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Hellnotes Review of Blue November Storms!

I’m pleased to report that Wayne C. Rogers over at Hellnotes has reviewed Blue November Storms and it’s probably the most glowing review I’ve ever received.

Here is just one selected section that made me blush this morning, but I hope you’ll read the entire review and pass it along to any of your friends who might be interested:

I have to admit that what Blue November Storms reminded me of was one of the old episodes from the sixties’ version of The Twilight Zone television series. This is when some of the greatest writers in television (Rod Sterling, Charles Beaumont and Richard Matheson) were creating masterpieces on a little known TV show that would later alter the lives of hundreds of future authors.  Brian James Freeman, like the authors above, creates and structures his stories at a pace that starts off slowly and then gradually works its way to an exploding climax that has the reader making a mad dash to the finish line.

You can read the rest over at Hellnotes.com.

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Audiobook of Blue November Storms Now Available For Just $6.95!

I’m very pleased to report that Blue November Storms is now available as an unabridged audiobook read by Steven Roy Grimsley for just $6.95 on Amazon.com,  Audible.com,  and iTunes.

Blue November Storms Audiobook

I’ve always thought of this early work of mine as a “chills and thrills” B-Movie type of story and I think Steven Roy Grimsley ran with that idea when he recorded his excellent reading. This audiobook features the revised version of the text and the introduction by Ray Garton from the trade paperback and eBook editions that were published earlier this year.

Here’s the sales copy:

It’s been twenty years since the group of friends known as the Lightning Five last visited their hunting cabin together.

Twenty years spent living in the shadow of something they did in high school, an event that forever defined them in the minds of everyone in their small town.

Now they’re returning to the cabin to reminisce about old times and forget their troubles, but Mother Nature has other plans in mind.

Before too long supplies will be running low and the Lightning Five will have to make some hard choices… like who gets to live and who has to die.

Purchase the Trade Paperback:
Amazon.com • Barnes & Noble • Cemetery Dance

Purchase the eBook:
Amazon.com • Amazon.co.uk • Barnes & Noble • iBookstore • Kobo • CemeteryDance.com

Download the Unabridged Audiobook:
Amazon.com • Audible.com • iTunes

Blue November Storms eBook Edition Available Now!

If you’ve ordered the unsigned trade paperback of Blue November Stormsyour copy will be on the way very soon. The Cemetery Dance warehouse has just been slammed with a 35 title project that will probably end up devouring all of April, but they are shipping regular orders every day. (For those who ordered the signed and remarqued copies, those are already making their way around the country and will hopefully be ready to ship by the end of next month.)

In today’s news, the new eBook edition of Blue November Storms is available for download now:

Blue November StormsAbout the Book:
It’s been twenty years since the group of friends known as the Lightning Five visited their hunting cabin together. Twenty years spent living in the shadow of something they did in high school, an event that forever defined them in the minds of everyone in their small town.

Now they’re returning to the cabin to reminisce about old times and forget their troubles, but mother nature has other plans in mind. Before too long supplies will be running low and the Lightning Five will have to make some hard choices… like who gets to live and who has to die.

Special Bonus Features:
* New introduction by horror legend Ray Garton about why you should never, ever go into the woods
* Twenty original illustrations by Glenn Chadbourne
* Afterword by Brian James Freeman detailing how and why the story was written
* “Ink-slinger: An Interview with Glenn Chadbourne” by Robert Brouhard
* Stunning new cover artwork by Vincent Chong

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Thanks again for all of your support!

Glenn Chadbourne’s Interior Artwork For Blue November Storms

Here are some samples of the twenty original black & white illustrations that horror artist Glenn Chadbourne drew for the new trade paperback of Blue November StormsThese samples show spoilers for the plot, so you may want to stop right here if you haven’t read the book! On the other hand, these are a pretty great tease of what you’ll find in the book if you’re curious. Check them out below the break:

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An Excerpt From Ray Garton’s Introduction to Blue November Storms

Ray Garton had way too many kind things to say about Blue November Storms in his introduction to the new edition, but he also covered a wide range of topics including why you should never, ever go into the woods. Ever.

Here’s a little preview:

It is immediately evident when one reads Blue November Storms that one is in the hands of a writer who knows what he’s doing. That only becomes more evident as one proceeds.

Blue November StormsI love this kind of story. You know, the kind of story where old friends, often reunited after a long separation, are confronted with the resurgence of some haunting or terrifying event from the past in which they were all involved and by which they were all scarred. It has a rich history in the genre–Peter Straub’s Ghost Story, Stephen King’s It, among others–because it’s something with which most people can immediately identify. While few of us have in our backgrounds something as extreme as murder or rape or some other horrible crime, we all have something we probably would not want to revisit, something we wish would just stay buried.

But this is the horror genre, where things don’t stay buried.

In a cabin they built in the woods, they will reunite with their friend after twenty years on the night of what promises to be a spectacular meteor shower. While their families are at a nearby campground watching the light show, the guys will be hashing over the past in their old cabin.

But like I said… this is the horror genre.

Anyone familiar with the horror genre knows that, should you find yourself in a horror story, it’s always a good idea to stay the hell out of the woods. Personally, I think that’s a good policy in life, staying out of the woods. I grew up in a family of campers. I’ve never been able to get a good handle on the concept of camping. People in the modern world, with all the modern conveniences, deciding to pack some stuff and go stay out in the woods for a while–it makes no sense. I mean, if a massive earthquake hits or there’s a nuclear attack or the power grid goes down, yeah, then you have to rough it. But to pick a random weekend and leave behind one’s bed and toilet and heat and air conditioning to traipse off to the woods and sleep in a tent for pleasure–it’s unfathomable madness. Even if you have access to a cabin, it’s still a cabin and you’re still in the goddamned woods. I don’t get it.

If you’re a horror fan, you know what’s out there. There are families of inbred cannibals, practitioners of unspeakable religious rites, extraterrestrials possibly disoriented by a rough touchdown, drug-crazed psycho-killers and Bigfoot, to name only a few things. But that’s just the horror stuff. There’s also nature to contend with, and I’m not talking about the PBS series. I’m talking about possible conditions that will kill you and animals that will start eating you before you’re dead. I’m talking about insects that not only don’t fear you but want to explore you and boldly go where no insect has ever gone before and should never ever be allowed to go, period…

It’s really a wonderful introduction and Ray has a lot more to say after that, so I hope you’ll pick up a copy of this new edition!

Place your order for a signed copy on the Cemetery Dance Publications website!

Or you can order an unsigned copy of Amazon.com!

New Trade Paperback Announced: Blue November Storms by Brian James Freeman

“Everything in Blue November Storms works. Brian’s lean and vivid prose propels us through a story that surprises and moves; his characters and their relationships with one another ground this otherwise fantastic and frightening story in human experience. The spell worked for me and my bet is that it will work for you, too.”
— Ray Garton, from his introduction

I’m pleased to report Blue November Storms, which was originally published in the Cemetery Dance Novella Series years ago and quickly sold out, is finally available again as a value-priced trade paperback for just $9.99.

I’ve always thought of this early work of mine as a bit of a “chills and thrills” B-Movie type of story, so I hope readers who enjoy that kind of horror will have fun with it.

This new edition features a revised version of the text, an exclusive introduction by Ray Garton in which he explains why you should never go into the woods, 20 original illustrations by Glenn Chadbourne, a beautiful new cover painting by Vincent Chong, a bonus interview with Chadbourne about his artwork, and a new afterword I wrote explaining how the story got written in the first place.

You can see a few samples of Glenn’s interior artwork on my website, but I’ll post more here in a few days because they really are amazing.

Here’s the sales copy for this new trade paperback edition:

It’s been twenty years since the group of friends known as the Lightning Five visited their hunting cabin together. Twenty years spent living in the shadow of something they did in high school, an event that forever defined them in the minds of everyone in their small town.

Now they’re returning to the cabin to reminisce about old times and forget their troubles, but Mother Nature has other plans in mind. Before too long supplies will be running low and the Lightning Five will have to make some hard choices… like who gets to live and who has to die.

You can order through Amazon.com!

Blue November Storms trade paperback

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