The Horror of Self-Promotion

 

I read an interesting blog post this morning about the horrors and uselessness of self-promotion on social media. While it brought up some valid points, such as Facebook BUY MY BOOK posts are annoying and next to fruitless, I couldn’t get on board with all of what the writer had to say.
Look, I know as writers going on about ourselves can rub people the wrong way and have the opposite of our posts desired effect. I say this: There is such thing as overkill, but in my experience, using what tools we have in the social media realm does work fairly well if you’re smart about it.
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You do need to put in the footwork, you need to make real connections, you need to take chances, and you need to be considerate rather than assumptive. I primarily use GoodReads and Facebook. I look at my fellow horror authors and their pages, their friends, their more successful posts. I study what seems to work for them and do my best to add their best plays into  my game plan.  It is scary to reach out to someone who has no idea who the hell you are. That’s why you must go into it with respect and humility. I introduce myself, Glenn-horror writer, mention how I found them- saw you enjoyed my friend Hunter’s book, just wanted to see if you’d be interested in receiving a free copy of my title, Book X?  I make sure to follow that up with  If not, that’s totally, cool. Thank you for your time. If you are interested, let me know.   I’ll send out a few of these messages a month. Then  I go back to reading or writing. I don’t expect an answer from these strangers. After all, who the hell am I? But you’d be surprised to find how many conversations these messages start. And like the blog post I referenced earlier points out-conversations lead to relationships, which maybe leads to sales.
Don’t forget, I’m not selling my books, I’m offering them. I’m the lucky one if they reply. Even if they say, “wow, that is so nice of you.”  In my world, it is the reader or reviewer who is the rock star, not me.
Now, I’m still a fairly new writer. I got my first story published in 2013 and my first bigger piece published last year. I’m not with a major publisher, so there’s maybe more self-promotional duties on my plate. I’m okay with that. I understand being shy and timid, and not wanting to ruffle the feather’s of strangers or friends. You’re friends will understand and  they can always “unfollow” you if they don’t want to see what your promoting. Besides, they probably have your number and can still hold regular conversations about day-today stuff anyway.
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That brings me to how much promotion you should do on Facebook. Yeah, it is pretty freaking hard to get anyone to really see your posts on Facebook. Regardless, I still have writer and reader friends who like to see what I have coming up or what I’ve recently read and enjoyed. For me, reading is still #1. I write, but I definitely read more than I write. After the release of my first novella with Samhain Publishing I did so much talking about the book and the road to getting published, and what inspires me and what terrifies me and me, me, me… you get the picture.  Anyways, I made two changes after that first book: 1) I cut my self promotional Facebook posts in half and  2) I started promoting my friends and heroes.  This made me feel a little better when I did blab about my new release, and made me and my fellow writers feel good whenever I shared a review of their latest book or interview or podcast appearance. I decided to start a page called, “Share the Horror.”
I read, I review (some writers opt-out of reviewing, because of relationships and hurt feelings-I’m not one of them), I promote myself and the pieces I enjoy. I also promote authors and books based off what my friends have to say about them. If Kristin Dearborn says a book or writer is good, I’m sharing the news. I try to be cognizant of the fact that “Hey, my new book is out, you know what that means? It’s hammer-time!” is not the best way to go about things. Use common sense. It won’t pay to flood your page every hour of every day in an effort to convince anyone to purchase your book. As with approaching readers who don’t know you, leave the hammer at home- promote with respect and humility.
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Not sure if you wanna try any of my methods, but I was inspired to share them. Nobody likes self-promoting….but it is a part of the publishing world, especially the indie publishing world.
Good luck and stay positive!

REVIEWS: The Martian Chronicles, Death Do Us Part, and Northwoods

Thought I’d share my early 2016 book reviews with you guys:

Along with Kristopher Rufty’s excellent new novel, DESOLATION, I’ve finished three other pieces-NORTHWOODS by Bill Schweigart, DEATH DO US PART by JG Faherty, and the brilliant THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES by Ray Bradbury.

 

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“Named but unnamed, and borrowing from humans everything but humanity.”

Ray Bradbury’s classic, The Martian Chronicles, is a collection of Mars stories written by the author over the course of a few years that he compiled and threaded together (wonderfully, I might add) in this beautiful piece of fiction.
The stories take us to Mars and its inhabitants. Their chameleon-like species that wears our look and copies our perceived actions, but often times lacks our free will, inhibitions, and fiery emotions. This begs the question: Is our humanity our best and worst asset?

There’s so many great stories to be found in these ages, too many for me to go through. I’ll just point to a few of my favorites:
Ylla- A Martian’s romantic dream of a fascinating man from New York named Nathaniel York arriving in a rocket ship. This one was a highlight for me. LOVED it!
The Earth Men- Another expedition to Mars delivers three astronauts to the red planet and finds them unable to elicit excitement of their arrival to any of the planets inhabitants. We eventually find out why they receive such a ho-hum welcome and it is fantastic.
The Martian- The story of a Martian who makes himself look like the departed loved ones of anyone he comes in the vicinity of…he longs to be loved and accepted. Unfortunately, his costumes bring too much attention.
And the Moon Be Still as Bright- A man named Spender sees the shape of things to come. How our humanity that has led to wars and the downfall of Earth will eventually bring the same to this beautiful, untapped planet. One of my favorites!
Usher II- This one is for the horror lover in us all. When humans finally bring their rules and regulations, their awful government and unwarranted censorships to the red planet , one man and his sidekick strike back in entertaining and apropos fashion. LOVED IT! Horror fans will eat this one up.

The Martian Chronicles is a fun and inventive read and a wonderful trip through the imagination of one of the best in the business.

I give it 5 Stars!

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I received an advance reader copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

What an amazing read! Northwoods takes us on a trip through the world of cryptozoology (a world I’m loving more and more) with a great cast of characters. Ben and Lindsay work for Richard Severance, a man of wealth, obsessed with this unnatural world. Ben and Lindsay, with the help of Alex , survived a meeting with a mystical creature in Virginia A year later, they wind up in the thick of something even bigger and more wide-spread.

The town of Barnabas is under attack by a pack of shapeshifters and finds itself upside down before anyone knows for sure just what in the hell is happening.

When Customs and Border Protection agent Davis Holland is pulled into the madness attacking the once quiet town he has been taken in by, the story kicks into even higher gear. With his military training and battle -ready skillset, Davis makes the perfect ally in Severance’s new army of cryptid seekers.

This fight is bigger than the survival of one small town-humanity is about to be tested!

Bill Schweigart is now on my list of Must-Read authors. Northwoods is the second book in a series, Beast of Barcroft being the first, but if you missed that one, have no fear, Schweigart will take you under his creative wing and gives you just enough of “what came before” that you feel fully connected to this cast and their previous relationships.

The characters are fully realized and wonderful. The story is terrific, and the writing is perfect.

I give NORTHWOODS 5 Stars!

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Death Do US Part is the latest novella from JG Faherty. While not as great as Legacy, I found this one to be a quick and fun piece of horror.

A police officer (Art) in a loveless marriage falls for his wife’s sister ((Missy). Hours after Art tells his wife (Catherine) that he wants a divorce, tragedy strikes.
Months after Catherine’s death, strange things began to happen to Art and Missy who have since made their relationship official. Is it Catherine’s ghost? Is she coming back to haunt the ones who betrayed her?

There is a decent mystery wrapped up in the story and Faherty does a great job leading us from one end to the other.

I give this vengeful novella 4 stars!

 

 

 

THINGS WE FEAR Praise from a Brilliant Author–Tim Waggoner

THINGS WE FEAR is a compulsively readable tale of obsession and dark suspense, with one of the creepiest villains I’ve encountered in recent years.” — Tim Waggoner, author of THE WAY OF ALL FLESH

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THINGS WE FEAR will be part of my Samhain Horror Print novella collection, WHERE NIGHTMARES BEGIN.  Both the eBook and the Print collection come out in March.

 

Tim Waggoner is one of many gifted authors out there today. His works have been published by way too many publishers to list, which speaks volumes of his talent. I am honored that he would make time in his busy teaching and writing schedule to fit in an early read of one of my stories.

Thank you, Tim.

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Tim Waggoner writes fantasy and horror for both adults and young readers. He also teaches creative writing at Sinclair Community College and in Seton Hill University’s MFA in Writing Popular Fiction program.

 

 

 

Tim tackles so many different areas with his writing. From young adult to fan fiction (Grimm and Supernatural) to out-right scary as hell horror.

Click on the covers below to check out just a few of his works.

Find out all you need to know about Mr. Waggoner and his fiction at:

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You can find THINGS WE FEAR on GoodReads or Samhainpublishing.com

or Pre-Order it today at Amazon.com

 

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(BOOK REVIEW) Twelfth Krampus Night by Matt Manochio

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Samhain Horror author, Matt Manochio, author of Sentinels, and last year’s winter treat, The Dark Servant, returns to the world of Krampus!

Twelfth Krampus Night is a fun, bloody, and captivating novella that proves to be Manochio’s most horrific offering yet.

Krampus and an old evil lady with an affinity for knives (Frau Perchta) descend upon a Bavarian castle and its two young Lords, Karl and Wilhelm. A peasant couple from the nearby village find themselves caught up in a battle of deliverance. Chaos ensues!

I found myself caught up in all of Manochio’s main characters. I wanted to punch all the bad guys in the face and hoped for the best for the innocent lives along the way. The story grabbed me right from the start and was a pretty quick read. And even though Krampus gets his name in the title, the title of “Most Terrifying” goes to Frau Perchta. Get ready to have your entrails wrapped around a tree! That’s all I’m saying. Some great, descriptive scenes involving the old hag and her knives.

The action gets a little to crazy in a few spots, but its just too fun of a ride to get derailed.

I give Twelfth Krampus Night 4 Stars.  A fun novella for your Christmas (or just after Christmas) reading.

 

 

 

Twelfth Krampus Night

  • Print Length: 121 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (December 1, 2015)
  • Publication Date: December 1, 2015

Dark servants clash!

Medieval maiden Beate, who’s grieving over the mysterious evisceration of her best friend, Gisela, must escape a Bavarian castle under siege by sadistic creatures.

Standing in her way—beyond towering walls and crossbow-toting guards—are Saint Nicholas’s demonic helper, Krampus, and Frau Perchta, a belly-slitting hag who prowls the countryside during First Night festivities to punish naughty teens.

Beate wants out. Krampus and Frau Perchta want in, determined to breach the castle to snag their prey. Beate has no idea why these monsters want her, but she must use her wits to save herself from horrors both human and inhuman—lest she wind up like Gisela.

Matt Manochio, Biography~

MattHeadshotMatt Manochio was born in 1975 in New Jersey and graduated from The University of Delaware in 1997 with a history/journalism degree. He spent the majority of his 13-year newspaper career at the Daily Record in Morris County, New Jersey, where he won multiple New Jersey Press Association Awards for his reporting.

He wrote about one of his passions, rock ‘n’ roll giants AC/DC, for USA Today and considers that the highlight of his journalism career. He left newspapers in 2011 for safer employment.

His debut novel, The Dark Servant, was published with Samhain Horror in November of 2014. His second novel, Sentinels, was release November 2015, just prior to Twelfth Krampus Night in December 2015.

He currently lives in New Jersey with his son.

Praise for Matt Manochio~

“This is a macabre, dark tale with a timeless quality about it. An atmospheric landscape, complete with Bavarian castle; characters that could have stepped out from your worst nightmares. It kept me thoroughly and enjoyably entertained in a dark, scary way. Full marks!” –Cat Cavendish, Author of The Dark Avenging Angel

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The Dark Servant is everything a thriller should be–eerie, original and utterly engrossing!” — Wendy Corsi Staub, New York Times bestselling author

“Beautifully crafted and expertly plotted, Matt Manochio’s The Dark Servant has taken an esoteric fairy tale from before Christ and sets it in the modern world of media-saturated teenagers–creating a clockwork mechanism of terror that blends Freddy Krueger with the Brothers Grimm!” — Jay Bonansinga, New York Times bestselling author

“Matt Manochio is a writer who’ll be thrilling us for many books to come.”  — Jim DeFelice, New York Times bestselling author

“Matt Manochio has taken a very rare fairytale and turned it into a real page-turner. Matt has constructed a very real and believable force in Krampus and has given it a real journalistic twist, and he has gained a fan in me!” — David L. Golemon, New York Times bestselling author

“In The Dark Servant, Matt Manochio has taken the tantalizing roots of Middle Europe’s folklore and crafted a completely genuine modern American horror story. … I fell for this story right away. Matt Manochio is a natural born storyteller.” — Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author

“Could there be a dark side to Santa? And if so, what would he do to those kids who were naughty? Matt Manochio provides the nail-biting answer with The Dark Servant.” — John Everson, Bram Stoker Award-winning author

“If you want some pure escapism on a quiet afternoon and you don’t mind a little–okay, maybe a lot–of blood, SENTINELS is exactly what you’re looking for. Manochio is a talented author with a bright future and someone who’s work I will follow with great interest.” –Shotgun Logic

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Talking Reconstruction and Krampus with Matt Manochio, Author of SENTINELS and THE DARK SERVANT

Matt Manochio hit the horror scene with last year’s debut, The Dark Servant. That wonderful little Krampus tale warmed our bloody hearts and got us hip to this up and comer. Now, here at the tale end of 2015, Manochio is unleashing his next novel, a historical horror story called, Sentinels, and he’s following that up with a Christmas treat–his first novella, Twelfth Krampus Night.

I’m excited to catch up with this wonderful author any chance I get. He’s motivated, he’s determined, and he’s a pretty darn nice guy.

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Glenn Rolfe: Nice to talk with you again. How have you been?

Matt Manochio: Hi Glenn! I’ve been busy with life stuff over actually writing. And that leads me and you to your next question.

GR: I know you’ve been through some personal stuff in the last year, how has that impacted your writing life?

MM: What the hell is this personally invasive inquisition?! I’m kidding. It’s totally cool. I got divorced in the last year (a very amicable one, my ex and I are on awesome terms) and that sort of sapped my desire to write (especially over the summer) because I was so focused on other things. I know many people might throw themselves into writing as a distraction or to serve as an outlet when something like this happens. I admire those who can accomplish that, but I can’t. However, I can say that I’ve fired up the jets, so to speak, and am about 5,000 words into my next book. So I’m really just getting started with it. But it’s nice having that feeling again, that anticipatory feeling of sitting in front of the computer screen and going to town.

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GR: I’m reading your latest novel, Sentinels. Great, great cover, by the way. Really enjoying these characters. It takes place in the South just after the slaves were freed. That’s a great time period and choice of location for some natural tension in the story. Have you always been fascinated with that piece of history? What drove you to choose that era?

MM: I was a history major in college, and quite truthfully, the period of history that most interests me is WWII and not the American Civil War, the latter of which served as a perfect backdrop for Sentinels. So I started with very little knowledge of the period immediately following the Civil War. You hear about the Reconstruction Era, but not many people really know how horrendous it was. It birthed the Ku Klux Klan, and saw terrible violence by lawmen against freed slaves. I had no idea Northern soldiers were stationed in the South to keep peace (it makes perfect sense, but it’s not something I automatically thought about). It was that discovery that led me to having both Klansmen and Northern soldiers being massacred by some mysterious force.

GR: I was reading this at work and one of my co-workers asked what it was about. I told her the setup and she just stood there enthralled. She demanded that I tell her what happens and how it all plays out. That was pretty cool. Usually, when she asks what I’m reading and I start spouting off about ghosts and goblins and werewolves, she shakes her head and is gone before I can finish. That says something to me. There’s more to Sentinels than just another horror story. Would you say that’s accurate?

MM: 100%. There’s certainly a supernatural element involved, but the story largely revolves around the choices the human characters make. I became a father a little before I wrote Sentinels, and the theme throughout the book is what good people might do to protect his loved ones.

GR: You also wrote The Dark Servant for Samhain Publishing last year. And now there’s a Krampus movie coming to theaters! Was that cool to see or is it frustrating?

MM: Anything that spreads the Word of Krampus is a good thing. I’m curious to see the movie, and I know Kevin Smith of Clerks fame is supposedly working on one too. As far as books, there still really isn’t much out there, but I also expect that to change too as more people learn about the big lug.

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GR: And of course you have next month’s novella, Twelfth Krampus Night. Was it fun dipping back into that world and can you see yourself going back for another merry round?

MM: Yes. I fibbed a little before, I actually wrote Twelfth Krampus Night during the first three months of 2015 while dealing with the aforementioned personal issues. But at the time, things hadn’t reached the point where we knew we were heading for divorce. So I can say I was able to throw myself into the book, and it felt wonderful because I thoroughly enjoy the character, and the other dark servants that are out there. I introduce a hag named Frau Perchta, who punishes bad kids around Twelfth Night by slitting open their bellies. The good kids get a coin in the shoe. Perchta certainly isn’t as well known as Krampus, but she has her own legend in Europe, so I was able to have some fun with that.

GR: For the folks out there that don’t know, which I’m assuming is many, we’re sharing a table at this year’s Scares That Care Horror Convention. Looking forward to that. What makes that Con so attractive to you?

MM: I’ve heard that Scares that Cares is THE convention where you can sell books. And that’s what I want to do. Many of our Samhain colleagues have gone there and had success, and I’m hoping we can too. I’ll have The Dark Servant and Sentinels for sale, and I can’t wait.

GR: Last thing, our publisher is going through changes…what’s your plan for 2016? Any new pieces in the works? Any stories already out there in the submission box? Or are you going to sit back and take some time off to see where it all shakes out?

MM: Even before Samhain began going through its changes I’d made up my mind to submit elsewhere, not because I’m not happy with Samhain Publishing—they’ve been great to me, and I wouldn’t yet rule out submitting to them again. But you can’t put all your eggs in one basket in this industry, especially when you’re starting out. So, yes, I’m firing up the engines on a vampire book (how original). But I hope this one will be. One thing is for certain: my vampires are not sexy and aren’t friends with shirtless werewolves who can’t act. My vampires will be bad in ways that go beyond blood sucking, count on it! The goal is to finish that book this upcoming year and submit toward the end of it.

GR: Thanks for chatting, man. Maybe I’ll see you in Cincinnati.

MM: That’d be great, Glenn. We gotta pick our convention battles because we don’t have Stephen King’s travel budget, but I loved going to HorrorHound in Cincinnati last year and am looking forward to going again this March.

You can check out Matt’s debut the Krampus novel, The Dark Servant, on sale right now for just 99 CENTS!!!!   Click the cover below for the link!

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Sentinels, Synopsis

These are no ordinary killers.

They don’t distinguish between good and evil. They just kill. South Carolina’s a ruthless place after the Civil War. And when Sheriff’s Deputy Noah Chandler finds seven Ku Klux Klansmen and two Northern soldiers massacred along a road, he cannot imagine who would murder these two diametrically opposed forces.

When a surviving Klansman babbles about wraiths, and is later murdered inside a heavily guarded jail cell, Noah realizes something sinister stalks his town. He believes a freed slave who’s trying to protect his farm from a merciless land baron can help unmask the killers. Soon Noah will have to personally confront the things good men must do to protect their loved ones from evil.

Biography, Matt Manochio

Matt Manochio was born in 1975 in New Jersey and graduated from The University of Delaware in 1997 with a history/journalism degree.

He spent the majority of his 13-year newspaper career at the Daily Record in Morris County, New Jersey, where he won multiple New Jersey Press Association Awards for his reporting. He wrote about one of his passions, rock ‘n’ roll giants AC/DC, for USA Today and considers that the highlight of his journalism career.

He left newspapers in 2011 for safer employment, and currently lives in New Jersey with his son.

Praise for Matt Manochio

“Matt Manochio is a natural born storyteller.” -Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Savage Dead

“A real page turner. Matt Manochio has gained a fan in me!” -David L. Golemon, New York Times bestselling author of the Event Group Thriller series, on The Dark Servant

“Beautifully crafted and expertly plotted. A clockwork mechanism of terror! Highly recommended!” -Jay Bonansinga, New York Times bestselling author of Shattered, on The Dark Servant

Purchase Links

Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Sentinels-Matt-Manochio/dp/1619230984

Barnes & Noble

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Samhain

https://www.samhainpublishing.com/book/5622/sentinels

 

 

 

Early Sunsets and Secrets in the Dark: Samhain Horror Delivers with these New Releases

NEW RELEASE DAY FROM SAMHAIN HORROR!

This month we get some new Hunter Shea, Brian Moreland, Mark Rigney, and an introduction to a newcomer that has a lot more to come, Patrick Lacey. All of these titles are available now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Google Play, iTunes…etc. Wherever you shop online, you can find these babies…go get ’em!

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The Dover Demon is real…and it has returned.

In 1977, Sam Brogna and his friends came upon a terrifying, alien creature on a deserted country road. What they witnessed was so bizarre, so chilling, they swore their silence. But their lives were changed forever.

Decades later, the town of Dover has been hit by a massive blizzard. Sam’s son, Nicky, is drawn to search for the infamous cryptid, only to disappear into the bowels of a secret underground lair. The Dover Demon is far deadlier than anyone could have believed. And there are many of them. Can Sam and his reunited friends rescue Nicky and battle a race of creatures so powerful, so sinister, that history itself has been shaped by their secretive presence?

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It’s all fun and games until…

Marty Weaver, an emotionally scarred poet, has been bullied his entire life. When he drives out to the lake to tell an old friend that he’s fallen in love with a girl named Jennifer, Marty encounters three sadistic killers who have some twisted games in store for him. But Marty has dark secrets of his own buried deep inside him. And tonight, when all the pain from the past is triggered, when those secrets are revealed, blood will flow and hell will rise.

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Nowhere to run!

Gillian Foster is desperate. She received a very strange letter in the mail not long ago. Since then, she’s been seeing shadowy figures everywhere. Coming for her. Frantic to find a safe place, she leaves home with her daughter Meg, only to find there is no way to outrun her pursuers.

Twenty years later, Gillian has been admitted to Hawthorne Psychiatric Facility. Meg receives a similar letter and is hunted by an unseen force. Is Meg also mentally ill, or are these creatures real? And if so, was her mother right all those years ago? Is there no place to hide?

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Bones on the run!

When Reverend Renner’s mentor gives him a brass rubbing of a skeleton, nick-named Bonesy, a chain of calamity ensues. Bonesy breaks free from its frame and begins a violent, chaotic search for––what? It’s up to Renner and his investigative partner, ex-linebacker Dale Quist, to uncover Bonesy’s spectral motives. Bonesytakes Renner & Quist on their most treacherous, rollicking supernatural adventure yet, a journey that will lead them from the ghost of Carole Lombard to the fens of Tudor England. And the books they find along the way are not the sort you can judge by their cover.

Find all of these titles in all available format at a limited time discounted price at Samhain Publishing. Click the picture below to go direct to the Samhain Horror website!

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July Monster Beach Party: A Trio of New Releases from Samhain Horror

RELEASE DAY!  Yep, Samhain Horror welcomes you to the heart of summer with these three hot releases. Brian Kirk’s debut puts you in the crazy house, Russel’s James’s latest treats you to a New York-sized epidemic, and Devin Govaere takes you out to the lake. What could go wrong?

Click any cover below to order today!

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The Apocalypse has come to the Sugar Hill mental asylum. 

He’s the hospital’s newest, and most notorious, patient—a paranoid schizophrenic who sees humanity’s dark side.

Luckily he’s in good hands. Dr. Eli Alpert has a talent for healing tortured souls. And his protégé is working on a cure for schizophrenia, a drug that returns patients to their former selves. But unforeseen side effects are starting to emerge. Forcing prior traumas to the surface. Setting inner demons free.

Monsters have been unleashed inside the Sugar Hill mental asylum. They don’t have fangs or claws. They look just like you or me.

Reviews:

“Keep an eye on Brian Kirk. His ambitious debut, We Are Monsters, is a high-voltage thrill, like watching Sam Fuller’s Shock Corridor and Joel Schumacher’sFlatliners on split screens. ” — Jonathan Moore, Bram Stoker Award nominated author of Redheads

“Brian Kirk’s debut We Are Monsters is a smart, elaborate novel that weaves together the best and worst of us. Complex, terrifying, and still humane, this book moved me to both horror and compassion, and that’s a difficult thing indeed. Easily the best book I’ve read this year.” – Mercedes M. Yardley, author of Pretty Little Dead Girls: A Novel of Murder and Whimsy.

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Epidemic!

An ancient virus has surfaced on Long Island, NY, turning its victims into black-veined, infectious, psychopathic killers. Chaos and madness rule.

In desperation, the military quarantines the island, trapping Melanie Bailey and her autistic son, Aiden. Somehow Aiden survives infection. He could be the key to a cure…if Melanie can get him to the mainland.

Gang leader Jimmy Wade also survives the virus, but he’s acquired a hunger for human flesh. Believing consuming Aiden will make him all-powerful, he and his gang hunt the boy. Melanie and Aiden must evade both Wade’s tightening grip and the growing army of the infected in an impossible escape from what all call Q Island.

Reviews:

“James creates powerful intimacy and terror….This is a seriously creepy page-turner that will keep readers up all night.”
 – Starred review from Publisher’s Weekly

“This could very well be the best horror novel of the year. 5 Stars!” – The Examiner

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Surrounded by fears. And all of them real.

There isn’t much that doesn’t frighten ten-year-old Kelly Carter—the dark, the water, monsters, you name it—but she’s about to enter the summer of all fears. When Kelly and her family arrive at Kildare Lake, she knows it’s not just for vacation. They’ve come to say goodbye to her little brother, Cody, who is dying.

Kelly tries to be brave for Cody, but everything around her is plagued by darkness, and all of it is scary. Dangerous things lurk beneath calm water, and others skulk beneath her bed. Shadows swirl through the lake, and more dart in the upper corners of her room. Her parents tell her there’s nothing to be afraid of, but she doesn’t believe them. Her fears are real. Somehow, scared or not, she must find the courage to keep her brother safe.

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Boom Town- Horror/Sci-Fi Fun!: Check Out These Early Reviews

Boom Town (2015)
Boom Town (2015)

The official release date for Boom Town is April 7th. Less than two weeks from now. I’ve been happy to see that early reviewers are really into this one. It is my first dabble with flavoring my Horror with Science Fiction, but I really, REALLY enjoyed writing this piece. I’ll be doing a blog tour for BT starting April 30th. You’ll see why it means so much to me.

I’ve received three new reviews just this week for my little Horror/Sci-Fi tale:

TOP OF THE HEAP REVIEWS says:

“…a well thought out mix of sci-fi and horror, terrific characters, and breakneck pacing, you can’t help but want more.”

See the full review: HERE

CONFESSIONS OF A REVIEWER says:

“It’s tense. It will have you shifting in your seat as your heart rate quickens. It will have you reading with one eye closed and it will make your jaw hit your chest.”

See the full review: HERE

SPLATTERATURE says:

“…a terrifically entertaining novella with a great one-two punch of fun story and characters…. (Rolfe) tackles science-fiction with a decidedly old school drive-in feeling and it’s nothing but fun…”

See the full review: HERE

Thanks for all the kind words, guys!

I should have the blog tour schedule up soon. Stay Tuned!

-Glenn

Happy Friday the 13th!

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Frazer Lee has a new novel coming out from Samhain Publishing!  Get the lowdown and a great deal on his debut, the Stoker-nominated THE LAMPLIGHTERS (just 99 cents!)

CLICK THE LINK BELOW to see what Frazer has to say about it!

Happy Friday the 13th!.

THINGS WE FEAR, BOOM TOWN, and HORROR HOUND WEEKEND!

As you guys may or may not have heard…my novella, THINGS WE FEAR, will be released from Samhain Publishing. I’m so grateful to Don D’Auria for believing in me my crazy little stories. Also, , big thanks to my pre-reader/editor/publicist/bud Erin Sweet-Al Mehairi for all of the incredible behind the scenes work she puts in for me. I’m sure the novella won’t come out until sometime next year, but in the meantime…

BOOM TOWN, my next release from Samhain, is available for pre-order at all of your favorite eBook dealers. It drops on April 7th. (click the cover to order through Amazon)

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Terror from below!

In the summer of 1979, Eckert, Wisconsin, was the sight of the most unique UFO encounter in history. A young couple observed a saucer-like aircraft hovering over Hollers Hill. A blue beam blasted down from the center of the craft into the hill and caused the ground to rumble for miles.

Now, thirty years later, Eckert is experiencing nightly rumbles that stir up wild rumors and garner outside attention. The earthly tremors are being blamed on everything from earthquakes to underground earth dwellers. Two pre-teens discover a pipe out behind Packard’s Flea Market uprooted by the “booms” and come into contact with the powerful ooze bubbling from within. What begins as curiosity will end in an afternoon of unbridled terror for the entire town.

BOOM TOWN has kindly been mentioned alongside such great Horror Sci-Fi works as The Blob, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and The Tommyknockers.  I  have always been a huge fan of alien films and TV shows, as well as Coast 2 Coast Am with Art Bell and George Norry. Writing an alien-based story was inevitable. I love this one and have already started work on another…

My promo blitz for this one is going to be kicking into high gear, so you have been warned!

I have a guest post this week over on Brian Moreland’s blog, Dark Lucidity. Check it out HERE

You can also learn more about BOOM TOWN, as well as my first novella, ABRAM’S BRIDGE, and my debut, THE HAUNTED HALLS, in my featured interview over at Horror After Dark. Check that out; HERE

Next week, I will be attending and meeting a bunch of my Samhain brothers at Horror Hound Weekend. Looking forward to that!  I’m sure I will have some more stories and plenty of photos to share. I mean, besides the Samhain gang, I ‘m going to get a chance to meet one of my childhood heroes…The Greatest American Hero, William Katt!   Yeah, I used to sit on the swing out back of my house when I was a kid singing the theme song ALL DAY. My mom even made me a Ralph doll. I’m sort of psyched…  🙂

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