The Circus of the Damned by Laurell K. Hamilton


Circus of the Damned, Laurell K. Hamilton, 1995 My favorite quote: “The serpent must have smiled at Eve like that: pleasant, amused, dangerous.” Followed closely by, “If you came here to call me names, get the hell out of my office. If you have real business, state it, then get the hell out of myContinue reading “The Circus of the Damned by Laurell K. Hamilton”

The Rome Affair by Laura Caldwell


The Rome Affair, Laura Caldwell, 2006 My favorite quote: “I understand now that innocence is relative.” Notable characters: Rachel Blakely, a software salesperson; Nick, her husband, the surgeon; Kit, her BFF Most memorable scene: For me, it was the description of the Roman mornings Greatest strengths: Great plot structure Standout achievements: Its surprises. I didn’tContinue reading “The Rome Affair by Laura Caldwell”

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Spear


The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Elizabeth George Spear, 1958 My favorite quote: “People are afraid of things they don’t understand.” Notable characters: Kit Tyler, an orphan (with a really cool name); Hannah, a Quaker who is rumored to be a witch; Nathaniel “Nat” Eaton, Kit’s true love Most memorable scene: When the angry mob burnsContinue reading “The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Spear”

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill


The Woman in Black, Susan Hill, 1983 My favorite quote: “Whatever was about, whoever I had seen, and heard rocking, and who had passed me by just now, whoever had opened the locked door was not ‘real’. No. But what was ‘real’? At that moment I began to doubt my own reality.” Notable characters: ArthurContinue reading “The Woman in Black by Susan Hill”

Francesca’s Party by Patricia Scanlan


Francesca’s Party, Patricia Scanlan, 2001 My favorite quote: “Her energies rubbed off on him. He never felt middle-aged with her. He glanced surreptitiously at the tell-tale grey hairs threading the brown tangle of chest hair that Nikki liked to run her fingers through. He wondered, was it possible to dye them?” (Idiot, lol) Notable characters:Continue reading “Francesca’s Party by Patricia Scanlan”

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!”

Make Them Cry by Kevin O’Brien


Make Them Cry, Kevin O’Brien, 2002 My favorite quote: “‘Why am I standing in this stupid empty tub?’ she asked. ‘So it catches all the blood,’ he replied.” Notable characters: Father Jack Murphy, a widower and spiritual advisor at Our Lady of Sorrows seminary; Johnny Costello, Jack’s friend who dies under mysterious circumstances; Maggie Costello,Continue reading “Make Them Cry by Kevin O’Brien”

The Damnation Game by Clive Barker


The Damnation Game, Clive Barker, 1985 My favorite quote: “Hell is reimagined by each generation. Its terrain is surveyed for absurdities and remade in a fresher mold; its terrors are scrutinized and, if necessary, reinvented to suit the current climate of atrocity; its architecture is redesigned to appall the eye of the modern damned.” NotableContinue reading “The Damnation Game by Clive Barker”

The Shadow Man by Stephen Gresham


The Shadow Man, Stephen Gresham, 1986 My favorite quote: “She haunted herself from within like an old house.” Notable characters: Joey Stuart, ; Jeb “The Dixie Strangler” Stuart, Joey’s father; CAP, Joey’s Computer*Assisted*Playmate; Sharina Marie, Joey’s stepmother; Mr. Zeeker, a former engineering professor; The Shadow Man, an evil entity whose existence could use a littleContinue reading “The Shadow Man by Stephen Gresham”

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 …”

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty


The Exorcist, William Peter Blatty, 1971 My favorite quote: “Head propped against a pillow while eyes bulging wide in their hollow sockets shone with mad cunning and burning intelligence, with interest and with spite as they fixed upon his, as they watched him intently, seething in a face shaped into a skeletal, hideous mask ofContinue reading “The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty”

Happy All the Time by Laurie Colwin


Happy All the Time, Laurie Colwin, 1978 My favorite quote: “Most of his time appeared to be spent bumming cigarettes from people whose annual income was about a fifth of his own.” (Because we all know guys like this)  Notable characters: Holly Sturgis; Guido Morris; Vincent Cardworthy; Misty Berkowitz  Most memorable scene: It’s been aContinue reading “Happy All the Time by Laurie Colwin”

The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie


The Body in the Library, Agatha Christie, 1942 My favorite quote: “What I feel is that if one has got to have a murder actually happening in one’s house, one might as well enjoy it, if you know what I mean.” Notable characters: Miss Marple, a spinster with a penchant for solving murders; Arthur Bantry,Continue reading “The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie”

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!”

Murder in the Wind by John D. MacDonald


Murder in the Wind, John D. MacDonald, 1956 My favorite quote: “Johnny Flagan would look over his glasses at you and grin wryly about his morning hangover and you would never notice that the grin did nothing to change the eyes. The eyes were small and brown and watchful and they could have been theContinue reading “Murder in the Wind by John D. MacDonald”

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”

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”

In the Devil’s Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692 by Mary Beth Norton


In the Devil’s Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692, Mary Beth Norton, 2002  My favorite quote: “They believed that, in the colony, they lived in a moral and spiritual wilderness, corruption on all sides, and this made them particularly vigilant, even paranoid, when it came to threats, either real or perceived.” Notable characters: BridgetContinue reading “In the Devil’s Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692 by Mary Beth Norton”

Midnight Bayou by Nora Roberts


Midnight Bayou, Nora Roberts, 2002 My favorite quote: “From this nice, safe distance, I’ve realized I actually like my family.” Notable characters: Declan Fitzgerald, the handyman; Lena Simone, the bar owner; Miss Odette, Lena’s grandmother Most memorable scene: The tragedy of Lucian and Abigail in the beginning. That’s what drew me into the story andContinue reading “Midnight Bayou by Nora Roberts”

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”

Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton


Guilty Pleasures, Laurell K. Hamilton, 1993 (book 1 of the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series) My favorite quote: “Most hatred is based on fear, one way or another.” Notable characters: Anita Blake, the animator/vampire hunter; Nikolaos, the Master vampire of St. Louis; Jean-Claude, owner of Guilty Pleasures, a vampire strip club Most memorable scene: ForContinue reading “Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton”

Cold Moon Over Babylon by Michael McDowell


Cold Moon Over Babylon, Michael McDowell, 1980 My favorite quote: “Two cars had passed in the last ten minutes: the fishing hearse and the car from Alabama. Why didn’t someone else come along? How could that happen within sight of her own house?”  Notable characters: Margaret Larkin, a fourteen-year-old girl; Jerry, her brother; Everlyn, theirContinue reading “Cold Moon Over Babylon by Michael McDowell”

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett


The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett, 1911 My favorite quote: “That is the Magic. Being alive is the Magic …” Notable characters: Mary Lennox, a lonely 10-year-old; Mrs. Medlock, the housekeeper; Dickon, her friend; Colin, a sickly boy Most memorable scene: When Mary discovers Colin Greatest strengths: Description  Standout achievements: Its ability to pull inContinue reading “The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett”

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!”

Violin by Anne Rice


Violin, Anne Rice, 1997 My favorite quote: “Dig deep, deep, my soul, to find the heart – the blood, the heat, the shrine and resting place.” Notable characters: Triana, a grieving widow; Stefan, the ghostly violinist; Katrinka, Triana’s sister; Karl, Triana’s deceased husband Most memorable scene: When Triana lies down with Karl for the lastContinue reading “Violin by Anne Rice”

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte


Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte, 1847 My favorite quote: “If you ever looked at me once with what I know is in you, I would be your slave.” Notable characters: Heathcliff, the brooding bad boy, Catherine, the obstinate bad girl Most memorable scene: Mr. Lockwood’s dream about Cathy. Spooky, good stuff Greatest strengths: Atmosphere. A lotContinue reading “Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte”

Peyton Place by Grace Metalious


Peyton Place, Grace Metalious, 1956 My favorite quote: “The public loves to create a hero. Sometimes I think they do it for the sheer joy of knocking him down from the highest peak. Like a child who builds a house of blocks and then destroys it with one vicious kick.” Notable characters: Allison MacKenzie, aContinue reading “Peyton Place by Grace Metalious”

Rose Madder by Stephen King


Rose Madder, Stephen King, 1995 My favorite quote: “Sometimes men had to learn what it was to be afraid of a woman.” Notable characters: Rose McClendon Daniels, the woman beginning a new life; Norman Daniels, the husband who won’t allow it Most memorable scene: When Rose sees that single drop of blood when she’s makingContinue reading “Rose Madder by Stephen King”

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”

The Color Purple by Alice Walker


The Color Purple, Alice Walker, 1982 My favorite quote: “I am an expression of the divine, just like a peach is, just like a fish is. I have a right to be this way…I can’t apologize for that, nor can I change it, nor do I want to…” Notable characters: Celie, a fourteen-year-old girl; Nettie,Continue reading “The Color Purple by Alice Walker”

Ghost Walk by Heather Graham


Ghost Walk, Heather Graham, 2005 My favorite quote: “ … you can get the same feeling at a Civil War battle site — even with all the bodies removed. I guess it’s a way of feeling the past, of history, people, the emotions. Remnants of the lives that were lived there, lost there.”  Notable characters:Continue reading “Ghost Walk by Heather Graham”

They Thirst by Robert McCammon


They Thirst, Robert McCammon, 1981 My favorite quote: “Well, look around. Just look. Have you ever considered the possibility that God might be insane?” Notable characters: Andy, the detective; the Roach, a rapist and murderer; Gayle, a reporter; Rico, a gangster Most memorable scene: When the albino opens fire in that bar in Texas GreatestContinue reading “They Thirst by Robert McCammon”

Thornyhold by Mary Stewart


Thornyhold, Mary Stewart, 1988 My favorite quote: “I had always been content to know that there was more in the living world than we could hope to understand.” Notable characters: Geillis Ramsey, the heir; Thornyhold, the cottage she inherits; Christopher Dryden, the widowed writer; Agnes Trapp, a mysterious local Most memorable scene: The pigeons inContinue reading “Thornyhold by Mary Stewart”

Ghosts I Have Been by Richard Peck


Ghosts I Have Been, Richard Peck, 1977 My favorite quote: “The truth is too much for some people and too little for others.” Notable characters: Blossom Culp, the girl who sees ghosts; Alexander, her friend and partner-in-crime Most memorable scene: Blossom’s visions of the sinking of the Titanic Greatest strengths: It’s historical flavor  Standout achievements:Continue reading “Ghosts I Have Been by Richard Peck”

The Key to Midnight by Dean Koontz


The Key to Midnight, Dean Koontz, 1979 Favorite quote: “The room was rapidly shrinking to the size of a coffin, and she foresaw the conditions of the grave so clearly that she could actually feel the cold, damp embrace of eternity.” Characters: Joanna Rand, the woman without a past; Alex Hunter, the love interest; OniContinue reading “The Key to Midnight by Dean Koontz”

And The There Were None by Agatha Christie


And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie, 1939 My favorite quote: “Oh, yes. I’ve no doubt in my own mind that we have been invited here by a madman—probably a dangerous homicidal lunatic.” Notable characters: William Henry Blore, the PI; Isaac Morris, the owner of the island; Edward Armstrong, the doctor; Emily Brent, the spinster;Continue reading “And The There Were None by Agatha Christie”

The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule


The Stranger Beside Me, Ann Rule, 1980 (non-fiction) My favorite quote: Well, this is the one that hooked me: “If, as many people believe today, Ted Bundy took lives, he also saved lives. I know he did, because I was there when he did it.” Notable characters: Ann Rule, the author; Ted Bundy, her friend,Continue reading “The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule”

Looking for Mr. Goodbar by Judith Rossner


Looking For Mr. Goodbar, Judith Rossner, 1975 My favorite quote: “I’d rather be seduced than comforted.” Notable characters: Theresa Dunne, a woman leading a double life; James, the man who loves her; Martin Engle, the professor; Tony, a lover; Gary White, the killer Most memorable scene: The closing one. I was so shook I didn’tContinue reading “Looking for Mr. Goodbar by Judith Rossner”

Winter Moon by Dean Koontz


Winter Moon, Dean Koontz, 1994 (originally titled “Invasion” under the pseudonym, Aaron Wolfe, in 1975) My favorite quote: “Maybe when all was said and done, the imagination was the most powerful of all weapons.” Notable characters: Jack McGarvey, the cop; Eduardo Fernandez; the father of Jack’s late partner; the Giver, a dangerous and mysterious beingContinue reading “Winter Moon by Dean Koontz”

Triad by Mary Leader


Triad, Mary Leader, 1973 Favorite quote: “Rhiannon! Even now I could remember the metallic tint that always crept into her voice whenever she taunted me.” Characters: Branwen, an author mourning the loss of her child; Alan, her husband; Rhiannon, Branwen’s long-dead cousin Most memorable scene: The resurfacing memories of Branwen’s repressed childhood trauma Strengths: TheContinue reading “Triad by Mary Leader”

Blackwater: The Complete Caskey Family Saga by Michael McDowell


Blackwater: The Complete Caskey Family Saga, Michael McDowell, 1983 My favorite quote: “All deaths are sudden, no matter how gradual the dying may be.” Notable characters: Elinor (Dammert) Caskey, the mysterious stranger who shows up in Perdido, Alabama, in 1919 … and many, many more. Definitely too many to mention … but don’t let thatContinue reading “Blackwater: The Complete Caskey Family Saga by Michael McDowell”

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 Stepford Wives by Ira Levin


The Stepford Wives, Ira Levin, 1972 My favorite quote: “What’s the going price for a stay-in-the-kitchen wife with big boobs and no demands?” Notable characters: Joanna Eberhard, the new-to-Stepford photographer; Water Eberhart, her husband; Bobbie Markowe, Joanna’s only friend and confidant Most memorable scene: Its ending … which is open to all kinds of possibilitiesContinue reading “The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin”

Coldheart Canyon by Clive Barker


Coldheart Canyon, Clive Barker, 2001 My favorite quote: “There’s always some light in the darkness, somewhere.” Notable characters: Todd Pickett, the failing movie star; Tammy Lauper, his number one fan’ Katya Lupi, the 20s-era movie star Most memorable scene: Katya and the snail, because Jesus f*cking Christ …  Greatest strengths: Its effective blend of horror,Continue reading “Coldheart Canyon by Clive Barker”

Newes From the Dead by Mary Hooper


News From the Dead, Mary Hooper, 2008 My favorite quote: “What I could not bear, dare not consider, is the possibility that I’m not dead, but merely occupying a coffin, having been buried alive.” Notable characters: Anne Green, the girl who wakes after being hanged Most memorable scene: Anne, trapped in her own body, wonderingContinue reading “Newes From the Dead by Mary Hooper”

Psycho by Robert Bloch


Psycho, Robert Bloch, 1959 My favorite quote: “She’d thrown something at the mirror, and then the mirror broke into a thousand pieces and she knew that wasn’t all; she was breaking into a thousand pieces, too.” Notable characters: Norman Bates, the motel manager; Mary Crane, the first customer in a while; Mother, the woman behindContinue reading “Psycho by Robert Bloch”

The Drowning by JP Smith


The Drowning, J.P. Smith, 2018 My favorite quote: “Joey must have moved the moment the shutter opened. Because his face, out of all the others, was slightly blurred. As if he were already existing in another time, midway between life and death.” Notable characters: Joey Proctor, the little boy who gets left on the raft;Continue reading “The Drowning by JP Smith”