Incubus, the second installment of the serialized The Ravencrest Saga: Exorcism, is available now at Amazon! 

In the dead of night, Justine Chambers, housemaid, succumbs to the carnal demands of a spectral night visitor, realizing too late that the unholy union has sparked a new and terrifying descent into darkness – a darkness so deep and deadly that it will put everyone at Ravencrest Manor in mortal danger.

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For more of The Ravencrest Saga, check out the first two full-length novels, The Ghosts of Ravencrest and The Witches of Ravencrest as well as Begotten, the first installment in the latest Ravencrest volume!

Praise for The Ravencrest Saga: 

“The Ghosts of Ravencrest delivers on every level. Delicate, creepy, detailed, and beautifully crafted, this reinvention of the gothic ghost story into a sexy, sleek modern chiller is a marvel of suspense and atmosphere. A knockout of a horror yarn!”
-Jay Bonansinga, the New York Times bestselling author of The Walking Dead: Invasion, Lucid, and Self Storage.

“Ghostly secrets abound. Tortured spirits wander the hallways. Star-crossed lovers walk the paths of time. Servants connive, and the heroine faces an uncertain future …Run, do not walk, to get The Ghosts of Ravencrest. Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross take the reader on a delicious journey of twisted family secrets, troubled dreams, and barely-concealed passions. Wrap yourself in the silken robe of this story and escape to Ravencrest.”
— Sylvia Shults, author of Hunting Demons: A True Story of the Dark Side of the Supernatural

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Moonfall, the picturesque town nestled in the mountains of southern California, is a quaint hamlet of antique stores, cider mills, and pie shops, and Apple Heaven, run by the dedicated nuns of St. Gertrude’s Home for Girls, is the most popular destination of all. As autumn fills the air, the townspeople prepare for the Halloween Haunt, Moonfall’s most popular tourist attraction. Even a series of unsolved deaths over the years hasn’t dimmed Moonfall’s enthusiasm for the holiday.

Now, orphan Sara Hawthorne returns to teach in the hallowed halls of St. Gertrude’s where, twelve years before, her best friend died a horrible death. In Sara’s old room, distant voices echo in the dark and the tormented cries of children shatter the moon-kissed night.

But that’s just the beginning. For Sara Hawthorne is about to uncover St. Gertrude’s hellish secret…a secret she may well carry with her to the grave.

“Tamara Thorne has become one of those must-read horror writers.” —Horror World

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“…a wonderful, terrifying book…a worthy successor to The Shining and Ghost Story.” —Nancy Holder, New York Times bestselling author

“Don’t read it if you have something else to do…it just might have to wait.” —After Hours

“Combines eerie eroticism with page-turning terror.” —Pasadena Weekly

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The Angel Alejandro: https://tinyurl.com/y9y5m77x
 
“Alistair Cross’s THE ANGEL ALEJANDRO is an intriguing tale that pits evil against good and keeps the reader on edge with surprising shifts and changes.”
– Dianna Love, New York Times Bestseller
 
“The Angel Alejandro is as lush and ethereal as it is visceral and unholy. A demonic horde seeks to swallow up the citizens of Prominence made vulnerable by their weaknesses. Those who take a stand against the evil are emotionally damaged as well; particularly a sheriff who battles his personal demons in a bottle. The author had me rooting for each of them in spite of, or maybe because of their flaws. With masterful pacing, Cross brings a small mystery to a raging boil that threatens every soul in Prominence. His exquisite prose drew me into the story as if I were living it. Highly recommended.”
– QL Pearce, author of the Scary Stories for Sleep-Overs series, and Spine Chillers: Hair-Raising Tales
 
“The Angel Alejandro sets the bar high for urban fantasy; Alistair Cross brings thrills, chills, and otherworldly delights to every page. I’ve never read a novel like it – it delivers terrifying in-your-face horror even as the romance and humor melt your heart and make you laugh out loud. I came away from this book pumped full of adrenaline and deeply satisfied. An excellent read!”
– Tamara Thorne, international bestselling author of Haunted and Candle Bay
 
” … This story caught me from the beginning and I could not put it down. It’s one thing to not remember your past, but when your past is filled with mysterious powers, it’s something else. The clash of good and evil, angels versus devils, it’s an amazing story that keeps you on the edge of your seat … it was magnificent! A definite must read.”
– Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews
 
“… I can tell you that you are in for a delight reading this book … Instantly, I fell into the storyline and the characters …”
– Cheryl’s Book Nook

Tonight, we’ll be talking to legendary horror author, Jeffrey Konvitz on Thorne & Cross Haunted Nights LIVE! Listen in at 8 pm EST at: https://tinyurl.com/ya6a6ljb

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Jeffrey Konvitz was born in New York City, but after graduating from Cornell University and Columbia Law School, he headed to Los Angeles, where he lives and works as an entertainment finance attorney, producer (The Sentinel and Spy Hard, among others) and novelist. His first published novel (Simon and Schuster and Ballantine) was The Sentinel, which rose to Number 2 on the New York Times Mass Market Best Seller List. The Sentinel sequel, The Guardian, was also a bestseller along with his next book, Monster. He is now at work on the third book in The Sentinel Trilogy, currently untitled, while The Sentinel and The Guardian are being mounted for e-book sales.

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This year, his newly-written historical novel, The Circus of Satan, will be published. It is a story of murder and revenge, set during the rise of organized crime in America from 1900 to 1912 when the Irish Mob ruled all major American cities, only to be taken down by its own hubris and the rise of the Jewish and Italian Mobs into labor racketeering and, then, bootlegging. Filled with real events and real heroes and villains, who rampaged from New York’s Bowery through to Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City and Boston, it is the story of epic, transformative times and two violent men, who meet on a descent into blood and Hell.

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The author spends most of his spare time on tennis courts, on skis, on basketball courts, and in poker tournaments. The rest of his spare time is spent seeking the perfect word, the perfect sentence, the perfect phrase and the perfect characterization, a most challenging endeavor.

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By Alistair

So tonight, I met Chelsea Quinn Yarbro who, as anyone who knows her will tell you, is not only one of the most talented writers alive, but a charming, intelligent, and truly fascinating human being. Though Quinn and I have exchanged plenty of emails and had many phone conversations in the past couple of years, there’s something to be said about person-to-person contact – you never know what the real-world “chemistry” might be like. I’m glad to say that tonight was effortless; it felt like reconnecting with an old friend.

But for all those easy, natural moments, there were a few that had me thinking, “Wow. What cosmic design put me in a Mexican restaurant with Chelsea Quinn Yarbro?” I remember thinking that very thing as I sat across from her, listening as she recounted her adventures with legendary writers like Robert Bloch, Stephen King, Richard Matheson, and Tannith Lee. It was surreal, and even as the conversation moved to more personal things, private things, I couldn’t help wondering how it all happened.

The answer to that, of course, is my collaborator, Tamara Thorne, who’s known Quinn for many, many years. It was Tamara who introduced us, and it was Tamara who, for reasons that still bewilder me, decided in the first place that it was me – me, of all people – that she wanted to write a book with.

That changed my life – and meeting Quinn was a reminder of how lucky I am to know Tamara and how mysterious this world is … and what an extraordinary hand it’s dealt me. It’s a pleasure and an honor to know these women, and I don’t – not for one minute – take them for granted.

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Tonight on Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!:

Michael Mahin is a children’s author, aspiring screenwriter, and recovering preacher’s kid. His debut picture book Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters (Atheneum) earned many honors, including being named an NPR Best Book of 2017 and a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2017.

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His first produced horror movie, REBORN, directed by Julian Richards (THE LAST HORROR MOVIE) completed filming in December and stars legendary scream-queen Barbara Crampton (RE-ANIMATOR), Michael Pare (EDDIE AND THE CRUISERS) Rae Dawn Chong (COMMANDO), Chaz Bono (AMERICAN HORROR STORY), and Kayleigh Gilbert. See more at https://www.rebornmovie2018.com/

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Choosing my ten favorite paranormal novels is like walking through a candy store and trying to choose only a few favorite pieces. I discovered the paranormal and horror genres at a young age, and instantly fell in love, submerging myself in everything from Stephen King movies (Carrie was my favorite when I was a kid) and any ghost stories I could get my hands on. By the time I was ten, I was pretty well-versed in the ways of the weird, and while I appreciate just about anything with a paranormal bent, there are a few classic books that really stand up. Below are the top ten paranormal novels that shaped who I am as reader as well as a writer.

 

1. Violin by Anne Rice

I put this novel at number one on just about every top-ten list, and here’s why: This story changed me; it reached inside of me and rearranged deep things. This is more than a ghost story – it’s a human story and it’s as dark and doleful as it is healing and hopeful. Violin follows a ghost named Stefan who travels to modern-day New Orleans in search of release from his own torment, and while reading this stunningly well-written emotional roller-coaster, I fell in love with Anne Rice. I cringed, I cried. I laughed, I loved. But most of all, I just kept reading and reading and reading. This book gave me no other choice.

 

2. Dracula by Bram Stoker

Long considered the daddy of all horror novels, Dracula has more than earned its place among my favorites. This novel, perhaps more than any other, is not only the reason I write what I write, but the reason I write at all. I tried reading this book when I was only eight years old, and though it was way over my head, those images of the Count climbing up the castle walls never left me. Nor did the very atmospheric carriage ride – the fog, the moors, the howling of the wolves – that Jonathan Harker took on his way to said castle. And when I returned to the book as an adult, I found it just as riveting, just as powerful.

3. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Beautifully-written and well-told, The Picture of Dorian Gray has a way of creeping into the dark corners of your mind and lying dormant there for years. Then, when you least expect it, this dark little tale of vanity and self-obsession rears its beautiful but tragic head to remind you of its existence within you. I only wish this book could have gone on much longer than it did.

 

4. It by Stephen King

When people think of Stephen King’s It, they immediately think of creepy clowns … and while there is plenty of that to be had in this book, I can’t help feeling that most people are missing the point. It is a story about childhood and coming of age. It’s about bonds and those rare lifelong relationships we all crave. And perhaps above all else, it is – of course – about fear. But it’s not interested in your garden-variety creepy-crawlies – this book is about all fear, every fear … and most of all, it’s about your fear – and that’s what made it the kind of book I simply couldn’t put down … and I really wanted to. At over 1,000 pages, that sucker is heavy!

 

5. The Sentinel by Jeffrey Konvitz

Welcome to the creepiest old brownstone in New York. When an emotionally troubled fashion model – she’s attempted suicide, a big no-no for Catholics – moves in, she is beset by nightmares and troubled by the elderly, blind Catholic priest who sits vigil in the window of the top floor. Her new neighbors are supremely weird, and when she asks the realtor about them, she’s shocked to be told that only she and the reclusive priest live there. As she and her boyfriend delve into the mystery, everything escalates – including encounters from the phantom neighbors. The Sentinel is one of the creepiest, most disturbing books I’ve ever read – there’s even a nod to it in my new novel, Sleep Savannah Sleep. The movie is dated yet still nearly as effective as the novel. Both will give you nightmares.

 

6. The House Next Door by Anne Rivers Siddons

A contemporary Southern gothic, The House Next Door revolves around neighbors to a brand new home designed so well that it seems to grow organically from the earth. Everyone who moves in suffers misfortune or death – the house itself is a psychic vampire and more. It’s especially intriguing because the main character, neighbor Col Kennedy is a little too snobbish to be likable, yet draws you in as she begins to truly understand the horror that sits next door. Anne Rivers Siddons is not a horror author, but a writer of southern fiction. However, her grasp of the inherent evil makes her as terrifying as King, Saul, or Straub. Try Fox’s Earth if you want to meet a psychopath that is at least as horrific as anything Stephen King has ever created.

 

7. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin

Expectant mother Rosemary Woodhouse is thrilled about the upcoming birth of her child, but her neighbors are a little too interested in her pregnancy, insisting she use a certain doctor, take certain herbs, and drink foul-tasting concoctions. Who could argue with sweet little old lady, Minnie Castevet?  As Rosemary’s suspicions and rebelliousness grow, her husband, Guy, becomes darker and stranger. The novel is one of creeping terror that builds and builds until all you can do is be glad the novel is short – there is no way you can put this one down until you’ve finished the very last page.

 

8. The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

It doesn’t matter if you’re a Catholic or an atheist, The Exorcist will frighten you … unless you’re also a sociopath. In the book (and movie), the real world is bright and shiny. Movie star mom Chris MacNeil and beloved daughter, Regan, take a house in Georgetown while Chris is making a movie. Then Regan finds a Ouija board and things begin happening. At first, they think they have rats, but they have so much more. Atheist Chris is forced to look to Catholic priest Damien Karras for help when science fails her daughter. The Exorcist is possibly the single most frightening novel written in modern American history.

 

9. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

While not exactly paranormal – at least not in the obvious in-your-face sense of the term – Rebecca remains one of my all-time favorites. It’s about the ghosts of the past, and one woman’s desperate quest to exist outside of the very tall shadow cast by Rebecca, the woman who came before her. Rebecca exudes the quiet, subtle kind of horror that raises the tiny hairs on the nape of your neck – just a little – and compels you to keep reading not only because of its smooth-as-warm-butter style, but because of what may or may not be waiting for you around the next corner and on the next page. And when it comes to payoff, Rebecca delivers. Boy, does she deliver …

 

10. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

“Whose hand was I holding?” is possibly the most frightening line in literary history. The Haunting of Hill House oozes and creeps and crawls with fear on every perfectly-written page. Hill House frightens without spilling a drop of blood. It’s psychological and supernatural terror at its best, partly because Eleanor Vance is an unreliable witness. Is she imagining things or isn’t she? Jackson’s finely drawn characters want to believe Eleanor is somehow responsible for the terror – it makes it more palatable to them – and that makes for interpersonal behavior that’s almost as frightening as the hand-holding, breathing doors, thunderous pounding sounds, and cold spots. Personally, I don’t think Eleanor is causing any of it beyond being there to help bring the house to life.