Monday, October 24, 2016

Read My New Short Story "What Crosses Over" Right Now!

Today's an exciting day! I'm checking into the Haunted Hotel over at my pal Jolene Haley's website with a brand new short story called "What Crosses Over."

I absolutely love the annual writer and illustrator showcases that Jolene puts on. She brings together some amazingly talented writers and artists, and I am so grateful to have been able to participate over the past few years.

This year all of the stories revolve around a haunted hotel named the Thornewood, which has 666 rooms. I immediately signed up for room number 665. My thought was that room 666 would naturally be connected to some great danger or evil. But what about the rooms right next to it? That was a question I decided to explore.

So, I had a vague kernel of an idea, but I needed more ingredients for my story. I love creating characters, and I had decided this story would feature two main characters. I toyed with the idea of having it be two friends, or two people who were romantically involved. But it was a brief conversation on Twitter with my friend Jessi that led to the creation of the characters for "What Crosses Over."

I'm a big fan of the Soska sisters (also known as the Twisted Twins), who wrote and directed the excellent American Mary (starring Katharine Isabelle of Ginger Snaps and Freddy vs. Jason). They burst onto the horror scene with Dead Hooker in a Trunk back in 2009 and have become icons of the genre. I've since watched their show Hellevator, and it is indeed awesome--you should all be watching it.

The Soska Sisters
Anyway, that conversation inspired the creation of the main characters in my short story. I decided they would be a couple of freelance monster-hunting, magic-wielding, ass-kicking Canadian sisters known as "The Bards." And so, Lucienne and Maurelle Delacroix were born. As you'll see, the term "bards" is referring to their magical talents, which revolve around music (Lucie) and words (Mo). It's also a reference to my lifelong love of D&D. These two characters were so much fun to write from the start, that I connected their story to my Parted Veil series of books, opening the door for them to have many more adventures in the future. But it all starts at the Thornewood Hotel.

Outside of the characters, this story has clear connection to Lovecraft (as does my whole Parted Veil series), but also features nods to John Carpenter's Prince of Darkness, and Creepshow 2's "The Raft," segment, which was based on a Stephen King short story. There's also an Easter Egg to another '80s franchise in there--I'll let you find it.

I hope you dig the story, as well as the peek into the inspiration behind it. Now go watch everything the Soska Sisters have made. And if you like the larger ideas this story is hinting at, feel free to check out my Parted Veil series.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Come See Me at Bing Con This Saturday (10/22)!

I am very excited to be exhibiting at my home town con this weekend! Bing Con is an annual event that features local writers, artists, crafters and more who come together to raise money for the Bing Arts Center. The Bing is a local theater that is in the process of being restored, and the proceeds from admission to the show go toward the restoration.

Bing Con is taking place this Saturday from 11-5 at Trinity Church on Sumner Aver in Springfield. I'll have a table and will be selling my Parted Veil books, as well as my brand new short story collection, Intrusive Thoughts.

If you're in the Western Mass area, come down to Trinity on Saturday and say hi!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

INTRUSIVE THOUGHTS is Now Available in Print!

I'm very happy to announce that my short story collection Intrusive Thoughts (Volume One) is now available in print over at Drive Thru Fiction. Even better, it's a mere $6.99, so you should be able to buy it and get it shipped to you for $10 or so! And if you want the electronic versions (PDF, Mobi, Epub) as well, they're only $0.99 when you buy the print version.

About Intrusive Thoughts (Volume One)

They appear in your mind without warning. Panic-inducing visions of familiar people, places and events twisted into something sinister and frightening.

A child's imaginary friend;
A carnival photo booth;
A snowy winter's night;
A lovers' getaway;
A harvest celebration;
A walk in the woods;
A couple's dream house.

Once these corrupted versions of reality embed themselves into your brain, they will haunt you every time you close your eyes.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Get HARROWED for Free This Weekend!!

With the upcoming release of Haunted (Woodsview Murders #2), now is the perfect time to check our the book that started it all, Harrowed

This weekend (10/1-10/2), Harrowed is part of a book promotion from Patty Jansen, and it will be FREE! 

What's even cooler is that there are over one hundred books that will be free as part of this promotion, including science fiction, fantasy, horror, romance and more. You can click on the banner above to see all of the books on the list. You can also click here to go directly to Harrowed.

You can sign up for Patty's mailing list here to get notified about future free book promotions, sales, giveaways and more.

So, catch up on the Woodsview Murders this weekend, and grab some additional books for your Kindle!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Cover Reveal: HAUNTED (The Woodsview Murders #2)

I am so, so excited to finally share this with you.

Last year, Jolene Haley and I wrote Harrowed, a love letter to '80s slasher movies. In Harrowed, a killer known as the Woodsview Harvester terrorized a group of high school seniors, and only two of them made it out alive--Avery Blair and Quinn Grady.

If you forgot what Harrowed looked like, let me remind you:

Well, it's been one year since the massacre, and the harvest season is upon us again.


Haunted (The Woodsview Murders #2)

Last October, corpses piled up in Woodsview, Massachusetts faster than autumn leaves in the dead of fall. The small town changed forever when Jeremy Kane, known as the Harvester, slaughtered Avery Blair’s classmates, her friends, and Jason, the love of her life. Avery was supposed to die too, but she narrowly escaped, killing the Harvester in the process.

Avery and her best friend are trying to move on and leave their horrible past behind. They’ve enrolled in college, and taken on new challenges. Avery has a campus radio show, and Quinn has found a release—and a new relationship—on the roller derby track.

The Harvester nightmare was laid to rest, along with the bodies of her friends and the remains of the killer. But what’s dead doesn’t always stay buried. With the anniversary of the slayings, comes a suspicious death on campus. When two of their dorm mates disappear, Avery suspects that the Harvester is back to finish what he started.

Avery Blair is haunted by the ghosts of her past—memories of the slayings that torment her days and curse her sleepless nights. She can dismiss the visions of Jason she sees everywhere, but she can’t ignore the signs that scream the Harvester is back…for blood.

One thing is certain—people are dying, and the killer is determined to add Avery and Quinn to the carnage. Can Avery separate fiction from reality and find the killer, or will the ghosts of the past finally consume her? Jeremy Kane is dead. He can’t possibly be back from the grave, can he?