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December 27, 2014

This is a post for fans of J.F. Gonzalez, giving you a status update on forthcoming unpublished works. I have finished going through his literary estate and am happy to report the following:


MONSTERS/MABEL:


These two novellas serve as a prequel to SURVIVOR. The first novella, MONSTERS, was completed before Jesus’s death. The second novella, MABEL, was partially completed. Wrath James White will finish MABEL, based on Jesus’s outline and notes. The novellas will be published by Sinister Grin Press.


RETREAT II:


Jesus had three distinct mythoi. The CLICKERS mythos is one. FETISH, SURVIVOR, and BULLY have the common thread of William Grecko, the Eastside Butcher, and the snuff film ring. And THE CORPORATION, PRIMITIVE, BACK FROM THE DEAD, and THEY are tied together by the demon Hanbi/Hanpa. He’d also left loose links in SHAPESHIFTER, CONVERSION, THE BELOVED, and even VOYEUR (the novel he wrote under the pseudonym Angel Garcia). For example, THE CORPORATION is tied to SHAPESHIFTER by way of the insurance company, Free State Insurance.


Before his death, Jesus’s plan had been to tie all of these together into one mythos he called the Dark World Cycle. The first part of this plan involved LIBRA NIGRUM SCIENTIA SECRETA. The second part involved his new novel, RETREAT. The third part involved a sequel to RETREAT that would finalize everything and draw all the strings together.


The first two books were finished before his death, and are forthcoming from Miskatonic Books and Thunderstorm Books, respectively. The third book, RETREAT II, was partially completed at the time of his death. I will be completing the novel, based on his notes and outline, and thus, complete his mythos. The book will be published by Thunderstorm books, most likely in 2016.


UP JUMPED THE DEVIL:


This is a novella collection he had finished compiling before his death. It will be edited and published in 2015.


CONVERSION:


This is a re-write of his out of print first novel. Revisions were completed before his death. It will be published in 2015.


DIARY OF A MADMAN and SHADOWS IN THE ATTIC:


Two-volume compilation of Jesus’s non-fiction.


TWO OR POSSIBLY THREE MORE SHORT STORY COLLECTIONS:


Untitled and un-compiled at this point.


OTHER WORKS:


In addition to the above, there are several other uncompleted novels and novellas. Their status remains indefinite at this time.

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December 25, 2014

The End begins January 2015


Happy Holidays…

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Published on December 25, 2014 04:05 • 32 views

December 15, 2014

PRE-ORDER THE PAPERBACK EDITION OF MY NEW NOVEL, THE LOST LEVEL, FOR $15 AND RECEIVE THE EBOOK EDITION IMMEDIATELY, ALONG WITH FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING!


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When modern-day occultist Aaron Pace discovers the secrets of inter-dimensional travel via a mystical pathway called The Labyrinth, he wastes no time in exploring a multitude of strange new worlds and alternate realities. But then, Aaron finds himself trapped in the most bizarre dimension of all — a place where dinosaurs coexist with giant robots, where cowboys fight reptilian lizard people, and where even the grass can kill you. This is a world populated by the missing and the disappeared, a world where myth is reality and where the extinct is reborn. Now, side-by-side with his new companions Kasheena and Bloop, Aaron must learn to navigate its dangers and survive long enough to escape… THE LOST LEVEL.


Apex is proud to present the first book in Grand Master Award winner Brian Keene’s long-awaited new series, a loving ode to lost world classics like Burroughs’s PELLUCIDAR, Howard’s ALMURIC, and Lansdale’s THE DRIVE-IN, but with a thoroughly modern twist that only Brian Keene could conceive.


CLICK HERE to pre-order the trade paperback now for $15 and receive the ebook edition immediately with your order! Trade paperbacks will ship January 17 with free Domestic shipping!

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December 13, 2014

If you liked THE MIST, try DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN, by Brian Keene. Excellent short horror novel.


— Stephen King (@StephenKing) December 13, 2014



Which means a whole bunch of new people are coming here right now. Hello to them. DARKNESS OF THE EDGE OF TOWN is available in the following formats:


Paperback

Kindle

Nook

Audiobook


Thanks for checking it out. If you enjoy it, a complete list of all my books can be found here.

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Published on December 13, 2014 16:27 • 38 views

December 7, 2014

Time is running out to pre-order your copy of LIBRA NIGRUM SCIENTIA SECRETA, the book examining the back-story behind the mythos of Brian Keene and J.F. Gonzalez. Drawing inspiration from sources as varied as H.P. Lovecraft’s Necronomicon to J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion, this profusely-illustrated work of art is a dream come true for devotees of both author’s works. Part spell-book, part history, and part religious text, Libra Nigrum Scientia Secreta reveals the secrets behind the Labyrinth, Hanpa, the Thirteen, the Dark Ones, and much more. It is a dream come true for devotees of both author’s works.


Through an arrangement with the publisher, there will be no paperback, digital or trade hardcover published, making this edition a true collector’s item. The book will be issued in the following formats: 400-copy limited edition hardcover ($59), 26-copy lettered edition ($275), and a 10-copy Ultra edition ($550 – sold out). (Please note, you are pre-ordering. This book is expected to ship Winter 2014).


CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER THE LIMITED EDITION – $59 – Only 100 copies left!


CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER THE LETTERED EDITION – $275 – Only 2 copies left!

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December 3, 2014

IN STORES 1/19/15

(Available for pre-order 12/15/14)

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Published on December 03, 2014 03:50 • 30 views

December 2, 2014

download We all want to believe. The truth is still out there. The X-Files have been reopened.


IDW Publishing and series creator Chris Carter have authorized new investigations into the weird, the strange, and the mysterious. New York Times Bestseller and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winner Jonathan Maberry brings together some of today’s top storytellers, including Brian Keene, Tim Lebbon, Kevin J. Anderson, Max Allan Collins, and many more for a series of all-new X-Files. Scully and Mulder continue their journey into darkness as they face aliens, monsters, shadow governments, and twisted conspiracies.


In stores March 2015. CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER.

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Published on December 02, 2014 02:35 • 51 views

November 26, 2014

“I had strings, but now I’m free. There are no strings on me.” — Ultron, Avengers 2


This will be my last new communique of 2014. After this message, I’ll be vanishing from all social media (including private accounts) until early next year, which will hopefully be better than 2014. This year I’ve lost a friend to cancer; another friend to an aneurysm; a home due to incessant, pummeling storms; a lot of money in conjunction with that; and another romantic relationship due to the fact that I’m really not the best prospect for such a thing. During a special bonus round, I also found out that I’m going blind.


While dealing with all that, I’m trying to be a father to a 6-year old and a father to a 24-year old (two entirely different skill sets) and stay caught up on already blown writing deadlines, as well as email, manuscript reviews, and Lifetime Subscriber shipments. I’ve succeeded at the first, semi-succeeded at the second, and am still way behind on the latter four. So, I’m going dark to focus on those (as well as continuing to work on J.F. Gonzalez’s literary estate, for which his fans can expect lots of good news in early 2015). If you post something to me via Twitter, Facebook, etc. expect it to go unseen and unanswered.


Look for a few automatic postings here between now and January — the annual Top Ten Books of the Year, some potential movie news, and a few other things. But as I said, those are set to post automatically. I won’t actually be pushing the button. Instead, I’ll be hunkered down in an undisclosed wilderness location, hammering my keyboard in an attempt to wrap things up.


Because that’s what you do when autumn fades and winter approaches and the snow starts to fall. You wrap things up.


It’s snowing right now as I type this, in fact.


In the meantime, please consider purchasing one of the following new books:


THE LAST OF THE ALBATWITCHES

APOCRYPHA

KING OF THE BASTARDS (co-written with Steven Shrewsbury)

LIBRA NIGRUM SCIENTIA SECRETA (co-written with J.F. Gonzalez)


Or, if you prefer, one of the following new t-shirts:


THE RISING

EARTHWORM GODS


Or, if you are so inclined, get your ticket’s for next year’s only official public appearance.


Thanks for your continued support. Have a safe and wonderful holiday season. I’ll see you back here in January with many surprises, like several long-awaited new books (including THE LOST LEVEL and TRIGGER WARNINGS), and concrete release info for the LABYRINTH series.


THE END is coming…


“It’s the end. The end of the path I started us on.” Tony Stark, Avengers 2

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Published on November 26, 2014 07:23 • 44 views

November 19, 2014

MAELSTROM is my own publishing imprint through Thunderstorm Books. Each year, we publish a set of three signed, limited edition hardcover books (one of which will not be reprinted) for one low price. The 2014 set, which includes myself, Steven Shrewsbury, Jonathan Goodrich, and Laird Barron.


APOCRYPHA by Brian Keene


A true must-have for any Brian Keene collector, APOCRYPHA goes deep inside the author’s vaults and archives, revealing for the first time anywhere a plethora of rare and never-before-published material, including rare stories, excerpts from early and unpublished novels, alternate chapters and excised material from published novels, early journalism, material from cancelled projects, and much more. There’s even a section collecting formative writing from Keene’s early teenage years. Be it the original, unpublished ending to THE RISING or his pitch for the TERMINATOR series, this book is a gold-mine of rarities and oddities sure to satisfy even the most hardcore Brian Keene fan. This book will never be reprinted, so don’t miss your chance to peek inside the vault before the doors close forever!


KING OF THE BASTARDS by Brian Keene & Steven Shrewsbury


Extreme horror meets extreme sword & sorcery!


Rogan has been many things in his life as an adventurer — a barbarian, a thief, a buccaneer, a rogue, a lover, a reaver, and most recently, a king. Now, this prehistoric bane of wizards and tyrants finds himself without a kingdom, lost in a terrifying new world, and fighting for his life against pirates, zombies, mutants, and the demonic entity known as Meeble. And even if he defeats his foes, Rogan must still find a way to return home, regain his throne, save his loved ones, and remind everyone why he’s the KING OF THE BASTARDS.



HAG by Jonathan Goodrich (Introduction by Laird Barron)


All David wanted was to rest and get better. He moved from Vermont to Boston to beat his cancer. Even before the boxes are unpacked, he and his best friend Sam notice an eerie presence in his new apartment building. The emaciated haunt is a roiling storm of fury with black iron claws and jagged metal teeth. She attacks David without reason or pity, and just when he thinks he knows her limits, she tears through them.


HAG is a dark, brooding novel set in a blighted personal landscape. A story of deathless rage and enduring hatred.


Once again, MAELSTROM V is limited to 260 three-book sets. $135 per set. Previous year’s sets have sold out quickly. This set will, too. CLICK HERE TO ORDER. Don’t miss out!

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Published on November 19, 2014 04:07 • 5 views

MAELSTROM is my own publishing imprint through Thunderstorm Books. Each year, we publish a set of three signed, limited edition hardcover books (one of which will not be reprinted) for one low price. The 2014 set, which is on sale now includes myself, Steven Shrewsbury, Jonathan Goodrich, and Laird Barron.


APOCRYPHA by Brian Keene


A true must-have for any Brian Keene collector, APOCRYPHA goes deep inside the author’s vaults and archives, revealing for the first time anywhere a plethora of rare and never-before-published material, including rare stories, excerpts from early and unpublished novels, alternate chapters and excised material from published novels, early journalism, material from cancelled projects, and much more. There’s even a section collecting formative writing from Keene’s early teenage years. Be it the original, unpublished ending to THE RISING or his pitch for the TERMINATOR series, this book is a gold-mine of rarities and oddities sure to satisfy even the most hardcore Brian Keene fan. This book will never be reprinted, so don’t miss your chance to peek inside the vault before the doors close forever!


KING OF THE BASTARDS by Brian Keene & Steven Shrewsbury


Extreme horror meets extreme sword & sorcery!


Rogan has been many things in his life as an adventurer — a barbarian, a thief, a buccaneer, a rogue, a lover, a reaver, and most recently, a king. Now, this prehistoric bane of wizards and tyrants finds himself without a kingdom, lost in a terrifying new world, and fighting for his life against pirates, zombies, mutants, and the demonic entity known as Meeble. And even if he defeats his foes, Rogan must still find a way to return home, regain his throne, save his loved ones, and remind everyone why he’s the KING OF THE BASTARDS.



HAG by Jonathan Goodrich (Introduction by Laird Barron)


All David wanted was to rest and get better. He moved from Vermont to Boston to beat his cancer. Even before the boxes are unpacked, he and his best friend Sam notice an eerie presence in his new apartment building. The emaciated haunt is a roiling storm of fury with black iron claws and jagged metal teeth. She attacks David without reason or pity, and just when he thinks he knows her limits, she tears through them.


HAG is a dark, brooding novel set in a blighted personal landscape. A story of deathless rage and enduring hatred.


Once again, MAELSTROM V is limited to 260 three-book sets. $135 per set. Previous year’s sets have sold out quickly. This set will, too. CLICK HERE TO ORDER. Don’t miss out!

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Published on November 19, 2014 04:07 • 10 views