Upcoming Work: 2015

Thought I’d post an update for those curious about what’s coming down the pike from me this year. Obviously this is assuming there are no delays, life-altering disasters, or collapsing publishers, but as of now this is how things stand…

NOVELS
Night Falls on Memory Lane
Kin 2

NOVELLAS
The Landlords

SHORT STORIES
“The End of Us” — Better Weird: A Tribute to David B. Silva, Cemetery Dance Publicationsbetter weird
“I’m Not There” — Library of the Dead
“Stalled” — Shocklines: New Voices in Terror
“The Land of Sunshine” – Dark Screams Volume Five
“What Did You Do To Them, Mr. Donovan?” – Unannounced Anthology
“Untitled Round Robin Story with Ray Garton, Brian Freeman, Bev Vincent, and Richard Chizmar” – Cemetery Dance Publications
“Hoarder” – Blurring the Line
“Home” – Unannounced Anthology
“Down Here With Us” – The Lost Citadel
“Verdigris” – I Am the Abyss

COLLECTIONS
Milestone: The Collected Stories (print edition)

ESSAYS
“Dancing with Mr. Death” – October Dreams 2chizmar18

FILM
“How the Night Receives Them” (short) – Details TBA
“Let Me Go” (original short) – Details TBA
“Peekers” – Feature Film, Lionsgate Entertainment, Release Date TBA

OTHER
“The Playwright” – Broadside Limited Release from Biting Dog Press

As always, I’ll update as more news becomes available…

THE PAPERBACKS

Due to a large number of requests from readers, I have over the past few months made a number of my out-of-print titles available again as affordable trade paperbacks. These titles are Stage Whispers: The Collected Timmy Quinn, Ravenous Ghosts, The Number 121 to Pennsylvania & Others, Master of the Moors, Currency of Souls, and Kin. Slated for the future is Nemesis: The Death of Timmy Quinn, the concluding novel in the Timmy Quinn series. The books are currently available through Createspace, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

ImageThus far there’s been a terrific response to these, which ensures I’ll continue to offer more titles in the future. If there’s any book in particular you’d like to see available again, please don’t hesitate to let me know!

And if you have, like so many others, moved from paperback to digital, remember that all of these titles and more are currently available for your e-reader in a variety of formats (see the sidebar of this page). Paul at Thunderstorm Books also still has some copies of the signed limited edition of Nemesis in stock.

The Timmy Quinn Interviews

Blu Gilliand over at The October Country (a wonderful blog for all things horror) has just posted the final installment in the Timmy Quinn series of interviews. There are five in all, each one focusing on a different book in the series, starting with The Turtle Boy, through The Hides, Vessels, Peregrine’s Tale, and ending with Nemesis. Blu asked some really excellent in-depth questions about each title, getting to meat of what makes them tick. If you’re a fan of the series, it provides some insight into the development of the books and the series as a whole. We also discuss what’s up next for the Timmy Quinn universe.

You can find the interviews here:

The Turtle Boy

The Hides

Vessels

Peregrine’s Tale

Nemesis

My thanks to Blu Gilliand for conducting this excellent series of interviews.

 

NEMESIS Released Today

Although Amazon and Barnes & Noble beat me to the punch by making it available a day early, the digital edition of NEMESIS is officially released today, and what better time to unleash upon the world this long novel of ghosts, witches, undead, and demons, than on Halloween?

I’ll update this post with more ordering links as other vendors catch up (Sony, iTunes, etc.), but for now, you can find the book here:

Amazon US
Amazon UK
B&N
Smashwords
Kobo

And for those of you who don’t do digital, remember the book is also available as a signed limited edition hardcover here and here.

About the book:

“We no longer need the sun to cast our shadows, for we have become them.”

For over twenty years Tim Quinn has lived in the shadow of death. Now, the Curtain has come down and the dead no longer need him to facilitate their vengeance. As the air turns amber, the shadows deepen, and murderous revenants begin to stalk the streets, Tim and the woman he loves must race to find Peregrine, the man they believe responsible for the sundering of the veil between the living and the dead.

While the sins of the past intertwine with the present and vicious entities old and new arise to claim dominion, Tim must learn the secrets of The Stage and uncover the genesis of those who created it before The Stage becomes all there is.

But just as there are enemies in Tim’s dark new world, so too are there allies: The Conduits, people possessed of similar gifts who share a common goal: to find and destroy Peregrine before Peregrine destroys them all.

In the final battle, Tim will fight not only for the woman he loves and the life she carries within her, but for the very fate of mankind. It is a battle that will transcend realms, cost lives, and at last bring Tim Quinn face to face with his nemesis.

NEMESIS is the epic novel-length conclusion of the acclaimed Timmy Quinn series, which began in 2004 with the Bram Stoker Award-winning novella THE TURTLE BOY (available for free on all digital platforms).

NEMESIS Now Available

It’s been a long time coming (my fault alone), but NEMESIS is now available as a signed, limited edition hardcover from Thunderstorm Books. Here are some things you need to know:

1) The novel is limited to 325 copies, and the publisher reports that sales are brisk, so if you’re interested in picking up a copy, sooner is better than later. Because of the limitation, chances are good that copies on the secondary market (ebay, ABEbooks, etc) will be considerably more expensive than the current $35 price tag.

2) For UK readers, I’ve just learned that the book will be carried by Jeff & Joys Books (though the book will not be listed until they have copies in stock. Check back in a few days.)

3) Thunderstorm also released a deluxe hardcover edition of STAGE WHISPERS which included NEMESIS, but it sold out pre-publication, always good news for an author, not so good for interested readers, though other booksellers may still have copies (as recently as Wednesday, Roy Robbins at Bad Moon Books reported a few copies left in stock.)

4) The digital version of NEMESIS will be available for all platforms on October 31st.

5) A trade paperback edition may become available sometime in the future, but it won’t be for quite some time.

Here’s the book description:

“We no longer need the sun to cast our shadows, for we have become them.”

For over twenty years Tim Quinn has lived in the shadow of death. Now, the Curtain has come down and the dead no longer need him to facilitate their vengeance. As the air turns amber, the shadows deepen, and murderous revenants begin to stalk the streets, Tim and the woman he loves must race to find Peregrine, the man they believe responsible for the sundering of the veil between the living and the dead.

While the sins of the past intertwine with the present and vicious entities old and new arise to claim dominion, Tim must learn the secrets of The Stage and uncover the genesis of those who created it before The Stage becomes all there is.

But just as there are enemies in Tim’s dark new world, so too are there allies: The Conduits, people possessed of similar gifts who share a common goal: to find and destroy Peregrine before Peregrine destroys them all.

In the final battle, Tim will fight not only for the woman he loves and the life she carries within her, but for the very fate of mankind. It is a battle that will transcend realms, cost lives, and at last bring Tim Quinn face to face with his nemesis.

Nemesis is the epic novel-length conclusion of the acclaimed Timmy Quinn series, which began in 2004 with the Bram Stoker Award-winning novella The Turtle Boy.

Order your copy of NEMESIS here.

 

Free/Fall

While we wait for the release of Nemesis in a few weeks, here are some free reads for you to enjoy.

The first of them is a brand new novella set in the town of Milestone (the fictional setting for my novel Currency of Souls, and the novella Thirty Miles South of Dry County), entitled “When the Shadows are Hungry and Cold”. It’s currently available via Subterranean magazine online, but if reading on your computer doesn’t float your boat, the magazine is also available for digital download on Amazon.com.

Also in the Subterranean Press archives, you can read three more stories of mine for free: “The Acquaintance”, “Saturday Night at Eddie’s” and “Head in the Clouds”. All of these stories are also available for digital download on Amazon.com, Smashwords, B&N, and all digital booksellers, either as standalone stories (“The Acquaintance” and “Saturday Night at Eddie’s”) or as part of a collection (“Head in the Clouds” in Theater Macabre), though they’re all paid titles.

“Underneath” is still available as a free download on Amazon UK.

And as always, The Turtle Boy, the first book in the Timmy Quinn series, which will conclude with the forthcoming novel-length volume Nemesis, is free wherever e-books are sold.

The Timmy Quinn Series #1: THE TURTLE BOY

With NEMESIS due out this month, I thought it might be worthwhile to highlight each book in the series, one per week until the release. Feel free to ask any questions you may have about the books.

We’ll start with THE TURTLE BOY, currently (and most likely permanently) free as a digital download for all platforms.

The genesis of the story was a simple one. I wrote it in two weeks during the summer of 2002 in an old farmhouse in Delaware, Ohio. While pondering story ideas, I happened to look out my office window and see my stepson and his friend beating a path through the overgrowth, heading back through the fields to the pond behind the houses. Everything is pretty much as I described it in the story. The pond was a beautiful little place, hidden among the pine trees close to the railroad tracks. This was in the years before the developers colored it an artificial green and killed everything in it, of course, and before the current owners stuck up a NO TRESPASSING sign to keep people away. My neighbor once claimed that the pond was home to turtles the size of Buicks, and that one time while fishing, one of them had bitten a hunk of his finger off.

How could I not write about this place?

As I watched the boys embarking on their adventure, I thought of the sheer innocence of the scene. Then of course, the horror writer in me kicked in and I found myself imagining what else they might find at the pond…

THE TURTLE BOY was published as the first hardcover title by upstart publisher Necessary Evil Press, and to my delight, it went on to win the Bram Stoker Award a year later, after which it promptly sold out. It remained out of print for seven years, during which time it commanded ridiculous prices on the secondary market, before I made the decision to make it available digitally.

Since then, it has seen roughly a quarter of a million downloads and averages 1,000 downloads a day. Even if only 1% of those people read it, it’s still immensely gratifying to have that little book exposed to such a broad audience.

A lot of the questions raised in THE TURTLE BOY will finally be answered in NEMESIS. Most significantly, we’ll spend some time with Timmy’s father and Darryl Gaines in the days leading up to the boy’s murder. The pond makes more than one appearance and we’ll get to meet Pete again.

If you haven’t yet read THE TURTLE BOY, you can find it anywhere e-books are sold. Here are some links:

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Barnes & Noble
Smashwords
iTunes
Kobo
Sony