Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Release Day for SAVAGE ISLAND

June, 29. 2021

I'm excited to share that today my new horror thriller, SAVAGE ISLAND, is releasing to the world.

Here's the book's description:

 

Terror in tropical paradise 

 

On an isolated island in the Philippines, it patiently waits. A mysterious terror lurks in the shadows, stalking the poor stranded souls who visit the island. When a group of four tourists find their vacation quickly turning into a nightmare, the terror taunts them and comes for them one by one. The sandy beach and crystal waters of the lagoon will run red with blood if they can't find a way off this savage island.

 

This is a horror survival story that deals with some dark, personal themes and comes with a trigger warning of sexual assault. My main characters are two women in their 30s, Amy and Jasmine. They are cruising on a yacht with two men they've just met, and one of them is secretly a disturbed sexual predator. But he's not the only predator on the jungle island they mistakenly thought was uninhabited. For those who have enjoyed my fast-paced novellas like DARKNESS RISING, THE SEEKERS and THE WITCHING HOUSE, I think you'll have a fun time exploring this deadly island. There are plenty of thrills and scary moments. SAVAGE ISLAND is now available at:

Amazon Kindle

Amazon Paperback

Amazon UK

 

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Coming September 2021 "Incident on Saddle Road"


I've got a new short story "Incident on Saddle Road" coming out September 28, 2021 in an alien-monster-themed horror anthology MIDNIGHT FROM BEYOND THE STARS, from Silver Shamrock Publishing. Already, the book has lined up an impressive list of authors: Gabino Iglesias, Lee Murray, James Newman, Owl Goingback, Tim Curran, Meghan Arcuri, Ronald Kelly, Tim Meyer, Samantha Kolesnik, William Meikle, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Simon Clark, and more.

I was fortunate to have short stories included in Silver Shamrock's previous 2 horror anthologies, MIDNIGHT FROM THE GRAVEYARD ("Swamp Vengeance") and MIDNIGHT IN THE PENTAGRAM ("The Corn Maidens"). During the fall of 2020, when I saw the announcement of a third anthology about alien monsters from outer space, I jumped at the chance to write a short story. It took me a couple of months to come up with an idea. I wanted to write an alien story that was different than anything I had written thus far. At first I started a story set on another planet, but it felt too much like a science fiction story and didn't seem like the right setting. I decided my story would be an alien creature invading earth and that I'd make it personal to me.

The idea of setting the story on the Big Island of Hawaii came to mind. I have visited four of the islands and even lived on Maui for a year and a half. Back in 2007, I attended a couple of huna spiritual retreats on the Big Island. We hiked jungles and lava fields, swam with dolphins, meditated in caves, hung out with authentic Hawaiian kahunas, and learned a forgiveness practice called Ho'oponopono. That time of my life, experiencing the mystical nature of Hawaii, had a strong and lasting impact on me. Below are some photos of a Big Island trip when I was much younger.

 
While driving across the Big Island from Kona to Hilo, we traveled along a rural passage known as Saddle Road, which took about 3 hours. This is a very scenic road that passes between two volcanoes  Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea. On part of the journey, we passed through a stretch of Saddle Road that was shrouded with dense fog. The once pictorial forest setting turned creepy and looked to me like we had transported to an alien planet. I remember passing a convoy of army vehicles and learned that the U.S. military had a number of bases on the island. The heavy fog, spooky setting, and heavy military presence gave Saddle Road an eerie mystique, which got my imagination going. We also stopped at a rest stop, enjoyed a picnic and fed wild pigs. I knew back then that one day I would write a story set here, with these elements. Thus, when I brainstormed for an idea for this alien-monster anthology, "Incident on Saddle Road" began to take form. 

It's interesting to me how characters get chosen for a story. When I start out writing a story, I usually have a working title and setting first, and then the characters seem to magically show up. For this story, I immediately imagined a divorced, single father, Jeff, driving his two daughters, Kai and Malina, across the island. Because their mother remarried and moved the girls to another island, Jeff desperately wants to treat them to a fun father-daughter weekend. But something otherworldly happens in the fog on Saddle Road that wrecks his plan and they find themselves in a struggle for survival. Huge thanks to Ken McKinley at Silver Shamrock Publishing for accepting my story and Kenneth W. Cain for editing it.

Look for "Incident on Saddle Road" in MIDNIGHT FROM BEYOND THE STARS. The kindle version is now available for pre-order on Amazon.

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Coming June 2021 - SAVAGE ISLAND

 

I'm happy to announce that my latest horror thriller, SAVAGE ISLAND, is releasing on June 29th, 2021 through Silver Shamrock Publishing. I wrote this novella back in 2017. I'm a big fan of stories where people are stranded on an island with some kind of deadly menace. As a kid, I had loved watching movies like The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Island with Michael Cain, and Shock Waves. I also enjoyed horror novels like Richard Laymon's Island and Greg F. Gifune's Savages.

I had always wanted to set one of my books on a tropical island and make it a story about survival. I love the combination of a setting that appears beautiful on the surface but is actually concealing something dark and dangerous. In my latest book, two single women who are best friends, Amy and Jasmine, are enjoying a much-needed girls' getaway vacation in the Philippines. Amy just wants to relax and enjoy hanging out at the resort, but Jasmine, who has been going through a bad divorce, wants to have an adventure. She meets a couple of wealthy single men who offer to take Amy and Jasmine cruising on a yacht and tour some uninhabited islands. Little do they know, the island they choose to explore happens to be inhabited. Here's the book's description:

Terror in tropical paradise

On an isolated island in the Philippines, it patiently waits. A mysterious terror lurks in the shadows, stalking the poor stranded souls who visit the island. When a group of four tourists find their vacation quickly turning into a nightmare, the terror taunts them and comes for them one by one. The sandy beach and crystal waters of the lagoon will run red with blood if they can't find a way off this savage island.

 Savage Island is available for purchase at:

Amazon

Amazon UK

 

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Book Release Event Video for TOMB OF GODS and UNTIL SUMMER COMES AROUND

The book release video I did with author Glenn Rolfe for Flame Tree Press is now available to watch. Glenn and I discuss writing our latest books TOMB OF GODS and Glenn's vampire novel UNTIL SUMMER COMES AROUND. Plus other fun topics.
 

Saturday, May 23, 2020

New Book Release: TOMB OF GODS

 

After 3 years of researching Egyptian mythology and writing, my TOMB OF GODS is an action-adventure thriller with horror and sci-fi fantasy mixed in for fun. Set in late 1930s London and Egypt, the story follows a team of British archaeologists and soldiers who explore deep into an Egyptian cave tomb full of horrors and wonders. Among them, Egyptologist Imogen Riley is searching for what caused her grandfather's team to vanish in these caves during a previous ill-fated expedition. And why did her grandfather return insane and covered head-to-toe in mysterious scars. Also along for the adventure are archaeologists for the British Museum led by Dr. Nathan Trummel, American journalist and photographer Caleb Beckett, and cast of other characters. Every member of the expedition team will be tested as they face their darkest fears in a seemingly endless maze of caves that may contain one of the greatest secrets of the ancient pharaohs. The explorers discover quickly that they are being stalked in these caves. The horror scenes are scary, so this novel is not for the faint of heart. If you like Egyptian history mixed with tomb raider adventure, horror and sci-fi fantasy, then I think you'll enjoy this book.

TOMB OF GODS is now available in paperback, hardback, and eBook on Amazon, BarnesandNoble.com and through other booksellers.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B088JKB1MH/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i0

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tomb-of-gods-brian-moreland/1133987897?ean=9781787584129