In the Company of Shadows (ICoS)


This series is written for adults

Only read if you are the correct age for your country! We wrote it to be 18+ in the US. It contains explicit sex, violence, psychological and physical torture, and language. (It also contains humor, a love story, and sweet moments so it isn’t all fire and brimstone)

We are not responsible for your choices in your reading materials.


Get the books

Free download of the entire series in the ebook links section on this page or on
Read online at our original site — and find bonus materials! (Note: information on that site may be outdated)
Goodreads — check our Santino & Ais group at GR as well for more bonus material.

PAPERBACK:Only available for Evenfall Director’s Cut Volume 1, Volume 2 (password for both is vega).

Signed copies: We can’t sign your copies, unfortunately, because of how difficult and expensive shipping would be. However, if you want to you can purchase some stickers which have our signatures on them which you can stick in the book and feel like you got it signed. Here are the signed stickers.

Note: do you NOT have to purchase these books (or anything) to read ICoS! This is solely for those who wish to have paperback copies. The paperbacks are not professionally edited; we edited them ourselves. It’s exactly the same thing as you get when you download the ebooks for free.


ebook links

Safari users have told us they have difficulty getting the menu to show on our site so I’ve included the download links here as well.

➊ Evenfall: we recommend new readers start with the Director’s Cut version: **
▷Volume I – epub, mobi, and pdf ◇ Also at mediafire and mega
▷Volume II – epub, mobi, and pdf ◇ Also at mediafire and mega

➋ Afterimage ▷ epub, mobi, and pdf ◇ Also at mediafire, mega, or Goodreads

➌ Interludes ▷ epub, mobi, and pdf ◇ Also at mediafire, mega, or Goodreads

➍ Fade (final book) epub, mobi, and pdf ◇ Also at mediafire, mega, or Goodreads  

1/27: An ICoS Anthology set after Fade
epub, mobi, and pdf ◇ Also at mediafire, mega, or Goodreads  

✯ Or, download the entire series in all formats at once ▷ mediafire, mega

**We recommend new readers read the DC version because it is edited and more streamlined, however we have sometimes received requests from old readers who want to reread the original Evenfall. If you would like to access the old version, find it in ebook version as epub, mobi, or pdf or read online here.

Like being in the know? There are three newsletter options for you below!

(I didn’t plan on that rhyming but I enjoy that it did)

In the Company of Shadows mailing list

Want to know when we update anything related to ICoS? Newsletter central! You have options! Below you can sign up for ICoS-specific updates, for the shared newsletter/mailing list that Santino and I both use for ICoS. If you want to be alerted to major things in the ICoS world, like if we ever edit the rest of the books and self-publish them, or if we ever write more beyond 1/27, and so on, this is the mailing list to use! We don’t send out on little things on this list, sadly, so you won’t get alerted every time there’s an ICoS post anywhere, but you can follow us on social media to find that elsewhere 🙂  

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Ais’ mailing list

Sign up to my newsletter, for all things Ais! I will post lots of things, including excerpts on stories I’m writing, writing progress, Ais’ Terrible Art (a new tiny thing per newsletter), links to posts or other information I think you may like, announcements about releases, etc.

There could be some overlap with the ICoS list but the difference is I will include ALL things I do in this newsletter, and mention ICoS-related things when needed. The ICoS list is just for ICoS stuff Santino and I both write.

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Santino’s mailing list

Want to sign up just to Santino’s newsletter, to see the things he does on his own? There may also be some overlap with ICoS on his but, like mine, it will also include lots of other things.

Find the link to sign up here:

Want to donate? Our paypal email address is, or use the donation button below.

Want to contact us? Contact us at any of the places listed below.

Santino Hassell / Sonny: find all his contact info here 🙂
Ais:all my contact info is here 🙂
Santino & Ais: Contact both of us at our joint email here:

ICoS merch!

Buy ICoS merch at the Agency Gift Shop. Everything is customizable, so if you like one of the designs but not what it’s on, you should be able to select other options or styles. We’ve tried to keep everything as inexpensive as possible, but unfortunately Zazzle has really expensive baseline costs that means we can’t get it cheaper. If we ever find a better solution, we will switch. If you have ideas for designs you’d like to see, let me know!

M/M Romance Group 2014 Member's Choice Awards

The M/M Romance Group on Goodreads currently has over 17,000 members. They do an annual Member’s Choice Awards, and 2014 was the first year we were nominated. We were nominated for a few awards individually or together, and in the end we won two awards!

ICoS won 1st Place All-Time Favorite M/M Romance series, and 1/27 (an ICoS anthology) won 3rd Place: Best Free Story. This is astounding! We were shocked that we won anything. Thank you so much to everyone who voted!

1st Place: Favorite All-Time M/M Romance

The In the Company of Shadows series won 1st Place (!!!) for Favorite All-Time M/M Romance. I’m still shocked we placed at all, let alone first place!

3rd Place: Best Free Story

1/27, an anthology after ICoS, won 3rd Place in Best Free Story! To really understand the anthology, you’d need to read the whole series. I never thought we’d win a standalone award for it!

About In the Company of Shadows

In the Company of Shadows, aka ICoS, is a slash (male/male) series I wrote with my friend Santino Hassell.

We started it just for fun for ourselves back in 2005/2006, with no plans to make it a cohesive story, let alone ever share it with anyone. Somehow, it became a massive undertaking that spanned 7 years, over 1.5 million words, 4 books, an anthology, and a dedicated group of fans from around the world. A lot of my joking material (like Ais’ Terrible Art) comes from ICoS.

The series is dark and graphic in many ways, but there’s also humor and a love story that weaves throughout the plot. If you like that sort of thing you should check it out. If you don’t like that style, you may not want to start. We’ve been told that the series can be addictive, and people often stay up late powering through the entire series in the span of a week or two, ignoring everything else in favor of getting to the next chapter. There is a lot of lost sleep on ICoS’ tab.