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The Gal in the Blue Mask and The Christmas Corpse

Just a quick entry here to pimp an interview and a new short story, both now available to read at The Gal in the Blue Mask, an excellent fiction blog by Meghan Shena Hyden. Both are part of Meghan’s yearly Christmas Takeover. There are a lot of scary Christmas stories, and a lot of great interviews, including Mary SanGiovanni, Jonathan Janz, Armond Rosamilia, and film maker Mike Lombardo.

You can find my interview here, and I hope you’ll give my new story The Christmas Corpse a read. Yeah, I found some typos in the story. I’ll make sure they’re fixed when The Christmas Corpse is included in my upcoming collection, Dangerous Toys.

Talk to you again soon.

Review copies! Get your review copies here!

Hi friends!

My first three Tulpa Books titles are almost ready, and I’m sure you know what that means.

Advance review copies!

To get your advance review copies of Dragonfly, Feral, or Broken Angel, simply email me at thinkingbar@gmail.com with ‘ARC List’ in the subject line, and I’ll add you to the advance review copy list. The ARC list will not be a news list. I will only use it to make advance review copies available to those who ask to be on the list.

All ARCs on offer will be free of charge and available in Kindle, Epub, and PDF formats. All I ask is that you leave a review on the book’s Amazon, Kobo, or Barnes & Noble page, whichever you usually buy your books from.

There are only a few days left to vote for my next release. The choices are mostly from my backlist. The exception is a new short story collection which consists of mostly previously published work. So far the collection, Dangerous Toys, is in the lead. If you have a preference, now is the time to vote.

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Introducing Tulpa Books!

I’d like to begin by thanking a few people who convinced me that my work was worth bringing back, who encouraged me to release them myself, and who have helped me learn how to do it. I’ve since immersed myself in the Indie Publishing world, but quietly, as a lurker. Mouth shut, ears open, and hopefully learning.

Douglas Clegg.

Lisa Lee.

H Michael Casper.

Kelli Owen.

KH Koehler.

Mark Allan Gunnells.

Lisa Vasquez.

David M. Wilson.

Monica J. O’Rourke.

Joe Mulak.

Susan Woods.

Julie Sparkman.

There are others. I know I missed some of you. My brain is not yet working at peak efficiency, so please forgive me.

Now, to the meat of this announcement. Two of Tulpa Books first three titles are going up for pre-order now and will be available on Amazon, Kobo, Nook, and maybe Ibooks (if I can get through the rat maze that is their vender account setup) on January 9, 2018. I plan to bring them back in print too, but have not yet decided when. Hopefully soon after the digital release.

The third will also release on January 9, 2018, but will be available only on KDP Select for the first three months. It may go wide afterward depending on sales, or demand from readers from different storefronts.


Shannon Pitcher was trying to forget the brutal murder of her ex-husband and the loss of her only daughter, when fate brought her to a lost, scared little girl named Charity at the gate of an abandoned and haunted place called Feral Park.

Gordon Chambers has searched for his daughter for six years. Even when his estranged wife is found slaughtered and his daughter, Charity, disappears, hope remains in the form of strange dreams.

After years of living as prisoner of the fairytale monster that killed her mother, Charity has escaped, but the Bogeyman wants her back, and he will not stop until he has her. There is only one safe place for her now, but the price of safety will be more than her innocence, it will be her soul.

List price: $3.99. On sale for 99 cents until January 18, 2018.


Grim knows there’s something wrong with his new foster-sister, Angel, but he also knows what it’s like to be an outsider in the small insular town. Michele feels the danger surrounding her new friend, Angel inspires violence with her mere presence, terror with a simple touch, but she’s also sweet, damaged, and all but alone.

As Angel’s health improves and her memories return, the hot Clearwater summer becomes increasingly strange and violent. Insanity infects the small town, a shadowy figure lurking in the woods at night deals death, and no one is safe.

List price: $3.99. On sale for 99 cents until January 18, 2018.


Vengeful revenants, ghost children, woodland zombies, and lustful, demonic toys are among the menagerie of small horrors showcased in Brian Knight’s first collection, Dragonfly.

Gripping, touching, and sometimes humorous, Dragonfly deals a powerful range of emotions from love to hate, hope and loss. Reviewers and readers alike have praised Dragonfly, which received four honorable mentions in The Years Best Fantasy & Horror.

Douglas Clegg (The Nightmare Chronicles & Bad Karma) says: “Brian Knight’s writing shines with a dark brilliance. Dragonfly is a chilling collection of terror.”

List price: $2.99. Available only on KDP Select.


I will put pre-order links on Brian-Knight.com once all three books are available for preorder.

Future Tulpa Books from my backlist include a Monster Double Feature of Reservoir Gods and They Call Us Monsters, solo releases of Reservoir Gods and They Call Us Monsters, Hacks, and my neo-noir crime novel Sex, Death, and Honey. You can help decide which I release first by participating in the poll at the bottom of the page.

Future original Tulpa Books include a new collection called Dangerous Toys, the sequel to Sex, Death, and Honey tentatively titled Cut to the Quick, a new horror novel tentatively titled The Girl Has Guts, and a horror novel called Hog Island. Some of these may come out as limited edition hardcovers before Tulpa Books releases them. I’ll let you know which, if any, and how to get them.

You can receive advance review copies of Tulpa Books titles by joining my Knightmares newsletter and responding in the affirmative when I make them available.

Thanks for joining me in this new adventure.

Brian Knight

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What’s next? You decide!

Some of you know I’m launching my own publishing imprint to bring back my out of print books (announcement to come), and if you didn’t, you do now. Dragonfly, Feral, and Broken Angel will be available again January 9, 2018 as digital books, and later as paperbacks. I’m also working on new stuff, which may or may not be released as limited hardcovers before I release them in digital and paperback formats. I have at least one limited hardcover publisher interested in publishing my new work, and it’s a publisher I’ve wanted to work with for a long time. They have a great reputation, and produce excellent titles.

Between the release of Dragonfly, Feral, and Broken Angel, and the release of my new works, there are many out of print backlist titles to bring back into print. I’ll bring them back one at a time rather than all at once, but not necessarily in the order they were originally published.

This is where you come in. You can help me decide what to bring back first.

For updates, free fiction, and first cover reveals, please join my Knightmares newsletter.

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Where I’ve Been … Where I Am Now

I rediscovered my twitter account a few months ago and tweeted for the first time in a couple of years.

“Wow, I still have a twitter account?”

I was surprised by the reply that came almost immediately. It was from a man who I respect, whose career I always followed with great interest, and who I was surprised even remembered me.

“We thought you’d joined the merchant marines or got abducted by aliens.”

No merchant marines or aliens, but I have been gone for a while, absent at least from the horror genre, where I was, once upon a time, considered an up-and-comer.

Where have I been?

On the outside, lurking on the fringes, watching all the writers I used to know either succeed or disappear themselves.

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When I published my novel Feral in 2003, I considered myself a writer who drove truck to pay the bills, but only until I made enough money with my fiction to write full time. Now I know I’m just a truck driver who likes to write, though there have been a few empty years where I wrote next to nothing. This transition took a dozen years and a lot of disappointments to achieve.

I had a plan back then, you see, a plan that had worked well for others. My plan was, now that I had a hardcover release from a respected publisher, to sell the paperback rights to Leisure. I had every confidence that this plan would work, especially after a friend in the business, one of Leisure’s most notable authors at the time, arranged a one on one pitch between Don D’Auria and me at a party at WHC in Phoenix.

Don liked my pitch and invited me to send him the manuscript, which I did immediately upon returning home from Phoenix. I thought things were going well. I was young and optimistic. The publishing business cured me of that.

I did eventually receive a reply from Leisure regarding Feral. In 2011. I’ll come back around to that.

Between 2004, when Don D’Auria requested Feral, and 2010, when it became clear that all of those Leisure authors I envied were being thoroughly screwed, I was invited by Leisure’s senior editor to send two more novels. I never heard back about either, although sending those novels led to perhaps the most devastating conversation of my writing career.

Another dear friend of mine who worked at Leisure for a time (I think she read slush, edited, or both) phoned me up to ask when I was going to make the big announcement. I asked her what the hell she was talking about, and she said she’d seen a copy of my novel Broken Angel on the senior editor’s desk with a sticky note on the cover that said, simply, “Yes.”

I held out hope for a while, even though it had been years since I sent Broken Angel, and had received no replies to my follow-ups. I had since placed the paperback rights for Broken Angel with the original hardcover publisher, Delirium Books, but maybe Leisure would instigate some kind of constructive contact. I never did hear back about Broken Angel, and it has since gone out of print. I’ve considering submitting it to Don D’Auria at Samhain Publishing, but I probably won’t.

I began my own personal boycott of Leisure books long before 2010 (for the full story of the decline and eventual crash of Leisure Books, including the boycott that helped sink them for good, read Brian Keene’s Trigger Warnings – a fun and informative look into the life of one of the most influential authors of our time that happens to include a long section on the Dorchester War). My personal boycott had nothing to do with passive-aggressively withholding my meager couple of bucks for every book I didn’t buy from them, and everything to do with the fact that I could not look at the Leisure logo on the spine of a book without seeing red. Leisure published a lot of writers I liked personally, respected, and whose work I loved, and I could no longer bring myself to buy their books. When Leisure finally contacted me in 2011 about Feral, after the editor who requested it had moved on and Leisure itself was in the process of moving on, my goddamn brain almost exploded.

A short but necessary digression here. Although I didn’t appreciate being ignored for close to a decade by Leisure regarding material they requested, Don was by most accounts a fantastic editor, well loved by most of his authors. The debacle that led to Leisure’s decline was not his doing, and from what I’ve heard he did everything within his power to do right by his authors before Leisure let him go. The few times I chatted with him at conventions, quick and casual chats that had noting to do with me trying to pitch him, I found that I liked him a lot. I would have liked to work with him.

I continued to write, though not as enthusiastically as before, but I read virtually nothing. There was no longer any joy for me in cracking the spine of a book and immersing myself in the stories that had once been the most important things in my life. In those years I published very little horror, and usually with publishers who have no real distribution or promotion. At that point I didn’t give much of a shit if anybody bought them or not. I enjoyed writing those stories, but I no longer had any expectations that my publisher’s could actually sell them.

There were a few non-horror novels I had very high hopes for. The first, a novel about a repo-man / bounty hunter, perhaps the funnest thing I’ve ever written, was called Sex, Death, & Honey. This was supposed to be the first in a series of three or four (the second remains half written on my hard drive), but it didn’t work out. I don’t want to disparage the publisher, a man I like a great deal, but the editor who convinced me to sign had plans to promote the book that were never realized once he parted ways with the publisher. The production values were fantastic, and the cover phenomenal, but promotion for Sex, Death, & Honey never amounted to more than a few tweets and Facebook posts. The book is now out of print, and will probably never see print again. It’s a shame, because I am very proud of it. I think Sex, Death, & Honey has great, unrealized potential.

I also wrote a YA / Midgrade fantasy trilogy, The Phoenix Girls. I finished the final book this past summer and hope to see it released some time next year. The first two books, The Conjuring Glass and The Crimson Brand, were favorably reviewed by Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus, but haven’t sold as well as the publisher or I would have liked. I have not regretted writing them though, or working with JournalStone. The Phoenix Girls Trilogy is one of my proudest achievements, and I think book three is probably the best story I’ve ever written.

When I finished PG3, my last contracted book, I had expected to quit writing entirely and get out of the business while I still had a little of my sanity left, but a funny thing happened.

I got new ideas. Horror ideas.

I got excited.

I also started reading for pleasure again.

I have a new plan now, and this time I have some experience and a few hard lessons to inform me. I also have thicker skin. That’s important.

I’ve started work on a new novel, and few short stories just to help me get back into the swing of writing horror. This next novel is going to be very nasty, very brutal, and more intense than anything I’ve written before.

My name is Brian Knight. I’m a truck driver who likes to write. If some day my writing allows me to quit my day job, that would be great, but I’m no longer taking it as a given.

I was gone for a while, but now I’m back.

I’ve come to scare people, and have some fun doing it.

JournalStone Publishing is in a Giving Mood!

A while back JournalStone Publishing gave away 10 copies of The Phoenix Girls, Book 1: The Conjuring Glass on Goodreads. There were nearly 800 entries, so a lot of people didn’t win a copy. Now JournalStone has decided to give away 10 more. Go to Goodreads now and enter to win a copy for your chance to read The Phoenix Girls, Book 1: The Conjuring Glass before it is available to the general public

It’s easy! Just go to Goodreads and click to enter. Well, you do have to have a Goodreads account, but if you’re a bookish type, you probably should have one anyway.

Good luck!

Brian Knight

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