In honor of the spooky season, check out our interview with Professor Paranormal himself, Loyd Auerbach, on Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! Fascinating stuff!

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Auerbach was a columnist for Fate magazine from 1991 through 2004 and has made appearances on paranormal programs for the The Learning Channel, The Discovery Channel,  the Sci Fi Channel,  the History Channel, and A&E, not to mention hundreds of national television and radio programs like The Oprah Winfrey ShowLate Night with David LettermanLarry King LiveThe View,  and Criss Angel: Mindfreak.

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Looking for a great Halloween-themed read? Check out Tamara’s Bad Things! Here’s what one reviewer has to say:

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“In BAD THINGS by Tamara Thorne, the author combines the elements of nature folklore, Halloween, dysfunctional families, and a good bit of perverted sex to weave a dark supernatural thriller that centers on two brothers, Rick and Robin Piper (descendants of the Scottish Piper clan that has for centuries been able to see the mythical and mischievous “greenjacks” of British folklore).

The story starts out during the early seventies in the Southern California community of Santo Verde where the Pipers have lived for several generations. Though Ricky’s just a boy, he’s the only one in the family who now has the sight and is able to see the nature spirits known as greenjacks. Not even his deformed, legless twin brother, Robin, is able to see these small, ethereal beings.

Each year on All Hallows Eve, the small jacks join together to create the giant, Big Jack, out of broken limps and leaves. This hideous creature attempts to help them take over the body of any Piper child caught defenseless, or near death. Because of a Halloween prank gone terribly wrong, Robin is almost killed by Big Jack as he saves Ricky’s life. Instead of dying, however, Robin’s body becomes inhabited by one of the greenjacks, and he turns into an evil, manipulative creature whose one desire is to kill his brother.

Jump to the present as Rick-who’s now a widower with two children-decides to finally leave Las Vegas and return to his old home in California, hoping to offer his kids a better living environment. Rick’s parents (supposedly murdered by a burglar) and his brother, Robin, have long been dead. With the help of Carmen and Hector (the housekeeper and gardener for the estate), he will once again face the nightmares of his childhood and have to overcome the fears that have haunted his life for so long.

Rick will eventually have to put everything on the line in a final confrontation with Big Jack and with a murderous relative who won’t be satisfied until he’s finally dead. The power of BAD THINGS lies in the author’s ability to make the reader care for Ricky Piper as a young boy and the insurmountable obstacles that he has to face when Robin’s body is taken over by a greenjack. Rick’s fun-loving brother turns into the purest form of evil, delighting in the misery, misfortune, and death of others.

When the children’s parents are mysteriously murdered and Aunt Jade moves in with her mean, hard-drinking husband and her sleazy teenage daughter, things grow progressively worse for the young boy. It takes little time for his brother to sexually seduce the older niece, as well as the aunt, impregnating both of them with his sense of evil.

To my surprise and pleasure, this is where the author delivers the goods with full force, allowing the darkness within each of us to come out in all of its wicked manifestations. Tamara Thorne never holds back in her description of how evil and perverseness can choose to express itself. The only problem I had with the book was with Rick’s character and his inability to face the obvious.

I wanted him to have more backbone in order to deal with the situations as they arose. Fortunately, the characters of Carmen and Hector, Rick’s pre-opt transsexual friend, Dakota, and Dakota’s sister, Audrey, helped to balance out the main character’s ineptness at perceiving danger and how to deal with it. I even found myself buying the greenjacks, though I had a hard time picturing “Big Jack” in my mind. Still, some of the scenes at night with Big Jack and the little jacks were scary enough to give me goose bumps.

The author has a great way of carrying you right to the edge with anxiety whenever she puts children in danger. BAD THINGS is definitely a novel I would recommend to anyone seeking something to read at night when the blinds are closed, everyone’s asleep, and strange noises are emanating from the other side of the house.

This is the kind of book that would add greatly to your unease. In fact, I liked this novel so much, that I’ve already purchased three others (ETERNITY, THE FORGOTTEN & CANDLE BAY) by Tamara Thorne to read in the near future.”

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As promised, right in time for Halloween, Sleep, Savannah, Sleep is now available in ebook and paperback! 

“I really enjoyed Sleep, Savannah, Sleep — a spooky, suspenseful tale that delves with insight into the dynamics of small towns and grieving families. It is sure to please fans of both crime fiction and horror – and anyone who appreciates a good story. Alistair Cross’s deft narration and well-drawn characters will pull you in, and the pages will turn as if by magic.”

Margaret Lucke, author of Snow Angel and House of Whispers

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The Dead Don’t Always Rest in Peace

Jason Crandall, recently widowed, is left to raise his young daughter and rebellious teenage son on his own – and the old Victorian in Shadow Springs seems like the perfect place for them to start over. But the cracks in Jason’s new world begin to show when he meets Savannah Sturgess, a beautiful socialite who has half the men in town dancing on tangled strings.

When she goes missing, secrets begin to surface, and Jason becomes ensnared in a dangerous web that leads to murder – and he becomes a likely suspect. But who has the answers that will prove his innocence? The jealous husband who’s hell-bent on destroying him? The local sheriff with an incriminating secret? The blind old woman in the house next door who seems to watch him from the windows? Or perhaps the answers lie in the haunting visions and dreams that have recently begun to consume him.

Or maybe, Savannah herself is trying to tell him that things aren’t always as they seem – and that sometimes, the dead don’t rest in peace.

 

It was an absolute honor meeting Scary Stories director/producer, Cody Meirick. Check it out at Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!

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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a series of children’s books published in the 1980’s and 90’s written by Alvin Schwartz and originally illustrated by Stephen Gammell. Many of us who love horror likely read the beloved and often controversial collection of folk stories and legends as children.

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The books will be honored in Scary Stories, the upcoming documentary directed/produced by Cody Meirick, which will feature interviews from Schwartz’s family members, folklorists, scholars, and notable horror authors such as R.L. Stine.

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A review from THE NOVEL LADY:

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“Sometime in October, when I list my absolute favorite Halloween night reads, this book will be way up on my list!  Probably #1.  This is one of those books you simply cannot put down.  Warning:  Don’t read SLEEP SAVANNAH SLEEP when you are alone in the house all night.  I made the mistake of reading it while in a hotel room while I was traveling alone on a trip from North Carolina to Florida. Not only did I not get any sleep because I was too busy reading… but even after I finished the book… there was no way I was going to shut my eyes!

This story starts out by drawing you in to a sweet yet quirky small town with interesting characters, a bar called The Devil’s Triangle, a book store called Tome After Tome, a blind old lady who “sees” Jason, a gossipy next door neighbor, and the beautiful sexy Savannah who does every guy in town and ends up missing.

Jason Crandall’s wife had died several months earlier and he was left to raise his two children, a sweet young daughter and a difficult teenage son.  Moving to this small town of Shadow Springs and starting up his massage therapy business in an old Victorian home seemed like a fresh start for all of them.  Then the dreams began.  Not my dreams.  I was too afraid to fall asleep.  I’m talking about Jason Crandall’s dreams.  Wow!  Such vivid descriptions!  This book keeps you guessing as to what these dreams mean and what happened to Savannah.  Or maybe I should just say “Who”.  I’m usually pretty good at figuring out who-done-its, but this one totally surprised me.

This is the first book I have read by Alistair Cross (I’m embarrassed to say), but I have already started looking for more to put on my TBR list.  I just won’t be reading them when I’m alone in a strange hotel room.”

Available at: https://www.amazon.com/Sleep-Savannah-Alistair-Cross-ebook/dp/B074XF55JF/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1503173127&sr=8-2&keywords=sleep+savannah+sleep

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A review of THE ANGEL ALEJANDRO at Anthony Avina’s:

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“Sin and mankind’s misconceptions about the world at large play major themes in the supernatural thriller The Angel Alejandro by Alistair Cross. Exploring the world of temptations and the battle everyone faces within themselves when they give into their darkest desires, this incredible story showcases the ruthlessness that can reside in the best of us, and the strength it takes to push temptation aside to do what is right.

The first thing that grabbed me about this story was how similar the premise is to one of my favorite Stephen King stories, Needful Things. A charming salesman brings chaos and destruction to a small town, and must be battled by the forces of good within that very town. However this story is unique in that the overpowering threat of Gremory Jones and his followers is evenly matched by a powerful force for good working to help those few souls who see the cracks forming amongst the townspeople. The mysteries of the town’s descent, the arrival of Gremory Jones and the identity of Alejandro come colliding in the final moments of the book in a vicious and bloody battle between good and evil, and the small town of Prominence threatens to be destroyed forever by its own greed and sin.

The story and characters were very well drawn out throughout this story. Combining the best elements of authors like Stephen King and Dean Koontz, Alistair Cross showcases a unique talent for bringing to life the complex differences between people and showcase how supernatural or extraordinary events are handled by ordinary people. The characters are very relatable and the story itself flows smoothly, setting up the arch slowly and then zig-zagging at lightning speed as the action begins and the town begins to tear itself apart. The grammar was spot on and the imagery throughout the story is vivid, painting a picture that can easily be played across the recesses of the mind like a movie on a projector screen.

Overall this was a wonderful read. It had twists, shocking deaths and a fantastic ending that leaves the story for some characters open and brings a dramatic conclusion for others. This story highlights the incredible storytelling abilities of Alistair Cross, and he proves that he is one of the growing voices in the supernatural thriller genre. Be sure to pick up your copies of The Angel Alejandro by Alistair Cross today!

Rating: 10/10”

Available at: https://www.amazon.com/Angel-Alejandro-Alistair-Cross-ebook/dp/B01N347ZE8/ref=pd_sbs_351_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=S678NCHAFSGDM4PSW1VE

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Fascinating, otherworldly information from a world-renowned clairvoyant! We had an eerie little blast chatting with Victoria Gross – check out our interview with her.

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Haunted Nights LIVE! hosts Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross welcome…

Victoria Gross is a clairvoyant and medium who has been doing readings professionally since 1987. Her background is in Tarot, Palmistry, Mediumship, Crystal Gazing and Psychometry. She is 2nd degree Reiki and Certified in Magnified Healing. Victoria is also a Paranormal Investigator and author of the book Ghosts of Orange County. In 2009-10 she was the lead Story Producer on the two Bio/A&E specials and first season of My Ghost Story. She is Lead Story Producer for the pilot called Casefiles Unknown.

Beside doing psychic readings, she teaches and gives seminars on the psychic arts. She also has volunteered for the past 15 years on the “Haunted Fullerton Walking Tour” which is a fundraiser the Fullerton Museum.

Listen to the interview here: http://tinyurl.com/hqm5hrp

Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross’ novel, THE CLIFFHOUSE HAUNTING, is available now! They are also the authors of the successful serialized novel, The Ghosts of Ravencrest.

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