After half a decade editing some of the biggest names in horror, Lussi Meyer joins prestigious Blackwood-Patterson to kickstart their new horror imprint. Her new co-workers seem less than thrilled. Ever since the illustrious Xavier Blackwood died and his party-boy son took over, things have been changing around the office. When Lussi receives a creepy gnome doll as part of the company's annual holiday gift exchange, it verifies what she's long suspected: her co-workers think she's a joke. No one there takes her seriously, even if she's the one whose books are keeping the company afloat. What happens after the doll's arrival is no joke. With no explanation, Lussi's co-workers begin to drop like flies. A heart attack here; a food poisoning there. One of her authors and closest friends, the fabulous but underrated Fabien Nightingale, sees the tell-tale signs of supernatural forces at play, stemming from the gnome sitting quietly on Lussi's shelf. The only question is…does Lussi want to stop it from working its magic?