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Weak and Wounded

Weak and Wounded

Weak and Wounded plunges us into small worlds, in which people live desperate lives and struggle with impossible decisions.  Loss permeates every page: these people survive the deaths of parents, children, spouses, and siblings, only to find that survival might be a fate worse than death.  But the power in these pages comes not from what our protagonists suffer, but how they suffer it.  How they continue to go on…. By tying these stories together by theme, feel, and intent, Freeman has created a work of collected fiction that stands as one piece.  Each story beats with its own punctured heart, but taken as a whole, Weak and Wounded is even better than the sum of its broken and damaged parts.”
— FEARnet, Kevin Quigley

“This is the most enjoyable compilation of Brian James Freeman’s work that I have read to date. Every single story was entertaining and had tremendous shock value… these tales represented some of his best short story writing. The artwork by Glenn Chadbourne featured at the end of each story just enhanced the chill factor of each tale, bringing the scene imagined by the reader to life. I had a blast reading Weak and Wounded.
— G-POP.net, Melissa Minners

“Brian James Freeman is a brilliant writer whose horror stories do not rely upon vampires, zombies or werewolves, as the present collection (a slim book reprinting five of his previously published stories) clearly demonstrates. In these stories he portrays one of the true horrors afflicting human existence, namely the pain,the hurt and the emptiness created by the loss of loved ones. Freeman describes that horror with skill, insight and finesse, leaving behind a deep sense of sorrow and anger for the atrocities of life… Whether you’re a horror fan or not, it doesn’t matter: anyone fond of good fiction addressing and probing the deep secrets of the human soul will be enchanted by the sheer beauty of those stories.”
— SF Site, Mario Guslandi


More Than Midnight

More Than Midnight“Brian James Freeman brings more to the table than the simple intent to horrify you… There’s clean, sharp prose, there’s a compelling, human heart to every tale, fine touches of humor, and an astute understanding of the more powerful emotions in life — terror, sure, but also loss, grief, struggle, endurance.”
— Michael Koryta

“Brian James Freeman is one of those writers that someone, some day, is going to call an ‘overnight success,’ completely ignorant of the fact that the guy has been pounding a keyboard for years, honing his craft and developing his voice the way all good writers do… You get the sense that Freeman was having a ball writing these, telling his own little campfire tales and hoping they’d find an audience. His enjoyment is infectious.”
— Blu Gilliand, October Country

“For the numerous readers who have developed an appetite for Freeman’s charming dark fiction, here’s a brand new mini-collection assembling five excellent short stories… It is now evident that Freeman is no longer a promising horror writer but an established master of the genre.”
The British Fantasy Society, Mario Guslandi

More Than Midnight contains five well-written, scary tales that do exactly what they were designed to do: make you turn on some extra lights, glance once or twice out the window (if reading on a dark night, which is the best time to read these kind of tales anyway) and feel the hairs on the back of your neck rise as your rub at the goose pimples slowly rising on your flesh. These tales were written in the hopes that they would spook you and that’s exactly what they do. Mission accomplished!”
G-POP.net, Melissa Minners

More Than Midnight by Brian James Freeman is the dark night of the soul with lightning snapping in the background, revealing that lone, dark figure standing in the roadway with his arms open for you. Go ahead and buy the book, then give that stranger a hug and pray he doesn’t strangle you before the last page is finished.”
Hellnotes


The Painted Darkness

“Fast-paced, satisfying horror… a compelling read thanks to skillfully composed prose that builds tension and evokes emotional response.”
Publishers Weekly

“Spooky stuff!”
— Richard Matheson, New York Times bestselling author of What Dreams May Come and I Am Legend

“The tone and building dread reminded me of classic Stephen King. Great velocity and impact, and super creepy. Don’t go in the basement!”
— Stewart O’Nan, New York Times bestselling author of The Night Country and A Prayer for the Dying

The Painted DarknessThe Painted Darkness is a dark, terrifying, and deeply moving gem of a novella. Brian James Freeman managed to both scare me and move me to tears.”
— Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of The Keepsake

“Brian James Freeman’s evocative tale about the dark corners of an artist’s imagination is elegant and haunting. This beautifully designed book with splendid illustrations by Jill Bauman is a pleasure to read and a joy to hold.”
— David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of The Shimmer

“Wonderfully reminiscent of the quiet horror of Charles L. Grant, The Painted Darkness takes readers on a gently chilly walk through the forest of fears both conscious and subconscious. With Straubian lyricism, Brian James Freeman evokes not only the irrational terrors of childhood, but addresses the roots of creativity and the vital importance of art. A very impressive achievement.”
— Bentley Little, award-winning author of The House and His Father’s Son

The Painted Darkness delves into territory that fascinates so many of us — the fine lines between beauty and horror, faith and fear, art and the unconscious. Both a wonderful allegory and a gripping read, Brian James Freeman has written a taut, memorable tale.”
— Michael Koryta, award-winning author of So Cold the River, The Cypress House, and The Ridge

“The printed page is Brian James Freeman’s canvas, and he is painting darkness.
Lose yourself in it.”
— Brian Keene, award-winning author of The Rising and Darkness On the Edge of Town

The Painted Darkness is one of the best stories I’ve read this year… We all have childhood demons of one kind or another and this story really struck a chord with me. Mr. Freeman takes you on a journey that is both dark and uplifting. This story will scare the hell out of you and also bring a tear to your eyes.”
— Peter Schwotzer, Famous Monsters Of Filmland

“Freeman has written a memorable tale of how our fears contribute to our creativity and what can happen if we wait too long to confront them. It is a touching and terrifying novel that will make an impression that will definitely last.”
— Barry Hunter, The Baryon Review

“Freeman’s The Painted Darkness is a hauntingly beautiful tale exploring the thin line between fantasy and reality, which is so often broken in the creative process… Freeman’s narrative effortlessly straddles that of a young Henry when he first discovers the power of “painting against the darkness” and older, conflicted Henry, whose demons have finally demanded he face the past. What is real? What isn’t? A basement full of monsters? Legions of red-eyed, haunting rabbits? Freeman deftly handles a story which reveals itself in good time, and doesn’t leave the reader feeling cheated or hoodwinked at the end… Such a powerful theme Freeman delivers with this work, and perhaps the best answer to anyone who questions the validity and purpose of art and creativity in our daily lives: to combat the darkness and hold it at bay.”
—The Midnight Diner

“Quite possibly one of the darkest, most beautifully written books I’ve seen this year.”
— Paperback Horror

“…a stunning example of how a skilled writer can make just a few hours in a character’s life and leave readers spellbound… Freeman is a gifted writer. His descriptions vivid, the horror lurking in the shadows he creates unsettling, the novella is carefully crafted like Henry’s paintings… This story is not designed to make you jump, the horror here is subtle like the prose of a master like Poe or Hawthorne. It lingers long after you are done reading. Highly recommended, this ranks with some of the best literary thrillers I have read.”
— The Horror Review

“This book… is not to be missed. A well-written suspense tale that will frighten and touch.”
— Stillwater Public Library Newsletter, August 2010

“His writing oozes with classic Stephen King style. Brian’s pacing and storytelling were spot-on, invoking a sense of fear and chills as I read, and in the end he took me by surprise with a refreshing twist.”
— Daniel S. Boucher, The Novel Blog

“Brian James Freeman (who has previously published without his middle name) handles the story with a deftness that shows his talent. The reader is transported from the past to the present seamlessly as Freeman steers the story toward an understanding of the monsters that lurk in our world. Everyone is afraid of monsters and the things that go bump in our nightmares, but Freeman realizes that the reality is that real evil is much more horrific than the constructs of our mind. Henry is frantic to discover what is destroying the world around him as he races against his mind, and the monsters within and without, that threaten to destroy him, his family, and his world entirely. Henry has always used painting to hold the darkness at bay but the time has come for action now. This story is a great mix of psychological and supernatural horror that will hook the reader from the outset and not release him from its teeth until the final word.”
— Josef Hernandez, Minneapolis Books Examiner


Black Fire

“(a) highly readable horror debut….”
Publishers Weekly

“(He) very cannily leaves every paranormal event open to interpretation, resulting in a book that can be looked at in one of several lights far into its final act…Overall, his craft is topnotch, using these motifs and themes to keep the book propelled along a very specific, frightening line. Even the setting of Black Hills, a long-dried-up mining town with a single, mostly empty movie theater, is used to accentuate the somber, self-reflective tone of the story.”
Fangoria #236, September 2004

Black Fire“This debut demonstrates much promise, utilizing an instantly readable and colloquial style—the sort Big Steve King employed with particular success in those golden early years—and artfully incorporating flashbacks and journal entries with present-day narrative.”
The Day, New London, CT

“From the first page to the last, Black Fire is compulsive reading.”
— Douglas Clegg, New York Times bestselling author of The Priest of Blood

“Reading Freeman’s narrative is like watching that little valve on the top of a pressure-cooker, and wondering when the lid’s going to blow. You can sense all the energy and nastiness just barely being contained between the lines of his clean prose. Freeman writes with a sure hand and a grim vision. He has seen the essential pain of childhood and fully realized the horror into which it is transformed. Watch out for this guy…”
— Thomas F. Monteleone, winner of The New York Times Notable Book of the Year Award

“Watch the skies! Brian James Freeman is a bright new star on the horror horizon.”
— Al Sarrantonio, award-winning author of Toybox, Skeletons, and Orangefield

Black Fire is tense, provocative, and burns with intensity!”
— Brian Keene, award-winning author of The Rising, No Rest for the Wicked, and Fear of Gravity

Black Fire is a lonely, nightmarish journey, a book that will really get under your skin. Freeman never lets you see quite where he’s going… until it’s too late!”
— Christopher Golden, award-winning author of Strangewood, Straight On ’til Morning, and The Ferryman

“Brian James Freeman is one of the best of the young horror writers working today, and Black Fire should cement his reputation for writing solid, compelling fiction that grabs and holds the reader with cold, ever-tightening hands. Read this book and see what direction horror fiction will be going in this new millennium.”
— Rick Hautala, New York Times bestselling author of The Mountain King and Bedbugs

“Freeman manages to create a vivid inferno of terror in Black Fire, one that will sear itself into the soft tissues of your mind. This is a provocative, powerful, and startling portrait of a man on the edge of a nightmare, trapped by a bitter and furious past that refuses to let go.”

— Tom Piccirilli, author of The Night Class and A Lower Deep
“A vivid, suspenseful story. Black Fire packs a hell of a punch. Brian James Freeman’s accomplished mastery of prose deals out suspense and shocks aplenty.”
— Simon Clark, bestselling author of Night of the Triffids and Nailed by the Heart

“Brian James Freeman writes like a pro. His language is rich and descriptive, and its effect seems effortless: he snags you and draws you in. The story is vivid and alive from the very first page—that’s not an easy trick to pull off—and the promise is kept as the story develops, grows and becomes something very special. He also plays very effectively with timelines—again, not easy!—and the result is an absolute pleasure to read.”
— Tim Lebbon, author of Until She Sleeps and The Nature of Balance

“Dreamlike, suspenseful… with some of the most interesting characters I’ve come across in quite a while.”
— Hugh B. Cave, author of The Dawning and Drums of Revolt

“Visceral and ambitious, Brian James Freeman’s debut novel radiates with energy. Freeman is a writer to keep an eye on.”
— Del James, author of The Language of Fear


Blue November Storms

Blue November Storms

“Blue November Storms was an entertaining novella with more depth than many works of similar length available. If you like horror, especially horror that focuses on character, then this is one you’ll want to check out.”
Amazing Stories

“It’s the depth of the novella I find most compelling. Beneath frenetic action are the underlying themes of sacrifice and destiny, as the author experiments with varying degrees of pressure to force his characters to their breaking-point… The ending will leave you stunned and shocked, but mostly it will make you think. Too few books do that anymore.”
— Michael McBride in the July 14, 2005 issue of Hellnotes

“The name of the work is Blue November Storms and it is quite simply the best nature run amok story that I have ever read… Brian’s writing style is very reminiscent of King’s as he creates very real, very true characters that we can all relate to. We have all known the guys that we share this story with, they are our friends, our family and when they hurt, we hurt and when they are scared, we are scared… I was totally transfixed by this story… I just could not put it down and I had to see how it all worked out.”
— Dave Dreher, creature-corner.com

“Slowly, steadily, quietly, Brian Freeman has been sneaking up on the horror fiction genre… As with any Brian Freeman story, there is more to Blue November Storms than any mere rundown of the plot can describe. His fiction ripples with facets and provides the reader with much to contemplate after the pages are turned. They aren’t simple stories and the reader always gets more than his or her money’s worth. For the last few years, I’ve predicted that Brian will be one of the genre’s biggest talents and Blue November Storms is further evidence of this certainty.”
— Mark Sieber, Horror World


The Illustrated Stephen King Trivia Book

The Illustrated Stephen King Trivia Book (with Bev Vincent)

“The Illustrated Stephen King Trivia Book, edited by Brian Freeman and Bev Vincent, offers something that previous King trivia books don’tline drawings by Maine artist Glenn Chadbourne that themselves pose questions.”
— Publishers Weekly

“If you like to test your knowledge of King, this is definitely the book to do it with. It covers most parts of King’s life and career, so you get a wide spectrum of questions in a wide range of difficulties. It’s the ultimate trivia book, if you ask me.”
— Lilja’s Library

“Fans of Mr. King will fully enjoy this seemingly complete trivia homage that digs as deep anything you can find; for instance asking which Red Sox player had his name misspelled in The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon? The illustrations add eerie depth as well as posing additional trivia questions associated with them. Clearly aimed at Kingophiles like the SKEMERS (Stephen King E-MailERs), whose founder Michelle L. Revelle, provides an afterward, casual fans of the author will also enjoy this fun book. Of course adding to the pleasure, this reviewer trounced her spouse.”
Harriet Klausner, #1 Amazon Reviewer


Dueling Minds
Edited by Brian James Freeman

Dueling Minds“A unique concept beautifully realized, Dueling Minds combines the talents of dark fiction’s strongest voices in weaving a varied, diverse tapestry born from a single, haunting image.  From Brian Keene comes a harrowing, suspenseful tale of horror exploding on a quiet summer morning. Tom Piccirilli lends his unique noir voice to the mix, in a story both moving and disturbing. Tim Lebbon’s surreal dark vision explores a world existing only in the clouds, while Jenny Orosel and Gerard Houarner use the same image to tell stories of unrequited, undying love and a fateful, destined homecoming. Finely crafted and beautifully illustrated by Erin S. Wells, hopefully this is only the first in an intriguing conceptual series.”
Shroud Magazine, Kevin Lucia

“With Dueling Minds, however, editor Brian James Freeman has hit on a concept that gives readers a real opportunity to draw comparisons between different writers… Freeman has given six authors a piece of Alan M. Clark artwork (the same artwork which serves as the book’s cover) and asked them to write a story inspired by it. Under the unusual circumstances of having a group of writers get their ideas from the same inspiration, we’re able to get a glimpse of how unique they truly are.”
FEARnet.com, Blu Gilliand

Dueling Minds does exactly what it set out to do: show how, given a single piece of artwork, each author approached will come up with a different interpretation of what is going on in that artwork and be inspired to write vastly differing tales from one author to the next. This anthology makes for an interesting study and one that I thoroughly enjoyed – especially when I came up with my own idea as to what the balloon was and what intentions lay beneath its flight. Dueling Minds is a great addition to the Cemetery Dance Publications Signature Series. I would recommend it to any fan of the written word, especially aspiring writers out there who might want to try their own hand at interpreting Alan M. Clark’s artwork.”
G-POP.net, Melissa Minners

Dueling Minds is something rather special… The result is six stories, each quite different. Each amazing in their own way… Each and every one is a unique experience, and should be savored. The stories defy genre and are perfect capsules of creative expression… One can only hope that this becomes an ongoing series as the concept, while not new, is handled perfectly by Cemetery Dance and Brian Freeman. I really can’t recommend this book highly enough.”
The Crow’s Caw


Reviews and Praise for the other writings of Brian James Freeman

“Freeman writes like someone who has seen the darkness lurking within the human heart and is compelled to shine a light on our deepest fears.  His writing will leave you both chilled and deeply moved.”
— William Peter Blatty

“There is a great temptation to discuss and describe each one of the astounding tales in Brian James Freeman’s latest collection of short stories but to do that would diminish the profound impact each one will have on readers who must discover the hope and the darkness themselves. What I can say is that each will leave you greatly moved and a bit disoriented, as a truth is uncovered, a hope is concealed, a terror is faced, a horror is revealed.”
— Ron McLarty

“Brian produces melancholy and chilling stories. Isolation is the constant theme. Physical and mental isolation. The hardy pulp theme of one man triumphing over great odds works for most writers but doesn’t seem to appeal to him. But for all the skill and artistry Brian’s work never cheats the reader looking for pure entertainment. I am an enthusiastic admirer of Brian James Freeman’s work.”
— Ed Gorman

“Brian James Freeman’s ‘Under the Halloween Tree’ is a bittersweet portrait of a young boy’s first inkling that time changes everything, even the rituals of a beloved holiday.”
— Blu Gilliand, Dark Scribe Magazine, reviewing Halloween: New Poems edited by Al Sarrantonio

“Mr. Freeman is a master of quiet horror and he is masterful at making the reader feel. Many of his stories will leave you with questions and unease, but this is obviously what the author wants, and it works so well! He takes the reader on the ride, and then jumps out of the car that is careening toward the readers own conclusions. Many of his stories have left me breathless, fidgety, and yet fully satisfied. I love dwelling in their worlds for hours after I’ve finished.”
FEARnet.com

“(he) captures the potential fury and bloody destruction of the End Time.”
Library Journal

The Suicide Diary reminds me of Donna Tartt’s The Secret History. Daniel’s compulsion to get to the truth becomes the reader’s quest as well.”
— Stewart O’Nan, New York Times bestselling author of The Night Country and Last Night at the Lobster

“Love the name, the premise, the execution… This is one of the most truly original stories I’ve read in a long time.”
— Jacquelyn Mitchard, New York Times bestselling author of The Deep End of the Ocean and Now You See Her

“Brian James Freeman’s account of a small town’s dark secrets — and of one young man’s attempt to free himself from his inner demons—is a riveting tale. At once ghost story and psychological thriller, it will keep readers turning the pages well into the wee hours of the morning.”
— Robin Furth, author of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower: A Complete Concordance