I have always been a huge fan of Titan Books. Not only do they lead the way with media tie-ins and movie novelizations, they also have a stable of fantastic writers across multiple genres, including crime, sci-fi, horror, and fantasy. They publish some of the best genre fiction out there. So you can imagine how thrilled I am to announce that Titan Books will publish both The Forgotten Girl and Halcyon in the UK.

The Forgotten Girl was released in the USA in 2017 to critical acclaim, scoring starred reviews at Publishers Weekly and Booklist, and championed by bestsellers such as Joe Hill, Sarah Pinborough, and Christopher Golden.  Titan Books will release the UK edition in May 2018 (e-book), with the paperback to follow in spring 2019.

Halcyon will be published on July 10th in the USA (hardcover, e-book, and audiobook) by Macmillan/St. Martin’s Press, and Titan Books will publish the UK e-book at the same time. The UK paperback will be available a few months later, in autumn 2018.

I’ll post the covers (Titan do amazing work with their covers) as soon as they’re ready to be revealed. In the meantime, you can read the official announcement from Titan Books RIGHT HERE.

Honestly, I’m thrilled that UK readers will get the opportunity to enjoy these novels, and I’m so very grateful to Cat Camacho and everybody at Titan Books who helped put this together.

More news as it comes in.

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New Short Story

Mark Morris has a keen eye for all things horror, and has elevated the genre in recent years, not only with his own work, but with three amazing anthologies: The Spectral Book of Horror Stories (in which my short story “Outside Heavenly” first appeared), The 2nd Spectral Book of Horror Stories, and New Fears. Mark is dedicated and discerning, and has worked with some of the biggest names in horror. So I’m beyond thrilled that my short story, “The Typewriter,” will be published in Mark’s latest anthology, New Fears 2.

As you’d expect, the lineup is stellar, and I’m delighted to share the pages with Paul Tremblay, Tim Lebbon, Gemma Files, Catriona Ward,  Stephen Volk, and Benjamin Percy—to name but a few. Here’s the lowdown from the publisher, and the full table of contents:

An electrifying anthology of new horror stories by award-winning masters of the genre.

The horror genre’s greatest living practitioners drag our darkest fears kicking and screaming into the light in this second collection of brand-new tales of terror. Numinous, surreal and gut wrenching, New Fears 2 is a vibrant collection showcasing the very best fiction modern horror has to offer.

MAW — Priya Sharma
THUMBSUCKER — Robert Shearman
BULB — Gemma Files
FISH HOOKS — Kit Power
EMERGENCE — Tim Lebbon
ON CUTLER STREET — Benjamin Percy
RUT SEASONS — Brian Hodge
SENTINEL — Catriona Ward
LEAKING OUT — Brian Evenson
THANATRAUMA — Steve Rasnic Tem
PACK YOUR COAT — Aliya Whiteley
HAAK — John Langan
THE DEAD THING — Paul Tremblay
THE SKETCH — Alison Moore

New Fears 2 will be published by Titan Books in September 2018, and is available for pre-order now wherever books are sold. Trust me, this is going to be a solid collection of short fiction. You don’t want to miss out.

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Need to Escape?

I’m so pleased to announce that HALCYON, my second novel with Macmillan/St. Martin’s Press, will be released on July 10th, 2018. I’m thrilled with the way this novel turned out, and can’t wait for readers to get their hands on it. And talking of “thrilling” . . . check out this awesome cover:

Here’s a little about the book:

HALCYON is the answer for all Americans who want to escape, but paradise isn’t what it seems.

A beautiful island in the middle of Lake Ontario―a self-sustaining community made up of people who want to live without fear, crime, or greed. Halcyon is run by Valerie Kemp, aka Mother Moon, benevolent and altruistic on the outside, but hiding an unimaginable darkness inside. She has dedicated her life to the pursuit of Glam Moon, a place of eternal beauty and healing. And she believes the pathway there can only be found at the end of pleasure.

On the heels of tragedy, Martin Lovegrove moves his family to Halcyon. A couple of months, he tells himself, to retreat from the chaos and grind. He soon begins to suspect there is something beneath Halcyon’s perfect veneer, and sets out to discover the truth―however terrible it might be―behind the island and its mysterious founder, Mother Moon.

HALCYON is a little over eight months away, but it is available for pre-order right now from online retailers worldwide, and of course from the many wonderful independent bookstores out there.

More soon.

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The Forgotten Girl – Out Now!

Today is the day. THE FORGOTTEN GIRL is out in the world—available now at bookstores and online retailers everywhere. This is my first novel with a major publisher (Macmillan/St. Martin’s Press) and I couldn’t be more thrilled. It is the result of many, many years of hard work and dedication. My endless thanks to everybody who has supported me to this point, and to all those who read THE FORGOTTEN GIRL and help spread the word.

If you’re on the fence and perhaps looking for a reason to add THE FORGOTTEN GIRL to your library, here’s what a few folks who have read had to say:

“A paranormal thriller distinguished by subtle characterizations and emotionally evocative prose. … [The Forgotten Girl] offers everything that fans of intelligent suspense could wish for.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“How Youers manages to skillfully weave character development into a book filled with edge-of-your-seat action is a testament to his writing skills. This is a smart thriller that also explores the power of love and memory. Highly recommended.” —Booklist (starred review)

“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.” —Joe Hill, New York Times bestselling author of The Fireman and Heart-Shaped Box

“A page-turner of a novel with concepts that twist your mind, characters that tug at your heartstrings, and a narrative that leaves you breathless. The Forgotten Girl is a supernatural thriller that will ensure you never forget Rio Youers.” —Sarah Pinborough, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes

“Rio Youers writes with a magic all his own. The Forgotten Girl is a unique and twisted thriller, loaded with suspense but also laced with beautiful heartbreak. Youers is a rare and original voice, and I can’t wait to see what he does next!” —Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of Snowblind and Dead Ringers

The Forgotten Girl has everything going for it. Rio Youers has seasoned an original plot with engaging, unpredictable characters, and a totally badass villain, concocting a heady thrill-fest that will keep you turning pages into the wee hours.” —F. Paul Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of the Repairman Jack series

“Sometimes it’s the story that thrills us. Sometimes it’s the writer. Whether we know it or not, we always want both. The Forgotten Girl gives us both … halfway through … you think, “I’d be glued to absolutely anything Youers is spinning.’” —Josh Malerman, author of Bird Box and Black Mad Wheel

Lots of great praise so far, as you can see, and hopefully that will continue. If you read the book, and enjoy it, please consider leaving a review somewhere … or spreading the word through friends and family. Word of mouth is SO important.

So there it is … THE FORGOTTEN GIRL, available now wherever books are sold.

Thank you for all the support.


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