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DISCOUNTED! The Painted Darkness eBook is Only 99 Cents Right Now!

The eBook edition of The Painted Darkness has been discounted to just 99 cents this week, so if you haven’t read the novella yet, this is a great time to snag a copy! Please consider spreading the word about this sale if you know anyone who might be interested.

The discounted eBook is available through:
Amazon.com • Amazon.co.uk • Barnes & Noble • iBookstore • Kobo

When Henry was a child, something terrible happened in the woods behind his home, something so shocking he could only express his terror by drawing pictures of what he had witnessed. Eventually, Henry’s mind blocked out the bad memories, but he continued to draw, often at night by the light of the moon.

Twenty years later, Henry makes his living by painting his disturbing works of art. He loves his wife and his son, and life couldn’t be better… except there’s something not quite right about the old stone farmhouse his family now calls home. There’s something strange living in the cramped cellar, in the maze of pipes that feed the ancient steam boiler.

A winter storm is brewing, and soon Henry will learn the true nature of the monster waiting for him down in the darkness. He will battle this demon and, in the process, he may discover what really happened when he was a child — and why, in times of trouble, he thinks: I paint against the darkness.

But will Henry learn the truth in time to avoid the terrible fate awaiting him… or will the thing in the cellar get him and his family first?

Written as both a meditation on the art of creation and as an examination of the secret fears we all share, The Painted Darkness is a terrifying look at the true cost we pay when we run from our grief — and what happens when we’re finally forced to confront the monsters we know all too well.

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

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

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

A few comments about my favorite one star review ever for The Painted Darkness

This review for The Painted Darkness might be my favorite one star review I’ve ever received, and I seriously mean that:

The Painted Darkness One Star Review

How great is that? These are all lines I’d love to see in any review for my darker stuff:

* It was weird & VERY creepy…

* …bordered on the Stephen King – type insanity.

* …might very well cause nightmares!

Clearly, this is a case of the book being completely wrong for the reader’s tastes, which happens and isn’t something you worry about, but the reason I love this review is because there will definitely be readers who click on the one star reviews for The Painted Darkness, read this one, and think: “Wow, that sounds just like something I’d love to read!”

In case this book does sound like something you’d love to read, here are some links to consider:

The trade paperback:
Amazon.com
Barnes & Noble

The eBook:
Amazon.com
Amazon.co.uk
Barnes & Noble
iBookstore
Kobo
CemeteryDance.com

The audiobook:
Amazon.com
Audible.com
iTunes

The Painted Darkness Featured On IndieReader’s “Alike But Indie”

Some fun, unexpected news hit my inbox:

IndieReader has a regular feature called “Alike But Indie” where they select a bestselling traditionally published book and then list indies in the same (or similar) genre.

Yesterday, they posted “If You Liked Six Years, You’ll LOVE…”

The traditionally published book is Harlan Coben’s latest thriller, Six Years.

The independently published books they selected are:

Blood Money by Doug Richardson
Depth of Deception by Alexander Gallant
To Die For — a collection of 8 novels
Traces of Kara by Melissa Foster
The Summer We Lost Alice by Jan Strnad
The Painted Darkness by Brian James Freeman

Nice company on that list and a couple of new titles I’ve ordered to add to my To Be Read list. My thanks goes out to Keri English for including The Painted Darkness!

The Painted Darkness Trade Paperback Discounted Right Now

The trade paperback of The Painted Darkness is currently discounted on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

If you haven’t read the novella yet, this is a great time to snag a copy. Please consider spreading the word about this sale if you know anyone who might be interested.

The eBook is still available through:
Amazon.com • Amazon.co.uk • Barnes & Noble • iBookstore • Kobo • CemeteryDance.com

The audiobook can be downloaded on Amazon.com  Audible.com  iTunes

The Painted Darkness eBook is Only 99 Cents This Week!

To give a fresh boost to The Painted Darkness in 2013, I’m discounting the eBook edition to just 99 cents this week and doing a little advertising on some of the more popular eBook newsletters. For those of you who are interested in marketing and promoting eBooks, I’ll write up a report next week on how this worked out.

If you haven’t read the novella yet, this is a great time to snag a copy. Please consider spreading the word about this sale if you know anyone who might be interested.

The discounted eBook is available through: Amazon.com • Amazon.co.uk • Barnes & Noble • iBookstore • Kobo • CemeteryDance.com

When Henry was a child, something terrible happened in the woods behind his home, something so shocking he could only express his terror by drawing pictures of what he had witnessed. Eventually, Henry’s mind blocked out the bad memories, but he continued to draw, often at night by the light of the moon.

Twenty years later, Henry makes his living by painting his disturbing works of art. He loves his wife and his son, and life couldn’t be better… except there’s something not quite right about the old stone farmhouse his family now calls home. There’s something strange living in the cramped cellar, in the maze of pipes that feed the ancient steam boiler.

A winter storm is brewing, and soon Henry will learn the true nature of the monster waiting for him down in the darkness. He will battle this demon and, in the process, he may discover what really happened when he was a child — and why, in times of trouble, he thinks: I paint against the darkness.

But will Henry learn the truth in time to avoid the terrible fate awaiting him… or will the thing in the cellar get him and his family first?

Written as both a meditation on the art of creation and as an examination of the secret fears we all share, The Painted Darkness is a terrifying look at the true cost we pay when we run from our grief — and what happens when we’re finally forced to confront the monsters we know all too well.

The trade paperback is also still available through: Amazon.com • Cemetery Dance • Barnes & Noble

The audiobook can be downloaded on Amazon.com  Audible.com  iTunes

Another positive review for The Painted Darkness

Josef Hernandez, Minneapolis Books Examiner, posted a new review for The Painted Darkness over the weekend.  Here is just a little sample of the glowing review:

Brian James Freeman (who has previously published without his middle name) handles the story with a deftness that shows his talent. The reader is transported from the past to the present seamlessly as Freeman steers the story toward an understanding of the monsters that lurk in our world. Everyone is afraid of monsters and the things that go bump in our nightmares, but Freeman realizes that the reality is that real evil is much more horrific than the constructs of our mind. Henry is frantic to discover what is destroying the world around him as he races against his mind, and the monsters within and without, that threaten to destroy him, his family, and his world entirely. Henry has always used painting to hold the darkness at bay but the time has come for action now. This story is a great mix of psychological and supernatural horror that will hook the reader from the outset and not release him from its teeth until the final word.

You can read the rest of the review here.

The eBook is available through: Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk • Barnes & NobleiBookstoreSony ReaderKoboCemeteryDance.com

The trade paperback is also still available through: Amazon.com • Cemetery Dance • Barnes & Noble

The audiobook can be downloaded immediately on Amazon.com  Audible.com  iTunes

FEARnet Reviews The Painted Darkness Audiobook

The first review for the The Painted Darkness unabridged audiobook has arrived and it’s from one of the biggest horror websites around: FEARnet.com.  Here is just a little sample of the glowing review:

Brian James Freeman’s fascinating novella, The Painted Darkness, is one of those rare gems you sometimes find in fiction that manage to effortlessly capture the strangeness of being young… The Painted Darkness concerns itself with classic themes: letting go of childhood, the power with which we wield creativity, and the tricky nature of monsters.  The novella is structured so that we simultaneously experience young Henry’s childhood snow-day adventure in the woods and his adult self’s horrific experiences in his isolated farmhouse during a snowstorm… The Painted Darkness is a rewarding, fun, scary read; it may be an even better listen.  While Freeman has been publishing books since 2004’s Black Fire, The Painted Darkness is his first work on audio.  If this production is any indication, he and the format have an interesting and thrilling future together.

Read the rest here.

The audiobook can be downloaded immediately on Amazon.com  Audible.com  iTunes

The trade paperback is also still available through: Amazon.comCemetery DanceBarnes & Noble

The eBook is available through: Amazon.comAmazon.co.ukBarnes & NobleiBookstoreSony ReaderKoboCemeteryDance.com

The Painted Darkness Audiobook Cover

The Painted Darkness eBook Now Available on Kobo

My novella, The Painted Darkness, is now available on the Kobo store. It only took about two years to make that happen, so it’ll be interesting to see if anyone actually buys a copy there! Click on the cover below for more information:

The trade paperback is also still available through: Amazon.com • Cemetery Dance • Barnes & Noble

The eBook is available through: Amazon.com • Amazon.co.uk •Barnes & Noble • iBookstore • Sony Reader • Kobo • CemeteryDance.com

The Audiobook is available through: Amazon.com  • Audible.com •  iTunes

The Painted Darkness Unabridged Audiobook Available Now For Just $6.95!

I’m pleased to announce The Painted Darkness is now available as an unabridged audiobook for just $6.95.

Read by Alexander MacDonald, this audiobook can be downloaded immediately on Amazon.comAudible.com, or iTunes.

Please do me a favor and spread the word to anyone you know who might be interested!

(I worked directly with Alex on the audiobook and I was extremely pleased with how everything came together. He was great to work with, so if you’re looking for a narrator or voiceover person, check out his website for his contact information.)

The trade paperback is also still available through: Amazon.comCemetery DanceBarnes & Noble

The eBook is available through: Amazon.comAmazon.co.ukBarnes & NobleiBookstoreSony ReaderKoboCemeteryDance.com

The Painted Darkness Audiobook Cover

The answer to our Barnes & Noble Nook eBook Sales Mystery!

As I mentioned in my last post, there was a very nice surge in sales for The Painted Darkness at Barnes & Noble this summer and I couldn’t figure out why.

Several readers reminded me about the “Customers Who Bought This Also Bought” feature on Barnes & Noble’s website, which I hadn’t thought of for some reason. I’ve seen how well that feature on Amazon’s website can boost sales for a book, but I overlooked it last week when thinking about these B&N sales!

Wendy Casperson then hit a home run and told me on my Facebook wall exactly what books had helped propel sales of The Painted Darkness. Check out which eBook pages on the B&N website were also promoting The Painted Darkness:

A special three-part Odd Thomas eBook series by Dean Koontz!  Not too shabby, eh?

My thanks to Wendy and everyone who pointed me in the right direction!

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