A few readers who asked for more information about supporting my Patreon account also suggested I might want to post my current publication plans for 2019, and I’m happy to provide this list for reference! Some of these pub dates are outside my control, of course, but right now I’m hoping we’ll see most of these next year:
The Echo of Memory — a novel (and I have some big news to share very soon!) The Zombie Who Cried Human — hardcover editions are headed to the printer this month, so they should be out by spring Weak and Wounded — expanded trade paperback and eBook editions More Than Midnight — expanded trade paperback and eBook editions Dreamlike States — expanded trade paperback and eBook editions Lost and Lonely — expanded trade paperback and eBook editions Reading Stephen King — trade paperback and eBook editions Detours — trade paperback and eBook editions Walking With Ghosts — low print run “heavily illustrated” US Limited Edition hardcover Walking With Ghosts — trade paperback and eBook edition Killer Crimes — an anthology co-edited with Richard Chizmar Halloween Carnival — the omnibus Limited Edition hardcover (600+ pages!) Dark Screams: Volume One Omnibus — Limited Edition hardcover, co-edited with Richard Chizmar
* Plus several more foreign editions, but I’m not sure the exact plans for those yet.
Dates unknown but already in the works, so hopefully 2020: Untitled Anthology — an anthology of circus and carnival stories with an amazing line-up The Suicide Diary — a novel The Slow Zombie and the Fast Zombie — a new children’s book illustrated by Glenn Chadbourne Blue November Storms — an Omnibus Edition with never before published material including the original unpublished novelette and artwork from an abandoned graphic novel adaptation
For those who are curious, above is a photo of what just shipped to my Level Seven Patreon supporters this month. They will also receive a special Traycased Lettered Edition of Patreon Stories: Volume One in 2019 when the traycases are ready. I believe the official print run of that edition is just 4 lettered copies and 6 publisher’s copies, making it easily the most rare edition ever of my work.
Also, as a special bonus, those paperback editions of The Zombie Who Cried Human are not only signed by Glenn and me, but Glenn took the time to add a special “remarque” — an original drawing — on the title page to make the copies extra special for my supporters.
PLEASE NOTE: I’m probably going to have to close Level Six and Level Seven to new supporters at the end of December to keep the budget balanced for 2019, so if you’re thinking about making the jump, now is a good time to do it. 🙂 Anyone who is a supporter on those levels at the end of December can remain at their level even after it is closed to new supporters, and new members will only be able to select those levels if someone else drops out first. Also, if you do sign-up soon, I will be sending any new supporters on Level Six or Level Seven what I can from the above picture in December. I don’t have copies of everything left, but I’ll definitely send you a very nice “starter” package!
I just noticed that The Halloween Children, which I co-wrote with Norman Prentiss, is discounted right now to just 99 cents! I have no idea how long this deal from Hydra/Random House will last, but if you missed out or think you might want to re-read the book down the road, now might be the perfect time to grab a copy. Thank you again for all of your support!
I’m very pleased to report Amazon has also added a “series page” for the Halloween Carnival series to make it easier for you to find all of the books and see which ones you have and don’t have! Click on the image below to visit the page:
As you might recall, Richard Chizmar and I joined forces with the cutting edge team at Hydra, a division of Random House, to produce ten eBook volumes in our acclaimed Dark Screams horror eBook anthology series. Each volume collects stories by the best authors working in the business today and I’m pleased to report Amazon has added a “series page” for the Dark Screams series to make it easier for you to find all of the books and see which ones you have and don’t have! Click on the image below to visit the page:
Later this month, Carcosa will be publishing a new hardcover edition of The Halloween Children for the Czech market! This was my first collaboration, with good friend and incredible writer Norman Prentiss, and this will be Carcosa’s first-ever hardcover AND it’s also the debut title in their new Halloween series! They loved Vincent Chong’s cover from the US trade hardcover so much that they licensed it for their market as well:
Just a general reminder, my Level 7 supporters on Patreon will automatically receive a signed copy of this new foreign edition whenever I receive my contributor copies. (I’ll be asking Norman to sign them, too!)
Shipping later this month to qualifying supporters on Patreon will be an exclusive short story collection, Patreon Stories: Volume One, and here are my first photos of the signed trade paperback edition! I’ll post photos of the signed Limited Edition hardcover as soon as I have those, too.
This was one of the original stories I wrote just for Walking With Ghosts, but I also ended up sending it to Lilja for his Shining in the Dark anthology because I couldn’t say “no” to being part of that line-up and I had nothing else ready. The story has now been translated into 6 or 7 languages for other markets thanks to Lilja’s anthology, and seeing your name and story in another language never gets old (at least to me!).
Walking With Ghosts, my first full-length short story collection recently published by the amazing folks at PS Publishing, has now been reviewed by Mario Guslandi over at Hellnotes. Here is a small preview of this very good review:
Brian James Freeman is a well respected author of short stories in the field of dark fiction. His specialty is what we used to call “quiet horror”(the master of which was Charles L. Grant), meaning a type of horror fiction where the reader is disturbed and unsettled in a gentle, but deep fashion, without making use of gore, unnecessary violence, and graphic details. The exact opposite of so-called “splatterpunk” but, in the end, much more effective in producing shivers and fright… [These stories] are very good. So good that it’s hard to pinpoint the more accomplished, being impossible to comment in detail upon each one… A highly recommended collection.
This is just a small taste, and Mario takes the time to comment on many of the stories. If you still haven’t picked up a copy, please check out the review!