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Tomorrow is the big day! Listen in when we talk horror with one of the gruesomest, goriest, garishly great guests we’ve had so far on Haunted Nights LIVE!

nikki William Malmborg has been publishing short stories in horror magazines and dark fiction anthologies since 2002. In addition, four of his novels, JIMMY, TEXT MESSAGE, NIKKI’S SECRET and DARK HARVEST, are all available, as is a short story collection titled SCRAPING THE BONE that features five previously published and five original tales of horror. When not writing William caters to the whims of Toby and Truman, two cats who reside with him in Wheaton, IL. When asked to further enlighten us on his history, this is what William had to say:malm4

” After having found a gateway between worlds during an impromptu scientific experiment, I’ve become what I like to call ‘a slider’, one who eventually came across a world where William Malmborg was a successful horror author who seemed to have an endless supply of gorgeous ‘lady friends’.  Liking that image, I decided to stay, disposing of his body through a wormhole, only to learn that several of the women were crazy, the credit card debt was astronomical, and that his books hadn’t been selling as well as they used to. Losing his apartment, I moved back in with his parents where I tried my hands at penning a novel, only to produce one titled DARK HARVEST that no one seemed to like. Following that, I got a job working nights at a roadside help hotline, my hopes being to eliminate the credit card debt I inherited while also saving enough to buy a house.  Fortunately, while at his parents house, I found a box of manuscripts that the real William Malmborg had written years earlier, the first of which was titled BLIND EYE.  Story-wise, the novel was solid, editing wise, not so much, so, rather than publishing it right away, I used some money to hire an editor and book cover designer, both of which will, hopefully, help in finalizing the novel, and, soon, recharge the career I foolishly took over so that I can actually live the life of a bestselling author that is constantly surrounded by beautiful women.”

Yeah… we love this guy!


Listen in at Thorne & Cross Haunted Night LIVE! tomorrow night for more.

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Coming this week at Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!, Glen Hirshberg, the award-winning author of horror and spectral fiction. Peter Straub has called him “an amazing writer who makes the materials of horror into what they were supposed to be all along—grandly sweeping, capable of tremendous reach, and open to all aspects of human experience,” and the Los Angeles Review of Books recently referred to him as “always one of his generation’s finest stylists, its most able student of character.”


We’re very excited to have him at Haunted Nights LIVE! and would love to have you join us. At Haunted Nights LIVE! we talk about all things horror with the biggest names in the business. From fiction writers and paranormal investigators to haunted spots and true ghost stories supplied by our listeners, Haunted Nights LIVE! features fact, fiction, and that indiscernible gray area in between.

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You can also see our guest list or listen to previous podcasts here. And don’t forget to check out our just-released Christmas Spirits, which can be read as the fourth installment of the Ghosts of Ravencrest saga, or as a stand-alone novella.


Tonight’s the night!


Tonight on Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!, we’re interviewing New York Times best-selling horror meister and all around great guy, Douglas Clegg.  You’re not going to want to miss this episode. Much book talk and various rude noises will ensue. Just click this link at 9:00 p.m. Eastern, 6:00 Pacific to listen in:


Douglas Clegg is the New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of more than 30 books, including The Priest of Blood, Neverland, and The Children’s Hour. His work has been published by Simon & Schuster, Bantam Doubleday Dell, Kensington, Dorchester, Cemetery Dance Publications, Subterranean Press, as well as Alkemara Press in digital form.


In 1999, he launched the world’s first publisher-sponsored e-serial novel, Naomi, which later went on to hardcover and paperback publication, and which Publisher’s Weekly called “arguably, the first major work of fiction in cyberspace,” and his short novel Purity was the first book of its kind on cell phones in the U.S. in the year 2001.  He lives with his husband of 25 years near the coast of New England in a house called Villa Diodati which also contains a cat, dog, rabbit and more than 40 fish.







We commute from our beds to our offices without burning gas or having to dress to impress anyone but our kitties.  We have “water cooler” talk over Skype and morning beverages; a bit of gossip, reviews of last night’s movies, and bitching about getting up so early to get to work. Then we spend about ten minutes checking our social sites, followed by half an hour on marketing and radio. Then we go to our desks in the Cloud and get to the good stuff: writing. It’s what gives us the discipline to get up early even though we both really hate mornings.


Usually, all goes well, but not always. On days we just aren’t feeling it, we often go deep into research. But most days, we write so hard that one minute it’s 8 am and the next it’s 6 pm. And once in a while – very rarely because discipline is at the heart of what we are doing – we give ourselves a day off. If one of us takes it off, so does the other: the office is closed. And that’s the way we like it.


Unless we’re on a major writing jag – one of those times when time goes by unnoticed and lunch is entirely forgotten – we do take breaks. There’s a ten-minute one where we visit social sites in the afternoon, but the ones that we love – and need – are our other water cooler moments.  It’s about laughing, getting those happy chemicals pumping through the brain. It’s about relaxing. We play games, tell jokes, and misbehave. One of the joys of our collaboration – the reason we write together in our office in the Cloud even when we’re doing our solo work – is that we energize one another. We make each other laugh. It’s important to us.


And rules are important: no outside drama can touch us; no psychic vampires are allowed. What is allowed is laughter and jokes and merriment. And work. Lots and lots of work. It feels good. Last week, an hour before the first airing of our new horror-themed radio show, Haunted Nights LIVE!, we found ourselves a little anxious and made up a new game we call Bad Libs, wherein we take a section of one of our works and remove and replace words in the grand Mad-Libs tradition. It was so much fun that we’re going to blog some Bad-Libs soon and we’ll share the best answers you send us.


We’re both aware of how fortunate we are. But we also know we’ve worked hard for it. Very hard. Six – and sometimes seven – days a week, eight to twelve hours a day for over two years. This year alone, we’ve completed two novels as well as turned out several installments in our serialized gothic tale, The Ghosts of Ravencrest. And the hard work has paid off, allowing us both to contribute significantly to our household budgets enough to write full-time. You almost always start out having to juggle family, writing, and a full-time job, but if you’re consistent, determined, and writing is your priority, you’ll get to where you want to be. That’s the thing: if you want to be a full-time writer, you have to earn it. No excuses. Writing comes first: it is a job, not a hobby. We don’t let anyone interrupt our day and, you know what?  Only when you take yourself and your work this seriously, will anyone else give your work the respect it deserves.


In 2015, we plan to keep writing, completing at least one more collaboration, a solo project each, as well as the regular continuations of the Ravencrest installments. We’ve learned that it takes a lot of hard work and ambition to become a full-time writer, but that it can be done if your intent is strong enough.

Watch out 2016, have we got plans for you!