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Stay Home Book Sale

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic cancelling conventions and appearances, I have decided to offer signed copies mailed direct to you… Welcome to the Stay Home Book Sale!

Available stock is shown below, and because I have limited supplies, this will be on a first-come first-serve basis.

 

collection  wiltedlilies-cover72colorBIG        Floaters - Kelli Owen  

duo-chapbook  coloring book      Midnight in the Graveyard

Please use the form below to choose the items you want and get in the queue. I will then contact you with a PayPal total (and any changes or updates to inventory as it may affect your request). Note: I am willing to ship to anywhere, if you are willing to deal with the extra shipping costs for non-domestic addresses. (And yes, I will ship as “gifts” to recipients of your choosing)

Stay home. Stay safe. Read a book! We won’t all experience this pandemic in the same manner, but hopefully we all get to the other side.

 


 

 

 

SOLD OUT (thank you!): Deceiver • Six Days • Forgotten • Black Bubbles (hardcover) • Live Specimens

 

Black Bubbles, The Director’s Cut

BLACK BUBBLES is back!

Due to the distraction of COVID-19, I neglected to get a blog post up about this on time. Never fear… the bubbles are here!

Fresh from Poltergeist Press, this collection has been lightly refreshed, given a new look and feel, and eagerly invites you to come play among my nightmares.

A decades-old crime shocks a family as evidence points to one of their own… An ancient evil hitchhikes its way to freedom… A child has an unusual fascination with decay… A woman excuses premeditation… Death takes a holiday… Science and good intentions make horrific bedfellows… A man hides from nightmares that invade his waking world…

Available on Amazon in hardcover, paperback and ebook… or—because *surprise!* this pandemic finds me with copies but no convention to bring them to—if you’re interested in signed copies, direct from me, use the form over on this page. And thank you!!

 

 

Corona Con


“Life is What Happens To You While You’re Busy Making Other Plans…”

Coronavirus, or rather COVID-19, has disrupted life as well know it. Social distancing is keeping people from their jobs, their families, and well, their plans. Among those plans being changed and/or cancelled are a number of conventions, which is what sparked this idea…

You see, Scares That Care does a convention in August in Williamsburg, VA every year, and this year they were expanding with a spring convention in Wisconsin. Covid had other plans. And as soon as it was cancelled (for the safety of everyone), those of us who were planning on attending thought maybe we could do something for overall morale of con-goers and guests alike. Initially I thought it would be a short, cute, live Q&A… it’s turned into something else entirely.

Horror authors, reviewers, and even Joe Ripple himself from Scares that Care will be on deck Saturday, April 18th for a LIVE streaming day full of readings, panels, giveaways, and more!

Come and check out some, or stay for it all… 

SATURDAY, April 18th
9:45 am – 5:00 pm
Click here for the youtube LIVE event link

GUESTS:
Jonathan Janz, Kelli Owen, Brian Keene, Mary SanGiovanni, Robert Ford, Tim Meyer, Matt Hayward, Wes Southard, Somer Canon, Wile E. Young, Stephen Kozeniewski, Aaron Dries, Bracken MacLeod …with moderators: Sadie Hartman (MotherHorror of Nightworms), Bob Pastorella (This is Horror), Steve Pattee (Horror DNA), and Shane Keene (Ink Heist)

 

SCHEDULE: Please note these are just guidelines, an order to the chaos. If a slot runs short, we will not wait for the next allotted time before we start, but rather we’ll just dive in early. So if you’re interested in something very specific, we suggest checking in a bit early just in case. Enjoy!!

9:45 am — Kick Off: Joe Ripple of Scares That Care
10:00 am — Reading: Bob Ford
10:30 am — Panel: “Finding New Readers” Stephen Kozeniewski, Mary SanGiovanni, Aaron Dries, Wile E. Young, moderator: Steve Pattee (of Horror DNA)
11:30 am — Reading: Brian Keene
12:00 pm — Panel: “Collaborations” Bob Ford, Matt Hayward, Somer Canon, Wes Southard, moderator: Sadie Hartman (MotherHorror of Nightworms) 1:00 pm — Reading: Aaron Dries
 1:30 pm — Panel: “Characters likable vs. compelling” Bracken MacLeod, Kelli Owen, Tim Meyer, moderator: Bob Pastorella (of This is Horror)
 2:30 pm — Reading: Jonathan Janz
 3:00 pm — Reading: Stephen Kozeniewski
 3:30 pm — Panel: “Versatility and cross-genre” Brian Keene, Jonathan Janz, TBA, moderator: Shane Keene (of Ink Heist)
 4:00 pm — Reading: Bracken MacLeod

There is a finite amount of time and far too many people to include, so yes, it’s very very likely there will be a second one later this summer if cons continued to get cancelled…

Also, note: if you cannot make the event, no worries. The LIVE event will be taped and available on youtube afterwards for everyone to enjoy.

Stay home, stay safe, and to quote George Romero, “Stay Scared!”

 

October Signing Events

‘Tis the season… for creepy crawlies, ghouls and ghosts, and things that go bump in the night. During the months of October and November I will be signing, selling and/or speaking at several one-day events.


Rosie’s Bookapalooza
Community Arts Center of Cambria County
Johnstown, PA
Saturday, October 5, 2019
9 am – 3 pm

This is the first annual Rosie’s Bookapalooza—a book festival for the literary lovers of all demographics! Named for, and in honor of, the former book store owner who was the executive director of the Community Arts Center for over 33 years. A day of authors, vendors, and more! Come see me there…


Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival
Haverhill (Library), MA
Saturday, October 12, 2019
10 am – 4.30 pm

More than 50 authors and artists, signing and selling their work, and conducting free panel discussions on various book, publishing, and spooky Halloween topics. Costumes encouraged.

I will be on the Supernatural Thrills panel (from 10.30 am – 11.20 am): What makes a great supernatural thriller? Which great thrillers are also stealth horror novels? How do we strike the right balance in such a tale? The authors address these questions, and recommend some of their favorites in the genre. Click here for more info!


Horror Writers’ Panel
2nd & Charles
Harrisburg, PA
Saturday, October 26, 2019
2 pm – 5 pm

Gather ’round ghouls and goblins, as a skeleton crew of local horror authors haunt the Harrisburg Mall.

Joining me with be Robert Swartwood, Brian Keene, Robert Ford, Mary SanGiovanni, Stephen Kozeniewski, Wes Southard and John Boden with a selection of spooky books available for signing, and a FREE limited edition short story collection created specifically for this event. For more information, go here.


Read & Scream
Chester County Library
Exton, PA
Saturday, November 2, 2019
10 am – 3 pm

The first annual Read and Scream at the Chester County Library will feature a handful of local authors, including myself, Bob Ford, Ken Cain, Somer Canon, Todd Keisling, Wes Southard and John Boden. We will be signing and selling, reading, and have a mid-day panel. Come celebrate your Halloween candy hangovers with us… for more info, go here.


I will have a selection of books with me for each of these, including the new release PASSAGES, and the banned chapbook. As always, if you are looking for something in particular, hit me up on social media or email to inquire. Often, even if I’m not planning to bring a particular book along, I have one available to bring for you.

Midnight in the Graveyard

An anthology for the season! From Silver Shamrock Publishing comes MIDNIGHT IN THE GRAVEYARD

Midnight. Some call it the witching hour. Others call it the devil’s hour. Here in the graveyard, midnight is a very special time. It is a time when ghostly spirits are at their strongest, when the veil between our world and theirs is at its thinnest.

Legend has it, that while most of the world is asleep, the lack of prayers allow the spirits to communicate under the cover of darkness, among the headstones, their whispers rustling in the leaves of the old oak trees. But if you’re here in the graveyard, you can tell yourself it’s just the wind, that the moonlight is playing tricks on your eyes, that it’s only the swirling mist you see. But when you hear the graveyard gate clang shut, the dead have something to say. Here are their stories…

Includes stories by (me and) Robert McCammon, Tom Monteleone, Elizabeth Massie, Kealan Patrick Burke, John Everson, Chad Lutzke, Catherine Cavendish, Ronald Kelly, William Meikle, Jason Parent, Brian Moreland, Kenneth W. Cain, Jeremy Hepler, Somer Canon, Todd Keisling, Tim Meyer, Hunter Shea, Kathryn Meyer Griffith, Ken McKinley, Lee Mountford, Alan M. Clark, Shannon Felton, Glenn Rolfe, Allan Leverone, with a foreword by Jonathan Janz.

Preorders available now… click here!

Charity Anthology includes Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, and more


Gestalt Media is honored to announce “Dark Tides: A Charity Horror Anthology” featuring 31 of today’s leading authors in the genre with 100% of the proceeds donated to the victims of the May 31, 2019 Virginia Beach shooting attack.

Stories from:  Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Richard and Billy Chizmar, Brian James Freeman, F. Paul Wilson, Gene O’Neill, Lisa Morton, John R. Little, Chad Lutzke, Taylor Grant, John Boden, Andrew Lennon, Mark Allan Gunnells, Elizabeth Massie, Todd Keisling, Justin M. Woodward, Kenneth W. Cain, Jason Stokes, Kelli Owen, Paul Kane, Ray Garton, Hanson Oak, Mark Matthews, Matthew Brockmeyer, Tony Bertauski, John Palisano, Somer Canon, John Skipp, Kevin J. Kennedy, William F. Aicher


Virginia Beach has long been a place that people associate with beaches, nightlife, and a retreat from the stressors of the world; where the sun can shine down on you and your cares are washed away briefly by the ocean waves.

On May 31, 2019 those waves went dark with the tragic shooting of 16 innocent people – 12 fatality; the latest in a long line of senseless shootings in the world. Turning a place known for relaxation – Dark.

This book is to honor those who lost their lives in this this tragedy. All proceeds will be donated to the Virginia Beach Tragedy Fund c/o United Way South Hampton Roads.

#VBStrong


The anthology will be available until November 2020 at which point it will go out of print and the official charity for the victims will close.

(note: I will update this page with links to amazon et. al as they become live)

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