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German editions on the way thanks to Grey Gull Publications!

I’ve been a little behind on posting these past few weeks due to some impending deadlines with a certain Joe Hill special edition, so I didn’t get a chance to share the very good news that I’ve signed a four book contract with Grey Gull Publications in Germany.

I’ve been a big fan of their work for a while now, and I cannot wait to see what they do with my mini-collections of short stories. If your German is less rusty than mine (and mine is VERY rusty because my high school German classes were a LONG time ago!), you can view their website here: https://www.greygullpublications.de

I’ll share more news as I have it, but one thing I can already confirm is they’re generously providing me with enough contributor copies to take care of all of my supporters on Level 7 and abovewhen the books are published.

More news soon! Thank you, as always, for our continuing support and enthusiasm!

Best,
Brian

New trade paperback of WEAK AND WOUNDED shipping now!

I’m really pleased to report there is a new revised and expanded trade paperback edition of Weak and Wounded, which has already shipped to Level Six and higher supporters on Patreon!

Orders can now be placed through Cemetery Dance Publications and they will have free US shipping and the books will be signed for a limited time only.

Orders via Amazon won’t be signed, but on the other hand Amazon can have a copy of the book with the amazing Vincent Chong cover artwork in your hands in two days or less, so that’s pretty tempting, eh?

As you might recall, this new edition of Weak and Wounded follows the revised and expanded edition of More Than Midnight. Between now and the end of the year, Dreamlike States and Lost and Lonely will also all receive the same treatment: revised, expanded, and with new Vincent Chong covers for their first appearance in trade paperback.

Here are my advance copies of all four trade paperbacks, so you can see what the complete “set” will look like once completed:

New Covers

Thank you again for all of your support!

Dreamlike States Published by Cemetery Dance Publications (And Already Sold Out!)

Hot on the heals of Weak and Wounded, Cemetery Dance Publications has also published my new mini-collection of short stories, Dreamlike States, featuring an exclusive introduction by Ed Gorman, original interior illustrations by Glenn Chadbourne, and another beautiful cover by Vincent Chong. The signed Limited Edition is already sold out, but there are copies of the Deluxe Lettered Edition available for now.

About the Book:
This collection by Brian James Freeman features six dark stories that are a little different from his other works. Some focus on unusual characters and some are simply told in unusual ways. The last two are closely linked pieces, although the connection is hidden under the surface.

* When Sam discovers the jogger dying in the middle of the road in “As She Lay There Dying,” he isn’t ready for what she has to tell him:Sammy, we can’t run anymore. He doesn’t know this girl, so why is she talking like his dead wife?

* Assuming Michael manages to escape “The Punishment Room,” he isn’t sure if he’ll be able to go on living with the knowledge of what he did to survive. But then again, that’s a dilemma he wouldn’t mind confronting, given the finality of the alternative…

* “The Gorman Gig” was definitely not going like the others, and Mike and Jimmy had no idea how badly this job was going to end for everyone involved…

* When “One Way Flight” begins, the man in seat 36-B awakens to find everyone else on his plane is dead, including the pilot. Now the clock is ticking and the man doesn’t have much time to figure out who he is, what has happened, and most importantly, how to get off the plane alive…

* In “The Silent Attic” Amy is haunted by the memory of her mother’s last days, but will one last trip to the room where her nightmares were born set her free?

* Daniel Walker is driving to his hometown for the first time in years because his father is dying, but he knows there’s more than a sick patriarch waiting for him in the house where he grew up. Daniel is traveling home with a heart full of questions, and all of his ghosts are patiently waiting with a few questions of their own in ”A Dreamlike State.”

These six thought-provoking stories show why David Morrell has called Freeman’s writing “elegant and haunting” and why Michael Koryta has said Freeman writes “a taut, memorable tale.”

This new collection by Brian James Freeman features characters who are searching for answers to deeply troubling questions.

Dreamlike States Limited Edition

Weak and Wounded Published by Cemetery Dance Publications

Cemetery Dance Publications has published my new mini-collection of short stories, Weak and Wounded, featuring an exclusive introduction by Ron McLarty, original interior illustrations by Glenn Chadbourne, and another beautiful cover by Vincent Chong.

About the Book:
This new collection by Brian James Freeman features characters who are searching for answers to deeply troubling questions.

Weak and Wounded

* In “Running Rain,” a devastated husband and wife try to pretend life can somehow be normal again after their son becomes a victim of a serial killer known as The Riverside Strangler… but the dark secrets they’re keeping from each other push their relationship to the brink.

* In “Marking the Passage of Time,” a couple approaches the end of the world in their own ways as the clock ticks down and they try to figure out where all of the time has gone…

* “Where Sunlight Sleeps” is the tale of a grieving father and his young son, both dealing with a shared loss the best they can, who take a trip down a memory lane lined with jagged edges and vicious traps…

* On “The Last Beautiful Day,” a devoted husband returns to the scene of the worst day of his life by volunteering for a job that is both morbid and profound.

* “Walking With the Ghosts of Pier 13” is the story of a young man visiting the beach front amusement park where his brother died during a terrorist attack. He wants to understand why a madman came to this place and blew himself up and killed so many innocent people… but the answer to that question might not be the only thing waiting for the young man when he starts walking with the ghosts.

These five hauntingly beautiful stories show why Publishers Weekly has called Freeman’s writing “skillfully composed prose” and why Tess Gerritsen has said, “Brian James Freeman managed to both scare me and move me to tears.”

Read more or place your order while supplies last!

New short story collection Weak and Wounded reviewed by SF Site

Weak and Wounded

Mario Guslandi over at SF Site has just posted a glowing review of new mini-collection of short stories, Weak and Wounded, which will be published next month.

Here is a little bit of the review because some readers might consider certain points in the full review to be spoilers:

Brian James Freeman is a brilliant writer whose horror stories do not rely upon vampires, zombies or werewolves, as the present collection (a slim book reprinting five of his previously published stories) clearly demonstrates. In these stories he portrays one of the true horrors afflicting human existence, namely the pain, the hurt and the emptiness created by the loss of loved ones. Freeman describes that horror with skill, insight and finesse, leaving behind a deep sense of sorrow and anger for the atrocities of life… Whether you’re a horror fan or not, it doesn’t matter: anyone fond of good fiction addressing and probing the deep secrets of the human soul will be enchanted by the sheer beauty of those stories.

The signed Limited Edition sold out in one week after it was announced, but there are still three copies of the Deluxe Lettered Edition left available from Cemetery Dance Publications and there will be affordable trade paperback and eBook editions next year.

Weak and Wounded Sold Out In One Week!

Thanks to your tremendous support, the signed Limited Edition hardcover of Weak and Wounded sold out in ONE WEEK. My thanks goes out to everyone who placed an order. I suspect Vincent Chong’s amazing cover artwork convinced a lot of people to take a chance on this collection of stories, so I want to thank him again for his amazing work:

Weak and Wounded

Weak and Wounded Announced by Cemetery Dance Publications

Cemetery Dance Publications has announced my new mini-collection of short stories, Weak and Wounded, featuring an exclusive introduction by Ron McLarty and original interior illustrations by Glenn Chadbourne. The signed Limited Edition and deluxe Lettered Edition are already 80% sold out, so please don’t wait if you’re on the fence.

About the Book:
This new collection by Brian James Freeman features characters who are searching for answers to deeply troubling questions.

Weak and Wounded

* In “Running Rain,” a devastated husband and wife try to pretend life can somehow be normal again after their son becomes a victim of a serial killer known as The Riverside Strangler… but the dark secrets they’re keeping from each other push their relationship to the brink.

* In “Marking the Passage of Time,” a couple approaches the end of the world in their own ways as the clock ticks down and they try to figure out where all of the time has gone…

* “Where Sunlight Sleeps” is the tale of a grieving father and his young son, both dealing with a shared loss the best they can, who take a trip down a memory lane lined with jagged edges and vicious traps…

* On “The Last Beautiful Day,” a devoted husband returns to the scene of the worst day of his life by volunteering for a job that is both morbid and profound.

* “Walking With the Ghosts of Pier 13” is the story of a young man visiting the beach front amusement park where his brother died during a terrorist attack. He wants to understand why a madman came to this place and blew himself up and killed so many innocent people… but the answer to that question might not be the only thing waiting for the young man when he starts walking with the ghosts.

These five hauntingly beautiful stories show why Publishers Weekly has called Freeman’s writing “skillfully composed prose” and why Tess Gerritsen has said, “Brian James Freeman managed to both scare me and move me to tears.”

Read more or place your order while supplies last!

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