A mad scientist fighting the laws of man and nature.
A demon-monster of mythical proportions.
A corporate conspiracy that goes back more than a century.
The Steel City is in desperate need of a hero.
When Sean Moretti’s powers manifested themselves, a lifetime of comic books taught him what to do. Already struggling to make it as a normal college student, his new found ability to sense energy in those around him didn’t make his life any easier. A hero can’t turn his back on his power, but what good is seeing if no one else believes? As his ability reveals destructive forces descending upon the city, Sean must learn to channel his power, or die trying.
Willa Weil has a secret—she comes from a long line of magicians trained to unlock the power hidden within poetry. This skill requires discipline and the Guild demands obedience. Forced to keep her gifts hidden from a world that needs them, Willa has long kept her power to herself. But when a giant covered in molten metal threatens to consume her friends, she can no longer remain on the sidelines.
History professor Elijah Branton moved to Pittsburgh for the job of a lifetime, researching the family history of one of the nation’s wealthiest and most attractive CEOs. But not everything is as it seems in the Steel City. The historian soon unearths a deadly conspiracy that threatens to unravel his world.
Can they save their city, or will they lose themselves in the process?
A superhero/urban fantasy crossover, The Catalyst is Daredevil meets The Dresden Files, a gritty and gripping superhero story for the 21st century. A tale of magic and monsters, science and secrets, The Catalyst pushes readers to consider their own path and the ethical compromises we all make—heroes and villains alike.
Editor’s Note: While not gratuitous, The Catalyst contains some strong language.
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L. E. Barbant is co-host of the remarkably mediocre Part-Time Writers Podcast. When he’s not writing (or struggling to pay the bills with his day job) Lee spends his time reading everything from Greek dramas to zombie thrillers, babysitting his four monstrous nephews, and wishing he could fly. The Catalyst is his debut novel but if his superhero career doesn’t pan out, he’s planning on giving full-time writing a shot.
He lives outside of Pittsburgh with his lovely wife and a cat named Cat.
C.M.Raymond holds a PhD in philosophy, which qualifies him to write superhero stories but not much else. His home is in a river valley of Western Pennsylvania. Outside of reading and writing, he loves to spend time with his family in the woods and wilds or the city streets. Before writing The Catalyst, C.M. penned a middle grade/teen serialized fiction series called Arcanum Island, first for his sweet daughter, then for the general public. It is fast, fun, and full of adventure. Though written with kids in mind, many adults have also been taken by the mystery. Buy the first season of the series here or try the first episode for free.