Some Title Changes and Upcoming Books of Mine

Just for those of you keeping track….

The novella I just finished, Solomon’s Girls, is now called The Fading Place. Interested folks should look for The Fading Place to be available sometime during the first quarter of 2014. There will be details and fun stuff to follow.

Also, the novel I am working to complete this month which I had tentatively been calling Bridgewood I have now decided to call Chaos. It fits the story and overall themes much better. And there will be cute free swag when this book becomes available later this year.

So, to sum up, for those looking to pick up my newest stuff over the next several months, we have:

“The Anathema Cell,” chapbook, 2013
The Hollower Trilogy, omnibus, 2013
Chaos, novel, 2013
The Fading Place, novella, 2014
TBA novel (about aliens and monsters and conspiracies oh my!), 2014
TBA novella (possibly about werewolves), 2014

Well, Hello, 2013!

Apologies for the lack of updates for a while.  Between the holidays and my sister giving birth to a brand new baby girl (my first nice), it’s been pretty hectic.  However, I wanted to post a quick update so folks know what to expect for the new year.

I’m working on a new novel I hope to have finished and turned in to the publisher by March.  It is the supernatural horror novel mentioned a in my last post.  This book will initially appear in LE HC, but hopefully I will have news soon regarding other versions as well.  I believe this year will see the audiobook release of The Hollower and a chapbook version of a short story called “The Anathema Cell.”  I’m working on plans for paperback versions of the Hollower trilogy — I’ll keep you posted.

You may have also noticed some updates to the website, particularly in the Locations of Interest section.  If you’re the type of reader who likes fun little trivia extras about your books, this section offers that and more for most of the novels and novellas where location is of some significance to the plot. In the Writer’s Life section, I’ve been blogging semi-regularly, mostly about life-stuff, if that interests you.  I’ve been trying to include blog posts specifically related to my life in the business, and how I’m functioning in it.

I’m looking to add to appearances this year at various conventions and events.  So far, I’m planning on the following conventions, but these are just plans.  When they are confirmed, the Appearances page will be updated with the details:

Marcon, Columbus, OH

WHC, New Orleans

NECon, Bristol, RI

I’d also like to do some readings and signings — details will follow.

I also wanted to say how much I appreciate the support of readers and fans who have bought, traded, discussed, reviewed, and spoke favorably about my work to date.  It means so much to know there are folks out there who are reading and enjoying my books.  I wish all of you and your loved ones a safe, healthy, happy, productive new year full of exciting surprises, happy accidents, beautiful sunsets, memorable moments, and cherished time spent with those you care about doing things that matter.  I wish you all peace of mind, time to relax, and good fortune.  Every year ought to be better than the last….

Brief Interview Meme Regarding New Novel

Tagged by author Kelli Owen who was tagged by author Rob Swartwood who was tagged by author Tim Lebbon, I’m posting my answers below to a few questions about the new novel, due out sometime late next year.

1) What is the title of your next book?
Tentatively, it is called Bridgewood, but I will likely change it to something catchier/more thematically appropriate.

2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
The history of Danvers State Hospital was a huge influence on this novel.

3) What genre does your book fall under?
Horror/Supernatural Thriller.

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Well, I could definitely see Shemar Moore as Derrick. Liv Tyler as Myrinda. Jessica Tandy would have been a great Aggie Roesler, but in lieu of her, maybe Rosemary Harris or Cloris Leachman. Bob Hoskins or John Goodman as Hal. Sean Hayes as Wayne.

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Tenants of a newly-built apartment building find themselves succumbing to their darkest and craziest whims as an insanity from another world poisons the very ground on which they live.

6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Neither — I’ve negotiated the publication arrangement myself with a publisher.

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
I’m still writing it but it will be done by early March of next year.

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Hmm. Maybe Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin. Audrey’s Door by Sarah Langan. Sliver by Ira Levin. Possibly The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Research on the recent history of Danvers State Hospital in Danvers, MA and the actor interviews on the Session 9 DVD extras.

10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
It is connected (somewhat) to the Hollower books and Thrall, if folks are into that sort of thing.
Also, here’s a teaser-y excerpt:

Over the grounds outside the apartment, the night came on quickly. Under the night, the grounds began to change. The changes were subtle and gradual: shifting boundaries between grass and gravel, trees creaking and sinking their roots into new patterns in the ground, moonlight manipulated into distorted finger-shapes by the surrounding shadows. Beneath the apartment building, the black puddle spread outward again, pulsating, breathing, bleeding, pumping its reckless abandon into the world. In the spaces between things where night gathered thickest, the chaotic ones that Aggie knew as hinshing moved and chattered their own half-nonsense language.

The residents of Bridgewood might have seen movement if any of them had been looking out a window toward the Old Ward. They might have caught blurred glimpses, or heard the irregular cadence of the chaotic ones’ speech. As it turned out, the few residents of the Bridgewood apartments were busy with their own thoughts and their own nighttime rituals. But the night wore on, and the chaotic ones were felt as chills, as ideas gone too far for comfort, as memories, both real and faulty. Also, of course, the chaotic ones were seen in dreams, beneath a handful of masks, a number of costumes. It was a common early symptom of the black puddle leaking through.

The hinshing themselves did not sleep, and so did not dream.

It was only a matter of time before they got inside.  

HOLLOWER and FOUND YOU Almost Gone!

I just wanted to let folks know that Thunderstorm Books is down to single digit numbers of copies left in the Hollower Collectors’ Set (Supercell Series) copies of The Hollower and Found You.  If you want to pick up copies, now is the time.

Also, as a reminder, if you’re looking to pick up only the third book in the trilogy, The Triumvirate, it should be available late June/early July as a part of the Hard Rain series.  This book ties in Thrall and For Emmy, as well as wrapping up the Hollower stories and explaining a good deal of background about the Hollowers as well as a number of other monsters in Bloomwood County, NJ, both past and forthcoming.

Miscellaneous Thoughts Post

Just a quick couple of thoughts:

I noticed that For Emmy‘s sales went up on Amazon. I wonder if that’s connected to my appearing in Little Miss Zombie’s 50 Kindle Horror Books Written by Women. It’s a great list, and I’m honored to be appearing on it with so many women I like and admire.

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The Hollower is now down to about 20 copies; I can’t say when or if the trilogy will be appearing in paperback or digital, so if you want them, my suggestion is to get them now.

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For those following the abhorrent recent actions and sad downward spiral of Dorchester Books, BK has some new information on his website.  It is most definitely worth reading, not just for Leisure and other Dorchester authors, but for all writers.  My advice: know the publisher.  Talk to the authors who work with them.  And also, make sure to work into your contract a reversion clause, if possible.  Three years, five years, in writing, whatever the terms — make sure you KNOW who gets what, and for how long,

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I’m working on a new novel, as yet untitled (but it’s supernatural) and a novella which, in a change of pace for me, will not be supernatural.  So far, so good.  For inspiration, I have also been trying to catch up on my reading, starting with books and short stories I should have read long ago, interspersed with anthologies, at least, of today’s top horror fiction.  It’s really renewed my excitement of writing through a sense of nostalgia for a time when, essentially, I was just a fan.  I tend to think that never goes away, being a fan first and a practitioner second.  Being a fan makes you an avid reader, and makes that reading, which is as much a part of writing as inhaling is a part of breathing, an enjoyable thing and not work.  Writing is the work.  It’s freakin awesome work, it’s the best work on the planet, and it’s fun, but it is work.  It takes time and patience and persistence of learning.  But when you write something that makes you feel the same elation, maybe even the same nostalgia as when you read your old favorites — you write for that.  Always.

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Part of my reading has been old TZ Magazine issues (BK thoughtfully completed my collection by buying me the entire run for Christmas one year, and I love them).  I enjoy reading the interviews (this issue had one with Robert Bloch) and the short stories, seeing the editors talk about Stephen King almost as if he’s the new kid on the block they’re all proud of, reading the affable and humorous tones in the book and movie reviews.  There’s a part of me that kind of wishes I could have had a chance at submitting to/getting published in this magazine, alongside these greats.  I wish I could have met people like Robert Bloch, Karl Edward Wagner, etc.  I guess I want to be ageless and timeless and have enjoyed the history of commercial horror fiction as much as the present and future.  What I do find funny about reading through these old magazines and anthologies is that there were the same complaints and dramas then as there are now; like the old saying says, as much as things change, they stay the same.  There’s something kind of comforting in that; I guess when you’re in the midst of such a revolutionary time — tech-wise, war-wise, medicine-wise, society-wise — it’s nice to know publishing has, as evidenced by editorials, always been on the brink of explosion/implosion/annihilation at the hands tentacles of rabid pygmy sharktoctopi.

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Guess that’s all for now.  Go out and enjoy the beautiful day. 🙂

THE HOLLOWER 2/3 Sold Out!

If you’re thinking of picking up one of the signed limiteds of The Hollower, now is the time.  I’m told that 2/3 of the 85 copies have already sold.

As previously mentioned, since these books were designed to be a complete set with covers that create one large, gorgeous  piece of art by David Ho, in purchasing this, you’re automatically signed up to purchase the re-release of Found You in May and the new, never-before-published third book, The Triumvirate in July, so you’re guaranteed a complete set.

If you’re thinking of picking up a copy, you can put your order in here, or join in discussions about The Hollower, Thrall, For Emmy, or any other Thunderstorm books products here.

THE HOLLOWER Available NOW From Thunderstorm Books

The Hollower Trilogy has begun!

The beautifully re-released signed hard cover of the trilogy’s first book, The Hollower, is now available through Thunderstorm Books’ Supercell Series. This edition is limited to 85 copies and is expected to sell fast. Since these books were designed to be a complete set with cover art that creates one large, visually stunning piece of art, in purchasing this, you’re automatically signed up to purchase the re-release of Found You in May and the new, never-bef0re-published third book, The Triumvirate in July, so you’re guaranteed a complete set! (Those who wish to purchase only The Triumvirate can do so as part of the Hard Rain series.)

If you liked the original Hollower series or if you’re interested in trying it for the first time, now is the time to get these books.  They are the author’s preferred text versions, with incredible cover art by David Ho, and newly included author’s notes about each book.