Posts Tagged ‘Tamara Thorne’


I first read Chiefs decades ago, before I was published myself. It has proven to be one of the books that has most influenced my writing. Chiefs begins early in the twentieth century and follows the careers of three police chiefs in a small Georgia town.

The stories of the chiefs are intensely personal, incredibly compelling, and give insight into how small towns work. There is an overarching story of a serial killer that begins early in Will Henry Lee’s days and isn’t solved until the well into the third chief’s time of duty. It’s shocking and will keep you on your toes.

The chiefs themselves aren’t always what you might expect and that’s one of the reasons I consider this a great novel. This epic is laden with detail that enriches the story. I just reread it and t is as absolutely riveting as it was the first time through.



I’m first and foremost a lover of ghost stories and Ash Wednesday is one of my all-time favorite books about ghosts and hauntings. I count it alongside The Shining, Ghost Story, Houses Hill and Hell, and a handful of others as truly satisfying.

Ash Wednesday is about a haunted town, Merridale. The dead begin to appear as translucent blue entities all over town. The reactions of the living range from terror to joy and everything in between. This is a quiet ghost story and it satisfies on every level with the care Williamson takes in making his characters – all of them – real. The novel is touching and terrifying and hits all the right notes.


I’ve read American Gods several times. It pushes all the right buttons from the fantastical to the mysterious. I’m a life-long lover of mythology and Gaiman’s use of it throughout the novel is absolutely delightful. He manages to fuse contemporary sensibilities and humor with those of the old gods. I’m particularly fond of Loki and Eostre, who eats live bunnies. It’s by turns, touching, horrifying, and funny, and it’s full of heart. If you love world mythology, I think you’re especially likely to love this book.

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The Manitou is one of my all-time favorite reads. I recently reread it and it was just as fresh and funny – and terrifying – as it was the first time I read it well over two decades ago. Written from the point of view of protagonist Harry Erskine, a man who makes his money as a sham tarot reader telling little old ladies what they want to hear, the novel works especially well because Harry knows he’s a fraud and because he holds a healthy skepticism for all things supernatural. When he is confronted by the real thing, the action – and the wit – is unrelenting. All of Masterton’s Harry Erskine books work- Harry is the perfect imperfect hero.

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Our thriller MOTHER is on sale in ebook for $0.99 today through July 31st!
“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
A Girl’s Worst Nightmare is Her Mother …
Priscilla Martin. She’s the diva of Morning Glory Circle and a driving force in the quaint California town of Snapdragon. Overseer of garage sales and neighborhood Christmas decorations, she is widely admired. But few people know the real woman behind the perfectly coiffed hair and Opium perfume.
Family is Forever. And Ever and Ever …
No one escapes Prissy’s watchful eye. No one that is, except her son, who committed suicide many years ago, and her daughter, Claire, who left home more than a decade past and hasn’t spoken to her since. But now, Priscilla’s daughter and son-in-law have fallen on hard times. Expecting their first child, the couple is forced to move back … And Prissy is there to welcome them home with open arms … and to reclaim her broken family.
The Past Isn’t Always as Bad as You Remember. Sometimes it’s Worse …
Claire has terrible memories of her mother, but now it seems Priscilla has mended her ways. When a cache of vile family secrets is uncovered, Claire struggles to determine fact from fiction, and her husband, Jason, begins to wonder who the monster really is. Lives are in danger – and Claire and Jason must face a horrifying truth … a truth that may destroy them … and will forever change their definition of “Mother.”
You guys! To celebrate the recent releases of BRIMSTONE (Tamara) ( and THE SILVER DAGGER (Alistair) (, our collaboration, MOTHER, will be on sale in ebook for $0.99 at Amazon (US and UK) July 28th – July 31st!:
Says NYT bestseller, Andrew Neiderman, author of the V.C. ANDREWS series:
“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.”


I discovered Ray Bradbury when I was eight years old and devoured everything he wrote over and over, but the story collection that was, is, and undoubtedly will always be my favorite is The October Country.

This unforgettable collection is particularly dark and haunting. My all-time favorite story, The Man Upstairs, is included here. It’s a vampiric tale, but it’s not the man upstairs himself that has always stuck with me, it’s Grandma. We, with young Douglas (very much the Douglas of Something wicked this Way Comes) watch Grandma gut a chicken and prepare it for roasting. He asks if he’s like that inside. She says yes. And from there, we ride along in fascination and horror as Douglas’ childish logic propels him through his dealings with the vampiric lodger.

The story works for children and adults. Other stories that stand out are Skeleton, wherein M. Munigant deals with misbehaving skeletons; The Lake, a touching end-of-summer tale; The Jar – it watches; and especially, The Small Assassin – who doesn’t love a killer baby? The October Country is the master at his creepy, nostalgic, touching best.

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