curtis and become immersed in his journey.

Path of the Half Moon is distributed by Ingram Content Group and is now available in print and eBook formats. Learn more at


"Vince Bailey's award-winning Path of the Half Moon is a chilling adventure into the paranormal world of demonic murderers and vengeful Native American ghosts. . . . Bailey's voice sparkles in this gritty tale about injustice, survival and the mysterious world of angry ghosts and dark magic. Don't miss it."

-Todd Fahnestock (Author of Wildmane and Fairmist)

About the Author
Vince Bailey grew up in Central Arizona and credits his own experiences for inspiring the nostalgic aspect of his fiction writing. Mr. Bailey has been published in several local newspapers and pens a monthly column for a national magazine. Currently residing in Peoria, Arizona, with his wife, Rita, he is currently working on the second book in the series. Learn more at


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