Free fiction for Halloween... plus news on a new limited edition hardcover, and a live Chicago area Halloween reading!

Halloween Edition!
his is my favorite week of the year... and I've got some cool news. Read on for new book news, a special live appearance and free creepy fiction:


Sinister Grin is releasing a limited, numbered hardcover of THE FAMILY TREE!

THIS MONTH, Sinister Grin Press announced that they will be releasing a limited hardcover edition of my 8th novel, The Family Tree in December. Sinister Grin also produced the hardcover edition of my novel Violet Eyes earlier this year, and like that book, the number of copies produced for The Family Tree will be determined by the number of pre-orders -- so if you're interested in having one of these on your bookcase, stop by the Sinister Grin website this week and get your name on the list! There won't be many floating around next year.

The pre-order period for this collectible edition will end in three weeks, on November 15th.

You can read a short interview with me about the novel on the Sinister Grin blog-- which also includes a really cool "making of" feature (with pictures) that shows how the artist, Zach McCain, sketched and evolved the cover.

I'm really excited that Sinister Grin is releasing this special hardcover edition, because the book originally began as a novella that was supposed to be released through Sinister Grin. However, when the story evolved during the writing into a novel, I had to give it to my regular publisher, Samhain, who issued it in ebook and trade paperback at the end of 2014. So to have Sinister Grin release this new edition of the book is kind of a special homecoming for the novel.

To read the blog about its "making" click here.

To pre-order your copy, visit the Sinister Grin site here.


Halloween Eve:

Get your creep on with a horror fiction reading at Harp & Fiddle!

Vigilantes of LoveTHIS SUNDAY, on October 30th, I will be doing a special Halloween reading event with Chris Larsen and Cynthia Pelayo at the Harp & Fiddle pub in Park Ridge, IL.

We will be there from 5-7 p.m. to kick off Halloween with creepy stories... and beer!

I will be reading the story that inspired my novel The Pumpkin Man. The story was originally written as something that I could read at "all ages shows" in libraries and bookstores for Halloween, and was first published in Doorways Magazine. It was also reprinted in the anthology All American Horror: The Best of the First Decade of the 21st Century and in my latest collection, Sacrificing Virgins.

Cynthia Pelayo is the International Latino Book Award-winning author of  Santa Muerte and will be reading from her latest novel, The Missing.

Chris Larsen was a Bram Stoker Award semifinalist for his novel Losing Touch, a story about a teenager whose house is haunted by five Prohibition-era gangsters.  He'll be reading from his latest novel, The Blackening of Flesh.

You can read a short article about the event in the suburban edition of the Chicago Tribune here.

Trick Or Treat!

Go talk to The Pumpkin Man

When my fifth novel The Pumpkin Man was first released, I worked with my friend, Lon Czarnecki, to develop a really cool website to promote the book... and one of the things Lon did was program an interactive online Ouija Board. That site remains online, so this week, get into the spirit and go talk to the Ouija Board and ask things like "Who are you?" "Will you kill me?" or "When will I die?"

Visit today. But be careful not to wake up too many spirits of the dead!

When you're done talking to the dead on The Pumpkin Man Ouija Board, you can read the original story that inspired the novel on that site as well. Just click on FICTION: "The Pumpkin Man"  in the left menu of the site.

You can also visit my regular web site's fiction section ( to read my perennial Halloween tale "Pumpkin Head," a cautionary tale about what happens when amore crosses the line in a pumpkin patch.

I hope you have a great Halloween, filled with great scary movies, books and... taffy apples!

Trick or Treat!

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