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!
“The Temperament of an Artist” is an extremely early story of mine, written in middle school and sent out on submission without any revisions because I was a young idiot who just couldn’t wait to mail a new story to the editors I found in the Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market. Sigh. I still owe a lot of them apology letters for sending them so many bad stories those summers when school was out.
Most of what I published in the 1990s is dead and buried in a folder on my computer for good reason, but at the time I was just having fun and trying to sell short stories like my literary heroes.
“The Temperament of an Artist” was the second story of mine to see print, published in a little paper zine in 1995 that doesn’t even seem to have existed if you search the web for information now.
I revised the manuscript a few times in high school and college, but still, I was surprised to like this one as much as I did when I opened the dreaded “old stuff” folder while considering the contents for Walking With Ghosts.
It’s not great, but it’s kind of fun, I think. Especially if you put yourself into the head of the wildly optimistic thirteen-year-old kid who wrote it while believing his work could set the world aflame.
Walking With Ghosts, my first full-length short story collection, is being published by the amazing folks at PS Publishing and my first copy arrived this past week. Here are a few photos I took very quickly the other day of this beautiful book they’ve produced: