A Tom Piccirilli Primer

Today marks another anniversary of Tom Piccirilli’s passing (back in 2015), and it occurs to me that a lot of my younger fans probably haven’t read him. We need to un-fuck that. Tom was not only one of my best friends (we called each other “Big Bro” and “Little Bro” for the almost 20 years that we knew each other) — he was one of the best writers my generation

DEFENDERS DIALOGUE – Episode 71

Ghost Rider! Black Widow! Hercules! Iceman! Angel! Christopher Golden and Brian Keene discuss the most power-packed premiere of all in the Mighty Marvel Renaissance as THE CHAMPIONS make their debut! Listen for free on iTunes – YouTube – Project Entertainment – iHeartRadio – Stitcher

A LITTLE SORROWED TALK: The Storm Arrives July 15

Night Worms has partnered with Thunderstorm Books for exclusive paperback editions of A LITTLE SORROWED TALK by Brian Keene and TALES FROM THE SHADOW SIDE by Jonathan Janz. These will only be sold exclusively through Nightworms. The paperback editions will be signed by the respective authors and limited. Night Worms subscribers are guaranteed this package (You can buy the August package with a subscription option to secure September but today

GoFundMe For THE HORROR SHOW’S Dave Thomas

If you’re a regular listener to THE HORROR SHOW WITH BRIAN KEENE, then you know about co-host and engineer Dave Thomas’s medical crisis, and how we had to cancel this year’s telethon as a result. Now, Sheri Sebastian-Gabriel and the good folks at NECON have put together several fundraisers to help Dave with his mounting expenses, including this GoFundMe. Click here to donate.

THE WALKING DEAD IS DEAD – The Horror Show with Brian Keene – Ep 226

Brian, Mary, and Matt update listeners on Dave’s hospitalization and the cancellation of the third annual The Horror Show with Brian Keene Telethon. Plus, a farewell to THE WALKING DEAD and Vertigo Comics, a hello to Neil Gaiman’s SANDMAN, and big news for Adam Cesare. Listen for free on YouTube – iTunes – Spotify – Project Entertainment– iHeartRadio  – Stitcher

Stationary Goals and Moving Targets

I’m pretty much offline until Monday, doing some Scout-related stuff. During down time, I intend to continue reading STEVE GERBER: CONVERSATIONS, edited and compiled by Jason Sacks, Eric Hoffman, and Dr. Dominick Grace. This was easily my most anticipated book of 2019, and so far, it hasn’t disappointed. Admittedly, it’s for a specialized audience — fans of Gerber, fans of Bronze Age comics, comic historians and academics, and writers who

DEFENDERS DIALOGUE – Episode 70

Brian Keene takes a look at the post-Bronze Age incarnations of your favorite non-team, including the Secret Defenders, the Order, the Last Defenders, and the Fearless Defenders. Listen for free on iTunes – YouTube – Project Entertainment – iHeartRadio – Stitcher

The Special

THE SPECIAL — a film directed by B Harrison Smith (DEATH HOUSE), produced by Doug Henderson (of Everything’s Fire), and based on the novella by James Newman and Mark Steensland — had its premiere screening here in York last night. Mary SanGiovanni and I attended, as did authors Kelli Owen, Robert Ford, and Wesley Southard, and director Mike Lombardo (who assisted with special effects for this film and whom you

3rd Annual Brian Keene Telethon Cancelled

It is with profound regret that I have to announce the cancellation of the 3rd annual The Horror Show with Brian Keene telethon, which was scheduled to take place at Dark Delicacies in September. Listeners to the show know that co-host and engineer Dave Thomas has been experiencing some health problems. I am not going to share the private details of what has been occurring, but while Dave’s condition so

40% Off THE LOST LEVEL and ROGAN Series

From now until Friday, June 28th, you can get 40% off all the books in The Lost Level series (THE LOST LEVEL, RETURN TO THE LOST LEVEL, and HOLE IN THE WORLD) and all of the books in the Rogan series (KING OF THE BASTARDS and THRONE OF THE BASTARDS) when you purchase them directly from the publisher and use the code ‘SUMMER’ at checkout. Click here to purchase!  

DEFENDERS DIALOGUE – Episode 69

Wong possessed by Nightmare! Dormammu triumphant! The Hulk gets laid! The Sub-Mariner gets mad! The Silver Surfer goes surfing! Can Doctor Strange reunite the original Defenders and save reality as we know it? Brian Keene examines DEFENDERS: INDEFENSIBLE by J.M. DeMatteis, Keith Giffen and Kevin Maguire. Listen for free on iTunes – YouTube – Project Entertainment – iHeartRadio – Stitcher

AUGUST – SEPTEMBER SIGNING TOUR

Without intending to, I’ve set myself up for a mini-tour in August and September. Here is where I’ll be: August 2 – 4 Scares That Care Weekend Charity Event Doubletree By Hilton 50 Kingsmill Road Williamsburg, VA 23185 Because I serve on the Board of Directors for the charity, I won’t have a table to sign books at or be participating in programming. But you are welcome to stop me at any

GEOFF COOPER – The Horror Show with Brian Keene – Ep 224

Coop returns to the show to discuss Blue Collar Heathen and his mission to offer criticism of magical thinking and religious claims and concepts from the point of view of an average working-class citizen, in order to counter the toxicity he believes is leading to personal, societal, and global harm. Listen for free on YouTube – iTunes – Spotify – Project Entertainment– iHeartRadio  – Stitcher

Things To Come

The Storm is coming…but you’ll have to wait a little longer to find out what that means. Meanwhile, last week on Twitter, somebody asked if WHITE FIRE and HOLE IN THE WORLD will be the only new books released by me this year. The answer is no. I’ve been quiet about new releases simply because age and chronic pain are slowing me down. But I’m still writing every single day,

Lost In Translation

Got an email from Artem, a very nice guy who is hard at work translating my books into Russian for Poltergeist Press. It was Artem who translated DARK HOLLOW into Темная Лощина (which is available in hardcover, paperback and ebook in Russia, but also in the United States via good ol’ Amazon). My next Russian novel will be THE RISING, and Artem had some questions about American phrases and slang

On Rape in Horror Fiction and CASTAWAYS

Sadie Hartmann (aka Mother Horror) is leading a CASTAWAYS read-along right now on social media, which I think is awesome. But if I’m being truthful, my first thought was a flashback to my friend Amanda Schuckman once saying ‘That’s Brian’s Island Full of Rape Monsters novel.” My second thought was “Geez, I hope they include the Author’s Note at the end of the book in their read-along.” And my third

WESLEY SOUTHARD, GOURMET – The Horror Show with Brian Keene – Ep 223

Author Wesley Southard returns to the show to discuss his new novel ONE FOR THE ROAD, meeting Zakk Wylde and Mastodon, his forthcoming collaboration with Somer Canon, and more. Plus the Barnes and Noble buy out, the fate of Swamp Thing, and Matt summons…Alex Jones? Listen for free on YouTube – iTunes – Spotify – Project Entertainment– iHeartRadio  – Stitcher

A Song Recommendation For Generation Z

This afternoon, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, “It is the assessment of the U.S. government that Iran is responsible for today’s attacks in the Gulf of Oman.” Which brings to mind these quotes* from when many of you were children or not yet born. “Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction.” Dick Cheney 2002 “Iraq both poses a continuing threat to

DEFENDERS DIALOGUE – Episode 68

The Gargoyle has always been the heart of The Defenders, but how well do we really know Issac Christians? The answer might surprise you, as Christopher Golden and Brian Keene discuss 1985’s Gargoyle mini-series by J.M. DeMatteis and Mark Badger. Listen for free on iTunes – YouTube – Project Entertainment – iHeartRadio – Stitcher

Forthcoming Audiobooks

As of today, these titles are available as audiobooks: THE COMPLEX GHOUL KILL WHITEY THE RISING CITY OF THE DEAD DARK HOLLOW GHOST WALK A GATHERING OF CROWS LAST OF THE ALBATWITCHES TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME EXQUISITE CORPSE SILVERWOOD: THE DOOR THE LOST LEVEL HOLE IN THE WORLD KING OF THE BASTARDS Click here to purchase them via Audible, iTunes, and other platforms. Here are the titles that are

The Few, The Proud, The Readers

Mary SanGiovanni (sitting across from me on the couch because we are both working from our living room today) brought to my attention this article by Clovis Whitman, which is two years old now (the internet equivalent of a century) but a fascinating read, regardless. In it, he links to a survey conducted by the National Center for Educational Statistics. There is a lot to unpack in that data, but