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The Painted Darkness Featured On IndieReader’s “Alike But Indie”

April 19, 2013 6 comments

Some fun, unexpected news hit my inbox:

IndieReader has a regular feature called “Alike But Indie” where they select a bestselling traditionally published book and then list indies in the same (or similar) genre.

Yesterday, they posted “If You Liked Six Years, You’ll LOVE…”

The traditionally published book is Harlan Coben’s latest thriller, Six Years.

The independently published books they selected are:

Blood Money by Doug Richardson
Depth of Deception by Alexander Gallant
To Die For — a collection of 8 novels
Traces of Kara by Melissa Foster
The Summer We Lost Alice by Jan Strnad
The Painted Darkness by Brian James Freeman

Nice company on that list and a couple of new titles I’ve ordered to add to my To Be Read list. My thanks goes out to Keri English for including The Painted Darkness!

Blue November Storms eBook On Sale For Just 99 Cents!

April 18, 2013 2 comments

If you’ve ordered the unsigned trade paperback of Blue November Storms, your copy will be on the way very soon. The Cemetery Dance warehouse has just been slammed with a 35 title project that will probably end up devouring all of April, but they are shipping regular orders every day. (For those who ordered the signed and remarqued copies, those are already making their way around the country and will hopefully be ready to ship by the end of next month.)

In today’s news, to celebrate the publication of the new eBook edition of Blue November Storms, I’m discounting it to just 99 cents this week. I hope you’ll check it out:

Blue November Storms by Brian James FreemanAbout the Book:
It’s been twenty years since the group of friends known as the Lightning Five visited their hunting cabin together. Twenty years spent living in the shadow of something they did in high school, an event that forever defined them in the minds of everyone in their small town.

Now they’re returning to the cabin to reminisce about old times and forget their troubles, but mother nature has other plans in mind. Before too long supplies will be running low and the Lightning Five will have to make some hard choices… like who gets to live and who has to die.

Special Bonus Features:
* New introduction by horror legend Ray Garton about why you should never, ever go into the woods
* Twenty original illustrations by Glenn Chadbourne
* Afterword by Brian James Freeman detailing how and why the story was written
* “Ink-slinger: An Interview with Glenn Chadbourne” by Robert Brouhard
* Stunning new cover artwork by Vincent Chong

Download from Amazon (US) Download from Amazon (UK) Download for the Nook Download from KoboDownload from Cemetery Dance

As of the time of this post, the eBook is still $2.99 on on Apple’s bookstore, but you may want to double-check if they have price matched the other stores since then:

Download from the iBookstore

Thanks again for all of your support!

Brian James Freeman versus Kealan Patrick Burke and THE SEVEN!

April 16, 2013 2 comments

I hope you’ll check out THE SEVEN: Brian James Freeman on Kealan Patrick Burke’s blog today.

If you’d like some updates on what I’m up to these days at Cemetery Dance Publications, Lonely Road Books,, or even with my own writing, that’s the link to click on. Or this link. (It’s really the same link.)

My thanks goes out to Kealan for including me in his series!

The Painted Darkness Trade Paperback Discounted Right Now

April 14, 2013 Leave a comment

The trade paperback of The Painted Darkness is currently discounted on and Barnes & Noble.

If you haven’t read the novella yet, this is a great time to snag a copy. Please consider spreading the word about this sale if you know anyone who might be interested.

The eBook is still available through: • • Barnes & Noble • iBookstore • Kobo •

The audiobook can be downloaded on  iTunes

Glenn Chadbourne’s Interior Artwork For Blue November Storms

April 12, 2013 1 comment

Here are some samples of the twenty original black & white illustrations that horror artist Glenn Chadbourne drew for the new trade paperback of Blue November StormsThese samples show spoilers for the plot, so you may want to stop right here if you haven’t read the book! On the other hand, these are a pretty great tease of what you’ll find in the book if you’re curious. Check them out below the break:

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You Shouldn’t Always Worry About Customer Reviews

April 8, 2013 4 comments

Sometimes a review is spot on and you learn something about your writing; sometimes not so much:

the shrinking man by richard matheson

An Excerpt From Ray Garton’s Introduction to Blue November Storms

April 7, 2013 Leave a comment

Ray Garton had way too many kind things to say about Blue November Storms in his introduction to the new edition, but he also covered a wide range of topics including why you should never, ever go into the woods. Ever.

Here’s a little preview:

It is immediately evident when one reads Blue November Storms that one is in the hands of a writer who knows what he’s doing. That only becomes more evident as one proceeds.

Blue November Storms by Brian James FreemanI love this kind of story. You know, the kind of story where old friends, often reunited after a long separation, are confronted with the resurgence of some haunting or terrifying event from the past in which they were all involved and by which they were all scarred. It has a rich history in the genre–Peter Straub’s Ghost Story, Stephen King’s It, among others–because it’s something with which most people can immediately identify. While few of us have in our backgrounds something as extreme as murder or rape or some other horrible crime, we all have something we probably would not want to revisit, something we wish would just stay buried.

But this is the horror genre, where things don’t stay buried.

In a cabin they built in the woods, they will reunite with their friend after twenty years on the night of what promises to be a spectacular meteor shower. While their families are at a nearby campground watching the light show, the guys will be hashing over the past in their old cabin.

But like I said… this is the horror genre.

Anyone familiar with the horror genre knows that, should you find yourself in a horror story, it’s always a good idea to stay the hell out of the woods. Personally, I think that’s a good policy in life, staying out of the woods. I grew up in a family of campers. I’ve never been able to get a good handle on the concept of camping. People in the modern world, with all the modern conveniences, deciding to pack some stuff and go stay out in the woods for a while–it makes no sense. I mean, if a massive earthquake hits or there’s a nuclear attack or the power grid goes down, yeah, then you have to rough it. But to pick a random weekend and leave behind one’s bed and toilet and heat and air conditioning to traipse off to the woods and sleep in a tent for pleasure–it’s unfathomable madness. Even if you have access to a cabin, it’s still a cabin and you’re still in the goddamned woods. I don’t get it.

If you’re a horror fan, you know what’s out there. There are families of inbred cannibals, practitioners of unspeakable religious rites, extraterrestrials possibly disoriented by a rough touchdown, drug-crazed psycho-killers and Bigfoot, to name only a few things. But that’s just the horror stuff. There’s also nature to contend with, and I’m not talking about the PBS series. I’m talking about possible conditions that will kill you and animals that will start eating you before you’re dead. I’m talking about insects that not only don’t fear you but want to explore you and boldly go where no insect has ever gone before and should never ever be allowed to go, period…

It’s really a wonderful introduction and Ray has a lot more to say after that, so I hope you’ll pick up a copy of this new edition!

Place your order for a signed copy on the Cemetery Dance Publications website!

Or you can order an unsigned copy of!

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