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.

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New book released

Guardian of Suffrage Celebration - Evermore Island 333x500Hi, everyone. My ebook Guardian of Suffrage Celebration (Evermore Island, Book Two) was just released from MuseItUp Publishing. That sounds like they freed a wild beast or something.

Blurb: When a saboteur strikes against Susan B. Anthony Day, it’s up to a woodland elf to discover the culprit.

You can find this short humorous/fantasy/mystery at MuseItUp, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and the iStore, to name a few. And you can rate and review it on Goodreads.

P.S. If you haven’t read the first in the series, Guardian of Cupid’s Heart, what better time than Valentine’s? Here’s a convenient link to its Amazon page.

Happy reading!

Wakefield now on sale

Feel like reading an 80,000 word Young Adult novel but you don’t want to pay $5.95 for it? Then good news. From now until November 3, Wakefield (Mad World, Book 1) from MuseItUp Publishing is on sale for only $0.99.

Wakefield Book CoverBlurb: Orphans Astrid Chalke and Max Fisher meet when they’re sent to live at Wakefield, a residential and educational facility for teens with psychiatric and behavioral problems. Astrid’s roommate cuts herself with anything sharp she can get her hands on and Max’s roommate threatens him upon introduction.

Just as Astrid and Max develop a strong bond and begin to adjust to the constant chaos surrounding them, a charming and mysterious resident of Wakefield named Teddy claims he has unexplainable abilities. Sometimes he can move things without touching them. Sometimes he can see people’s voices flowing out of their mouths. Teddy also thinks that some of the Wakefield staff are on to him.

At first, Astrid and Max think Teddy is paranoid, but Max’s strange recurring dreams and a series of unsettling events force them to reconsider Teddy’s claims. Are they a product of his supposedly disturbed mind or is the truth stranger than insanity?

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “I absolutely loved this book. Loved it. I can’t wait to read the second one” – Goodreads reviewer

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ “The ending of this book blew me away and I’d definitely be interested in reading the next book. It was a pleasantly surprising read with plenty of action and suspense! And a book I would definitely recommend.” – TotalTeenFiction

Wakefield is waiting for you for immediate download at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, the iStore, and other major retailers. Happy reading!

Check out my Chucky book

I’ve mentioned a few times on here that I was working on another non-fiction book, and I published it today. I’m very happy to share with you Examination of Chucky: An Unauthorized Dissection of the Child’s Play Series.

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Blurb: In this unauthorized collection of film theory essays, author Troy H. Gardner closely examines the history of pop culture icon Chucky the killer doll. 

With a look at all six films in the series, as well as drawing from the horror genre as a whole, Gardner explores such topics as character studies of Andy Barclay and Tiffany, the psychology of Chucky’s family, and how each film’s opening is constructed. 

This is the perfect book for any Chucky lover, horror enthusiast, or slasher fan.

The ebook is available now at Amazon and Smashwords, and coming soon to Barnes & Noble and other major retailers. The paperback version should be on Amazon in a few days. There’s already a page for it up on Goodreads, and at my personal site TroyHGardner.com.

This was a lot of fun to write and gave me an excuse to rewatch these great movies.  As a warning, this covers the latest film, Curse of Chucky, which is a triumphant return to the franchise’s horror roots and should be watched before reading this.

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.

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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.

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 MadWorld.com.

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.