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Dark Hart Books was founded in 2022 as a joint effort between Dark Matter Media and Editor-in-Chief, Sadie Hartmann. Dark Hart Books is one of two trade imprints from Dark Matter, the other being Dark Matter INK.

"Dark Hart Books publishes stories from unique perspectives. Stories that reflect the ever-evolving landscape of the horror genre. Dark Hart readers escape into books written by authors willing to map new terrain, authors who blur the lines between genres and explore the depth and breadth of dark hearts everywhere." -Sadie Hartmann


By Tracy Cross

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The Year is 1889.

Set in a small Louisiana parish, deep in the segregated South, Rootwork follows school-age sisters, Betty, Ann, and Pee Wee during one life-changing summer when the three of them head off to stay with their hoodoo-practicing aunt, Theodora, a powerful woman feared by the local townspeople. She teaches the girls the secrets of her craft, like how to make "hot foot powder" and how to whip up some "goofer dust" to get back at an enemy. The girls delight in their harmless hoodoo adventures until a tragic event involving the town's racist sheriff promises to change their lives forever.

A story of love and redemption, Rootwork explores the strength of family and the darker side of the heart.

Dark Hart Authors

Tracy Cross

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C. S. Humble

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Catherine McCarthy

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Adam Pottle

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Dark Hart Staff

Sadie Hartmann


Marissa van Uden


Rob Carroll


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