Horror songs/videos for your Halloween season, or (as in my case) for any occasion you see fit.

Here’s the deal (no exchange of currency–not a deal in that sense–, this is free!): The lyrics, the tone of the song, or the video (or all three) will be horror-ish. Also, to take pressure off myself, this isn’t an all-time list (like then I’d have to include Rockwell’s “Somebody’s Watching Me”), but a list what’s pinging in my ears and eyeballs right now. No order in particular:

–Neighborhood Brats, “We Own the Night”  (Sometimes I play this song five to ten times in a row. Hack guitar player that I am, I learned how to play this too. No werewolves were harmed in the making of his list).



–Protomarytr, “Come and See” (This band sounds like the coming apocalypses)


–The Drones, “Shark Fin Blues” (I can’t have a horror list without a shark song, or two)


–Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Heads Will Roll” (I once used this video in a how-to-write-horror-that-doesn’t-suck lecture, or screed)


–Pissed Jeans, “Bathroom Laughter” (A quiet little ditty about dread and despair and consumer TV and a little dog)


–I Speak Machine, “Zombies 1985” (Soundtrack to an 80’s film that never existed…yes, please)


–Nina Nastasia & Jim White, “Late Night” (“there’s blood on the road and blood on your face”)


–Salem, “Sick” (a recent discovery as a friend posted this song, and it haunts me)


–Shellac, “The End of Radio” (paired with “Sick,” another end-of-the-world take)


–The Tragically Hip, “Nautical Disaster” (brilliant narrative lyrically…and water, big water scares me, so much so I haven’t really been able to write about it)


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Disappearance at Devil’s Rock wins the British Fantasy Award

I’m so proud and honored that DISAPPEARANCE AT DEVIL’S ROCK won the British Fantasy Award for best horror novel. Congrats to all the talented winners and nominees. I wish I could’ve been in England to celebrate with you all. Thank you British Fantasy Society and thanks to my wonderful editors at Titan Books and William Morrow.




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Stephen King appreciation essay at Entertainment Weekly

In celebration of Stephen King’s 70th birthday, ew.com ran five essays from five writers on the influence of King’s work on theirs. Here’s mine!

What I learned and continue to learn from Stephen is that the lift of fiction, the story’s effect, is built upon the scaffolding of empathy.

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Disappearance at Devil’s Rock, the paperback lives

Same beautiful blue and yellow cover. Just more bendy.

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Extras in the paperback include reading discussion questions. An essay about my satanic movie consumption, and a liner notes essay about the novel itself.

I hope you enjoy the novel. If you enjoyed it, tell a friend.

And just for fun, a video I shot at Borderland and Split Rock with my son.


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Favorite reads of 2016

Crap year, great books. I’m breaking with my own bloggery tradition and internet rules that ordain one must choose 10 or another number that oh-so-cleverly-deviates-from-ten in one’s year’s favorite’s list. This year I’m making the list bigger because I want to celebrate more of the books I read this year (most published in 2016) that I enjoyed and I highly recommend. The order mostly when-they-were-read chronological order.

–Victor LaValle, The Ballad of Black Tom (novella)

–Andrew Michael Hurley, The Loney

–A Collapse of Horses, Brian Evenson (collection)

–Liz Hand, Hard Light

–Amy Lukavics, Daughters Unto Devils

–Megan Abbott, You Will Know Me

–Peter Straub, Interior Darkness (collection)

–Letitia Trent, Almost Dark

–Valeria Luiselli, The Story of My Teeth

–Idra Novey, Ways to Disappear

–Bracken MacLeod, Stranded

–Michael Cisco, The Knife Dance (novella, I wrote an introduction)

–Legend, Samuel Sattin and Chris Koehler (Comic… I wrote an introduction to the first trade!)

–Livia Llewellyn, Furnace (collection)

–Stewart O’Nan, City of Secrets

–Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Certain Dark Things

–China Mieville, This Census Taker (novella)

–Nick Mamatas, The Last Weekend

–Glen Hirshberg, Good Girls

–Damien Angelica Walters, Paper Tigers

–Stephen Graham Jones, Mongrels

–Christopher Buehlman, The Suicide Motor Club

–Gabino Iglesias, Zero Saints

–Jon Ronson, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed (non-fiction)

–John Langan, The Fisherman

–Brian Evenson, The Warren (novella)

–Laird Barron, Swift to Chase (collection, I wrote an introduction)

–Chuck Wendig, Invasive

–Jeffrey Ford, A Natural History of Hell (collection)

–Michelle Paver, Thin Air

–Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad (my favorite read of the year…)

–Kang Han, The Vegetarian (novella)

–Thomas Olde Heuvelt, Hex

–Caroline Kepnes, You

–Steve Rasnic Tem, Out of the Dark

–Manuel Gonzales, The Regional Office Is Under Attack

–T E Grau, They Don’t Come Home Anymore (novella)

–Kea Wilson, We Eat Our Own

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My new book deal (with story excerpt) announced with the help of EW.com

I couldn’t be more happy to continue working with William Morrow and editor Jennifer Brehl. Looks like I’ll be a writer for a few more years anyway.

The author of A Head Full of Ghosts and the recent Disappearance at Devil’s Rock, who counts Stephen King as a fan, has struck a deal for two new novels and a collection of short stories, according to William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. 

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A Head Full of Ghosts wins the 2016 Massachusetts Book Award for fiction

Wow! I’m honored, flattered, and wicked excited! The award ceremony will be held at the Massachusetts State House in Boston, Dec 6th, 3:30 pm.

From the Mass Center for the Book website:

Mass Book Awards

The Massachusetts Book Awards recognize significant works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and children’s/young adult literature published by Commonwealth residents or about Massachusetts subjects.


Congratulations to the Mass Book Award and Honors Winners for 2016.

Fiction Award

A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay (Wm Morrow)

Honors Fiction
Only the Strong by Jabari Asim (Agate)

Honey from the Lion by Matthew Neill Null (Lookout)
The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro (Algonquin)

Nonfiction Award

Rosemary:The Hidden Kennedy Daughter  by Kate Clifford Larson (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Honors Nonfiction
Massacre on the Merrimack: Hannah Duston’s Captivity and Revenge in Colonial America by Jay Atkinson (Rowman & Littlefield)

The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789 by Joseph J. Ellis (Knopf)
The Wright Brothers by David McCullough (Simon & Schuster)

Poetry Award

Immortality by Alan Feldman (Wisconsin)

Poetry Honors
Incarnate Grace by Moira Linehan (Southern Illinois)
Mistaking Each Other for Ghosts by Lawrence Raab (Tupelo)
Stable by David R. Surette (Moon Pie)

Middle Reader/Young Adult Award

The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin (Little Brown)

Middle Reader/Young Adult Honors
Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad  by M.T. Anderson (Candlewick)

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black (Little Brown)
Baba Yaga’s Assistant  by Marika McCoola (Candlewick)

Picture Book /Early Reader Award

Ketzel, the Cat who Composed by Leslea Newman (Candlewick)

Picture Book /Early Reader Honors

Ling & Ting: Together in All Weather  by Grace Lin (Little Brown)
Growing Up Pedro by Matt Tavares (Candlewick)
You Nest Here With Me by Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple (Boyds Mill)


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