Flashback on Sale Now

Last week Flashback went on sale at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  Expect it to roll out shortly in other venues for Kobo, the iBookstore, etc.  Because the book is now available, I’ll cut off preorders through the site here.  Those books are on their way to me, at which point I’ll sign them and pop them back in the mail.  (All of my novels are available via the website, so it’s not like you won’t be able to snag a copy at any point in the future.  I keep extra copies of each on hand for that very reason.)

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As always, thanks for reading my books.

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Here’s a great article from Shock Till You Drop about would-be horror movies that never made it into production.  Some of these sound great — The Van Helsing Chronicles, an adaptation of McCammon’s Stinger, Vertigo’s House of Secrets — while others sound downright dreadful.  (Who wants to see Ice Cube fight werewolves in the film Stray Dawgz?  Nobody.  The answer is nobody.)

And for advice about good movies, listen to William Goldman (multi-Oscar-winning screenwriter).

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Couple bits of interest this time around:

A good article from Huffington Post about creativity.  If you’re a writer, this will all sound very familiar.

Go Into the Story, one of the top screenwriting sites on the ‘net, has released a plethora of movie scripts, many of which recently swept Hollywood’s award season.  From dramas to comedies to animated fare, there’s something for everyone.

And finally a short movie that’s made the rounds online, creepy enough for only being three minutes long.  Sleep tight.

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Flashback will go on sale by the end of this month, available in print and as an ebook.  Anyone who wants to preorder a copy can check out the special 20% discount I’m running through THE SHOP.  All preorders will be signed, of course.

This is the first mystery novel I’ve written, what I call a why-dunnit (otherwise known as an inverted detective story).  If you’re a regular reader of my supernatural work, you’ll probably get a kick out of this one too.  The main character is a B-movie star, so there are enough genre references and in-jokes to hold any horror fan’s attention.


In the annals of Hollywood cinema, the name Gregory Kincaid is as synonymous with Jack the Ripper as Bela Lugosi to Dracula.  He portrayed the infamous serial murderer in half a dozen films, spanning a five-decade career filled with monster movies and sci-fi schlock.  Twenty years ago, weary of celebrity’s harsh spotlight, he withdrew from public life, never to be seen again — until now.


After a wartime accident seriously injures journalist Jenny Pearce, she turns her attention to reporting entertainment news.  More comfortable on frontlines than the red carpet, she jumps at the opportunity to track down the notoriously reclusive Kincaid.


The damaged pair forges an unlikely friendship, working together to write the actor’s memoir.  Except someone doesn’t want Kincaid’s tell-all all told, somebody who aims to protect secrets best left buried.  Fighting for their lives, Kincaid and Pearce are forced to unravel a murder mystery gone unsolved for over seventy years.

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Although I’ve never been to Dark Delicacies, I have met owner Del Howison on several occasions and know he runs a wonderful store in Burbank, CA.  Here’s an article about Del and his wife Sue that appeared recently from LA Weekly.

And here’s a video interview with Robert McCammon, possibly my favorite living writer, conducted at the World Horror Convention a couple years back.  He talks about writing, abandoned manuscripts, the reasons why he walked away from the publishing business and more.  Well worth an hour of your time.

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The DGA published a wide-ranging interview with horror filmmaker Guillermo del Toro in the most recent issue.

And I got a kick out of this infographic by Zachary Petit.  It’s funny because it’s true.

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Short Films

These both caught my eye because they share a horrific fairy-tale feel to them.  I hope you dig ‘em too.

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Stoker Award Nominees

(List taken from the Horror Writers Association)

Superior Achievement in a Novel

Joe Hill – NOS4A2
Stephen King – Doctor Sleep
Lisa Morton – Malediction
Sarah Pinborough and F. Paul Wilson – A Necessary End
Christopher Rice – The Heavens Rise

Superior Achievement in a First Novel

Kate Jonez – Candy House
John Mantooth – The Year of the Storm
Rena Mason – The Evolutionist
Jonathan Moore – Redheads
Royce Prouty – Stoker’s Manuscript

Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel

Patrick Freivald – Special Dead
Kami Garcia – Unbreakable
Geoffrey Girard – Project Cain
Joe McKinney – Dog Days
Cat Winters – In the Shadow of Blackbirds

Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel

Ed Brubaker – Fatale Book Three: West of Hell
Caitlin R. Kiernan – Alabaster: Wolves
Brandon Seifert – Witch Doctor, Vol. 2: Mal Practice
Cameron Stewart – Sin Titulo
Paul Tobin – Colder

Superior Achievement in Long Fiction

Dale Bailey – “The Bluehole”
Gary Braunbeck – “The Great Pity”
Benjamin K. Ethridge – “The Slaughter Man”
Gregory Frost – “No Others Are Genuine”
Greg F. Gifune – House of Rain
Rena Mason – East End Girls

Superior Achievement in Short Fiction

Michael Bailey – “Primal Tongue”
Patrick Freivald – “Snapshot”
David Gerrold – “Night Train to Paris”
Lisa Mannetti – “The Hunger Artist”
John Palisano – “The Geminis”
Michael Reaves – “Code 666”

Superior Achievement in a Screenplay

Fabien Adda and Fabrice Gobert – The Returned: “The Horde”
Brad Falchuk – American Horror Story: Asylum: “Spilt Milk”
Bryan Fuller – Hannibal: “Apéritif”
Daniel Knauf – Dracula: “A Whiff of Sulfur”
Glen Mazzara – The Walking Dead: “Welcome to the Tombs”

Superior Achievement in an Anthology

R.J. Cavender and Boyd E. Harris (ed.) – Horror Library: Volume 5
Eric J. Guignard (ed.) – After Death…
Michael Knost and Nancy Eden Siegel (ed.) – Barbers & Beauties
Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. (ed.) – The Grimscribe’s Puppets
Anthony Rivera and Sharon Lawson (ed.) – Dark Visions: A Collection of Modern Horror, Volume One

Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection

Nathan Ballingrud – North American Lake Monsters: Stories
Laird Barron – The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All and Other Stories
James Dorr – The Tears of Isis
Caitlin R. Kiernan – The Ape’s Wife and Other Stories
Gene O’Neill – Dance of the Blue Lady
S. P. Somtow - Bible Stories for Secular Humanists

Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction

Barbara Brodman and James E. Doan (ed.) – Images of the Modern Vampire: The Hip and the Atavistic
Gary William Crawford (ed.) – Ramsey Campbell: Critical Essays on the Modern Master of Horror
William F. Nolan – Nolan on Bradbury: Sixty Years of Writing about the Master of Science Fiction
Jarkko Toikkanen – The Intermedial Experience of Horror: Suspended Failures
Robert H. Waugh (ed.) – Lovecraft and Influence: His Predecessors and Successors

Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection

Bruce Boston – Dark Roads: Selected Long Poems 1971-2012
Helen Marshall – The Sex Lives of Monsters
Marge Simon and Sandy DeLuca – Dangerous Dreams
Marge Simon, Rain Graves, Charlee Jacob, and Linda Addison – Four Elements
Stephanie M. Wytovich – Hysteria: A Collection of Madness

The Lifetime Achievement Awards this year are being bestowed to R.L. Stine and editor Stephen Jones, both worthy choices.  Congratulations to all the nominees.  The Bram Stoker Awards are being held in conjunction with the World Horror Convention (in Portland, OR) on May 10, 2014.

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Edgar Award Nominees

Best Novel

Sandrine’s Case by Thomas H. Cook 
The Humans by Matt Haig 
Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger 
How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny 
Standing in Another Man’s Grave by Ian Rankin 
Until She Comes Home by Lori Roy

Best First Novel

The Resurrectionist by Matthew Guinn 
Ghostman by Roger Hobbs 
Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman 
Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews 
Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

Best Paperback Original

The Guilty One by Lisa Ballantyne 
Almost Criminal by E. R. Brown 
Joe Victim by Paul Cleave 
Joyland by Stephen King 
The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood 
Brilliance by Marcus Sakey

Best Fact Crime

Duel with the Devil by Paul Collins 
Mortal Sins by Michael D’Antonio 
The Good Nurse by Charles Graeber 
The Secret Rescue by Cate Lineberry 
The Hour of Peril by Daniel Stashower

Best Critical/Biographical

Maigret, Simenon and France by Bill Alder 
America is Elsewhere by Erik Dussere 
Pimping Fictions by Justin Gifford 
Ian Fleming by Andrew Lycett 
Middlebrow Feminism in Classic British Detective Fiction by Melissa Schaub

Best Short Story

“The Terminal” by Reed Farrel Coleman 
“So Long, Chief” by Max Allan Collins & Mickey Spillane 
“The Caxton Private Lending Library and Book Depository” by John Connolly
“There are Roads in the Water” by Trina Corey 
“Where That Morning Sun Goes Down” by Tim L. Williams

Best Juvenile

Strike Three, You’re Dead by Josh Berk 
Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking by Erin Dionne 
P.K. Pinkerton and the Petrified Man by Caroline Lawrence
Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud 
One Came Home by Amy Timberlake

Young Adult

All the Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry
Far Far Away by Tom McNeal 
Criminal by Terra Elan McVoy 
How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller 
Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher

TV Episode Teleplay

“Episode 3″ – Luther, Teleplay by Neil Cross 
“Episode 1″ – The Fall, Teleplay by Allan Cubitt
“Legitimate Rape” – Law & Order: SVU, Teleplay by Kevin Fox & Peter Blauner 
“Variations Under Domestication” – Orphan Black, Teleplay by Will Pascoe
“Pilot” – The Following Teleplay by Kevin Williamson

Mary Higgins Clark

There Was an Old Woman by Hallie Ephron 
Fear of Beauty by Susan Froetschel 
The Money Kill by Katia Lief 
Cover of Snow by Jenny Milchman
The Sixth Station by Linda Stasi

Grand Master

Robert Crais
Carolyn Hart

List taken from the Mystery Writers Association.  This year’s Edgar Awards will be honored on May 1, 2014, in New York City.  Congratulations to all the nominees.

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Flashback Research

I did this for my last book, Blackstone, listed some of the random tidbits I had to research during the editing process.  Flashback is no different, so here’s another list.  Some of these subjects are vital to the plot, while others are throwaway lines.

1 – Various types of surgical saws

2 – Which year Steamboat Willie premiered (1928)

3 – The history of the Hollywood blacklist

4 – Primate rescue sanctuaries in California

5 – The steps involved with creating a waxwork figure

6 – Which celebrities are buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery

7 – Fonda Theatre through the decades

8 – Sci-fi schlock films on IMDB

9 – Amenities at Griffith Observatory

10 – British Inspector in charge of the Jack the Ripper case

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