The Doom that hung out in Providence at a Reading: 1/30/16

Saturday I took part in a weekend set of readings hosted by the Lovecraft Arts & Sciences.


Niels and Carmen were gracious hosts and it was a wonderful evening of readings. More pics!

For all my time spent in Providence, I’ve never been to the Arcade. Very cool building


Then dinner at a Korean BBQ with a motley crew (not Vince Neil etc…) of writers:


Then the reading! Pics of John Langan and myself. Mostly me…(included in the pictures is one where I hold tea strangely, I look pleased and surprised looking into my own book, I am pointing at Barry in the audience. Barry…).  I apologize for not getting photos of the talented Matthew Bartlett reading. For the record, I did not take pictures of myself.

Reading wise, I read two pages of A Head Full of Ghosts, then the first chapter and another section of Disappearance at Devil’s Rock. Fun was had by most.


A couple shots of the Lovecraft Arts & Sciences post-reading:




And lastly, hey, go pre-order Disappearance at Devil’s Rock!

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Disappearance at Devil’s Rock: Cover reveal, excerpt, and Q&A at the WSJ

My next novel DISAPPEARANCE AT DEVIL’S ROCK will be published June 21st, 2016. Today the Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog posted an excerpt and a Q&A with Michael Calia.

Click for excerpt madness!

Click for Q&A madness! (in which I talk about the book, places named after the devil, a bear attack?, and the satanic dangers of dehydration)

Click for pre-order madness at and Amazon!

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My favorite books of 2015, plus more, (Yes, it’s another year-end-list, fraught with peril and anxiety for all)

Let’s get to it and make with the lists and such.

Best books published in 2015 that I read

Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick DeWitt: My favorite book of the year. To call it Princess Bride meets the Coen Brothers is fair but also sells the novel short. No novel that I read was as funny and serious, and I’ll say it, magical, as this novel was.

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates: Written as a letter to his teenaged son, BtWaM is a blistering contemporary history lesson and a call for change. Profoundly moving.

–Three Moments of an Explosion by China Mieville: His best fiction collection to date. Incredible range of stories and characters.

The Visible Filth by Nathan Ballingrud: Deeply disturbing. If you weren’t already afraid of your cell phone and computer and local barflies and your own, complicit dark heart, then, well, you will be.

Vermilion by Molly Tanzer: Read and you will be charmed by Lou Merriweather and Molly Tanzer’s endlessly inventive romp through a steampunk, ghostbustin’, old west.

Symphony for the City of the Dead by M. T. Anderson: Russian history–from the revolution to Stalin, WWII, and the siege of Leningrad– compellingly intertwined in the life and times of composer Dmitri Shostakovitch.

When We Were Animals by Joshua Gaylord: A meticulously stylized werewolf novel without any werewolves. Trust me. You’ll dig it.

Dead Soon Enough by Steph Cha: A LA PI novel with big and small secrets, yes, but it’s also about family, and what family means. I find myself still thinking about this book and its characters at odd times.

Safe Inside the Violence by Christopher Irvin:  Wonderfully restrained collection of dark/crime short stories that create a menacing cumulative affect.

Hausfrau by Jill Alexender Essbaum: One of the darkest books I read this year. Totally unhinged and erotic and un-erotic (in the right way, if that makes sense).

Familar 2 (Into the Forest) by Mark Danielewski: Even though much of it is cat fan-fiction, I’m hooked.

Favorite books of 2016 that I’ve read already because I have a time machine, or people have sent me ARCs. 

Elizabeth Hand’s HARD LIGHT, Brian Evenson’s A COLLAPSE OF HORSES, Victor LaValle’s THE BALLAD OF BLACK TOM, Laird Barron’s SWIFT TO CHASE, and Andrew Michael Hurley’s THE LONEY should all be on your must-read lists for 2016. I can all but guarantee they’ll be in my top ten list for next year.



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74 (huh?) Top Horror Movies part III: A New Beginning, sort of.

To the way-back machine!

In 2010 I posted a list of my 74 favorite horror movies. Decent list. I gussied it up a few years later but today, I will issue the updated, definitive list. Well, not really. The same list, plus additions, oversights, and retractions.

ADDITIONS (movies I’ve seen post 2010)

Lake Mungo. Sad, creepy, smart. Goes in my top 10

Martha Marcy May Marlene: Very well done, personal film on attempting to survive a cult. Genuinely disturbing

The Canal. Manages a slow build beginning that continually builds to a crazed ending. Visually stunning at times.

It Follows. Believe the hype. The movie instantly drops you in its dreamy, murky, terrifying world. I (unlike some) love the ending and it’s implications as well. Goes in the top 20

The Babadook. Believe the hype part 2. Like It Follows the fairy-tale-gone-wrong world is mesmerizing. A very brave movie about the perils of parenting. Goes in the top 20 as well (I think I need more than 20 in my top 20)

Take Shelter. Is Michael Shannon’s character having a psychotic break or is he really having visions of the end of the world? I wish I wrote this movie. Top 15

Kill List. Such a menacing, nasty, flick. Mix of hitman noir with occult horror. Gets under your skin and stays there.

Sauna. Like Kill List, brutal and disturbing. Nightmarish descent into a regret-fueled  hell for two brothers caught in the Russo-Sweeden war from hundreds of years ago

The Snowtown Murders. Based on real life murders. Sad, brutal, terrifying. You will be changed by this movie.

Room 237. yeah, I know. Not a horror movie but a documentary about people watching a horror movie. I still love it and it goes on my list. So there.

Cropsey: Another documentary, but one as scary as any horror movie about kids going missing on Staten Island, an abandoned mental hospital, and satanic panic.

OVERSIGHTS (ie. movies I saw pre-2010 I should’ve included on the list.)

Ginger Snaps, The Host, and The Brood should be there. Don’t know what I was thinking in 2010

Quatermass and the Pit needs to be moved up. Way up. Session 9 is top ten as well.


Dog Soldiers is good and a lot of fun, but not top-list worthy after a recent viewing. Pontypool, Paranormal Activity, Omega Man, The Birds, Cemetery Man get bumped too. Sorry, tough choices have to be made.

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Wall Street Journal: Hollywood Moves Back to Demonic Possession Stories

My novel and mention of its movie deal plays a prominent role in a large article by Michael Calia. Very cool!

When Mr. Tremblay wrote “A Head Full of Ghosts,” he grappled with the legacy of Mr. Blatty’s creation, but updated it for the age of Google, Wikipedia and reality television. Sales of the book increased after author Stephen King tweeted: “Scared the living hell out of me, and I’m pretty hard to scare.” In an interview, Mr. King said its first-person, reality-TV style made it more intimate and heightened the sense of dread. Published in June, the novel is in its second printing; Focus Features beat out two other production companies for the movie rights.

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Sunday night round up: 5 Scary Things on Wall Street Journal Speakeasy and Stephen King on

Nothing is scarier than a Sunday night, of course. But Michael Calia over the WSJ Speakeasy asked me for a list of 5 Scary Things about Pop Culture. I have opinions.

5 Scary Things About Pop Culture, According to a Horror Novelist

At I was asked for my reaction to Stephen King being awarded the National Medal of Arts.

“Stephen King’s influence on horror/weird fiction, heck, all fiction, is immeasurable,” says horror and fantasy writer Paul Tremblay. “The scope of his vision and the humanity of his wonderfully flawed and complex characters resonates and will always resonate with readers. He truly is an American Charles Dickens.”

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A September 1st update: LitReactor Book Club and Stephen King.

September! Back to school! Blah, blah, blah.

Take the sting out of the end of your summer by joining the A Head Full of Ghosts Book Club discussion over at LitReactor. It’ll be fun. Do it! Click here.

September, eh? Blog-wise, I slacked through August. I feel shame.

What did you miss? Mainly this tweet by Stephen King!


So amazingly cool and generous of him to read the book and say that. I started reading (never mind writing) because of him. Needless to say, I’m humbled and now (even more) insufferable.

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