FAST ZOMBIES SUCK is in post-production. It debuts Thursday, July 23rd at Scares That Care Weekend.

THE NAUGHTY LIST has added Nasreen El-Mariesh as a producer, with Paul Campion (THE DEVIL’S ROCK) directing. The film is based on my short story “The Siqqusim Who Stole Christmas” (which is included as a bonus story in THE RISING: DELIVERANCE).

THE CAGE is officially back in pre-production. To stay informed, follow The Cage Movie on Twitter.

Everything else is stuck in development hell.



Three new anthologies. Three new Brian Keene stories. Click on the covers above to purchase.

SEIZE THE NIGHT (edited by Christopher Golden) contains a new vampire story called “The Last Supper”. GIALLO FANTASTIQUE (edited by Ross E. Lockhart) contains a new Exit story called “Exit Strategies”. TRUST NO ONE (edited by Jonathan Maberry) contains a new X-Files story (featuring Skinner) called “Non Gratum Anus Rodentrum”.


WELCOME TO NECROPOLIS is a brand-new zombie novel (not to mention debut novel) by Bryan Killian. It’s available now on Kindle and in paperback from Deadite Press.

Why am I telling you this? Because I wrote the novel’s Introduction, and I’m sick of zombie novels. There are only two in the last year that I thoroughly enjoyed. This was one of them (I’ll be talking about the other on next week’s episode of The Horror Show).

WELCOME TO NECROPOLIS by Bryan Killian. Kindle. Paperback. Get it.

Attention Cast Members of FAST ZOMBIES SUCK

If you were one of the extras who played a zombie in FAST ZOMBIES SUCK, please send an email to with FSZ in the subject line, and tell us who you are and which zombie you played. We are finishing post-production, however, due to an unfortunate incident with the blood cannon, some of the release forms we had you sign have been rendered unreadable, and we want to make sure we list your name correctly in the credits. FAST ZOMBIES SUCK premieres July 23, at Scares That Care Weekend in Williamsburg, VA.



Vampires are a creature/trope I’ve rarely used. There’s the long out of print, amateur story “Down Under” and a novel called WITH TEETH (which I promised Keith Giffen I would write — the first draft is finished, and I’m just looking for some free time to start the second draft). And also, there’s this brand-new short story called “Last Supper”, which appears in the forthcoming anthology, SEIZE THE NIGHT.

Edited by Christopher Golden, SEIZE THE NIGHT includes vampire stories by myself, Charlaine Harris, John Ajvide Lindqvist, Scott Smith, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Michael Kortya, Kelley Armstrong, David Wellington, Seanan McGuire, Tim Lebbon, and many more. You can pre-order it in paperback and for Kindle by clicking here.


As you may have heard, author Tom Piccirilli’s brain cancer has returned, after having thought to be beaten. There are a number of ways you can help Tom, including buying his books.

Another way to help Tom is to purchase a paperback, Kindle, or Nook edition of SIXTY-FIVE STIRRUP IRON ROAD. All of the money earned from sales of this novel, co-written by myself, Jack Ketchum, Edward Lee, Bryan Smith, J.F. Gonzalez, Wrath James White, Nate Southard, Shane McKenzie, and Ryan Harding, go to Tom. Deadite Press sends him a check on a monthly basis for the novel’s royalties. Buy one today, and you’re helping him out pretty much immediately.

The novel — a surreal meta-examination of hardcore horror, the people who write it, and the people who read it — is something we were all quite proud of. If you don’t dig that type of thing, consider buying a copy for a friend or your local library instead. Either way, you’ll be helping out a friend of ours, which is why we wrote the novel in the first place.


This is not an April Fools joke, though I do appreciate the humor in the fact that I was ordained on April 1st. I can now legally officiate weddings, civil unions, and vow renewals (including same sex) in the state of Pennsylvania. I am registered as Non-Religious Agnostic. Again, I can’t stress enough that this is not a joke. If you’re interested in having me officiate your ceremony, get in touch.

Nickolaus Pacione’s Fingernails of Doom

Is that Jimmy Hoffa I see buried under Pacione’s fingernails?

Greetings. Checking in briefly. On the home stretch now with the new mass market novel. Two chapters left to write. Pre-readers combing over the rest. I’ll finish it up later this week, but then I’m jumping right into some stuff for the J.F. Gonzalez estate and finishing a draft of a Top Secret project involving myself, Christopher Golden, Kasey Lansdale, annd Joe Lansdale, and then the final draft of another novel called HOLE IN THE WORLD. Getting things done. Thanks for your continued patience.

In the meantime, I’ve got three new books out (this one, this one, and this one), and this ongoing web serial, and this weekly podcast. Check them out, if you like. For the time being, continue to expect (mostly) radio silence, except for Twitter. Nothing else to report, really. I mostly just wanted an excuse to gross out the internet with that pic.


This final collaboration between myself and J.F. Gonzalez (completed just weeks before he passed), which includes the secret of The Lost Level, the future fate of Levi Stoltzfus, the names of all of The Thirteen, and much more, is off to the printer next week.

This beautiful limited edition mash-up of Lovecraft’s Necronomicon and Tolkien’s Silmarillion reveals the ancient back story behind both our mythoi. It will never be reprinted and there are less than 50 copies still available for pre-order.

CLICK HERE to reserve your copy.

THE RISING: DELIVERANCE On Sale Now – Paperback & Kindle

rising-deliverance Go back to the beginning of the end of the world…

Hell has come to Earth as sadistic zombies rampage and massacre the human population. Reverend Thomas Martin lost his congregation to the chaos, but found two wayward survivors to protect – Becky and John. The three of them have holed up in Martin’s church in a desperate attempt for survival. But as supplies run low and civilization crumbles around them, Martin must come to a realization – God has abandoned them. But why? Is there any chance of hope in this new world? Is there any chance for deliverance?

Modern horror legend, Brian Keene returns to his fan-favorite universe of The Rising with a tale of faith, loss, and zombies.

This special edition also includes two short stories that expand and explore The Rising mythos – “The Resurrection and the Life” and “The Siqquism who Stole Christmas.”

Available now in paperback and Kindle. Nook forthcoming.


If your name is Chris Motz or Liz Westmoreland, or if you are one of my pre-readers, you will hear from me this month. If you are not, you won’t (other than the weekly podcast). There are no exceptions to this rule. I’ll still be appearing at the Tucson Book Festival, and a new chapter will be posted to THE SEVEN at some point this month, but otherwise, expect true radio silence. Emails and phone calls will not be answered. Twitter, Facebook, and other social media will be shut off. This is what happens when deadlines, health, and family obligations collide.

See you April 1st.


LISTENER MAILBAG: In this episode, Brian and Dave answer questions from the audience, including Brian’s picks for the best books of 2014, advice for writers, the legendary Don D’Auria, the status of various Hollywood adaptations of Brian’s work, creepy stalkers, Kindle vs. Kobo (and the Nook deathwatch), where Brian gets his ideas, favorite apocalyptic books, self-publishing, and whether or not Brian will ever write another zombie novel. Plus, Dave reviews Kingsmen: The Secret Service and Brian shows off his human beat-box skills.

Listen for free! Available on iTunesProject iRadioAndroidRSSStitcherTune-In

From this episode: The Top Ten Books of 2014

1. THE TROOP by Nick Cutter – PaperbackKindle
2. DEPRAVED 2 by Bryan Smith – PaperbackKindle
3. WE ARE HERE by Michael Marshall – PaperbackKindle
4. MR. MERCEDES by Stephen King – PaperbackKindle
5. DUST DEVILS by Jonathan Janz – PaperbackKindle
6. THE KILLING KIND 2 by Bryan Smith – PaperbackKindle
7. THE LIGHT IS THE DARKNESS by Laird Barron – PaperbackKindle
8. DOMINOES by John Boden – Paperback
9. TRIBESMEN by Adam Cesare – PaperbackKindle
10. THE HOGBEN CHRONICLES by Henry Kuttner – PaperbackHardcover

Tucson Festival of Books

I will be appearing at the Tucson Festival of Books on the University of Arizona campus, which takes place March 14 and 15th. I have three panels and will be signing books after each panel. You are welcome to bring books from home to be signed. I will also have a limited number of books to sell. My schedule is as follows:

Sat, Mar 14, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Integrated Learning Center Room 150
The Next Big Thing: Trends in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror with Elizabeth Bear, Brian Keene, Jonathan Maberry, and Weston Ochse. Moderator: Maryelizabeth Hart

Sat, Mar 14, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
UA BookStore
Blood and Bravado with Brian Keene, Jeffrey Mariotte, Weston Ochse, and Sam Sykes. Moderator: John Muñoz

Sun, Mar 15, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Integrated Learning Center Room 150
I Spy a Dead Guy: Spies and Detectives in Paranormal Worlds with Beth Cato, Brian Keene, Scott Lynch, and Jeffrey Mariotte. Moderator: John Muñoz


THE SEVEN: THE LABYRINTH Book 1 is an ongoing web serial that features characters from THE RISING, EARTHWORM GODS, DARK HOLLOW, and other books teaming up in a final battle against the Thirteen. When completed, it will draw my mythos to a close. Chapter Six has just been posted. You can read it, and all the previous chapters, and the appendixes for each chapter (which are sourced and collated by long-time mythos expert Mark ‘Dezm’ Sylva) for just one dollar a month. Click here to get started.