Eerie, by Blake and Jordan Crouch

June 11, 2012

I have a new novel out! I just released Eerie, which I co-wrote with my brother, Jordan Crouch. Here's the jacket flap copy:

From newcomer Jordan Crouch and Blake Crouch comes Eerie, a chilling, gothic thriller in the classic tradition of The Shining and The Sixth Sense.

TRAPPED INSIDE A HOUSE

On a crisp autumn evening in 1980, seven-year-old Grant Moreton and his five-year-old sister Paige were nearly killed in a mysterious accident in the Cascade Mountains that left them orphans.

WITH A FRIGHTENING POWER

It's been thirty years since that night. Grant is now a detective with the Seattle Police Department and long estranged from his sister. But his investigation into the bloody past of a high-class prostitute has led right to Paige's door, and what awaits inside is beyond his wildest imagining.

OVER ANYONE WHO ENTERS

His only hope of survival and saving his sister will be to confront the terror that inhabits its walls, but he is completely unprepared to face the truth of what haunts his sister's brownstone.

We had so much fun writing this one, and we hope you'll check it out!

November 22, 2011

Stirred

STIRRED, the conclusion to the Andrew Z. Thomas series (Desert Places, Locked Doors, Break You) is being released as a $2.99 ebook today. It's available exclusively on Amazon.

I wrote this book with J.A. Konrath, and it's also the finale to his Jack Daniels' series (Whiskey Sour, Bloody Mary, Rusty Nail, etc.). We're proud as hell of this book, and we think our fans are going to love it.

Now here are some quick facts about STIRRED.

Q: Do I have to have a Kindle to read STIRRED?

A: No. You can download Kindle apps for your computer or phone, and read it that way.

Q: What about for paper readers?

A: The print and audio release will follow on February 21, 2012.

Q: Do I need to have read your earlier books?

A: No. STIRRED can be read and enjoyed without any knowledge of our previous titles.

Q: Is STIRRED being released on Kindle only?

A: Yes. But it is DRM-free, so it can be easily ported to any format.

Q: What is STIRRED about?

A: Lt. Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels has seen humanity at its most depraved and terrifying. She's lost loved ones. Come close to death countless times. But she always manages to triumph over evil. Luther Kite is humanity at its most depraved and terrifying. He's committed unthinkable acts. Taken human life for the sheer pleasure of it. He is a monster among monsters, and no one has ever caught him. Each is the best at what they do. Peerless. Unmatched.

Until now...

In Luther's experience, people are weak. Even the strong and fearless break too easily. He wants a challenge, and sets his depraved sights on Jack. But with a baby on the way, Jack is at her most vulnerable. She's always been a fighter, but she's never had so much to fight for. So he's built something especially for Jack. His own, private ninth circle of hell--a nightmare world in a forgotten place, from which no one has ever escaped.

It's J.A. Konrath's greatest heroine versus Blake Crouch's greatest villain in STIRRED, the stunning conclusion to both Konrath's Lt. Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels thriller series and Crouch's Andrew Z. Thomas series.

Only one can survive. And it won't be whom you think.

Q: Is this really the last Luther Kite/Jack Daniels book?

A: Yes.

Q: Who dies? Does Jack? Luther?

A: Several characters die. You'll have to read the book to find out.

Hope you enjoy STIRRED. I have some very exciting books on deck for 2012, so stay tuned!

Happy Thanksgiving!

June 1, 2011

The final installment in the Andrew Z. Thomas series (Desert Places, Locked Doors, Break You) will be released as an ebook on November 22, 2011, by Thomas & Mercer, Amazon's new crime fiction imprint. The trade paperback release will follow on February 21, 2012. The book is called Stirred, and here's the jacket flap copy:

Stirred

Lt. Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels has seen humanity at its most depraved and terrifying. She's lost loved ones. Come close to death countless times. But she always manages to triumph over evil. Luther Kite is humanity at its most depraved and terrifying. He's committed unthinkable acts. Taken human life for the sheer pleasure of it. He is a monster among monsters, and no one has ever caught him. Each is the best at what they do. Peerless. Unmatched.

Until now...

In Luther's experience, people are weak. Even the strong and fearless break too easily. He wants a challenge, and sets his depraved sights on Jack. But with a baby on the way, Jack is at her most vulnerable. She's always been a fighter, but she's never had so much to fight for. So he's built something especially for Jack. His own, private ninth circle of hell - a nightmare world in a forgotten place, from which no one has ever escaped.

It's J.A. Konrath's greatest heroine versus Blake Crouch's greatest villain in Stirred, the stunning conclusion to both Konrath's Lt. Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels thriller series and Crouch's Andrew Z. Thomas series.

Only one can survive. And it won't be whom you think.

Another new release that's available right now is the complete Andrew Z. Thomas Trilogy, Thicker Than Blood. Here's the description:

Thicker Than Blood

THICKER THAN BLOOD: The Complete Andrew Z. Thomas Trilogy (Desert Places, Locked Doors, and Break You), is now available in a single ebook featuring a goldmine of killer bonus features. This 220,000-word ebook is absolutely loaded with content, including 2 full-length novels, a 20,000-word novella, an introduction, forewords to every book, an afterword, the short story, "Ginsu Tony" upon which Desert Places was based, the never-before-released 100-page alternate ending of Desert Places, the never-before-released 140-page alternate ending of Locked Doors, and more. This is everything written by Blake that you need to read in advance of the release of Blake's and J.A. Konrath's upcoming collaboration novel, Stirred.

May 1, 2011

Three big new releases just out!

Here's the most excellent cover of the Polish translation of Desert Places, Pustkowia, just published by Replika:

In other news, I've just partnered with Overdrive, a leading full-service digital distributor of ebooks. What this essentially means, is that my entire catalog is now available for purchase and lending through all participating libraries.

March 1, 2011

My new novel is just out, available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. Other formats, including print, are coming soon.

It's called RUN, it's a thriller, and here's the pitch:

Picture this: A landscape of American genocide...

5 D A Y S A G O
A rash of bizarre murders swept the country...
Senseless. Brutal. Seemingly unconnected.
A cop walked into a nursing home and unloaded his weapons on elderly and staff alike.
A mass of school shootings.
Prison riots of unprecedented brutality.
Mind-boggling acts of violence in every state.

4 D A Y S A G O
The murders increased ten-fold...

3 D A Y S A G O
The President addressed the nation and begged for calm and peace...

2 D A Y S A G O
The killers began to mobilize...

Y E S T E R D A Y
All the power went out...

T O N I G H T
They're reading the names of those to be killed on the Emergency Broadcast System. You are listening over the battery-powered radio on your kitchen table, and they've just read yours.

Your name is Jack Colclough. You have a wife, a daughter, and a young son. You live in Albuquerque , New Mexico . People are coming to your house to kill you and your family. You don't know why, but you don't have time to think about that any more.

You only have time to...

R U N

This isn't horror in the same way some of my other work is...this is a story about a family thrown into a nightmare none of us could fathom and how they pull together to try and survive. This is a fast, scary, pedal-to-the metal ride, but it has a real heart beating at its core. It's about a family's love under the worst conditions imaginable. I've been working on this book for over two years, between other projects, and I'm more excited about it than anything I've ever written.

In light of the changing landscape in publishing and the phenomenal opportunities available to writers through ebooks, I have decided to release this one myself, a first for me.

February 25, 2011

Lots of cool stuff happening....

Crimespree Magazine put J.A. Konrath and me on the cover for the January/February issue. We interview each other and talk about ebooks and collaboration.

Despite my contribution of an essay on Jack Ketchum's OFF SEASON, THRILLERS: 100 MUST READS, has somehow managed to collect an Edgar nom. Congrats to all the contributors, and especially Hank Wagner and David Morrell, who put this thing together.

DESERT PLACES, still alive, still kicking, has sold to the Wydawnictwo Replika, a Polish publisher, and to the German hardcover book club, Der Club Bertelsmann.

A lot of people are asking me, "Are you giving up on print and traditional publishing?" No. In fact, I've just made DESERT PLACES, LOCKED DOORS, and a complete novella and short story collection called FULLY LOADED available on Amazon as $10 trade paperbacks. SERIAL UNCUT and DRACULAS are already available in that format, and RUN will be within the month.

I've also added two new short stories to my eBook catalog, UNCONDITIONAL and THE METEOROLOGIST, my novella, THE PAIN OF OTHERS, and short story collections, SIX IN THE CYLINDER and FULLY LOADED.

February 21, 2011

The follow-up to SERIAL, my collaboration with J.A. Konrath, has been released. It's called KILLERS, and is now available in all formats, and coming soon to print. Here's the description:

Guess who's back?

A sequel two years in the making...

First there was SERIAL...

Acclaimed thriller writers Blake Crouch and Jack Kilborn pitted their skills against each other in a psychotic game of serial murder. Crouch wrote about Lucy, a hitchhiker who killed drivers. Kilborn wrote about Donaldson, a driver who killed hitchhikers. Then they brought their characters together and tried to slaughter one another on the page.

SERIAL has been downloaded over 350,000 times. The film rights have been optioned, and it is currently available as an ebook, in print in various collections, and forthcoming in audio.

Now comes KILLERS...

At the end of SERIAL, Donaldson and Lucy didn't die. When they each wake up in a hospital, under arrest for their crimes and guarded by the police, each burns with a single, overwhelming desire:

To escape and finish what they started.

That's going to be difficult with the deputies posted outside their hospital rooms and their life-threatening injuries, but these killers are hell-bent on finding a way.

Beyond a thrilling piece of horrifying suspense, KILLERS takes the collaborative literary experiment begun in SERIAL to the next level. Crouch wrote the first part. Kilborn wrote the second, and then, unaware of each other's opening section, they wrote the third part together in a Google Doc where they could simultaneously write in real time. All bets were off, and may the best psycho win.

KILLERS is three times the length of SERIAL, and if you loved SERIAL, (well, first-off, something's wrong with you because that was a messed-up story) you're going to love this.

February 10, 2011

The sequel to DESERT PLACES and LOCKED DOORS, a novella called BREAK YOU, is now available in the Kindle store and elsewhere.

Here's the scoop:

Somehow, Luther Kite has found them.

Finally, the next installment in the Andrew Z. Thomas tetralogy (means 4 books (I had to look it up))...

Following the events of DESERT PLACES and LOCKED DOORS, Andy Thomas and Violet King are hiding out in the wilds of northern Canada, where Violet has a four-month-old son and a burgeoning romance with Andy. On a cold, rainy night at their cabin in the woods, the promise of an idyllic life that seems just around the corner is shattered when a man from their past, a monster of pure malevolence, returns. What he has in store for them will challenge their understanding of evil and stretch the fibers of their love to the breaking point.

BREAK YOU will also be available in print with two months.

It's been a long time coming to finish up this series, and there is still one more book in the pipeline to complete it, a novel called STIRRED which I'm writing with J.A. Konrath and will be out late 2011. STIRRED will conclude both my DESERT PLACES/LOCKED DOORS series and J.A.'s Det. Jack Daniels series.

December 21, 2010

Just in time for the holidays, a new story...and I'm really stoked about this one.

My novella, "The Pain of Others," appears in the March 2011 issue of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, which goes on sale today. I hope you'll check it out. It might be my favorite story written to date. Here's the synopsis:

"Letty Dobesh, a gorgeous, degenerate thief, is fresh out of the clink and back to her old tricks–in this case, burglarizing suites at a luxury hotel in Asheville, North Carolina.

But when she's surprised by returning guests on her last room of the day, she's forced to hide in the closet to avoid getting caught, and inadvertently overhears a hitman being hired to murder the wife of a wealthy lawyer.

Letty is hardly a heroine, but this puts even her threadbare morality to the test.

Only in hindsight will she see her choice to intervene for what it is... a dramatic fork in the trajectory of her life, propelling her toward a terrifying shocker of an ending that neither she (or you) ever saw coming."

November 12, 2010

I'm off to the fantastic Murder and Mayhem in Muskego this weekend. Meanwhile, a few items of note:

The Boulder Daily Camera did a nice piece on SNOWBOUND.

The shortest story I ever wrote (25 words) appears in the new HINT FICTION anthology edited by the imitable Robert Swartwood.

Hint Fiction

Here's the jacket flap:

A story collection that proves less is more. The stories in this collection run the gamut from playful to tragic, conservative to experimental, but they all have one thing in common: they are no more than 25 words long. Robert Swartwood was inspired by Ernest Hemingway's possibly apocryphal six-word story-"For Sale: baby shoes, never worn"-to foster the writing of these incredibly short-short stories. He termed them "hint fiction" because the few chosen words suggest a larger, more complex chain of events. Spare and evocative, these stories prove that a brilliantly honed narrative can be as startling and powerful as a story of traditional length. The 125 gemlike stories in this collection come from such best-selling and award-winning authors as Joyce Carol Oates, Ha Jin, Peter Straub, and James Frey, as well as emerging writers.

Shivers IV

In other cool news, the short story, "Serial" which Joe Konrath and I wrote last year is being anthologized:

Cemetery Dance Publications is proud to announce the sixth entry in this award-nominated and best-selling anthology series! Shivers VI weighs in at 410 pages and contains more than 110,000 words from today's most popular authors of horror and suspense including Stephen King, Peter Straub, Al Sarrantonio, Jay Bonansinga, Lisa Tuttle, David B. Silva, Melanie Tem, Brian Hodge, Brian Keene, Alan Peter Ryan, Blake Crouch and Jack Kilborn, Bev Vincent, Brian James Freeman, Norman Prentiss, and many others. Two of the longest pieces are "The Crate" by Stephen King, his long lost novella that has never appeared in any of his collections, and "A Special Place: The Heart of A Dark Matter" by Peter Straub, a novella that is "creepy to the core" and "shines a terrible light on the backstory of Straub's acclaimed A Dark Matter" according to the coveted Starred Review from Publishers Weekly. Featuring original dark fiction with a handful of rare reprints, Shivers VI is available only from Cemetery Dance Publications.

October 19, 2010

Draculas

Just in time for Halloween...DRACULAS...a horror novel by Blake Crouch, Jeff Strand, J.A. Konrath, and F. Paul Wilson...

The jacket description says it all:

A DYING MAN'S GREATEST TREASURE...

Mortimer Moorecook, retired Wall Street raider, avid collector, is losing his fight against cancer. With weeks to live, a package arrives at the door of his hillside mansion--an artifact he paid millions for...a hominoid skull with elongated teeth, discovered in a farmer's field in the Romanian countryside. With Shanna, his beautiful research assistant looking on, he sinks the skull's razor sharp fangs into his neck, and immediately goes into convulsions.

OPENS THE DOOR TO AN ANCIENT EVIL...

A rural hospital.

A slow night in the ER.

Until Moorecook arrives strapped to a gurney, where he promptly codes and dies.

WHERE DEATH IS JUST THE BEGINNING.

Four well-known horror authors pool their penchants for scares and thrills, and tackle one of the greatest of all legends, with each writer creating a unique character and following them through a 4-hour period during a vampire outbreak in a secluded hospital.

The goal was simple: write the most frightening book they possibly could.

Which they did.

A word of warning:

Within these pages, you will find no black capes, no satin-lined coffins, no brooding heartthrobs who want to talk about your feelings. Forget sunlight and stakes. Throw out your garlic and your crosses. This is the Anti-TWILIGHT.

NOTE: The DRACULAS eBook is brimming with bonus content:
• a round-robin interview with Strand, Wilson, Crouch, and Kilborn about writing DRACULAS
• excerpts from the authors' four recent works
• the short story "Serial" by Crouch and Kilborn
• the short story "Cub Scout Gore Feast" by Kilborn and Strand
• the short story "A Sound of Blunder" by Kilborn and Wilson
• extensive biographies
• extensive bibliographies
• an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the writing of DRACULAS, delivered through a collection of over seven hundred emails between the writers as they were brainstorming and writing the novel. This ebook (novel + bonus features) exceeds 160,000 words of content.

About the Authors

F. PAUL WILSON is an award-winning, NY Times bestselling novelist whose work spans horror, adventure, medical thrillers, science fiction, young adult, and virtually everything between. He is best known as the author of THE KEEP and creator of the urban mercenary Repairman Jack.

JEFF STRAND is the Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of such novels as PRESSURE, DWELLER, GRAVEROBBERS WANTED (NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY), BENJAMIN'S PARASITE, and THE SINISTER MR. CORPSE. His secret shame is SUCKERS, co-written with J.A. Konrath.

JACK KILBORN is a pen name of J.A. Konrath, who has written six Jack Daniels thrillers. The seventh, SHAKEN, will be available this October. Kilborn is the author of AFRAID, ENDURANCE, TRAPPED, and SERIAL UNCUT, (written with Blake Crouch) which has been downloaded more than 250,000 times.

BLAKE CROUCH is the author of four thrillers, DESERT PLACES, LOCKED DOORS, ABANDON, and SNOWBOUND, all published by St. Martin's Press. His short fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen, THRILLER 2, and other anthologies.

Here's a link to a radio interview that J.A. Konrath, Jeff Strand, F. Paul Wilson, and I did on Diabolical Radio about the writing of DRACULAS.

Here's a link to the DRACULAS website.

Here's a link to buy DRACULAS in the Kindle store.

Please note that DRACULAS is only available for purchase right now in the Kindle store. A print addition is coming. On the dedicated DRACULAS website, there are instructions to take that Kindle download and turn it into a compatible file for any e-reading device.

We hope you enjoy!

July 25, 2010

SNOWBOUND has been getting some first-rate reviews:

And possibly the best review I've ever gotten for any book, period, in Bookreporter.

In other news, buy a signed copy of SNOWBOUND, win a signed copy, and find out what excellent book I'm reading at the moment.

Thrillers: 100 Must Reads

Finally, a little while ago I was invited to contribute an essay on Jack Ketchum's horror classic, OFF SEASON, to a collection called THRILLERS: 100 MUST-READS.

The most riveting reads in history meet today's biggest thriller writers in THRILLERS: 100 MUST-READS. Edited by David Morrell and Hank Wagner, THRILLERS: 100 MUST-READS examines 100 seminal works of suspense through essays contributed by such esteemed modern thriller writers as: David Baldacci, Steve Berry, Sandra Brown, Lee Child, Jeffery Deaver, Tess Gerritsen, Heather Graham, John Lescroart, Gayle Lynds, Katherine Neville, Michael Palmer, James Rollins, R. L. Stine, and many more.

THRILLERS: 100 MUST-READS features 100 works - from Beowulf to The Bourne Identity, Dracula to Deliverance, Heart of Darkness to The Hunt for Red October - deemed must-reads by the International Thriller Writers organization.

Much more than an anthology, THRILLERS: 100 MUST-READS goes deep inside the most notable thrillers published over the centuries. Through lively, spirited, and thoughtful essays that examine each work's significance, impact, and influence, THRILLERS: 100 MUST-READS provides both historical and personal perspective on those spellbinding works that have kept readers on the edge of their seats for centuries.

June 22, 2010

Publication day for SNOWBOUND!

My fourth novel is now available in hardcover from St. Martin's Minotaur wherever books are sold. Get some! I'll be at Maria's Bookshop tonight in Durango, CO at 6:30 for a signing.

April 21, 2010

The first review of SNOWBOUND just came out, a starred, super-cool review from BOOKLIST:

"From the first sentence of this thriller, it's clear that bad times lie ahead for the Innis family of Ajo, Arizona - but just how bad is nearly beyond comprehension. When Rachel Innis vanishes, local authorities focus on her husband, Will, as the perpetrator. Fearing wrongful conviction that will take him away from his 11-year-old daughter, Devlin, who has cystic fibrosis, Will flees with Devi and they take new identities. Five years later, FBI Agent Kalyn Sharp tracks Will down with news that Rachel was not the only woman to disappear in the same manner, and that Kalyn's sister was among those who vanished. Kayln has determined that Javier Estrada, a cruelly expert mercenary, is the kidnapper of the women, but she needs Will's help in finding the victims. The quest takes them to the snowbound Lodge That Doesn't Exist in remote Alaska, and Kalyn and Javier - both skilled, courageous, and coldly calculating - become worthy adversaries. Crouch (Abandon, 2009) builds suspense as lines blur between good and bad, and plot twists continue to the last sentence. Absolutely compelling reading, not for the faint of heart.
BOOKLIST (STARRED REVIEW)

Here's a fun piece of film news from Publishers Lunch:

"J.A. Konrath and Blake Crouch's short story SERIAL, a terrifying tale of hitchhiking gone wrong, to screenwriter Michael Palmer, by Jane Dystel at Dystel and Goderich Literary Management."

Luminous Blue Crimespree Magazine

Beautiful eBooks of SERIAL UNCUT, FOUR LIVE ROUNDS, PERFECT LITTLE TOWN, BAD GIRL, LUMINOUS BLUE (Huh? What's that...see below;)) and others, all designed by Jeroen ten Berge, are now available for purchase on this website through Paypal.

Be sure to check out the March/April 2010 issue of Crimespree Magazine, where I had so much fun writing the "Crimespree on Tap" column about two terrific Wisconsin breweries: Milwaukee Brewing Company and Capital Brewing.

I've added an audio interview and seven print interviews to the Extra page on this website.

I'm participating in an exciting marketing campaign this spring, masterminded by Jeremy Robinson. A group of ace writers who have books forthcoming in the next several months are banding together to release a killer catalog which gives the lowdown on a number of terrific upcoming releases. Check out the catalog here. You're guaranteed to discover some fantastic new books.

And finally, all writers have a few manuscripts in their desk drawers gathering dust for one reason or another (they suck, being the primary one). Up until recently, I had three. Two of these are unquestionably terrible, and will never see the light of day, but one, called LUMINOUS BLUE, always intrigued me. I wrote the first draft back in 2002 after finishing DESERT PLACES, but I never tried to sell it because (a) it's a bit of a departure from my standard fare and (b) it's a little short for a novel (47,000 words).

I recently returned to that novel, gave it another read, and was pleasantly surprised, so much so, that I devoted several weeks to tuning up the prose, authenticating the location details I'd gotten wrong, and giving it a minor facelift.

LUMINOUS BLUE is now available on Amazon for $1.99, and on this website, in a beautiful eBook designed by Jeroen ten Berge, for $2.99. Here's the jacket copy:

"My name is Lancelot Blue Dunkquist, and the best thing about me is, when you doll me up right, I look just like the movie star, James Jansen."

Meet Lance.
38-years-old.
Works a meaningless job.
Still lives above his parents' garage.
By all accounts, a world-class loser.
Except for one glaring exception...

He has a million-dollar face.

Lance has been mistaken twenty-eight times for the Oscar-winning movie star, James Jansen, and for the last 10 years, he's saved his money, studied Jansen's films, his moves, his idiosyncrasies, even the way he speaks. Now, after an unceremonious termination from his job, Lance has decided that the time has come to go after his dream.

From New York's ridiculous avant-garde, off-off Broadway scene, to the surreal glitter of Los Angeles, follow Lance on his madcap journey of self-abandonment to become his likeness.

Part comedy, part human tragedy, and part suspense, the world through the eyes of Lancelot Blue Dunkquist is like none you've ever seen.

Hope you'll check it out!

March 17, 2010

Snowbound Serial Uncut Four Live Rounds Perfect Little Town

I know it's been awhile, but I've been working through a long, cold Colorado winter on a number of projects. First up, my new novel, SNOWBOUND, will be published on June 22, 2010! Here's the beautiful cover art my publisher came up with:

To read an excerpt and the book description, check out the SNOWBOUND page on my website.

Almost a year ago, my friend Joe Konrath and I released a free short story in eBook form called SERIAL, about the hazards of hitchhiking. It turned out to be the most popular (and hated) thing either of us had ever written, with over 200,000 downloads to date.

Joe and I have just finished writing SERIAL UNCUT, which vastly expands upon the original story (by almost 30,000 words), and delves deep into the back-stories of those two beautiful human beings, Lucy and Donaldson. What's more, my prequel section with Lucy also features three characters we haven't seen in awhile: Andrew Thomas, Orson Thomas, and Luther Kite, from my first two books, DESERT PLACES and LOCKED DOORS.

SERIAL UNCUT is available as a $1.99 download in the Amazon Kindle store, or as a gorgeous eBook designed by Jeroen ten Berge, coming soon to this website.

What? There's more? Yes! I often get emails from folks asking to read the full versions of my short stories, so I decided to put together a little collection. FOUR LIVE ROUNDS features "*69," "Remaking," "On the Good, Red Road," and "Shining Rock." It's currently available as a $1.99 download on Amazon Kindle, or as a spectacular eBook designed by Jeroen ten Berge, coming soon to this website.

Nope, we're still not finished. I told you I'd been busy. PERFECT LITTLE TOWN is a horror novella I just completed.

Ron and Jessica Stahl are a power couple from Southern California, on a Christmas driving holiday in the Colorado mountains.

When they stop for the afternoon in sleepy Lone Cone (Pop. 317), they're charmed by the quaint tourist town which is filled with B&Bs, candy stores, and gift shops.

But the folksy hospitality will vanish as the sun drops behind the mountains. A winter storm is approaching, and the Stahls couldn't have picked a worse night of the year to get snowed into this perfect little town with a dark, dark secret.

From the author of DESERT PLACES, ABANDON, and SERIAL UNCUT comes this horror novella, which also contains an interview with Blake, excerpts from all four of his novels, and a bonus excerpt of SERIAL UNCUT.

PERFECT LITTLE TOWN is available as a $1.99 download in the Amazon Kindle store, or as an eBook designed by, you guessed it, Jeroen ten Berge, coming soon.

And we're still not done...No, I'm kidding, we are. I'm exhausted.

Happy spring, All!

November 27, 2009

A few, cool things to report:

ABANDON was selected for the "Four Corners: One Book" KSUT Community Book Club for November!

Here's an interview I just did with Ryan Warner, the host of Colorado Matters about my very Colorado book, ABANDON.

Finally, I just found out that my next novel, SNOWBOUND, has a publication date of June 22, 2010. I'll post an excerpt and jacket art after the 1st of the year.

Happy Thanksgiving!

October 13, 2009

Desert Places

BIG NEWS... as just reported in Publishers Marketplace:

Blake Crouch's DESERT PLACES, about a crime novelist drawn into a nightmare as terrifying as the books he writes, optioned to German director Marc Wilkins' Storm Films, with Crouch adapting, by Anna Cottle and Mary Alice Kier at Cine/Lit Representation on behalf of the Linda Allen Literary Agency.

Marc came out to Colorado for several days last month, and through the course of his visit, I got to know him and to see a clear picture of the kind of film he wants to make out of my first novel. Needless to say, I'm thrilled with Marc's vision for DESERT PLACES, and have pushed a couple projects aside to turn my attention toward writing a killer screenplay. Wish us luck!

Bouchercon begins in two days. If you're going and you want to track me down, I'll be signing at 11:00 a.m. on Friday at the Bouchercon 2010/2011 table.

Also, here are the details for my panel:

Friday, October, 16, 4:00 -- 4:55 pm
AT THE EITELIJORG MUSEUM:
THE ART OF THE WESTERN MYSTERY
A museum dedicated to art of the American West hosts a discussion of mysteries set in its territories
Scott Montgomery (M), Craig Johnson, C.J. Box, Blake Crouch, Steve Hockensmith, Ann Parker

I'll also be in the signing room immediately following the panel. Hope to see you there!

Finally, my interview with Vince A. Liaguno at Dark Scribe Magazine just went live.

October 5, 2009

Morsels of news:

The Durango Telegraph, my local independent paper, conducted what we're calling a narrative interview about writing violence.

Here's my comprehensive interview with Hank Wagner, which appeared in the last issue of Crimespree Magazine.

The Charlotte Observer ran a great review of ABANDON.

Finally, I'm off to Bouchercon in a couple of weeks. It's in Indianapolis this year, and I hope to see you there!

August 28, 2009

Some spatterings of news...

Over at Nasty-Brutish-Short, I did an interview with Steven Torres about writing short fiction, and Steven also had some nice things to say about my recent story, "Shining Rock".

At Patti Abbott's Friday's Forgotten Books, I got the chance to talk about one of my all-time favorites, David Morrell's TESTAMENT.

JC Patterson of the Madison County Herald, Steven B. Beach of the Winston-Salem Journal, and Joseph Hartlaub of Bookreporter have all published very thoughtful reviews of ABANDON. Thanks, gents!

For those of you making the trek to Bouchercon in Indianapolis this year, my panel looks to be superb. Craig Johnson will be moderating Ann Parker, C.J. Box, Steve Hockensmith, and me in a discussion entitled, "The Art of the Western Mystery". This panel will be held offsite, a few blocks from the Bouchercon hotel at the Eitelijorg Museum, which is dedicated to the art of the American West.

Finally, ever heard of "hint fiction"? I just sold my shortest story ever to a fascinating anthology edited by Robert Swartwood and slated for publication by W.W. Norton in the fall of 2010. My story, like the 100+ others in this collection, is only 25 words.

July 27, 2009

UNCAGE ME is now available! Edited by the lovely and supremely talented Jen Jordan, here are the details of this new crime fiction anthology...

The follow-up to 2007's EXPLETIVE DELETED. New stories from Scott Phillips, Allan Guthrie, Christa Faust, Victor Gischler, J.A. Konrath, J.D. Rhoades, Declan Burke, Brian Azzarello, Steven Torres, Stewart Macbride, Simon Kernick, Patrick Shawn Bagley, Greg Bardsley, Stephen Blackmore, Tim Maleeny, Nick Stone, Martyn Waites, Talia Berliner, Maxim Jakubowski, Gregg Hurwitz, Blake Crouch, and more! As if all of that wasn't enough, there's an introduction by New York Times bestselling author John Connolly.

For more information, including the back-story and excerpt of my contribution, "*69," check out the stories page on my website. I've read most of the shorts in this anthology, and the collection is unlike anything I've ever read. Absolutely mind-blowingly fun. And dark. Quite dark. There's no way you won't love it. Unless you're a bad person.

UPDATE: BSCReview loves UNCAGE ME, offering what has to be the all-time best review snippet ever [WARNING - ADULT CONTENT AHEAD]: "The range in this motherfucker is simply from rock-solid to fucking brilliant."

On a much smaller note, I added to the ABANDON page a collection of suggestions for how one might make a trip to see the locales where ABANDON is set and have a reasonable amount of fun in the process.

And on an even smaller and more distant note, the engines of the machine that will crank out my next book, SNOWBOUND, are beginning to rumble. I'll have more on that in the not-too-distant.

Bookseller, bookbuyer, reviewer, and flyfisherman extraordinare Joe Foster picked ABANDON for his top summer read on Colorado Matters.

Finally, ABANDON had the chance to sit for The Page 69 Test, which is a component of Marshal Zeringue's superb Campaign for the American Reader.

July 14, 2009

We have a winner for the recent contest to win signed copies of ABANDON and SERIAL. (You didn't hear about the contest? That means you aren't signed up for my newsletter! Correct this horrible oversight immediately!)

Anyway, I threw down the gauntlet thusly: "Email me what you think caused every resident in the mining town of Abandon to disappear on Christmas Day in 1893."

You answered:

"Abducted by aliens, they were aliens and had to leave, caught in a time-warp, cult mass suicide, everyone went home for the holidays, a tornado, the town and its inhabitants were actually a figment of someone's imagination, which never really existed at all and was just created on paper for a 19th century investment scam, zombies, cannibals, cats (wtf?), ancestors of Luther Kite did the town in, transiting Saturn applied a square to the 1851 natal Pluto Uranus conjunction of certain key players, whilst transiting Mars was applying an inconjunct to same..." and one very creative and brilliantly written entry nearly guessed the whole thing so of course they can't win or even be acknowledged.

But the winner is Steve Young who suggested that the reason Abandon disappeared off the face of the Earth... was because its mayor was Sarah Palin. 'Nuff said. Steve wins. Good job, Steve.

Other cool stuff...

A recent interview with the great Don Ermen of the Sun Media Group.

I have another interview appearing later this month in Crimespree Magazine with Hank Wagner which was a blast. Hopefully I'll get to post that one in the next few weeks. It's my most in-depth discussion on the writing of ABANDON to date.

Meantime, here's a link to a very fun and twisted radio gig I did with JA Konrath and filmmaker Krist Rufty of Diabolical Radio. We talk about our writing process, favorite books and films, and our infamous collaboration on SERIAL.

And finally, in Other Heartwarming News, ABANDON has been listed as an August 2009 Indie Next List Notable Book. A huge thank you to all the booksellers who submitted ABANDON. It's deeply appreciated.

July 7, 2009

Publication day for ABANDON!

My third novel is now available everywhere books are sold, in hardcover from Minotaur Books and unabridged audio (CD and MP3) from Brilliance Audio.

I've done a number of interviews in advance of publication and here are the first two, one with the inimitable Ted Holteen of the Durango Herald, my local newspaper, and the other with the lovely Stephanie Padilla of New Mystery Reader Magazine.

Links are:

June 1, 2009

Crimespree Magazine

Happy 5th birthday to Crimespree Magazine and congrats to its founders, Jon and Ruth Jordan! Crimespree's 30th issue is out this month, and I've contributed an article which is essentially the transcript of a conversation I had with paranormal photographer Michael Richard during the research phase of ABANDON. Crimespree is the ultimate clearinghouse for all things crime-fiction related. It would be a good idea to get yourself subscribed.

With their permission, I've made the article I wrote for Crimespree Magazine, "Shooting the Dead: Interview With a Paranormal Photographer," available on this site. Check it out here.

May 26, 2009

THRILLER 2: STORIES YOU JUST CAN'T PUT DOWN publishes today! Edited by the quintessential thriller writer, Clive Cussler, here are the details...

When some of the top thriller writers in the world came together in THRILLER: STORIES TO KEEP YOU UP ALL NIGHT, they became a part of one of the most successful short story anthologies ever published. The highly anticipated THRILLER 2: STORIES YOU JUST CAN'T PUT DOWN, will be even bigger. From Jeffery Deaver's tale of international terrorism to Lisa Jackson's dysfunctional family in the California wine country to Ridley Pearson's horrifying serial killer, this collection has something for everyone. Twenty-three bestselling and hot new authors in the genre have submitted original stories to make up this unforgettable blockbuster.

Turn off your phone
Shut down your computer
Say goodbye to your friends and family
Be prepared to read for days

Featuring stories by Kathleen Antrim, Gary Braver, Sean Chercover, Blake Crouch, Jeffery Deaver, Robert Ferrigno, Joe Hartlaub, David Hewson, Harry Hunsicker, Lisa Jackson, Joan Johnston, Jon Land, Lawrence Light, Tim Maleeny, Phillip Margolin, David J. Montgomery, Carla Neggers, Ridley Pearson, Marcus Sakey, Javier Sierra, Mariah Stewart, R.L. Stine, and Simon Wood.

For more information, including the back-story and excerpt of my contribution, "Remaking," check out the stories page on my website.

May 12, 2009

I've been writing short fiction in earnest for the last two years, and since my stories are starting to accumulate, I've created a page on the website solely devoted to them, which has excerpts, story descriptions, and lots of other cool stuff.

On that note, here's a real treat for all you lovers of dark and demented stories-a free horror novella written by Jack Kilborn (aka JA Konrath) and myself, designed by Jeroen ten Berge, and published with the overwhelming support of Kilborn's publisher, Grand Central Publishing and my publisher, Minotaur Books.

The jacket copy says it all:

Remember the twin golden rules of hitchhiking?

# 1: Don't go hitchhiking, because the driver who picks you up could be certifiably crazy.

# 2: Don't pick up hitchhikers, because the traveler you pick up could be a raving nutcase.

So what if, on some dark, isolated road, Crazy #1 offered a ride to Nutcase #2?

When two of the most twisted minds in the world of horror fiction face off, the result is SERIAL, a terrifying tale of hitchhiking gone terribly wrong. Like a deeply twisted version of an "After School Special," SERIAL is the single most persuasive public service announcement on the hazards of free car rides.

Beyond a thrilling piece of horrifying suspense, SERIAL is also a groundbreaking experiment in literary collaboration. Kilborn wrote the first part. Crouch wrote the second. And they wrote the third together over email in 100-word exchanges, not aware of each other's opening section. All bets were off, and may the best psycho win.

"SERIAL reads just like a Crouch or Kilborn novel: Full speed ahead, no flinching, no blinking, no brakes." - F. Paul Wilson.

SERIAL contains the novella, SERIAL, a Q&A with Kilborn and Crouch, author bibliographies, and excerpts from their most recent and forthcoming works: Kilborn's AFRAID and Crouch's ABANDON.

And finally, a note from the authors:

SERIAL is a horror novella written by Blake Crouch (author of ABANDON) and Jack Kilborn (author of AFRAID).

But just because it is 100% free doesn't mean you should automatically download it.

This is disturbing stuff. Perhaps too disturbing.

If you can handle horrific thrills, proceed at your own risk.

But if you suffer from anxiety attacks, nervous disorders, insomnia, nightmares or night terrors, heart palpitations, stomach problems, or are of an overly sensitive nature, you should read something else instead.

The authors are in no way responsible for any lost sleep, missed work, failed relationships, or difficulty in coping with life after you have read SERIAL. They will not pay for any therapy you may require as a result of reading SERIAL. They will not cradle you in their arms, rock you back and forth, and speak in soothing tones while you unsuccessfully try to forget SERIAL.

Yes, it's free. But free has its price.

You have been warned.

Jack Kilborn & Blake Crouch

Click here to start reading.

March 26, 2009

Two items of news. First, ABANDON has been selected for Mystery Guild, Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club, and Book-of-the-Month Club.

Also, here comes the first early review, courtesy of the Durango Herald.

March 9, 2009

When I was a boy, I did a lot of backpacking with my parents and younger brother, and one of our favorite places to go was Shining Rock Wilderness in the North Carolina Mountains. One summer evening as we were setting up camp in a remote area of the wilderness called Beech Spring Gap, a gentleman came over to our camp and introduced himself. He was a burly fellow in his fifties wearing blue shorts and a vest brimming with camping accessories and various patches. He also had a machete lashed to his back and mentioned in the course of small-talk that he'd fought in Vietnam. The interaction was unsettling and more than a little awkward. I was twelve at the time but found out years later from my father that he'd been terrified, so much in fact that he and my mom had whispered in their tent late that night, debating leaving because they were afraid this man was going to come back and murder all of us while we slept. Obviously, that didn't happen. My family struck up a friendship with the man (who turned out to be a gentle soul) and we accompanied him on future backpacking trips. But the strangeness of that initial encounter and the fear my parents must have felt never left me.

The experience inspired a short story called "Shining Rock." This is my first published piece of short fiction, and it's appearing in the May issue of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, which is hitting newsstands as I write this. I hope you'll check it out.

February 26, 2009

I recently got a new blurb for ABANDON from the uber-talented Michael Koryta:

"A bold, ambitious novel of two haunting times in one haunting place. It's full of gunplay and violence, adventure and action, but at its core ABANDON is a novel of faith, family, greed and redemption." Michael Koryta, Edgar-finalist and author of ENVY THE NIGHT.

If you don't know his stuff, Michael is an amazing writer, and his most recent, ENVY THE NIGHT, is a killer of a book, well worth picking up.

January 20, 2009.

Publication for ABANDON has been slated for July 7, 2009.