2018 News and Appearances

Well, 2017 is drawing to a close.  I admit to being swamped with work these last couple of months, but 2018 is going to be even busier.  Here’s some of the stuff that will be going on:

2018 should see the publication of my forthcoming novel from Kensington, Behind the Door.  If you liked Chills, then I think you’ll like this one.  It’s a new Kathy Ryan novel, and if I do say so myself, I think it’s one of the best/most disturbing things I’ve written yet.  I hope you’ll consider picking it up in August 28th when it comes out, and letting me know if you agree or not. 😉

Occult specialist Kathy Ryan returns in this thrilling novel of paranormal horror from Mary SanGiovanni, the author of Chills . . .

Some doors should never be opened . . .

In the rural town of Zarepath, deep in the woods on the border of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, stands the Door. No one knows where it came from, and no one knows where it leads. For generations, folks have come to the Door seeking solace or forgiveness. They deliver a handwritten letter asking for some emotional burden to be lifted, sealed with a mixture of wax and their own blood, and slide it beneath the Door. Three days later, their wish is answered – for better or worse.

Kari is a single mother, grieving over the suicide of her teenage daughter. She made a terrible mistake, asking the powers beyond the Door to erase the memories of her lost child. And when she opened the Door to retrieve her letter, she unleashed every sin, secret, and spirit ever trapped on the other side.

Now, it falls to occultist Kathy Ryan to seal the door before Zarepath becomes hell on earth . . .

Praise for the novels of Mary SanGiovanni

“A feast of both visceral and existential horror.” – F. Paul Wilson on Thrall

“Filled to the brim with mounting terror.” – Gary A. Braunbeck on The Hollower

“A fast-building, high-tension ride.” – James A. Moore on The Hollower


In other book news, there will be forthcoming Italian translations of The Fading Place, the Hollower books, and Behind the Door, as well as audiobook versions of Behind the Door, and, I believe, the Hollower trilogy.


In addition to my co-hosting spot on The Horror Show With Brian Keene, I’ll be hosting my own show about cosmic horror, called Cosmic Shenanigans.  Cosmic Shenanigans is a podcast focusing on cosmic horror in films, television, art, games, music, fashion, pop culture, and just about anywhere else our little tentacles can reach. I will delve into what makes the subgenre timelessly relevant and enjoyable, and examine how it permeates so much of modern culture. Further, as a writer of cosmic horror myself, I will look at my and others’ roles in the subgenre and in publishing at large, and explore the female perspective toward and within works of cosmic horror. It will be launching, I believe, in late January.  Here’s where you can go to find out all the info:



Project Entertainment Network Page




I will also be spearheading a massive editorial project starting in 2018.  I can’t announce much about it yet, but here’s a teaser:





For Patreon subscribers: the last installment of content for 2017 is half-up already.  I’m working on Chapter 10 of Where the Dead Lie, and hope to have it posted in a couple of hours at the latest.  It’ll be a shorter chapter because of the holidays, but I hope the other content I posted will make up for it.  If you’re interested in subscribing, CLICK HERE.


Regarding 2018 signings, readings, and other scheduled appearances, here’s what’s lined up so far.  Check the Appearances page for updates:

May 11 – 12
Second Annual Horror Show with Brian Keene 24-Hour Telethon
York, PA
Note: Details forthcoming in January

July 19 – 22
Baypoint Inn & Conference Center
144 Anthony Rd.
Portsmouth, RI 02871

August 3 – 5
Scares That Care Weekend 5
Doubletree By Hilton
50 Kingsmill Road
Williamsburg, Virginia, 23185

August 24 – 26
Wingate by Wyndham Conference Center
Round Rock, Texas


Happy New Year, folks!!!


BEHIND THE DOOR Cover Reveal and New Patreon Content

Pssst…check out the cover to my upcoming Kensington novel, Behind the Door.  I think this is one of my best-written and most disturbing novels yet.  I certainly hope you’ll consider checking it out when it becomes available, and let me know if you agree.




For Patreon subscribers, there’s new Behind the Scenes content up for December — an excerpt from the new Kathy Ryan novel.  Check it out HERE.  If you’re interested in subscribing so that you don’t miss monthly installments of GHOSTS AND MONSTERS OF NEW JERSEY or my serialized novel, WHERE THE DEAD LIE as well as sneak peaks of works in progress, art based on my books, and assorted trivia and backstory about characters/monsters/places in my work, click HERE.

Merrimack Valley Halloween Horror Book Festival

Next Saturday, October 21st, I’ll be signing books at the Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival with over 50 other incredible authors.  If you’re in the Haverhill, MA area, stop by — I’m happy to sign whatever you have or want to buy.  Here’s the info (or you can click on the link directly above):

October 21, 2017
Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival
Haverhill Public Library
99 Main Street
Haverhill, MA 01830
(978) 373-1586

Note for Patreon Subscribers

Got some new content up – a new installment of Ghosts and Monsters of NJ, and excerpts of 6 old short stories from 2000, when I first started writing. Those include one of my first ever published stories (incidentally, the first story with which I shared an anthology space with Brian), and also, my one and only erotic horror story. Feel free to giggle at my past ineptitude. 

I’m working on the Chapter to WHERE THE DEAD LIE, and hope to have it posted late tonight/early tomorrow morning. My apologies for the delay.

If you’re interested in subscribing to my Patreon, go HERE and click on BECOME A PATREON


I will have my first-ever comic, A MAN’S WORLD, appearing alongside some horror genre legends in a horror take on DC superheros titled DC HOUSE OF HORROR.  As Brian Keene mentioned on his website, we would really, really appreciate it if you would consider pre-ordering DC HOUSE OF HORROR #1, which will be in comic book stores on October 25th. It features work by me, Brian, Edward Lee, Bryan Smith, Nick Cutter, Wrath James White, Weston Ochse, and Ronald Malfi, paired with artists Rags Morales, Bilquis Evely, Howard Porter, Scott Kolins, and Dale Eaglesham. It also features the legendary Keith Giffen riding herd over us all.

I cannot stress enough how important it is that you pre-order this comic from your local comic book store. Due to the distribution system in place, there is a 50/50 chance comic book sores will actually have a copy on the shelf on release day UNLESS YOU PRE-ORDER IT FROM THEM. To do so, simply walk into your local comic book store* and say, “Hello. I would like to pre-order DC HOUSE OF HORROR, and the order code is AUG170272.”

It’s that easy. And if you don’t have a local comic book store in your vicinity, you can order online from Things From Another World and have it shipped directly to you.

DC editorial have told us that if the book sells well enough, this will become a regular, monthly thing. That means you’ll see HORROR return to DC Comics. If you want to make that happen, then please, please, please pre-order.

Thank you.

*If you are local to Morris County, NJ, here is a handy list of places that you can call to pre-order the comic.  If you are elsewhere in NJ but would like to share your local comic store’s contact info, please feel free.

Ray & Judy’s Book Stop
Rockaway, NJ
(973) 586-9182
Open until 6:00 PM

All In One Collectibles
Randolph, NJ
(973) 664-0912
Open until 10:00 PM

FUNNYBOOKS Comics & Stuff
Lake Hiawatha, NJ
(973) 263-1733
Open until 8:00 PM

Fat Moose Comics & Games
Whippany, NJ
(973) 884-4898
Open until 7:30 PM

Dewey’s Comic City
Madison, NJ
(973) 593-0042
Open until 7:00 PM

Zapp! Comics
Valley Ridge Shopping Center
Wayne, NJ
(973) 628-4500
Open until 8:00 PM

New World Manga
Livingston, NJ
(973) 597-0625
Open until 8:00 PM

New Moon Comics LLC (Warehouse)
Dover, NJ
(973) 812-6642

J C Comics Inc
North Plainfield, NJ
(908) 756-1212
Open until 7:00 PM

Pyramid Comics & Cards
Sparta Township, NJ
(973) 729-5343
Open until 6:00 PM

Rockaway Townsquare
Rockaway, NJ
(973) 366-2019
Open until 9:30 PM

Amazing Heroes
Union, NJ
(908) 687-4338
Open until 8:00 PM

Clockwork Comics & Cards
Union, NJ
(908) 688-2660
Open until 7:00 PM

Little Shop of Comics
Scotch Plains, NJ
(908) 322-9402
Open until 8:00 PM

Robbie’s Comics Buying & Selling
Riverdale, NJ
(201) 602-8933
Open until 10:00 PM

Rogue Comics & Collectibles
Cranford, NJ
(908) 276-9069
Open until 8:00 PM

Comic Fortress
Somerville, NJ
(908) 704-8910
Open until 8:00 PM