THE FORGOTTEN GIRL

9_14_forgottengirlI am incredibly proud to announce that my first novel with a major publishing house is coming out next year. THE FORGOTTEN GIRL will be released by St. Martin’s Press/Thomas Dunne Books on June 13, 2017.

And would you look at that cover!

Okay, right off the bat, here’s what New York Times bestseller Joe Hill has to say about it:

“An absolute rocket—THE FORGOTTEN GIRL is a supernatural thriller that thunders along at Mach 5 from the first page to the last. Written with a brutal lyricism, a savage wit, and a killer instinct for suspense, it’s a work that marks out Rio Youers as a big star.”

Good ol’ Joe.

And here’s a brief synopsis, so you know what you’re in for:


THIS IS HOW YOU’LL REMEMBER ME.

Harvey Anderson is a twenty-six-year-old street performer from New Jersey. He enjoys his peaceful life, but everything he knows is turned upside down when he is abducted and beaten by a group of nondescript thugs. Working for a sinister man known as “the spider,” these goons have spent the last nine years searching for Harvey’s girlfriend, Sally Starling. Now they think they know where she lives. And who she loves.

There’s only one problem: Sally is gone and Harvey has no memory of her. Which makes no sense to him, until the spider explains that Sally has the unique ability to selectively erase a person’s memories. An ability she has used to delete herself from Harvey’s mind.

But emotion runs deeper than memory, and Harvey realizes that he still feels something for Sally. And so—with the spider threatening—he goes looking for a girl he loves but can’t remember … and encounters a danger that reaches beyond anything he could ever imagine.

Political corruption and manipulation. A serial killer’s dark secrets. An appetite for absolute, terrible power … For Harvey Anderson, finding the forgotten girl comes at quite a cost.

Life isn’t so peaceful anymore.

 
I’ve had novels published before, of course, and short stories published with many of the big houses, but this is my first full novel with a major publisher. It is the result of many, many years of hard work, and it goes without saying that I’m just as thrilled as can be. A special thank you to Christopher Golden, Jaime Levine, and the late, great Mickey Choate, all of whom—in their special way—made this possible.

THE FORGOTTEN GIRL is available for pre-order right now from places like Amazon and Barnes & Noble (so … ya know, feel free to pre-order—I don’t mind at all, I promise), but I’ll be sure to post a full list of online venues when they become available.

Stay tuned for more news.

 

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Fight Test

writerI know it probably seems like I’ve been asleep at the wheel, but this has actually been a busy year for me (too busy to even update my website – ha!). The first part of it was spent finishing and working on edits for my next novel, THE FORGOTTEN GIRL (more on this VERY soon), and I’m also two thirds of the way through a brand new novel called HALCYON. All things being equal, this should see the light of day in the summer of 2018. I know, I know, but these things take time.

I also have a few other things in the pipeline. If they come to fruition (they don’t always, ya know), I’ll spill all the fun details right here.

I’ll leave you, for now, with a promise to update my site more often. By way of apology, here’s the Flaming Lips singing “Fight Test,” which I pretty much played on a loop while writing THE FORGOTTEN GIRL.

Take care of one another. Peace.

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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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