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”

The Dark Half by Stephen King


The Dark Half, Stephen King, 1989 My favorite quote: “You’re dead, George. You just don’t have the sense to lie down.” Notable characters: Thad Beaumont, the writer; George Stark, his dark half Most memorable scene: Thad’s childhood surgery to remove the partial remains of his unborn “twin”  Greatest strengths: Some of the most gruesome descriptionsContinue reading “The Dark Half by Stephen King”

The House Next Door by Anne Rivers Siddons


The House Next Door, Anne Rivers Siddons, 1978 My favorite quote: “[The house] commanded you, somehow, yet soothed you. It grew out of the earth like an elemental spirit that had lain, locked and yearning for the light, through endless depths of time, waiting to be released…The creek enfolded its mass and seemed to nourishContinue reading “The House Next Door by Anne Rivers Siddons”

The Long Walk by Stephen King


The Long Walk, Stephen King (writing as Richard Bachman), 1979 My favorite quote: “They walked through the rainy dark like gaunt ghosts, and Garraty didn’t like to look at them. They were the walking dead.” Notable characters: Ray Garraty, the main Walker; McVries, a Walker who befriends Garraty; Stebbins, a Walker with a secret; theContinue reading “The Long Walk by Stephen King”

My Top Ten Favorite Paranormal Novels


Choosing my ten favorite paranormal novels is like walking through a candy store and trying to choose only a few favorite pieces. I discovered the paranormal and horror genres at a young age, and instantly fell in love, submerging myself in everything from Stephen King movies (Carrie was my favorite when I was a kid) andContinue reading “My Top Ten Favorite Paranormal Novels”

The King of Character: Thorne & Cross on the Work of Stephen King


Vampires hiding in mobile homes. Sentient vehicles with attitude. Characters haunted by ghosts, real or imagined. People tormented by addictions, supernatural powers, even their own sense of right and wrong. Folks fighting inner and outer demons alike, facing corruption by greed or some other deadly sin. Even alien shit-weasels burrowing into the darkest recesses ofContinue reading “The King of Character: Thorne & Cross on the Work of Stephen King”

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”

Writing with T & A: Psychic Vampires


If you’ve been writing for a while, you’ve no doubt run into a psychic vampire or two. These passive-aggressive hangers-on will, if allowed, suck your life force away, all the while paying you compliments, asking for advice, and creating drama meant to suck you into their world and make you worry about their well-being. TheContinue reading “Writing with T & A: Psychic Vampires”

Richard Christian Matheson is on Haunted Nights LIVE Tonight!


He is an acclaimed bestselling author. His fiction has appeared in 125 major anthologies. He’s a screenwriter and executive producer for television and film. He’s worked with Steven Spielberg, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Bryan Singer, and legendary CREAM drummer, Ginger Baker. The man has done a lot things, so really, it was just a matterContinue reading “Richard Christian Matheson is on Haunted Nights LIVE Tonight!”

Richard Christian Matheson joins Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!


This Thursday, I get to meet one of the best writers of our time… Richard Christian Matheson. Just click the link on Thursday at 6pm Pacific, 7 Mountain, 8 Central, 9 Eastern, to listen: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/authorsontheairradio2/2015/04/17/richard-christian-matheson-joins-thorne-cross-haunted-nights-live Join the Facebook event here. RICHARD CHRISTIAN MATHESON is an acclaimed bestselling author and screenwriter/executive producer for television and film.Continue reading “Richard Christian Matheson joins Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!”

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”

Tamara Thorne Live at Conversations Live


My collaborator, Tamara Thorne, will be interviewed at Conversations Live by Cyrus Webb, on Tuesday, September 2nd, at 6 p.m. Eastern time to talk about the release of her novel, Thunder Road, which hits bookstores everywhere in September. “Evoking Stephen King’s terrifying novel The Gunslinger and the epic adventure film Cowboys and Aliens, Tamara Thorne delivers a tantalizing blendContinue reading “Tamara Thorne Live at Conversations Live”

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”

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro at Open Road Integrated Media


Chelsea Quinn Yarbro – Author is the first woman to be named a Living Legend by the International Horror Guild and is one of only two women ever to be named as Grand Master of the World Horror Convention (2003). She is a good friend, a great lady, and I am honored beyond words that Grandma’sContinue reading “Chelsea Quinn Yarbro at Open Road Integrated Media”

It… and Author Interview Corner


Today, I finally finished It by Stephen King. I say ‘finally’ not because it was a drag to read but because it’s taken a while to get through (the book is 1090 pages). I haven’t had much free time due to my busy writing schedule, but I try to always take at least one dayContinue reading “It… and Author Interview Corner”

Welcome to Cross Talk


Hello, Cross Talkers, and welcome to Cross Talk, the official blog of horror author Alistair Cross. Alistair Cross was born in a small town in the western United States. He grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of 8, began writing his own stories. In 2012, his first novel, aContinue reading “Welcome to Cross Talk”