Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Come See Me at CT HorrorFest This Weekend!

One of my favorite shows of the year is this weekend! Connecticut HorrorFest, put on by my pals at the Horror News Network, will be happening this Saturday at the Matrix Conference Center in Danbury, CT.


The lineup of guests is amazing, and includes George Romero (Night of the Living Dead), Ellen Sandweiss, Betsy Baker and Theresa Tilly (Evil Dead), Tyler Mane (Halloween), Zach Galligan (Gremlins) and a ton more.

AND, I'll be selling books at the show! Not only will I have all three books in the Parted Veil Trilogy:


But I will also have my band new collection of short stories Intrusive Thoughts, which is not even available online yet!


This collection features two stories that are connected to the Parted Veil series, including the origin of one of the characters. It also features the origin story of a major character in Orchard Pointe, the new book Jolene Haley and I will be releasing soon. All of the stories are standalone however, and there's a little something for horror fans of all types in this one.

So, if you're in the CT/NY area, come out to Danbury for Connecticut HorrorFest this Saturday. And if you do, make sure to come by my table and say hi!


Monday, August 22, 2016

TerrifiCon Was a Blast!

What a weekend!

This year's TerrifiCon at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT was amazing. Matt Herring and I were exhibiting at the show for Secret Identity, doing interviews for the podcast and hosting and moderating panels all weekend.

There were so many highlights it's hard to pick just a few, but here goes:

My son and I got to see John Wesley Shipp (The Flash) again and meet Katrina Law (Arrow) for the first time. Both were super nice and were great to my son, which makes me even bigger fans of theirs.

Matt and I hosted two panels on starting your own podcast. I love talking about podcasting and especially love to talk with people who are just starting their own show. We met a ton of great people who had questions, feedback and some really great ideas for shows. I can't wait to check out their podcasts when they launch.

On Sunday, I got to moderate my dream panel. Anyone who l knows me knows that I am a lifelong Spider-Man fan (my son's name is Parker). I was lucky enough to moderate a panel called The Amazing Spider-Man: 35 Years of Writing Spider-Man. A veritable Mount Rushmore of Spidey writers were on the panel--Dan Slott, J.M. DeMatteis, Roger Stern and Peter David.


These four guys are responsible for some of the greatest storylines and  moments in Spider-Man's history--Kraven's Last Hunt, The Death of Jean DeWolff, The Origin of the Hobgoblin, Spider Island and so many more. I was so enthralled with listening to them that I forgot to start recording the panel until about ten minutes in. I'm actually hoping to get a full recording of it (audio of video) so I can share it with everyone, because it was a blast.

On top of all that, I got to catch up with some of my comics friends that I rarely get to see, and we got some great interviews for the podcast. All in all, TerrifiCon was a fantastic show, and i want to thank the man behind that show, our pal Mitch Hallock, who continues to grow TerrifiCon into one of the best shows in the country. I can't wait until next year!



Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Come See Me At TerrifiCon This Weekend!


This weekend I'll be at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT for TerrifiCon! Not only will I be doing interviews for the Secret Identity podcast, but I'll be hosting panels as well. 

On Friday and Sunday, my Secret Identity co-host Matt Herring and I will be doing two podcasting panels. These panels are aimed at anyone interested in starting their own podcast or looking to hear about our experience hosting and producing podcasts for the past ten-plus years. 

Here are the times and places:
Friday 8/19--5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.--PANEL ROOM 2 (Oneida / Penobscot)
Sunday 8/21--1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.--PODCAST / ART CLASS STUDIO (Passamaquoddy)


I will also have print copies of my podcasting book MAKING EAR CANDY at the show.

On Saturday 8/20 from 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. (PANEL ROOM 1 (Nehantic/Pequot/Paugusett)), I will be moderating my dream panel--Amazing Spider-Men: 35 Years of Writing Spider-Man. This panel will feature legendary writers Roger Stern, Peter David, J.M. DeMatteis and Dan Slott, and we'll be talking about some of the amazing moments they've created during their runs on Marvel's flagship character. As a lifelong Spidey fan, I cannot tell you how excited I am for this one.


So come on down to TerrifCon this weekend and hang out! You can find out more at www.terrificon.com!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Updates, Updates, Updates!

Where has the summer gone?!!

Seriously, I feel like it was the end of May like two weeks ago. But here we are. in mid-August, and I've got two book projects coming out this month.

One of the reasons for my lack of updates lately is that Jolene Haley and I have been laser focused on final edits for Orchard Pointe, which should be arriving on August 16th. An interesting aspect of Orchard Pointe (I think), is that it has some French-speaking characters in it, which has added a layer of complexity to both the writing and editing processes. Jolene and I want to give a big shout out to Magali Fr├ęchette, who has been a tremendous help to us in making sure our French dialogue was accurate.

And then of course there is my short story collection Intrusive Thoughts: Volume One, which will be out digitally before the end of the month. I actually debuted some print copies of the book at the Plastic City Comic Con in Leominster in late July, and the feedback has been very positive so far. I'll be taking the rest of those print copies with me to the Connecticut HorrorFest on August 27th.

In addition to those pending releases, Jolene and I are hard at work on the sequel to Harrowed, which is called Haunted. We're around 65K in our draft now, so we have a ways to go, but it's coming along very nicely. We think you'll really like some of the new characters we're introducing, though I can't promise they'll all be sticking around for the duration (*insert evil laugh here*).

So, the summer has flown by, but there's a lot of exciting stuff coming up. In addition to my writing projects, I'm still putting out new episodes of the Secret Identity podcast every week with my pal Matt Herring. We'll be heading to TerrifiCon later this month, where I'll be moderating a Spider-Man panel featuring Dan Slott, J.M. DeMatteis, Peter David and Roger Stern, which is basically a Mount Rushmore of Spider-Man writers for me.

If you're a music fan, Antony Johnston and I just released the latest episode of our music podcast Thrash It Out, in which we discuss Type O Negative's album October Rust.

And finally, if you're into gaming, Nick Merritt and I just posted the most recent episode of the Co-Op Critics Podcast, where we discuss Blizzard's newest game Overwatch.

So as you can see, I've been keeping busy this summer. Now it's time to get back to work on Orchard Pointe, because Jolene and i cannot wait to share it with you.

Stay tuned!






Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Here's the ORCHARD POINTE Cover!!!!!!


Aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!

This is really happening, you guys. Orchard Pointe is coming to life.

Look at that beautiful, beautiful cover. I can't stand how gorgeous it is. And I cannot stop starting at it. It's taken me a week to write this post.

*Deep Breath*

I'm gonna tell you what Orchard Pointe is all about in a minute, but first I want to tell you why it's so important to me, because there are a few reasons. Most importantly, this is the second series I've written with Jolene Haley, and that's huge for me. Jolene is not only an amazing writer, but we have become great friends over the past year, and the creative partnership we have is something I am thankful for every single day. She is so much fun to work with.

Each series we write is our way of sharing the things we love with our readers--the things that made us fans of horror, suspense and the supernatural. With Harrowed, we wrote a love letter to '80s slasher films. With Orchard Pointe, we are paying homage to the great Lois Duncan (I Know What You Did Last Summer, Summer of Fear), as well as films like Something Wicked This Way Comes and shows like Twin Peaks and The X-Files. It's a much different series than The Woodsview Murders, and it's one in which the setting is just as much a main character as anyone else.

Which brings me to the second reason this series is so important to me. The setting of Orchard Pointe is inspired by the area of Maine that I have spent almost every summer of my life visiting. It is as much a part of me as my hometown and the place I've lived for the past sixteen years with my family. There is something magical about Maine, and for a lot of us New Englanders, the Wells, Ogunquit, Old Orchard Beach and Portland areas are a home away from home. That's certainly the case for me and my family, and my love for that area is woven into the fabric of Orchard Pointe. Those who have spent time in southern Maine will notice a lot of Orchard Pointe is inspired by places they've visited in real life. And for those that have never visited, my hope is that they will want to after spending some time in Orchard Pointe. This series is just getting started.


So, what about this story? Well, here's our book blurb:

Every town has its secrets. This town is made of them.

It’s been ten years since Hudson James stepped foot in the small beach town of Orchard Pointe. His parents are battling through a nasty divorce and he’s forced to spend the summer in Maine with extended family. But Hudson makes the most of it. He finds kindred spirits in his cousin Marley and her oddball friend Kit, and lands a security job at the amusement park he loved as a kid.

Oceanside Amusement Park was once the centerpiece of the beachfront tourist experience. But with attendance down and the park in need of an update, Orchard Pointe’s tricentennial celebration might be the last chance to turn things around. The town brings in a performance group all the way from their sister city of Monrive, France—Madame Chambers’ Coterie of Curiosities. From sideshow to burlesque acts, Madame Chambers and her eccentric group of performers mesmerize locals and tourists alike from the moment they arrive.

When a girl disappears from the park during Hudson’s very first shift, he feels responsible. When she turns up dead, Hudson can’t forgive himself. He vows to discover the truth about what happened and the more he digs, the more he’s certain that Madame Chambers and her Coterie aren’t what they seem.

Can Hudson stop the wave of darkness that has crashed down on Orchard Pointe, or will the undertow of secrets claim another victim?


The amazing Hang Le created our beautiful cover, and just like with Harrowed, she absolutely nailed the feeling Jolene and I were trying to evoke. I am continually blown away by her. You can check out more of her work over at her site, www.byhangle.com.

Orchard Pointe will be arriving on August 16th, and you can add it to your Goodreads list right now! You can also follow Jolene (@jolenehaley) and me (@SeeBrianWrite) on Twitter and join the discussion using the #OrchardPointe hashtag.

Oh, and before you go--check out the trailer I made for the book: