Point Hollow

I’m incredibly pleased to announce that my new novel, POINT HOLLOW, will be released by ChiZine Publications in March 2015.

This is my second novel with ChiZine (the first being WESTLAKE SOUL), and I’m thrilled to be working with Brett and Sandra, and the entire ChiZine crew, once again. These guys are deeply passionate about what they do, which is evident in the quality of the books they publish. I’ve always felt honoured to be part of the ChiZine family, alongside so many great authors, and I’m delighted to have POINT HOLLOW join their outstanding library of books.

Also, check out the amazing cover by Erik Mohr. Creepy as hell. But beautiful, too.

I just LOVE it.

Okay, here’s the skinny on POINT HOLLOW:

Point Hollow, NY. A town with unspeakable secrets. To the tourists that visit each summer, it is quintessential America. They stroll through its picturesque streets and hike its stunning trails. No one sees the cracks in the town’s veneer. No one knows its terrible history … a secret that has been buried—forgotten. But Abraham’s Faith, the mountain that overshadows Point Hollow, doesn’t forget so easily. It booms, wicked and controlling. It is filled with the bones of children.

Oliver Wray is Point Hollow’s favorite son, its most generous benefactor, admired by all. But  Oliver, like the town, has a secret: Abraham’s Faith speaks to him, and he has spent a lifetime serving its cruel needs.

He believes his secret is safe, but one person has glimpsed the darkness in his heart …

Matthew Bridge hasn’t set foot in Point Hollow for twenty-six years. Something horrifying happened to him there. Memories of an ordeal that flicker and taunt, but cannot be recalled. Now, trying to find the answers to his failed marriage and failing life, Matthew is coming home. Back to Point Hollow. Back to Abraham’s Faith.

And some early blurbage:

“POINT HOLLOW proves Rio Youers to be the real thing.  His prose flows without a ripple and his conflicted, multidimensional characters— even the villain—demand you care.  The edge-of-the-seat finale is as relentless as it is terrifying.” —F. Paul Wilson

“Rio Youers is one of the most promising new writers to come along in ages. POINT HOLLOW is a dark and twisted thriller full of small town secrets, horrific murders, and the way evil takes root if we’re not careful. Read it!” —Christopher Golden

“Rio Youers has written an incredible story with all the right ingredients to keep a reader turning the pages quickly–and staying awake in the dark! Marvelous and creepy!” —Heather Graham

I should probably point out that POINT HOLLOW is straight up horror—very different to WESTLAKE SOUL. So if you like ’em dark and twisted, this may well be the book for you.

POINT HOLLOW should be available for preorder soon from all of your favourite places. I’ll keep you posted.

 

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PAN. FONTANA. SPECTRAL

I’m very pleased to announce that my short story, “Outside Heavenly” has been accepted for publication in THE SPECTRAL BOOK OF HORROR STORIES.

This annual, non-themed anthology, edited by Mark Morris, is inspired by the old Pan and Fontana books of horror. As a fan of these books growing up, I’m all the more thrilled to be included in this inaugural volume.

The incredible cover art is by the one and only Vincent Chong, who produced the breathtaking cover for my novel, END TIMES. Check out his website HERE.

The full table of contents is below. So many great names, as you can see. So many great stories. I’m honoured to be among them.

ON THE TOUR – RAMSEY CAMPBELL
THE DOG’S HOME - ALISON LITTLEWOOD
FUNERAL RITES – HELEN MARSHALL
SLAPE – TOM FLETCHER
THE NIGHT DOCTOR – STEVE RASNIC TEM
DULL FIRE – GARY McMAHON
THE BOOK AND THE RING – REGGIE OLIVER
EASTMOUTH – ALISON MOORE
CARRY WITHIN SOME SMALL SLIVER OF ME – ROBERT SHEARMAN
THE DEVIL’S INTERVAL – CONRAD WILLIAMS
STOLEN KISSES – MICHAEL MARSHALL SMITH
CURES FOR A SICKENED WORLD – BRIAN HODGE
THE OCTOBER WIDOW – ANGELA SLATTER
THE SLISTA – STEPHEN LAWS
OUTSIDE HEAVENLY – RIO YOUERS
THE LIFE INSPECTOR – JOHN LLEWELLYN PROBERT
SOMETHING SINISTER IN SUNLIGHT – LISA TUTTLE
THIS VIDEO DOES NOT EXIST – NICHOLAS ROYLE
NEWSPAPER HEART – STEPHEN VOLK

My story, “Outside Heavenly” is about a small-town policeman searching for the truth behind a mysterious house fire and a mutilated corpse. The tone is southern gothic. Think ANGEL HEART meets TRUE DETECTIVE, and you’ll be on the right track.

THE SPECTRAL BOOK OF HORROR STORIES will launch at FantasyCon in the UK in September 2014. In the meantime, there’s an interview about the anthology with Mark Morris HERE, and the official press release from Spectral Press—including all ordering information—can be found HERE.

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Sister Free

It’s always a good feeling when a short story makes it out into the wild … particularly when it’s in great company, and in such an amazing and respected publication. I am delighted, then, to announce that my l’il rock and roll story, “Sister Free” will feature in PS Publishing’s forthcoming POSTSCRIPTS 32/33: FAR VOYAGER.

I’m not kidding about the great company. Check out the full table of contents:

Far Voyager — Ian Sales

3 A.M. in the Mesozoic Bar — Michael Swanwick

Dear Miss Monroe — Andrew Jury

The Case of the Barking Man — Mel Waldman

One Hundred Thousand Demons and the Cherub of Desire — Andrew Drummond

An American Story — Darrell Schweitzer

Irezumi — John Langan

Sister Free — Rio Youers

A Little Off the Top — Tom Alexander

Sweetheart, I Love You — Mel Waldman

Winter Children — Angela Slatter

A Girl of Feather and Music — Lisa L. Hannett

Thirty Three Tears to a Teaspoon — Alan Baxter

The Rusalka Salon for Girls Who Like to Get Their Hair Wet — Angie Rega

The Psychometrist — Suzanne J. Willis

Sea Angels — Quentin S. Crisp

Plink — Kurt Dinan

Xaro — Darren Speegle

We Are Not Alone — Richard Calder

The Curtain — Thana Niveau

Playground — Gio Clairval

What Once Was Bone — Gary A. Braunbeck

Darkscapes: Three Journeys to the Night Side — Mel Waldman

Services Rendered — Bruce Golden

GW in the Afterlife — Robert Reed

Eskimo — Andrew Hook

With Friends Like These — Gary Fry

An Inspector Calls — Ian Watson

Confessions — Mel Waldman

A Legion of Echoes — Alison Littlewood

Talk in Riddles — Mark Reece

The Mermaid and the Fisherman — Paul Park

“Sister Free” marks my fourth appearance in this award-winning publication. I’m so proud to continue my wonderful relationship with Pete and Nicky Crowther, and the entire crew at PS Publishing.

POSTSCRIPTS 32/33: FAR VOYAGER will be edited by Nick Gevers (with whom I also have a long and fantastic relationship). I’ll be sure to post ordering info as soon as it becomes available.

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Monster

Back in 2008, I wrote a novella called MAMA FISH that I remember being very proud of. At the time, nobody anywhere had heard of me (except for my mom), and—on the back of some strong reviews—it helped introduce a host of new readers to my work—a readership that has continued to grow through subsequent publications. But MAMA FISH is where it all began.

Until now, MAMA FISH has only been available in paperback from Shroud Publishing. It’s still available in paperback, if you do a little hunting around, but I’m delighted to say that the e-book edition was recently released by Crossroad Press. To me, it seems only fitting that  a story about (among other things) advancements in technology be available in digital format.

Here’s the all-enticing cover copy:

 

Technology is a 21st Century god. It’s a monster.

And the old ghosts stir …

Business brings Patrick Beauchamp to Harlequin, MA. The town he grew up in. It is his first time back for twenty years. Harlequin has changed, but even so … the old ghosts stir.

The secret—such a terrible secret—still lives in his heart. It is here, in Harlequin. She is here.

Patrick will never forget Mama Fish.

Harlequin High, 1986. Kelvin Fish was the oddball, the weird kid that no one would talk to. Except for Patrick, who was determined to learn more about this strange child, and to befriend him. But Patrick would get more than he bargained for…

Mama Fish is a story about the paths we choose … about the changes in society, and in ourselves. It is told through the eyes of Patrick Beauchamp, a loving family man who, at his heart, is troubled by much darkness … a man quite literally caught between the ghost and the machine.

So yeah … if you like what you read, and if you’re so inclined, you can order MAMA FISH for your Kindle or Nook at any of the following online venues:

Amazon USA

Amazon Canada

Amazon UK

Barnes & Noble

Three bucks for the Kindle version? You can’t say fairer than that.

I’ll be releasing more of my backlist through Crossroad Press over the coming months, all with fresh covers and shiny digital bones.  Of course, I’ll be posting all the info right here, so check back often.

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