Every year we try to give a shout-out to the books and authors who performed the best over the past year, and 2019 will be no exception. Keep in mind that some of the top books were fortunate enough to receive a leg up from Bookbub promotions, and that can make a significant difference. In fact, if you want to support authors, one of the best, simplest, and least obtrusive ways to do that is to follow them on Bookbub. You will only be notified if that author has a new book come out, or a Bookbub “deal” but a large number of followers allows them to take advantage of promotions they would otherwise be ineligible for. Reviews are also important – not long, book-report like reviews, but a line or two and some stars to help qualify them for the higher-end promotions. That is the end of my “help our authors” note—here is the list of the top 25 eBooks from Crossroad Press for 2019:
Since 2010, Crossroad Press has had the privilege of bringing out-of-print horror back in digital format for a number of authors including, but not limited to, Ronald Kelly, Bill Crider (Jack MacLane), Rick Hautala, Charles L. Grant, Brian Hodge, Elizabeth Massie, Joseph A. Citro, Melanie and Steve Tem, Thomas Tessier, and many, many others. Since their original digital publication, formatting standards have changed, and they were out-of-date. With the new Macabre Ink Resurrected Horrors series, these books are being updated to the newest styles and formatting, with their covers updated with the series ribbon for easy identification. The first wave features ten classic horror novels from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s. Subsequent waves will each feature at least five titles, with a planned release of one wave every couple of months. Here are the ten novels in wave one of the Macabre Ink Resurrected Horrors series:
A graveyard feast beneath the summer moon …
The rural town of Old Hickory. Tennessee was a quiet, picturesque community … until the O’Sheas came to town.
Becoming the new proprietors of the town’s only funeral parlor, with the help of their charming patriarch, Square McManus, the Irish family was wholeheartedly accepted by the local townfolk. The thing began to happen. Strange things … horrible, unspeakable things … in the dead of night.
The sighting of wolfish beasts congregating around an open grave in the town cemetery. Frightening changes in several of Old Hickory’s less desirable residents. And the brutal murder and devouring of a varsity football player in the wooded wilderness outside of town. Soon, what was once concealed in shadow and secrecy was now starkly revealed, in all its ravenous fury, by the silvery light of the full moon.
As the residents of Old Hickory, as well as the local police, begin to fall victim to an unknown evil, four individuals—the town nerd, a high school jock, a widowed gunsmith, and a mysterious transient from a distant shore—find themselves facing what could possibly be a hellish lycanthrope from ancient Ireland … the legendary Arget Bethir … the Silver Beast.
SOMEWHERE IN THE NIGHT THEY ARE SINGING SONGS OF DEATH…
Colin Ross, twice thwarted in love, once abandoned, quit the mainland for Haven’s End, a wounded soul on an idyllic island, seeking to heal his life.
But instead of peace, he is hurled into chaos. Some dark and ancient hatred, some evil force, is unleashed, wreaking vengeance on the islanders, mangling the living and mutilating the dead.
And, as the piercing songs rise to met the roaring wind, Colin Ross, against his will, is sucked into the raging storm.
Lucas dreams it every night: the rockshow, flashy, ear-pounding, chaotic. The frothed-up mob that storms the stage. The death of his daughter Kristen, trampled in a sudden surge of tribal frenzy. In Lucas Ellington’s eyes, the audience is blameless. His child was murdered by the main event — Whip Hand, the ultimate party band.
The arena disaster in which Kristen was killed causes Whip Hand to disband, but the individual musicians are still out there, alive and kicking.
Not for long.
Whip Hand’s lead singer, Gabriel Stannard, has established a successful solo career, but knows how fickle his public is. He has to do something — and soon — to retain his position as the baddest, meanest, most dangerous rockstar of all time. And he knows that Lucas is saving him for last in his campaign of revenge. Each man targets the other in a vendetta of honor versus glory.
The Kill Riff traffics not only in the dark side of rock music and media exploitation, but explores what vengeance does to the avenger, in hard-ass 4/4 time.
THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS OF CATS CRAZED WITH BLOODLUST
A giant Doberman pinscher—the most vicious and deadly of killer dogs—lay in a bloody heap, its unseeing eyes still glazed with astonished terror.
A young dropout on an acid trip smiled at the animals that were ripping his flesh from his bones—until he realized that this was really happening.
What was left of a kindly old lady lay beside the shattered saucer of milk she had intended to put on the ground.
A powerfully built rapist in the midst of his outrage felt the claws on his back—and his lust turned to gibbering agony.
All over the vast city it was happening and no one seemed able to stop them—the police, the army, the scientist. And cat after cat was infected by the ferocious fever that for the first time made them the masters of man…
Etchison’s fiction is justly famous for its creepy ambiance, and explores the terrain mapped out by Philip K. Dick, Thomas Harris, and any number of black and white horror movies. This is his legendary first collection, carefully corrected by the author for this new edition. The title story won both the World Fantasy Award and the British Fantasy Award in 1982, the first time a single work received both major awards. Contents include 15 ground-breaking stories and an introduction by Ramsey Campbell.
Eight-year-old Evan Laine is afraid. He’d lost a finger in a car accident, but now it is slowly growing back. There are other changes, too. Changes he can’t hide from his mom. And dreams. Dreams from which he wakes, screaming. They are after him… the beautiful redheaded woman, and the drooling boy/man. They want him to change. They are making him change, shaping him into something just like them.
Bonnie Laine knew there was something wrong with her son. She’d seen the skin sloughing off his belly in long, wet sheets. She’d heard his screams in the night. And now she’d seen them. The followers, hunting her son. They want Evan for something, something too terrible to imagine. But Bonnie will do anything to save her son. Even if it means joining forces with a murderous man who may be far more dangerous than the creatures pursuing them.
November, 1694. Rachel Parsons, an accused witch, is hanged at the Gallows Tree in Summerfield, Maine. Before she dies, she curses all who live on her land. Her words end with the creak of the rope as the ladder is pulled out from under her.
Autumn, 1963. A retarded boy is chased into the old, abandoned mill. But it is one of his tormentors who ends up at the bottom of a shaft.
Summer, 1994. Brian Fraser has heard the stories about the old mill. They say it’s haunted, filled with the whisperings of long ago…including something that his own father won’t talk about. But Brian is drawn to the mill. Drawn to an evil so hideous, so apocalyptic it threatens one’s sanity…
Some people in Maywell, New Jersey, commute to New York. Some are working on a lab project that will change the world—if it is allowed to succeed.
And some people are witches.
Amanda Walker is not a witch—yet. She’s an artist, looking for work—unaware that someone has a desperate need for her, a dark plan that may require Amanda to enter death itself.
If she is allowed to live long enough to make the choice.
Amanda’s tale is far stranger than she knows. It is ancient beyond memory. In times of great change it must be relived, in all its fear and hope, its wisdom and its passion.
One of those times is now.
Fran’s daughter, Mick, couldn’t understand why her mother kept Tarot cards in the bottom of her closet. Had she once used the cards? It didn’t seem like something her mom would do. But there they were, in a beautifully carved box.
The cards felt special to Mick; she learned how to use them and was soon reading her friends’ minds, predicting their futures. But this was no ordinary deck of Tarot cards. By spreading the cards in different ways, Mick could control the future. Then bizarre things happened to her enemies—accidents. Mick began to change, to wear weird clothes, to spend time at the old Montagna place. It wasn’t long before people began to understand what was happening in their town. Once they did, they would go looking for Mick McGee …
Cary Connoway had heard rumors of a mysterious Cult of Death even before he arrived in San Mario, but nothing could have prepared him for the unspeakable evil that stalked him now. He had come to the primitive Caribbean island for rest and instead found love in the arms of Juana, a beautiful island girl.
Now in the jungle they both faced a relentless, oncoming horror that only the awesome power of voodoo could have raised and only the power of voodoo could stop.
These days, reviews, follows, and likes have become an author’s currency. In order to help build more of a presence on the popular book site “Bookbub” we are running a “Rafflecopter” giveaway… Three ten-dollar Amazon cards; three ten dollar Starbucks cards, 3 autographed paperbacks (choice of the authors) and three free Audible download codes (choice of the authors who have audiobooks through Crossroad Press). That’s a lot of prizes – your odds are good of winning. You can get an entry for each author you follow on Bookbub. Bookbub will only message you about authors you follow if they have something new come out (not very often, in other words) but you are doing the author a big favor by following. Certain promotions are only available to those with large numbers of followers. Thus… the prizes! Our authors are : Armand Rosamilia, C. T. Phipps, Patricia Lee Macomber, Brian Pinkerton, Thomas Sullivan, William Bayer, Elizabeth Massie, Stephen Mark Rainey, Jay Wilburn, Nancy Collins, J. H. Bográn, Duncan McGeary, Melvin Litton and David Niall Wilson. Be aware… we WILL require screenshots to prove you actually followed the authors… there are a LOT of prizes here… least you can do 😉 When you click each author’s name you have to follow the link that says “SIGN UP HERE” and follow that author on Bookbub. If you win, and can’t provide the screenshot to prove it, you don’t win…a Rafflecopter giveaway
We are heading into an exciting holiday season. First up – three pre-orders. The Last Christmas: A Repairman Jack Novel by F. Paul Wilson – Due 19, December, 2019 in eBook and Audio and sooner in trade hardcover and paperback. Next is Brian Pinkerton’s much anticipated TIME WARP : A Twisted Love Story – Due January 15th in eBook and Audio, again, sooner in print editions. And FIRST AVAILABLE – Shane Berryhill’s THE BOOGEYMAN : a Monstrous Fairy Tale – available for preorder in EBook and Audio formats and available now as a trade paperback from Amazon. This book will be released on the world on the first of October! Upcoming preorders will include Two Shades of Crazy by Christine Matthews, The Hidden Truth by Armand Rosamilia and Jay Wilburn, and HOOD: The Beginning by David Niall Wilson. Below you’ll find links to new authors and books added recently – works from Camille Minichino, Brock E. Deskins, Lisa Von Biela, Steve Rasnic Tem, Robert Risch, Alma Alexander, Karen Mercury, Frazer Lee, and Sylvia Shults.
New in Audio! Books from Julian Padowicz, Brian Lumley, Brian Keene, Catherine Cavendish, C. T. Phipps , Melvin Litton, and Richard Roberts! Find all of our Audiobooks at Crossroad Press & Audible.com
I’m going to go on at length, so, before I do, I’d like to announce that Crossroad Press will be publishing the trade hardcover, trade paperback, eBook and audiobook editions of F. Paul Wilson’s The Last Christmas – a Repairman Jack novel. The book will appear in Hardcover in mid November, shortly followed by the trade paperback. The eBook and Audiobook editions will (if the Gods of audio agree with us) will be available on the official release date, December 19th, the day that the events of the novel take place. I also want to mention that the book can be ordered now in a gorgeous signed, limited edition from Gautnlet Press – I bought a copy almost as soon as it was up for order. That link is HERE. There are signed and lettered editions, and Barry Hoffman did a wonderful job on the design.
The cover design for our book is traditional Jack, courtesy of the team of David Dodd, and Aaron Rosenberg (who also handled the print interior). We will put the eBook and audiobook up for pre-order as soon as we can to match up with the release date.
THE NOVEL: Jack is back.
Jack is back.
It’s late December between Ground Zero and Fatal Error, a winter of discontent for Jack who’s perhaps spending too much time hanging at Julio’s. An old contact, Edward Burkes, convinces him to take on a missing-person fix. As usual, nothing is as it seems and the missing person isn’t exactly a person. In fact, it’s like nothing anyone has ever seen.
And in the middle of all this, the mysterious Madame de Medici hires him to safeguard a valuable object. Simple, right?
Not even close.
Yep, Jack is back and, as usual, weird trouble is on his heels.
Now… I promised I was going to go on a bit. A long, long time ago, at a wonderful convention called NECON, I met F. Paul Wilson, Charlie Grant, Rick Hautala, put faces to the names Mark Rainey and Elizabeth Massie, Tom Monteleone, Yvonne Navarro, and Jeff Osier. So many more. I will never forget that there was a conversation between Paul, Charlie, and Rick Hautala going on about what was the best horror story ever… and they accepted me into it as if I was one of them. For that weekend – I was. Now, so many years, and so many books beyond that – for both of us – I get to publish one of Paul’s books – in a series that I love – with magic, and demons, a hero who would die for those he loves. So much imagination and depth – an entire world of it. I consider this an honor. I’m a very picky reader. I tend to read all of a person’s body of work if I fall in love with a single title because it’s very rare that I find a voice that I love. I read many of the Repairman Jack novels years back – but have started over at the beginning, listening to the audio. Our audiobook will be performed by Jeffrey Kafer, who I know will be perfect. More news will follow, as we get it – reviews, possibly a contest. I sincerely hope to make this a bestseller for Paul, and for Jack. Jack works hard for his money…
David Niall Wilson
June has been a busy month at Crossroad Press. We’ve been actively adding the rest of the White Wolf World of Darkness Dark Ages Clan novels, the last of the first batch of books we’re reviving from that universe. You can find all of the available titles wherever eBooks are sold and the paperbacks at Amazon … we are updating the Crossroad Press White Wolf Page as quickly as we can… this page provides links to all the available retailers so you can buy them from your preferred site: WHITE WOLF
We currently have four original books up for pre-order in eBook format (paperbacks to come) – Shadows of Faerie by Martin Owton – ALONE? by Dan Foley – Cold Comforts – a collection by Marianne Halbert – and Walk the Darkness Down by John Boden. Remember to support our authors… pre-orders all count as sales on the day of release and can help with the launch.
We old and new series titles available, including Heart of a Dragon by David Niall Wilson – book One of the DeChance Chronicles – sporting a brand new cover from artist Cortney Skinner, The Rules of Supervillainy – book one of the Supervillainy Series by C. T. Phipps – both on sale for a limited time for only .99. We’d like to welcome Richard Roberts’ Please Don’t Tell My Parents I’m a Supervillain – first in that series now back digital and print, and the Jersey Girls Cozy Mystery series, starting with New Math is Murder, by Jo-Ann Lamon Reccoppa.
New in June in unabridged audio, we have Blue Devil Island by Stephen Mark Rainey – narrated by Joshua Saxon, Rips and Wrinkles – Ameri-Scares New York by Elizabeth Massie (Middle Grade) – narrated by Tim Lundeen, A Coven of Vampires by Brian Lumley – also narrated by Joshua Saxon, Terminal Run (Book 7 of the Michael Pacino Submarine Thriller series) by Michael DiMercurio – performed by Josephe Courtemanche, SKIN by Kathe Koja – performed by Suzanne T. Fortin, and 44 Years in Darkness : A True Story of Madness, Tragedy, and Shattered Love by Sylvia Shults – Narrated by Kendal Steele.
CROSSROAD PRESS will be attending the SCARES THAT CARE weekend in August, where authors David Niall Wilson, Elizabeth Massie, Nicholas Kaufman, and Stephen Mark Rainey will be in attendance. There will be signings at the dealer table, and much fun will be had. Join David for the 5K run on Saturday!
New Books since our last newsletter from Irving Wallace, Hans Holzer, Brian Lumley (Necroscope Audio) – Alister Hodge, Elizabeth Massie, Stephen Mark Rainey and many, many more. Check out our newest titles at Amazon.com
Brand new release from Megan Mackie in her Lucky Devil series – Death and the Crone – only $2.99 for a limited time.
Why should the sexy immortal guy always go for the sixteen-year-old?
Margaret has given up on life. In her late sixties, homeless and unwanted by society, it seemed a logical thing to go with this rich, handsome stranger back to his expensive apartment. Sure, it probably would mean her death, but what did she have to lose anyway? But instead of finding her death, Margaret learns that nothing in her savior’s world is what it seems, including herself.
Set in the magical, technologically-advanced Chicago of The Lucky Devil series, this spin-off story can be enjoyed by both existing and new fans of the series.
Only .99 for a limited time – Michael DiMercurio’s VOYAGE OF THE DEVILFISH and John McIlveen’s HANNAWHERE … both current bestsellers.
White Wolf World of Darkness
We are pleased to announce (again) that we have teamed with Paradox Publishing to re-release the original White Wolf World of Darkness Clan Novels, for both Vampire the Masquerade, and Vampire the Dark Ages – as well as David Niall Wilson’s THE GRAILS COVENANT TRILOGY …
These are our top selling eBooks for the month of February. A good mix of our original titles, some constant sellers, and new faces… Many of these are also available in print, and unabridged audio editions.
- “Please… Don’t Kill Me”: The True Story of the Milo Murders – by William C. Dear & Carlton Stowers
- Trumped! The Inside Story of the Real Donald Trump – His Cunning Rise and Spectacular Fall – by John R. O’Donnell and James Rutherford
- Blue Devil Island – by Stephen Mark Rainey
- Vertical Dive – By Michael DiMercurio
- Weaveworld – by Clive Barker
- Deadfall Ridge – by Duncan McGeary
- The Tournament of Supervillainy – by C. T. Phipps
- Star Quest: The Journey Begins – by Patricia Lee Macomber
- Cthulhu Armageddon – by C. T. Phipps
- A Midnight Dreary – The DeChance Chronicles Volume V by David Niall Wilson
SALE IS ON AMAZON US ONLY – SORRY – The Links on the left are to ALL editions of the books – if you choose Amazon from the Dropdown after 11:00 AM on Wednesday, 13 June 2018 you will find the .99 Deal.
Crossroad Press currently has over four hundred titles in the Amazon Kindle Unlimited program. From now, until those titles go back into full distribution, we are going to run a series of .99 Countdown deal sales. Our first is Mysteries and Thrillers. Twenty-five books you can get for less than a dollar each. The titles and authors for this first deal are listed below, along with the link to the title both in the Crossroad Press store (because some are also available in Audio and print editions) If you buy a book that has an audiobook edition, the .99 eBook qualifies you to buy the audio at the companion “Whispersync for voice” discount and can save you even more.I will also include the link directly to Amazon.
Target Blue By Richard Abshire & William Clair – .99 on Amazon
Claw Hammer By Paul Dale Anderson – .99 on Amazon
The Heist By Michael A. Black – .99 on Amazon
Head Case By Jay Bonansinga – .99 on Amazon
The Hotel Dick By Axel Brand – .99 on Amazon
Sins of the Flash By David Niall Wilson – .99 on Amazon
Even the Butler Was Poor By Ron Goulart – .99 on Amazon
Blood is Pretty By Steven Paul Leiva – .99 on Amazon
Blood Diamonds By Bill Pronzini – .99 on Amazon
Better Mousetraps & Other Stories By John Lutz – .99 on Amazon
The Crystal Skull By Rob MacGregor- .99 on Amazon
Beating the Bushes By Marthayn Peligrimas – .99 on Amazon
The Blackguards By Richard Murphy with David Niall Wilson- .99 on Amazon
Terror at Boulder Dam By Mike Newton – .99 on Amazon
Sorrow’s Crown By Tom Piccirilli – .99 on Amazon
Indefinite Renewal By Aaron Rosenberg – .99 on Amazon
A Good Death By Philip Ross – .99 on Amazon
The Holy Terror By Wayne Allen Sallee – .99 on Amazon
Cold Night By Al Sarrantonio – .99 on Amazon
Bullets of Rain By David J. Schow – .99 on Amazon
Dangerous Curves By Judith Skillings – .99 on Amazon
Cold Day in Hell By Roger Dale Trexler – .99 on Amazon
Midnight Eyes By Sidney Williams – .99 on Amazon
Defenders of the Faith By Chet Williamson – .99 on Amazon
The Witch and the Borscht Pearl By Angela Zeman – .99 on Amazon
To say that January has been a busy month would be among the more serious understatements of the new year. Crossroad Press is welcoming a wealth of new authors, as well as launching NECON PRESENTS – a Category of the store that will be much more than just that – drawing together the works of authors who have attended one of the most iconic conventions of all time – Camp Necon… but rather than go on about all the work we’ve been doing, let’s get straight to the updates, because there are a pile of them.
We have new eBooks from a number of authors, and since we added multiple titles for each of them, I’m going to provide links to their author page in our online store, rather than to every individual book. From those pages you can purchase their eBooks from Amazon, Apple, Kobo, Smashwords and Barnes & Noble (depending on availability). Some are still in the process of being loaded to a few of the sites, and others are in Kindle Unlimited and only available at Amazon. All available options can be found by clicking the links below:
Tim Waggoner / Tim Curran / Aaron Gudmunson / Sara St. John / Raymond Van Over / Eric Shapiro / Duncan McGeary / Stephen Weiner / Seth Sorkowsky / Lisa Von Biela / Ray Garton / David Hambling / P. D. Cacek / William Meikle / Thomas Tessier / Elizabeth Massie / Dan Foley / Trish & Rob MacGregor
We have three new print editions for January (so far)
GEMINGA – by Melvon Litton – a very strange dark fantasy, bizarre romp through creation mythology
Mountain of Daggers – Book One of the Tales of the Raven- by Seth Sorkowsky – epic fantasy stories based on the thief Ahren
Temporary Hauntings – by Craig Shaw Gardner – Book II in the Tempoarary Magic series (Book III coming soon in print and available now in eBook formats)
And finally – new audio. Three titles have gone live so far in January : Remember – Audio prices on our site are full retail – when you order through Audible.com – if you are a member, they are one credit. If it is your first audiobook with Audible, it’s free. If you own, or buy the eBook you will get a discount on most titles through their “Whispersync for Voice” feature.
Barracuda Final Bearing – A Submarine Thriller by Michael DiMercurio – Narrated by Joseph Courtemanche.
A Quail in the Family – by William Plummer – narrated by Pete Ferrand – a family’s adventures with an adopted quail…
Wynfield’s Kingdom – by M. J. Neary – Narrated by Tony Cleary – a Tale of the London Slums…
Keep checking back at the store for new titles – search through the author’s pages, and the many categories… spread the word, and tell your friends to sign up for our Newsletter – it’s on the right hand side of every product page and at the top of all the website pages… Until next time… GOOD READING!