Bad Things by Tamara Thorne


Bad Things, Tamara Thorne, 1994

My favorite quote: “Icky Ricky, icky Ricky, come out and play.”

Notable characters: Rick Piper, a single father looking to rebuild his life; Robin Piper, Rick’s abbreviated (and very creepy) little brother; Jade Ewebean, their wonderfully nasty aunt; Dakota O’Keefe, Rick’s good friend; Big Jack, a dude you don’t want to meet on Halloween night

Most memorable scene: For me, it was Robin and the frog — because Jesus #*@%ing Christ …

Greatest strengths: The characters. There are a lot of fascinating folks to get to know here … if you dare (dun, dun, dun!)

Standout achievements: The creation of a whole new monster — the greenjack — which Thorne deftly brings to life (of sorts) in fascinating and terrifying detail

Fun Facts: Bad Things was previously published under the title, Panic, by Pocket Books. Get it? PANic??

Other media: N/A

What it taught me: That terror doesn’t always wear the same face. This book made me afraid of things I never thought about being scared of before. Like tree leaves, for instance. And poodles


How it inspired me: Tamara Thorne and I have been using greenjacks in our collaborative series, The Ravencrest Saga, and just recently (with Tamara’s approval, of course) I introduced these precious little monsters into my Crimson Cove series

Additional thoughts: According to Tamara Thorne, this book is based on a childhood game she liked to play in which she looked for faces in the ivy at night. She did it to scare herself because, to her, being scared is fun. I agree with her on that

Haunt me: alistaircross.com

Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: http://alistaircross.com ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

6 thoughts on “Bad Things by Tamara Thorne

  1. Tree leaves and poodles, eh? I don’t look for faces in tree leaves, but I do look for faces in the empty holes between boughs. Sometimes . . . whenever it feels like someone’s staring at me. (I obviously read too many horror novels!)

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