Batter Up!

angelsThis knowing, eerie fable is a delight. Rio Youers throws a mean knuckleball.” — Owen King.

And let me tell you … Owen King is wise in the ways of baseball, and even wiser in the ways of storytelling. Needless to say, this blurb gave me a serious case of the feel-goods.

Okay, let me explain: Owen is talking about my new novella THE ANGELS, which I’m delighted to announce is available NOW from Cemetery Dance. Minor league baseball forms a backdrop to the story, but it’s really about love, friendship, and desire … and how far a person will go to make their dreams come true.

Here’s the copy:

Life is good for 22-year-old Christopher Casey. He has the car, the beautiful girl, and he plays baseball for the Gracetown Angels.

His best friend, Hank Mosley, is the team superstar, but when he slumps at the beginning of the 1958 season, everything starts to unravel. Hank takes dark and drastic steps to reverse his fortune… but at what price?

How far would you go to make your dreams come true?

The Angels is a tale of passion, friendship, and dreams—an all-American baseball story set in a golden age, with tones both chilling and magical, and a certain darkness that resonates with the modern game.

THE ANGELS is available in two editions: a signed hardcover (limited to 750 copies) and an über-deluxe, signed and traycased lettered edition (limited to just 26). They are priced at $30 and $175 respectively. Both editions boast incredible cover art and interior illustrations by comic book artist Ray Dillon. Check out Ray’s website, and his excellent work, right HERE.

I’m so proud to work with Richard Chizmar, Brian Freeman, and the whole crew at Cemetery Dance. They’re the best at what they do (there’s a reason Stephen King publishes so frequently with them), and they have produced another beautiful novella here.

You can order your copy of THE ANGELS directly from the Cemetery Dance website.


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October Begins

MHFThis coming Saturday (Oct. 3) I’ll be at the Merrimack Valley Halloween Festival in Andover, Massachusetts, along with Christopher Golden, Brian Keene, Joe Hill, Sarah Langan, Paul Tremblay, Mary SanGiovanni, Thomas Sniegoski, Jason Ciaramella, and many others. There’ll be signings and creepy panels, even a reading of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic, DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE.

As well as early copies of Christopher Golden’s acclaimed new anthology SEIZE THE NIGHT, I’ll also have a few copies of WESTAKE SOUL and POINT HOLLOW on hand.

I hope to see you there!

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PW Review

PointHollow_FINAL2 quotePOINT HOLLOW has earned many a stellar review since its release in April of this year, but a review in Publishers Weekly is always worthy of mention—particularly one so glowing.

The reviewer writes: “Youers (Westlake Soul), with echoes of classic Stephen King and Jack Ketchum, expertly builds the tension to near-unbearable heights before the inevitably ghastly conclusion. This is a fine bout of horror that is not for the weak of nerve.”

I’ll take it!

You can read the full review HERE.

And just a gentle reminder that POINT HOLLOW is available in paperback and e-book through all the usual suspects.

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Imaginarium 4

II4 am extremely pleased to announce that my short story “Outside Heavenly” will appear in IMAGINARIUM 4: THE BEST CANADIAN SPECULATIVE WRITING.

Published by ChiZine Publications and edited by Sandra Kasturi and Jerome Stueart, IMAGINARIUM 4 is a reprint anthology, showcasing  the best speculative writing published by Canadian authors in 2014. It also features an introduction by Margaret Atwood—which, if you ask me, is by itself worth the price of admission.

This marks my second appearance in the IMAGINARIUM series, and the second “Best of Year” entry for “Outside Heavenly,” the first being Ellen Datlow’s BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR VOLUME SEVEN.

The full table of contents and preordering info can be found right HERE.

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