Halloween Reading

13 Tales cover KindleHey, all, proud to present my latest release 13 TALES TO GIVE YOU NIGHT TERRORS. This is a horror anthology with authors from England, Scotland and America. Stories range from 1000 words to 6000. I have two stories included in the collection.

We’ve had our first review on Goodreads 5 stars: “I absolutely loved these although they did not actually give me night terrors (And I did make a point to read them at night, in the dark). I also loved that in the last story they added various trinkets from all of the preceding stories.”

In Waiting For The Wolf, a college student is stalked by a costumed street performer.

In Blackened Fireworks, paranoia seizes a party hardy teen.

I also may have edited the whole thing with Joshua Winning. So kinda proud there, too!

You get the FREE ebook right now at Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Nook and the iStore.

And because Amazon hasn’t updated their files, you can also get the ebook over there for a whopping 99 cents.


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.

Read free ebooks

Hi all, my publisher, MuseItUp, is creating exclusive Facebook groups to read their upcoming titles for free in exchange for reviews. I wanted to pass this opportunity on to you while there are some openings left. Here’s the press release from Lea, the owner of Muse:

Dear Readers,

Are you interested in reading our MuseItUp ebooks for FREE…

Read advanced copies of our upcoming releases…

Receive MIU Gift Certificates simply by posting about one of our ebooks you just read…

If so, then drop me a line at:

publisher AT museituppublishing DOT com

for full details.


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 :)”