Wasn’t quite ready to announce this yet, but the news slipped out today and so… coming very soon, THE HORROR SHOW, a free weekly podcast hosted by me. In each episode, I’ll do an in-depth interview with a special guest, and we’ll also examine the latest news and controversies from the world of horror fiction, movies, comic books, and games, as well as offering historical perspectives on the genre. Think The Howard Stern Show meets WTF with Marc Maron meets Tell ‘Em Steve Dave meets Tom Monteleone’s M.A.F.I.A. meets Inside the Actor’s Studio. But focusing on the horror genre. Continue reading
My new novel, THE LOST LEVEL, is officially available now in paperback, Kindle, Nook, and Kobo. To celebrate, I’ve written a new essay for my pal Nicholas Kaufmann’s The Scariest Part. You can read the essay here. I talk about survivalism, prepping, and how the universe decided to teach me a lesson, and how all of this relates to THE LOST LEVEL.
Michael T. Huyck Jr., aka Mikey, is one of my best friends — enough so that he’s been in one of my weddings and is tattooed on my back. We’ve also written a few things together (4X4 and the short story “Pantheon Version 2.0″).
His new short story collection, OF DARK AND YESTERDAY, is out now on Kindle and Nook for $3.99. You should buy it, because it’s a solid collection of surreal, literary horror. And also because I wrote the Introduction for it.
Nick Gucker, who did the amazing artwork for the EARTHWORM GODS t-shirt (part of Skurvy Ink’s line of Brian Keene t-shirts) offers a view of the creative process here. Includes unused concept sketches. Pretty cool read.
To purchase THE RISING or EARTHWORM GODS shirts, click here. More designs on the way, including URBAN GOTHIC.
THE SEVEN: THE LABYRINTH, BOOK 1 – A new online serial – Name your own monthly price – First three chapters already posted – Ob. Nodens. Leviathan. Behemoth. Meeble. Kandara. Part of a group of supernatural entities known as the Thirteen, they are waging war against the universe, the multiverse, and reality itself. Already, numerous Earths are dead in their wake. Now, they have joined forces for a final assault against Creation. Only seven heroes, drawn together from across the universe, can stand against them. But humanity’s saviors could be even more destructive than their foes… Featuring characters from THE RISING, CITY OF THE DEAD, EARTHWORM GODS, DARK HOLLOW, and many more! The End is here!
THE LOST LEVEL – Available now in paperback and Kindle – (Nook, Kobo, and iBooks forthcoming) – When modern-day occultist Aaron Pace discovers the secrets of inter-dimensional travel via a mystical pathway called The Labyrinth, he wastes no time in exploring a multitude of strange new worlds and alternate realities. But then, Aaron finds himself trapped in the most bizarre dimension of all — a place where dinosaurs coexist with giant robots, where cowboys fight reptilian lizard people, and where even the grass can kill you. This is a world populated by the missing and the disappeared, a world where myth is reality and where the extinct is reborn. Now, side-by-side with his new companions Kasheena and Bloop, Aaron must learn to navigate its dangers and survive long enough to escape… THE LOST LEVEL
TRIGGER WARNINGS – Available now on Kindle, Nook, and Kobo – (Paperback and hardcover forthcoming) – 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.
LIBRA NIGRUM SCIENTIA SECRETA – Co-written with J.F. Gonzalez – Coming soon as a signed limited 400-copy hardcover edition and signed limited 26-copy Lettered edition – 10-copy Ultra edition sold out – Examining the back-story behind the mythos of Brian Keene and J.F. Gonzalez, and drawing inspiration from sources as varied as H.P. Lovecraft’s Necronomicon to J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion, this profusely-illustrated work of art is a dream come true for devotees of both author’s works. Part spell-book, part history, and part religious text, Libra Nigrum Scientia Secreta reveals the secrets behind the Labyrinth, Hanpa, the Thirteen, the Dark Ones, and much more. It is a dream come true for devotees of both authors.
Preorders for the trade paperback edition of THE LOST LEVEL close tomorrow, January 9th, at 11:59pm EST. To get your hands on this new lost world, adventure novel as soon as possible, you’ll want to order now! Plus, pre-orders get free domestic shipping and you get the eBook immediately.
Kindle edition pre-orders will continue on Amazon until the release date for THE LOST LEVEL, which is January 19th.
I’m also happy to announce that Apex Publications will be publishing paperback and digital editions of both the sequel, RETURN TO THE LOST LEVEL, and the prequel, HOLE IN THE WORLD. In addition, Camelot Books will be publishing a signed, limited, first edition hardcover of HOLE IN THE WORLD. Of these two novels, the second draft of HOLE is completed and the first draft of RETURN is halfway completed.
This is an update for Lifetime Subscribers. Continue reading
Announcing THE SEVEN: THE LABYRINTH, BOOK 1, via Patreon.
Readers of my work know that all of my books and stories are part of an interconnecting story they refer to as The Labyrinth Mythos. However, this mythos has been deliberately kept subtle, so that the books are accessible to new readers at any point. Now, for those who are ready to delve deeper, I present THE LABYRINTH, an epic monthly serial that unveils the secrets of my mythos and features characters from various books teaming up in final battle against the Thirteen. Frankie from THE RISING and CITY OF THE DEAD. Teddy from EARTHWORM GODS. Tony from the CLICKERS series and various short stories. DARK HOLLOW’S Nelson LeHorn. The Exit. And many more. Plus Ob and the Siqqusim, Nodens, Meeble, Leviathan, Behemoth, and all the other members of the Thirteen that you’ve come to fear. All in one giant cage match to decide the fate of the universe, the multiverse, and reality itself.
Here’s how it works. You name your own price. You pay whatever amount you are willing to on a monthly basis. $1 a month. $5 a month. $10 a month. Pledge what you think is fair to read this new serialized novel monthly. You are then charged that amount at the end of each month. You can change the amount of your donation or cancel your support at any time. Click here to sign up.
A new chapter will be posted on the Patreon page and via email at least once per month. Sometimes, it might be more than once a month. That will depend on the process, and the process is as such: I write a chapter. I send it to right-hand man Mark “Dezm” Sylva to pre-read. He sends it back to me with corrections. The chapter gets posted here. Frequency will depend on his workload and my workload, but we can comfortably and safely commit to one chapter per month. Also, each chapter will have its own monthly appendix (posted separately) which will link readers back to previous books or stories for reference.
THE SEVEN: THE LABYRINTH, BOOK 1 is projected to be a full-length novel (about 90,000 words). When the last chapter has been posted, the book will be published in hardcover, paperback, and e-book. Meanwhile, the second novel in the series, tentatively titled SUBMERGED: THE LABYRINTH, BOOK 2, will begin as a continuation of the monthly serial.
The first chapter (and its appendix) are live now. Sign up now so you don’t miss out!
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.
Brian Keene’s TRIGGER WARNINGS. Don’t say you weren’t warned.
This is a post for fans of J.F. Gonzalez, giving you a status update on forthcoming unpublished works. I have finished going through his literary estate and am happy to report the following: Continue reading