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It’s Black Friday, which means you’re probably scouring the Internet right now for all the best deals. Well, I have one for you. I’ve managed to keep a pretty healthy stock of my paperbacks and I’m looking to clear some space, so here’s my offer – $7 a book (that includes shipping to anywhere in the U.S. – sorry, International friends). They will be inscribed to your liking. The sale will run through Cyber Monday, so I’ll ship the books out on Tuesday. Here’s what I have in stock:












There are a few ways to grab this deal. You can private message me on any of the social media platforms you follow me on (INSTAGRAM or TWITTER or Facebook) or send me an email at tfmeyer3(at)yahoo(dot)com. Include your mailing info, to whom you’d like me to sign the book for, and which books you’re interested in just to make sure I haven’t sold out. I’ll then direct you to my Paypal or whatever method of payment you prefer. Once the book(s) have shipped, I’ll provide you with the tracking number.

That’s it! Get them before they’re gone!






In honor of the best holiday season of the year, a good portion of my books are on sale! The Kindle versions will be discounted until Oct. 31st, so get them while they’re 99 cents! Below is a list of the novels/novellas on sale. Click on the titles for links! Enjoy and Happy Halloween! 🙂





KILL HILL CARNAGE (note: many of Sinister Grin Press’ books are 99 cents!)


57382351_2194483427334001_7719160458413867008_nHey, y’all! This month on the blog, I was happy to have Mark Allan Gunnells stop by to talk about his new collection, Book Haven and Other Curiositieswhich is fresh off the printers from Crystal Lake Publishing. I really enjoyed the collected tales, especially the titular novella, Book Haven. Last year I read the novel he co-wrote with Aaron Dries, Where the Dead Go to Diewhich was also fantastic. Anyway, without delay, here’s Mark Allan Gunnells!


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Hey all! Just wanted to post the information for our upcoming NJ brewery book tour. I have a lot of fun at these every year, so if you live in the area or within reasonable driving distance, I’d love to see your face! Below is everything you need to save the date! Let me know in the comments if you plan on attending!

*although not pictured, author Dan Padavona has been added to the May 10th signing.*




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So, after holding off for about a year, I’m finally dipping my toes into the Patreon pond. I’ve held off for a few reasons. Firstly, I wanted to make sure I could deliver exclusive content, and more importantly, I wanted to make sure I had the time to do it. Well, now that a few projects have reached their end, I’ll be launching my very own Patreon page later this month. I’m really excited about it. The main attraction is going to be a brand new novel called Paradise Club (details below). It’s going to be quite different because… well, I haven’t written it yet. That’s where the patrons will come in. Qualifying patrons will be able to influence the story by voting on the actions of certain characters. Think choose-your-own-adventure, but with a group!

Anyway, I hope you’ll join me. Let me know what you think in the comments! Here are the details:

Hi! I’m Tim Meyer, author of KILL HILL CARNAGEIN THE HOUSE OF MIRRORSLIMBS: A LOVE STORY, and THE SWITCH HOUSE. I’m also a co-writer on the post-apocalyptic series, SUNFALL, and co-host of The Project Entertainment Network’s APERTURE HOUR PODCAST. I’m coming to Patreon to give you exclusive content and a unique interactive reading experience – starting with my serialized novel, PARADISE CLUB. Consider it a choose-your-own-adventure story where qualifying patrons get to vote on the actions of certain characters.



Welcome to Paradise. Sandy beaches. Crystalline waters. An all-inclusive resort with virtually everything you can think of. A true idyllic paradise.

Until some of the guests go missing. Until some of them end up dead. Something is happening at the Paradise Club that wasn’t on the brochure. Elliot Harper – family man and former FBI agent – is about to find out how fast paradise can become hell.

PARADISE CLUB is a serialized novel, written for Patreon first. It can best be described as LOST (tv series) meets THE BELKO EXPERIMENT meets HOSTEL.

So, if you want access to this exclusive interactive novel, monthly short stories, video updates, and sneak peeks at future novels, come join me here on Patreon.

Let’s get creative together.

– TM



$1 or more per month

*Get access to the interactive novel, PARADISE CLUB. (*At least* one chapter a month, 5k-word minimum)

*A Short Story every month. (1k-word minimum)

*Access to a quick weekly video where I talk about life, writing, books, movies, and anything I feel like. Which probably includes beer.


$3 or more per month


*At this level, you’ll be able to vote on the fate of the characters of PARADISE CLUB (majority votes wins). Choose their outcomes. Help shape them. Help them escape their fate. Or damn them to Hell.

*You’ll also get a special “THANK YOU” in the published version of PARADISE CLUB.

*You’ll also get a signed paperback copy of PARADISE CLUB upon its release, personalized to your liking. Or maybe I’ll write whatever I want on the title page. You’ll just have to wait and see.


$9 or more per month


*You’ll also get to be appear as a character in PARADISE CLUB. You can lend me your likeness or just your name – your preference. Your fate will probably remain with me – or other people.

*Every 6 months, I’ll send you 2 signed paperbacks from my backlog. Your choice. Just a thanks for being a Maniac. And if you’re at this level, YOU ARE A MANIAC. That’s for sure.



$15 or more per month

You get all the previous rewards, plus, I’ll hold a monthly Q&A (video), where you can ask me anything about life, writing, books, movies, what my sock collection looks like, or anything that interests you.


54353405_2231263827126579_4595291776071237632_nThis month on the blog, I got to interview fellow Severed Press author, R.F. Blackstone! This was a fun interview to conduct, and R.F. has some pretty interesting books available. Go check them out! 


TIM MEYER: Let’s get started by telling people a little about you and your newest release.

R.F. BLACKSTONE: Hi Tim and thanks for having me on the show. I’m an Aussie shmuck living in Mexico City with my wonderful wife. I came from an interesting family; my Dad was a stage actor, teacher and magician with a natural gift for storytelling, which I inherited from him. And that is how I ended up writing books. Now you know and knowing is half the battle!…Yeah, I’m a big nerd but not in the Big Bang sense of the word. More like a proud to be a cinephile and aficionado of the weird and curious nerd.

KAIJU WORLD is my latest book from Severed Press and is a love letter to the giant monster movies of yore and Guillermo del Toro, plus a little bit of Michael Crichton thrown in for good measure. Imagine if you will, a theme park not populated with dinosaurs but instead city destroying monsters! That’s Kaiju World in a nutshell.

TM: What inspired you to write this book?53536654_537658343308508_3488138645561409536_n

RFB: Well, for a period of time, a little longer than what you’d expect, I went through a giant monster movie binge. Godzilla, most of them anyway, Kong, Pacific Rim (love the first one!) and then I re-watched all the Jurassic Parks and the idea literally popped into my head, “What if instead of dinosaurs it was Godzilla?” And part of the reason for that thought was because in my opinion the Jurassic Park movies are actually monster movies. They say it in the first one and then in Jurassic World, they have to use animal DNA to fill in the holes, so these aren’t exact clones. And from there the leap to giant city destroying monsters instead was easy.

TM: Which writers influenced you the most?

RFB: Hmmmmm, damn that’s a hard one *strokes beard thoughtfully*…Well, definitely Guillermo del Toro (his The Strain series of books was great), Miguel de Cervantes annnnnnnnd John Carpenter (his scripts are amazing especially They Live and In the Mouth of Madness). Also Brian Keene and Don Winslow should go on the list too…Actually now that I think about it there are far too many to name but those are probably the most influential on me.

TM: What’s your writing process like? How do you approach each book?

RFB: Well it varies from book to book (isn’t that what all authors say?) It could come from a song, a random thought or even watching a movie or TV show and pondering about it. But usually I start writing notes in on of a plethora of notebooks I have lying around the house. (Free tip: always carry a notebook with you everywhere.) Then most of the time I write it as quickly as I can, not because of inspiration but because my attention span isn’t that great when it comes to the books I write. I hate having more than one project on the go. Naturally there is a lot of cussing and bemoaning of how terrible it is and confusion as to why I’m writing this story in the first place.

But, once it’s done I get editing quickly and the moment I’m happy with it I move on. One and done. Boom! Also, I’m not a major fan of multiple drafts, two at most for me.

TM: Do you plot or outline, or make it up on the fly?

53435072_429632941139556_4232942127090237440_nRFB: Ah the question of the ages! The single most important debate to rage throughout time! Nobody can remember when it first started but it has been fought over since time immemorial!

I’m a little bit of both. Normally I’ll do a 1-3 sentence outline for each chapter and then discover my way through each one, makes it more fun for me and lets my characters breathe and grow.

TM: Do you do a lot of research for your stories?

RFB: How much is ‘a lot of research’?

No, seriously I’m asking…Okay, since nobody is going to answer that question, I’ll have to answer yours. It really depends on the subject, I mean I’m a fountain of useless information that I’m happy to pepper in each story. But for, example my first with Severed Press, BIG SMOKE was set in Havana, Cuba so I had to do a heap of research for it, streets, buildings and making sure it was based in reality before unleashing a zombie apocalypse on it.

With Kaiju World there was a little bit with just positioning of islands in regards to Japan. But generally I’m lazy and try to write things that I already know a lot about, unless it is something I think could really help the story, then I go all in.

TM: Do you prefer writing novels, novellas, or short stories?

RFB: Novels and short stories for the win. I haven’t done much with novellas just because once I get going, unless I have really limited myself with word counts, it is hard for me to stop. I’ve been self-publishing short stories (10,000 words each) and those have been a great little palate-cleanser between novels. And Novels are just amazing because you can deep dive into the world and characters and, well, let’s face it: Novels with your name on them look amazing on the bookshelf.

TM: What are you working on right now? Can you give us a brief synopsis?

RFB: I have a couple of novels and my first novella in the planning stages and one is soon to be started on. Basically, one is about a woman trapped in a country house being hunted by a demonic hellhound, think Cujo meets Hush (the movie). Another is a zombie apocalypse story that involves a 80s Action Star, a Food Truck owner and a secretary (side note: that one came from a song by the Misfits).



Born in the slightly off town of Newcastle on the coast of Australia, R.F. Blackstone learned how to survive life in the land Down Under where everything can kill you. The son of a stage actor, magician and teacher, R.F. Blackstone had an interesting upbringing learning to see the world in a different way. Now taking that slight skewed way of looking at the world and applying it to his writing.
He has spent 10 years writing scripts before trying his hand at novels. Currently he lives in Mexico City, where he enjoys tequila, tacos al pastor and pumping out stories.





Hey, everyone! The following is an interview/guest post from some good friends of mine. Their new book, KEYPORT CTHULHU 2, is out TODAY! Seriously good stuff from Armand Rosamilia and Chuck Buda. If you’re into Lovecraftian stories set on the Jersey Shore (and who isn’t?), this is the book for you. So enjoy the interview and then go pick up the new book here!

– TM


The Ancient One Has Arrived

What do Armand Rosamilia, Chuck Buda and H.P. Lovecraft have in common?


This week, Keyport Cthulhu 2, the much-anticipated sequel to the original, hits bookstores everywhere. Well, To celebrate the release, Armand and Chuck have stopped by to give us a behind-the-scenes peek at the mythos, how Lovecraft influenced them and the collaboration process. Sit back and enjoy the ride.

Whose idea was it to write Keyport Cthulhu 2?

ARMAND: It was Chuck’s idea. He pretty much stalked me, first online and then in person, harassing me to continue the story. I told him it was a one and done deal but I needed to get rid of him. So, I agreed to write a sequel to make him go away. That’s a true story.

What was it about the original that you obsessed over?

CHUCK: I fell in love with Armand’s voice the first time I read his work. As a fan of H.P. Lovecraft and Armand, I felt Keyport Cthulhu was a match made in heaven. Plus, I grew up in New Jersey in a town near Keyport. The setting resonated with me on different levels.

Tell everyone about the collaboration process. Was it difficult?

CHUCK: I’ll take this one, Armand. First, I was petrified that my writing would disappoint Armand. I worried I wouldn’t be able to keep up with him on a creative basis. But it was a ton of fun. Getting to read his parts before the rest of the world. And then trying to ratchet up the story intensity chapter after chapter. I’d never collaborated with someone before. I think I kept up with him.

(Armand shrugs.)

What is it about Keyport that drew your interest for the story?

ARMAND: Of all the towns along the Jersey shore, Keyport is probably the most picturesque. It is a perfect cocktail of times gone by, shaken not stirred, with modern progress. I lived in a real-life haunted house in Keyport for a few years. Even the air in the village hints at something mysterious. It’s also home to some of the best seafood on the planet.

Lovecraft is an obvious influence. He was a controversial figure in the horror/weird communities. What are your thoughts about his legacy?

CHUCK: Regardless of his personal beliefs, H.P. Lovecraft’s mythos has touched us both and influenced thousands of artists, from musicians to writers to gamers. His settings and tone creeped the shit out of us as kids. And the idea that, we as humans, could be so tiny and inconsequential in the universe, is terrifying. Each day we hurry to the store or to work and we love and we fight. But in the end, it might all be a stage show on a small canvas for the mere entertainment of someone (something) so much bigger than us. What could be creepier?

Will there be a Keyport Cthulhu 3?

ARMAND: If Chuck had his way, we would write nothing but Keyport Cthulhu stories. I think there could be a possibility. The clues are hidden in the new release. You will have to read Keyport Cthulhu 2 to find the answer.



MeAuthor3This past summer, I met a lot of cool people at SCARES THAT CARE in Williamsburg, Va. One of those cool people is none other than the inimitable Aaron Dries. Not only is he one of the best horror authors slinging ink these days, he’s probably the nicest human being I’ve ever met. We had a lot of fun talking shop, drinking beers, and we even shared a magical car ride to the mystical lands of Wawa. He even let me butcher the sales pitch for his novel, The Fallen Boys! It was a great time and I was really happy when Aaron said he’d do this interview for the blog. So, without further ado, meet Aaron Dries!


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Every year I sit down to write this post, I’m constantly amazed by the amount of high-quality horror fiction we’re getting. I mean, in past years I’ve really struggled to rank my ten favorites because I wanted to make them all #1. This year, I struggled with narrowing down everything I’ve read in 2019 into just ten spots. Some have suggested adding more than ten, but ten is a good solid number, it’s tradition, and what can I say – I’m reluctant to change. Two quick things – one, to qualify, the book must have been released in 2018. And two, the books on this list are only there because I’ve read or listened to them. There are probably a dozen or so books that should be on here but aren’t because I, unfortunately, didn’t get to them. You can look at everything I’ve read this year by checking out my Goodreads page, and if I missed something, please blow up the comments section at the bottom of the page. I’d love to hear from you and what you consider your favorite reads from ‘18.

So let’s get started!




10.  THE OUTSIDER by Stephen King

One part police procedural, one part creature feature, THE OUTSIDER is one of the more unique King novels to come along in quite some time. I really enjoyed this story and the characters, and its twisty plot kept me engaged the entire time. Definitely worthy of a spot in my TOP 10 of 2018. Might even be in my TOP 10 King novels.


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9.  THE NIGHTMARE ROOM by Chris Sorensen

If my memory serves correctly, this is Chris Sorensen’s first novel and that’s hard to believe. This was a really well-written novel that brings the scares. There were times while listening to the audiobook that I had goosebumps. Chris really knows how to build tension and I was thoroughly impressed with his characterization. Looking forward to the sequel that, I believe, comes out soon.




If I were ranking books based on their titles, this would be #1. Besides having a kickass title and a sweet cover, the words that follow are pretty great too. This is a balls-to-the-wall apocalyptic thriller that never runs short on action and ultra-violence. Mix all that with socially-relevant themes and an interesting cast of characters, you have yourself one of the best Indie horror books published this year.




Okay, so I’m breaking a rule here. This isn’t a novel; it’s a collection. However, each story contains similar themes, all dealing with the power of addiction and the struggles of sobriety, and that makes them feel connected. It also happens to be one of my favorite books released this year, so I had to include it. Looking forward to more of Christa’s work.



6. CREATURE  by Hunter Shea

Hunter has made my TOP 10 each of the last three years. The guy puts out fun stories, stuff that I can easily digest without exerting much brain power, yet, his stories all have a lasting effect. CREATURE is a different beast. This story follows a couple dealing with some very severe medical issues as they decide to take a break from the every-day pressures of their lives to spend the summer at a cottage in Maine, cut off from the rest of civilization. Only, instead of relaxing and enjoying their lives (what might be left of them) they end up getting stalked by something in the woods. I think it’s safe to say that this is Hunter’s masterpiece, the best thing he’s written to date. It’s touching, heartbreaking, and the last thirty pages are pure mayhem.



5. SKULLFACE BOY by Chad Lutzke

While you may not consider this short novel horror per se, I think it checks enough boxes to at least be enjoyed by fans of the genre. At its core, SKULLFACE BOY is a road-trip story that rips through the heart of middle/western America. What I enjoyed most about it is Lutzke’s view of America and its people through the eyes of his main character – Levi. Lutzke sprinkles in some good social commentary and a long roster of interesting characters, combining laughs, thrills, and the gut-punches we’ve come to expect from his work. This book is a real gem and I wholly recommend it.




Another author who seems to find his way onto this list every year is Jonathan Janz. He’s definitely become one of those must-read authors I drop everything I’m doing for when he releases a new book. THE SIREN AND THE SPECTER is definitely one of my favorite Janz novels, and he did a great job of drawing the reader into the mysterious aspects of the ghost story while incorporating a combination of high-quality prose and rich character development. This book has all the ingredients of a classic haunted house novel, yet it feels fresh and unique, and that’s perhaps its finest quality.  



3. THE SEA DREAMS IT IS THE SKY by John Horner Jacobs

I’d never heard of John Horner Jacobs until I saw this short novel/novella pop up on my Goodreads radar. But his writing is probably my favorite thing I’ve discovered as a reader this year. This short novel is engaging as it is entertaining, and Jacobs’s prose is something to be celebrated. It’s smooth and accessible while being totally literary, and, you know, the overall writing is just really fucking good. The story is solid too, and I’ll admit, I knew next to nothing about it before diving in. I recommend going in the same way. Read this book. You won’t be disappointed.



2. COYOTE SONGS by Gabino Iglesias

I read Gabino’s Zero Saints last year (I think) and I remember being totally captivated by his style. COYOTE SONGS captures the same essence, and again, his prose rendered me speechless. This book follows several different storylines which sometimes intersect. Each story deals with life near the border and the violent struggles that take place there. Not a traditional horror novel by any means, but I think the content and its gritty nature and the uber-violence portrayed here is enough to qualify. Plus, the reality these characters face and how closely it mirrors our own world is what really makes it scary, haunting, and unforgettable.



1. THE LISTENER by Robert McCammon

McCammon! I’ll preface my number one selection by saying Robert McCammon might be my favorite author of all-time. That said, THE LISTENER is a mesmerizing piece of fiction. What McCammon has always done well is characterization, and there is no better example of his mastery than this very novel. The words disappear and images form, and McCammon writes his characters like real people. THE LISTENER follows the story of a young man who can listen to other people’s thoughts even if they’re across the state. This special talent gets him mixed up in a couple’s evil plot to kidnap a rich business owner’s kids and hold them ransom. This book is all sorts of phenomenal and if you choose to ignore my first nine recommendations (even though you shouldn’t), please listen to this one.

Honorable Mentions:

Here are some other novels/novellas I really enjoyed this year, all of which could have made the list but didn’t for one reason or another. Check them out and their authors – I highly recommend them all.

PRACTITIONERS by Matt Hayward and Patrick Lacey

BONE SAW by Patrick Lacey

THE FAITHFUL by Matt Hayward

OUT BEHIND THE BARN by John Boden and Chad Lutzke

A WINTER SLEEP by Greg F Gifune


HALCYON by Rio Youers

THE RUST MAIDENS by Gwendolyn Kiste

TRIPLE AXE by Scott Cole

BROKEN SHELLS by Michael Patrick Hicks