Let Your Darkness Out to Play …


“The Crimson Corset” is a good read. There is a colorful cast of characters, a clever plot, and an intricate structure … there are surprises and jumps and starts, sex and death, beauty and gore, something for everyone … if you’re looking for set-up and payoff, this novel will not disappoint.” – HELLNOTES Full CrimsonContinue reading “Let Your Darkness Out to Play …”

The Obsession by Nora Roberts


The Obsession, Nora Roberts, 2016 My favorite quote: “You put something behind you, Nome, it’s got its eye on your back. I’d rather keep it in front of me, so I can see where it’s going.” Notable characters: Naomi Bowes/Carson, a photographer and daughter of a serial killer; Xander Keaton, the Nora-Roberts-style sexy car-mechanic-love-interest whoContinue reading “The Obsession by Nora Roberts”

Blackmailed by Annamarie McKenna


Blackmailed, Annamarie McKenna, 2006 My favorite quote: “‘No sane man would whore his daughter for the sake of an heir.’” Spoiler alert: He does  Notable characters: Brianna Wyatt, a virgin who’s blackmailed into reproducing with an obscenely rich sex god; Cole Masters, the obscenely rich sex god; Tyler Cannon, his friend with whom he sharesContinue reading “Blackmailed by Annamarie McKenna”

Gilded Needles by Michael McDowell


Gilded Needles, Michael McDowell, 1980 My favorite quote: “You are falling into inanity,” said Judge Stallworth coldly. “I have told you, the lower classes do not take revenge upon the upper.” (P.S. – like hell, they don’t) Notable characters: Black Lena Shanks; the family matriarch who heads a group of female criminals; Judge James Stallworth,Continue reading “Gilded Needles by Michael McDowell”

Skipping Christmas by John Grisham


Skipping Christmas, John Grisham, 2001 My favorite quote: “Why do we eat so much and drink so much in the celebration of the birth of Christ?” Notable characters: Luther and Nora Krank, a couple who want to break tradition; Vic Frohmeyer, the neighbor who won’t let them Most memorable scene: Luther, trying to get hisContinue reading “Skipping Christmas by John Grisham”

Bacchanal by Veronica G. Henry


Bacchanal, Veronica G. Henry, 2021 My favorite quote: “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”  Notable characters: Eliza (Liza) Meeks, the new recruit; Clay, the talent scout; Jamey, his assistant Most memorable scene: There are a few that stand out, but my heart will always belongContinue reading “Bacchanal by Veronica G. Henry”

Live and Let Die by Ian Fleming


Live and Let Die, Ian Fleming, 1954 My favorite quote: “The gain to the winner is always less than the loss to the loser.” Notable characters: James Bond, agent 007; Felix Leiter, Bond’s friend in the CIA; Mr. Big, the Voodoo Baron of Death; Solitaire, Mr. Big’s fortune-telling employee Most memorable scene: The note pinnedContinue reading “Live and Let Die by Ian Fleming”

The Servants of Twilight by Dean Koontz


The Servants of Twilight, Dean Koontz, 1984 My favorite quote: “It began in sunshine, not on a dark and stormy night.” (Best opening line ever, IMO) Notable characters: Chrsitine Scavello, the single mom; Joey, her son; Charlie Harrison, the PI; Grace Spivey, the leader of the religious cult for which the book is named; KyleContinue reading “The Servants of Twilight by Dean Koontz”

A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton


A is for Alibi, Sue Grafton, 1982 My favorite quote: “Except for cases that clearly involve a homicidal maniac, the police like to believe murders are committed by those we know and love, and most of the time they’re right – a chilling thought when you sit down to dinner with a family of five.Continue reading “A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton”

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James


The Turn of the Screw, Henry James, 1898 My favorite quote: “I seemed to float not into clearness, but into a darker obscure, and within a minute there had come to me out of my very pity the appalling alarm of his perhaps being innocent. It was for the instant confounding and bottomless, for ifContinue reading “The Turn of the Screw by Henry James”

The High Window by Raymond Chandler


The High Window, Raymond Chandler, 1942 My favorite quote: “The moonlight was cold and clear, like the justice we dream of but don’t find.” Notable characters: Philip Marlowe, the world’s favorite wise-cracking PI; Elizabeth Bright Murdock, the wealthy widow who hires him to locate a very valuable missing coin; Leslie Murdock, her irritating negative-Nelly sonContinue reading “The High Window by Raymond Chandler”

Dark Lover by J.R. Ward


Dark Lover (book 1 in the Black Dagger Brotherhood), J.R. Ward, 2005 My favorite quote: “Whoa. Fangs. She had fangs. She leaned in, prodded them a little. Eating with those puppies was going to take some getting used to, she thought. On impulse, she brought up her hands, turned her fingers into claws. Hissed. Cool.”Continue reading “Dark Lover by J.R. Ward”

The Throwaway Girls of Olympia by Ian Totten


The Throwaway Girls of Olympia, Ian Totten, 2020 My favorite quote: “In the last month, two young women, both brunettes, have been tossed to the side of the road in Olympia, both dead from apparent strangulation.” Notable characters: Alan O’Tool, the haunted small-town sheriff; Darcy, his not-very-likable ex-wife; James, his son; Amy, his deceased daughterContinue reading “The Throwaway Girls of Olympia by Ian Totten”

Bunnicula Strikes Again! by James Howe


Bunnicula Strikes Again, James Howe, 1999 My favorite quote: “Some of my readers have written expressing their concern about the potentially detrimental effects of chocolate on dogs, to which I can only say that while it is true some dogs have been known to become ill from eating chocolate, others have not. Luckily, I fallContinue reading “Bunnicula Strikes Again! by James Howe”

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson


The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson, 1886 My favorite quote: “With every day, and from both sides of my intelligence, the moral and the intellectual, I thus drew steadily nearer to the truth, by whose partial discovery I have been doomed to such a dreadful shipwreck: that man isContinue reading “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson”

Horror Classics with Thorne & Cross: A Christmas Carol


Tamara Thorne and I are honored to be part of new series called Horror Classics with Thorne & Cross where we introduce and give our thoughts on various horror stories through history. We’re starting off in time for the holidays with Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Here, along with the classic tale itself, we talk aboutContinue reading “Horror Classics with Thorne & Cross: A Christmas Carol”

Return to Howliday Inn by James Howe


Return to Howliday Inn, James Howe, 1992 My favorite quote: “‘My fate is a mirror in which to see / One will look in and end like me.’” Notable characters: Harold, our narrator; Chester (also known here as Cute Whiskers, his friend; Howie, their young companion; Felony and Miss Demeanor, two cat burglars; Bob andContinue reading “Return to Howliday Inn by James Howe”

Psstt. Want a Free Book?


From now until December 31st, you’ll get one free ebook copy of our paranormal thriller, The Ghosts of Ravencrest, by subscribing to our monthly newsletter, The Purple Probe. In The Purple Probe, you’ll get character interviews, behind-the-scenes tell-alls, a gossip column that sheds light on the darkest monsters in the Thorne & Cross Universe, andContinue reading “Psstt. Want a Free Book?”

Nighty-Nightmare by James Howe


Nighty-Nightmare, James Howe, 1987 My favorite quote: “‘In the woods it’s always dark,’ he said. ‘In the forest of the soul it’s always night.’” Notable characters: Harold, our canine narrator; Chester, his feline friend; Howie, the young punster, the Monroes, their oblivious human family; Bud, Spud, and Dawg, their mysterious camping companions Most memorable scene:Continue reading “Nighty-Nightmare by James Howe”

Haunted by Tamara Thorne


Haunted, Tamara Thorne, 1995 My favorite quote: “He’d always thought of supernatural horror as something that arose in daydreams and nightmares, fantastic thoughts born of facts and twisted to the imagination’s wishes. It seemed to be the other way around now.” Notable characters: David Masters, author an new owner of Baudey House; Amber, his daughter;Continue reading “Haunted by Tamara Thorne”

The Rolling Darkness Revue


It’s that time of year again! Join Peter Atkins (screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, 4, and Wishmaster), Glen Hirshberg (Shirley Jackson Award-winner) and us (Tamara and Alistair) as we sit around the campfire and tell scary stories. You’ll even get to hear a crazy ghost story out of the upcoming Thorne & Cross thriller, SpiteContinue reading “The Rolling Darkness Revue”

The Purple Probe is Coming!


The Purple Probe is on it’s way … and here’s what you can expect to find: Greenjacks. Tis the season! Signs and symptoms that you have a greenjack infestation, and what they’ll do to you on Halloween night if you let them! Scandal at Ravencrest Manor! Rumors are flying and Purple Probe reporter Regina VonContinue reading “The Purple Probe is Coming!”

Bend Over …


The Purple Probe is coming … What’s the Purple Probe, you ask? In short, it’s the Thorne and Cross newsletter … with a facelift. Starting with it’s first edition this October, the Purple Probe will including interviews with our characters, inside information on what’s coming up next, behind-the-scenes tell-alls, and a gossip column written byContinue reading “Bend Over …”

BEND OVER and Pick Up Your Copy Today!


What’s the Purple Probe, you ask? In short, it’s the Thorne and Cross newsletter … with a facelift. Starting with its first edition this October, the Purple Probe will include interviews with our characters, inside information on what’s coming up next, behind-the-scenes tell-alls, and a gossip column written by none other than Jojo McFerrell (fromContinue reading “BEND OVER and Pick Up Your Copy Today!”

Get Your Ghost On!


Tis the season and today’s the day! Shadowland, book 4 in the Ravencrest Saga, is out now!: amzn.to/39edNx5 Something ancient stirs in the Raven Woods … A creature out of the darkest fairy tales calls to Thad and Cynthia, seducing them with promises of gingerbread and magick. Belinda must keep them safe, but her patienceContinue reading “Get Your Ghost On!”

Second Child by John Saul


Second Child, John Saul, 1990 My favorite quote: “But though her lips smiled warmly as she accepted the embrace, her eyes — had anyone noticed — betrayed an emotionless chill.” Notable characters: Melissa Holloway, a shy young girl; Teri MacIver, her older half-sister; D’Arcy, Melissa’s not-so-imaginary friend; Phyllis Holloway, the horrible mother; Charles, the excruciatinglyContinue reading “Second Child by John Saul”

The Black Wasp is Available in Audiobook!


Just in time for Halloween, The Black Wasp, book 3 in the Vampires of Crimson Cove series, is available at Audible.com!: https://adbl.co/3EpKKon Something is coming.Cade Colter is dealing with a group of fanatical vampire killers even as he grieves the death of his girlfriend at the fangs of his own brother. His life is inContinue reading “The Black Wasp is Available in Audiobook!”

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig


Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert M. Pirsig, 1974 My favorite quote: “When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called a Religion.” Notable characters: Phaedrus, the narrator’s former self Most memorable scene: No single scene really stands out for meContinue reading “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig”

Winter Moon by Dean Koontz


Winter Moon, Dean Koontz, 1994 (originally titled “Invasion” under the pseudonym, Aaron Wolfe, in 1975) I like “Winter Moon” way better than “Invasion” My favorite quote: “Maybe when all was said and done, the imagination was the most powerful of all weapons.” Yeah, I dig that Notable characters: Jack McGarvey, the cop; Eduardo Fernandez; theContinue reading “Winter Moon by Dean Koontz”

White Oleander by Janet Fitch


White Oleander, Janet Fitch, 1999 My favorite quote: “The phoenix must burn to emerge.” Notable characters: Astrid Magnussen, a foster child trying to find herself as she makes her way through several foster homes; Ingrid, Astrid’s mother — a brilliant poet who’s been imprisoned for murder Most memorable scene: What Ingrid does to her boyfriend,Continue reading “White Oleander by Janet Fitch”

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”

CONFIRMED: Laurell K. Hamilton will be our guest on Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! on June 25th, 2015


CONFIRMED. Thursday, June 25th, our guest at Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE​! will be Laurell K. Hamilton, author of the Anita Blake Vampire series and the Merry Gentry series. We are very excited. Tune in at 9pm EST on Thursdays for more guests. See the full guest list at: http://alistaircross.com/Guests Keep an eye out forContinue reading “CONFIRMED: Laurell K. Hamilton will be our guest on Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! on June 25th, 2015”

New York Times Bestseller Kevin O’Brien joins Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!


Tonight, on Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! we’ll be talking to New York Times Bestselling thriller author, Kevin O’Brien! The link goes live at 6pm Pacific, 7 Mountain, 8 Central, 9 Eastern. Just give it a click to listen: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/authorsontheairradio2/2015/05/08/nyt-bestseller-kevin-obrien-joins-thorne-cross-haunted-nights-live Before his thrillers landed him on the New York Times Bestseller list, Kevin O’Brien was aContinue reading “New York Times Bestseller Kevin O’Brien joins Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!”

Interview with Tamara Thorne & Alistair Cross


In just a few hours, Tamara Thorne and I will be guests at Conversations LIVE! with Cyrus Webb. We’ll be talking about our new novel, THE CLIFFHOUSE HAUNTING. The show starts at 3:30 pm PT, 4:30 pm MT, 5:30 pm CT, 6:30 pm ET. Just click the link to listen! http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive/2015/04/21/authors-tamara-thorne-and-alistair-cross-return-to-conversationslive (Tamara Thorne) (Alistair Cross)

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro joins Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!


This week on Haunted Nights LIVE!, we proudly present, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro! A professional writer for more than forty years, Yarbro has sold over eighty books, more than seventy works of short fiction, and more than three dozen essays, introductions, and reviews. She also composes serious music. Her first professional writing – in 1961-1962 –Continue reading “Chelsea Quinn Yarbro joins Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!”

Charlaine Harris is Coming to Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!


We have a confirmed date. Charlaine Harris, author of the Southern Vampire series and basis of the HBO show, TRUE BLOOD, will be on Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! on August 6th, 2015.

THE WALKING DEAD co-author Jay Bonansinga joins Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!


If you like THE WALKING DEAD, join us this Thursday on Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!, where we’ll be talking to Jay Bonansinga, who co-authors the New York Times Bestselling series! Jay Bonansinga is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-two books, including the Bram Stoker finalist THE BLACK MARIAH (1994), the InternationalContinue reading “THE WALKING DEAD co-author Jay Bonansinga joins Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!”

Elizabeth Massie joins Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!


Elizabeth Massie is the author of 11 horror novels, 5 collections, and more than 100 short stories. She has won the Bram Stoker Award twice and the Scribe Award for her novelization of the third season of Showtime’s original television show, The Tudors. Oh, and she’s going to be our guest this week on ThorneContinue reading “Elizabeth Massie joins Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!”

But wait! There’s More!


Also confirmed today: Kealan Patrick Burke is coming to Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! Burke is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Currency of Souls, Stage Whispers, and Master of the Moors, just to name a few. He is also a fantastic book designer who has designed cover art for such authors as RichardContinue reading “But wait! There’s More!”

CONFIRMED


Confirmed today: RC Matheson is coming to Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! Matheson is the co-writer of the screenplays for Loose Cannons, Paradise, Three O’Clock High, and It Waits, among others. He adapted Soul Survivor by Dean Koontz into a mini-series, as well as Stephen King’s Big Driver, and wrote the film, Happy Face Killer.Continue reading “CONFIRMED”

The Debut of Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!


Haunted Nights LIVE! debuted last week with our first guest, Q.L. Pearce, the bestselling author of more than 150 books including film tie-ins for the Fox animated film Titan AE and the Universal animated series Land Before Time. Click here to go to the show. Later this month, our guest will be New York Times bestseller,Continue reading “The Debut of Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!”

We’re Spilling the Secrets of Horror…


Our new show, Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights Live!, is all about horror. We’ll be interviewing your favorite authors, discussing books, movies, and your ghost stories, among other things. Our first guests include Douglas Clegg, Glen Hirshberg, and Michael Aronovitz! The show premiers November 6th on the Authors on the Air station at Blog TalkContinue reading “We’re Spilling the Secrets of Horror…”

Thunder Road


Thunder Road, coming to bookstores everywhere from my collaborator, Tamara Thorne, in September! Evoking Stephen King’s terrifying novel The Gunslinger and the epic adventure film Cowboys and Aliens, Tamara Thorne delivers a tantalizing blend of horror and Western SciFi–in an arid, dangerous world from which there is no escape. . . The California desert town of Madelyn boastsContinue reading “Thunder Road”

A New Belinda Meme From a Reader.


Two installments of The Erotic Adventures of Belinda are available now. The New Governess Awakening The third installment, Darker Shadows, is currently underway and will be available soon. Visit me at my website.