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May 19, 2015

The 20th Anniversary Issue of the legendary CARPE NOCTEM is on sale and shipping now. It contains my brand new story, “The Eleventh Muse”, as well as work from Brian Hodge, Weston Ochse, Linda Addison, and many more.

Back in the late 90s, it seemed like everyone in my “generation” of horror authors was trying to sell a story to Carpe Noctem. The magazine was available in places like Hot Topic and Tower Records, as well as bookstores and newsstands. You might think that since their fiction editor, Michael T. Huyck Jr., was my best friend, I got published there many times — but you’d be wrong. I never was. I collected more rejection slips from Mikey than any other editor at the time. And I deserved them. So, to have finally made it in with this 20th Anniversary issue? I’m very proud. And I think it’s one of my better stories. Also, we’re getting old. (I say that, because there’s been a lot of reminiscing lately among my generation of horror writers about the “good old days” of Gothic Net, Carpe Noctem, Chiaroscuro, Masters of Terror, Cabal Asylum/Welcome to Nod, Iniquities/Phantasm, and more).

Carpe Noctem 20th Anniversary Issue — click here to purchase.

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Published on May 19, 2015 03:38 • 20 views

May 15, 2015

My latest non-fiction collection, TRIGGER WARNINGS, has been available on Kindle, Nook, and Kobo since January. Now, it is also available as a signed, limited edition hardcover for collectors. It features white leather binding, black foil stamp art, frontis artwork by David Ho, marbled end-sheets, and a black satin page ribbon marker. It is strictly limited to 100 copies. $95 each. Click here to purchase.

This incendiary new non-fiction collection by World Horror Grandmaster Award winning author Brian Keene walks the line between profound and profane, poking and prodding everything from pop culture to politics. Whether it’s the downfall of America’s oldest mass-market publisher, the Second Amendment, advice on writing, marriage equality, crazed Internet trolls, writer’s organizations, the death of the Borders retail chain, misogyny in comic books, the history of the horror genre, or the apathy of a fading political system, Brian Keene shares his thoughts in that blunt, sardonic style readers have come to love.

TRIGGER WARNINGS includes acclaimed essays, speeches, and articles such as “Roots”, “Seminal Screams”, “The Dorchester Wars”, “More Than Man’s Best Friend”, “Cold Warriors”, “How to Write 80,000 Words in a Weekend”, “Children Playing with Guns”, “On Rape and Repugnance”, and many more.

Brian Keene’s TRIGGER WARNINGS. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

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Published on May 15, 2015 05:01 • 21 views

May 11, 2015

Last week, I gave you a first look at this year’s forthcoming Maelstrom set, which includes a brand-new novel called THE COMPLEX. All weekend long, people have been asking for more details about the novel, so here are two sneak peeks.

Meet the residents of the Pine Village Apartment Complex. A young woman transitioning from male to female. A suicidal middle-aged writer. A single mother and her son. An elderly widow. Two newlyweds. A lonely Vietnam vet. A pair of small-time criminals. And the serial killer known as The Exit.

Eleven neighbors. Eleven strangers.

And one hundred bloodthirsty homicidal maniacs.

It’s going to be a long night…

Robert Swartwood published the first chapter of the novel in his newsletter as a sort of Easter Egg. You can read it online for free on his website. (You’ll need to scroll down).

THE COMPLEX will be published in 2015 as a limited edition hardcover from Thunderstorm Books, as part of the Maelstrom imprint. Paperback and digital editions will follow from Deadite Press in 2016.

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Published on May 11, 2015 05:57 • 11 views

May 9, 2015

MAELSTROM is my own imprint through Thunderstorm Books, specializing in limited edition hardcovers produced for collectors. Each annual three-volume set features a novel-length work by me, a novella-length work by me, and a book by another author of my choosing.


A Gathering of Crows by Brian Keene

The Rising: Deliverance by Brian Keene

Six Days by Kelli Owen


A Conspiracy of One by Brian Keene (never to be reprinted)

Alone by Brian Keene’

Once Upon A Time In Midnight by John Urbancik


Earthworm Gods II: Deluge by Brian Keene

Sundancing by Brian Keene (never to be reprinted)

Answers of Silence by Geoff Cooper


The Rising: 10th Anniversary Edition by Brian Keene

Last of the Albatwitches by Brian Keene

A Necessary End by F. Paul Wilson and Sarah Pinborough


Apocrypha by Brian Keene (never to be reprinted)

King of the Bastards by Steven Shrewsbury and Brian Keene

Hag by John Goodrich

And now…your first glimpse at the MAELSTROM 2015 set:

THE COMPLEX – a brand-new, original novel by Brian Keene.

THE CRUELTY OF AUTUMN – a brand-new short story collection by Brian Keene, never to be reprinted.

And the third book? Well, we’ll save that reveal a little bit longer. But it’s a four novella collection by four authors…

Expect this to go on sale Autumn 2015 for shipping in late-2015.

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Published on May 09, 2015 03:34 • 20 views

May 7, 2015

Being an update on all things, presented below, after the cut (for easy mobile access):


Yes, it’s fair to say I have pulled back from social media — the exception being Twitter. Expect that to continue. It’s also fair to say I have pulled back from Blogging, in lieu of podcasting instead. Expect that to continue, as well (although I do occasionally still churn out a Blog, like this one from earlier in the week).

Kids come first. One graduates from college tomorrow. The other finishes first grade next month.

Health comes second. There are good days. There are bad days. That’s all I’ll say in public. Today I can both see and type, and I didn’t have to pop nitroglycerin, so I consider today a win.

J.F. Gonzalez’s estate comes third. I don’t care if you don’t agree with that. His wife and daughter and remaining literary obligations rank before you.

That leaves email, works in progress, Lifetime subscriptions, mail, and manuscript reviews.

EMAIL: Email is a lost fucking cause. I manage to answer about 2 of every 24 I receive. It’s nothing personal. It’s an issue of time management.

MANUSCRIPT REVIEWS: Right now, these are my main focus. If you haven’t heard back, it’s because you’re in relatively good shape and I am either writing you an introduction or a cover blurb. My goal is to have ALL of these finished by May 31.

LIFETIMERS: BLOOD ON THE PAGE is in house and signed. Half the outstanding Deadite titles are in house but unsigned. The other half are en route. I believe that’s everything? Lifetimers will also be receiving an exclusive holiday chapbook this year, never to be reprinted.

NON-LIFETIMERS WHO I PROMISED TO MAIL A BOOK TO: Now that everything is out of storage and in house, this is my next top priority, after manuscript reviews are completed.

WORKS IN PROGRESS: Below is a list of works in progress and their various progress reports (as of this morning). This changes daily, depending on what I have time to work on.

PRESSURE (Macmillan, paperback and digital, 2016)

85000 / 85000


ALL DARK, ALL THE TIME (self-published, 2015)

85000 / 85000


THE CRUELTY OF AUTUMN (Thunderstorm, hardcover, 2015)

30000 / 40000


WHERE WE LIVE AND DIE (Deadite/Lazy Fascist, paperback and digital, 2015)

78000 / 85000


HOLE IN THE WORLD (Camelot Books, hardcover)

65000 / 85000


INVISIBLE MONSTERS (Bad Moon Books, hardcover)

45000 / 85000


SUBURBAN GOTHIC (Deadite, paperback and digital)

40000 / 85000


THE COMPLEX (Thunderstorm Books, hardcover)

11000 / 80000


WITH TEETH (Cemetery Dance, hardcover)

20000 / 85000


RETURN TO THE LOST LEVEL (Apex Book Company, paperback and digital)

8000 / 70000


THE MOTEL AT THE END OF THE WORLD (Dark Regions, hardcover)

2000 / 20000


DISSONANT HARMONIES with Bev Vincent (Cemetery Dance, hardcover)

2000 / 30000


RETREAT II with J.F. Gonzalez

5000 / 85000


DEAD AIR (Sinister Grin, hardcover)

2000 / 70000
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Published on May 07, 2015 09:09 • 40 views

May 6, 2015

It’s been a while since I plugged anyone here. My friend, indie musician and author Michael Allen Rose, is offering a special sale on his CDs and books for the next few days. Visit his store and use the code TAXMAN to get 10% off all purchases. Limited time offer. Check it out.

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Published on May 06, 2015 07:51 • 20 views

May 3, 2015

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.

First time in paperback and digital! Coming in July from Apex Book Company!

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Published on May 03, 2015 03:06 • 55 views

April 28, 2015

LIBRARY OF THE DEAD is a new anthology that contains “The Last Things To Go” – a brand-new story by myself and Mary SanGiovanni. On sale now.

It also contains one of the final stories written by J.F. Gonzalez, as well as brand new stories by Yvonne Navarro, Kealan Patrick Burke, Christopher Golden, Tim Lebbon, Gene O’Neill, Lucy Snyder, Gary Braunbeck, Weston Ochse, Rena Mason, Michael McBride, and many more. It also contains an afterword remembrance of J.F. (also written by Mary). Edited by Michael Bailey. Illustrated by Gak. Intro by Norman Partridge.


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Published on April 28, 2015 19:22 • 45 views

April 27, 2015

Project iRadio (the network who hosts my weekly podcast, THE HORROR SHOW WITH BRIAN KEENE) is currently seeking new exclusive podcasts/serials to be a part of the Project iRadio network. If you’re interested in hosting a show or producing a serial, please contact Jess at for more information. Specific genres Project iRadio is looking for: Literature, Horror, Crime Fiction, SciFi, Comic Book related news/serials, really anything gearing towards nerds/geeks etc. Project iRadio is not looking for Political or Religious programming.

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Published on April 27, 2015 03:38 • 28 views