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Our guest this week at Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! is one of the most inventive and finely-tuned horror writers of our time and both of us are major fans. In fact, his novel, Ash Wednesday, is in Tamara’s Top Ten favorite haunting novels of all time!

With a career that includes more than twenty novels, over 100 short stories in various magazines and anthologies, as well as film and television adaptations of his work, we couldn’t be more thrilled to introduce the one and only Chet Williamson.

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Among Chet’s more recent novels are Defenders of the Faith and Hunters. His other published novels include Second Chance, The Story of Noichi the Blind, Ash Wednesday, Soulstorm, Lowland Rider, Reign, and McKain’s Dilemma, and for his most recent project, he wrote the dialogue and story for the computer game, Season of Mystery: The Cherry Blossom Murders. It can be downloaded at http://www.bigfish.com. Revenant, his first play, was recently produced, and he has just finished a stage adaptation of The Story of Noichi the Blind.

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Join us this Thursday at 9:00 pm Eastern, 6:00 Pacific as we discuss all things horror with Chet Williamson. Just click the pic below. The link will go live at the scheduled time, and if you miss it, no worries. Within a few minutes of the show’s close, the same link becomes a podcast that you can listen to at any time.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

We have two resolutions for 2015: write even more than we did in 2014 and… have fun doing it.

In 2014, we decided to try collaborating and began writing a short story together. Grandma’s Rack soon grew into a novella, and still begged for more, so we let it have its way and become a full-fledged novel.  When we were most of the way through it, we realized we had to put it on hold so that we could write another horror novel in order to meet a deadline.

So we set Grandma in her rocker on the porch to relax and take the summer breeze while we wrote a brand new horror novel full of eerie legends and lore, ghosts, and quirky characters who quickly took over and had their way with the novel – and with us. In four months, we had 170,000 words and in six months, we’d cut and polished it to 125,000. We are very happy with this tale but our lips must remain sealed for the moment.

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GOTHIC GHOSTS AND GOVERNESSES

Even as we worked on our mystery novel, we began writing our serial novel, The Ghosts of Ravencrest. Originally, we called it The Erotic Adventures of Belinda, with a plan to make it erotica with a few ghosts and horror in the background, but by the time we published the second installment, we knew that as fun as sex was, it wasn’t enough. Neither of us cared for making sex the centerpiece of every episode because it limited what we could do with our ever-growing characters and plot threads.

With the third installment, Darker Shadows, we followed our horror-filled hearts and loaded the tale with gothic horror worthy of Dark Shadows – the show that inspired the title of this episode.  The newly-retitled The Ghosts of Ravencrest lets us indulge in all the things we love, from ghosts and mysteries (and sex) to the archetypal brooding heroes and gothic governess in old mansions – and even some Dark Shadows-inspired time travel.

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ROLL OVER, DICKENS!

In our holiday installment,  The Ghosts of Ravencrest: Christmas Spirits, Eric Manning tells his children the story of their ancestors in the winter of 1788. We filled it with history, and wove our story of ghosts and witchcraft into the 18th century’s Frost Fairs of London and old English Christmas traditions. Christmas Spirits is a novella that can be read as a stand-alone, but if you read it as part of the series, you will have more clues concerning the mysterious ghosts Belinda encountered in Darker Shadows and in the upcoming Night Moves.

Night Moves will be available on Amazon within the next few weeks.

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BACK ON THE FANG-GANG

Meanwhile, Alistair has returned to a solo project he affectionately calls C.C. This is a novel he began a very long time ago, which was then called The White Room. The story has evolved, and thus, so has the title.

C.C. is a tale that takes place in a little mountain town near northern California where two factions of vampires live under an uneasy truce – one side believes in the equality of all living things, while the other adheres to a much less peaceful philosophy concerning the roles of vampires and humans.

After the death of his mother, Cade Colter moves into town from California’s garlic capital, Gilroy. Cade seems like a perfectly normal twenty-two-year-old as he settles into his new home with his older brother, Brooks, but unbeknownst to either of them, Cade possesses a rare quality that will place him at the center of a centuries-old battle between good and evil, love and hate, peace and war – a quality so valuable to the vampiric race that peace treaties will shatter, blood will flow, and the price of survival might be too high to pay.

C.C. is expected to be available in early summer, and while Alistair is working on that, Tamara is putting her efforts into Grandma’s Rack.

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BACK TO THE RACK

When we began writing Grandma’s Rack together, we had yet to discover what we call Skypewriting. Skypewriting means writing together in the Cloud while speaking over Skype. It’s our preferred method of collaborating and allows us to work on the same document at the same time. Sometimes we work on separate scenes or even in different documents, but no matter what we’re doing, we spend our work days in our virtual office where we can consult one another at any time. Doing this makes our writing cohesive and tight. When we reread, we rarely know who wrote what originally and we can think of nothing healthier for a book or a partnership.

Most of Grandma was written in the “traditional” way; each writer taking a separate chapter and following certain characters.  Because Tamara was also working on her solo sequel to Candle Bay at the time, Alistair wrote much of Grandma’s first draft. Now, while Alistair works on C.C., Tamara is finishing Grandma and doing the massive rewrite. (Later on, Tamara will finish Candle Bay’s sequel, just as Alistair is finishing his C.C. now.)

THE WAR OF THE WITCHES

Grandma’s Rack is the story of Heloise Foster, her grandson Joey, his toothy Aunt Sybil, the town of Milkwort and a coven of witches who want something of Grandma’s. Murder and mayhem, orgies and spells ensue in a witchy apocalypse as Grandma stands against the coven, protecting not only her family, but the town of Milkwort itself.

We expect Grandma’s Rack to be available by late March.

SOMETHING DIFFERENT THIS WAY COMES

Sometime in spring, after a few more installments of Ravencrest and Alistair’s completion of C.C., we will begin our next planned novel. Let’s just call it “M” for now. It’s a little different from anything we’ve written so far. While we can’t imagine dropping all supernatural elements in any story, M is more psychological thriller and boasts a smaller cast than usual. Think Misery Meets Mommy Dearest!  M is fully plotted (at least as fully as you can plot before the characters take over and run with it) and ready to go the minute we’ve put Grandma and C.C. to bed.

We expect M to be available in late 2015

By fall, the first volume of The Ghosts of Ravencrest  will be complete and it will likely be available as a novel, too. At that point, serial installments of Volume Two will begin appearing. It’s gothic – full of ghosts and intrigue – and we’re excited to reveal more about other staff members and their gruesome, often magical, proclivities.

BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!

By fall of 2015, we plan to begin both another traditionally ghost-infested novel as well as a very big surprise.  These novels are, for the moment, being referred to as “The Ghost One” and “The Big One” – or MF and BO for short. Both are in the early stages of plotting though BO is even now requiring lots of unusual research. We’re loving it, but keeping our main focus on our current projects. Once those are behind us, serious brainstorming will begin on MF and BO.

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DON’T TOUCH THAT DIAL!

Finally, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the exciting guests we have coming up on our radio show, Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!. It returns to the airwaves on Thursday, January 8th, with one of the best in the business, horror author Chet Williamson. And he’s not the only guest we’re stoked about. We’ll also be featuring writers such as Bram Stoker Award-winner Elizabeth Massie, Jay Bonansinga, author of the New York Times bestselling series, The Walking Dead, Living Legend Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, and world-renowned parapsychologist, Loyd Auerbach. The new year will also see the return of New York Times bestseller, Douglas Clegg! We can’t wait!

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On tonight’s LIVE show with Glen Hirshberg, we’ll be asking a secret question chosen by Glen himself. The first person to e-mail us with the correct answer will receive a signed copy of the Tor hardcover edition of Glen’s bestselling novel, Motherless Child. The second person to e-mail the correct answer will receive a rare complete set of all extant Rolling Darkness Revue chapbooks, signed by both Glen Hirshberg and Pete Atkins. We will give you the email address when we ask the question. So listen in tonight at Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! at 9:00 pm Eastern, 6:00 pm Pacific for your chance to win.

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Glen Hirshberg received his B.A. from Columbia University, where he won the Bennett Cerf Prize for Best Fiction, and his M.A. and M.F.A. from the University of Montana. His first novel, The Snowman’s Children, was a Literary Guild Featured Selection. His collection, The Two Sams, won three International Horror Guild Awards and was named a Best Book of the Year by Publishers Weekly. Hirshberg has won the Shirley Jackson Award and been a finalist for the World Fantasy and the Bram Stoker Awards.

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“Hirshberg weaves love, desire, revenge, loyalty, and sacrifice into a blockbuster narrative. His adept characterization engages the reader’s sympathies for Natalie and Sophie as they fight the pangs of vampiric hunger and yearn for their absent children. The clash of human and vampire worlds in the tumultuous final showdown presents a satisfying, if startling, conclusion and infuses this work with both literary and genre merit.” – Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

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Darkness Never Dies…

Ravencrest Manor has always been part of the family. The ancestral home of the Mannings, Ravencrest’s walls have been witness to generations of unimaginable scandal, horror, and depravity. Imported stone by stone from England to northern California over a thirty-year period in the 1800s, the manor now houses widower Eric Manning, his children, and his staff. Ravencrest stands alone, holding its memories and ghosts close to its dark heart, casting long, black shadows across its grand lawns, through the surrounding forests, and over the picturesque town of Devilswood below.

Dare to Cross the Threshold…

Ravencrest Manor is the most beautiful thing new governess, Belinda Moorland, has ever seen, but as she learns more about its tangled past of romance and terror, she realizes that beauty has a dark side. Ravencrest is built on secrets, and its inhabitants seem to be keeping plenty of their own – from the handsome English butler, Grant Phister, to the power-mad administrator, Mrs. Heller, to Eric Manning himself, who watches her with dark, fathomless eyes. But Belinda soon realizes that the living who dwell in Ravencrest have nothing on the other inhabitants – the ones who walk the darkened halls by night… the ones who enter her dreams… the ones who are watching… and waiting…

Home is Where the Horror is…

Welcome to Ravencrest, magnificent by day, terrifying by night.
Welcome to Ravencrest, home of sordid secrets and ghastly scandals from the past.
Welcome to Ravencrest, where there is no line between the living and the dead.

The Ghosts of Ravencrest: Darker Shadows is available now at Amazon.

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Tonight at Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! we’ll be interviewing horror author, Michael Aronovitz. Aronovitz is the author of Alice Walks, Seven Deadly Pleasures, and The Voices in Our Heads, which has an introduction from Tamara Thorne. We’ll ask him about his writing process, the first story he published, and what he has coming up next, which we can personally say is absolutely awesome.

Go to this link at 9:00 p.m. eastern tonight to hear the show: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/authorsontheairbookstoo/2014/11/14/michael-aronovitz-joins-thorne-cross-haunted-nights-live

Keep coming back for more fascinating conversations with your favorite authors. Next week, we’ll be joined by New York Times bestseller Doug Clegg. For the full guest list, visit my website at the Haunted Nights LIVE! page, and click on the author’s name to hear the podcast: http://alistaircross.com/Haunted-Nights-LIVE

Thank you to everyone who tuned in last week for our debut show with Q.L. Pearce. Give us a like at our Facebook page at Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! or follow us on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/ThorneCross

Tomorrow night’s the night…

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Join us as we interview horror author Michael Aronovitz at Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! tomorrow night at 9:00 p.m. eastern.

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Michael Aronovitz’s debut collection Seven Deadly Pleasures was published by Hippocampus Press in 2009, and his newest novel Alice Walks is presently available in collectable cloth hard cover through Centipede Press and trade paperback through Dark Renaissance Books.

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Aronovitz’s second collection The Voices in Our Heads was released by Horrified Press in February of 2014, and Hippocampus will publish Aronovitz’s second novel, The Witch of the Wood, this coming December or January. Aronovitz’s first young adult novel titled Becky’s Kiss will be published by Vinspire Press in late 2015.

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Aronovitz’s short story “The Girl Between the Slats” appeared in S.T. Joshi’s acclaimed anthology Searchers After Horror last Spring, and his short ghost story “How Bria Died” was featured in Paula Guran’s The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror, 2011.

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Q.L. Pearce began her career as a writer and editor with Lowell House /Roxbury Press in Los Angeles. She has written more than one hundred and fifty books for children, including: Scary Stories for Sleep-Overs, Artificial Intelligence, Mysterious Disappearances, Ghost Hunters, Red Bird Sings, and film tie-in books for the Fox animated film Titan AE and the Universal animated series Land Before Time. She is a recipient of the Carter G. Woodson gold medal, the Moonbeam Children’s Book gold medal, the Eureka silver medal and several of her titles are included in the California Collections. Q believes strongly in the value of scary books for young readers. When asked what qualifies her as an expert in this area she replies, “I was a child once. That was very scary.”

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Join us next week, November 6th at Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! at 9:00 eastern for the show! Be sure to give us a like on Facebook!