Brian Keene

Stationary Goals and Moving Targets

I’m pretty much offline until Monday, doing some Scout-related stuff. During down time, I intend to continue reading STEVE GERBER: CONVERSATIONS, edited and compiled by Jason Sacks, Eric Hoffman, and Dr. Dominick Grace. This was easily my most anticipated book of 2019, and so far, it hasn’t disappointed. Admittedly, it’s for a specialized audience — fans of Gerber, fans of Bronze Age comics, comic historians and academics, and writers who

DEFENDERS DIALOGUE – Episode 70

Brian Keene takes a look at the post-Bronze Age incarnations of your favorite non-team, including the Secret Defenders, the Order, the Last Defenders, and the Fearless Defenders. Listen for free on iTunes – YouTube – Project Entertainment – iHeartRadio – Stitcher

The Special

THE SPECIAL — a film directed by B Harrison Smith (DEATH HOUSE), produced by Doug Henderson (of Everything’s Fire), and based on the novella by James Newman and Mark Steensland — had its premiere screening here in York last night. Mary SanGiovanni and I attended, as did authors Kelli Owen, Robert Ford, and Wesley Southard, and director Mike Lombardo (who assisted with special effects for this film and whom you

3rd Annual Brian Keene Telethon Cancelled

It is with profound regret that I have to announce the cancellation of the 3rd annual The Horror Show with Brian Keene telethon, which was scheduled to take place at Dark Delicacies in September. Listeners to the show know that co-host and engineer Dave Thomas has been experiencing some health problems. I am not going to share the private details of what has been occurring, but while Dave’s condition so

40% Off THE LOST LEVEL and ROGAN Series

From now until Friday, June 28th, you can get 40% off all the books in The Lost Level series (THE LOST LEVEL, RETURN TO THE LOST LEVEL, and HOLE IN THE WORLD) and all of the books in the Rogan series (KING OF THE BASTARDS and THRONE OF THE BASTARDS) when you purchase them directly from the publisher and use the code ‘SUMMER’ at checkout. Click here to purchase!  

DEFENDERS DIALOGUE – Episode 69

Wong possessed by Nightmare! Dormammu triumphant! The Hulk gets laid! The Sub-Mariner gets mad! The Silver Surfer goes surfing! Can Doctor Strange reunite the original Defenders and save reality as we know it? Brian Keene examines DEFENDERS: INDEFENSIBLE by J.M. DeMatteis, Keith Giffen and Kevin Maguire. Listen for free on iTunes – YouTube – Project Entertainment – iHeartRadio – Stitcher

AUGUST – SEPTEMBER SIGNING TOUR

Without intending to, I’ve set myself up for a mini-tour in August and September. Here is where I’ll be: August 2 – 4 Scares That Care Weekend Charity Event Doubletree By Hilton 50 Kingsmill Road Williamsburg, VA 23185 Because I serve on the Board of Directors for the charity, I won’t have a table to sign books at or be participating in programming. But you are welcome to stop me at any

GEOFF COOPER – The Horror Show with Brian Keene – Ep 224

Coop returns to the show to discuss Blue Collar Heathen and his mission to offer criticism of magical thinking and religious claims and concepts from the point of view of an average working-class citizen, in order to counter the toxicity he believes is leading to personal, societal, and global harm. Listen for free on YouTube – iTunes – Spotify – Project Entertainment– iHeartRadio  – Stitcher

Things To Come

The Storm is coming…but you’ll have to wait a little longer to find out what that means. Meanwhile, last week on Twitter, somebody asked if WHITE FIRE and HOLE IN THE WORLD will be the only new books released by me this year. The answer is no. I’ve been quiet about new releases simply because age and chronic pain are slowing me down. But I’m still writing every single day,

Lost In Translation

Got an email from Artem, a very nice guy who is hard at work translating my books into Russian for Poltergeist Press. It was Artem who translated DARK HOLLOW into Темная Лощина (which is available in hardcover, paperback and ebook in Russia, but also in the United States via good ol’ Amazon). My next Russian novel will be THE RISING, and Artem had some questions about American phrases and slang

On Rape in Horror Fiction and CASTAWAYS

Sadie Hartmann (aka Mother Horror) is leading a CASTAWAYS read-along right now on social media, which I think is awesome. But if I’m being truthful, my first thought was a flashback to my friend Amanda Schuckman once saying ‘That’s Brian’s Island Full of Rape Monsters novel.” My second thought was “Geez, I hope they include the Author’s Note at the end of the book in their read-along.” And my third

WESLEY SOUTHARD, GOURMET – The Horror Show with Brian Keene – Ep 223

Author Wesley Southard returns to the show to discuss his new novel ONE FOR THE ROAD, meeting Zakk Wylde and Mastodon, his forthcoming collaboration with Somer Canon, and more. Plus the Barnes and Noble buy out, the fate of Swamp Thing, and Matt summons…Alex Jones? Listen for free on YouTube – iTunes – Spotify – Project Entertainment– iHeartRadio  – Stitcher

A Song Recommendation For Generation Z

This afternoon, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, “It is the assessment of the U.S. government that Iran is responsible for today’s attacks in the Gulf of Oman.” Which brings to mind these quotes* from when many of you were children or not yet born. “Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction.” Dick Cheney 2002 “Iraq both poses a continuing threat to

DEFENDERS DIALOGUE – Episode 68

The Gargoyle has always been the heart of The Defenders, but how well do we really know Issac Christians? The answer might surprise you, as Christopher Golden and Brian Keene discuss 1985’s Gargoyle mini-series by J.M. DeMatteis and Mark Badger. Listen for free on iTunes – YouTube – Project Entertainment – iHeartRadio – Stitcher

Forthcoming Audiobooks

As of today, these titles are available as audiobooks: THE COMPLEX GHOUL KILL WHITEY THE RISING CITY OF THE DEAD DARK HOLLOW GHOST WALK A GATHERING OF CROWS LAST OF THE ALBATWITCHES TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME EXQUISITE CORPSE SILVERWOOD: THE DOOR THE LOST LEVEL HOLE IN THE WORLD KING OF THE BASTARDS Click here to purchase them via Audible, iTunes, and other platforms. Here are the titles that are

The Few, The Proud, The Readers

Mary SanGiovanni (sitting across from me on the couch because we are both working from our living room today) brought to my attention this article by Clovis Whitman, which is two years old now (the internet equivalent of a century) but a fascinating read, regardless. In it, he links to a survey conducted by the National Center for Educational Statistics. There is a lot to unpack in that data, but

Audiobooks Now on iTunes

For those of you who don’t use Audible, audiobook adaptations of THE RISING, CITY OF THE DEAD, KILL WHITEY, THE COMPLEX, GHOUL, DARK HOLLOW, GHOST WALK, A GATHERING OF CROWS, LAST OF THE ALBATWITCHES, TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME, KING OF THE BASTARDS, THE LOST LEVEL and HOLE IN THE WORLD are now available on iTunes, as well as Audible. Click here for the complete list.

Apologies In The Apocalypse

I’m a longtime fan of the Fallout video game series, so naturally I was excited for Fallout 76 when Bethesda Game Studios released it last year. That excitement soon turned to frustration due to the game’s historically wonky start. Fallout 76 had so many problems and glitches that an entire cottage industry of reviewers and streamers documenting them sprang up. Most now agree that it was one of the most

Interview on GHOULISH

GHOULISH is a new comedy horror podcast hosted by Max Booth. If you’re a fan of Andy Kaufman or The Eric Andre Show, then you’ll like this. I had the honor of being his first guest, and playing the increasingly befuddled celebrity as things go awry. Click here to listen for free.

SHEDDING SKIN

My eleven-year old son (known to listeners of The Horror Show with Brian Keene and Defenders Dialogue as ‘Dungeonmaster 77.1’) graduated from 5th grade today. Next Fall, he’ll make the transition to middle school. It seems like just yesterday I was writing about his birth on my old Hail Saten blog. During today’s graduation ceremony, my son was awarded seven certificates of achievement, including one for the United Way’s 10,000

Stephen King’s CELL

I was happy to write an essay for this new dust jacket for Stephen King’s CELL. It is part of a series of collectible Stephen King dust jackets illustrated by artist Glenn Chadbourne and with essays by Scott Ian of Anthrax, critic Jack Haringa, and others. The dust jackets are designed to fit on the original Scribner trade hardcover edition of the book. They are limited to 500 copies and

CHRISTIAN JENSEN, THESPIAN – The Horror Show with Brian Keene – Ep 222

Chaos erupts as Christian Jensen returns to the show to talk about his new movie, acting versus writing, public personas, and more. But how will he fare in a battle of wits against Dungeonmaster 77.1? Plus Dennis Etchison and Frank Michaels Errington in remembrance. Listen for free on YouTube – iTunes – Spotify – Project Entertainment– iHeartRadio  – Stitcher