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Dan Howard was born Daniel Earl Javorsky in Berlin and immigrated to the US. He has been, among other things, a delivery boy, musician, product rep in the chemical entertainment industry, university music teacher, software salesman, copy editor, proofreader, and novelist. His novels include Down Solo and Trust Me, and a sequel to Down Solo called Down to No Good.

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“Jason Crandall needed to make a new start, he worked in Los Angeles as a Marketing executive for years. Sadly his wife died leaving him as a widower with an 18-year-old son and an eight-year-old daughter. He decided to start his new life in Shadow Springs by becoming a massage therapist. Shadow Springs seems like a nice little town but before long before cracks start to form in the town’s illusion of normalcy and secrets come to light.

First Jason has to deal with a jealous husband of one of his clients but life gets more complicated as the beautiful Savannah Sturgess goes missing. Jason starts to have horrible visions that make him doubt his sanity and some people are looking at him as a suspect in the disappearance. Everyone in town has their own set of secrets, but the biggest secret is what happened to Savannah and why won’t the dead rest in peace?

Sleep Savannah Sleep by Alistair Cross is a book that works on several levels. It’s a murder mystery, horror novel and ghost story with the perfect setting of a small mysterious town. The first half of the book takes its time making us feel empathy for the characters. By the time strange things happen in the second half you’re totally hooked and wanting to see what happens next.

The detail put into each character makes them come to life and while they are shown one way, to begin with you see other sides to them as the story moves along. Savannah, in the beginning, is seen as the town whore but when we get into why she is the way she is, she becomes a sympathetic character. Also, Flynn Garvey who is Savannah’s boyfriend has no personality in the beginning, but later we dig a little deeper and find he has a secret and there is more depth to him than we thought. Even the character of Tabitha Cooper who is not in the story much is someone you feel for. She is seen as a crazy old witch, but in reality is very different than others see her. All of the characters present an image to the outside world but if you scratch the surface a little they show another side. You care about these people because you can relate to them and that makes things even scarier when odd things start to happen.

The best part of this book was when Jason is questioning his sanity. You see him as just a guy dealing with the loss of his wife and trying to raise his kids to the best of his abilities but as he is having visions that make no sense his life quickly unravels. The feeling of losing your mind when you know people are dependent on you is the worst kind of fear and Jason is also dealing with ghosts from his past. In Sleep Savannah Sleep the horror doesn’t come from what you see, it comes from what you don’t see. This is an old school horror novel that preys on your emotions rather than showing you horrific imagery, though it does that too. Alistair Cross shows that he is a master storyteller by giving us memorable characters and a twist ending that you’ll never see coming.”

– David’s Haunted Library at Horroraddicts.net

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Brendan Duffy is the author of THE STORM KING and HOUSE OF ECHOES. In 2015 he was featured in Refinery29’s “21 New Authors You Need to Know”. He lives in New York, where he’s at work on his next novel. Listen in Thursday, May 17th at 8 pm EST at: https://tinyurl.com/y758rrwp

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Thursday at 8 pm EST on Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! – The world’s only non-denominational exorcist, Rachel Stavis, tells her astonishing true story in Sister of Darkness: The Chronicle of a Modern Exorcist, a riveting chronicle of wrestling entities from infected souls, showing how pain and trauma opens us to attachment from forces that drain our energy . . . and can even destroy our humanity. Listen in at: https://tinyurl.com/y9qwfjr3 

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The Angel Alejandro: http://tinyurl.com/h4jrqlt

The Crimson Corset: http://tinyurl.com/jxmqhqp

The Book of Strange Persuasions: http://tinyurl.com/jubdlqf

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Vivian Schilling attended the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and also studied under the legendary Stella Adler before embarking upon a multifaceted career in both literature and film.

Schilling has penned two novels to date, both released to critical acclaim. “Highly respectable writing,” touted the Chicago Sun-Times of Schilling’s first effort, Sacred Prey (St. Martin’s Press). “Schilling shows deft storytelling ability,” said Publisher’s Weekly.

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Schilling’s second effort, the epic novel of suspense, Quietus (Penguin) received praise for its bold foray into controversial themes. “Quietus is a great gothic raven perched somewhere between Anne Rice and Iris Murdoch. Schilling herself—in her deft melding of mythic animus and modern anxiety— seems like the bastard daughter of Carl Jung and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley,” said Time Out New York.

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In Schilling’s early film career, she found success as an actor and screenwriter in a variety of independent films, for which she received a Blockbuster Rising Star Award and Saturn Award. Schilling has had the distinction of speaking at the National Archives as an author and filmmaker in the Discovering the Civil War film and lecture series. Her portrayal of real life author and feminist Gertrude Atherton in the film “Ambrose Bierce: Civil War Stories” set the backdrop for the discussions.

In 2012, Schilling was engaged by Paris-based Eurocine Films as the writer, producer and director of the English adaptation of Toys in the Attic, based on the stop-motion, animated feature Na Pude by revered Czech director Jirí Barta. Schilling also provided the voice of Buttercup alongside co-stars Forest Whitaker, Joan Cusack and Cary Elwes.

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A long-standing advocate of animal welfare and conservation, Schilling recently completed work as writer and producer of the French documentary Bonobos: Back to the Wild. The film, by noted documentarian Alain Tixier, chronicles the important work of naturalist Claudine André in her efforts to rescue and rehabilitate orphaned bonobos and to release them back into the wild. The film’s proceeds benefit the Lola Ya Bonobo Rescue Sanctuary founded by André in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Schilling is currently at work on her third novel. She divides her time between Los Angeles and the Ozark Mountains.

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