If You’ve Read THE RISING, Please Read This

My novel The Rising was first published in 2003. It went on to become a cult-hit, and then a bonafide bestseller, and served as a major inspiration for the current zombie craze in our pop culture, and was translated into a dozen different languages, and was imitated endlessly, and had its ideas and concepts pop up in other zombie films and books, and was a trivia question on an ABC game show, and was cited by actors, politicians and other public figures as being among their favorite books, an was also cited by a generation of up-and-coming horror writers as their gateway drug … Continue reading If You’ve Read THE RISING, Please Read This


Reprinted from this week’s newsletter, which you can subscribe to here.   I posted something on Facebook the morning after the Presidential Election. I didn’t say who I voted for (Johnson). I didn’t praise Clinton or Trump (I find them both equally loathsome). I didn’t attack people who voted for either of them, because I support those people’s right to do so. Basically, I didn’t do any of the things that you’ve no doubt seen my peers doing since the election results came in. ALL I DID was notice a lot of upset Millennial writers in my feed, who were looking … Continue reading AND I’LL LOOK DOWN AND WHISPER “NO”


This week marks the anniversary of J.F Gonzalez’s death (which, if you’ve been reading my weekly End of the Road column, is something you know I still struggle with). To mark the anniversary, I thought perhaps fans of his work might appreciate an update. February of this year saw the release of RETREAT, his final full-length solo novel. It is currently available in paperback and digital. This morning, I’ve finished edits on the two planned novella-length prequels to SURVIVOR, which was unarguably his most popular novel. The first of these prequels, MONSTERS, was completed by Jesus just a few weeks … Continue reading J.F. GONZALEZ ESTATE UPDATE


SHINING IN THE DARK: Celebrating Twenty Years of Lilja’s Library Featuring Stephen King, Clive Barker, Stewart O’Nan, John Ajvide Lindqvist, Jack Ketchum, Ramsey Campbell, Brian Keene, and many others, Hans-Ake Lilja, founder of Lilja’s Library, has compiled a brand new anthology of horror stories to help celebrate twenty years of running the #1 Stephen King news website on the web! An exclusive Cemetery Dance Publications release, there are no other editions planned anywhere in the world for this incredible anthology! Table of Contents: “Celebrating 20 Years of Lilja’s Library (An Introduction) by Hans-Åke Lilja “The Blue Air Compressor” by Stephen … Continue reading SHINING IN THE DARK


This is an activation of the Maelstrom Early Warning System. As we do every year, this is your advance warning that pre-orders for the next Maelstrom set will begin in a few weeks. If you are planning on purchasing a set, put aside your money now. The 2016 Maelstrom set will include: THRONE OF THE BASTARDS by Brian Keene and Steven L. Shrewsbury Rogan is back in this sequel to Brian Keene and Steven L. Shrewsbury’s award-winning KING OF THE BASTARDS, and this time, he’ll show no mercy. Learning that his family are in danger, Rogan returns to his former … Continue reading MAELSTROM EARLY WARNING SYSTEM

KING OF THE BASTARDS Wins 2016 Imadjinn Award

I am very pleased and honored to announce that KING OF THE BASTARDS by myself and Steven L. Shrewsbury was the recipient of the 2016 Imadjinn Award for Best Fantasy Novel. Hosted by the Imaginarium convention in Louisville, KY, the Imadjinn Awards are awarded to small press and independently published authors across multiple genres, including romance, horror, fantasy, and science fiction. I accepted on behalf of Steven and myself (although I was at the banquet, I had no clue we were up for the award, because I’ve been traveling all year and not paying attention). KING OF THE BASTARDS is … Continue reading KING OF THE BASTARDS Wins 2016 Imadjinn Award

October Appearances – KY, MA, NY

October 7 – 9 Imaginarium Crowne Plaza Hotel 830 Phillips Ln. Louisville, KY 40209 October 22 Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival Haverhill Public Library 99 Main Street Haverhill, MA October 26 KGB Bar 85th East 4th Street New York, NY 10003 Reading 7pm to 9pm with Christoph Paul and Mary SanGiovanni Some answers to common questions concerning these three appearances: 1. I’ll be signing books all weekend long at Imaginarium in Kentucky. Books available for sale will include PRESSURE, THE COMPLEX, THE LOST LEVEL, and KING OF THE BASTARDS. You may also bring books from home to be signed. I’ll … Continue reading October Appearances – KY, MA, NY

October Offline

Sarah Pinborough is a bad influence on me. There was the time we stole a baby koala from a petting zoo. The time we were engaged for twenty-four hours. The time were arrested in Florida for doing something not easily described with words. (At least one of these examples is 100% true). Now, Sarah has convinced me to go offline for the entire month of October — although, truth be told, it didn’t take much convincing. You’ve no doubt noticed, this website is now just news items — book releases and such, as they happen. Any in-depth Blogging, essays, rants, … Continue reading October Offline

UNSAFE SPACES – Collectors Edition On Sale Now

Thunderstorm Books is proud to present UNSAFE SPACES — Brian Keene’s brand-new non-fiction collection, in which nothing is sacred… or safe. Be it loving tributes to authors J.F. Gonzalez and Tom Piccirilli (and a heartfelt account of how their deaths impacted him), ruminations on middle-age, a rueful look at how publishing and writing have changed, sarcastic barbs at pop culture’s obsession with superhero movies, a hard look at both sides of the social justice war, or thoughtful examinations of the works of writers like Jack Ketchum and Mary SanGiovanni, Brian Keene once again offers an honest, no-holds-barred critique our lives, … Continue reading UNSAFE SPACES – Collectors Edition On Sale Now

MAELSTROM 2016 Line-Up

Maelstrom is my own imprint via Thunderstorm Books. Each year, we release one set consisting of a novel-length work by myself, a novella-length work by myself, and a novel-length work by an author whom I think deserves a wider audience among book collectors. In past years, that has included Livia Llewellyn, Chesya Burke, Amber Fallon, Rachel Autumn Deering, John Urbancik, Geoff Cooper, Kelli Owen, John Goodrich, and more. Subscribers to my free, weekly email newsletter know that the line-up for this year’s Maelstrom set has been in a state of flux. Today, I am happy to announce the finalized set: … Continue reading MAELSTROM 2016 Line-Up


UNEARTHED by Richard Chizmar, Brian Keene, and Ray Garton is on sale now in paperback and for Kindle. Featuring… Roses and Raindrops by Richard Chizmar and Brian Keene – A delivery to the old house on the edge of town haunts a man with horror and possibility. The Sculptor by Richard Chizmar and Ray Garton – An artist in a dry spell awakes to find fresh stone in his home calling to be carved. Inspiration arrives, but at what cost? Available in paperback for just $14.99 and Kindle for just $2.99 Continue reading UNEARTHED On Sale Now

Letters From the Labyrinth and the Changing Face of Social Media

Letters From the Labyrinth is my weekly email newsletter. You can subscribe to it here. Email newsletters are hot again. Seems like every writer, actor, musician, and stand-up comic I know has started an email newsletter over the past year, or is planning on it. The reasons are simple. Blogging is dead. Readers don’t automatically go to a Blog each day, because instead, they spend their time on Facebook. It is very hard for anyone in the entertainment industry to convince people to click beyond Facebook, let alone get them to invest time in reading a Blog. The problem for … Continue reading Letters From the Labyrinth and the Changing Face of Social Media

Where To Get Signed Copies of PRESSURE and THE COMPLEX

The following stores all have signed copies of PRESSURE. Some of them also have signed copies of THE COMPLEX. All of them do mail order. Quantities are limited. Please be polite when calling or emailing them. Dark Delicacies Burbank, CA Phone: 1-888-DARKDEL Mysterious Galaxy San Diego, CA Phone: 858-268-4747 The Poisoned Pen Scottsdale, AZ Phone: 480-947-2974 Borderlands Books San Francisco, CA Phone: 415-824-8203 Star Line Books Chattanooga, TN Phone: 423-777-5629 Camelot Books Land O’ Lakes, FL Phone: 813-932-7162 Barnes and Noble Oviedo, FL Phone: 407-977-5500 The Book Tavern Augusta, GA Phone: 706-826-1940 Rickert & Beagle Books Pittsburgh, PA Phone: 412-344-7444 Continue reading Where To Get Signed Copies of PRESSURE and THE COMPLEX


From Reel Splatter Productions, writer/director Mike Lombardo and Horror Grandmaster Award winning author Brian Keene (executive producer), comes a feature-length nihilistic tale of survival during the most wonderful time of the year. I’M DREAMING OF A WHITE DOOMSDAY is the story of Kelly and her son Riley, weathering the end times in a bomb shelter amidst the ruin that once was the world. With supplies and hope steadily declining, Kelly makes a horrifying decision that will cause her to discover just how far she would go for her child, and what lurks outside. Continue reading I’M DREAMING OF A WHITE DOOMSDAY Official Trailer