Wednesday, October 7, 2015

I'll See You at NYCC (Booth #2018)!

This morning I'm heading down to New York for the big show--New York Comic Con. As one half of the Secret identity podcast, I've been covering this show for years, and it never gets old. Many of the interviews we post over the year come from this show. Between my show partner Matt Herring and I, we'll probably interview about 40 creators over the course of the weekend.

But, NYCC is also a time for me to catch up with friends that I only get to see once a year. And if you're headed to NYCC this weekend, I'd love to catch up with you, too!

I'll be based out of the Monarch Comics booth (#2018), where my good pal Vin Ferrante will have tons of great specials and giveaways for his Witch Hunter comic. I'll also have some cool HARROWED bookmarks to give away, and you may even be able to get a copy of Monarch Comics Chronicles #1, featuring a short story I wrote!

So, stop by booth 2018 and say hi!

Monday, October 5, 2015

The First Reviews for HARROWED Are Killer!

So, HARROWED has been out in the wild for a little over week now, and we are starting to see some reviews come in. Our small town slasher story has now been reviewed on Goodreads and Amazon, and folks have had some really wonderful things to say about it.

As a writer, you learn not to get too high or low when it comes to reviews--heck, some writers don't even read them. There will always be people who like your story, and those who don't. When I read reviews, I'm looking for signs of whether or not I accomplished what I set out to do, and where I can get better if I didn't.

Without quoting the reviews directly (you can read them at the above links if you'd like), there are some real bright spots in people's reactions so far. Here are my top three:

1. The Harvester feels like a slasher. This was extremely important to Jolene and I. The Woodsview Murders series is our love letter to the slasher genre of horror films. We wanted to create a character that felt iconic. So far, it seems like we succeeded

2. The story keeps people guessing. The identity of the Harvester and the killer's motivations are a satisfying mystery. In the feedback we're getting from readers, there have been a variety of theories about the identity of the killer, which is great.

3. Woodsview, Massachusetts is a living, breathing place. We are consistently hearing that our setting captures the feel of a small town, which is great to hear, as it is populated with people and places that Jolene and I grew up with. The diner, the record store, the school--they all exist. Oh, and there is a real Woodsview, too. Perhaps someday we'll reveal its true location...

I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to write a review of our book so far. Thoughtful reviews are tremendously helpful. As we continue to work on book two of the Woodsview Murders, it's great to know what aspects of the first book are resonating with people.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Start #OctFearFest a Day Early With EVIL DEAD!

Over at The Midnight Society, we've got a ton of really fun horror-themed activities going on for the month of October. Every week of the month has a theme, and we're kicking things off this week with horror history.

When I think of horror history, I think of the greats like Lovecraft, Chambers and Poe, who paved the way for the genre and inspired so many of the writers that came afterward. But I also think of '70s and '80s horror movies, as I still believe the the late '70s and early to mid-'80s were the greatest time for horror films, and so much of what we associate with the genre was established in that era of film making.

So, my entry for horror history week will be to live-tweet a viewing of the original EVIL DEAD. This 1981 film is an absolute masterpiece of low-budget film making, and it put both Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell on the map.

The live-tweet will start at 8:30PM EST, and I'll be using the hashtag #OctFearFest on Twitter. I'll be watching my personal copy of EVIL DEAD, but you can watch the movie for free on Hulu right here. You can also rent it from Amazon for about $3, and it's totally worth it.

Over the course of the month, I'll be revisiting all three of the original EVIL DEAD trilogy of films, leading up to a live-tweet of ASH VS> EVIL DEAD on Halloween night.

Join us, won't you? JOIN USSSSSSSS....

Monday, September 28, 2015

The Woodsview Case Files Have Been Opened!

In 2013, a series of murders rocked the small community of Woodsview, Massachusetts. Six months later, college students Louise Vernon and Philip Barker recorded a series of podcasts looking back at the killings, and examining each one from the perspective of the victims, the police, and the Woodsview Harvester, the maniac responsible for the murders.

Beginning today, those podcasts are being posted and archived on the website of Woodsview's local newspaper, the Sentinel.

You can hear episode one right now by clicking here.

You can also head over to for additional news articles, blog posts and more information.

And if you haven't read the book that documents the tragic events of October 2013, you can get HARROWED right now on Amazon.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Dive Into the World of HARROWED With "The Woodsview Case Files" Podcast

In the pages of HARROWED, writers Jolene Haley and Brian LeTendre recounted the tale of the Woodsview Harvester, a killer who terrorized a small Massachusetts town in October of 2013. The murder of Woodsview High School senior Beatrice Thompson was the beginning of a killing spree that will forever scar the small community.

Roughly six months after the murders, two Central Massachusetts State College students produced a series of podcasts revisiting the case. Louise Vernon and Philip Barker examined each death from the perspectives of the Harvester, the victim and the police who were investigating the killings. The podcasts were part of a school project and originally broadcast through the college radio station, but were also submitted the local newspaper to be archived as part of the ongoing story surrounding the Woodsview Murders.

Beginning Monday, those podcasts episodes will be made available every other week on

If you haven't read HARROWED yet, you can get a copy over on Amazon by clicking here.

You can also get updates on everything on all things Woodsview by following Woodsview Case Files on Twitter as well as the hashtag #WoodsviewMurders.