DISCOUNTED TODAY! Dark Screams: Volume Two featuring Robert McCammon, Norman Prentiss, Shawntelle Madison, Graham Masterton, and Richard Christian Matheson!

The eBook edition of Dark Screams: Volume Two is currently on sale at the heavily discounted price of just 99 cents for a limited time only!

About the Book:
Robert McCammon, Norman Prentiss, Shawntelle Madison, Graham Masterton, and Richard Christian Matheson scale new heights of horror, suspense, and grimmest fantasy in Dark Screams: Volume Two, from Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar of the world-renowned Cemetery Dance Publications.

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JUST PUBLISHED! Dark Screams: Volume Six featuring Stephen King, Lisa Morton, Nell Quinn-Gibney, Norman Prentiss, Joyce Carol Oates, and Tim Curran!

Richard Chizmar and I are pleased to announce that the eBook edition of Dark Screams: Volume Six from Hydra is now available for immediate download and we hope you’ll check it out!

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About the Book:
Dark Screams Volume Six
Stephen King, Lisa Morton, Nell Quinn-Gibney, Norman Prentiss, Joyce Carol Oates, and Tim Curran plunge readers into the dark side in this deeply unsettling short story anthology curated by legendary horror editors Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar.

THE OLD DUDE’S TICKER by Stephen King
Richard Drogan has been spooked ever since he came back from ’Nam, but he’s no head case, dig? He just knows the old dude needs to die.

THE RICH ARE DIFFERENT by Lisa Morton
Even though she made her name revealing the private lives of the rich and famous, Sara Peck has no idea how deep their secrets really go . . . or the price they’ll pay to get what they desire.

THE MANICURE by Nell Quinn-Gibney
A trip to the nail salon is supposed to be relaxing. But as the demons of the past creep closer with every clip, even the most serene day of pampering can become a nightmare.

THE COMFORTING VOICE by Norman Prentiss
It’s a little strange how baby Lydia can only be soothed by her grandfather’s unnatural voice, ravaged by throat cancer. The weirdest part? What he’s saying is more disturbing than how he says it.

THE SITUATIONS by Joyce Carol Oates
There are certain lessons children must learn, rules they must follow, scars they must bear. No lesson is more important than this: Never question Daddy. Or else.

THE CORPSE KING by Tim Curran
Grave robbers Kearney and Clow keep one step ahead of the law as they ply their ghoulish trade, but there’s no outrunning a far more frightening enemy that hungers for the dead.

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Dark Screams Volume Six

JUST ANNOUNCED! Dark Screams: Volume Seven featuring Robert McCammon, Brian Hodge, James Renner, Kaaron Warren, Bill Schweigart, and Mick Garris!

Richard Chizmar and I have once again joined forces with the cutting edge team at Hydra, a division of Random House, to produce five more volumes in our acclaimed Dark Screams horror eBook anthology series! Each volume collects stories by the best authors working in the business today, and we’re pleased to announce that Dark Screams: Volume Seven will be published on July 25, 2017!

About the Book:
Dark Screams Volume Seven
Robert McCammon, Brian Hodge, James Renner, Kaaron Warren, Bill Schweigart, and Mick Garris reveal sinister secrets and unsavory pasts in a haunting anthology of short stories collected by acclaimed horror editors Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar.

WEST OF MATAMOROS, NORTH OF HELL by Brian Hodge
After the success of their latest album, Sebastián, Sofia, and Enrique head to Mexico for a shoot under the statue of Santa Muerte. But they have fans south of the border who’d kill to know where they get their inspiration.

LIZARDMAN by Robert McCammon
The lizardman thinks he knows about all the mysterious dangers of the Florida swamps, but there are things lurking in the bayou that are older and deadlier than his wildest dreams.

A MONSTER COMES TO ASHDOWN FOREST (IN WHICH CHRISTOPHER ROBIN SAYS GOODBYE) by James Renner
Although every child dreams of visiting Hundred-Acre Wood, only one has ever actually frolicked that fabled forest—and survived.

FURTHEREST by Kaaron Warren
She’s been going to the beach since she was a child, daring the other kids to go out past the dunes where those boys died all those years ago. Now she realizes that the farther out you go, the harder it is to come back.

THE EXPEDITION by Bill Schweigart
On a quest to bring glory to the Führer, Lieutenant Dietrich Drexler leads his team into the ruins of the Carpathian Mountains. But the wolf that’s stalking them is no ordinary predator.

SNOW SHADOWS by Mick Garris
A schoolteacher’s impulsive tryst with a colleague becomes a haunting lesson in tragedy and terror when he’s targeted for revenge by an unlikely, unhinged rival.

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Dark Screams Volume Seven

A Voice From The Oklahoma City Bombing That Haunts Me To This Day: “Whoever did this, I hope you’re happy”

On April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols blew up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City. Everyone over a certain age probably remembers this iconic photo featuring one of their victims.

According to Wikipedia, “McVeigh stated in his authorized biography that he wanted to minimize non-governmental casualties.”

From the same article: “He parked the Ryder truck in a drop-off zone situated under the building’s day-care center…”

Over the years, I’ve found myself thinking about those dead children who meant nothing to Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols. I think about the horror the families of those kids experienced as the news reached them and sunk in — and the roller coaster of emotions those families must have endured in the years to follow and I would assume to this day.

If you listened to the radio in the ’90s, you might recall “Lightning Crashes” by the band Live from their album Throwing Copper. Shortly after the Oklahoma City bombing, someone — a radio DJ perhaps? — edited the song to include clips from news reports about the attack and this version was played on several radio stations in the days and weeks to follow.

The “Oklahoma City Bombing” version of “Lightning Crashes” is still tucked away on YouTube. The quality isn’t perfect, but if you have a moment to listen, I don’t think you need to like the song to be affected. For me, there are many people in the audio I think about from time to time, but there’s one person I wonder about all the time:

At the very end, a woman says, “Whoever did this, I hope you’re happy” with a current of raw emotion in her voice.

When “Lightning Crashes” turns up on the radio (less frequently these days, but it still gets a few spins here and there) or on my music mixes, I think about that woman.

Sometimes, when I see a Ryder rental truck, I hear her voice.

I wonder who she was and where she’s gone and what she’s done with her life.

This information might be available online, if I really wanted to know, but I don’t.

I don’t know who this woman is who haunts me so, and maybe it’s better that way….

One last thought: Be sure to hug your kids tonight, or sooner if you can, and no matter whether you’re having a good day or a bad day, treat your loved ones as if they might not be around tomorrow.

Because they may not be, and you may never know until it’s too late.

THE HALLOWEEN CHILDREN reviewed by The Behrg: “Beautifully crafted, this is horror that will affect even the most jaded of horror fans.”

Early reviews are now appearing for The Halloween Children, my novel co-written with Norman Prentiss, which will be published as an eBook by Hydra/Random House this June.

For example, The Behrg has posted a review that represents a very fair and balanced assessment of the novel — and of course I would say that considering the praise you’ll find in this short excerpt:

The savvy reader begins to get the real picture of what’s going on by what’s NOT being said. I’ve always enjoyed the unreliable narrator motif, and it’s used here in quite a unique way that’s not fully understood until you reach the end… this has one of the best endings for a book I’ve ever read. The thematic metaphors woven throughout one of the most tragic and shocking finales you’ll find… as I was reading I felt as if my jaw kept dropping lower and lower. Beautifully crafted, this is horror that will affect even the most jaded of horror fans.

You can find The Behrg’s full review on his website, so please click that link and give it a read!

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JUST ANNOUNCED! Reading Stephen King edited by Brian James Freeman!

I’m very pleased to announce Reading Stephen King, an anthology of essays by some seriously incredible writers, will be published later this year by Cemetery Dance Publications!

About the Book:Reading Stephen King
Stephen King has inspired millions of readers with his writing for more than four decades, and this special volume of essays gathers together some of his high-profile fans to discuss why they love reading the works of Stephen King.

Many of these fans are acclaimed authors of fiction in their own right. Some of them have written insightful books about Stephen King’s work, exploring how King’s natural storytelling gift has allowed him to create stories that reach people in every language around the world. A few of them have even written, produced, and directed movie adaptations of King’s most acclaimed works.

In this book you will join Clive Barker, Stewart O’Nan, Richard Chizmar, Frank Darabont, Stephen Spignesi, Justin Brooks, Tony Magistrale, Michael R. Collings, Rocky Wood, Robin Furth, Kevin Quigley, Hans-Ake Lilja, Billy Chizmar, Jack Ketchum, Bev Vincent, Mick Garris, and Jay Franco as they discuss their love of reading Stephen King…

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DISCOUNTED! Dark Screams: Volume One featuring Stephen King, Kelley Armstrong, Bill Pronzini, Simon Clark, and Ramsey Campbell!

Dark ScreamsVolume One featuring stories by Stephen King, Kelley Armstrong, Bill Pronzini, Simon Clark, and Ramsey Campbell is on sale for just 99 cents for a very limited time only! Read more or place your order:

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Dark Screams Volume One