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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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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