New Interviews with Me (and THE NIGHTMARE GIRL Takes Flight!)

Hey, folks. Can’t stay long. But since you passed by, maybe you’d like to check out a pair of rather revealing and interesting interviews with me recently posted at the excellent Ginger Nuts of Horror and Wag the Fox websites.

And if you haven’t checked out THE NIGHTMARE GIRL yet, it’s available now. And kicking much booty.

Joe Crawford and the Fire Cult

Joe Crawford and the Fire Cult

Good night, friends.

Adam Cesare Shares an EXPONENTIAL Playlist

Hi there. I’m Adam Cesare and I’m here because Jonathan invited me.

Instead of trying to soullessly shill our books on each other’s blog, we figured we’d come up with quick musical playlists to pair with our recent releases from Samhain Publishing.

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My newest book, Exponential, is a cross-country giant monster story, a celebration of the kind of horror I love reading. I wrote it as kind of a treat for myself, a vacation. It’s a complete one-eighty in terms of tone from my last novel, The Summer Job, which was a densely-plotted thriller that stuck closely to its single protagonist and didn’t contain any explicit supernatural elements.

This playlist is part-soundtrack, part-sizzle reel. Go through, listen to the songs, read why the hell I think they fit my book, and, if you’re properly intrigued, please buy the book and see if you agree with me.

Attitude” by The Misfits (this song’s probably not great for listening to at work, unless you have something you’d like to tell your boss)

Out of my three full-length novels, I like to think of Exponential as the punk song of the bunch. And I don’t just mean that a sneaky way of saying that it’s the shortest of the three. There’s more to it than that.

In Exponential we’ve got no central protagonist (unless you count Felix, the monster, which I kinda do), so add all the creature action and the effect is this fast, in-your-face, fuzzed out feeling. And that tone is the same feeling that this song has, as Muppet-baby-Danzig belts out the lyrics during its under 2-minute runtime.

Used to be a Cop” by Drive-By Truckers

There’s no main character in Exponential, it’s more of an ensemble piece. Like Ocean’s Eleven with way more blood and broken bones.

The cast of characters includes professional gamblers, junkies, mysterious corporate hitmen, and, as this song would indicate, an ex-cop.

David Nez, the cop in the book, is a nicer guy than the one we’re presented with in this song but still: it fits.

Since this is my favorite band, here’s an alternate DBT song that would fit for a couple of the other characters: “Margo and Harold

Every Which Way But Loose” by Eddie Rabbitt

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Jonathan and I agreed that we were going to try to stay close to five songs each, so I really had to deliberate about whether I wanted to include this track or C.W. McCall and Chip Davis’s “Convoy”.

But I guess if I was going to choose one theme song from a 1978 film prominently featuring truckers, car chases, and chest hair: it was going to be this one. And yes, I know that Convoy is actually based on the song, but when I think Convoy, I think Kristofferson and McGraw, not the song.

The song’s connection to Exponential? That’s tenuous. I just like the tone of these films, the way that they present the American West (and its highways and truck stops). I imagine that both of these songs are somewhere on the jukebox of the bar that features prominently in the book.

Man. I’m only just realizing that an orangutan sidekick would have made Exponential ten times better.

Beware of the Blob” by The Five Blobs.

Yeah. This is an obvious one. Samhain’s cover art for the book even ended up being a riff on the poster for the 1989 remake of The Blob.

I don’t want to draw too straight a comparison, though, as I feel like my monster, Felix, has a different enough physiology. Something about him (telling you what would be a spoiler) makes him a lot more mobile than The Blob, better acclimated to the road-trip structure of Exponential.

Blood Like Cream” by Red Fang

If the monster was going to have a theme song, how could you go wrong with that on-the-nose title?

This Portland-based metal act has put out three albums, all of them pretty great. The video for “Blood Like Cream” (like all of their videos) has a flippant “I hope this goes viral” feel to it that may undercut the song for some, but then again: how many metal acts can you unreservedly recommend to fans of Portlandia?

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Thanks to Jonathan for having me. Please join me over at my blog to watch Mr. Janz do the same thing for The Nightmare Girl and see if he has decent musical taste to go with his abundant talent.

And thank you, Adam, for rocking this blog post so wonderfully. If you’d like to see my playlist, you can hop over to Adam’s blog to check it out.

THE NIGHTMARE GIRL: Available Now!

My new novel THE NIGHTMARE GIRL is available everywhere, friends, and I hope you check it out. Here’s the cover:

Joe Crawford and the Fire Cult

Joe Crawford and the Fire Cult

And here’s the synopsis:

Playing with fire has never been more dangerous.

When family man Joe Crawford confronts a young mother abusing her toddler, he has no idea of the chain reaction he’s setting in motion. How could he suspect the young mother is part of an ancient fire cult, a sinister group of killers that will destroy anyone who threatens one of its members? When the little boy is placed in a foster home, the fanatics begin their mission of terror.

Soon the cult leaders will summon their deadliest hunters—and a ferocious supernatural evil—to make Joe pay for what he’s done. They want Joe’s blood and the blood of his family. And they want their child back.

And that’s all for tonight. Have a great rest of the weekend, friends.

Take care.

Snow Falls in Indiana; THE NIGHTMARE GIRL Arrives at Your House

I don’t think I’ve ever used a semi-colon in a blog post title, and you know what? It felt good. Darn good. Liberating. A gleeful punctuational rebellion aimed at the new establishment’s anti-semi-colon prejudice. THEY CAN’T KEEP US DOWN!!!!

*blinks, glances around*

Okay, now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, what I’d like to get into YOUR system is—

That sounded creepy, didn’t it? Like, really creepy. As in, you’re picturing me in an open-throated, open-chested white silk shirt with tufts of bushy chest hair and some tinted shades leering at you like an extra in Boogie Nights. Or maybe it didn’t get creepy until that last line.

At any rate, THE NIGHTMARE GIRL drops at midnight, and friends, I really want you to check out this story.

I’ll talk more about it soon, but for now, here’s the gorgeous cover:

Joe Crawford and the Fire Cult

Joe Crawford and the Fire Cult

And here’s the link where you can buy it for only $3.85 (digital) or $11.20 (paperback). Or just get it anywhere else books are sold. They should have it. If they don’t, demand that they stock it, and if they refuse, they’re probably the same zealots who oppose the semi-colon.

Have a good night. I’ll be practicing my semi-colons and grooming my chest hair.*

*I don’t actually have chest hair. NOW I’ve freaked you out!

THE NIGHTMARE GIRL Arrives on Tuesday!

Hey, friends. Short and sweet tonight.

I have a new novel coming on Tuesday, and it’s getting rave reviews. In fact, despite the fact that it’s not out yet, it was already named the third-best novel of 2014 over at Horror After Dark.

The cover:

Fiery Terror

Fiery Terror

The plot:

Playing with fire has never been more dangerous.

When family man Joe Crawford confronts a young mother abusing her toddler, he has no idea of the chain reaction he’s setting in motion. How could he suspect the young mother is part of an ancient fire cult, a sinister group of killers that will destroy anyone who threatens one of its members? When the little boy is placed in a foster home, the fanatics begin their mission of terror.

Soon the cult leaders will summon their deadliest hunters—and a ferocious supernatural evil—to make Joe pay for what he’s done. They want Joe’s blood and the blood of his family. And they want their child back.

And the glorious full-page back-cover ad in Famous Monsters of Filmland:

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Friends, some are saying this is my best novel yet (it’s number eight, for those of you keeping track).

I hope you read it. I hope you care about the characters. I hope it scares you. I hope you root for the good guys and detest the bad guys.

At any rate, it’s almost here…

A Reminder: Everyone Has Issues

Hey, all. Before I say this, please know that I’m not minimizing anyone’s struggles (quite the opposite), claiming that all issues present equal difficulties (they don’t), or making a veiled cry for help (I’m not).

But here’s something I’ve learned.

Everyone has issues.

If you’re like me, you tend to believe you’re insane, that everyone else has it together, or that you’re bizarre or weak because of the problems you face. However, the longer I live the more I realize that every single person struggles with something. Sometimes that struggle is physical, often it’s psychological. In a great many cases, it’s emotional.

Like that woman next door. The one with the perfect family, the striking good looks, and the brand new BMW?

She struggles with depression. Even worse, she has no idea why she’s depressed because she believes she should be happy and doesn’t realize the issue is chemical rather than situational.

That man you pulled up next to at the stoplight. The one in the sensible gold Honda Civic. He looks confident, together. Everyone must surely look up to him.

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But he’s having debilitating headaches that make it impossible for him to enjoy life. The tests don’t show anything, but he knows how he feels, and he suspects—correctly or not—that he has an inoperable tumor.

That lady you passed this morning on the sidewalk? The one with the fancy new leather gloves? She’s a germophobe. She scrubs her hands so often and so violently that her skin is in a constant state of raw irritation.

The girl at the drive-thru, that smiling sixteen-year-old with the sunny disposition? She’s struggling with her sexual identity and is getting cyber-bullied because of it.

That grandmother you said hello to at the supermarket, she’s estranged from her only daughter, and she cries herself to sleep every night. She misses her grandchildren, but she’ll never get to know them. So she cries some more.

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The little kid walking home from school, he struggles with intrusive thoughts. He’s also terrified of getting a bad grade on his spelling test. What’s more, he feels like he’s a coward because he feels so afraid all the time.

The little boy’s older brother went through a phase in junior high when he sought attention through negative behavior. Now he’s a freshman, and though he wants to do better and longs for others to give him a chance, he’s still branded a troublemaker by his peers and teachers, and he wants nothing more than to go back and live his life differently. But he can’t.

I say all these things not because they’re related or similar but because I think two helpful things occur when we remember that others have problems too.

One, we realize that we’re not weak or dumb or crazy or lesser creatures than others. Remembering that everyone is struggling with something teaches us that struggling is universal. We’re not broken. Or if we are, there’s nothing wrong with our brokenness.

Secondly, remembering that everyone struggles with something is a constant reminder that we need to show compassion whenever we can, that we need to try to understand before we condemn. Knowing that others struggle encourages us to practice empathy.

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Personally? I’m that little kid who struggles with intrusive thoughts. I’m besieged every morning with a nightmarish newsreel of my mistakes, and believe me, there are plenty of mistakes in the reel. I’m afraid of hurting people’s feelings, afraid of letting them down. Afraid of making a mistake and regretting it and then having to be haunted by it every night as I struggle to fall asleep. I have insomnia. I get furious with myself. I cry at least three times a week because I love my children so deeply, and I don’t want them to leave me. Then I feel guilty for feeling that way because it feels selfish.

I’ve got issues.

So do you.

Let’s be kind to one another. Let’s try harder to understand.

Let’s love.

Have a good night, friends. Take care of yourselves.

One Week until the Nightmare…and Loads of Other News!

Hey, friends. Daughters are in the bathtub. Son is styling his post-shower hair like Wolverine. Wife is folding laundry.

I be bloggin’.

Fiery Terror

Fiery Terror

And getting excited about THE NIGHTMARE GIRL, which is hurtling toward you next week. Some are calling it my best novel yet, and I can’t wait for you all to read it. Add to that the fact that the book is discounted to only $3.85 at the Samhain Horror website or $11.20 if you’re a paperback kind of reader, and I’d say the time is right to check this one out. Here’s the synopsis:

Playing with fire has never been more dangerous. 

When family man Joe Crawford confronts a young mother abusing her toddler, he has no idea of the chain reaction he’s setting in motion. How could he suspect the young mother is part of an ancient fire cult, a sinister group of killers that will destroy anyone who threatens one of its members? When the little boy is placed in a foster home, the fanatics begin their mission of terror.

Soon the cult leaders will summon their deadliest hunters—and a ferocious supernatural evil—to make Joe pay for what he’s done. They want Joe’s blood and the blood of his family. And they want their child back. 

There’s also a new interview with me at the awesome Wag the Fox book blog. And tons of amazing reviews of my work at Goodreads. And a killer deal still going on for three of my most popular books.

For 99 cents you can still grab EXORCIST ROAD, SAVAGE SPECIES, and DUST DEVILS.

Mayhem

Mayhem

Gotta go now. The girls are beginning to prune. My son is ready to fight crime. And the wife…well, she’s probably petting our puppy. I better join them.

Peace.

New Book Trailer! Here comes THE NIGHTMARE GIRL…

Samhain Publishing and its horror imprint Samhain Horror have been extremely good to me. The other day, they surprised me with the news that they had created their first-ever book trailer, and it happened to be for my upcoming release. I absolutely love it and hope you do too. So, courtesy of all the amazing people at Samhain, here is THE NIGHTMARE GIRL book trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJWXIzVh8f0

Coming in January

Coming in January

Wasn’t that fabulous? You can preorder THE NIGHTMARE GIRL now or wait until it drops on January 6th. Either way, I hope you check it out. I’m very, very proud of it and can’t wait for folks to read it. Oh, and if you haven’t yet, why not pick up my three 99-cent ebooks (for a limited time)? You can get EXORCIST ROAD, DUST DEVILS, and SAVAGE SPECIES for dirt cheap now!

Have a great day, friends.

$0.99 Sale! SAVAGE SPECIES, DUST DEVILS, and EXORCIST ROAD!

I’m irrationally excited. I know I’ll make less money on $0.99 books, but truthfully, I’m more concerned about readers.

You see, I want them.

I want them all to check out these deeply discounted books because I think they’ll enjoy them. Readers have been really kind to me in their reactions to all of my stories, but these three books, particularly, have been well received. Now, SAVAGE SPECIES, DUST DEVILS, and EXORCIST ROAD can be had for less than a buck.

Pod of Horror named SAVAGE SPECIES one of the three best books of 2013. And for a limited time, it’s 99 cents.

Experience the Terror

Experience the Terror

Or DUST DEVILS? Jack Ketchum, one of the best writers in the history of living organisms, called it a “Rousing-good weird western!” And it’s 99 cents.

A Wild Vampire Western

A Wild Vampire Western

Or what about EXORCIST ROAD? About this novella Dreadful Tales says, “With Exorcist Road, Janz ushers in a new era of thrills and violence, the likes of which haven’t been seen since the old school paperback days. I would gladly stand this novella alongside lurid horror gems like Ketchum’s Off Season for its shock factor; the unbridled aggression of Laymon’s One Rainy Night; and the sexually charged nastiness of Tessier’s Rapture.” And this creepy demonic possession/mystery/serial killer story can be had for only…

Well, you know.

Folks, I hope you check these out, and just as importantly, I hope you spread the word about the sale.

Have a great night, friends!