CHILLS Release

Just a quick note to let folks know where they can pick up a copy of CHILLS, due to hit bookstores on Tuesday, September 27th:


“True Detective” meets H.P. Lovecraft in this chilling novel of murder, mystery, and slow-mounting dread from acclaimed author Mary SanGiovanni . . .

It begins with a freak snowstorm in May. Hit hardest is the rural town of Colby, Connecticut. Schools and businesses are closed, powerlines are down, and police detective Jack Glazier has found a body in the snow. It appears to be the victim of a bizarre ritual murder. It won’t be the last. As the snow piles up, so do the sacrifices. Cut off from the rest of the world, Glazier teams up with an occult crime specialist to uncover a secret society hiding in their midst.

The gods they worship are unthinkable. The powers they summon are unstoppable. And the things they will do to the good people of Colby are utterly, horribly unspeakable…

If you haven’t yet pre-ordered a copy of CHILLS and would like to, here are some places you can find one:








Thank you to everyone who pre-ordered one — it is very much appreciated.


Some Updates

Hi, folks.  A few quick updates:

First, thanks to everyone who came out to see us this past weekend at Scares That Care. I understand the charity made some money for needy families, and that makes me happy.  A special thanks to the organizers for putting on such a fun weekend for such a worthwhile cause.

Second, I will be at NECon in two weeks — more info on programming and whatnot to follow.  Further, I will be making an appearance with Brian Keene at the Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond, VA this month as well.  Brian and I will be signing books and doing a Q&A with audience members.

A signed, limited edition hard cover version of my recent short story collection, A Darkling Plain, should be available soon. I’ll keep you posted.

Shadows over Main StreetA few of my short stories will be appearing in various anthologies and chapbook venues in the next couple of months. I can’t get into details about all of them, but I can tell you that my short story, “The Floodgates of Willowhill,” will be appearing in the anthology Shadows Over Main Street, edited by Doug Murano and D. Alexander Ward.  There are some phenomenal authors in this one, so I hope you’ll consider checking it out.




Finally, a teaser from the new novel, The Blue People:

They seemed to be made of a translucent blue, somewhat crystalline substance that molded itself, at will, into the semblance of a tall, gaunt person-shape. This shape, with its long, rather sharp features, was swathed in an assortment of sapphire folds of plush cloth embroidered, or so it looked, with silvery-white threads, so that only the skeletal head and hands could be seen. In the cavernous sockets of their eyes was a deep blackness that seemed almost a tangible thing.

The being in front opened its mouth and the others followed suit; a bright light issued from their throats and carried their voices in unison to her. “We were summoned.”


THRALL Paperback Version Now Available

ThrallI’m pleased to announce that in addition to the e-book and audiobook versions of my novel Thrall, there is now a paperback version available as well.  It’s the first in a series of cost-friendly re-releases of my entire backlist in both paperback and e-book.  This one is a personal favorite of mine, and I hope that if you do decide to pick it up, you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

A New Book and a Chance to Be Killed

So my new book, Chaos, is now available from Thunderstorm Books, and I am delighted:

From the author of the Hollower Trilogy and Thrall comes a terrifying new novel of madness and horror….

The Bridgewood Estates apartments are clean, modern and new—the perfect place for Myrinda and her boyfriend Derek to start a new life together. But the apartments have an extra feature not advertised—they’re built on a gateway to another world, an abyss of chaos from which horrific monsters known as the chaotic ones have come to spread their insanity sickness. As the tenants of Bridgewood descend into lunacy, unthinkable acts and violent deaths accumulate around Myrinda and Derek. They’ll have to fight Myrinda’s own growing madness or succumb to the whims of the chaotic ones.

This book is rather special to me as it marks a certain milestone, I think, in my writing. I understand from Paul that the bulk of the copies have sold already, but there are still several copies available for purchase.

In honor of the release of Chaos, I’m holding a drawing to have five of you killed. In loving, carefully-crafted prose, of course. Everyone who has bought or buys a copy of Chaos at any point during today through the end of Friday, August 30th, will be entered into a drawing to have his or her name used as a victim character in my next Thunderstorm book. Five winners will be chosen at random from the list of purchasers.

If you would like to enter for a chance to win your name immortalized as a victim of some nasty other dimensional monster, click here and pick up one of the last few copies left!

As always, thanks to all who picked up a copy. I sincerely hope you enjoy this one.

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 Books Almost Sold Out!

Thunderstorm Books reports that there are only two remaining copies of the Hard Rain ($35) version of The Triumvirate left, so if you were waiting on picking up a copy, now would be the time to move on it.  Also, there are only two complete matching sets of The Hollower Trilogy (this includes The Hollower, Found You, and The Triumvirate).  You can contact Paul Goblirsch and make him an offer on these if you want to get them before they’re gone.  He also has a couple of “broken” sets or individual books available — this may be your last chance to match up your books.