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.


  1. Yeah, OK. You did it to me again! Ever since the Conqueror Worms, all I have to do is read the first few words of one of your stories and I’m hooked. The Complex sounds terrific already.

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