Coming January 2012: Lights Out

Who else is tired of the moping and general depressing nature of this place, lately?  I know I am. Well, here’s some good news…

That’s the cover of my next novel, Lights Out. Lights Out will be available in January 2012 as the first novel in Thunderstorm Books’ Hard Rain line.  Lights Out is the culmination of a story that’s been brewing my head for five years.  It’s a vampire story.  A nasty, gritty, violent vampire story. How to sum it up?  How about like this…?

Burnham State Maximum Security Penitentiary holds the worst criminals humanity has to offer.  Murderers, rapists, and others who have preyed upon humanity populate the prison, creating a food chain of violence and fear.  Something lives beneath Burnham, however, and after years of waiting, it has been set free.

And it is hungry.

Now, those who call Burnham home must band together if they hope to survive.  After years of being called monsters, they will face something much worse, and they will know how it feels to be prey.

That’s right. Vampires are attacking the fucking prison.  Man, I always wanted to say that! Lights Out is what happens when you take one writer with a love of siege stories, vampires, mayhem, and last stands, ask him what separates mankind from monstrosity, and then turn him loose.  It’s home to some of the best characters I’ve created (including one you’ve seen mentioned in Red Sky).  I really think you’re gonna dig it.
Lights Out will be available as a $35 hardcover limited to 140 copies, sporting that amazing Vincent Chong cover you see above.  Every copy will be signed.  With their Hard Rain line, Thunderstorm Books is creating a line of collectible books within the price range of the casual reader.  At this time, there are no plans for an ebook or softcover.

I’m very proud of Lights Out, and I hope you’ll check it out and enjoy it.

Let It All Come Down

The last few years have been tough ones.  When I look back and think about everything that’s happened, I find myself amazed I can still stand up.  I’ve lost both parents to cancer, a brother to the long-lasting effects of drug addiction, and I recently found out my dog has cancer.  In the meantime, I’ve helped run this year’s World Horror Convention, spent over a year in therapy, learned some shocking truths about my family, and found myself single after eleven years.

Some days, the simple act of waking up feels all but insurmountable.  Some days, it feels more like a habit than something I really want to do.  I still do it, though.  Partly because it feels good to stare deression in the face and tell it to fuck off, and partly because I’m out of vacation time, and finding myself unemployed is not going to make my life easier.

But I don’t want to complain too much.  The fact of the matter is, I’m still alive.  Sometimes, being alive kind of sucks, and sometimes being alive means you’ve survived three years of really shitty existence.  You get through how you can, and you take stock of the good things.

So let’s take stock…

My ex-girlfriend is still my best friend.  We care about each other and our pets, and I still feel closer to her parents than I ever did to my own.

I’m busy.  I have one novel due on the 1st of January, and another due four months after that.  It’s possible that I’ll have a third due in August, but that’s just in the talking stages right now.

My writing continues to get better.  For a writer, that’s all you can ask for, even if you suspect you’ll never be as good as you want to be.

I have an amazing network of friends.  This reminds me that I really need to see about getting Coffee with Lee Thomas.  It’s been too damn long.  I need to roll a d20 with my Friday night friends, too.  Or at least play a game of Zombies!!!

Muay Thai.  I started training with Wrath James White back in June, and it’s been a blast.  I can feel how much healthier I am, and there are few things as stress-relieving as knocking the crap out of a heavy bag once a week while Wrath pushes you harder and harder.  I thought I’d broken a sweat before, but nothing’s ever pushed me as hard as this.

So that’s where I am.  A lot of life is hard, but a lot of it is pretty fucking great.  You guys remember that, and I’ll do my best to do the same.

Announcement: Is There a Demon in You?


Camelot Books is proud to announcement a new anthology featuring all new novellas by myself, Brian Keene, Wrath James White, and Mary SanGiovanni! Is There a Demon in You? is limited to 500 signed and numbered hardback copies.  Ordering direct from Camelot gets you a free chappette, featuring an original short story by myself, Brian, Wrath, or Mary (assigned randomly).

And now, a little more info…

The Witching Tree by Brian Keene
Fan-favorite Levi Stoltzfus (the ex-Amish occult detective from Brian’s Ghost Walk and A Gathering of Crows) returns home to fact a very different sort of possession–one that will rock his faith to its core and challenge everything he believes.

Possessing Amy by Mary SanGiovanni
When police officer Liam McInnes answers a domestic disturbance call, he discovers a battered woman whose inner demons have given her a new kind of strength. But in order to free her of those demons, Liam will have to navigate the gray areas of evil, and face the desperation that comes with true possession of another.

Mr. Gray by Nate Southard
After years of terror and heartbreak, Ben Gregory confronts the demon that possessed him as a child, but how many innocents will suffer in order for him to get revenge?

Amber Alert by Wrath James White
All over Las Vegas, women are giving birth to monsters. While on a search for a missing child, Spencer Logan stumbles into a world of occult science, demonic pregnancies, and an angry young scientist intent on changing humanity’s genetic future.

Limited to 500 signed and numbered hardcover copies

While the above stories may one day appear in digital or paperback form, this will not happen for at least two years from date of publication of the limited.

Those ordering direct from us will also receive a free chapette as follows (1 chapette per 1 book ordered):

Fast Zombies Suck by Brian Keene
Baby Teeth by Mary SanGiovanni
The Devil Crashed In by Nate Southard
Tamara’s Last Exorcism by Wrath James White

Chapettes are limited to 125 signed and numbered softcover copies

Here’s how the chapettes work:

With each order of a book, we will include a chapette with the shipment or paid for copy, put in hold box. Please don’t ask for a particular chapette as they will be shipped one after the other as books are shipped or put in a hold box, while supplies last. What that means is, when I ship out a book, or put a paid for copy in your hold box, I’ll include “Fast Zombies Suck”, with the next book, I’ll include “Baby Teeth”, then “The Devil Crashed In” with the next book and “Tamara’s Last Exorcism” with the next, and then start the sequence over.

While we know that this may upset some of our customers, this was the only way we felt we could be fair with the allocation of the chapettes. Again, please don’t ask for a specific chapette as this is a free “thank you” for your support.

NOTE: Dealer copies will NOT include the chapette – the only way to get the chapette is to order direct from us.