Scares That Care Weekend Author Programming Requests

Readings and other author programming for this July’s Scares That Care Weekend are now being scheduled. Only authors who are either Guests of the convention or registered Vendors are eligible to participate. To register as a Vendor, click this link and choose Option 3 (Author’s Alley). Once you’ve registered, email with “SCARES THAT CARE” in your subject line, if you would like to request a programming slot.


Director Paul Campion (THE DEVIL’S ROCK) has started a daily Blog about the trials and tribulations of adapting my short story “The Siqqusim Who Stole Christmas” into a film. He’ll also be talking about the pitfalls and roadblocks we’ve run into with the film adaptation of DARK HOLLOW. Follow along here.

CARPE NOCTEM 20th Anniversary Issue

The 20th Anniversary Issue of the legendary CARPE NOCTEM is on sale and shipping now. It contains my brand new story, “The Eleventh Muse”, as well as work from Brian Hodge, Weston Ochse, Linda Addison, and many more.

Back in the late 90s, it seemed like everyone in my “generation” of horror authors was trying to sell a story to Carpe Noctem. The magazine was available in places like Hot Topic and Tower Records, as well as bookstores and newsstands. You might think that since their fiction editor, Michael T. Huyck Jr., was my best friend, I got published there many times — but you’d be wrong. I never was. I collected more rejection slips from Mikey than any other editor at the time. And I deserved them. So, to have finally made it in with this 20th Anniversary issue? I’m very proud. And I think it’s one of my better stories. Also, we’re getting old. (I say that, because there’s been a lot of reminiscing lately among my generation of horror writers about the “good old days” of Gothic Net, Carpe Noctem, Chiaroscuro, Masters of Terror, Cabal Asylum/Welcome to Nod, Iniquities/Phantasm, and more).

Carpe Noctem 20th Anniversary Issue — click here to purchase.

TRIGGER WARNINGS Collector’s Edition

My latest non-fiction collection, TRIGGER WARNINGS, has been available on Kindle, Nook, and Kobo since January. Now, it is also available as a signed, limited edition hardcover for collectors. It features white leather binding, black foil stamp art, frontis artwork by David Ho, marbled end-sheets, and a black satin page ribbon marker. It is strictly limited to 100 copies. $95 each. Click here to purchase.

This incendiary new non-fiction collection by World Horror Grandmaster Award winning author Brian Keene walks the line between profound and profane, poking and prodding everything from pop culture to politics. Whether it’s the downfall of America’s oldest mass-market publisher, the Second Amendment, advice on writing, marriage equality, crazed Internet trolls, writer’s organizations, the death of the Borders retail chain, misogyny in comic books, the history of the horror genre, or the apathy of a fading political system, Brian Keene shares his thoughts in that blunt, sardonic style readers have come to love.

TRIGGER WARNINGS includes acclaimed essays, speeches, and articles such as “Roots”, “Seminal Screams”, “The Dorchester Wars”, “More Than Man’s Best Friend”, “Cold Warriors”, “How to Write 80,000 Words in a Weekend”, “Children Playing with Guns”, “On Rape and Repugnance”, and many more.

Brian Keene’s TRIGGER WARNINGS. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

Sneak Peek at Brian Keene’s THE COMPLEX

Last week, I gave you a first look at this year’s forthcoming Maelstrom set, which includes a brand-new novel called THE COMPLEX. All weekend long, people have been asking for more details about the novel, so here are two sneak peeks.

Meet the residents of the Pine Village Apartment Complex. A young woman transitioning from male to female. A suicidal middle-aged writer. A single mother and her son. An elderly widow. Two newlyweds. A lonely Vietnam vet. A pair of small-time criminals. And the serial killer known as The Exit.

Eleven neighbors. Eleven strangers.

And one hundred bloodthirsty homicidal maniacs.

It’s going to be a long night…

Robert Swartwood published the first chapter of the novel in his newsletter as a sort of Easter Egg. You can read it online for free on his website. (You’ll need to scroll down).

THE COMPLEX will be published in 2015 as a limited edition hardcover from Thunderstorm Books, as part of the Maelstrom imprint. Paperback and digital editions will follow from Deadite Press in 2016.

Michael Allen Rose

It’s been a while since I plugged anyone here. My friend, indie musician and author Michael Allen Rose, is offering a special sale on his CDs and books for the next few days. Visit his store and use the code TAXMAN to get 10% off all purchases. Limited time offer. Check it out.

Coming This July

KING OF THE BASTARDS by Brian Keene & Steven Shrewsbury

Extreme horror meets extreme sword & sorcery!

Rogan has been many things in his life as an adventurer — a barbarian, a thief, a buccaneer, a rogue, a lover, a reaver, and most recently, a king. Now, this prehistoric bane of wizards and tyrants finds himself without a kingdom, lost in a terrifying new world, and fighting for his life against pirates, zombies, mutants, and the demonic entity known as Meeble. And even if he defeats his foes, Rogan must still find a way to return home, regain his throne, save his loved ones, and remind everyone why he’s the KING OF THE BASTARDS.

First time in paperback and digital! Coming in July from Apex Book Company!


LIBRARY OF THE DEAD is a new anthology that contains “The Last Things To Go” – a brand-new story by myself and Mary SanGiovanni. On sale now.

It also contains one of the final stories written by J.F. Gonzalez, as well as brand new stories by Yvonne Navarro, Kealan Patrick Burke, Christopher Golden, Tim Lebbon, Gene O’Neill, Lucy Snyder, Gary Braunbeck, Weston Ochse, Rena Mason, Michael McBride, and many more. It also contains an afterword remembrance of J.F. (also written by Mary). Edited by Michael Bailey. Illustrated by Gak. Intro by Norman Partridge.



Project iRadio (the network who hosts my weekly podcast, THE HORROR SHOW WITH BRIAN KEENE) is currently seeking new exclusive podcasts/serials to be a part of the Project iRadio network. If you’re interested in hosting a show or producing a serial, please contact Jess at for more information. Specific genres Project iRadio is looking for: Literature, Horror, Crime Fiction, SciFi, Comic Book related news/serials, really anything gearing towards nerds/geeks etc. Project iRadio is not looking for Political or Religious programming.


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”.