Barak Bassman

Biography

Barak A. Bassman received a B.A. in Classics from Grinnell College and a law degree from the New York University School of Law. He practices law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with his wife and two children. He is the author of Elegy of the Minotaur and Repentance: A Tale of Demons in Old Jewish Poland.

Books

The Emissary From Mezeritch: A Dark Hasidic Tale
Price: $1.99 USD. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales
In 1770, a traveling Jewish preacher with vast mystical powers descends upon a synagogue in a small Polish town. While his bizarre customs and doctrines cause him to be scorned at first, the town’s Jews will come to embrace him when he saves their children from a deadly plague. But then he slowly reveals himself to be something far different and more sinister than what he had seemed.
The Vampire and The Wandering Jew
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 29,470. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Religious
Fleeing from his troubled past as a Jewish convert to Christianity, Brother Nicholas takes a post in a remote castle as confessor to an aristocratic lady who has lived as a recluse for decades–yet remained eternally young and beautiful. There he will be confronted by her faith in dark powers and by her special prisoner, the legendary Wandering Jew cursed to walk the Earth forever with no rest.
The Death of the Wizard Merlin
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 24,610. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Short, ugly, and pagan, Merlin has always been an outsider at King Arthur’s Court, albeit one with special, invaluable skills. But when Merlin falls in love with a beautiful young woman who spurns him, his desperate longing and romantic frustration lead him onto a path of self-destruction and ultimately to his death.
Necromancy of the Demon Maiden:A Gothic Tale of Podolia
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 24,880. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Urban
Summoned to return to a castle in remote southern Poland from which he fled decades before, a 17th-century Jewish mystic and heretic, an adherent of the false messiah, Sabbatai Zevi, is forced to recount the twisted tale of how he had once summoned a beautiful demon woman in the guise of Helen of Troy to be a mistress to the castle’s lord, with fatal consequences.
The Gifts of the Fairy Melusine
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 23,040. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales
After being murdered in the anti-Jewish massacres that swept Germany in the First Crusade, Reuven is miraculously brought back to life by a beautiful, magical fairy, who offers to make him a new man, a mighty Christian lord, if he will love and marry her. But despite receiving the fairy’s great gifts, he is still ultimately doomed because he cannot break free of the pull of his memories.
The Last Confession of Joseph della Reina
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 22,360. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Jewish
The Last Confession of Joseph della Reina is the story of a medieval Jewish man’s quest to find the Messiah and to rouse him off the sidelines of history to commence the redemption of humanity from suffering and sin. Yet when, with the aid of supernatural beings of unclear motives, he finally finds the Messiah, he learns that there will be an awful sacrifice to make to bring history to an end.
The Leper Princess and The Court Jew
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 26,830. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Asian American
The Hasidic Rebbe believed he was ready to perform a great miracle and to save a wayward, wandering soul. But that was before Zalman rebuffed the holy tzaddik's aid and spun a tale of terrible sinning that had occurred centuries before in medieval Germany, which he believed put him beyond hope of redemption.
The Twilight of the Magical Siren: A Tale of Late Antiquity
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 28,090. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales
The Twilight of the Magical Siren tells the tragic tale of the death of the old pagan gods as the Roman Empire abandoned their worship in favor of Christianity. Judah, an adrift young Jew wasting away as a nighttime lighthouse keeper, meets one evening a haunting siren with a melancholy song, bereft now of human devotees. But her enchanted delights will require Judah to pay a terrible price.
King Solomon and Ashmedai: A Wisdom Tale
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 23,980. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Jewish
Drawing on the extensive medieval Jewish folklore surrounding the famed Biblical king of Israel, King Solomon and Ashmedai: A Wisdom Tale traces the fall of King Solomon as the demon king Ashmedai slowly tempts him away from the path of righteousness into tyranny and the spread of idolatry. But in the end Solomon, wiser and chastened, reclaims his throne and achieves true wisdom.
Repentance: A Tale of Demons in Old Jewish Poland
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 40,090. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Jewish, Fiction » Fairy tales
Repentance is the tale of Dovid, an impoverished orphan in 17th century Poland who ekes out a living reciting psalms for the sick and dead. One day a mysterious stranger enters his life and transforms Dovid into a wealthy merchant with a son who is a Talmudic prodigy. But there is a price for Dovid’s good fortune, and the stranger may not be as kind as he seems.
Elegy of the Minotaur
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,250. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales
A reimagining of the ancient Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur, Elegy of the Minotaur tells the story of the Minotaur, a half-human and half-bull monster. He is the son of Queen Pasiphae of Crete, a shy, bookish loner, who falls fatally in love with an icy aristocratic beauty. He futilely tries to use magic and divine intervention to change himself from a monster into a man.

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