I’m finally moving toward republishing Lurk, and it looks like November will be the month. In case you missed it, Lurk has been out of print since May 31st – almost half a year – due to my previous publisher closing its doors. To celebrate, I’ll be giving away a free copy of the book to anyone who wants one. Yes, anyone, and yes, that means you!
Paperbacks are on a first-come-first-serve basis. So, if you want your fancy-shmancy signed “true” first edition of Lurk, you’d better jump on it, because those will go fast. For everyone else, there’s e-books. Just send me an email or a message on Facebook or Twitter and I’ll send you the book.
And please, please, please review the book on Amazon and Goodreads. This is double true for you folks who have already read it. Reviews are an author’s entire livelihood in 2016; reviews = visibility as far as Amazon and other major booksellers are concerned, and the more reviews your book has, the more people will see the book. People can’t read a book if they don’t even know it exists. So please, please, please, take 60 seconds out of your busy day and leave an honest review! Even if you hate it!
I’ll buy you a pizza!
(Read the first chapter here.)
No, seriously. A vendor on Amazon is selling my first novel, Lurk, which is now out of print, for five whole Benjamins. The book’s first publisher, Forsaken and its parent, Booktrope went under back in June, and I have yet to find a new home for this weird little story about obsession and despair in a haunted college party house.
The book isn’t for sale right now, except if you want to buy a few leftover author copies from yours truly, so I can only imagine this is some weird algorithm thing that happens with Amazon’s vendors when an OOP book finds its way into their online store. The book sold all right for the few short months it was on the market, and got a decent number of reviews for an indie horror novel, but I really can’t wrap my head around there being any sort of high demand for it. Barely anyone outside of my personal friends and family who read it even know the thing exists.
I want to get Lurk back on the market ASAP, but I’m not sure which avenue I’m going to pursue yet. I am seeking representation for the book.
As always, if you’re interested in reading Lurk, I’m happy to send you an electronic copy in exchange for an honest review. I’m also looking for beta readers for my next novel, a dark fantasy set in Eastern Europe.
Either way, if you are the Amazon vendor in question and you happen to read this, I’ve got a better idea: send me the $500.
UGBR gave ‘Lurk’ five stars! Read the review here
Hey folks – just a quick update to let y’all know that the paperback version of LURK is finally available, after almost two months of delays from my publisher (we had several issues with the cover art).
Also, if you do happen to read and enjoy the book, please consider writing a short review over on Amazon and Goodreads. Honest reviews are an indie author’s lifeblood, and the #1 way that the book finds its way into new readers’ hands. Plus, there is really nothing more meaningful to me as a new-ish author than your open, direct feedback. You guys are not only awesome, but blunt, and I’m of the camp that all criticism helps writers grow and evolve… even the harsh burns.
Hope a few of you get scared.
Do you like villains? Monsters? Evil eldritch entities? Spooky things that skulk in the mordant mires of the world? YES? Then you NEED to check out this new anthology ANCIENT ENEMIES, which just dropped today from Good Dog Publishing.
ANCIENT ENEMIES is a horror anthology featuring short stories and novellas by the freshest, upcoming voices in horror, all riffing on the theme of monsters… whether from folklore, religion, or pop culture, these are stories are about the supernatural antagonists that have plagued mankind since the beginning of our days.
The anthology features two stories by yours truly: “Gene Catcher,” and my dark fantasy novella “The Lich.” The Kindle version costs $3.99 and can be purchased here.
“The feeling a page-turning novel like Lurk elicits in me is likely the same feeling most fans of horror get from watching a scary movie or TV show. That slight rush, the combination of anxiety and excitement, the curiosity… Point is, I enjoyed reading Lurk. Very much, in fact.”
“After reading The Monstrous, a collection of horror shorts edited by Ellen Datlow, I fancied myself reborn; a fan of a new genre. So when Adam Vine emailed me asking if I’d review his debut horror novel, Lurk, I was quick to accept.
Here’s the thing I learned from my second foray into the genre: I’m something of a scaredy-cat. And I shall henceforth wear that mantle with pride. Another thing I learned is that I really enjoy reading horror.
It is a peculiar thing, to discover that a genre which has no appeal for me in visual media resonates so strongly in literary form. I should like to study this more closely, but I imagine that it’s not all that complicated. The feeling a page-turning novel like Lurk elicits in me is likely the same feeling most fans of horror get from watching a scary movie or TV show. That slight rush, the combination of anxiety and excitement, the curiosity. For me, books seem to generate that perfectly, whereas horror films and shows merely terrify me to my core without an ounce of enjoyment.
Point is, I enjoyed reading Lurk. Very much, in fact.”
Read Elan Samuel’s review here.
Originally posted on Eamo The Geek:
It’s been a while since I delved into the horror world, so this debut from Adam Vine seemed like the perfect place to start! Film student Drew Brady lives with his friends in a college house, where all the usual shenanigans associated with student life take place. His best…
Eamo the Geek’s review of Lurk: “The final chapters are executed with expert precision, drawing the reader in with unbearable tension, while at the same time delivering a game-changing revelation that sets the scene for one of the most memorable endings I’ve read in quite some time. Lurk is a taut, tense, brooding tale that grows beyond its influences to create a uniquely modern landscape for new horror…”
Read the full thing after the jump.
Eamo The Geek
It’s been a while since I delved into the horror world, so this debut from Adam Vine seemed like the perfect place to start!
Film student Drew Brady lives with his friends in a college house, where all the usual shenanigans associated with student life take place. His best friend/unrequited love, Bea lives close by and spends a lot of time there too. When Drew finds some polaroids of former tenants in the house’s suitably creepy basement, he soon finds that the photos reveal much more, and that a dark force is pushing the group towards something unimaginable.
The horror genre has become a little tedious of late, much of it repetitive rehashes or mass market slashfests, so Lurk was a pleasant surprise. While the premise of Lurk may seem straightforward, it is anything but. What follows is a deeply insightful look into not only the lives of young people…
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My eldritch party house horror novel Lurk is out today from Forsaken Books! The first chapter is free to read right here on this blog, or you can buy the ebook here. Paperback drops next week.
My new story, “The Girl in the Blue Dress” is out today in this month’s issue of NonLocal Science Fiction! Here’s the blurb:
“A mysterious stranger in a blue dress can be found in the crowds surrounding nearly every great disaster in human history. What is she doing, and what does she want?”
Check it out here.
Best-selling horror/erotica author S.E. Rise made this teaser pic for my upcoming novel Lurk. Check it out!