MY PRETTIES Description

The Kindle version of My Pretties will be available this week, with the paperback edition to follow soon. Here’s the description:

A novel of terror from the Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of Pressure.

A serial kidnapper is preying upon women. He abducts them, then locks them in one of the cages dangling from the ceiling in a soundproofed basement. There, he sits quietly and just watches them, returning night after night, hoping he’ll be in the room at the moment his beautiful captives finally starve to death.

Charlene and Gertie have become fast friends at the restaurant where they work. But Charlene is concerned when she hears how Gertie spends her evenings: her cousin is one of the missing, and Gertie wanders the city streets where many of the abductions took place, using herself as bait with a high-voltage stun gun in her pocket. Charlene reluctantly offers to trail her in her car, just in case she does lure the kidnapper and things go wrong.

Unfortunately, the women find themselves the source of unwanted fame. And now they’re on the radar of a very, very dangerous man…



Oooooh, creepy! It’s Lynne Hansen‘s cover for my upcoming novel My Pretties.

I don’t have an exact publication date yet, but it’ll be soon. Very soon.



The Thunderstorm Books hardcover limited edition of Ferocious is now available for pre-order (it’ll ship in June). Wraparound cover art by Frank Walls. Limited to 68 copies.


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Woo-hoo! It’s almost time for StokerCon! This year it’s in Grand Rapids, Michigan, May 9-12. I’m driving from Atlanta, which isn’t exactly a short road trip, but at least I don’t have to stand in airport security lines.

Here’s my official schedule:

Friday, May 10

12:00 – 1:00 PM: Reading time! I’ll be sharing the hour with J.L. Gribble and Peggy Christie. My story selections are subject to change, but right now I’m planning to go with “Captain Pistachio’s Charming Rampage” and “The Douchebag Who Reneged on the Death Pact.”

4:00 – 5:00 PM: Panel: “How to Start a Regional HWA Chapter.” Andy Davidson, Crystal O’Leary-Davidson, Brian Kirk, David Powell, Jessica York, and I will discuss the formation of the Atlanta chapter of the Horror Writers Association.

5:00 – 6:30 PM: The mass signing! A giant room full of authors, PLUS it’s an ice cream social. Ice cream and books! Your opportunity to spill chocolate syrup all over a copy of Ferocious. 

Saturday, May 11

12:00 – 1:00 PM: Panel: “Bloody or Creepy: Can It Ever Be Too Much?” Asher Ellis, Nicole Cushing, John F. D. Taff, John Skipp and I will discuss this important topic. Most likely we’ll say “Nope!” and then stare awkwardly at the audience for the remainder of the panel.

3:00 – 4:00 PM: Panel: “Married and in the Business.” Brian Matthews will moderate this discussion with horror power couples, including Yvonne Navarro/Weston Osche, Crystal O’Leary-Davidson/Andy Davidson, and me/Lynne Hansen. Hopefully there will be no bickering.

8:00 – 10:00 PM: The Bram Stoker Awards! I retired as Master of Ceremonies last year, so this year I’ll be watching the show from the audience! Same tux, though. Gotta look snazzy.


Ferocious Paperback!

At long last (actually, it hasn’t been that long unless you’ve been frantically clicking “refresh” hoping for an update) the paperback edition of Ferocious is available. It’s actually been around for a few days, but I was a) waiting for the reviews of the Kindle edition to feed over, and I’m b) sometimes slow to update my website.

You can get your copy right HERE.

This past weekend I was at the Outer Dark Symposium On The Greater Weird, where I read my story “The Douchebag Who Reneged On The Death Pact.” It was extremely well received. I can say this because it was recorded and will appear on a future episode of the Outer Dark podcast, so you can hear it being extremely well received. (I hope. In one of the videos of me emceeing the Bram Stoker Awards, the microphone didn’t really pick up the audience, so it sounds like I’m delivering jokes to stone cold silence.)

A few months ago I wrote about how these days I really only submit short stories to anthologies if somebody says, “Yo, will you write a short story for my anthology?” But I heard about a horror/comedy one, and figured I should probably submit to something like that. I’m pleased to say that “Mr. Pistachio’s Charming Rampage” was accepted by this still-untitled project. This spared me the need to scream “DON’T YOU KNOW WHO I AM???

Speaking of anthologies, I finished a story called “Ivan’s Night Out” for a book that’ll be out in October. Is that the Ivan you think it is? Yes, unless you’re being a smart-ass and coming up with a different Ivan. It’s a mean and nasty story about a mean and nasty guy.

I was interviewed at More2Read right HERE. They created a graphic with 25 of my book covers and it’s a thing of beauty.

I’m up to almost 4000 followers on Twitter, which is low by Kim Kardashian standards but high by Jeff Strand standards. If you wanna help push me over the top, I’m @JeffStrand.




March Newsletter & Interview

The March issue of my newsletter went out today. This issue includes a brand-new feature, “Made-Up Interviews With My Writer Friends,” where I completely fabricate conversations with Brian Kirk (Will Haunt You) and Kenzie Jennings (Reception). As always, there’s an original story. This time it’s “After,” which has a different tone than what regular readers might expect.

You can check it out right HERE.

Even better, you can subscribe to future issues right HERE

And there’s a fun, Ferocious-centric interview with me up at Horror Addicts, conducted by the lovely and talented Lionel Ray Green. Read it HERE.


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