Welcome to your one stop source for all things Crossroad Press. As you’ll have noticed by now, we’ve broken our catalog into a series of imprints. This will make it easier for you to find the books you want, and simpler to purchase, download, and enjoy our print and digital content. General non fiction, mainstream fiction, and books not easily classifiable will remain under the Crossroad Press main imprint. In addition, we have added: Macabre Ink for horror and dark fantasy, Gordian Knot Books for Mysteries and Thrillers, Rendezvous Press for Romance, Mystique Press for Science Fiction and Fantasy, Dimension W for Westerns and Weird Westerns, Panta Rei Press for New age and Metaphysical titles, and for younger readers Otherside Press for Teen and YA titles, Wonderstruck Books for Middle Grade Readers and K-Bug Books for first readers and children’s picture books. Welcome to Crossroad Press!
Just a very quick update … Fandemonium Books has just released Amy Griswold’s “Stargate SG-1 – Murder at the SGC” … we have this at Crossroad Press in ePub and Mobi formats. You can find it at: The Crossroad Press Online Store
Also just released in hardcover and trade paperback formats:
John McIlveen’s debut collection: INFLICTIONS
and David Niall Wilson’s novel ANCIENT EYES – previously only available in a signed limited edition.
An update to the MEAN STREETS STORY BUNDLE … not only does this bundle include the original 11 novels, four by Crossroad Press authors Ed Gorman, Bill Pronzini, Tom Piccirilli, Clive Barker and David Niall Wilson – but now it includes TWO BONUS NOVELS – David Niall Wilson’s The Not Quite Right Reverend Cletus J. Diggs & The Crazy Case of Foreman James – and a book featuring Steven Savile’s JACK STONE… That’s 13 BOOKS and you pay what you want. Part of the money goes to charity. It’s a good deal, and I hope you’ll pop on over to http://storybundle.com/crime and check it out…
STORYBUNDLE! DAVID MORRELL, CLIVE BARKER, MAYNARD SIMS, DAVID NIALL WILSON, BILL PRONZINI, STEVEN SAVILE, TONY BLACK, SEAN BLACK, STEPHEN GALLAGHER, TOM PICCIRILLI, ED GORMAN – ELEVEN NOVELS IN ALL! Pay what you want! You choose how much you want to pay for these awesome books. You decide how much of your purchase goes to the author and how much goes to help keep StoryBundle running. If your purchase price beats $15, you get the five bonus titles: Cabal by Clive Barker, The Innocent by Sean Black Down River by Stephen Gallagher, Nightjack by Tom Piccirilli and Brotherhood of the Rose by David Morrell!
Support nonprofits. Best of all, you can also give a portion of the proceeds from each bundle to charity. To learn more about these charities and those they help, click the “Learn More” link next the charities when you purchase.
From the creator of Pinhead to the father of Rambo, these MEAN STREETS are filled great heroes and terrifying villains. Experience some of the best crime and thriller writers out there today. Ever wanted to go to Edinburgh and experience the true grit of the city as seen through the eyes of Irvine Welsh’s (Trainspotting) favorite author. How about Newcastle in the midst of a civil war on its streets where the homeless are rising up? What about a mountain top monastery where children are being trained to be assassins? A seaside town in the grip of corrupt cops? A lost city, a legend, where monsters are supposed to have a safe haven? Run for your life through Vienna. Watch the blood spill across the streets of London… Gathered here are all the tales of the city, our cities, their secret lives ripped bare by writers who have sold millions of copies of their novels, seen their work adapted into movies and some of your favourite tv shows and won dozens of literary awards between them, some multiple times, including the World Fantasy Award, Lambda Literary Award, Seamus Award, Bram Stoker Award, Ellery Queen Award, Scribe Award, Anthony Award, The International Thriller Writer’s Thriller Master Award, Best Drama winner in the 2014 European Science TV and New Media Awards, Crime Writers Association Award, and the British Fantasy Award…
Buy our newest books at AMAZON.COM / BARNES & NOBLE / One of our first original series projects was the series The O.C.L.T. – and I’m happy to announce that a new book is up for pre-order in that series, another is on the way, and the first four books are now part of an Omnibus edition, so you can catch up to where we are. This omnibus contains:
Brought to Light – by Aaron Rosenberg
The Parting – by David Niall Wilson
The Temple of Camazotz – by David Niall Wilson
Incursion – by Aaron Rosenberg
It also includes a sneak preview of the tie-in novel No Laughing Matter by Kurt Criscione and an excerpt from the new novel – up for pre-order – Crockatiel – An O.C.L.T. novel. This book also features the character Cletus J. Diggs… it will release on May 1st, and the eBook is up for pre-order on all retail sites. If you are reading this newsletter, and would like a free copy of this book in return for a review, e-mail us at email@example.com.
Also new for April:
Shards – by Tom Piccirilli
Deep-Fried Homicide – a Laurel Falls Mystery – by Patricia Lee Macomber
Shadowman – by Dennis Etchison
Melody of Vengeance – by Michael A. Black
12-1: Twelve Short Thrillers & a Play – by Raymond Benson
Seacliff – by Felicia Andrews
The Great Apparitions of Mary – by Ingo Swann
The links above are to ALL Crossroad Press ebooks, ranked from lowest price to highest price. We have a good number of .99 books that are ALWAYS bargain priced… for iTUnes and Google Play you’ll have to put in the title, or the author to find the links on the appropriate dates (see below)
Until the 10th of April, you can get NDE – The Lazarus Intiative – by award-winning authors Steven Savile & David Sakmyster for only .99… From Steven Savile, International best-selling author of SILVER and the JACK STONE THRILLERS, and David Sakmystery, award-winning screenwriter and author of THE PHAROS OBJECTIVE and CRESCENT LAKE, a new, page-turning, supernatural thriller. After a Near Death Experience (an ‘NDE’) radically transforms the life of eccentric billionaire Nicholas Sheridan, he becomes obsessed with understanding the experience, recreating the conditions that opened the gate to the unknown. After recruiting others with similar experiences, they discover amazing connections, common visions and dramatic abilities among people who have come back from the dead. But what they haven’t bargained for is that the gate opens both ways. Something has escaped from death and is hunting them. Something hungry…
From the 10th through the 21st you can get Benjamin Kane Ethridge’s Bram Stoker Award-Winning novel BLACK & ORANGE for only .99 – Forget everything you know about Halloween. The stories are distortions. They were created to keep the Church of Midnight hidden from the world. Every October 31st a gateway opens to a hostile land of sacrificial magic and chaos. Since the beginning of civilization the Church of Midnight has attempted to open the gateway and unite with its other half, the Church of Morning. Each year they’ve come closer, waiting for the ideal sacrifice to open the gateway permanently. This year that sacrifice has come. And only two can protect it. Martin and Teresa are the nomads, battle-hardened people who lack identity and are forever road-bound on an endless mission to guard the sacrifice. Their only direction is from notes left from a mysterious person called the Messenger. Endowed with a strange telekinetic power, the nomads will use everything at their disposal to make it through the night alive. But matters have become even more complicated this year. Teresa has quickly lost ground battling cancer, while Martin has spiraled into a panic over being left alone. His mind may no longer be on the fight when it matters most… because ever on their heels is the insidious physical representation of a united church: Chaplain Cloth.
From the 21st through the 30th you can get Joe R. Lansdale’s BUMPER CROP for only .99 – This collection of 26 stories contains some of Joe R Lansdale’s favourite and most violent dark horror tales. ‘God of the Razor’ introduces the dark god behind serial killers. A martial arts fight to the death between a reluctant champion and a sadistic alpha male, is featured in ‘Master of Misery’. Human sacrifice, to ensure prosperity or as a coming-of-age ritual, are themes of ‘On a Dark October’ and ‘Duck Hunt’. In ‘The Fat Man’, young boys learn the hard way that some mysteries should not be investigated. Many of the tales are truly weird, such as ‘Chompers’, the story of the false teeth with an appetite. All stories are individually introduced by Lansdale, who explains the humorous, weird, and sometimes sad genesis for each.
|1906 – A Novel||James Dalessandro||Historical||01/22/13||Book Link|
|A Murder of Mysteries||Neal Barrett Jr., William Bayer, Raymond Benson, Bill Crider, Ed Gorman, Rob MacGregor, T. J. MacGregor, Patricia Lee Macomber, Jeff Markowitz, Deborah Morgan, Dave Pedneau, Bill Pronzini, Robert J. Randisi, David Niall Wilson & T. M. Wright||Mysteries & Thrillers||12/18/14||Book Link|
|The Thief of Always||Clive Barker||Paranormal||08/30/13||Book Link|
|SGA-16 Homecoming||Jo Graham||Adventure||03/07/11||Book Link|
|Cabal||Clive Barker||Horror||01/31/14||Book Link|
|SGA-19 The Furies||Jo Graham||Science Fiction||06/20/12||Book Link|
|SGA-20 Secrets||Melissa Scott||Science Fiction||08/15/12||Book Link|
|SGA-17 The Lost||Jo Graham||Adventure||03/13/11||Book Link|
|The Woman||Jack Ketchum||Horror||02/04/11||Book Link|
|SGA-18 Allegiance||Melissa Scott||Science Fiction||11/30/11||Book Link|
One of the things about traditional publishing that has always gotten my hackles up is the genre-specific marketing that rules it. Through the 70s, 80s and 90s there was a very literal plague of novels that were doomed from the outset by being miscast to fit available slots.
In particular, a lot of novels were slapped between paperback covers with raised foil lettering and lots of blood in the imagery that were labeled “horror”. These books came out like clockwork, sat on the shelves a short time, and disappeared to be replaced by another round of the same. I actually had an agent during that period who told me I missed a chance. I was out at sea, and could have been published in the big horror glut of the 80s, but there was a slot, and a time-frame and I missed it. Didn’t matter if the book was good, just that it existed. I’m sort of glad I missed out on that.
Anyway, a lot of good books got labeled incorrectly during that period, and among those books were a series of police procedurals that happened to include serial killers and some violence, by Paul Dale Anderson.
Paul is with Crossroad Press now, and we are re-structuring his series INTO a series and marketing them more appropriately. Don’t get me wrong. Horror readers will enjoy these but they are more accurately categorized in the bigger world of mysteries and thrillers, and they are definitely a series, though until now they have not been marketed as such. We have a brand new book in the series due out soon… so I thought I’d have Paul write about these – where the inspiration came from (shades of Kay Scarpetta). Without further ado, I give you:
An Introduction to Paul Dale Anderson’s Instruments of Death series
I lived in Chicago and worked at the American Society of Clinical Pathologists’ Chicago headquarters, directly across West Harrison Street from the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office, when I wrote Claw Hammer. My ASCP job was to sell continuing education classes to pathologists, and I got to sit in on many of those classes because I was the person who registered them for various courses. I set up microscopes in classrooms at conference centers, ran the overheads and slide projectors, hawked new books published by the Society or the College of American Pathologists, and hosted elaborate cocktail parties for the Docs at national medical conferences. One of those ASCP classes featured the latest techniques of tool mark analysis available to forensic pathologists interested in identifying the instrument of death, and I was fascinated to learn about the variety of ways people quite often used common household implements to kill beloved family members and friends.
That class reminded me of several terrible tragedies that had happened to grade-school classmates of mine in my own hometown of Rockford, Illinois. I recalled awakening one dawn to the sound of sirens when I was only about eight or nine. I learned that a neighbor had allegedly gone crazy during the night and killed his entire family—all but one daughter who survived–with a claw hammer. The milkman, the same milkman who had just delivered milk to my house, discovered the bodies when he entered the neighbor’s house to put milk in the refrigerator. as he normally did twice a week. In those Father Knows Best and Leave It to Beaver days of the early 1950s, people were very trusting and nobody ever locked their back doors. All that changed, of course, after an entire family was killed in our close-knit suburban neighborhood. It never dawned on us that locking the doors would do no good if the killer lived inside the house and had keys.
Not long after that first tragedy, the mother of another female grade-school friend was electrocuted in her bathtub. Supposedly, a radio fell off a shelf and added 110 volts to an afternoon bubble bath and fried the lady like a lobster. Police arrested the lady’s husband and charged him with her murder. My young friend had to leave school to go live with her grandparents. I never saw her again.
One of my favorite uncles, Eric Ekebom, was a Rockford police detective sergeant and I remember asking to see his gun when I was too young to know any better. He told me he hadn’t had to use his gun even once in more than twenty years on the police force. He did carry a gun, he explained, but he said he really didn’t need one because “Good detectives use their brains and not guns to catch criminals.” I’ll always remember that. Eric was the detective who reorganized the Rockford Police Department’s record bureau in the 1930s. He became the police department’s forensic and identification expert, and he served as the President of the International Association for Identification, the largest forensic organization in the world, from 1956 to 1957.
When Pinnacle Books bought two of my novels and wanted them delivered right away, I wrote a rough draft of Claw Hammer and sent it off with the expectation I would have time to revise and polish the manuscript. I had one day between the time I received the page proofs and the deadline for getting the completed novel back to New York in time to make the publishing window. I over-nighted the proofs back. I have never missed a writing deadline in my life. In the old days when I was learning the newspaper business, we published what we had in order to make a deadline even if we didn’t yet have the full story. “Go with what ya got,” the editor called out as the deadline approached. Some stories were incomplete or inaccurate. We knew we always had the next day’s edition to round out the details or publish a correction. I’m glad Claw Hammer endured to see a next edition.
Claw Hammer was my first published psychological horror novel, and since its original publication in 1989 I have written nine additional suspense-thrillers/police-procedural novels set in imaginary Riverdale, Illinois. Riverdale is a combination of my native Rockford and Aurora and Oak Park, plus images from a dozen other northern Illinois cities where I’ve lived and written novels. Carl Erickson, the homicide detective from Claw Hammer, also appears in Pickaxe, Icepick, Sledgehammer, Box Cutter, and Pinking Shears. After Carl retires, Troy Nolan and Andy Sinnott take over Carl Erickson’s roles, both detectives appearing in Pickaxe, Icepick, and Meat Cleaver.
My comfort zone is sitting at my keyboard inside my own house writing novels and short stories or reading novels and short stories for review. When Gretta M. Anderson, my wife of 27 years, died three years ago, I abandoned the real world for multiple fantasy worlds where I could control the outcome of human interactions. Writing kept me relatively sane. Andy Sinnott is a lot like me. But you already guessed that, didn’t you?
I write not only for me and to maintain sanity, but I write for people just like me—and like you, dear reader–who love to read a good mystery. I try, first and foremost, to tell a good story because I love good stories. Some of my stories get really weird, and many of my characters bleed and feel pain and some die. I view the world as a dangerous place where bad things happen to good people. Not all of my stories have a happy ending. I hope you’re as glad as I am that Icepick does end happily for most of the characters. You’ll meet many of the same characters again in other novels. Unfortunately, not all of them survive.
I am neither a medical doctor nor a forensic scientist, nor am I a police officer or a civil engineer. I have, however, worked with medical doctors, forensic scientists, police officers, and civil engineers, and I have two earned master’s degrees and most of a doctorate. I have done extensive medical research for more than twenty years. I always try my best to be accurate in my descriptions of medical and police procedures. I also served time in the military, including tours in construction engineer units, and I am familiar with a variety of firearms. Nevertheless, my novels are works of fiction that spring from my imagination, and I do take liberties with verisimilitude in order to tell a good story. For me, story comes first. If you want fact-filled books, I can recommend a few textbooks you might find interesting. If you want good stories, read my novels.
** Editor’s Note**
We are PROUD to bring this entire series of books back in digital, and new additions in all formats, and even happier to bring some very cool mystery thrillers to a new readership who probably would never have picked up a Pinnacle Horror novel back in the day. Gotta love being “the publisher”.