Three of my Leisure/47North horror novels – THE PUMPKIN MAN, SIREN and THE 13TH – were chosen to be on Amazon’s Halloween Horror Kindle Deals promotion – 51 books for $1.99. Figured I should post this for anyone reading the blog in the next 24 hours! Here are the links and descriptions:
THE PUMPKIN MAN:
When Jenn inherits her aunt’s cottage, she doesn’t realize she is inheriting the start of a new dark legend. The Pumpkin Man has returned, leaving jack-o-lanterns carved in the likeness of his victims’ heads. How is the Ouija Board in the old cottage, and the mysterious hidden room connected? Will Jenn escape being carved by… THE PUMPKIN MAN?
When Evan is lured into the sea by the beautiful naked woman singing on the rocks… he has no idea what he is getting into.
For Evan will soon realize that his seductive lover is a being far more evil…and more terrifying…than he ever imagined. He will learn the danger of falling into the clutches of the… SIREN.
A century ago it was an exclusive resort hotel. But for years Castle House Lodge has stood empty, a haunting shadow of its former glories. Now, after twenty-five years of rumors and ghost stories, the overgrown grounds are showing signs of being tended. The building itself has been repaired. Castle House has new occupants.
What was once a haven for the elite is now a madhouse, a private asylum for pregnant women. But are all the patients really insane? And is it just a coincidence that people have begun to disappear from the nearby town? David Shale’s girlfriend is one of the missing, and he’s determined to find the truth behind the mysterious Dr. Rockford and his house of secrets. He will learn the meaning of the red X painted on the basement door…and he will know the ultimate fear, the horror of… THE 13TH.
If you want to see the full list of Amazon Horror Titles on sale for Halloween, go here:
PLUS: CAGE Kindle Countdown Deal Ends Soon
In addition to all that… my first short fiction collection, CAGE OF BONES & OTHER DEADLY OBSESSIONS, originally released by Delirium Books for Halloween back in 2000, is on sale today on a Kindle Countdown Deal for just $0.99.
Just 14 hours left on the Countdown! This one includes 20 erotic horror tales, including my most popular story, “Pumpkin Head.”
Trick or Treat!
Today is LAUNCH DAY:
TODAY IS THE OFFICIAL RELEASE DAY for The Family Tree!
My 8th novel is now available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Samhain and all the other usual outlets. I know a bunch of you on the list have already pre-ordered the book, and I really appreciate it! I can’t wait to hear what everyone thinks of the new story.
LET’S HAVE A RELEASE CONTEST!
I want to make sure this one gets a good, visible bump — heck, maybe a leap onto a bestseller’s chart! And the best way to do that, is to make sure a lot of people download it all at once on its release day. And since Amazon owns the bulk of the e-book release space, that’s the nut to crack. So if you have enjoyed my past novels, please log on to Amazon today, and download a copy of The Family Tree for your Kindle! Or…order a copy of the real, dead-tree book (my personal favorite kind.)
THE DEAL: I’ll even offer an incentive for acting today. Anyone who sends me a receipt from Amazon showing that they’ve ordered a copy of the book today (or pre-ordered it prior to today – you guys were out in front!), will be entered into a drawing to win a signed copy of your choice of one of my other (dead tree) books. Covenant, Sacrifice, The 13th, Siren, The Pumpkin Man, NightWhere, Violet Eyes, Needles & Sins, Vigilantes of Love, Cage of Bones. Name it, and it’s yours, if your name is pulled from The Great Pumpkin.
THE CATCH: To enter, you have to grab yourself a copy of The Family Tree today from Amazon. And then email me your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org. Pretty easy, really. Entries must be purchased by Noon Central Time on Wednesday, Oct. 8. I’ll hold the drawing for the winner on Wednesday night.
Contest or no, I do hope you’ll check this one out… and hope you’ll enjoy the story!
Here’s the back cover description of the new book:
Its roots are old…and twisted!
The blood of the tree is its sap. It has sustained Scott Belvedere’s family for generations. It’s the secret ingredient behind the family’s intoxicating ale and bourbon, among other elixirs. But only when Scott inherits The Family Tree Inn, deep in the hills of Virginia, does he learn anything about his family, its symbiotic history, or the mammoth, ancient tree around which the inn is literally built. And after he stumbles upon the bony secrets hidden in its roots, while in the welcoming arms of the innkeeper’s daughter, he realizes that not only is blood thicker than water—it’s the only thing that might save him from the hideous fate of his ancestors…
Spend Halloween with me and The Family Tree! 🙂
Yours in Dark Arts,
Over the past month, Grey Matter Press has orchestrated and sometimes hosted an Uncovering Evil blog tour to promote the anthology Equilibrium Overturned. As one of the authors included in the book, this week, the exploration of the nature of evil falls to me.
Over the past month, as this blog tour has been going on, I’ve been working a lot of extra hours at the dayjob. A lot of 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. shifts. Almost everyone at my work has – it’s our busiest time of the year. I’ve also been short-staffed, making it worse than usual. And maybe that’s why the nature of evil crystallized for me so perfectly just a couple days ago, when I went to press the handle on the coffee dispenser in our lunchroom, and all that came out were some frothy spurts of brown air. That’s when it all became clear.
Evil is an empty pot of coffee.
OK, well, not the pot exactly… evil is the person who walked away with the last cup of coffee at 9:30 a.m. in the morning without taking the simple action of emptying the old grounds, dropping in a new filter, opening a pre-measured bag of coffee and dropping it in said filter…. and then pressing the Brew button so that the next over-stressed person to walk into the kitchen could pour him or herself a cuppa.
That person who took the last cup and walked away, was evil. They knew that someone would come after them looking for coffee and they chose to gyp that person by not fulfilling the code – you finish it, you make the next pot.
Anyone within earshot of the lunchroom heard my lightning bolt realization as I found the coffee pot completely empty and proclaimed with loud and unapologetic judgement: That was evil!”
Evil is ultimately, selfish action. Good, on the other hand, is selfless action.
Neither state – good or evil – is some floating cloud of pregnant celestial baggage, waiting to land and overwhelm some unsuspecting host. I don’t believe there is some black spirit flitting around that is “pure” evil looking to undo the world. At its simplest, evil is selfishness. It could be grandiose selfishness – inviting a dozen people into your home one by one, and killing each of them, to fulfill whatever snuff kink gets your brain dancing. It could be a medium selfishness – holding up a convenience store with a gun, risking the life of the cashier in order to take what isn’t yours… because you really want it, even though it’s not your due.
Or it could just be, taking the last cup of coffee in the lunchroom and walking away without filling the pot.
Does that make the coffee shirker Darth Vader? No. But there was a touch of evil there. As there is in all of us. I don’t think anyone is all evil or all good.
I don’t believe in absolutes. Life has never been black and white to me. Life – and good and evil… and all of us – live in the gray.
In my story “Amnion,” from Equilibrium Overturned, a self-absorbed scientist sees nothing but his quest for the fountain of youth. And a woman will use him in any way necessary if it means bringing her her life’s dream –a genetic reprogramming. They’re both obsessed with self… and they will ultimately hurt people in their colliding, obsessive quests. I don’t want to give too much away about the story, because I’d love for you to read it (come on back after you do and we’ll talk later!). But all of the characters in this story pursue their own desires at the expense of others.
That’s evil to me.
And you know what? There’s a little bit of that in all of us.
For more of the Uncovering Evil musings on the nature of the “dark” from Tony Knighton, Jeff Hemenway, Stephen Vessels, JG Faherty, S.G. Larner, Sean Eads and more, visit the Grey Matter blog.
To find out more about Equilibrium Overturned… click the scary eyes below!
My erotic horror collection CAGE OF BONES & Other Deadly Obsessions is on a Kindle Countdown Deal this week for just 99 cents! I’ve always been really proud of this book — CAGE OF BONES was my very first short fiction collection — hell, my very first book, period — originally issued as a limited edition hardcover from Delirium Books way back in 2000. Only 300 copies were printed (they were all signed and numbered as a collectors edition release). It’s now available in paperback and e-book from Dark Arts Books.
CAGE OF BONES includes 20 stories, most of them erotic horror. Several of them have been reprinted a number of times, including “Pumpkin Head,” which has become one of my most popular stories (originally printed in Grue Magazine) and “Cage of Bones” which originally appeared in the Necro Publications magazine Into The Darkness.
The last reader review on Amazon sai,d “If I could give this six stars, I would!”
Another reviewer wrote: “While they were billed as ‘erotic horror’ I wouldn’t have said they were that naughty. They were more horrifying and the sex was in context. I applaud the author for being able to take me on a terrifying non stop rollercoaster ride, leaving me breathless and gasping at the end of each story. Great stories but don’t read them alone or with the light off.”
This week, Glenn Rolfe, a fellow author in the literary trenches of the dark, did an interview with me as I gear up for the release of my eight novel, The Family Tree, next week. He asked some fun questions, and I had fun with the answers. Any interview that covers microbrews, the business of books and the guilty pleasures of Ke$ha is a good time in my book.
Check out Glenn’s blog and my interview here.
And don’t miss the bonus “soundtrack” extra at the end.
While you’re at it… take a read of Glenn’s own The Haunted Halls! After all… it’s October. The perfect season for haunted halls!