My Favorite Reads of 2020

These are my top reads of 2020 (released in 2020). They’re sort of in order, the top three (Magpie/Survivor/Ring) being too close for me to choose. It was probably the best year in horror fiction that I can remember. There’s always a bunch of good books, but this year was super packed. If you don’t own these books, make a list and start grabbing them! And I strongly believe this year is going to be just as freaking good.

As I always do, here’s the list of other great books just outside of my Top 11:

MISFITS by Hunter Shea, TOMB OF GODS by Brian Moreland, TRUE CRIME by Samantha Kolesnik, THE BELL CHIME by Mona Kabbani, MYSTERY ROAD by Kevin Lucia, and THE INVENTION OF GHOSTS by Gwendolyn Kiste

Other books that I enjoyed Best non 2020 reads WHERE THE CRAWDAD’S SING by Delia Owens, DECEMBER PARK by Ronald Malfi, DEAR MARTIN by Nic Stone

Favorite Non Fiction: AMERICAN PREDATOR by Maureen Callahan (not from 2020) END OF THE ROAD by Brian Keene

Favorite Anthology: Bludgeon Tools edited by K. Trap Jones and Survive With Me edited by Kenneth W. Cain

Feel free to check out my GoodReads page for my reviews. https://www.goodreads.com/user/year_in_books/2020/16739484

If you haven’t read my 2020 release (UNTIL SUMMER COMES AROUND) check it out. Definitely for fans of 80s/coming of age/vampire stories.

Stay safe, stay positive!

-Glenn

SURVIVE WITH ME: 5 Questions with Brian Moreland

SURVIVE WITH ME features 16 of my favorite writer buds. Each of them gave these stories to me for this charity anthology. ALL proceeds go to the American Indian College Fund. You can order your eBook or paperback copy HERE Or discover more about this wonderful cause here: AMERICAN INDIAN COLLEGE FUND

Today, I’m talking with my fellow Flame Tree Press stablemate, Brian Moreland! Check out Brian’s latest, TOMB OF GODS, and he also wrote my favorite novella of all-time, DARKNESS RISING.

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1.What inspired your story in SWM, “Abby’s Best Role” ?

My love of horror movies and especially strong leading heroines who don’t back down from monsters. I enjoyed 70’s exploitation horror, like I Spit on Your Grave and Ms. 45, as well as the slashers and monster flicks of the 80s. My story “Abby’s Best Role” is about a final girl who strives to defy stereotypes, while also trying to stay alive. She’s an actress who finds herself in a terrifying role she’s prepared her life for.

  1. What other cause do you think deserves more attention?

I’m very proud to have contributed to an anthology that donates to the American Indian College Fund. My niece is half Chickasaw, and a similar college fund helped her with tuition and books. It makes such a difference. Another cause I’m fond of is Books for Soldiers (http://booksforsoldiers.com/). Years ago, I got the opportunity to travel to Kuwait and Iraq with the USO on two separate trips. Each time, I spent a week in Baghdad on the military base. I got to dine with the soldiers and see how they worked and served our country so far away from home. I donated one of my novels to their base library and later was happy to see that you can donate books to their charity. Then Books for Soldiers ships boxes to wherever soldiers are stationed.

  1. A lot of your books have that historical element. if we had the capability, what’s one historic moment you’d like to be present at?

I was born in 1968, so I missed the hippy movement of the late 1960s and early ‘70s. I’ve always been fascinated with the hippy movement. If I could time travel back, I would take a road trip in a VW van with a bunch of friends and travel across the United States. We would stay at communes and camp out wherever the road takes us. We would avoid the area where the Texas Chainsaw Massacre happened, of course, and stay out of the desert regions of New Mexico where the Hills Have Eyes. We’d catch a Doors concert along the way. Our free-spirited road trip would culminate at Woodstock where we’d jam to Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Janis Joplin and many others who made that moment so historical. I’ve written about that time period before and would love to revisit it again. In my short story “Girl from the Blood Coven” I wrote a supernatural mystery about a fictional hippy commune in Texas that turned murderous, inspired by the Manson Family. The back story from my “Girl from the Blood Coven” sets up the horrors in my novella The Witching House.

  1. What’s the most fun you ever had with another writer?

There have been so many instances, it’s hard to pick one. I’d say it’s the multi-author book signings I’ve done at various horror conventions, especially back in our days when Samhain Publishing sponsored several horror cons a year. World Horror Con in Austin, HorrorFind in Gettysburg, Horror Hound in Cincinnati and Indianapolis, and Killercon in Vegas stand out as some of the best times. It was a blast spending a weekend with fellow horror authors and autographing books alongside them. Then we’d go out to dinner afterward and visit over food and drinks until midnight. I enjoyed the laughter and camaraderie and made some dear friends.

  1. Texas gets a rough rep sometimes. Give me three things about the state that you consider beautiful.

Texas is so vast that we have a variety of beauty from the evergreen forests of East Texas to the hill country around Austin to the beaches of Galveston and South Padre.

The women are absolutely beautiful.

Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrushes grow wild here and offer a floral sea of colors when you drive down a highway or rural road.

HYPED FOR 2020: Most Anticipated Reads

2019 is over (almost), so I thought I’d follow in the footsteps of some of my writer and reviewer buds, and give you my most anticipated books of 2020!

We’ll do top 5, since I’m sure there are plenty of books by writers I love that I am not yet aware of for the upcoming year.

AND AS ALWAYS.click on the covers below to pre-order.

(DEVIL’S CREEK isn’t up yet)

 

 

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Stephen Graham Jones is an outstanding writer. His coming of age werewolf novel, MONGRELS, is one of my favorite books of all-time. His collection, AFTER THE PEOPLE LIGHTS HAVE GONE OFF, is also one of my top collections ever. It is with baited breath that I await THE ONLY GOOD INDIANS.

 

 

 

 

 

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Jonathan Janz is one of the most dedicated horror writers around. His two newest FLAME TREE PRESS books, THE SIREN AND THE SPECTER, and the amazing, THE DARK GAME, serve as proof that he is only getting better. There’s no reason to not think THE RAVEN isn’t a hit just waiting to be unleashed!

 

 

 

 

 

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Todd Keisling is best known for his novellas and the fantastic UGLY LITTLE THINGS set of horror stories. I’ve been patiently waiting for this man and his piles of endless talent to deliver an epic horror novel…and the wait is nearly over! Thanks to SILVER SHAMROCK, we will be given Keisling’s next horror offering, the novel, DEVIL’S CREEK.

 

 

 

 

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Adam Cesare is one of the most driven forces in the horror writing world that I’ve ever run into. His books, TRIBESMEN, THE SUMMER JOB, and VIDEO NIGHT rocked my horror loving heart. In terms of “new releases”, he’s been missing the last year or two.  I figured he was up to something big, and I was right.

CLOWN IN A CORNFIELD will mark Cesare’s debut within the realm of Young Adult Horror, and I think he’s going to nail the heck out of it.  Also, it’s coming from HARPER COLLINS, so expect a great push. And peep that rad cover!

 

 

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Brian Moreland is one of my favorite writers of he last decade. His books, SHADOWS IN THE MIST and DEAD OF WINTER are amazing, and his novella, DARKNESS RISING, is a true horror gem.

Watching how well Moreland has worked historical periods within some of his stories, I cannot wait to see what he does with Ancient Egypt. TOMB OF GODS marks his first full-length release in a couple years, and I feel like I’ve been starved. Easily my MOST anticipated book of 2020.

 

 

 

 

I’m curious to see what we get in way of new releases from Patrick Lacey, Gwendolyn Kiste,  and Ronald Malfi, too.  Hopefully, we get something from each of them!

I left off the new King book, IF IT BLEEDS. I think that one goes without saying (even though I kind of just said it).

 

Anyways, I also have a new book on the way (May 21st from Flame Tree Press), if you dig love stories, coming of age, vampires, Old Orchard Beach, and all things 1980s, you’ll probably want to check out UNTIL SUMMER COMES AROUND.

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When fifteen year old Rocky Zukas meets a mysterious dark-haired girl named November, his world is forever changed. The young couple falls under the spell of summer love, but not everyone approves. November’s brother, Gabriel, is the keeper of the family’s secret, and big brother is always watching, growing more sinister as his bloodlust gets the best of him. Directing his attention to Rocky’s family, Gabriel aims to make sure little sister knows who is in charge.

 

 

 

 

 

Best Horror Books Post-2000, Non-King

A Twitter friend posted a picture of her Top !0 favorite post 2000, non-King books.

I liked the idea, so I just wanted to share some of the ones under that criteria that have stuck with me above all the others. These are some of my favorite all-time.

If you haven’t read these yet, make a list  and go find them.

 

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(Review) BLOOD SACRIFICES by Brian Moreland

(Review) Brian Moreland- Blood Sacrifices (Samhain Publishing, 2016)

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There are some writers out there who we look to for reliable work time in and time out: King, Malfi, McCammon, Ketchum…. The list isn’t super long, but I added this name after reading one book (Shadows in the Mist)—Brian Moreland.  And in the subsequent years, I have yet to be let down.

Like the King’s and Malfi’s, Moreland’s writing grabs you instantly. His characters are so real and vivid right from the get-go. His stories never veer off into over-written sessions of author masturbation. No, Moreland knows his story and knows how to keep you glued to the pages without any fancy tricks or unnecessary flourishes. He’s the kind of writer that I aspire to be.

In this collection of novellas, his skills are on full display. Whether it’s the witchy woman who will raise the hairs on your neck in The Witching House, or the mesmerizing journey of a journalist getting involved in the wrong story in Vagrants, these works will hook you and have you coming back for more.

The stand-out pieces in here are The Girl from the Blood Coven and Darkness Rising. Here are my reviews for each piece:

  The Girl from the Blood Coven

This is a short story that serves as a precursor to The Witching House, but oh man does it pack a wallop! We get creeps, setting, and character in a short but perfectly executed blast of I’m-all-in horror.

“Then he heard the singing. Only it was coming from he backseat. A lilting song in a language Big Mike had never heard before. He whirled in his seat. Abigail sat up suddenly. Her eyes were rolled back to whites.”

I re-read this one prior to this review and was just as blown away the second time around.

Short story, but I’ll give it 5 stars anyway!

The Witching House

This was a quick and fun read. Who can resist an evil house haunted by a witch! After reading the lead-up to this one, Moreland’s even quicker, The Girl from the Blood Coven, I was expecting a little more. That’s not to say this one isn’t good or even a disappointment. It has more to do with how much I loved the other story (short as it was). What I got in The Witching House was great fun, but what held the promise of an absolute work of horrific brilliance may have overshadowed this one. That said, The Witching House is a nice addition to the Samhain collection, and another great slice of horror from Mr. Moreland. I would recommend this one to any horror fan.
I give it 4 stars!

Vagrants

Vagrants is another great piece of horror from Brian Moreland. I’ll read anything this guy puts out. Vagrants is the story of a writer who decides to live as a homeless person for half a year to better understand their way of life. His heart is in the right place as he plans to bring to light one of the biggest issues plaguing our country today, but it might not be that easy.  At the end of his time on the streets, Daniel stumbles across a crazed homeless cult leader and the adventure really begins.
Moreland can proudly hang this one next to Dead of Winter and Shadows in the Mist.

I give it 4 stars!

Darkness Rising

“…a wise man once told her, Poetry has an invisible power that transcends the soul.”

Far and away the best new piece of fiction I’ve read this year. With Darkness Rising, Brian Moreland reminded me why he’s one of my two favorite (not King, Laymon, Ketchum…etc.) authors out there (the other being Ronald Malfi). I’m a huge fan of his novel, Shadows in the Mist, but I think this novella rivals it.

Darkness Rising goes so many places; it’s hard to get across just how awesome this novella is. It is dark and gritty in places and beautiful and poetic in others. It is completely vicious in spots, but counters that with moments of uplifting magic.

I connected instantly with the main character, Marty Weaver, the same way I did with Laymon’s Ed Logan in Night in the Lonesome October (my favorite Richard Laymon book). That alone speaks volumes for me. And much like that Laymon novel, Moreland’s ability to balance the light and dark sides in a romantic waltz over a floor made from dead flesh and macabre visions is nothing short of inspiring.

Add in a soundtrack featuring the Stones, The Doors, and possibly some Alice Cooper…and you’ve got me hook, line, and sinker.

Darkness Rising is a perfect example of how amazingly good novellas can be. This is a Moreland masterpiece.

5 stars. Easy.

This collection needs to be on your shelf. Worth every penny!

I give Blood Sacrifices a total and overall rating of 5 stars!

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Blood Sacrifices houses four tales of terror by one of the masters of horror, Brian Moreland. Previously only available in digital format, these stories are compiled into one book and can now be ordered in print!

Follow along the tour with the hashtags: #BloodSacrifices #4TalesofTerror #BrianMoreland

Synopsis for Blood Sacrifices: Four Tales of Terror

  • Publication Date: April 5, 2016
  • Publisher: Samhain
  • Publication Length: 282 pages

Some evils require sacrifices.

From the author of Dead of Winter and The Devil’s Woods come four tales of blood-tingling horror:

The Girl from the Blood Coven

In this short prequel to The Witching House, when Abigail Blackwood claims her hippy commune family has been massacred, Sheriff Travis Keagan and his deputies investigate. They discover there’s more than weed smoking going on at Blevins House. Much more.

The Witching House

Sarah Donovan is scared of just about everything, but she helps her adventurous boyfriend investigate the old, abandoned Blevins House, scene of a forty-year-old unsolved massacre. Little do they know the house is hungry for fresh prey…

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When Marty Weaver encounters three killers who like to play sadistic games with their victims, his own scarred past is unearthed. And when his pain is triggered, blood will flow…and hell will rise.

The Vagrants

Beneath the city of Boston, evil is gathering. While living under a bridge with the homeless, journalist Daniel Finley witnessed something that nearly cost him his sanity. Now, with a book published about the experience, he’s caught between the Irish mafia and a deranged cult preparing to shed blood on the street.

This is a collection of books previously published in digital format.

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Brian Moreland, Biography

Brian Moreland is a best-selling and award-winning author of novels and short stories in the horror and supernatural suspense genre. In 2007, his novel Shadows in the Mist, a Nazi occult thriller set during World War II, won a gold medal for Best Horror Novel in an international contest. The novel went on to be published in Austria and Germany under the title Schattenkrieger.

Shadows in the MistDead of Winter, and The Devil’s Woods are his currently available novels, as well as his Kindle short-story The Girl from the Blood Coven and the novella it led into called The Witching House.  Now, he has released the full-length The Devil’s Woods. His novella, The Vagrants, was released in 2014, and another, Darkness Rising, in 2015.

He loves hiking, kayaking, watching sports, dancing, and making guacamole. Brian lives in Dallas, Texas where he is diligently writing his next horror novel.  When not working on his books or books for other writers, Brian edits documentaries and TV commercials around the globe. He produced a World War II documentary in Normandy, France, and worked at two military bases in Iraq with a film crew.

Brian lives in Dallas, Texas. You can communicate with him online at www.brianmoreland.comTwitter, or Facebook.

Praise for Brian Moreland

“For horror fans wanting a healthy dose of the small-town stuff a la Stephen King, be sure to pick up a copy of this (The Girl from the Blood Coven) memorable and frightening short story, a wonderful teaser that will whet your appetite for the main course, The Witching House, where the twisted story continues.” -DarkEva/Hellnotes

” Very much in the tradition of HELL HOUSE, THE WITCHING HOUSE is a creepy, modern turn on the haunted house story.” -Tim Potter

“Far and away the best new piece of fiction I’ve read this year. With Darkness Rising, Brian Moreland reminded me why he’s one of my two favorite (not King, Laymon, Ketchum…etc.) authors out there (the other being Ronald Malfi). I’m a huge fan of his novel, Shadows in the Mist, but I think this novella rivals it.” -Glenn Rolfe, author of Blood and Rain, on Darkness Rising

“Brian Moreland writes a blend of survival horror and occult mystery that I find impossible to resist. I know, when I’ve got one of his books in my hands, that I’m going to be lost to the world for hours on end. He’s just that good.” -Joe McKinney, author of Dead City and Flesh Eaters

“A thrilling, wholly-engrossing read that masterfully crosses multiple genres and leaves the reader breathless. Moreland weaves one hell of a history lesson, rich with brilliant characters and incredible plot twists. Highly recommended!” -Brian Keene, bestselling author of The Last Zombie and Ghoul, on Dead of Winter

“Dead of Winter is an exceptionally well crafted horror novel that tells a gripping story of dark religious doings, a horrific serial killer, and a sympathetic Inspector, in a dark and fascinating historical setting of 19th century Canada. The atmospherics are outstanding and the story offers plenty of surprises right up to its shocking and violent conclusion. Highly recommended.”
– Douglas Preston,  New York Times bestselling co-author of The Monster of Florence and Cold Vengeance

Brian Moreland’s fiction is taut and spellbinding, often blending varied themes to form a dark genre very much his own.  From his WWII occult thriller Shadows in the Mist, to the haunting chiller The Devil’s Woods, Brian’s work is at once versatile, original, and deeply engaging.” Greg F. Gifune, author of The Bleeding Season

“The Devil’s Woods is an awesome horror novel, filled with nerve-wracking suspense and thrilling action!” – Jeff Strand, author of Wolf Hunt

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My Top Ten of 2015! From The Nightmare Girl to Darkness Rising…

Okay. I managed to squeeze in that last book.

Altogether, I read 63 books this year, 30-something of which were released in 2015. Many of those were Samhain Publishing titles, many were not.

*My Top Ten list only features releases from 2015.

Let’s get right to it!

10. (Tie) THE NIGHTMARE GIRL by Jonathan Janz and THE VAMPIRE of PLAINFIELD by Kristopher Rufty

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9. (Tie) GOD BOMB! by Kit Power and DREAMWALKER by Russell James

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8. CONSUMPTION by Heather Herrman

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7. WE ARE MONSTERS by Brian Kirk

6. GOBLINS by David Bernstein

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5. LITTLE GIRLS by Ronald Malfi

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4.ISLAND of the FORBIDDEN by Hunter Shea

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3. HE WHO WALKS in SHADOW by Brett J. Talley

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2. A HEAD FULL of GHOSTS by Paul Tremblay

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  1. DARKNESS RISING by Brian Moreland

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I cheated a little…two ties, but hey, I really loved all of these pieces more than the rest. They all brought me a tremendous amount of reading joy this year, and were definitely head and shoulders above the rest.

Regarding my choices…

Janz’s Wolf Land garnered him the most attention this year, but I found his first title of 2015, The Nightmare Girl,  to be more potent. Rufty’s Vampire of Plainfield was a brave attempt to re-write history with Ed Gein and ended up being great fun. Kit Power’s debut, God Bomb!, surprised me in how well it worked. A nice debut! Two other debuts made my list: We Are Monsters by Brian Kirk and Consumption by Heather Herrman. Kirk offers us a look at man’s motivations and dares us to look within, while Herrman’s novel was complete macabre storytelling in the vein of Bentley Little. I loved them both. Russell James also released two fun novels in 2015, I went with Dreamwalker. The story of a boy who could walk in two worlds in a battle of good and evil. Oh, and there’s a nice little love story in there, too. Great stuff by James.  Goblins by David Bernstein was another dark ride that surprised me with how good it was. His best that I’ve read yet! Ronald Malfi’s Little Girls delivered my needed fix of his creepy and beautiful storytelling. while Hunter Shea set me back in the saddle with two of my favorite characters of the last few years (Jessica and Eddie) in Island of the Forbidden.

My top 3…

Brett J. Talley’s He Who Walks in Shadow was a great supernatural adventure that was part Robert Langdon, part Indiana Jones, and all awesome! Not so much a horror story, but a lot of fun!

Paul Tremblay’s 2015 hit, A Head Full of Ghosts scared the bejesus out of me and had me reading at top speed! So good. There were a couple of short spots that I thought were unnecessary, but the good stuff was so good that it blew me away. Great book!

Darkness Rising by Brian Moreland just completely knocked me outta my socks! My favorite read of the year by far. So good that I am re-posting my review right here:

“…a wise man once told her, Poetry has an invisible power that transcends the soul.”

Far and away the best new piece of fiction I’ve read this year. With Darkness Rising, Brian Moreland reminded me why he’s one of my two favorite (not King, Laymon, Ketchum…etc.) authors out there (the other being Ronald Malfi). I’m a huge fan of his novel, Shadows in the Mist, but I think this novella rivals it.

Darkness Rising goes so many places, it’s hard to get across just how awesome this novella is. It is dark and gritty in places and beautiful and poetic in others. It is completely vicious in spots, but counters that with moments of uplifting magic.

I connected instantly with the main character, Marty Weaver, the same way I did with Laymon’s Ed Logan in Night in the Lonesome October (my favorite Richard Laymon book). That alone speaks volumes for me. And much like that Laymon novel, Moreland’s ability to balance the light and dark sides in a romantic waltz over a floor made from dead flesh and macabre visions is nothing short of inspiring.

Add in a soundtrack featuring the Stones, The Doors, and possibly some Alice Cooper…and you’ve got me hook, line, and sinker.
Darkness Rising is a perfect example of how amazingly good novellas can be. This is a Moreland masterpiece.

5 stars. Easy.

 

There were a great number of novels I didn’t hear about or have time to get to that came out this year, as well. My biggest regret was that I didn’t have time to start Kevin Lucia’s THROUGH A MIRROR, DARKLY. I will get to it soon.

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

WHITE KNUCKLE by Eric Red

SEEING EVIL by Jason Parent

ORPHANS of WONDERLAND by Greg Gifune

WHERE SPIDERS FEAR TO SPIN by Peter N. Dudar

THE BEAR WHO WOULDN’T LEAVE by J.H. Moncrieff

There were so many other great novels and novellas that I enjoyed.

Here’s the link to what I finished in 2015. GOODREADS CHALLENGE

 

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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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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“Share the Horror” Why? Because We’re a Happy Family, That’s Why/

I recently read an article posted on Jim McLeod’s GINGER NUTS OF HORROR site (you can read it HERE). He made some good points and got me thinking. As horror writers and musicians, we’re constantly forced into being self-promoters. This makes us look like egotistical dicks most of the time, but it comes with the gig. If we don’t shout it out loud over and over and over again, people aren’t going to know we (or our goods) are here and available.  Well, Jim went brought up something that some of us may do (whether intentionally or not I can’t say), and that’s a lack of sharing. You know, on social networks, the “Share” button? Yeah, we have all of these friends and comrades in arms on Facebook and Twitter and we’re all pushing our Brand, but Jim pointed out that it feels like some of us think we’re all fighting for one piece of pie. Like if I share your book, that somehow loses me a chunk of cherry, or a sale if you will. Now, I don’t know how many of us do this with with the dark side of the Force coursing through our veins, but I think it’s something to consider. I know if I just add “Please share this” on Facebook, I get like five shares out of the hundreds of friends I have. Now, they could be busy, or have their settings so that they miss my post, or they just don’t want to do it. I don’t know. A lot of times they just hit the “like” button. (Hey guys! The “share” is right there next to it!) I don’t want to come off as a whiny baby here, because when I really have something important to share and I go to my friends individually, 9/10 come through for me and help me out. But that’s me. I’m not afraid of rejection or the word no, or someone telling me to fuck off!

With all of this in mind, I decided to spend Black Friday sharing books I’ve read this year that I loved. And you know what? It felt GREAT! Not sure if I helped anyone, but I know a few friends added some of my “shared loves” to their Good Reads, and a bunch more commented and shared them with their friends. I’d say my self-less campaign (coined “Share the Horror”) was a smashing success. And I’ve decided to try and make it a monthly thing. I invite all of you to do the same.

Here are the 20 books I shared:

montauk monster

JJ DD

DOW BM

KD SI

DS MM'

CN HELL

BK BP

ACCON j

AATK

AA HH

AA BT

pldg (1)

AA KL

AA WM

AAPD

AANK

AANC

AACATH

AACB

These are the 20 I shared. I tried to stick with smaller writers, but Barker and Keene slipped through the door.

If any of these covers look good to you, click on them and they will redirect you to the corresponding Good Reads page.

Buy ’em and add ’em to your to-be-read lists!

SHARE THE HORROR.