I am currently out on a nationwide book signing tour. Many of you have lamented that I’m not traveling to your town. But you can still get a signed and personalized copy of my new novel PRESSURE no matter where you live. How? Click here and contact Dark Delicacies via email or phone. Let them know you’d like a copy, and how you’d like it signed, and how you’d like to pay for it. I’ll sign copies this Saturday, and they’ll ship it to you. IT’S THAT EASY.
I have two new novels, PRESSURE and THE COMPLEX, on sale right now. Click on the cover images above to purchase one or both.
There is also a new chapbook available, called THE CHINESE BEETLE. Click here to purchase one.
I am on a cross-country signing tour to promote all of these. Click here for a complete list of dates to find a town near you.
There is also a tour t-shirt available. Click here to purchase.
As I will be focused on all that, this website will be dormant. If you need your weekly fix:
I write a weekly column called BRIAN KEENE’S END OF THE ROAD for Cemetery Dance Online. Click here for a complete archive.
New episodes of my podcast, THE HORROR SHOW WITH BRIAN KEENE, air every Thursday. Click here for a complete archive of all previous episodes, free to listen to.
Farewell… but not really.
For the time-displaced Aaron Pace and barbarian princess Kasheena, it was supposed to be just a normal, uneventful hunting expedition in the primordial jungles of The Lost Level. But after a series of unfortunate events starting with a dangerous encounter with a mother dinosaur protecting her young, Aaron and Kasheena must fight for their lives against the mechanical menace of the Chinese Beetle! This brand-new story takes place between the events of THE LOST LEVEL and the forthcoming sequel RETURN TO THE LOST LEVEL.
$12 plus shipping, limited to 250 copies. CLICK HERE TO ORDER.
Thunderstorm Books is proud to present the only signed, limited collectible hardcover edition of Grand Master Award winner Brian Keene’s THE LOST LEVEL. This book will be produced with an oversized 7×10 trim, specialty binding, specialty endsheets, and color chapter headings. The print run will be limited to those who order it between Thursday, June 2nd and Sunday, June 5th. After this 72 hour window, the book will be sold out. Expected to ship in July. $65. CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR COPY
I am delighted to share this starred Booklist review for PRESSURE, which my publisher just forwarded to me. PRESSURE comes out later this month, and can be pre-ordered here.
“Keene is among the most popular pulp horror writers of this century, but with most of his 40-plus titles available only in paperback, his work is not widely collected by libraries. Now is the time to change that with this compelling, crowd-pleasing hardcover release. Champion free-diver turned scientist Carrie Anderson is part of a team trying to find out why the Indian Ocean floor is suddenly collapsing. After numerous mechanical glitches, Carrie plunges into the depths, sans equipment, to try to determine what’s going on, but what she encounters is a monster so fearsome and so intent on destroying every creature in its path that it makes Jaws look like a guppy. In the open ocean, Carrie is in a swim for her life, but back on shore, things aren’t much better, as an evil corporation’s murderous henchmen have an invested interest in hiding the truth. Will Carrie and her team be able to stop both types of monsters and save the world from an ecological disaster? Keene’s winning formula of pairing a cast of strong characters with fastpaced, detailed action scenes (which include some of the best descriptions of the dismemberment of bodies in all fiction) is on full view here. Don’t just suggest to horror readers—although Keene does include a few fun insider references for genre fans. This is a perfect beach read for fans of Michael Crichton, Mira Grant, or Preston and Child—if you dare to take this book anywhere near an open body of water.”
Here is the finalized Author Programming schedule for the SCARES THAT CARE III Charity Event, taking place July 22 – 24 at the Doubletree Hilton in Williamsburg, VA. The hotel is sold out, but you can CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF OTHER NEARBY HOTELS.
Yes, there will be actor programming and make-up and effects programming and all other kinds of programming — but I’m the guy that puts together the author programming, which is why I’m posting it. Listed below are the times for readings, Q&A’s, etc. Each and every one of the authors listed here will also be available to sign books all weekend long, either in the Celebrity Room or the Vendor Room.
6:30pm to 7:15pm – Tim McWhorter and Philip Perron
7:30pm to 8:15pm – Russell James and David Bernstein
8:30pm to 9:15pm – Mark Tufo and Jay Wilburn
9:30pm to 10:15pm – Kristopher Rufty and Adam Cesare
10:30pm to 11:00pm – Brian Keene and Bryan Smith
10:00am to 10:45am – Jacob Haddon and John Boden
11:00am to 11:45am – Christian Jensen and Scott Cole
Noon to 12:45pm – Tom Monteleone and Robert Ford
1:00pm to 1:45pm – Hunter Shea and Armand Rosamillia
2:00pm to 2:45pm – Joe R. Lansdale and Weston Ochse
3:00pm to 3:45pm – Richard Chizmar and Ronald Malfi
4:00pm to 4:45pm – Yvonne Navarro and Kelli Owen
5:00pm to 5:30pm – Patrick Lacey
6:00pm to 7:00pm – The Wedding of Bryan Smith and Jennifer Smith (officiated by Brian Keene)
11:00am to 11:45am – Jonathan Janz and Matt Serafini
Noon to 12:45pm – Mary SanGiovanni and John Urbancik
1:00pm to 1:45pm – Rachel Autumn Deering and Stephen Kozeniewski
2:00pm to 3:00pm – HWA Virginia
In conjunction with Skurvy Ink (purveyors of t-shirts for THE RISING, THE COMPLEX, and EARTHWORM GODS) I am proud to present the BRIAN KEENE 2016 FAREWELL BUT NOT REALLY TOUR shirts, which are on sale now and come in all sizes, including one that will fit you. Click here to purchase one. Front and back design below. Design is by the very talented Justin T. Coons. Please note: we were unable to fit all dates on the back of the shirt, so you might not see your hometown or favorite bookstore listed.
Due to popular demand, a signed, limited-edition hardcover of THE LOST LEVEL will be available from Thunderstorm Books early next month.
Thunderstorm Books will also be releasing a signed, limited-edition chapbook called THE CHINESE BEETLE — a brand-new short story set in the world of THE LOST LEVEL and starring Aaron and Kasheena. This story takes place between THE LOST LEVEL and the forthcoming sequel RETURN TO THE LOST LEVEL.
The first draft of that sequel, RETURN TO THE LOST LEVEL, is finished. I’m working on the second draft now and hope to hand it to my pre-readers by the end of the month. It will be published in paperback and ebook later this year by Apex Book Company, with a signed, limited-edition hardcover to follow from Thunderstorm Books a year after the paperback’s release). In RETURN TO THE LOST LEVEL, Aaron, Kasheena, the tribe, and their new friend Ambrose Bierce wage war with the Anunnaki, and take the fight right to the heart of the Reptilian’s city.
An associated novel, HOLE IN THE WORLD, is also nearing completion. I have roughly three chapters to go on the first draft. HOLE IN THE WORLD is set in The Lost Level, but features different characters and takes place at a time before the events of THE LOST LEVEL novel. It will be published first as a signed limited-edition hardcover by Camelot Books, followed by a paperback and ebook release from Apex Book Company.
SCARES THAT CARE is a 501C IRS approved charity. Each year, we raise money for children with cancer, burn victims, women battling breast cancer, and other worthy causes. One of the many ways we do that is via the annual SCARES THAT CARE CHARITY EVENT — a fan convention where you can meet your favorite horror writers and actors. This year’s convention, our third, takes place July 22 – 24 at the Doubletree Hilton in Williamsburg, VA. The hotel is sold out, but you can CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF OTHER NEARBY HOTELS.
Here’s a small sample of the writers, actors, and actresses you can meet at this year’s event.
And And there are many more! Get your picture taken with The X-Files’s Cigarette Smoking Man! Get your books signed by Joe R. Lansdale! Meet old friends and make new ones! And while you’re doing all that, you’ll be supporting a charity and helping three families who desperately need it.
As I said, the hotel is sold out but there are many nearby hotels who still have vacancies. Don’t let that stop you from attending 2016’s most-anticipated horror convention. Make your plans now!
As mentioned previously, for the next nine months, I’m writing a weekly column called ‘Brian Keene’s END OF THE ROAD’ for Cemetery Dance Online. The first installment is now live. Click here to read it.
The rough cut of I’M DREAMING OF A WHITE DOOMSDAY is finished. The film, written and directed by Mike Lombardo, executive produced by Brian Keene, and starring Hope Bikle, Damian Maffei, and Reeve Blazi, clocks in at just under an hour and 15 minutes without titles and credits. We are currently entertaining several distribution offers. Interested parties can contact Executive Producer Brian Keene at firstname.lastname@example.org and Director Mike Lombardo at email@example.com.
What is END OF THE ROAD? Well, let me tell you a story…
This weekend, I was in Utah for the annual World Horror Convention, which is a trade show for horror and dark fantasy writers, publishers, artists, etc. I’ve been writing professionally for over twenty years now, and have been attending WHC for nearly as long. Both have changed quite a bit in that time. Publishing. Writing. Fandom. Conventions. Genre. Myself. All have changed. So, that’s thing number 1 — CHANGE.I ran into a lot of people at WHC, but one person I hadn’t planned on bumping into was Richard Laymon. Richard Laymon is one of my favorite authors of all time. He was also one of many mentors I had coming up. Without the efforts of Richard Laymon and Jack Ketchum, I would have never sold THE RISING, and I’d probably still be working on a loading dock somewhere. Or a foundry. Or driving truck. Or in jail again.
Dick Laymon died back in 2001. I often like to picture a hotel convention bar in the afterlife, and pretend that him, J.F. Gonzalez, Tom Piccirilli, Graham Joyce, Rick Hautala, Phil Nutman, Buddy Martinez, Charles Grant, Gary Brandner, and everybody else this genre has lost are hanging out there, getting sloshed on whatever whiskey exists in the afterlife, and waiting for the rest of us to show up.
So, this weekend in Utah, when Kelly Laymon asked me if I’d “like to say hi to Dad”, I thought at first that perhaps I’d died, and Kelly was helping me along to that big hotel bar in the sky. Turns out she wasn’t. But she was in the process of moving, and all of her stuff was packed in the car, including her father’s ashes. So myself, Kelly, Jeff Strand, and Michael Bailey went and said hello. Michael commented on connections and the Butterfly Effect and how one things leads to another, and how a last-minute, impulsive decision by him to attend WHC had allowed him to share in that moment. I firmly believe that everything is connected, like a road map. So, that’s thing number 2 — CONNECTIONS.
I mentioned above that THE RISING would have never sold without the help of Richard Laymon and Jack Ketchum. I’ve been lucky enough to have many mentors over the last twenty years. And when we look at those connections Michael Bailey mentioned, pause and consider this: HP Lovecraft mentored many young authors, including Robert Bloch. Robert Bloch mentored many young authors, including Jack Ketchum. Jack Ketchum mentored many young authors, including myself. I’m mentoring many young authors, including Stephen Kozeniewski, Bryan Killian (who took this picture), and Rachel Autumn Deering (not pictured but in the room). So, that’s thing number 3 — HISTORY.This weekend marked the start of my 2016 FAREWELL (BUT NOT REALLY) TOUR. That’s nine months on the road. Nine months of promoting new novels THE COMPLEX and PRESSURE. Nine months of flying and driving and writing in hotel rooms. Nine months of getting back home when I can, and falling behind on everything when I do, because I’ll be spending those stolen moments at home with my son (known to listeners of my podcast, THE HORROR SHOW WITH BRIAN KEENE, as DungeonMaster77.1).
I’m doing this tour so that I never have to do another one like it. He understands that, but he’s also eight, and I’m worried about what it might do. I’m lucky enough to have a job that has allowed me to be there for him all the time, every minute of every day, since he’s been born. We’re inseparable, the two of us, and though we’ve spent an occasional weekend away from each other, we’ve never had this extensive an amount of time apart. I worry about the repercussions. And though I’m doing this at least in part for him, I worry about the costs. So, that’s thing number 4 — TOLLS.
So, let’s add those things up: CHANGE, CONNECTIONS, HISTORY, and TOLLS.
That’s what I’m going to be writing about weekly for the next nine months for Cemetery Dance Online. For those of you who have been pleading with me to Blog more regularly, this is it. Brian Keene’s END OF THE ROAD — a weekly column, brought to you by Cemetery Dance, written while criss-crossing the United States, looking at the horror genre, and writing, and myself, and pondering how all of those things have changed over the last twenty years, and where they all might possibly be heading.
First column goes live later this week. I hope you will enjoy it.
“My name is Brian Keene. I’m a writer by trade and a road warrior by heart. Neither of these things are wise career or life choices. The tolls add up. I rode into town twenty years ago. Now I’m riding out. You’re all coming with me…”
(Thanks to Michael Bailey and Bryan Killian for the photos above).
For a long time, the only audiobook versions of my work that have been available are THE RISING, CITY OF THE DEAD, CASTAWAYS, URBAN GOTHIC, DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN, and A GATHERING OF CROWS.
I am happy to announce that I have signed a deal with Crossroads Press, who will be releasing the following titles in audiobook format over the coming year: THE COMPLEX, DEAD SEA, ENTOMBED, EARTHWORM GODS, EARTHWORM GODS II: DELUGE, EARTHWORM GODS: SELECTED SCENES FROM THE END OF THE WORLD, DARK HOLLOW, GHOST WALK, LAST OF THE ALBATWITCHES, ALONE, THE GIRL ON THE GLIDER, SCRATCH, AN OCCURRENCE IN CRAZY BEAR VALLEY, THE RISING: SELECTED SCENES FROM THE END OF THE WORLD, and THE RISING: DELIVERANCE. Voice talents will include Chet Williamson and Scott Weinberg.
Releases will kick off with the audiobook adaptation of THE COMPLEX, currently in production.
This week kicks off the start of what I’m calling the 2016 FAREWELL (BUT NOT REALLY) TOUR, promoting new novels THE COMPLEX and PRESSURE. We begin this weekend in Provo, Utah and we end on December 31st in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
You can find a list of cities and states here. There are still more appearances to be added to that list (Texas, Ohio and Illinois for example). There will also be surprise, unscheduled pop-up signings across the country. These will be announced via Twitter and Facebook. (For example, let’s say I pass a bookstore in Kansas or stop at a Starbucks in Nebraska, and I’ve got two hours to kill, I’ll Tweet the location and invite folks to show up for the next two hours).
Oh, and tour t-shirts should be available from Skurvy Ink very soon. Meanwhile, check out some of their other Brian Keene t-shirts.
Why is it called the FAREWELL (BUT NOT REALLY) TOUR? Because this is the last time I’ll ever embark on an extensive signing tour like this. I used to do them all the time. That became harder, as years passed and I grew older and health problems became a concern. To be blunt, health problems are a concern heading into this, and I’m already anticipating the toll it will take on me, but I’m determined to do it anyway, because I miss you guys, and it will be nice to see all of you one more time. In the words of Prince, “we could all die any day…”
Now, I’ve no plans to die. There are some things I’d like to finish first. But when it seems like your friends keep dying, and your pop culture icons keep dying, and your own health problems are becoming more and more of a daily concern… you gotta suck it up and be a realist. And realistically, this may be your last chance to get a book signed by me. It probably won’t be. But it could be. And regardless, I won’t be out on the road this long ever again. That’s not fair to my sons, or to me.
So… farewell, but not really. But just in case, farewell. Hope to see you on the road this year.
I talk about it on tonight’s episode of THE HORROR SHOW WITH BRIAN KEENE. (We also talk about the good and the bad when it comes to HWA, and why I have been so late with manuscript reviews and novel submissions, and Hollywood’s ill-fated attempts to turn THE RISING into a movie, and what Paul Campion and I have planned for film adaptations for DARK HOLLOW and KILL WHITEY). When you listen to tonight’s show, you’ll understand why I’m speaking about it in public now. Everything I am willing to say in public about my experience I say in the episode, so note to media people — please don’t ask me to say more.
What I want you to understand is that this is something that can happen to anyone — male or female, Conservative or Progressive. And I want to echo what I said on the show — when someone tells you they have been sexually assaulted, whether you believe them or not, you owe them the respect of listening to them. Give them that much.
I will be offline from Friday morning until Monday morning, sequestered deep in the mountains of West Virginia, where I’ll be trying out my latest rifle, doing a bit of writing, and showing my eight-year-old son where his family came from — so there may be a delay before your comments on this post are approved. Thank you for your understanding.
Anyway, tonight’s podcast is — I think — our best episode in the two years we’ve been on the air. Listen to it for free.