Scares That Care Weekend Author Programming Track

The annual Scares That Care Weekend Charity Event (taking place this July in Williamsburg, VA) brings together movie stars, directors, authors, publishers, cosplayers, and fans to raise money for three needy families facing the real monsters of cancer, childhood illness, and burns. One of my responsibilities as a member of the Board of Directors for the convention, is to organize the author programming track. If you are a fan of horror prose, here is this year’s programming track. You will note that, unlike previous years, I am not participating in programming. I feel that as my role with the charity has … Continue reading Scares That Care Weekend Author Programming Track

EATING THE FANTASTIC

I was recently a guest on Scott Edelman’s podcast, EATING THE FANTASTIC. It’s an extremely in-depth, career-spanning interview. Among the topics discussed — the origins of THE RISING, GHOUL, THE COMPLEX, and THE GIRL ON THE GLIDER; collaborations; my moonshiner roots; transitioning from ‘Angry Young Man’ to ‘Elder Statesman’; the search for spirituality; the toxic culture of comic books, and much, much, MUCH more. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN FOR FREE Continue reading EATING THE FANTASTIC

THE NAUGHTY LIST Nominated

THE NAUGHTY LIST, a short film by Paul Campion, based on my short story “The Siqqusim Who Stole Christmas” has received three nominations in the Austin Comedy Short Film Festival — Best Short Film, Best Ensemble Cast, and Best Music Score (for our super-talented Andrea Possee). THE NAUGHTY LIST is currently playing at festivals all over the globe. It’s also playing in your home, via YouTube. Watch it for free, and be sure to Like and comment. Continue reading THE NAUGHTY LIST Nominated

GHOST WALK Audiobook On Sale

The audiobook adaptation of GHOST WALK (narrated by Chet Williamson) is on sale now! Click here to purchase. There are all kinds of legends about the forests of Central Pennsylvania, and in this sequel to DARK HOLLOW, the truth about those legends is finally revealed. Halloween is coming, and a new haunted attraction is open for business in LeHorn’s Hollow. Folks will come from miles around to walk down the spooky trail and get scared witless. But there’s one thing the owners of the ghost walk haven’t counted on. There really is something waiting in the woods – a vast, … Continue reading GHOST WALK Audiobook On Sale

RETURN TO THE LOST LEVEL – – Pre-Order Hardcover Now!

The signed, limited edition hardcover of RETURN TO THE LOST LEVEL is now available for pre-order from Thunderstorm Books. CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR COPY War has come in this sequel to the best-selling novel THE LOST LEVEL. The snake-like Anunnaki have always been a blight for the people living in the hidden dimension known as the Lost Level, but now, the denizens are fighting back. After their community is decimated and their loved ones are enslaved in the aftermath of a devastating Anunnaki attack, Aaron Pace leads a diverse group of warriors — including the bowwoman Tolia, the mighty … Continue reading RETURN TO THE LOST LEVEL – – Pre-Order Hardcover Now!

Back Cover Copy for RETURN TO THE LOST LEVEL

‘War has come in this sequel to the best-selling novel THE LOST LEVEL. The snake-like Anunnaki have always been a blight for the people living in the hidden dimension known as the Lost Level, but now, the denizens are fighting back. After their community is decimated and their loved ones are enslaved in the aftermath of a devastating Anunnaki attack, Aaron Pace leads a diverse group of warriors — including the bowwoman Tolia, the mighty Karenk, a baby Triceratops, and a time-displaced Ambrose Bierce — on a trek through primordial jungles, dark forests, and a sun-blasted desert while battling pterodactyls, … Continue reading Back Cover Copy for RETURN TO THE LOST LEVEL

LIARS, FAKERS, AND THE DEAD WHO EAT THEM

“Had it not been for Scott Edelman and the other comic book storytellers of that time, I would have never wanted to become a writer, I would have never persisted until I actually became a writer, and I would certainly have never written The Rising, which means that zombie literature might not have enjoyed this new heyday.” That’s a brief excerpt from the Introduction I wrote for Scott Edelman’s new zombie collection LIARS, FAKERS AND THE DEAD WHO EAT THEM — which features two brand-new zombie novellas and is on sale right now in paperback for just $8.95. CLICK HERE … Continue reading LIARS, FAKERS, AND THE DEAD WHO EAT THEM

NEW FEARS

I’ve got a brand-new short story called “Sheltered In Place” that will be appearing later this year in NEW FEARS — the first volume of an annual, non-themed horror anthology, to be published by Titan Books in September, and edited by Mark Morris. You can pre-order the book in paperback or for your Kindle by clicking here. Below is the complete table of contents: THE BOGGLE HOLE – Alison Littlewood SHEPHERDS’ BUSINESS – Stephen Gallagher NO GOOD DEED – Angela Slatter THE FAMILY CAR – Brady Golden FOUR ABSTRACTS – Nina Allan SHELTERED IN PLACE – Brian Keene THE FOLD … Continue reading NEW FEARS

The End of the END OF THE ROAD

For the last nine months (plus change), I’ve been writing a weekly column for Cemetery Dance called END OF THE ROAD. Ostensibly based around chronicling last year’s Farewell (But Not Really) Tour (in support of the novels PRESSURE and THE COMPLEX), the weekly column became something much more — a long goodbye to departed friends J.F. Gonzalez and Tom Piccirilli, a meditation on the horror genre post Stephen King’s DANSE MACABRE until now, an examination of the changes the last twenty years have brought to bookselling and publishing, and a postcard from me at the edge of fifty. Last Friday … Continue reading The End of the END OF THE ROAD

Transcript of Open Letter to Bizarro Genre

On this week’s episode of my podcast, we discuss allegations of sexual assault involving Bizarro writer G Arthur Brown, and how the fallout from that, and other controversies, are impacting the Bizarro genre. Near the end of the show, I offered an “open letter” to all Bizarro writers and publishers. Some have asked for a transcript of THAT PORTION of the show, so I’m posting it below. To listen to the entire show, with context, click here. *** BRIAN: “So… this is my two cents. This is my open letter to the Bizarro genre. And when I say the Bizarro … Continue reading Transcript of Open Letter to Bizarro Genre

UNSAFE SPACES

Thunderstorm Books still has about a dozen copies of the limited collector’s edition of UNSAFE SPACES left in stock. Click here to purchase one. “Thunderstorm Books is proud to present 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 … Continue reading UNSAFE SPACES

THANK YOU

At noon today, we wrapped The Horror Show with Brian Keene’s 24-hour live telethon to benefit the Scares That Care charity. Our goal was to raise $10,000 for Scares That Care, to benefit these three families. I am happy to report we achieved our goal. I woke at 6:00am Thursday and went to bed at 1:00pm Friday. I spent 24 hours of that time talking. The rest was spent either preparing to talk or recovering from talking. All in all, both Dave and myself were awake 31 hours or so. If you were listening, you know what the physical toll … Continue reading THANK YOU