BOOM!

PointHollow_FINAL2 quoteThe mountain spoke to him.

Oliver looked east, where the ragged peaks scraped the sky’s pale belly. The sound had traversed the miles and echoed in his mind. Not words, but a command. It was followed by a stillness that made him wonder if the world had stopped breathing.

And so begins POINT HOLLOW, my brand new novel, available now from ChiZine Publications.

The lowdown:

Point Hollow, NY. A town with 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 is 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.

A straight-up serving of balls-to-the-wall horror, POINT HOLLOW is my second novel with ChiZine Publications, and I’m beyond thrilled to have worked with Brett, Sandra, and the rest of the crew again. As I say in the acknowledgements: They are giants in reputation, and it is richly deserved.

POINT HOLLOW is available now at select bookstores, and at all the usual online retailers. The e-book is also available. You can visit THIS PAGE for the quick links. And if you need more convincing, check out THIS REVIEW at examiner.com, who call POINT HOLLOW “…horror at its finest.”

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There Will Be Blood

Seize_the_Night_Cvr2A brand new story of mine—“Separator”—will appear in Christopher Golden’s SEIZE THE NIGHT, coming from Gallery Books in October.

Here’s the lowdown from the publisher:

A blockbuster anthology of original, blood-curdling vampire fiction from New York Times bestselling and award-winning authors, including Charlaine Harris, whose novels were adapted into HBO’s hit show True Blood, and Scott Smith, publishing his first work since The Ruins. Before being transformed into romantic heroes and soft, emotional antiheroes, vampires were figures of overwhelming terror. Now, from some of the biggest names in horror and dark fiction, comes this stellar collection of short stories that make vampires frightening once again. Edited by New York Times bestselling author Christopher Golden and featuring all-new stories from such contributors as Charlaine Harris, John Ajvide Lindqvist, Scott Smith, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Michael Kortya, Kelley Armstrong, Brian Keene, David Wellington, Seanan McGuire, and Tim Lebbon, Seize the Night is old-school vampire fiction at its finest.

Honestly, the table of contents makes me drool a little. Here it is:

Up in Old Vermont by Scott Smith
Something Lost, Something Gained by Seanan McGuire
Blood by Robert Shearman
The Neighbors by Sherrilyn Kenyon
On the Dark Side of Sunlight Basin by Michael Koryta
Paper Cuts by Gary A. Braunbeck
Miss Fondevant by Charlaine Harris
In a Cavern, In a Canyon by Laird Barron
Whiskey and Light by Dana Cameron
We Are All Monsters Here by Kelley Armstrong
May the End Be Good by Tim Lebbon
Mrs. Popkin by Dan Chaon and Lynda Barry
Direct Report by Leigh Perry (Toni L.P. Kelner)
Shadow and Thirst by John Langan
Mother by Joe McKinney
The Yellow Death by Lucy A. Snyder
Last Supper by Brian Keene
Separator by Rio Youers
What Kept You So Long? by John Ajvide Lindqvist
Blue Hell by David Wellington

My contribution, “Separator,” is about a bullheaded land developer who gets more than he bargains for when he attempts to evict a troublesome resident from her rainforest home.

SEIZE THE NIGHT is available for pre-order NOW.

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Outside Heavenly

I am thrilled and honoured to announce that my story “Outside Heavenly” has been selected by Ellen Datlow for THE BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR VOLUME SEVEN.

From the publisher’s website:

For over three decades, Ellen Datlow has been at the center of horror. Bringing you the most frightening and terrifying stories, Datlow always has her finger on the pulse of what horror readers crave. Now, with the seventh volume of this series, Datlow is back again to bring you the stories that will keep you up at night.

With each passing year, science, technology, and the march of time shine light into the craggy corners of the universe, making the fears of an earlier generation seem quaint. But this “light” creates its own shadows. The Best Horror of the Year chronicles these shifting shadows. It is a catalog of terror, fear, and unpleasantness, as articulated by today’s most challenging and exciting writers.

Here’s the full table of contents:

The Atlas of Hell by Nathan Ballingrud
Winter Children by Angela Slatter
A Dweller in Amenty by Genevieve Valentine
Outside Heavenly by Rio Youers
Shay Corsham Worsted by Garth Nix
Allocthon by Livia Llewellyn
Chapter Six by Stephen Graham Jones
This is Not for You by Gemma Files
Interstate Love Song (Murder Ballad No. 8) by Caitlín R. Kiernan
The Culvert by Dale Bailey
Past Reno by Brian Evenson
The Coat Off His Back by Keris McDonald
the worms crawl in, by Laird Barron
The Dog’s Home by Alison Littlewood
Tread Upon the Brittle Shell by Rhoads Brazos
Persistence of Vision by Orrin Grey
It Flows From the Mouth by Robert Shearman
Wingless Beasts by Lucy Taylor
Departures by Carole Johnstone
Ymir by John Langan
Plink by Kurt Dinan
Nigredo by Cody Goodfellow

My story, “Outside Heavenly” originally appeared in THE SPECTRAL BOOK OF HORROR STORIES, as did Alison Littlewood’s “The Dog’s Home.” This wonderful little anthology, edited by Mark Morris, has been getting some truly great press, so it’s well worth checking out if you haven’t already.

THE BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR VOLUME SEVEN will be released by Night Shade Books in August 2015.

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Mickey

It has been a week since I heard the news, and honestly, I’m still reeling.

On February 6th my agent, Mickey Choate, died after a brief battle with lung cancer. He was 52.

I was only with Mickey for ten months. Not long, I know, but long enough to appreciate his professionalism, his knowledge of the industry, his consideration, and his enviable patience. I trusted him implicitly, and knew I could go to him with anything, however trivial.  In addition to his many kindnesses and qualities, he also secured me a two-book deal with Thomas Dunne Books—the kind of deal I’d been working toward for over twenty years. That’s something that will always bind us … that will ripple into every future deal, every book I write.

Last May, I had lunch with Mickey in New York City. Now, this was big for me; one of my ambitions as a young, daydreaming writer was to have LUNCH WITH MY AGENT IN NEW YORK CITY, and Mickey made it happen. He took me to the Gramercy Tavern on East 20th St., and I’m not kidding when I say that it was the greatest dining experience of my life. Not only was I having LUNCH WITH MY AGENT IN NEW YORK CITY, but Mickey was a food enthusiast. He agented successful cookbook authors and was an accomplished cook in his own right. Needless to say, he knew his way around a menu. He ordered an array of wonderful dishes, each complimenting the other, and a sprinkling of drinks that enhanced every flavour. I swear to God, my taste buds were doing the conga. And Mickey loved it. He delighted in my delight. There we were, talking books, business, and music, eating wonderful food. Mickey was in his element. He didn’t stop smiling.

This is the only time I met Mickey, so whenever I think about him—now, or in the future—I will think about that smile. It’s impossible for me to imagine him without it.

I’m good with that.

Mickey is mourned by his adoring wife and children, his many friends, his colleagues and clients. We are all emptier.

Cancer darkens everyone’s lives. To help shine a light—in memory, perhaps, of your own smiling friend—please consider making a donation to the Cancer Research Institute. They do fantastic work.

Mickey was my agent, but more than this, he was my friend.

I will miss him entirely.

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