Out in the UK

The paperback of my critically acclaimed novel, THE FORGOTTEN GIRL, is now available in the UK from Titan Books.

This action-packed, psychological thriller earned starred reviews at Publishers Weekly and Booklist, and was a finalist for the 2018 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel. New York Times bestseller Joe Hill said, “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.”

THE FORGOTTEN GIRL is available now wherever books are sold, but I’ll drop the Amazon link RIGHT HERE for ease. And hey, if you read it, and enjoy it, feel free to drop a review. That’s a good way to make an author happy.

More soon.


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A new short story of mine, “Vanished Summer Glory” will appear in Wonderland, an anthology of works inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Edited by Marie O’Regan and Paul Kane, it will be published by Titan Books on September 17th, 2019.

And the cover … I mean, whoa. It’s just beautiful. Simply excellent work by Julia Lloyd (who also designed the covers for the paperback editions of The Forgotten Girl and Halcyon. Isn’t she amazing?).

Here’s the official description from the publisher:

Join Alice as she is thrown into the whirlwind of Wonderland, in an anthology that bends the traditional notions of Lewis Carroll’s classic novel. Contributors include the bestselling M.R. Carey, Genevieve Cogman, Catriona Ward, Rio Youers and L.L. McKinney.

Within these pages you’ll find myriad approaches to Alice, from horror to historical. There’s even a Wild West tale from Angela Slatter, poetry, and a story by Laura Mauro which presents us with a Japanese folklore-inspired Wonderland.

Alison Littlewood, Cavan Scott and Catriona Ward make the more outlandish elements their own, while James Lovegrove instead draws on the supernatural. Cat Rambo takes us to a part of Wonderland we haven’t seen before and Lilith Saintcrow gives the legend a science-fiction spin. The nightmarish reaches of the imagination are the breeding ground for M.R. Carey’s visions, while Robert Shearman, George Mann, Rio Youers and Mark Chadbourn’s tales have a deep-seated emotional core which will shock, surprise and tug on the heart-strings.

So, it’s time now to go down the rabbit hole, or through the looking-glass or… But no, wait. By picking up this book and starting to read it you’re already there, can’t you see?

I’m delighted to be involved with this, and to accompany so many incredible authors. I have a feeling this anthology is going to be quite special. You won’t want to miss it.

Roll on September!

More Wonderland news as it comes in.

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The Forgotten Girl UK

A reminder for all my friends and readers in the UK … Titan Books will release my novel, The Forgotten Girl, in paperback on May 14th.

Check out the full cover, front and back. It’s a thing of rare beauty, I tells ya!

In case you didn’t know, or just plum forgot, The Forgotten Girl earned rave reviews when it was released in North America in 2017. Publishers Weekly (starred review) said, “… a paranormal thriller distinguished by subtle characterizations and emotionally evocative prose … Harvey’s compelling, moving search for Sally and the truth offers everything that fans of intelligent suspense could wish for.” And Booklist (starred review) enthused, “This is a smart thriller that also explores the power of love and memory. Highly recommended.”

And yet more praise:

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, New York Times bestselling author of Bird Box and Black Mad Wheel

Oh, yeah … and it was also a finalist for the 2018 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel.

The Forgotten Girl is available for pre-order right now. CLICK HERE for the Amazon UK link.

More exciting stuff soon. Stay tuned!

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Halcyon Blog Tour Day Eleven


All good things must come to an end. Except for rock ’n’ roll, of course, which will never die. But this blog tour has arrived at its conclusion. We’ve rolled our virtual tour bus across the world wide web, chalking up twenty memorable stops. I’ve discovered some excellent sites along the way, and made some new friends. Day eleven—the final day—is here. Two rockin’ venues to go. Let’s do this.

Firstly, the tour bus will screech to a halt outside Book Browsing Blog. This cool, welcoming site is headlining an extract from Halcyon. “This is one of my favourite sections from what I’ve read so far,” our wonderful host writes, “and I am so excited to be sharing it with you!” Well, I’m excited, too. Read it for yourself RIGHT HERE.

Then we’re back on the bus for our final stop. And, of course, it’s a good one: Keeper of Pages has an excellent review lined up. Honesty, there are so many pull quotes. For example:

“I definitely recommend Halcyon to fans of King, and fans of horror fiction in general.”

Halcyon has several of what I like to call “oh shit!” moments … these are moments where the plot shocked you in a way you didn’t see coming; when the author surprises you in a way that makes things a whole lot more interesting.”

“With a title that bleeds on the cover, Halcyon is just as dark as you imagine it would be!”

Halcyon homes in on the psychological, how the mind copes with certain events; this notion underpins the plot, and it made for a brilliant, and dark, read.”

“I enjoyed this book from cover to cover, it’s one not to be missed!”

It’s safe to say that Janel at Keeper of Pages enjoyed the novel, and I couldn’t be more pleased. Stamp your ticket for the final time and read the review RIGHT HERE.

And that’s it. The End. Fin. Eleven days. Twenty-two online venues. Truly, I’ve had a fantastic time with this. I would of course like to thank all the hard-working readers and bloggers that took part in the tour, and for their amazing work for the community, in general. I offer you all a well-deserved standing ovation. And a huge, special thanks to the team at Titan Books, in particular Cat Camacho, Lydia Gittins, and Philippa Ward, who put all of this together.

Okay, I’m out of here. Keep on rockin’.

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