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Brian Moreland’s The Vagrants Tugs at My Heart Strings, Makes My Pulse Race, and then Horrifies Me: This is Good, Of Course!

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Talking about The Vagrants, New Novella from Brian Moreland~

I’ve been so busy that I’ve held off talking about a new exciting release called The Vagrants, even though I read it weeks ago, but I just can’t keep it in anymore. I had the chance to read an advanced review copy of this novella and gobbled it down in one sitting. I hope launch day found you all buying it, but if you haven’t, please do snap up this novella from Brian Moreland.  It’s a great piece of writing, available in e-format, for just about $3. (You can head to Brian’s website by clicking on the book cover above right now, just remember to come back).

Here’s the synopsis~

Beneath the city of Boston evil is gathering.

Journalist Daniel Finley is determined to save the impoverished of the world. But the abandoned part of humanity has a dark side too. While living under a bridge with the homeless for six months, Daniel witnessed something terrifying. Something that nearly cost him his sanity.

Now, two years later, he’s published a book that exposes a deadly underground cult and its charismatic leader. And Daniel fears the vagrants are after him because of it. At the same time, his father is being terrorized by vicious mobsters. As he desperately tries to help his father, Daniel gets caught up in the middle of a war between the Irish-American mafia and a deranged cult of homeless people who are preparing to shed blood on the streets of Boston.

Brian’s a great friend of mine, but he’s a great writer first and foremost. I would not have met him had I not been his biggest fan girl and all–and then there was the fact that he was hooked on my cookies!! There isn’t a book I haven’t liked from Brian–he’s a seasoned writer who has been traditionally published, re-published, is an internationally award-winning author and videographer, and he’s been around the writing world awhile even topping best seller lists.  If you haven’t heard that, it’s because he’s pretty humble, but really this guy is one-of-a-kind.  Now published primarily by Samhain Publishing’s horror line, they released his novella The Vagrants this June.

I said to Brian a year or so ago, “you know, all your books take place in the woods.” Which too me was awesome–I love horror, thrillers, and historicals that take place in the forest–but he may have not wanted to be pigeonholed I guess. I love his historical reads, like Shadows in the Mist, which takes on the Nazi Occult, or my favorite book Dead of Winter, which surrounds a 1800s outpost in the Canadian wilderness. I love The Devil’s Woods, which I had the honor of helping him critique, with its Native American characters, legends, and of course, the woods. Being a huge fan of witches, he even pulled me in with his novella, The Witching House, which again, takes place in a wooded area.

But he decided to switch it up on me with The Vagrants, as he sets it in none other than my favorite city, Boston, but nowhere near a forest!! As I’m reading he’s taking me into the depth of the city, the tunnels and the abandoned factories, and he’s making me care about the writer in turmoil, and the homeless, and terrifying me about the Irish Mafia. Yet, STILL I loved it.

Here’s why. (Well, besides the fact that it’s BOSTON).  No matter the setting with Brian, woods or city, he has a unique way of blending modern protagonists and characters who are emotionally wretched, uncertain, and have something to prove or redeem themselves from. As he sets into motion their inner turmoil and creates a whole back story that we enjoy just for that emotional connection with them.

His prose is succinct, detailed yet to the point, quick-moving, and cinematic. His protagonist, author and journalist Daniel Finley, is well-rounded and I feel I know him within the matter of a few chapters. We almost forget we are reading a horror novel, but are enjoying a thriller with some suspense…..and then BAM! He just blows it out of the water with a major dose of action, horror, gore, and in this case, supernatural with an element of H. P. Lovecraft and Clive Barker with a dose of The Walking Dead thrown in for good measure. And since I hate the genre that The Walking Dead falls in, Brian does a good job of making me love something I forget that I don’t like. He makes me care and then horrifies me in a way that hypnotizes me so I can’t begin to pull myself away.

The Vagrants tore at my heart-strings due to Daniel’s angst over making it as a writer and his career near and dear to my heart (journalist!), the guilt he feels from depending on his dad for his college and his subsequent financial support, his fight to redeem the name and life of his dad who went to extreme lengths to support him, and then, of course, there is the tale of the homeless living in the city’s tunnels and a strange occurrence happening among them that Daniel goes undercover to report on.

The Vagrants is a phenomenal novella that intermixes all the best short story ideas of Stephen King’s societal yarns, focusing on character development, and yet writing with more staccato prose and less filler such as the master suspense author John Saul and the imaginary, subterranean, otherworldly, monsteresque, cannibalistic, supernatural writing of Clive Barker.

If you haven’t read Brian Moreland, start now with The Vagrants, but don’t stop there, check out his entire back list. They’re well worth the money and are all unique and highly well-written and edited. He’s a top-notch author you’ll not want to miss, whether you meet him in the woods or below the city streets of Boston.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW~

And now, I’ve had the opportunity to ask Brian a few probing questions about his newest work. He said that he’s unveiled some things here about his life and his book that he hasn’t anywhere else! I think my questions offer some insight you’ll enjoy and his answers allow you to delve deeper into the book as I did when I laid awake thinking about it at length. Please do let us know what you think!

So without further introduction, as he’s sitting here with a smile on his face and a beer in his hand…and he’s already spied all the cookies I set out, though he won’t eat them now, he’s been to the gym and drank a green smoothie, but it’s so much fun to tempt him…at any rate, I welcome Brian to the site today!

Erin: Hi, Brian!! Let me get you a napkin for those cookie crumbs, because I think I saw you sneak one. Let’s turn off the baseball and get down to a discussion of your work.

BM: Hi, Erin, it’s great to be back as a guest of Oh, for the Hook of a Book! I’m trying to eat healthy,  you  know!

Q: Where did you find your inspiration for The Vagrants? What led you to Boston, one of my most favorite cities?

BM: The Vagrants started out as a short story I wrote many years ago when I was writing a lot of short fiction. The story was originally set in Chicago about some mobsters having to get rid of some vagrants that were squatting in their building. Last year, I re-read the story and liked the dark mystery. I moved the story to Boston, because I wanted the horror element to come from an abandoned underground subway and the Boston’s T has plenty of creepy tunnels that have been closed off for decades. I created a new main character, Daniel Finley, and made him a reporter who was doing an undercover story and witnessed something he shouldn’t have. The new, revised version was supposed to be just a short story, but the more I kept writing, the more I saw a bigger story and expanded it into a novella.

Q: I loved that you chose a journalist to be your lead. It’s always a fear of ours, as journalists, that a story will lead us into horrible circumstances…kidding!! Well, maybe not as I at first wanted to be a foreign war correspondent! But I do like how you used this profession for your protagonist. Your book had some social undertones at the start, was this meant to layer your book? I always think some of the best horror interweaves societal turmoil. What do you think?

BM: Yes, the social undertones were meant to add a layer to the story and make Daniel Finley a sympathetic character as he starts out attempting to do something good for humanity. Also, I’ve had my own experiences with homeless people. There used to be a shanty town beneath a bridge here in Dallas. I don’t know what happened to the shanty town or the people who lived under the bridge, but it looks like the city made them move on and then cleaned up that area. Another time I was helping out a homeless married couple. I offered to just give them some money so they could get back on their feet, but they were very proud. The husband was an ex-soldier and a very good handyman. He had hit hard times and couldn’t find a job. His wife was a housewife and mother of two kids. The husband insisted that he and his wife work for the money, so for a couple months I gave them odd jobs at my house. In the mornings, I’d pick them up at this slum motel they were staying at. One morning, while I parked outside waiting for them, I saw this tall homeless man emerge from beneath a nearby bridge. He crossed through a weed-ridden field toward the motel. At first, I just casually watched the man hiking through the weeds and then turned my attention back on the upstairs apartment door. The married couple was taking longer than usual to get ready. When I turned back to the field, I was shocked to see the homeless man approaching my vehicle, reaching for the passenger door. Before I could hit the locks, the passenger door opened and the homeless man climbed inside and sat right beside me and closed the door. He was bigger than me, sweaty and filthy. He just looked right at me with this crazy grin and said, “Hey.” My fear of being attacked at close range skyrocketed. I panicked and yelled, “What the bleep are you doing in my car? Get the bleep out!” I think I scared him as much as he scared me, because he opened the car door and was out of the vehicle in half a second. I believe in treating homeless people with respect and helping them out when I can, but when they climb into a car with you that crosses a line. A few minutes later the married couple came down to my car and told me that guy was crazy and I did the right thing. Those up-close experiences with homeless people influenced the writing of Daniel Finley’s story.

In answer to your question, yes, if you look between the words of a horror novel, there is often a social message or warning. I didn’t write my story to purposely have one. I mainly focused on characterization and writing a horror story that would entertain readers.

Erin: Leave it to me to find more in a story than what was planned…..lol!

Q: I enjoyed how you intertwined the modern crime and mafia feel into the surreal world of the unknown. How did this come together as you were writing it?

BM: As I mentioned earlier, this story started from the viewpoint of a mafia family dealing with a problem with vagrants. I had liked mixing the mobster genre with horror, but my characters were all bad guys in the short story. I needed a hero readers could root for, so I created Daniel, a man who grew up in South Boston and has a father who did his best to keep Daniel away from the O’Malley family. Connecting Daniel with the O’Malley’s and the vagrants took a little puzzle solving to work out the plot, but eventually the story came together.

Q: You packed a lot of substance into a short novella so that it read like a full novel. Your character development of your lead, Daniel, was superb and you were able to show us the human elements of parental struggles, regret, guilt, and the need for redemption. Where do you pull your feelings from for these characters? Do you feel that these common emotional themes are what drives people to reading horror?

BM: Thanks. I did my best to add depth to a story that’s just over 100 pages. It’s about the length of a 90-minute movie, and to accomplish building the story with many layers, I wrote this in scenes, just like a movie with lots of dialogue, and painted the world around Daniel with as few words as possible and kept the action moving. I pulled my feelings for Daniel and his father from my own experiences. My parents helped me financially through college, and even after college I got into some financial troubles and had to borrow money from my dad. For a long time I felt guilt for not being able to pay him back. He never gave me a guilt trip, but I could relate to Daniel’s need to be financially independent and prove to his father that he was a man who could make it on his own.

Q: How can horror be explained to those naysayers of this “red-headed step-child” genre? How can readers and writers of the genre encourage others to be open minded and not “judge a book by its cover” or in other words, have preconceived notions?

BM: Well, first I’d say that the naysayers probably think reading a horror novel is the same as watching a horror movie, which many of the straight-to-DVD movies are terrible and derivative of all the horror movies that came before them. Reading horror fiction is an entirely different experience. For one, it’s very personal to the author, and so there’s usually more emotional depth than a movie. Two, reading gives the reader a much more personal experience, where everything is happening to them through the points-of-view of characters. It’s one thing to watch people being chased by zombies on the big screen. It feels much more real when you’re inside a character and the zombies are chasing after you. There are many great authors out there putting a fresh spin on horror. I’d say read several of them and you’ll discover reading horror can be really fun.

Q: Now that I’ve read all your books, I have a more clear idea of a theme running among some of them. It creeped up on me. There is a certain type of horror I hate (which I think you know what that is), but yet, you keep surprising me with it. It seeps into my reading without me even realizing it and then there is no going back. So I do like it, just don’t let me know in the beginning. Ha!

How do you create your stories in such a way that by the time the ending has smacked me in the face, I am shocked and surprised that I am reading it AND liking it? How do you get the reader so invested?

BM: Thanks, I’ll take that as a compliment. (Erin comments: PLEASE DO!!) I do my best to write the kind of horror that seeps into your brain, gets under your skin, and makes you feel what the characters are feeling. The main key is characterization. If readers aren’t invested in the characters, they won’t follow them into the dark house or abandoned building where the horror is waiting for them. I think another technique is knowing how to write a mystery and peeling back the layers slowly, so the reader is constantly wanting to know what’s at the end of maze you’re leading them through. If I’ve done my job right, then you’ll be feeling chills and thrills and finally an adrenaline rush, and that’s what makes you surprised that you are enjoying the story, even when it gets scary and bloody. I’m glad you’ve been willing to read my kind of horror.

Q: Have you ever thought about writing a novel about a fantasy world? Another realm? Science-fiction? It seems to me that your mind would take you there if you were open enough to it?

BM: I don’t know if I’ll ever write a story that’s pure fantasy. I love real-world, human characters who must confront the supernatural and horrific. I like part of my stories grounded in reality and then we discover another, darker parallel world has secretly existed alongside us―underground, in basements, hiding among us yet disguised as human. The Vagrants, which is art horror, part urban fantasy, was inspired by my love for reading Clive Barker and H.P. Lovecraft, who are masters at creating other dimension creatures that crossover into our world.

Q: What makes some of your horror different from anyone else’s work? I have my own thoughts, but I’d love to hear how you think you connect separately with readers?

BM: Hmm, I’m not really sure what makes me different. I’ve never really thought of my writing as unique, just doing my best to measure up to the successful horror-thriller writers who came before me. I mix a lot of genres and often have more than one horror element going on, like a creature and serial killer in the same story. I learned this from reading a lot of Dean Koontz. I love characters with depth, so I spend a lot of time developing my characters so readers care about them. I also put a lot of emphasis on atmosphere, so that wherever I set the story, you feel like you are there. I’m very lean with my descriptions. Because I studied screenwriting in college, I’ve applied my script writing skills to my novels, where each chapter flows together like movies scenes. They are driven by action and dialogue, cause and effect. The characters are driven by an emotional force that propels them to deal with whatever horrific antagonist they are up against, whether it’s a monster, serial killer, demon or ghost. I don’t spend a lot of time contemplating the universe or preaching my ideals. In fact, I do my best to take myself out of the story. I focus on story and attempt to breathe life into fictional characters that feel like real people. My writing style would probably be considered pulp fiction.

Q: What are you writing next? What new ideas do you have for future novels and novellas?

BM: I’m currently working on a three-volume short story anthology that’s a collection of short stories I’ve written over the years, along with some new ones that I can’t wait to share with readers. The stories range from supernatural horror, like “The Dealer of Needs,” some urban fantasy such as “Chasing the Dragon” and “The Cosmic Gate,” as well as some stories about serial killers, “The Pond” and “The Jack-O-Lantern Man.” I’m also working on some historical horror short stories, as well. I plan to release these three volumes as eBooks and in paperback. I’m also plotting out my next novella and novel.

Erin: Thanks so much for letting me, and my readers, be privy to your innermost thoughts as a writer. It’s always a wonderful time when I have you here.

BM: Thanks, Erin, for inviting me back. I always enjoy chatting with you.

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See an excerpt of The Vagrants, HERE!

Brian Moreland, Author~

brian 2014Brian Moreland writes novels and short stories of supernatural horror and dark suspense. His books include Dead of Winter, Shadows in the Mist, The Girl from the Blood Coven, The Witching House, and The Devil’s Woods, and The Vagrants.

Brian lives in Dallas, Texas, where he is diligently writing his next horror stories, and helping clients with their own books. In his free time, he watches movies, sports, and make guacamole!

Connect with Brian Moreland~

Website

Twitter: @BrianMoreland

Like Brian’s Facebook page

Brian’s blog

Find Brian’s books at Samhain Horror

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Praise for Brian~

“Brian Moreland writes a blend of survival horror and occult mystery that I find impossible to resist.  His writing is clean, precise, and, best of all, compulsively readable.  I know, when I’ve got one of his books in my hands, that I’m going to be lost to the world for hours on end. He’s just that good.”

Joe McKinney, author of Dead City and Flesh Eaters

“Brian Moreland writes horror on a level that soars above the usual fare, and THE VAGRANTS is no exception. Chocked full of scares and suspense, Moreland delivers a tale that will soon be a classic. This is the kind of story horror lovers need.”

Kristopher Rufty, author of Oak Hollow and The Lurkers

“I am in awe of Brian Moreland.”

Ronald Malfi, author of Snow and Floating Staircase

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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.

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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!!!

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EXCLUSIVE SNEAK PEEK AT A PORTION OF THE DEVIL’S WOODS~

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.”

“Why?”

“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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LINKS to PURCHASE~

Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Devils-Woods-Brian-Moreland/dp/product-description/1619215659/ref=dp_proddesc_0/178-1669034-3473368?ie=UTF8&n=283155&s=books

Barnes and Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-devils-woods-brian-moreland/1114776789

Samhain Publishing/Horror:

http://store.samhainpublishing.com/devils-woods-p-73127.html?osCsid=d84e40d26d2ade7a2e631f26c5469595

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.

Connect~

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 Talks Behind the Scenes of Writing The Girl from the Blood Coven

Author of the surreal, supernatural, and scary, Brian Moreland probably doesn’t need much introduction at Hook of a Book anymore. He’s become one of my favorite authors, people, and friends. He’s a class act and a superb writer that stands apart in a sea of writers in today’s market. I don’t just feature him here or review him, no, instead I truly believe he’s one of the best you’ll read or learn from. To the readers, don’t miss his stories and to other authors, take your cue from his expertise. You won’t be sorry either way.

So without further discussion, check out Brian’s guest article about how he came to write The Girl from the Blood Coven and get some tidbits of trivia into both the short story, and the novella it leads off, The Witching House.

Girl from the Blood Coven - Scott's version

Moments on Writing The Girl from the Blood Coven
by Brian Moreland, Author

I’ve always loved writing short stories. I wrote a bunch of them in college when I was first learning how to write horror fiction. I’ve since graduated to writing longer forms of storytelling, like novels and novellas, and I’ve been lucky enough to publish a few of them. After I wrote my most recent novella, The Witching House, I decided there was a lot of history about the coven that I thought would be fun to explore in a short story, so I wrote The Girl from the Blood Coven, which is set in 1972 on the night the coven was massacred. It’s written from the point of view of a small town Texas sheriff who investigates the murder scene at the Old Blevins House after a young witch, Abigail Blackwood, enters a roadhouse tavern covered in blood.

I actually wrote the short story after I finished editing the novella. I was staying at a cabin in the East Texas woods just miles from where the story takes place. I was so inspired during that time that I wrote The Girl from the Blood Coven in two days back in February 2013. I designed the cover art myself the very next day. I noticed that my publisher, Samhain Horror, had released a few free short stories that lead into novels and novellas of other authors, so I told them about my short story and how I’d like it to be a prelude to The Witching House. They agreed to release The Girl from the Blood Coven as a free ebook in July 2013, one month prior to my novella.

With my two witch stories, my style of storytelling is very different from my historical horror novels. I grew up loving horror films from the late Sixties and early Seventies, like I Spit on Your Grave, Let’s Scare Jessica to Death, Squirm, Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things and of course the scariest of them all, Texas Chainsaw Massacre. There’s something about those washed out, grainy movies that make them scarier than movies made today. Those movies, along with the real case of the Charles Manson Family, inspired me to create my hippy cult of witches who had been living on a commune in East Texas in the late Sixties-early Seventies and were massacred.

Another bit of trivia: I came up with the Blevins name from a street sign I used to pass years ago while driving along Interstate 35 from Dallas to Austin. The sign read Old Blevins Road. Its bridge crosses over I-35 just south of Waco, which ironically is near where the Branch Davidian cult massacre happened. Old Blevins always sounded like a creepy name to me and seemed to fit the clan and the name of their house.

After vampires and zombies have dominated books and movies for the past decade, witches seem to be making a comeback this year. With The Girl from the Blood Coven and The Witching House, my aim is bring something fresh and different to the witch genre. The stories are meant to be good scary fun and I hope you enjoy them.

The Girl from the Blood Coven, Synopsis~

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.

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.

Pre-order (or order after Aug. 6) The Witching House at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Samhain Horror.

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More Articles, Facebook Launch Party~

I hope you enjoyed learning about how these two great witch stories got their start.  You can see my previous post about The Girl from the Blood Coven and download it free by clicking HERE! Also, you can see Brian’s recent article on my site about creating his characters by clicking HERE. Stay tuned for my own review of The Witching House, which is such a unique horror-filled yarn of spellbound witches and the battle between good and bad magic, and pre-order now for Aug. 6 release!

Join Brian, Kristopher Rufty, and I on Aug. 6 for a Facebook party for the launch of Brian’s The Girl from the Blood Coven and The Witching House, as well as Rufty’s Oak Hallow novel. We’ll be answering questions and having fun at www.facebook.com/HookofaBook! Watch for more details.

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Author Brian Moreland, Biography~

368_Facebook_authorBrian Moreland writes novels and short stories of horror and supernatural suspense. His books include Dead of Winter, Shadows in the Mist, The Girl from the Blood Coven, The Witching House, and The Devil’s Woods (coming December 2013). The Vagrants comes out May 2014. Brian lives in Dallas, Texas where he is joyfully writing his next horror novel.

You can join his mailing list or learn more at http://www.brianmoreland.com/

Twitter: @BrianMoreland

Like Brian’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/HorrorAuthorBrianMoreland

Brian’s Dark Lucidity blog: http://www.brianmoreland.blogspot.com

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The Girl from the Blood Coven by Brian Moreland is a FREE Prequel that Will Put You Under a Spell!

Girl from the Blood Coven - Scott's versionThe Girl from the Blood Coven, by Brian Moreland, is a short story that released today (July 2, 2013) for FREE as a prequel to Brian’s upcoming novella The Witching House, which will release August 6, 2013.  If you’ve not read Brian’s work before, now is the perfect chance to try him out at no cost, which isn’t really a risk as he’s one of the best horror and supernatural writers on the planet. If you’ve read him, what are you waiting for? You know this is good!

It’s short because it’s a prequel, but it packs a punch and send the reader spiraling out of control to get their hands on The Witching House, which is really quite morbid within itself as since it isn’t available yet it just leaves you hanging there, without resolve and wanting more!! You’re caught holding your breath, between life or death….ok, maybe not that bad, but I was caught up in the story and ready to figure out the mystery!

Brian is the kind of writer that grabs you from the start. His writing is always crisp, his imagery perfection, his suspense on target, and his characters interesting. Going again in the direction of a serial killer plot in the short story, Brian wraps us up into a supernatural crime mystery. His serial killer may be either someone or something, I don’t know yet, but what I know is that it’s horrible. And I’m scared and creeped out.

By the time I am done reading about the Blevin’s Coven murder, where 25 people are horribly killed with one surviving witch that leads the detectives to the house in the middle of the Texas woods, I am ready to solve the murder and am fully invested in the story line. The short story won’t take you more than an hour to read, then you’ll probably re-read it again as you’ll crave more of Brian’s story as you wait to get your hands on The Witching House.

Brian ‘s mixture of crime, drama, suspense, horror, the supernatural, the occult, and some sort of history (this time fictional) always makes his stories jump off the page as if they should be on the big screen. The Girl from the Blood Coven is your ticket into a world of dark imaginings and it’s only just the beginning.

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

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.

GET IT FREE NOW!~

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

THEN~

Pre-order The Witching House at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Samhain Horror.

Author Brian Moreland, Biography~

368_Facebook_authorAuthor Bio: Brian 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

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