Sylvanville Spirits reviews

I’ve spotted a few more reviews for my free YA horror book. Thought I’d share.

On Amazon, where I’ve climbed to 1,304 in free Kindle books and the top 49 in horror: “I loved this book. Murder, mystery, urban legend, disappearances, ghosts, revenge … it had everything I loved. I really got into it and didn’t want to put it down. The only thing that confused me was why Paul Lynde’s ghost was there. LOL Other than that I loved the storyline.” 5 stars

On Barnes and Noble: “With an interesting story line, the writer has a good sense of direction without too many details to tie down the story.  Enough characters to give a variety and a good sense of a small town.  I enjoyed reading this book immensely.” 4 stars

And best of yet, a nice write-up at Horrific Knits, where blogger Katie wrote: “I really liked the way that this book went from sort of young adult goofy and descended into horror right at the end of the story. I have to admit to a fondness to this style of supernatural novels; I feel that it heightens the climax when the tone shifts this way. The characters are actually fairly believable as well, which I’ve found is one of my major critiques with indie horror novels-the characters have a tendency to come across as stilted and cardboard. Gardner’s characters avoid that issue.” Check out the link for the rest of her review.

As always, check out the free book and let me know what you think. Happy reading.


A few writing updates

Since I’ve put up the free ebook version of The Sylvanville Spirits on Amazon/kindle, “sales” have had a great increase and I’ve officially had over 550 downloads. On Amazon, it’s ranked 2,576 of all free books, which is the best number of anything I’ve seen. That’s out of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, by the way. It’s a fun, free read, so check it out and review.


In addition, we’ve been getting some great reviews on Wakefield at Goodreads, with Tunnelville reviews starting to come in. And for those of you waiting for Mad World, Book Three, we have a slightly ironed out second draft. Erin and I will probably revise it another 3 or 4 times before submitting it to our publisher, so it’s coming along nicely.

And this last month I wrote a 57,000 word YA novel I’m revising now. Get this – it’s not paranormal. Crazy for me, right?

Lastly, I’m about halfway through my follow-up to Examining Sleepaway Camp, which will be a collection of film essays centered around another horror series. This one should be out by the end of the year.

Another four star review

Just wanted to share a four star review I got on The Locked Door from Readers’ Favorite:

“The Locked Door by Troy H. Gardner is the story of a day off gone wrong, very wrong. Real estate agent Nina gets called in by her boss to cover for another agent who simply did not turn up. Nina has to show a house that had been occupied by a rather unusual person to a couple but they discover a door in the basement that cannot be opened because Nina does not have the right key. Nina finds this quite odd as the key should have been on the key-ring she had received from her boss. The couple who is interested in the house would also like to know more about why the house is so cheap and who lived in there before. Nina promised to find out and a visit to the neighbor of the house brings a few interesting details to light. But what is behind that door and why did the other agent really disappear?

The Locked Door is a story that can be read in one go and most likely every reader will do just that. The writing flows well and the reader will also be very interested in learning about the former inhabitant and the secret behind the door and how it will influence the day that was supposed to be Nina’s day off. Troy H. Gardner wrote a really nice story that entertains the reader and makes you want to read more like that. I also liked the fact that his ending is a classic horror book ending (the kind of ending that makes you think “What? And now? Really?”) even though the book itself isn’t that scary. ”

You can also check out The Locked Door on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Sylvanville Spirits .99 cents on Kindle

Apparently when I made the ebook version of my horror novel (novella? everyone’s definition is different), it didn’t get put up on Amazon. I have rectified that. For a whopping 99 cents, you can now read The Sylvanville Spirits on your Kindle.

Blurb: “Welcome to Sylvanville, NH, a town with bored teenagers and a ghost in the woods. When a NY author comes to town to investigate paranormal sightings, a decades old mystery is reignited, leading to a series of disappearances and a deadly, shocking conclusion.

Check it out on Amazon.

Free sample chapters

Hey all, wanted to let you know that thanks to Erin’s PDF skills, we have the first two chapters of the paranormal Young Adult Tunnelville (Mad World, Book 1) now available at Mad World Headquarters.

Note that this is highly spoilerific for those of you who haven’t checked out Wakefield (Mad World, Book 1) yet. If you’re still on the fence, I’ll remind you that we have the first three chapters of Wakefield at

Tunnelville at Amazon and Barnes

Okay, so apparently when I said Tunnelville (Mad World, Book 2) was available exclusively at MuseItUp Publishing, that was only true for a couple hours. That’s what I get for making the announcement at 2 AM.

So yes, you can read the further adventures of Team Orphan at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, with other retailers coming quite soon.

And for those of you wondering, Mad World, Book Three is coming along nicely. The first draft is basically done. Title and other pertinent info coming soonish (let’s be honest, it’ll probably be in several months). In the meantime, check out Tunnelville‘s Goodreads page and let us know what you think by rating and reviewing.

New retailers and reviews

Hi all, just wanted to share with you new places to get a few of my ebooks.

Examining Sleepaway Camp: An Unauthorized Dissection of the Cult Horror Series is now available at Barnes & Noble and Kobo. This is my non-fiction analysis of horror films centered on Sleepaway Camp.

The Sylvanville Spirits is now free at Kobo. This is my horror novel and it’s gotten two 5 star reviews at Smashwords so far, so check it out. Here’s what strangers who read it said:

“What a great read, could not put it down!! Real creepy. I would recomend this book!!!”

“Great storyline and character development. Not sure how I feel about the ending but I am hoping it leads to a follow-up book :)”