Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn


Wait Till Helen Comes, Mary Downing Hahn, 1986 My favorite quote: “A breeze sighed through the leaves of the oak. It was the loneliest sound I’d ever heard, as lonely as a ghost who had been lying alone in the dark for a hundred years.” Notable characters: Molly, the twelve-year-old main character; Michael, her littleContinue reading “Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn”

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 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!”

Fog Hides the Fury by Paula Minton


Fog Hides the Fury, Paula Minton, 1967 My favorite quote: “I could snap my fingers and suddenly the gray strands of fog would begin to curl around my body in a strange and mystical garment.”  Notable characters: Arlene Dade, a young woman who inherits a house of unhappiness; Alan Caswell, the handsome with mysterious intentionsContinue reading “Fog Hides the Fury by Paula Minton”

The Sentinel by Jeffrey Konvitz


The Sentinel, Jeffrey Konvitz, 1974 My favorite quote: “My dear Miss Parker, aside from the old priest, and now you, no one has lived in that building for three years!” Notable characters: Alison Parker, the new tenant; Michael, her boyfriend; Charles Chazen, her strangle little neighbor; Gatz, the detective; Miss Logan, the realtor; Father Halliran,Continue reading “The Sentinel by Jeffrey Konvitz”

The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane by Laird Koenig


The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane, Laird Koenig, 1974 My favorite quote: “The night, a living presence, was in constant motion, shifting itself, sighing, breathing. She wondered if perhaps it, too, was trying to get warm.” Notable characters: Rynn Jacobs, the young protagonist; Mrs. Hallett, the too-inquisitive landlady; Frank Hallet, her son, theContinue reading “The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane by Laird Koenig”

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!”

The Silent Girls by Eric Rickstad


The Silent Girls, Eric Rickstad, 2014 My favorite quote: “It wasn’t even rebellion. It was an ecstatic pleasure taken from the debasement of other living creatures. Pure sadism.” Notable characters: Frank Rath, the private investigator; Rachel, the niece he raised as his daughter; Sonya Test; another detective  Most memorable scene: That opening scene on Halloween,Continue reading “The Silent Girls by Eric Rickstad”

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!”

It’s Alive! Alive! And on Amazon!


The Ghosts of Ravencrest is a traditional gothic, complete with a young governess, handsome millionaire, a houseful of mysterious staff members… and hot and cold running ghosts. There are mysteries and family curses and a historical novella within each volume of The Ravencrest Saga. Just because it’s traditional, like Rebecca, Turn of the Screw, orContinue reading “It’s Alive! Alive! And on Amazon!”

Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights Live!


A few months back, Tamara Thorne and I were interviewed by Pam Stack at Authors on the Air. We had a great time on the show and the three of us quickly double entendered ourselves into a fast friendship.  A few weeks ago, Pam asked us if we would be interested in hosting some horror-themedContinue reading “Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights Live!”

150,000 Words and Counting


Today, we passed the 150,000 word mark on our current work-in-progress, a horror novel which was actually the first concept Tamara Thorne and I ever discussed writing together. It’s taken a few detours, but at its core, it’s the same story we created over a year ago now. We still have a few thousand words toContinue reading “150,000 Words and Counting”

Let’s Look at Some Bad Things


Halloween is getting closer and that means it’s time to break out your favorite scary stories. One of mine is Bad Things by Tamara Thorne. Bad Things is about sibling rivalry of the direst kind, greenjacks that only special little boys can see, crazy aunts with penchants for perished poodles, and of course, Halloween. Bad ThingsContinue reading “Let’s Look at Some Bad Things”

Collective October


Another horror month has come and gone, and as it is for all writers of the macabre, it was a busy month for me. I had a lot of interviews, guest blogs, and other Halloween-related events, and between them, my collaborator Tamara Thorne and I worked diligently to stay on top of our work-in-progress. We not onlyContinue reading “Collective October”

Halloween News


Happy Halloween! I will be featured and interviewed in the November 11th issue of The Arts and Entertainment Magazine & THE EERIE DIGEST, where I will be discussing my collaboration with Tamara Thorne, my influences, Beautiful Monster, and the horror genre in general. I will post the link to the interview when it goes live.Continue reading “Halloween News”

Thorne & Cross on Halloween


Halloween is fast approaching and we have been having a terrible time deciding what to be. We want our costumes to go together to celebrate our upcoming collaborations, but since we’re several states apart, we have to be really creative or people won’t get it. What follows are some conversations we’ve had on the topic as weContinue reading “Thorne & Cross on Halloween”

13 Ghost Stories by Tamara Thorne


8 southern California newspapers are showcasing my collaborator, Tamara Thorne, in a feature of SoCal’s most haunted places. Tamara is the bestselling author of sixteen books and anthologies, and has been a paranormal researcher for most of her life.  Follow the link to find out which places in southern California have the most ghosts!  http://www.dailybreeze.com/lifestyle/20131030/haunted-lighthouses-13-la-area-ghost-stories-from-author-tamara-thorne

Tamara Thorne at Mysterious Galaxy


It’s just hours until tomorrow’s Halloween party/book signing at Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego tomorrow at 2 pm where my collaborator, Tamara Thorne, will be signing books. If you’re in the San Diego area, be sure to stop by, or if you can’t make it and want some signed or personalized books for yourself or gift-giving,Continue reading “Tamara Thorne at Mysterious Galaxy”

Writing Kinky Things…


For their second anniversary, I wrote a guest blog post for BDSM Book Reviews where I discuss the pleasures and perils of writing kinky things, disclose my thoughts on the erotica/BDSM genres, and give readers an excerpt from Beautiful Monster, the novel that started it all. BDSM Book Reviews is a great place to hang out if you’reContinue reading “Writing Kinky Things…”

Deadly Ever After


A couple of days ago, Deadly Ever After did an excerpt from my work-in-progress, The White Room. Now, the same Undead Duo has posted four of my creepier poems in the spirit of Halloween. To read these, follow this link: http://deadlyeverafter.com/2013/10/20/haunting-poetry-from-alistair-cross/ As I read over these poems, I thought it would be kind of funContinue reading “Deadly Ever After”

Tamara on Defending the Pen


Hello, all. The other day I shared the link to my Halloween feature on Defending the Pen. Tonight, I am sharing my collaborator’s (Tamara Thorne.) Give it a look-see and find out why I adore this woman so much. She’s a scream. And, her answers kinda cross-pollinate my own. Good times. Tamara Thorne on Defending the Pen:Continue reading “Tamara on Defending the Pen”

Defending the Pen


What famous slasher-flick killer would I be if given the choice? What am I most afraid of? What was my favorite Halloween to date? And what the hell does Madeline Kahn have to do with any of this? The answers to these, and many more, can be found at my Bwa ha ha ha Halloween InterviewContinue reading “Defending the Pen”

A Review, a Release, and a Reminder


Good evening, Cross Talkers, Trisha at Delisha’s Place recently did a review for Beautiful Monster. Read it here: http://delisha1964.wordpress.com/2013/09/17/review-beautiful-monster/#comments and be sure to give this very sweet lady a follow. If you love all things words, books, and more words, you’ll dig her. I promise. Also, the project I’ve been working on with Tamara Thorne isContinue reading “A Review, a Release, and a Reminder”

Halloween Coupons!


Happy October, Cross Talkers, Damnation Books and Eternal Press are celebrating October with a 50% off promo code good on their websites all month. So if you haven’t gotten your copy of Beautiful Monster, enter 31Halloween2013 at checkout. It’s good until November 1st on both Eternal Press http://www.eternalpress.biz and Damnation Books http://www.damnationbooks.com. All best, Mr. Cross http://www.facebook.com/crossalistair

The Horror Season


Good afternoon, Cross Talkers, Now that I have finished the parts that I can do for the website, I have more time to do what I love to do: write. Due to a deadline on a sure-thing, I am making the collaborative project with Tamara Thorne my priority. As we go along, I will keep you updatedContinue reading “The Horror Season”