Dark Places by Gillian Flynn


Dark Places, Gillian Flynn, 2009 My favorite quote: “Coffee goes great with sudden death.” Notable characters: Libby Day, the woman in search of answers; Ben, her incarcerated brother; Patty Day, their exhausted mother Most memorable scene: The big reveal — which I can’t disclose. Greatest strengths: EXCELLENT writing. Every sentence is given genuine thought andContinue reading “Dark Places by Gillian Flynn”

The Taking by Dean Koontz


The Taking, Dean Koontz, 2004 My favorite quote: “We’re down the hole to Wonderland, and no White Rabbit to guide us.” If I remember correctly, the White Rabbit was an unreliable guide, anyway.” Notable characters: Mary Sloan, the typically-insipid main character; Neil, the typically-bland husband; Virgil, the ever-present preternaturally intelligent dog Most memorable scene: OneContinue reading “The Taking by Dean Koontz”

Casino Royale by Ian Fleming


Casino Royale (James Bond, book one, Ian Fleming, 1953 My favorite quote: ” ‘People are islands,’ she said. ‘They don’t really touch. However close they are, they’re really quite separate. Even if they’ve been married for fifty years.’ “ Notable characters: James Bond, 007; Vesper Lynd, the femme fatale; LeChiffre, the wicked financier Most memorableContinue reading “Casino Royale by Ian Fleming”

To Pants or Plot


One thing I’m frequently asked is whether I write an outline for my books, or just fly by the seat of my pants. The short answer is: both. The long answer is a little more complicated. In my experience there are two types of writers: plot-driven writers and character-driven writers. Whereas the strength of plot-drivenContinue reading “To Pants or Plot”

I am Now Officially Fully Vaccinated … and I Don’t Care …


I got my second COVID-19 vaccine today … and I’m proud of it. I realize that getting vaccinated is basically as controversial as not getting vaccinated at this point, but I don’t care. I’ve long accepted that no matter what you choose to do, you’ll incite the ire of someone for one reason or anotherContinue reading “I am Now Officially Fully Vaccinated … and I Don’t Care …”

An Audio Excerpt from Dream Reaper


An audio excerpt from my novel, Dream Reaper, narrated by Jamison Walker. Cover art by Mike Rivera. Available now at Audible.com About Dream Reaper Angel or Demon? Naive and heart-stoppingly handsome, he calls himself Alejandro, and Madison O’Riley has no clue what to do with him. As they set out to recover his lost identity,Continue reading “An Audio Excerpt from Dream Reaper”

Another Brick Wall in Spite House


Of all the books Tamara and I have written together, none have taken longer, been more complicated, or evolved over time as much as Spite House, the one we’re writing now.  We had a plot — we weren’t writing blind — but it kept shooting off in all sorts of directions and as much asContinue reading “Another Brick Wall in Spite House”

A Gothic Recipe for Horror


The Thorne and Cross thriller, The Witches of Ravencrest, is the latest to come to audiobook and to celebrate, we’re sharing our recipe for Gothic horror. But first … a little about the book … Narrated by film and voice actor, Nathan Foss, The Witches of Ravencrest is book 2 of The Ravencrest Saga, precededContinue reading “A Gothic Recipe for Horror”

A New Book Cover for Sleep Savannah Sleep


Sometimes, as much as you love your book cover, you have to admit that it just isn’t right – that even though it’s good, it could be better. That’s the conclusion I recently drew with my novel, Sleep Savannah Sleep. Don’t get me wrong: I love the original cover art for this book. From theContinue reading “A New Book Cover for Sleep Savannah Sleep”

10 Things I’ve Learned About Writing in the Past 10 Years


I’ve been writing all my life, but it wasn’t until ten years ago that I got serious about it. And I didn’t want to be a hobby-writer, either. I wanted to be a real-life, full-time professional who spends his time writing, editing, marketing, and well … doing it all – because that’s what writers doContinue reading “10 Things I’ve Learned About Writing in the Past 10 Years”

The Black Wasp – Artwork by Stefan Ellis


Here’s a piece of artwork depicting the Black Wasp, the character from my upcoming novel of the same name. She’s a different kind of monster, and in many ways she’s my creepiest creation. But there’s a lot more to her than meets the eye – which you’ll learn all about in The Black Wasp, bookContinue reading “The Black Wasp – Artwork by Stefan Ellis”

The First-Ever Excerpt from The Black Wasp


Good news for those awaiting The Black Wasp! I’ve just received word that it’s currently scheduled for a mid-June release, and while I don’t have an exact date yet ( know, I know) I will very soon. I promise to share that information here as well as on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, (and, of course, theContinue reading “The First-Ever Excerpt from The Black Wasp”

The Art of Blaming the Industry


In 2010, I completed my first novel and the rush it gave me was of greater magnitude than anything else I’d ever experienced. After years of trying, I had finally done it: I had written my very first book. I was elated, bubbling with pride, and eager to get it out into the world whereContinue reading “The Art of Blaming the Industry”

Behind the Book: Sleep Savannah Sleep


One night, days after finishing my novel Dream Reaper, I was in bed, staring at the ceiling, wondering what to write next. I considered going back to the Crimson Cove series but I felt like there was a different story in me trying to get out. The trouble was, I didn’t know anything about itContinue reading “Behind the Book: Sleep Savannah Sleep”

Classic Horror Movies I’m Just Now (Somehow) Seeing for the First Time


I know, I know … as a self-proclaimed lover of horror, it’s pretty ridiculous that I haven’t seen some of these movies until now, but I have an excuse: I grew up in the days of movie rentals on VHS in a small conservative town in the midst of the “satanic panic.” In short, theContinue reading “Classic Horror Movies I’m Just Now (Somehow) Seeing for the First Time”

Finishing Books and Listening to Your Characters


On March 5th, I finished The Black Wasp, book 3 in the Vampires of Crimson Cove series, and I’m astounded by the direction these books have taken. This is in so small part due to the Black Wasp herself – a character who showed up in the middle of the previous book, The Silver Dagger.Continue reading “Finishing Books and Listening to Your Characters”

Discovering Horror


Not too long ago, I took a late-night, spur-of-the-moment, why-the-hell-not trip to my old hometown and wow … does this bring back memories. And one of the best memories that came back to me was right here. It was here, on this bridge ~ which is, ironically, right in front of the local morgue ~Continue reading “Discovering Horror”

Today is the First Day of a New Book


Today is the day I began a new book. With The Black Wasp (book 3 of the Vampires of Crimson Cove series) in the editor’s hands, and not a lot going on besides some book marketing and the disposal of an old sofa, I figured I might as well do some writing. Since I’m dying to find out what happensContinue reading “Today is the First Day of a New Book”

NEW RELEASE Available for Pre-Order


The Angel Alejandro is available for pre-order. Buy it today and have it directly sent to your Kindle on January 25th: http://tinyurl.com/z9mc5un   A Man without a Past   After a near-fatal accident, Madison O’Riley is faced with an astonishing problem: What to do with the man who saved her life. Naive and heart-stoppingly handsome,Continue reading “NEW RELEASE Available for Pre-Order”

Halloween Blow-Out Sale! — Thorne & Cross


Now through the end of the month, get three Thorne & Cross ghost stories for just three bucks at Amazon. Check the poster below for sale dates. Book descriptions: The Cliffhouse Haunting When the Blue Lady Walks… Since 1887, Cliffhouse Lodge has been famous for its luxurious accommodations, fine dining… and its ghosts. Overlooking Blue […]Continue reading “Halloween Blow-Out Sale! — Thorne & Cross”

THE CRIMSON CORSET is on SALE!


To celebrate October, Halloween, and last week’s show at Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! with vampire author extraordinaire, Laurell K. Hamilton, THE CRIMSON CORSET is on sale at Amazon for just $0.99 in ebook, now through October 6th. “Alistair Cross’ new novel THE CRIMSON CORSET … is taut and elegantly written taking us intoContinue reading “THE CRIMSON CORSET is on SALE!”

Real Ghosts


Remember when the parapsychologists in Poltergeist tell the Freelings about a fantastic poltergeist experience they’d had just before they see what’s going on in Carol Ann’s room? It goes like this: LESH Yes, Ryan photographed an extraordinary episode on a case in Redlands. RYAN A child’s toy, a small matchbox vehicle, rolled seven feet acrossContinue reading “Real Ghosts”

Dirty Ghosts, Dirt Cheap


THE GHOSTS OF RAVENCREST is available at: http://tinyurl.com/hzvae3e   “The Ghosts of Ravencrest delivers on every level. Delicate, creepy, detailed, and beautifully crafted, this reinvention of the gothic ghost story into a sexy, sleek modern chiller is a marvel of suspense and atmosphere. A knockout of a horror yarn!”   -Jay Bonansinga, the New YorkContinue reading “Dirty Ghosts, Dirt Cheap”

.99 Cents For Jim Morrison, Elvis, and Jack the Ripper?


Tamara Thorne’s ETERNITY goes on sale for .99 on Monday, August 1st! Get a copy at: http://tinyurl.com/hgo8xzw Read a review of ETERNITY at HELLNOTES: http://tinyurl.com/jktk5xm   Currently, she and I are writing a collaboration that takes place in Eternity, which is a sequel to CANDLE BAY and features Michael, Winter, Chynna, and Arnie from myContinue reading “.99 Cents For Jim Morrison, Elvis, and Jack the Ripper?”

VAMPIRES for .99!


Some years ago a young woman named Amanda Pearce came to a sleepy little California town on the central coast where she began work as concierge at the Candle Bay Hotel & Spa. She liked Natasha and Stephen Darling – the siblings who owned the inn, and was especially attracted to Stephen, a tall, broodyContinue reading “VAMPIRES for .99!”

The Angel Alejandro


THE ANGEL ALEJANDRO – coming later this year.   After a near-fatal accident, Madison O’Riley is faced with an extraordinary problem: What to do with the man who saved her life. He calls himself Alejandro … and he has no memory of who he is or where he came from. As they set out toContinue reading “The Angel Alejandro”

MOTHER is on Sale at AMAZON!


MOTHER is on sale for .99! : http://tinyurl.com/hzghpsa A Girl’s Worst Nightmare is Her Mother … Priscilla Martin. She’s the diva of Morning Glory Circle and a driving force in the quaint California town of Snapdragon. Overseer of garage sales and neighborhood Christmas decorations, she is widely admired. But few people know the real womanContinue reading “MOTHER is on Sale at AMAZON!”

THE CLIFFHOUSE HAUNTING is on sale!


A deranged doctor with an appalling side-hobby, a macabre groundskeeper who delights in terrifying children, an unlikely vandal with vulgar talents, a lovestruck cop, a 60s Scream Queen, a death-portending ghost, and an egomanaical self-proclaimed psychic who wants to write a book about it. What happens when they all end up in a cozy cliffContinue reading “THE CLIFFHOUSE HAUNTING is on sale!”

THE CLIFFHOUSE HAUNTING is on sale NOW for .99!


Today through Saturday, The Cliffhouse Haunting is on sale for only .99 at Amazon! To celebrate, here is this week’s copy of the The Cliffside Weekly Chronicle! Just click the pic below to obtain your .99 cent copy! THE CLIFFSIDE WEEKLY CHRONICLE Another Death at the Peppermint Stix Motel Another body has been found inContinue reading “THE CLIFFHOUSE HAUNTING is on sale NOW for .99!”

THE CRIMSON CORSET is on SALE!


The sale starts tomorrow: http://tinyurl.com/jrmrvjz Welcome to Crimson Cove Sheltered by ancient redwoods overlooking the California coast, the cozy village of Crimson Cove has it all: sophisticated retreats, fine dining, and a notorious nightclub, The Crimson Corset. It seems like a perfect place to relax and get close to nature. But not everything in CrimsonContinue reading “THE CRIMSON CORSET is on SALE!”

Guest Post: Mother by Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross


Originally posted on We Read That Too:
Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to our tour. Today we’re exploring the neighborhood in which our new thriller, Mother, takes place. Think about the street you grew up on. Much like every other neighborhood, it was probably complete with the mean old man who yelled at…

Suspending the Pen


I’ve been in the writing dungeon so long that the sunlight streaming from the windows has begun to burn my eyes and an evening trip to Wal-Mart – or some other dreadful place – is starting to feel like an outing, a night on the town, rather than the necessary evil it actually is. With reviewers waitingContinue reading “Suspending the Pen”

Nasty Neighbors


Have a neighbor you just can’t stand? In honor of the upcoming release of our thriller, Mother, which takes place in a gossip-laden cul-de-sac called Morning Glory Circle, we want to hear your Nasty Neighbor stories! Whether it’s someone who listens to polka music too loud, or someone you’re sure has corpses piling up inContinue reading “Nasty Neighbors”

In The Land of Moms and Monsters


We wrote an article over at Risingshadow about what inspired our upcoming thriller, Mother, titled In the Land of Moms and Monsters. Mother is a psychological thriller in the vein of Psycho and Misery, with a pinch of Peyton Place and a dash of Gaslight. Expectant couple Claire and Jason Holbrook have fallen on hard times, forcingContinue reading “In The Land of Moms and Monsters”

FACEBOOK EVENT Today at 7 – 8 pm EST


Today, at 7 – 8 pm EST, Tamara Thorne​ and I will be chatting about our upcoming book, MOTHER, on Facebook at The Edge of Madness Release Party. Just go to this page, join the event, and come hang out with us from 7 – 8 pm EST, where we’ll be discussing writing, MOTHER, books,Continue reading “FACEBOOK EVENT Today at 7 – 8 pm EST”

MOTHER is Coming Soon


A Girl’s Worst Nightmare is Her Mother … Priscilla Martin. She’s the diva of Morning Glory Circle and a driving force in the quaint California town of Snapdragon. Overseer of garage sales and neighborhood Christmas decorations, she is widely admired. But few people know the real woman behind the perfectly coiffed hair and Opium perfume.Continue reading “MOTHER is Coming Soon”

GRAVE EXPECTATIONS is Available!


GRAVE EXPECTATIONS, episode 1 of THE WITCHES OF RAVENCREST is now available!! Just click the book below to buy! A New Day Has Dawned After confronting the evil lurking in the east wing of Ravencrest Manor, butler Grant Phister realizes governess Belinda Moorland’s talents may be the key to undoing centuries of bloodshed and evil.Continue reading “GRAVE EXPECTATIONS is Available!”

Pendergast Television Series


WALKING DEAD producer, Gale Ann Hurd to produce the adaptation of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child’s best-selling Pendergast series. Read about it here.  We interviewed Preston & Child a few weeks back. They were fun, fascinating, and we can’t wait to have them back. Give us a listen at Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!Continue reading “Pendergast Television Series”

Interview with V.C. Andrews


Check out our interview with the author behind the V.C. Andrews book series, which has sold over more than 100 MILLION copies worldwide, and spawned such classic moves as FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC. Just Click our pic to listen! One of the most popular authors of all time, V.C. Andrews has been a bestselling phenomenonContinue reading “Interview with V.C. Andrews”

V.C. Andrews Visits Thorne & Cross


Sage’s Eyes, V. C. Andrews’ newest thriller, has just arrived in bookstores and we’ll be celebrating the release on Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! today, January 29, at 5 pm Pacific, 6 Mountain, 7 Central, and 8 Eastern. Yes, the author will be joining us. Andrews designated  author Andrew Neiderman as her successor decadesContinue reading “V.C. Andrews Visits Thorne & Cross”

THE WITCHES OF RAVENCREST: GRAVE EXPECTATIONS, Available Next Week!


A New Day Has Dawned After confronting the evil lurking in the east wing of Ravencrest Manor, butler Grant Phister realizes governess Belinda Moorland’s talents may be the key to undoing centuries of bloodshed and evil. Taking her under his wing, he begins teaching her the ways of her power – but is she strongContinue reading “THE WITCHES OF RAVENCREST: GRAVE EXPECTATIONS, Available Next Week!”

Pinhead and Peter Atkins Raise Some Hell at Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!


Thursday at Thorne​ & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!, we’re talking to Peter Atkins, author of MORNINGSTAR, MOONTOWN and the screenplays HELLRAISER II, HELLRAISER III, HELLRAISER IV, and WISHMASTER. Pinhead doesn’t want you to miss this show. Just look at him. He’s very excited that you’re coming. Such a sweet little guy.   The link goesContinue reading “Pinhead and Peter Atkins Raise Some Hell at Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!”

THE WALKING DEAD Author, Jay Bonansinga, Joins Us for a Chat


If you missed last night’s show with THE WALKING DEAD author, Jay Bonansinga, be sure to give it a listen. We talked about Daryl, Carol, Rick, Carl, and Michonne, and got an inside peek at the creation of this crazy-addictive series. Jay also told us about SELF-STORAGE, his new supernatural thriller about a lonely divorcedContinue reading “THE WALKING DEAD Author, Jay Bonansinga, Joins Us for a Chat”

MOTHER: Coming Soon From Thorne & Cross


Coming this spring: MOTHER – a new novel by Thorne & Cross. A Girl’s Worst Nightmare is Her Mother … Priscilla Martin. She’s the diva of Morning Glory Circle and a driving force in the quaint California town of Snapdragon. Overseer of garage sales and neighborhood Christmas decorations, she is widely admired. But few peopleContinue reading “MOTHER: Coming Soon From Thorne & Cross”