New Releases for May and June 2024

Here are the new releases from Crossroad Press for May and June 2024. Unless noted otherwise, you can purchase any of them at Amazon, B&N, Apple, Google Play, Smashwords, or Kobo.

The Black

by Mark Morris

(Release date – 5/4/2024)

Kate Nolan is a successful magazine editor with a loving husband, James, and a five-year-old son, Max. Her life couldn’t be more perfect—but one day she receives a phone call from James, which changes everything.

Clearly distressed, James tells Kate to meet him at midnight outside the beach café once owned by her long-dead grandmother in the seaside town of Seahaven, where they both grew up. A strange request, made even more sinister by the fact that in recent weeks Seahaven has become prey to a serial killer who is targeting the local children.

Kate keeps the midnight appointment, but instead of finding her husband and son, she finds herself drawn into an ever-tightening web of past misdeeds and long-buried secrets. As hopes for her missing family fade, Kate becomes involved in a desperate race against time. Where are her husband and son? Have they become the latest victims of the serial killer, who calls himself Dominic and seems to know her intimately? And what has all this to do with Kate’s childhood terror of the impenetrable darkness known as “the black”?

When at Last I Find You

by Aaron Gudmunson

(Release date – 5/7/2024)

When family man Paul Jeske discovers an envelope in his mailbox addressed to one Lucine Korth, curiosity drives him to investigate this unique name. His research turns up images of an intensely attractive woman who lives only blocks from his home. As Paul delves further into this emergent fixation, blurring lines both legal and moral, his professional and family life suffer. Soon this game of cat-and-mouse progresses into perpetually-more perilous territory and Paul learns an astonishing truth about Lucine Korth…and that things are rarely ever as they appear.

At once an examination of obsession in the digital age and the fragile nuances of modern family dynamics, When at Last I Find You asks how far would you go to obtain the unobtainable? What would you risk to satisfy your curiosity? And are you willing to make the ultimate sacrifice—family, career, sanity, and soul—to say you succeeded?

Shifters

by Edward Lee and John Pelan

(Release date – 5/14/2024)

Sciftan: a proper noun of ultimately unknown origin, taking from the Old Frisian alt. transitive: sciff: to mutate, and tannin: one who. Modern English translation:

Shifter

Richard Locke is a poet. He hasn’t written much since Clare, the woman he was going to propose to, told him she wasn’t in love with him anymore.

Captain Jack Cordesman is investigating a series of murders in which the victims appear to have been partially eaten. So far the only evidence linking these murders are the red, female hairs found at the crime scenes and a bar napkin with one of Locke’s poems scribbled on it.

With a rundown mansion, priceless automobiles, and guest houses filled with brutalities the likes of which you’ll never forget, Shifters is full of fun time gore…and monsters.

Missed Connection

by Michael Laimo

(Release date – 5/21/2024)

New York City Fashion Executive Peter Delmonico has had a rough life. Physically abused by his father as a child, and mentally abused by his wife as an adult, he sees no choice but to let his inner demons guide him through life. Obsessed with photography for as long as he can remember, he takes a detour one afternoon into NYC’s Bryant Park, where he snaps a photo of a beautiful woman who bumps into him, and then kisses him, only to vanish into the crowd as mysteriously as she appeared. Determined to bring true love into his life, Peter sets out on a journey throughout Manhattan to find her, his only real lead the photo he took of her in his camera.

Missed Connection is an intense erotic thriller filled with twists and turns, a raunchy, funny, sexy, satirical, and somewhat diabolical look at life in Manhattan through the eyes of a damaged man who only wants to love, and be loved.

“This taut page-turner has a harrowing premise, breakneck first-person narrative, and one hell of a final twist. Thriller Fans: don’t miss MISSED CONNECTION!” — New York Times bestselling author Wendy Corsi Staub

“Sleek as a bullet and just as deadly, Michael Laimo is in top form. MISSED CONNECTION is not to be missed!” —Ronald Malfi, author of Come With Me and Black Mouth

The Compendium of F, Volume One: The Seventies and Eighties

by F. Paul Wilson

(Release date – 5/22/2024)

This first volume collects all the stories F. Paul Wilson published in the Seventies and Eighties. Presented in chronological order with introductory notes by the author, this is a monumental and historical document as well as well as a wonderful celebration a staggeringly impressive career by one of our best.

Included in this collection:

The Cleansing Machine
Ratman
Higher Centers
The Man with the Anteater
He Shall Be John
Lipidleggin’
To Fill the Sea and Air
Demonstrong
Be Fruitful and Multiply
Soft
The Last ‘One Mo’ Once Golden Oldies Revival
Dat-Tay-Vao
Traps
The Years the Music Died
Ménage à Trois
Doc Johnson
Cuts
Muscles
Feelings
Tenants
Faces
The Tenth Toe (or: The Beginning of My End)
Buckets