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The Halloween Children reviewed by Rue Morgue


October 25, 2014

Rue Morgue has reviewed The Halloween Children (which I co-wrote with Norman Prentiss) and the reviewer definitely got what Norman and I tried to do with this one:

“This latest installment in Earthling Publications’ annual Halloween series recollects the macabre and gruesome events that befall a suburban apartment. Delivered through a series of journal entries and interview transcripts, The Halloween Children goes beyond the creepy kids and paranormal hauntings tropes to deliver a disturbing and thought-provoking look into family dynamics and our own changing imaginations.”
— Rue Morgue issue #149

The Halloween Children

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The Halloween Children reviewed by October Country


October 3, 2014

Blu Gilliand over at October Country has reviewed The Halloween Children (which I co-wrote with Norman Prentiss for Earthling Publications) and he had some very nice things to say about the book:

The Halloween Children is a twisty funhouse ride through the minds of Brian James Freeman and Norman Prentiss, two enormously talented writers who have created an instant Halloween classic in this, their first collaboration. Much like Norm Partridge’s Dark HarvestThe Halloween Children is an expert distillation of the Halloween season, capturing that peculiar mix of excitement, dread and outright fear in its pages… From the great, early slow build of the book to the terrifying, satisfying payoff, The Halloween Children is a complete success. Freeman and Prentiss do a great job in blending their unique styles into one pure voice – like Stephen King and Peter Straub with The Talisman and Black House, you’ll try to guess who wrote what, and you’ll most likely get it wrong. Reading this was the perfect kickoff to the Halloween season for me, and I have a feeling it will be part of my permanent October rotation for a long time to come.”

Blu had a lot more to day and you can read the full review at October Country.

The Halloween Children

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The Polish cover for Revival by Stephen King: Behind The Scenes


September 10, 2014

For those of you interested in “behind the scenes” information about how the publishing business works, I highly recommend you click on this Polish cover artwork below for Revival by Stephen King, which will take you to cover artist Vincent Chong’s blog where he discusses how the cover came to be — and where he also shows off the original and totally different cover artwork that didn’t get used:

Revival by Stephen King Polish cover artwork

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The Halloween Children reviewed by The Baryon Review


July 29, 2014

The first review for The Halloween Children (which I co-wrote with Norman Prentiss for Earthling Publications) has arrived from The Baryon Review. Jim Brock writes:

“THE HALLOWEEN CHILDREN is frankly one of the more disturbing books I have ever read. From page to page my opinion of who was the monster behind what was going on changed from husband to wife to the children and then back. I was shocked and startled, grossed out and horrified – and I enjoyed every minute of it. And in the end, I still wasn’t sure who was the craziest – myself included. Freeman and Prentiss have created a disturbing tale with images so vivid they leapt from the page into brilliantly colored pictures in the mind. This is one powerful book. Treat yourself to this one for Halloween but be warned – have plenty of candy on hand for THE HALLOWEEN CHILDREN should come knocking.”

Read the full review at The Baryon Review.

The Halloween Children

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Faithful by Stewart O’Nan and Stephen King: Special Editions To Benefit Good Causes


July 18, 2014

This has been such a wild week that I never had a chance to post this on Monday as planned! I’m pleased to announce the first book from Books to Benefit, my little side project, has been announced.

The book is Faithful: The 10th Anniversary Special Limited Edition by Stewart O’Nan and Stephen King, and it will be raising funds for The Haven Foundation and for organizations that promote cancer care and research. The Haven Foundation gives financial assistance to provide temporary support needed to safeguard and sustain the careers of established freelance artists. The authors also support cancer care and research organizations such as The Jimmy Fund. (You can learn how to donate to The Haven Foundation on their website and you can donate directly to The Jimmy Fund via their website.)

This project has been a lot of fun to work on, and I’m particularly happy with how the cover artwork turned out:

Faithful by Stephen King and Stewart O'Nan

I hope you’ll check it out or maybe even place an order from one of these independent booksellers:

Cemetery Dance Publications

PS Publishing (UK and Europe)

Camelot Books

The Overlook Connection

Bad Moon Books

Dark Hollow Books

Ziesings.com

Betts Books

Wrigley-Cross Books

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