New books now available in my Dark Days series.

Wanted to let everyone know that the last two books in my Dark Days post-apocalyptic series are now available as ebooks on Amazon. You can find them by clicking on the covers below.

Hell Town: Dark Days Book 7

And Avalon: Dark Days Book 8

I’ve had a blast working on this series, and I may continue this series or a spinoff some time in the future, and I’m sad to see it end, but I also can’t wait to start working on other series and books I’ve been wanting to write for a while.

Please feel free to share this post and help spread the word around.

Thank you!

Podcast on Oct. 6th 4:00 p.m. EST

I’m honored to be a guest on Michigan Avenue Media’s podcast. The hosts are Marsha Casper Cook and Elizabeth Black. We’ll be talking about writing, the horror genre, and whatever else comes up. I’m really looking forward to it.

I hope you’ll tune in at 4:00 EST on Tuesday, Oct 6th. Or you can go to the website to find out how to listen to it later.

Here’s the link: http://tobtr.com/11818049

I also wanted to let everyone know that my book THE EXORCIST’S APPRENTICE is on sale for .99 cents for the next few days on Kindle. The sequel POSSESSION: THE EXORCIST’S APPRENTICE 2 is also on sale for .99 cents on Kindle.

I hope everyone will check out the podcast on Tuesday and check out these books on sale. Please feel free to spread the word and share the links.

Thanks!

SLEEP DISORDERS AUDIO BOOK NOW AVAILABLE

Just wanted to let everyone know that my psychological thriller SLEEP DISORDERS is now available to listen to as an audiobook. You can find it on the Audible website and on Amazon.

You can find it here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B088HH7H7V

 

Sleep Disorders Audiobook Cover 2

 

Jason Hill did an amazing job narrating my book, bringing the characters and the story to life. You can find more of his work on YouTube at Horror Hill and on Apple podcasts at:  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/horror-hill-horror-anthology-scary-stories-series-podcasts/id1346866422

ANCIENT ENEMY BOOKS NOW A BOX SET

Just wanted to let everyone know that my Ancient Enemy series is now available in a box set – all four books in one place to either buy or borrow on Kindle Unlimited.

Ancient Enemy boxed set cover

You can find the box set here: www.amazon.com/dp/B084TSK32N

If you haven’t read the Ancient Enemy series, here’s your chance to buy all four at a lower bulk price or borrow all four books together at one time.

I’ve loved writing this series, and I was sad to see it come to an end. But I’ve been working on a lot of other things, including the third book in my Exorcist’s Apprentice series, and the next two books in my Dark Days series. I hope to get those two series into box sets in the near future.

Feel free to spread the word and share this post. Thank you!

YEAR-END WRAP UP FOR 2019 AND GOALS FOR 2020

Well, it’s here again – the end of the year. 2019 seemed to both fly by and drag on for me, but it’s definitely been my most productive year as far as publishing. I was able to publish 8 books this year. And they were:

Possession: The Exorcist’s Apprentice 2, published in February.

TheExorcist'sApprentice2Cover#1

Collapse: Dark Days Book 1, published in May

Dark Days 1 (a)

Chaos: Dark Days Book 2, published in July

Dark Days 2 (a)

Exposure: Dark Days Book 3, also published in July

Dark Days 3 (a)

Refuge: Dark Days Book 4, also published in July

Dark Days 4 (a)

Sleep Disorders, published in September

Sleep Disorders Cover 2

Aftermath: Dark Days Book 5, published in November

Dark Days 5 cover (a) big

And Survivors: Dark Days Book 6, also published in November.

Dark Days 6 cover (a) big

If you haven’t read some of these books, you can find them listed on my Amazon page.

I’m really happy with my Dark Days series so far, and I’m working on Books 7 and 8 right now (which are possibly the last books in the series). It’s sad to see this series end (but the series may carry on in a different direction – I’ll have to wait and see), but I’ve got plenty of other projects I want to work on: the next book in the Exorcist’s Apprentice series, a suspense/thriller series about an FBI consultant, and some standalone horror and thriller novels.

I don’t know if I’ll publish as many books in 2020 as I did in 2019, but I’ll give it a try.

I’ve slowed down on my to-be-read list, but I did get around to reading some good books this year. Some that come to mind are:

  1. The Remaining by D.J. Molles
  2. 999 an anthology edited by Al Sarrantonio
  3. Hell House by Richard Matheson
  4. Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons
  5. The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
  6. The 4 Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferris
  7. Hell on Earth by Tony Urban
  8. Crawl by Mike Duke
  9. One Second After by William R. Forstchen
  10. Where Sleeping Dogs Lie by Luc Vors
  11. Books by Larry McMurtry
  12. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
  13. Lost Souls by Poppy Z. Brite
  14. Where the Gods Sleep by Mike Duke
  15. The Portrait of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

There were probably a few others that I’ll think of later. I’m still finishing up Koko by Peter Straub, The Dark Half by Stephen King, and Mystery Walk by Robert McCammon.

I’m not going to list specific goals this New Year’s Eve like I did last year, I’m just going to try to work as hard next year as I did this year.

Being an author is a dream come true for me, but it can’t happen without readers like you. I’m so grateful, and I just wanted to say THANK YOU!!

I hope everyone has a great New Year! I’d love to hear any comments you have.

Until next time  . . .

DARK DAYS 5 AND 6 NOW AVAILABLE

After some delays (like my computer completely crashing), Books 5 and 6 in my Dark Days post-apocalyptic series are finally available on Amazon.

You can click on the links below to find them on Amazon:

Dark Days 5 cover (a) big

The fifth book in the series. You can find it here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0821PWVH5

Dark Days 6 cover (a) big

The sixth book in the series. You can find it here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0821QWTGB

I’m hard at work on the next two books (and most likely the last two) in the series, and I hope to have them out in early 2020.

Thanks so much – and please feel free to share this blog and help spread the word.

HALLOWEEN HORROR BLOG: TOP HORROR FILM DIRECTORS

THE TOP 15 HORROR DIRECTORS OF ALL TIME

For this Halloween blog, I’ve put together a list of the greatest horror directors of all time. As I’ve done with other lists, I scoured the internet and compiled lists of the best horror directors from websites like Ranker, IMDB, Pop Matters, and others. After I got all the data together, I counted how many times each director was mentioned on each of the best-of lists. Two directors, the top two, were ranked somewhere on every list, so they were the clear-cut winners, and I would call it a tie for the best of all time, even though I have a clear winner and a favorite in my mind. I’ll include a list of my top ten favorites at the end of this post, which will be different from the top ten I listed from my research.

Just a quick note before we begin: I didn’t want to include any directors who had only directed one horror movie, and that excluded some of the greatest film directors like Stanley Kubrick, William Friedkin, and Steven Spielberg – and it would also be excluding some of the scariest and best horror films like: The Shining, The Exorcist, and Jaws. Spielberg was tough to exclude because he directed Jaws and also worked on Poltergeist. Some believe he really directed Poltergeist, but Tobe Hooper got the credit, so I had to exclude Spielberg.

So, without further ado, here are the top 15 horror directors in reverse order and some of the films they are most famous for:

15. Roger Corman: The Terror, The Raven, The Masque of the Red Death.

14. Ti West: The House of the Devil, Cabin Fever 2, The Innkeepers.

13. James Whale: Frankenstein (1931), The Old Dark House (1932), The Invisible Man (1932), The Bride of Frankenstein (1935).

12. Guillermo del Toro: Cronos, Mimic, Blade II, The Devil’s Backbone, Pan’s Labyrinth, Crimson Peak.

11. Mike Flanagan: Absentia, Oculus, Gerald’s Game, The Haunting of Hill House (Netflix limited series), Doctor Sleep.

10. Lucio Fulci: City of the Living Dead, The Beyond, Zombi, The New York Ripper.

9. Alfred Hitchcock: Psycho, The Birds, Rear Window, Vertigo, Frenzy, Family Plot.

8. Dario Argento: Cat O’ Nine Tails, Profundo, Phenomena, Inferno, Tenebrae, Suspira, Opera.

7. James Wan: Saw, Insidious, Dead Silence, Death Sentence, The Conjuring.

6. Sam Raimi: The Evil Dead series, Drag Me to Hell, The Gift.

5. George A. Romero: Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, The Crazies, Creepshow, The Dark Half, Monkey Shines, Martin.

4. Tobe Hooper: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Poltergeist, Lifeforce, The Mangler, Toolbox Murders, ‘Salem’s Lot (TV miniseries).

3. David Cronenberg: Shivers, Rabid, Scanners, The Fly, Videodrome, The Brood, The Dead Zone, Dead Ringers, Crash, eXistenZ.

2. Wes Craven: The Last House on the Left, The Hills Have Eyes, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream, My Soul to Take, Red Eye, Shocker, Cursed, The Serpent and the Rainbow.

And number 1: John Carpenter: Halloween, The Fog, The Thing, Christine, Prince of Darkness, They Live, Village of the Damned (1995), Vampires, The Ward.

Here are some of the runners up that received at least one vote on the various lists I looked up:

Clive Barker: Hellraiser, Lord of Illusions, Nightbreed.

Tim Burton: Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow.

Joe Dante: The Howling, The Twilight Zone (one of the episodes), Piranha (1982).

Takashi Miike: Audition, Ichi, The Killer.

Jordan Peele: Get Out, Us.

Roman Polanski: Repulsion, Rosemary’s Baby, The Ninth Gate.

Eli Roth: Hostel, Cabin, Hostel: Part II, Knock Knock.

Robert Wise: The Haunting, The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Body Snatcher.

Todd Browning: Dracula, Freaks, London After Midnight.

Well, there you have it. I’d love to hear your thoughts if you think any notable directors were left off the list. Let me know if you agree or disagree, or let me know who some of your favorites are.

I’d also like to add a quick list of my ten favorite horror film directors in reverse order:

10. Guillermo del Toro: He doesn’t only do horror movies, but when he does them he’s brilliant. Mimic is one of my favorites and Cronos has always stuck with me. The Devil’s Backbone is creepy and well worth watching.

9. Clive Barker: Although he didn’t direct many films, I’d still put him in my top ten of horror directors (and horror writers). Hellraiser was a masterpiece that has stood the test of time, but I believe Lord of Illusions is an often overlooked horror classic.

8. Eli Roth: If someone could be on my top ten list for just one film, it would be Eli Roth. Hostel had a definite effect on me. Like the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Hostel seemed so plausible and realistic. But Roth has directed some other memorable films like Cabin Fever.

7. Brian De Palma: I was surprised De Palma wasn’t mentioned more often on the lists of best horror directors that I looked up. Of course Carrie is usually listed in the top twenty-five of best horror films, but De Palma has directed other classics such as: The Fury and Dressed to Kill.

6. James Wan: Saw is one of the greatest horror films I’ve ever seen, with one of the best twists of all time. It would be difficult for him to top such a masterpiece as that, but he’s directed some other very good films like Insidious and The Conjuring.

5. David Cronenberg: What can I say that hasn’t already been said about David Cronenberg? He’s directed classics such as Shivers, Rabid, Scanners, The Brood, and The Fly. I think The Dead Zone is often underrated. And Videodrome and eXistenZ really creeped me out when I watched them.

4. Tobe Hooper: Few films are as visceral and disturbing as the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but Hooper is also credited with directing Poltergeist (some debate this as I mentioned above), another movie usually listed in the top 25 horror films of all time. But my personal favorite might be ‘Salem’s Lot.

3. Alfred Hitchcock: The master of suspense, and some would say the master of storytelling. Someone once said that all you need to learn about screenwriting you could learn from watching Hitchcock’s films. While most of his movies would be classified as suspense rather than horror, Psycho and The Birds are legitimate horror films.

2. Wes Craven: Craven is responsible for two of the most popular horror series: A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream. But some of his early films are memorable and gritty like The Last House on the Left and The Hills Have Eyes. One of my personal favorites of his, and another often underrated film, is The Serpent and the Rainbow.

And number 1: John Carpenter: My clear favorite is John Carpenter. What a body of work he’s done (so far). He’s directed classics like: Halloween (1978), The Thing (1982), Christine, In the Mouth of Madness, The Fog, Prince of Darkness, They Live, Cursed, and Vampires. I think In the Mouth of Madness is often overlooked, and They Live has stood the test of time. My personal favorite would be The Thing – maybe my favorite horror film of all time.

There you have my top ten. Please feel free to comment. I’d love to hear your favorites and your thoughts.

I hope everyone has a Happy Halloween!