A New Short Story: “The Story Of My First Kiss.”

It’s still June, but the July issue of The Horror Zine is up, and it includes “The Story Of My First Kiss.” Is this a romantic tale, or does the first line include a reference to a severed head? You’ll have to click HERE to find out. (It’s free!)

Watch The Stokers LIVE!

Let’s face it, there are really only two options for Saturday night:

1. Be at the Bram Stoker Awards banquet.

2. Sit at home, sadly wishing that you were at the Bram Stoker Awards banquet.

If it’s #2, I can ease some of your pain! The awards banquet (with me as Master of Ceremonies) will be available live on the very internet that you’re using to read this! The fun starts at approximately 9:30 PM EST on Saturday, June 18.





The Gleefully Macabre Podcast: Episode 3!

Yes, it’s time for another exciting (and free, of course) episode of Dread Media Presents: Gleefully Macabre, my mini-podcast! In this episode, I discuss the fact that the episode is really late, and quickly review Hobo With A Shotgun, Sugar Hill, and Enter the Dragon. 

Listen at http://www.earth-2.net/podcasts/dreadmedia/episodes/dreadmediapresents_007.mp3


Or, if you’re an iTunes kind of person, subscribe to “Dread Media.”

Streamin’ Stokers

If you’re not going to be at the Bram Stoker Awards weekend, and you were feeling kind of sad, now you can feel slightly less sad! The awards banquet will be streamed LIVE right here on the internet! Will I succumb to tears if Dweller doesn’t win? Will the audience rush the stage with torches and pitchforks if any of my Master of Ceremonies jokes bomb?

There’s not a link available yet, but the awards show will begin around 9:00 PM EST on Saturday the 18th. Keep watching this space.


It’s (Almost) Stoker Time!

Next week I’ll be in Long Island, New York for the Bram Stoker Awards. Here’s where you can find me:

THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 7:00 – 10:00 PM: Horror Writers Book Signing Extravaganza! A mass signing with gobs and gobs of horror authors…and it’s open to the public! If you’re within seven states of New York you owe it to yourself to come over for this.

SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 12:30 – 2:30 PM. Writers Workshop of Horror LIVE. Michael Knost, Lisa Morton, F. Paul Wilson, and I will each give a half-hour presentation based on our chapter in Writers Workshop of Horror. I will be talking about adding comic relief to your horror fiction.

SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 3:00 – 4:00 PM. The launch party for Butcher Knives & Body Counts, a collection of essays about slasher flicks, edited by Vince Liaguno and published by Dark Scribe Press. I’ve got an essay in there about The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (the original) and Mother’s Day (also the original).

SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 9:00 – 11:00 PM: The Bram Stoker Awards banquet! Will Dweller win for Superior Achievement in a Novel? No, probably not, but I’ll be Master of Ceremonies, so I’ll get to go up on stage more times than ANYBODY ELSE!!! The tuxedo has been dry cleaned, I’m scheduled for a haircut on Monday…I’m good to go, baby!

The rest of the weekend, I’ll mostly be wandering around, looking lost.

Be there.

Devil Without a Cause

Rarely a day goes by when I don’t hear somebody say “You know what’s wrong with your damn site? Not enough rock and roll videos! What’s the matter…are you SQUARE?!?”

Well, you guys are right. This site needs more hard rockin’ and hot guys. So here’s the trailer to Terri Garey’s new novel Devil Without a Cause, set to music by The 69 Eyes. Crank it.

Coming next summer…

Currently Reading

For no particular reason, I’m going to start adding “Currently Reading” tags to my website posts. Like this:

CURRENTLY READING: The Cemetery Club by JG Faherty and The Five by Robert McCammon


It’s possible that when you look at the above cover, you’re not thinking “Wow! That’s going to be a fun wacky romp of a read!” Your thoughts are probably more like “Oh my goodness, that poor woman has blood all over her face…and, look, her eye is kind of messed up! Horror! Horror! Horror!

But “a fun wacky romp of a read” is a completely accurate description, although they probably wouldn’t put that blurb on the book. My actual blurb is:

“Adrienne Jones’ Backbite is one of the most fun, inventive, and entertaining books I’ve read in years!” –Jeff Strand

First of all, there aren’t going to be any spoilers here, because much of the fun in Backbite comes from the fact that you’ll have absolutely no frickin’ idea where this book is headed. It’s okay to read the official synopsis, which tells you about genetic experiments and stuff, but don’t let anybody spoil it beyond that. If somebody comes up to you and says “Hey, have you read the part in Backbite where–?” immediately bash their head in with a crowbar. If you don’t have a crowbar, use your teeth.

I guess if I were forced to pick a genre, I’d have to call this a science fiction novel, but it really defies classification. The book’s tone and story are all over the place, which in the hands of a less talented author it might make you scream “Make up your damn mind!” but in this book works outstandingly well. It’s got laugh-out-loud humor, wince-inducing violence, frowny-face-inducing sorrow, and mysteries galore. Complications for our poor hero pile up at an insane rate. It’s dark and it’s twisted, but most of all, the book is just plain FUN.

It’s available in paperback or a $2.99 Kindle edition from Creative Guy Publishing. Buy it immediately.

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