Christie Stratos


Christie Stratos is an award-winning writer who holds a degree in English Literature. She is the author of the psychological suspense novels Anatomy of a Darkened Heartand Brotherhood of Secrets, the first two books in the Dark Victoriana Collection. Also a poet and short story writer, Christie has been published in anthologies, literary journals, and magazines. Christie has been featured on the radio, in magazines, and on podcasts, and she has given presentations for writing organizations and at writing conferences. She owns her own editing company, Proof Positive, where she works one-on-one with authors as well as with small presses as a freelance editor, and she has enjoyed working with a rising press as an acquisitions editor. Christie hosts the well-received podcast Writers Showcaseon the Authors on the Air Radio Network. She has interviewed New York Timesbestsellers, publishers, and major award-winning authors, including Hugo Award winner Robert J. Sawyer, BBC correspondent Humphrey Hawksley, and Mary Higgins Clark Award winner Hank Phillippi Ryan.

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Dark Victoriana Collection
"No one goes unscathed." Beneath the smooth exterior of careful etiquette and clean appearances lie dark intentions. The Dark Victoriana Collection dives deep into the heart of wickedness with the disturbing dynamics of the unhappy Whitestone family in book one, ANATOMY OF A DARKENED HEART. The only way to survive them is to escape them. Anatomy of a Darkened Heart is the first psychological suspense novel in the dark and twisted, fast-paced Dark Victoriana Collection. Book two, BROTHERHOOD OF SECRETS, unlocks the sinister secret behind Mr. Locke's locksmith shop. His carefully chosen employees are brothers in the art of keeping secrets...including their own. How do the brotherhood and the town's secrets interlock? Only Mr. Locke holds the key. While Dark Victoriana Collection books share and expand on characters and situations, they can be read as standalone books or as a series.


The Artist
Series: Dark Victoriana Collection. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,580. Language: American English. Published: March 30, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Historical » Victorian, Fiction » Historical » USA
*A Civil War-era suspense short story* An ad in the newspaper. A war veteran in need. An artist companion. One of these things is not what it seems. The Artist is a surprising Civil War-era suspense story that will keep you guessing until the bitter end.
The Subtlety of Terror
Price: Free! Words: 2,150. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
It's the quietest evils that are the most horrifying—their persistence, constant presence, and unyielding terror. Real horror flourishes in its perpetual infliction of fear. If you like "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, you'll love this story. At 1,950 words, this horror short story is a 10-minute read or less.
Brotherhood of Secrets: Victorian Psychological Suspense
Series: Dark Victoriana Collection. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,100. Language: American English. Published: September 7, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Historical » Victorian
"Brothers in the art of keeping secrets" is the mantra Mr. Locke's carefully chosen five employees must repeat together every day before starting work. Day by day, each of these young, alone-in-the-world workers is being molded into the family they crave. A family in which each member has his use toward an end he doesn't know exists. How do the brotherhood and the town's secrets interlock?
Anatomy of a Darkened Heart: Victorian Psychological Suspense
Series: Dark Victoriana Collection. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,520. Language: American English. Published: October 1, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Historical » Victorian, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
Suspenseful, twisted, dark, fast-paced. Abigail Whitestone is the eldest of the three Whitestone children—and the most tormented. Mother always seems to be present when there’s a chance to hurt. And Father is no use at all. A violent accident and a disturbing series of events permanently warp Abigail’s mental state, and she finds herself drawn to keep her siblings in the very home of her abuse.

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The Sisterhood
Latest book: Gems of Freedom.
Published June 30, 2017.