Stephen King and Cujo

Let’s keep this Stephen King train rolling. If you’ve been around here the last few weeks, you’ll know I’ve been running a weekly series of “reader appreciation” giveaways where I feature my influences in horror and dark fantasy. I’ve given away a 1990 hardcover edition of The Stand and a 1979 first edition hardcover of The Dead Zone. This week, I’m giving away a 1981 first edition hardcover of Cujo.

Because nothing will get you in the holiday mood like a killer dog! After you’ve taken care of the decorations and put drunken Aunt Sally down for her nap, do something for yourself and enter this free giveaway.

I plan on continuing these regular giveaways until I run out of prizes. These will include (but are not limited to) hardcover versions by some of my favorite authors; Stephen King, Dean Koontz, H.P. Lovecraft and more. In addition, I’ve found other prizes horror fans will truly love and I’ll reveal those in the near future.

There is no catch. You enter the contest and I’ll email you the winners when it ends. If you are a winner, the prize will show up at your door. That’s it. Plus, if someone enters by clicking on your Facebook post, tweet or link, you get an additional THREE entries. How cool is that?

Here’s to hoping these gifts will inspire the next generation of horror fans and writers.

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Stephen King and The Dead Zone

If you stopped by last week, you’ll know I’ve begun a series of “reader appreciation” giveaways where I feature my influences in horror and dark fantasy. I loved being able to give away a 1990 hardcover edition of The Stand and this week I’d like to continue to honor the King with a 1979 first edition hardcover of The Dead Zone.

As I mentioned in last week’s post, Stephen King is probably the single biggest influence on me as a horror writer. He is the reason I read and write in the genre. The Dead Zone is a different kind of King novel, one without a clear antagonist most of the way through the book. The story is about a young guy with a bright future until an accident leaves him in a coma. He wakes up five years later, his entire life different. And he now has a special ability. I don’t want to spoil the rest of the story if you haven’t read it.

I will be offering regular giveaways. These will include (but are not limited to) hardcover versions by some of my favorite authors; Stephen King, Dean Koontz, H.P. Lovecraft and more. In addition, I’ve found other prizes horror fans will truly love and I’ll reveal those in the near future.

There is no catch. You enter the contest and I’ll email you the winners when it ends. If you are a winner, the prize will show up at your door. That’s it.

Here’s to hoping these gifts will inspire the next generation of horror fans and writers.

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Stephen King and The Stand

Growing up with Stephen King (reading his work—he’s not my dad) made me realize how lucky I am to be writing horror at this moment. It would be the equivalent of being a playwright in the time of William Shakespeare. King has transcended the genre, almost becoming his own. In the early days, many literary snobs looked down their nose at the master of horror (and many still do). They thought he was unrefined, grotesque and a “Big Mac” in an industry serving filet minion. That’s what they thought. Decades later with millions of books sold, King has earned his place in literary history.

As many of you know, Stephen King is a huge influence on me. I don’t hide from that. I began by trying to emulate his voice and now (I think) I have my own. But like a guitarist in 2014 who owes his licks to the blues masters of the mid-twentieth century, I pay homage to an originator. In fact, we’ve done an entire episode this week on The Horror Writers Podcast dedicated to Pet Sematary.

I’ve decided to honor my influences by sharing them with you. Starting today, I will be offering regular giveaways. These will include (but are not limited to) hardcover versions by some of my favorite authors; Stephen King, Dean Koontz, H.P. Lovecraft and more.

There is no catch. You enter the contest and I’ll email you the winners when it ends. If you are a winner, the prize will show up at your door. That’s it.

Let’s kick this off with a first edition hardcover of King’s masterpiece, The Stand. This is the “complete & uncut” version first published in 1990 by Doubleday.

Here’s to hoping these gifts will inspire the next generation of horror fans and writers.

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Introducing Dan Padavona

danpMy new friend is Dan Padavona and we’re about to unleash some wicked horror on you.

I spent 2014 as a “year of marketing collaboration” with the multi-author box sets exceeding my expectations. I’ve declared 2015 my “year of creative collaboration” which means I’m going to be co-writing novels with anywhere from 5-7 authors, if all of the potential projects move forward. And the first one is with fellow horror author, Dan Padavona.

From his website:

I was born and raised in Cortland, New York, not far from the Finger Lakes region. My parents, Loretta, and Ronnie Padavona, separated when I was very young. My father moved to California where he gained notoriety in heavy metal music as Ronnie James Dio. My mother raised me into the person I am today. I live outside of Binghamton, New York, with my wife Terri, and children Joe, and Julia.

I have been an avid reader for as long as I can remember, mainly fantasy and horror. If you happen upon me, you’ll probably see that I am reading Terry Brooks, Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, Dean Koontz, Robert Jordan, or one of the many authors who have so enriched my life with their ability to tell a good tale. I am enamored with the written word and can spend hours playing with different word combinations to improve prose.

More than anything, I love a good horror story. Let me tell you one.

storberry-384Dan contacted me a few months ago and we struck up an email conversation. We discovered we have a lot in common, including a love of the band Kyuss. I don’t know many musicians who appreciate the desert rock pioneers so finding another horror author who loves them was definitely a sign from above…or below. Whichever floats your boat.

More importantly, Dan and I have the same style and approach to storytelling so we decided to try and co-write something. That something is a novel and the first draft is almost done. The story is terrifying, gripping and I know you’re going to love it.

We’ll throw some cover reveals and teasers out there as we get closer to publication. In the meantime, you should check out Storberry and The Island. I’ve read both of these and once you do, you’ll know why I jumped at the chance to collaborate with Dan.

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