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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.


  1. Your love for M. Night was similar to wearing rose color glasses. Did you put the before coffee stuff in or is that going to be a Kindle Single?

  2. Read Trigger Warning in one sitting. I remember reading some of the blog posts when you first uploaded them. Reading them all at once is whole different experience from reading them piecemeal. And it made me think of some things I haven’t thought of in a long time.

    Borders/Waldenbooks and Leisure Books were big parts of my life, too. Those chapters resonated most with me. Different from your perspective though and not nearly as painful or stressful as what you and the other authors went through. For 6 years, I worked seasonally at the Waldenbooks at the mall. I’d either be in the store or up at the calendar kiosk. Working in the store was much more fun. I’d shopped there years before I became an employee. The employees were as close as family to me. Some of the customers left a lot to be desired (the creepy guy buying $50 in porn mags; the ditzy girl buying magazines not being embarrassed to admit that reading wasn’t her thing, etc.), some were regulars and quite nice (the sweet old lady who wanted me to help her pick out some mystery books to read, for one). I’d frequently hang out there when I wasn’t working at the movie theater or being a mallrat, that’s how much I loved the place and people. I preferred shopping there over the nearby Borders since the experience was so much more personable, even though the selection was smaller.

    It was while working there that I discovered Dorchester/Leisure. I discovered Jack Ketchum, Edward Lee, Richard Laymon, James A. Moore, etc. I also discovered my two favorite authors: Bentley Little and yourself. In fact, I used to take my last two checks before the holidays were up and go to Borders (only because they had a dedicated horror section) and buy as many horror books (mostly Leisure) as I could get with my discount. I was instrumental in Waldenbooks putting in a horror section for a few years, but then corporate wanted the store completely reset. It’s sad and horrific what Dorchester turned into before the end and what they did to you and the other authors, but I’ll always be thankful for being introduced to such great work when they were at the peak of their game.

    And then our Waldenbooks closed due to Borders and mall management being unable to come to an agreement over a new lease. It was a huge shock. For quite sometime the rumors had suggested that the store would be moved to a bigger space in the mall and rebranded a Borders Express. Sadly, that never happened and a huge part of my life came to an end. A Books-A-Million currently resides there, but it’s just not the same. I started to frequent Borders more and that came to an end soon after as well.

    Sorry to be so long winded, but it’s nice to share memories that mean a lot and that came to mind reading your book. I hope if you read this it didn’t take you away from your work. I can’t imagine the strength it took to get through all the stress you’ve faced and still find time to live your daily life and write. A lesser man would’ve buckled under all that. I know I would’ve. It’s probably selfish to say, but I’m grateful that your still around to publish some of the best horror books that I’ve ever read. Horror has been my life-long passion (since I was 3 and watched Child’s Play) and thank you for helping to keep that passion alive.

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