DON’T MISS OUT: 99 cents for a few more days!

You have a couple more days to grab 99 cent copies of my novels, BECOMING and BLOOD AND RAIN.

BECOMING went out as my first Bookbub deal and brought me up into the Top 20 horror authors list  (for a few hours).  Thank you if you already grabbed a copy. If you haven’t, feel free to snag one tonight.  🙂

I also put  my werewolf novel, BLOOD AND RAIN, at 99 cents. Full moon this weekend!

Click the covers to read more about these titles, check out reviews, and to order.

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Some of my writing friends are also doing 99 cents deals this week.  Check these out. Click on the covers for synopsis, reviews, and to purchase!

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And if you have all these titles already, feel free to check out my brand new collection, LAND OF BONES:

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Cheer!

And remember…..Goonies never say die!

(SHARE THE HORROR) MY BEST OF 2017

There are always so many great books I miss out on during their year of release (this year, Grady Hendrix’s MY BEST FRIEND’S EXORCISM meets that criteria—such a fun book from 2016).
I did manage to squeeze in a few more in the early weeks of January that I’d been interested in. As always, you don’t have to be the most original, the best writer in town, or the scariest MFer on the planet to make my list. Just have your book come out in 2017 and entertain the heck  out of me. So, here is my list of the Top 12 horror books of 2017.

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12. THE SOUND OF BROKEN RIBS by EDWARD LORN   Despite our differences, I still enjoyed this novel from Mr. Lorn. A bit like a lost Laymon or Ketchum novel, maybe not THE CELLAR or OFF SEASON, but a good one.

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11. BLACK MAD WHEEL by JOSH MALERMAN   This one started off slow, got really, really good, and then fizzled out. But that good center was really good.  Different without being obnoxiously so.

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10. WE ARE ALWAYS WATCHING by HUNTER SHEA  Shea always delivers the goods. This has some of his best characters yet.

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9. EXORCIST FALLS by JONATHAN JANZ  My most-anticipated read of 2017 and my favorite book cover of the year. Not what I expected–it went in a different direction than I thought–but still an awesome, action-packed thrill-ride.

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8. THOSE WHO FOLLOW by MICHELLE GARZA & MELISSA LASON  Just as crazy and weird and fun as their debut, The Sisters of Slaughter give us another deliciously macabre offering.

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7. WHAT DO MONSTERS FEAR? By MATT HAYWARD  Another favorite cover of mine, Matt Hayward’s debut novel is a cool mash-up of  ...Cukoo’s Nest and The Thing….Beware PHOBOS!

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6. FUNGOID by WILLIAM MEIKLE    Meikle does horror/sci-fi so freaking well.  The spores will spread….  (This one is currently out of print. Go find a used copy, or message the author!)

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5. WE CAME BACK by PATRICK LACEY   Lacey’s deeply personal novel showcases his growing talent and dares you not to become a fan.

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4. AGENTS OF DREAMLAND by CAITLIN R. KIERNAN  I’ve never been so enthralled, yet so confused by a book in all my life. AoD is terrific horror/sci-fi madness.

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3. THE WARBLERS by AMBER FALLON   I read this just after reading Joe R. Lansdale’s THE BOTTOMS. Had you taken the name off the cover, I would have thought this was another one of his books.  Blew me away. Just the style and voice.

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2. CAVERN OF THE DAMNED by RUSSELL JAMES   I haven’t seen many people talking about this one, but if you miss Samhain Publishing or Leisure Books, you should buy this now. You will LOVE it. My favorite book from Russell James yet. And the most fun I had with horror this year.

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1. BONE WHITE by RONALD MALFI    Hands down my favorite read of the year. Malfi is one of THE best writers out there. Malfi casts his spell from the first page on and you will have no choice but to go up into these Alaskan hills…. Soooo good!
Honorable Mentions:
SYMBIOSIS by TIM CURRAN
THE BOULEVARD MONSTER by JEREMY HEPLER
FAIRY LIGHTS by EDWARD LORN
THE LUCKY ONES DIED FIRST by JACK BANTRY

Also,
You should read PAPERBACKS FROM HELL by GRADY HENDRIX (non-fiction) Excellent stuff, and it will make you seek out more books for your TBR pile.

PS: Most of my friends and followers may be surprised to find one of these authors on my list. I know. Haters gonna hate.  That said, if I read a book (all the way through, mind you) and I enjoy it, I’m going to say so.

Here’s to another great year of reading!

There are always disappointments and other good books that didn’t make the cut….

To see all the books I read  go to 2017 HERE  and 2018 HERE

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(Review) CAVERN OF THE DAMNED by Russell James

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Broke and desperate, paleontologist Grant Coleman gets the chance of a lifetime exploring a long-sealed cave, the fabled home of a gigantic creatures.

NPS Ranger McKinley Stinson discovers a rancher’s prize bull has been butchered by an airborne killer, and tracks the blood trail back to the re-opened cavern. But as she’s about to arrest the trespassers, the unstable roof collapses, trapping all.

Their only way out is at the cave system’s far end. But an eco-system of terrifying mega fauna stands between them and freedom. Death, double-crosses, and a slew of monstrous cave creatures take their toll as the group battles to what they pray is an exit.

Will anyone survive this cavern of the damned?

MY REVIEW:

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

James at the top of his game!

From start to finish, Cavern of the Damned is a thrilling, well-written, kick ass piece of dark fiction.
James crafts real characters to life and places them next to impossible pre-historic creatures. Part The Descent, part reality TV, Cavern of the Damned delivers big.

One of the most fun stories I’ve read this year and a top 5 contender for best horror novel of 2017.
Highly recommended!

I give CAVERN OF THE DAMNED 5 stars!

View all my reviews

All my eBook titles for $2.75 or less? Go check out the Samhain Weekend Sale!

Yep. Abram’s Bridge, Boom Town, and Things We Fear are all $1.75 this weekend. You can also get Blood and Rain for $2.75.  Insane deals good for the weekend. Grab my titles and any of your other Samhain Roster favs: Hunter Shea, Jonathan Janz, Russell James, David Bernstein, Adam Cesare, Kristopher Rufty,  Catherine Cavendish, Brian Moreland, Ronald Malfi, and many, many more.

(Thanks to Z-Dubbz for his “Kindle Shots”)

 

ALL eBooks 50% off!

Go now!

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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

 

“Blood and Rain is definitely a contender to be the best horror novel of the year.”- The Examiner

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“While Blood and Rain is fast paced and full of werewolf action, the thing that makes the novel more than just a slaughter-fest is that Rolfe is able to craft characters that are both believable and whom the reader can relate with. It is easy to care for the plight of Fischer and his daughter as well as his blossoming love interest. Even more impressive is that the smaller characters have substance as well so that their loss (most of them are fodder for the beast) is felt by the reader…. Blood and Rain is definitely a contender to be the best horror novel of the year.”- The Examiner

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“With slashing claws and blood-soaked fur, Glenn Rolfe’s novel will have you howling in terror and delight. A welcome addition to the werewolf mythos and proof that we’re in the presence of a rising star in the genre. Highly recommended!” –Ronald Malfi, author of Little Girls and  December Park

 

 

 

“Brutal, tension-fuelled and captivating… Blood and Rain is the best werewolf novel I’ve read since Jeff Strand’s Wolf Hunt.” – Horror After Dark

“Rolfe is a classical kind of horror writer, and BLOOD AND RAIN, being a werewolf story, reminds me of a mix of early Stephen King and Bentley Little—with a touch of THE HOWLING… It’s Silver Bullet on speed!” – The Ravenous Reviewer

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“Glenn Rolfe takes a swing at the werewolf genre and hits a home run.This fast-paced novel never pauses for a moment… no one is safe when the werewolf starts to hunt. ” – Russell James, author of Q Island and Dreamwalker

 

 

 

“If you are not already a fan of Rolfe then you clearly haven’t been reading his work. Blood and Rain is a monumental piece of horror fiction. It represents everything I love about werewolves, creature features, siege films, and everything else in between. It is still early in the year, but this is a clear cut candidate for my favorite book of 2015.” – Horror Underground

“(Blood and Rain is) one hundred miles an hour from start to finish and will leave you breathless at times….  Glenn Rolfe could be a force to be reckoned with.” – Confessions of a Reviewer

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“Many authors nowadays get lauded for writing ‘throwback’ horror fiction, but none of them quite goes the distance like Rolfe does in Blood and Rain. Werewolves, silver samurai swords, and small New England towns: it all makes you wish this was twenty years ago so you can take the paperback off a supermarket spinner-rack and huff the yellowed pages.” – Adam Cesare, author of Mercy House and Exponential

 

 

 

Grab your copy here!

Here Comes the Blood: Blood and Rain Blog Tour and Publisher’s Weekly

“Rolfe hits his mark whenever he buckles down to describe a killing…” – Publisher’s Weekly

Hey, hey, my, my!  We’re just a few weeks away from the official release of my debut novel for Samhain Publishing, Blood and Rain. That means I’ll be posting a lot of new links for you all to check out as part of the Blood and Rain Blog Tour with Erin from Oh, For the Hook of a Book.  It’s not too late to grab a slot for an interview or review if you want to help us spread the word. If you  have a website or podcast or  an active blog and would like an eCopy of Blood and Rain to review, contact Erin via email: hookofabook@hotmail.com   and let her know! I love doing interviews and podcasts!

I will be doing a book signing at Barnes and Noble in Augusta, Maine in late October (Date TBA). And I look forward to chatting it up with you guys online for the next few months.

On a Very COOL/Not so cool  front….as you may have noticed above, Blood and Rain was reviewed by Publisher’s Weekly!  Woot!  But, despite my nifty little blurb there, they were not so kind.  Oh well, you can’t please them all, right?

Here is the link if you wish to see the smack down: Blood and Rain-Publisher’s Weekly

On a more positive note, I’ve had a plethora of rave reviews to counter the PW judo chop.

“Wow! Easily one of the best werewolf books I’ve ever read.” – Hunter Shea, author of Tortures of the Damned and The Dover Demon

“Some good ‘ol fashion violence and gore…” – Jason Parent, author of Seeing Evil

“Glenn Rolfe takes a swing at the werewolf genre and hits a home run.” – Russell James, author of Q Island and Dreamwalker

“…not just another werewolf story, Rolfe has managed to take the werewolf to a-whole-nother level…” – Horror Novel Reviews

“Rolfe tells a tale that captures your attention like King without all of the wordiness. He also spills the red stuff like Laymon…” – Into the Macabre

I was also interviewed this week for Mangled Matters 

Thanks for all the love, guys! See you on the tour!

Enjoy some werewolfage:

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.

Find all three new releases, plus all of your favorite horror titles from authors like Hunter Shea, Kristopher Rufty, David Bernstein, Jonathan Janz, and more!  Click the Samhain Horror logo and discover your dark side.

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UPDATES: Ascension Agenda, Becoming, Things We Fear, plus reviews, interviews, and Cons

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First off, I want to thank everyone who has purchased, read, reviewed, or shared my debut novella, Abram’s Bridge. It has certainly been an exciting couple of weeks since its release. I am extremely proud of this story, and judging by the flood of reviews, so are you guys, so thanks! My newest review came courtesy of one of my favorite horror authors out there today, Mr. Hunter Shea:  READ HUNTER’S REVIEW 

This year I will be aiming to make it to three conventions: Horror Hound Weekend (in Cincinnati, OH, Late March), World Horror Convention/Bram Stoker Awards (in Atlanta, GA-Early May), and AnthoCon (in Portsmouth, NH, June). Like I said, that’s the plan…

WIP:

I will be tightening up my next novel, BECOMING, with hopes to share it with my editor in March. I will also be sending him my finished novella, THINGS WE FEAR. The piece I’m most excited about right now is my Horror/Sci-Fi follow-up to BOOM TOWN (my next Samhain novella-April 7th). I started ASCENSION AGENDA a couple weeks ago, and I am loving it!

I will also be finishing up my fourth novel, WINDOW. The goal is to have TWF and BECOMING subbed by March. WINDOW by June and AA toward the end of 2015/early 2016.  Those are pretty lofty goals with all I have to do, but if I have to push them back, I will. I don’t want to just put out a bunch of books. I want to put out a bunch of really good books. That’s my promise to you guys, you’re putting in the time to read these tales, the least I can do is give each and every one the time they deserve to make them the best I can.

Coming up on the blog….

I will be re-posting the interview I did with Russell James over on iHorror.com. I’ll be posting a few select reviews of things I’ve read the last couple months, endorsements if you will, and you may see a few more of my Samhain Horror friends popping up here with guest spots.

I’ll leave you with one of my favorite jams right now…Cheers!

We’re on the Eve of Destruction: January Horror from Samhain Horror…Cool as Hell

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Hell yes! Samhain Horror unleashes new Hunter Shea, new Jonathan Janz, and new Russell James all on the same DAY!

January 6, 2015.  I’ve read Russell James’s Dreamwalker (Awesome! My interview with Russell will be up on iHorror.com on Wednesday, my review will follow next week). I just started Hunter’s Island of the Forbidden (so far, so good), and will be ordering Janz’s The Nightmare Girl tomorrow from Barnes and Noble.

Just a little sidetrack here…After following some messages between readers and authors recently, I came up with a plan. Maybe we can al jumpp on board with this. Here me out.  All Samhain titles can be stocked (though they usually are not) and ordered at your local Barnes and Noble store. My thinking is that all of you horror readers out there who love paperbacks make the trip to the B and N nearest you and place all of your Samhain purchases through them, maybe we can get horror authors outside of King and Koontz some love in their stores. It might not work, but I’m willing to try. I hope you will consider it, as well.

And of course the fourth Samhain release is my debut novella, Abram’s Bridge. I’m honored to be included in this amazing January line-up.  Thanks Samhain, thanks to our wonderful leader, Mr. Don D’Auria, and congrats to all my fellow January release buds.

Check the new releases out below and click on the covers to place your orders!  Or you can go order them tomorrow at the book store!

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Playing with fire has never been more dangerous. 

When family man Joe Crawford confronts a young mother abusing her toddler, he has no idea of the chain reaction he’s setting in motion. How could he suspect the young mother is part of an ancient fire cult, a sinister group of killers that will destroy anyone who threatens one of its members? When the little boy is placed in a foster home, the fanatics begin their mission of terror.

Soon the cult leaders will summon their deadliest hunters—and a ferocious supernatural evil—to make Joe pay for what he’s done. They want Joe’s blood and the blood of his family. And they want their child back.

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metimes, the dead are best left in peace.

Jessica Backman has been called to help a strange family living on a haunted island in Charleston Harbor. Ormsby Island was the site of a brutal massacre two decades ago, and now the mysterious Harper family needs someone to exorcise the ghosts that still call it home. The phantoms of over one hundred children cannot rest.

But something far more insidious is living on the island. When the living and the dead guard their true intentions, how can Jessica discover just what sort of evil lurks on Ormsby Island? And why is Jessica the only one who can plumb its dark depths?

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Two realities. One hope.

What if you lived in two worlds, and could die in either?  Pete Holm can. He is a dreamwalker, able to travel to the realm of dreams, including the devastated world of Twin Moon City, where an evil voodoo spirit holds living souls in terror with his army of the walking dead.

In the waking world, drug lord Jean St. Croix knows only the power of the dreamwalker can stop him, so St. Croix vows Pete must die.

Pete is the only hope to rescue the lost souls in Twin Moon City…unless St. Croix kills him first. Can anyone survive when two realities collide?

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There is a darkness in this town, and it’s buried beneath Abram’s Bridge.

When Lil Ron meets Sweet Kate under Abram’s Bridge he is mesmerized. And when he realizes this beautiful girl is a ghost, it frightens him, but also draws him to her. Curiosity and a drive to make things right lead Lil Ron into a tangle of small-town secrets involving his own father and other members of this otherwise quiet community. Bit by bit, he will uncover the truth about Sweet Kate, a story of heartbreak, violence…and fear.

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For more on these new releases check out these new interviews:

Glenn Rolfe talks Abram’s Bridge

Jonathan Janz talks The Nightmare Girl