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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Perfection (Mad World, Book 3) released

Perfection 333x500Hello all, very happy to announce the third book in the YA paranormal series Mad World is now available wherever ebooks are sold. Well, maybe not every single on-line store, but a good chunk of them – Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Smashwords, the iStore, etc.

The first review, at Offbeat YA gave Perfection 4 out of 5 stars, calling it a rich and layered addition to the series.

The Mad World series follows teenagers dealing with abnormal problems (be they mental or magical, or sometimes both).

If you’re like me, and wouldn’t necessarily dive into the third book in a series, then check out Wakefield (Mad World, Book 1) at Amazon.

And if you’re also like me and want even more info before committing to a series, check out Mad World Headquarters.

(Then I’d read the books and tell me friends. Just saying.)

Control Room released

The Control Room, my 12,000 horror story is now available as an ebook!

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The Locked Door Series is MuseItUp Publishing’s version of the Twilight Zone. Each short story stands alone, is written by a different author, and is meant to make you keep the lights on when you go to bed. In this story, recent college graduate Bethany finds herself living back at home and facing a mountain of school loans.

To make ends meet, Bethany accepts a job watching live footage from a supposedly haunted building. The owner wants them to find evidence of the ghost he believes killed his daughter decades before.

As the days progress and Bethany spends more time watching the residents of the apartment, she finds herself drawn deeper into the history of the building and the lives of its people.

When strange occurrences begin stacking up, Bethany suspects something paranormal may be happening in the old apartment building after all. Can she distance herself in time, or has the watcher already fallen under the apartment’s spell?

Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, the iTunes bookstore, Smashwords, MuseItUp Publishing, and lots more.

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.

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 :)”

Free book released

Hi all. I decided to self-publish for free the ebook version of a YA horror novel I wrote, about 55,000 words, called The Sylvanville Spirits. I nearly drove myself crazy figuring out all the formatting needed, but I got there. Right now, you can download this for free at Smashwords, and it should be available at other retailers like Amazon and Barnes & Noble next week.

For those of you who like holding books in your hand and/or don’t have an ereader, then you can buy a paperback version at Amazon. I found a few extra gray hairs after spending an entire day formatting for that one.

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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.

Mad World update

Lots going on in the world of writing lately. Erin and I are working on revisions for Mad World, Book Two: Tunnelville, scheduled for release June this year. We’ve also been in contact with our talented cover artist, and will post once we receive the artwork.

In addition, we’re working on more publicity for Wakefield. We’re looking at bloggers, giveaways, and charities, oh my.

More as things materialize/occur. And as always, here’s Wakefield page at Amazon.