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This week on Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!, we’re joined by Cody Meirick, director/producer of the upcoming documentary, Scary Stories.
 
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. 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. And as an added bonus, Q.L. Pearce, multi-award-winning author of Spine Chillers and the iconic Scary Stories for Sleep-Overs, will be hosting this special YA edition of Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! with us.
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About the Show:
 
At Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! horror authors Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross talk 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 listeners, Haunted Nights LIVE! features fact, fiction, and that indiscernible gray area in between … so polish your fangs, sharpen your claws, and come take a bite out of the dark side at Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!
 
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Now through the end of the month, get three Thorne & Cross ghost stories for just three bucks at Amazon. Check the poster below for sale dates.

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Book descriptions:

The Cliffhouse Haunting

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When the Blue Lady Walks…

Since 1887, Cliffhouse Lodge has been famous for its luxurious accommodations, fine dining… and its ghosts. Overlooking Blue Lady Lake, nestled among tall pines, Cliffhouse has just been renovated by its owners, Teddy and Adam Bellamy, and their daughter, Sara.

Cliffhouse has not always been a place of rest and respite, though. Over the years it has served many vices, from rum-running to prostitution – and although the cat house has been replaced by a miniature golf course and carousel, Cliffhouse retains its dark history; darkest during the Roaring Twenties, when a serial killer called the Bodice Ripper terrorized the town, and a phantom, the Blue Lady, was said to walk when murder was imminent.

Death Walks With Her…

Now, there’s a new killer on the loose, and the Blue Lady sightings have returned. The Bellamys are losing maids, and guests are being tormented by disembodied whispers, wet phantom footprints, and the blood-chilling shrieks of mad laughter that echo through the halls of Cliffhouse in the dead of night.

The little mountain town of Cliffside is the perfect hunting ground for a serial killer… and the Blue Lady. Police Chief Jackson Ballou has bodies piling up, and between the murders and the mysteries, he can hardly pursue his romance with Polly Owen. And Sara Bellamy may lose her true love before they even have their first kiss.

Five Nights in a Haunted Cabin

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In 2013, bestselling horror authors Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross were working on their first collaborative novel and had yet to meet in person. That all changed when they got together to investigate an allegedly haunted cabin in California’s Gold Country.

The cabin’s owner and his family had fled the building on two occasions, beset by anomalies ranging from poltergeist phenomena to a darkly looming apparition. They wanted answers and were referred to author and long-time paranormal investigator Tamara Thorne. She and Alistair Cross decided that a few days and nights in a haunted cabin was the perfect setting for their first face-to-face meeting.

They ended up spending five nights documenting the phenomena inside – and outside – the little log cabin tucked deep in the woods. By turns intrigued and terrorized, Thorne & Cross not only came away with great story ideas, they left the cabin with a new definition of horror.

The Ghosts of Ravencrest

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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 in the early 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 …

Welcome to Ravencrest …

Who is the man digging in the garden beyond Belinda’s bedroom window? Who – or what – is watching her from the vents? From ghostly screams and the clutching bony fingers of death in the indoor pool, to the trio of gliding nuns in the east wing who come at Belinda with black blazing eyes, to the beckoning little girl in the red dress who died more than two centuries ago, Belinda is thrust into a world of waking nightmares where there is no distinction between the living and the dead, and there are no limits to the horrors that await. Witchcraft is afoot at Ravencrest and as unspeakable terrors begin to unfold, Belinda realizes that her beautiful new home is a keeper of tragedy, a collector of souls. And it wants to add her to its collection …

The Ravencrest Saga continues with The Witches of Ravencrest. Get the first for installments of this serialized novel:

Grave Expectations (#1)

Dead of the Night (#2)

The Dark Heart (#3)

The Romerus Conjury (#4)

And coming soon:

Bedeviled (#5)

Praise for Thorne & Cross

“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.

“While “binge-reading” the clever, shocking, deliciously creepy MOTHER by Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross (amid gasps, laughing out loud and muttering “Oh, my God, no…”), it dawned on me that these two should be writing for AMERICAN HORROR STORY. The authors offer up a fun, juicy, gripping thriller that’s nearly impossible to put down. As I kept turning the pages, I was reminded of MISERY, ROSEMARY’S BABY, PEYTON PLACE, PSYCHO and several other classics. But this is an original—as is the main character, Priscilla “Prissy” Martin, the mother of them all. Her perfect, poised façade masks an ugly, twisted, utterly evil woman—a character you’ll never forget. I think we found a spouse for Hannibal Lecter! And I think you’ll find MOTHER a fast-paced, delirious, heart-pounding thrill-ride.” – Kevin O’Brien, New York Times Bestselling Author

“A great combination of strong characters that remind me of my V.C. Andrews characters, wonderful creepy twists, and a plot that will recall Mommie Dearest in an original take that shocks and delights at the same time. This is a full blown psychological thriller worth the investment of time and money.”– Andrew Neiderman, Author of The Devil’s Advocate and the V.C. Andrews novels

“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

Cue the lion, we’re about to go live!

Speaking of cues, tonight’s guest is acclaimed children’s author, Q.L. Pearce. We look forward to grilling her (over an open flame) about why she so enjoys scaring children. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that!)

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Q writes in many children’s genres but is perhaps most famous for the best-selling series, Scary Stories for Sleep-Overs. She’ll curl your hairs, whether you’re young or old with her Bradbury-esque talents. (And she’s begun a new series of scary stories for kids with the first volume of Blood Moon Harbor.)

We’re going to ask her about books, writing horror for kids, and her own experiences with the paranormal. You’re going to want to hear this!

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Q.L. Pearce will be joining us tonight, November 6th at 9:00 p.m. eastern, 6 pacific. If you can’t listen live, a podcast will be up soon. Go to Haunted Nights LIVE! to listen!

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Be there if you dare…

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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.”

Have you met the bride of Ravencrest?

The Ghosts of Ravencrest is a saga that covers many centuries of stories that all lead to contemporary times. We will be featuring portraits of various Manning family ancestors occasionally and the Bride is the first.

The Bride is one of the the many ghosts of Ravencrest. Hers is a sad, haunting tale that will be told soon enough. She died on her wedding day and was buried in her gown after being posed in a memento mori portrait which  still hangs in Ravencrest’s Gallery of Ancestors. Now she is a harbinger of death. If you see her gliding through the dark halls, searching for her lost love, run! Don’t let her catch you in her mirror…

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If you haven’t gotten your copy of The Ghosts of Ravencrest yet, it is available on Kindle now and will be in other formats soon. Go to A Reader’s Review Blog to read the reviews that Tina Williams gave the first two installments, The New Governess, and Awakening. Darker Shadows is an omnibus edition of The Ghosts of Ravencrest which includes those first two installments as well as the third, which is a brand new release.

Welcome to Ravencrest. Dare to cross the threshold…