Category Archives: Writing

New Signed Limited Edition: DARKNESS WHISPERS by Chizmar and Freeman!

I’m very pleased to announce Darkness Whispers, a brand new novella co-written with Richard Chizmar, which will be the very first Signed Limited Edition hardcover from Scarlet Galleon Publications!

Darkness WhispersAbout the Book:
Darkness Whispers will introduce you to the town of Windbrook, a sleepy little community nestled deep in the secluded Skullkin Valley of western Pennsylvania.

All is well in Windbrook, just like usual, just like always. Nothing changes here, nothing is different.

Except… except today something is different.

An old man with piercing gray eyes will arrive in town this morning. This man isn’t human. Not even close. And he isn’t coming alone. Death travels with him.

Richard Chizmar, award-winning author of A Long December, and Brian James Freeman, acclaimed author of The Painted Darkness, have combined forces to create an old-fashioned tale of horror, full of good and evil, with a breathtaking ending that will leave you wondering when this peculiar old man might be coming for you…

Darkness Whispers

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DISCOUNTED! The Painted Darkness eBook is Only 99 Cents Right Now!

The eBook edition of The Painted Darkness has been discounted to just 99 cents this week, so if you haven’t read the novella yet, this is a great time to snag a copy! Please consider spreading the word about this sale if you know anyone who might be interested.

The discounted eBook is available through:
Amazon.com • Amazon.co.uk • Barnes & Noble • iBookstore • Kobo

When Henry was a child, something terrible happened in the woods behind his home, something so shocking he could only express his terror by drawing pictures of what he had witnessed. Eventually, Henry’s mind blocked out the bad memories, but he continued to draw, often at night by the light of the moon.

Twenty years later, Henry makes his living by painting his disturbing works of art. He loves his wife and his son, and life couldn’t be better… except there’s something not quite right about the old stone farmhouse his family now calls home. There’s something strange living in the cramped cellar, in the maze of pipes that feed the ancient steam boiler.

A winter storm is brewing, and soon Henry will learn the true nature of the monster waiting for him down in the darkness. He will battle this demon and, in the process, he may discover what really happened when he was a child — and why, in times of trouble, he thinks: I paint against the darkness.

But will Henry learn the truth in time to avoid the terrible fate awaiting him… or will the thing in the cellar get him and his family first?

Written as both a meditation on the art of creation and as an examination of the secret fears we all share, The Painted Darkness is a terrifying look at the true cost we pay when we run from our grief — and what happens when we’re finally forced to confront the monsters we know all too well.

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“How the Wind Lies” — new short story to be published by White Noise Press

I can’t wait to hear what everyone thinks of my new short story “How the Wind Lies,” which is being published in April by Keith Minnion’s incredible White Noise Press as a “flip book” with Richard Chizmar’s chilling new tale, “Odd Numbers.”  You can read an interview on Cemetery Dance Online about the project and see a few sneak peek photos, too.

Freeman Chizmar WNP

“Monster Night” Appears In DARK HALLOWS: 10 HALLOWEEN HAUNTS

Good news! My Halloween short story “Monster Night” is being reprinted in Dark Hallows: 10 Halloween Haunts from Scarlet Galleon Publications.

About the Book:
Dark Hallows: 10 Halloween HauntsSome treats are better than tricks!

As summer turns to autumn, Scarlet Galleon Publications, publisher of the Amazon #1 bestselling horror anthology, DEAD HARVEST: A Collection of Dark Tales, offers readers a collection of Halloween tales to help celebrate the season in a chillingly unforgettable way.
10 authors. 10 haunting tales. 1 incredible anthology.

DARK HALLOWS will have you leaving the lights on, just to make sure you’re really alone.

Featuring NEW fiction from Cemetery Dance founder and publisher, Richard Chizmar. With original artwork by Aaron Dries.

Also included are stories from:

Brian James Freeman, Norman Partridge, Robert Morrish, Al Sarrantonio, Ronald Malfi, Aaron Dries, Adam Cesare, Mark Parker, and Lisa Morton

Order from Amazon.com for immediate shipping or CemeteryDance.com for signed copies that will begin shipping next week!

New eBook: The Illustrated Stephen King Trivia Book by Brian James Freeman & Bev Vincent

I’m pleased to announce Cemetery Dance’s most unique eBook to date, the Revised & Updated second edition of The Illustrated Stephen King Trivia Book by Brian James Freeman & Bev Vincent, is now available for immediate download.

Stephen King Trivia

This special eBook edition allows you to test your trivia knowledge with a unique design using links between questions and hints and answers, and it works with any standard eReader. No apps or special programs are needed. If you have a Kindle, Kobo, Nook, or any of their related apps for other devices, this eBook should work for you!

About the Book:
This revised and updated second edition of The Illustrated Stephen King Trivia Book features all of the original questions from the first edition, along with more than one hundred new questions about Stephen King’s most recent releases!

Also included are ten brand new illustration-based questions from Cemetery Dance favorite artist Glenn Chadbourne, along with the 60 illustration-based questions from the original edition.

This new edition concludes with a brand new afterword by Kevin Quigley, founder of Charnel House, one of the oldest Stephen King fan sites on the web.

The Illustrated Stephen King Trivia Book by Brian James Freeman and Bev Vincent is a must-have for any of Stephen King’s Constant Readers.

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Reviews for The Halloween Children by Brian James Freeman and Norman Prentiss

For those who missed out on The Halloween Children (which I co-wrote with Norman Prentiss), it looks like Earthling Publications still has a few copies, but I have a feeling that you might be running out of time to place your order.

Here are some of the reviews for this one in case you’re interested:

The Halloween Children

“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 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.”
— October Country

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.”
— The Baryon Review

“A beautifully-written, scary novel that is as much about the dark side of marriage as it is a savagely disturbing Halloween yarn.”
— Horror Drive-In 

“Smouldering novel with a deceptively subtle start before erupting into a charnel house of vivid horror. The Halloween Children is intelligent story-telling for the discerning, and most definitely the stuff of Halloween nightmares.”
— Simon Clark, author of Blood Crazy and The Night of the Triffids

“With sledgehammer imagery that hits you right in the subconscious, The Halloween Children takes a good hard look at unconditional parental love and the insidious nature of family.”
— Kaaron Warren, Shirley Jackson Award winner, author of Slights and Through Splintered Walls

“When we grow up, we forget the strange and frightening world that children can inhabit in their minds…and sometimes we forget it at our peril. Brian James Freeman and Norman Prentiss have brought this home in a highly convincing horror story for Hallowe¹en, told in a chorus of voices that give it an eerily 3-D sense of gradually-mounting dread. One scene in particular is unforgettable…you will never be able to look at a parakeet again without it seeing it and even smelling it.”
— Graham Masterton, author of The Manitou and Night Warriors

Order the Signed Limited Edition Hardcover from Earthling Publications while supplies last!

The Halloween Children

Two stories land on Ellen Datlow’s list of Honorable Mentions for horror stories published in 2013

I was thrilled to discover that two of my stories had made Ellen Datlow’s list of Honorable Mentions for horror stories published in 2013:

Freeman, Brian James “An Instant Eternity,” Turn Down the Lights.
Freeman, Brian James “Marking the Passage of Time,” Cemetery Dance #69.

Turn Down The Lights