Writing News – The Blue People and More

So now that the contracts are signed, I can officially announce that my newest novel, The Blue People, will be published very soon.  The initial printing will be in limited edition hard cover by Thunderstorm Books.  I don’t have an official date on when the book will be out, but I believe it will be within the next two months.  It will be featuring gorgeously creepy cover art by Vinnie Chong.

Further, I have signed on for a two-book deal with an imprint of Kensington Books, for e-book and, I believe, print versions of  two of my books. The first of these will be The Blue People.  The Kensington versions will include additional text, so if you’re a collector of my stuff, you may want to consider picking up both the Thunderstorm and the Kensington versions.  This book also includes the brief lives and gruesome deaths of last year’s Thunderstorm giveaway winners.  If you’re curious about the book, here’s some cover copy:

Late in an unseasonably cold and snowy May in Colby, Connecticut, police find a John Doe murdered in an occult ritualistic fashion.  The homicide detectives bring in Kathy Ryan, an expert on occult and ritual murders who happens to specialize in the obscure and arcane, particularly the religious sects dealing with belief in gods and monsters from beyond the edges of the known universe.  Kathy, who was physically scarred by her serial killer brother back when she was a teen, recognizes some of the occult symbolism found at the crime scene as that which is used by the Hand of the Black Stars cult (of which her brother had been a member).  On digging deeper, she discovers that the strange snow and ice storm which seems to be engulfing the area, as well as the grisly murders and disappearances of other townsfolk, are related to the cult.  The HBS has begun casting a “cleansing” spell” which summons the Blue People, entities with immense power who, with their snow and ice and their strange and terrible assortment of fantastic ice creatures, look to destroy everything living to make way for greater beings.

The second book through Kensington will be my current novel in progress, The Elemental.  This is a creature/ghost story of sorts that takes place in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey.  More on this one soon.

Some other writing news includes the honor of having two of my short stories, “The Mime” and “Okiku,” included in Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year anthology rec list.  For those who are unfamiliar with it, it is essentially a recommended reading list of notable stories for the year, included in the anthology.  It delights me to be included this year.

Regarding appearances, I am in the process of lining up some for 2016.  As for this year, I will be appearing at the Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival in two weeks:

Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival
October 3, 2015, 1-7:30pm
ACT Theater Company
1632 Osgood Street
Osgood Landing
North Andover, MA 01845

I’ll be signing books from 1-4:30pm, I believe, and I will also be on a panel at 5pm: We Get the Horror We Deserve—Joe Hill, Brian Keene, Izzy Lee, Mary SanGiovanni, Bracken MacLeod (M)

I think it will be a lot of fun and I certainly hope you can attend.

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