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The Novel I’ve Been Waiting All Year to Come Out! The Devil’s Woods by Brian Moreland is Here!

The Devil’s Woods, by my friend and best-selling, award-winning author Brian Moreland, has finally released today, Dec. 3!! It’s been a novel he’s wanted to publish for 25 years, and for me, it’s been a year and a half since I first pre-read it for him! I can only imagine his excitement to share this novel with readers, as I know how stoked I’ve been just this last year as I waited for this publishing day!! Check out the cover, then keep reading below.


I know you all will LOVE this book. It has elements of Native American/First People legends (and modern-day reservation locale and characters), eerie woods, history, supernatural, romance, redemption and revenge, and the good versus evil battle!! What I like most about Brian’s books is that his hero/heroine always shines through. His main character of Kyle has stayed with me in my head and I’ve dealt with an urge to beg Brian to give me another story featuring Kyle. I loved that character, I bet you will also.

Brian takes his readers through ups and downs, twists and turns, horrible endings for some, and redemption for others, but he always lets the good win out. For me, I appreciate that.

I’ll have my professional review up of The Devil’s Woods (but believe me it is 5 star and one of his best) soon, plus an interview and maybe some other cool things to get you interested in the book and the author behind the book.  Check out what the book’s about and see the exclusive sample…coming right below!

The Devil’s Woods, Synopsis~

Deep within the Canadian wilderness, people have been disappearing for a century. There is a place the locals call “the Devil’s Woods.” It is a place so evil that even animals avoid it. When their father’s expedition team goes missing, Kyle and his brother and sister return to the Cree reservation where they were born. Kyle can see ghosts that haunt the woods surrounding the village—and they are trying to warn him.  The search for their father will lead Kyle and his siblings to the legendary forest, where their mission will become a fight for survival.

If it sounds good so far, purchase today for Kindle or in Paperback (nice matte smooth cover, a keepsake) at the links below. Check out this exclusive section from the book first though, you won’t see this sample anywhere else!!!



At Kakaskitewak Swamp, Kyle felt a knot in his stomach as he stared across the black water at the pines covered with animal skulls. These trees gave off the same humming vibration as the forest yesterday where he’d rescued Chaser. Kyle wondered if he were to touch those totem poles what secrets they would tell. He reached down and grabbed the canoe’s rope. “I’m going to paddle over.”

Ray grabbed his arm. “It’s forbidden.”


“It’s sacred Cree law.”

Kyle remembered the warnings the elders used to say to the kids, If you go past Kakaskitewak Swamp, the woods will snatch you. “Why has our tribe always been afraid of this place?”

Ray stared across the swamp. “Macâya Forest is like a living thing that feeds on whoever enters it. It happened to Hagen Thorpe’s lumberjacks over a century ago. And it’s happened to a few members of our tribe since. Grandfather lost his brother to those woods. He says it was the Macâya that got him.”

“Some kind of devil creature?”

“I don’t know what it is.” Ray stared at the black pines. “But it’s not an animal.”

At the opposite bank, Kyle thought he saw something move behind the trees, a flash of gray, but when he blinked it was gone.





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Brian Moreland, Biography~

368_Facebook_authorBrian Moreland is a best-selling and award-winning author of novels and short stories in the horror and supernatural suspense genre. In 2007, his novel Shadows in the Mist, a Nazi occult thriller set during World War II, won a gold medal for Best Horror Novel in an international contest. The novel went on to be published in Austria and Germany under the title Schattenkrieger.

Shadows in the Mist and Dead of Winter are currently available, as well as his Kindle short-story The Girl from the Blood Coven and the novella it led into that he released this summer, The Witching House.  Now, he has released the full-length The Devil’s Woods. His next novella, Vagrants, releases in 2014.

He loves hiking, kayaking, watching sports, dancing, and eating cookies. Brian lives in Dallas, Texas where he is diligently writing his next horror novel.  When not working on his books or books for other writers, Brian edits documentaries and TV commercials around the globe. He produced a World War II documentary in Normandy, France, and worked at two military bases in Iraq with a film crew.

Brian lives in Dallas, Texas. You can communicate with him online at www.brianmoreland.com or catch him at an upcoming book signing or Horror Con.


Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HorrorAuthorBrianMoreland

Twitter: @BrianMoreland

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1150022.Brian_Moreland

Brian’s Horror Fiction blog: http://www.brianmoreland.blogspot.com

Coaching for Writers blog:  http://www.coachingforwriters.blogspot.com

Just for Fun~

Here’s the acknowledgement Brian gave me in the front of The Devil’s Woods:

Ack DW

Here’s Brian and I at HorrorHound in February 2013:

me and Brian


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Brian Moreland Discusses How His Female Lead Character Overcomes Her Fears in The Witching House

This weekend I have a one-of-a-kind guest post by the superlicious horror author Brian Moreland (you’ll find that article below after my ramblings). He’s previously written the well-received Dead of Winter and Shadows in the Mist, but currently is preparing to release The Witching House novella. The prequel short story The Girl from the Blood Coven is available now, FREE!  You can see more in the details following the post.


I’ve read them both already (yes, a review of TWH is to come soon and you can see my thoughts on TGBC HERE) and I can tell you that just as you’ll read in this guest post about Sarah confronting her fears, I’ve also come a long way in confronting my horror reading fears. I’ve always been almost frozen by basements. To this day, I shut the door hard and fast and RUN, especially at night. I don’t like what lurks there, even if it’s only in my mind.

When I first met Brian years ago, I told him I don’t read much horror. He convinced me to try it (at least his!!), but I told him I could never read at night. My throat would get tight, I wouldn’t sleep, I’d shake. Unfortunately, I do most of my reading at night, so I couldn’t get much accomplished.  However, I liked the subjects so much and began to see how good can shine through the bad and grew to love the characters overcoming great odds. I made myself get over my fear of reading scary books at night. Now I read them all the time and I love the adrenaline rush! I’m almost cured. Of course, I won’t go near my basement in the dark….but hey, it’s a start!

So that all said, I can commiserate with Sarah being afraid. As Brian will relate to her with overcoming fear of heights, I’m relating to her fear of basements…..and in The Witching House…darn it if Brian wouldn’t make me address my worst fears!!! The basement at my parent’s home, which was my grandparent’s home…with a deep dark basement, canned foods, cellar doors, and shelves just perfect for digging holes under!!! But guess what, I read it and I read it at night AND I loved it. But you won’t catch me anywhere near my childhood basement anytime soon!

I’ve hijacked my own blog and stolen Brian’s thunder…so without me saying anymore, enjoy Brian’s post about his female protagonist, Sarah, as he gives us some background on her life and fears. And look forward to some fun and informative posts throughout July leading up to a big online launch party for The Witching House release on August 6!


How Sarah Donovan Confronts Her Fears: Trivia and Tidbits
by Brian Moreland, Author of The Witching House (out August 6, 2013)

 Here’s a little trivia about my latest horror novella The Witching House, set in the backwoods of East Texas. My main character is Sarah Donovan, a young woman who has recently ended a bad marriage. The ten years she had been married to her husband, Barry, Sarah’s life lacked adventure. Partly because her husband had been a complete couch potato, and partly because Sarah had a lot of fears–heights, tight places, the dark. She’s the kind of woman who wants to be adventurous, but needs to be pushed to try daring things.

Then she starts dating Dean Stratton, a man who is completely the opposite of her ex. Dean is a rugged outdoorsman, likes to jump out of airplanes, go rock climbing, scuba diving, and explore old buildings, especially haunted ones. His friends Casey and Meg are also adrenaline junkies who live for the thrill of adventure, which makes Sarah the weakest link of the two couples. The Witching House is essentially a horror story about a double-date that turns to terror when they choose to enter a boarded-up house in the woods that’s occupied by a creature living down in the basement.

The Witching House is a very different book from my previous novels. First, it’s set in present day, while my novels Shadows in the Mist and Dead of Winter are both historical, based on real events. Writing a contemporary story made it much easier to write, because I didn’t have to do very much research. I could just have fun writing the story without having to think about historical accuracy on their dialect, clothes, weapons, culture etc. I decided to write The Witching House like a good old fashioned 1970’s monster movie, a non-stop scary ride in a haunted house.

Sarah Donovan is also my first female protagonist in a long-form book. Her last name “Donovan” makes her a cousin to Gayle Donovan, a character from an earlier version of my upcoming novel The Devil’s Woods. Unfortunately, Gayle eventually got cut from that story, but she’s currently auditioning for a future book.

In my witch book, we learn that Sarah’s grandmother practices Wicca. I added this detail much later after interviewing a friend of mine, who is a real-life Wiccan. She told me the differences between white magick and black magick, and this inspired me to create Sarah’s grandmother, Nana, as a Wiccan who practices white magick and becomes Sarah’s moral compass when she confronts the evil inside the Witching House. By the way, both my grandmothers were called Nana, so the name is dear to my heart.

Sarah’s boyfriend, Dean Stratton, is the quintessential man’s man I have always longed to be–strong, confidant and good looking. I’ve done my share of rock climbing, cave exploring, zip lines, kayaking and white river rafting, but Dean’s life is all about adventure and adrenaline. He’s much, much bolder than me. He’s jumped out of an airplane, for God’s sakes. I once came close to letting a friend talk me into jumping out of a plane while on a trip down in New Zealand. Right before buying our tickets to do a skydiving excursion that I was certain would lead to my death-by-parachute-not-opening, we both chickened out and went bungee jumping instead. That was still terrifying as hell, but at least it was over a river.

While I do have somewhat of an adventurous side, I can relate to Sarah as well. As a kid growing up I was terrified of the dark, got claustrophobic easily, and experienced vertigo whenever I was anywhere near a ledge overlooking a steep drop. I wouldn’t even go out on a balcony of a high-rise building. I have since confronted each of those fears and gotten a handle on them, but while writing Sarah’s character I went back into my childhood days and tapped into those fears.

Now as Sarah follows Dean, Casey and Meg into a haunted house that had once been home to a coven of witches, Sarah gets to confront her own fears and discover there’s nothing quiet as scary as the thing living down in the basement.

Author Brian Moreland, Biography~

368_Facebook_authorBrian Moreland writes novels and short stories of horror and supernatural suspense. His first two novels, Dead of Winter and Shadows in the Mist, are now available. His upcoming novella, The Witching House, will release August 2013, and novel The Devil’s Woods will release December 2013. He loves hiking, kayaking, watching sports, dancing, and eating cookies. Brian lives in Dallas, Texas where he is diligently writing his next horror novel. You can communicate with him online at http://www.brianmoreland.com/

 Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HorrorAuthorBrianMoreland

Twitter: @BrianMoreland

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1150022.Brian_Moreland

Brian’s Horror Fiction blog: http://www.brianmoreland.blogspot.com

Coaching for Writers blog:  http://www.coachingforwriters.blogspot.com

The Girl from the Blood Coven, Short Story, Synopsis~
Samhain Publishing, Horror, July 2, 2013

Girl from the Blood Coven - Scott's versionThe Girl from the Blood Coven is a short story prelude to The Witching House. It’s the year 1972. Sheriff Travis Keagan is enjoying a beer at the local roadhouse, when a blood-soaked girl enters the bar. Terrified and trembling, Abigail Blackwood claims her entire family was massacred at the hippy commune in the woods.

Sheriff Keagan knows that Abigail’s “family” is a coven of witches that inhabit the Blevins house. They’ve been rumored to be practicing blood sacrifices and black magic. When the sheriff and his deputies investigate the alleged murders, they discover what happened at the Blevins house is more horrific than they ever imagined.


Download The Girl from the Blood Coven at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Samhain Horror.


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The Witching House, Synopsis~

200_Witching_House_smallSome houses should be left alone.

In 1972, twenty-five people were brutally murdered in one of the bloodiest massacres in Texas history. The mystery of who committed the killings remains unsolved.

Forty years later, Sarah Donovan is dating an exciting man, Dean Stratton. Sarah’s scared of just about everything—heights, tight places, the dark—but today she must confront all her fears, as she joins Dean and another couple on an exploring adventure. The old abandoned Blevins House, the scene of the gruesome massacre, is rumored to be haunted.

The two couples are about to discover the mysterious house has been waiting all these years, craving fresh prey. And down in the cellar they will encounter a monstrous creature that hungers for more than just human flesh.


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