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N O V E L S
WHERE THE DEAD LIE (working title)
BEHIND THE DOOR
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 . . .
Nilhollow — six-hundred-plus acres of haunted woods in New Jersey’s Pine Barrens — is the stuff of urban legend. Amid tales of tree spirits and all-powerful forest gods are frightening accounts of hikers who went insane right before taking their own lives. It is here that Julia Russo flees when her violent ex-boyfriend runs her off the road . . . here that she vanishes without a trace.
State Trooper Peter Grainger has witnessed unspeakable things that have broken other men.
But he has to find Julia and can’t turn back now. Every step takes him closer to an ugliness that won’t be appeased—a centuries-old, devouring hatred rising up to eviscerate humankind. Waiting, feeding, surviving. It’s unstoppable. And its time has come.
CHILLS (The Blue People)
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…
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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.
The last thing Jesse Coaglan ever wanted to do was return to his hometown of Thrall, New Jersey. Tucked away in the wilds of the northwestern corner of the state, Thrall has always been a very strange place to live. The town was a poison that affected people’s minds, their souls, their bodies, and their perspectives. So Jesse abandoned his friends and the one woman he loved, and left everything behind.
Seven years later, Jesse has found a reason to return — a reason that, in spite of his best attempts otherwise, he can’t ignore. His old love, Mia Dalianis, has left him a voicemail message begging him to come back, if not for her, then for the daughter Jesse never knew he had. Jesse needs to go back. He’s been running for a long time — from relationships, friendships, everything he is afraid of and feels guilty over. He realizes that the nightmares will never stop until he goes to Thrall. With help from Nadia Richards and some old surviving friends from Thrall, Jesse intends to find his daughter or die trying. He goes looking for redemption, but what he discovers about his old hometown may destroy him and everyone he’s ever cared about.
HOLLOWER TRILOGY OMNIBUS
Erik McGavin finally has his life back from the monsters who sought to destroy him inside and out. He has come from having nothing to having a happy, stable life with his beautiful wife, a home, and a baby on the way. But there are signs the rift has opened again, and that what has come through this time is the ultimate deadly force: the Three are looking to cauterize our dimension, and have powers beyond anything our world – or theirs – have ever seen. Hollower Trilogy Book # 3
In the town of Lakehaven, New Jersey, an evil has returned from between dimensions. It is looking for vengeance. It is looking to destroy, body and soul. Dave Kohlar and his friend Erik fought an evil like it once before, and they were nearly killed trying to defeat it. They had hoped that it was over, and their lives could be peaceful and happy. But this kind is different; it is hungrier, it is angry, and it is very, very strong. With loved ones falling prey to its all-encompassing hate, Dave and Erik and some new friends look to close the door on it for good. Hollower Trilogy Book # 2
Something alien is stalking residents of Lakehaven, New Jersey. It can’t see them, hear them, or touch them, but it knows them — their fears, their insecurities, and their secrets. It knows how to destroy them from the inside out. And it won’t stop until each of them is dead. Dave Kohlar has never felt like he was good for anything. But when his sanity, his life, and the safety of his only family and friends is in danger, he has to look inside himself for a strength that his otherwordly enemy can’t touch — strength that can hopefully save them all. Hollower Trilogy Book # 1
N O V E L L A S
A QUIET PLACE AT WORLD’S END
THE FADING PLACE
Charlie Van Houten is a single mother running the usual weekend errands with her beautiful baby girl Haley, until a delusional gun-wielding woman named Simone takes them hostage in their own car. As they make their way to an unknown final destination, and Simone’s paranoia spirals further out of control, Charlie must stop a different kind of monster from taking away all that she loves.
Sometimes no matter how vigilant you are, you can’t keep loved ones save. — Dana McCluskey and her father know very well that there can be dangers around every corner. They wanted to keep Emmy safe. — But it is impossible to see some dangers coming. And there are those corners that you’d never see, out-of-the-way places just beyond our grasp where loved ones can get very lost — and the danger there is very real indeed.
When police officer Liam McInnes answers a domestic disturbance call, he discovers a battered woman whose inner demons have given her a new kind of strength. But in order to free her of those demons, Liam will have to navigate the gray areas of evil, and face the desperation that comes with true possession of another.
C O L L E C T E D W O R K
THE HOTEL EREBUS
A DARKLING PLAIN
UNDER COVER OF NIGHT
A WEIRDISH WILD SPACE
S H O R T F I C T I O N
“The Hundred Years’ Sleep” appeared in A Mythos Grimmly: A Lovecraftian Fairy Tale Anthology, 2015.
“The Last Things to Go” (co-written by Brian Keene) appeared in the anthology Library of the Dead (also contains Afterword written in memory of J.F. Gonzalez), Apr. 2015.
“The Floodgates of Willowhill” appeared in the anthology Shadows Over Main Street, Jan. 2015.
“No Songs for the Stars” appeared as a limited edition chapbook through White Noise Press, Oct. 2014.
“The Mime” appeared in Lamplight Magazine, Volume II, Issue III, Mar. 2014.
“Okiku” appeared in Mia Moja anthology, Thunderstorm Books, Mar. 2014.
“The Anathema Cell” appeared as a limited edition chapbook from Camelot Books, June 2013.
“Baby Teeth” appeared as supplemental chapbook with purchase of Is There a Demon in You?
“The Nurses of Haversham” appeared in Literary Mayhem, October 2010; reprinted with HCLE For Emmy
“The Days After the World Went Away” appeared in Inhuman #4, 2009
“Andi” appeared in LEGENDS OF THE MOUNTAIN STATE 2, September 2008
“The Doom that Came to Jack H. Aringa” appeared in JACK HARINGA MUST DIE! (to support the Shirley Jackson Awards), June 2008
“Letting Go” appeared on Horrorworld (www.horrorworld.com), May 2008
“The Eleventh Hour Syndrome” appeared in Space and Time Magazine #100, spring 2007
“Kins” appeared in Postscripts #9, December 2006
“Goth and Crow” appeared in the GSHW anthology DARK NOTES FROM NJ, April 2005
“Outside the Box” appeared in SMALL BITES (to benefit Charles Grant), September 2004
“Dark, Sacred Night” (a collaboration with Shikhar Dixit) appeared in the GSHW anthology TALES FROM A DARKER STATE, October 2003
“Skincatchers” was reprinted in OF HORRORFIND II, August 2003
“Dust Shadows of the Dead” appeared in Black October Magazine #3, August 2002
“The Amazing Morpheus” appeared in Twilight Tales’ FREAKS, GEEKS, AND SIDESHOW FLOOZIES, April/August 2002
“Eden’s Gates” appeared in Lone Wolf Publications’ anthology STONES, January 2002
“Skincatchers” appeared on Horrorfind.com, May 2001
“Pandora’s Music Box” appeared in the Undersiders’ anthology OBJET D’EVIL, 2000.
“Fury” appeared in December Girl Press’s anthology CRIME SPREE, 2000.
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