Happy Halloween!!

Tamara Thorne:

Halloween fun from T&A!

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Halloween!

Tomorrow is the last day that you can get Tamara Thorne’s classic Halloween tale of terrorBad Things on sale for the special low price of $2.99 on all e-reader formats. Bad Things chronicles  the Piper clan, who emigrated from Scotland and founded the town of Santo Verde, California. The Gothic Victorian estate built there has housed the family for generations, and has also become home to an ancient evil forever linked to the Piper name. . . and evil that comes out on Halloween.

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That being said, today is the first that our omnibus edition of The Ghosts of Ravencrest: Darker Shadows is available. This spookier new version includes the revamped first two installments of the serial novel formerly known as The Erotic Adventures of Belinda, in addition to the all-new third installment, Darker Shadows.

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The Ghosts of Ravencrest: Darker Shadows

Tamara Thorne:

Come join us at Ravencrest, Danny…

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Scary Ladies and Gentlefiends,

We give you The Ghosts of Ravencrest: Darker Shadows. Available now.

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In Darker Shadows, Belinda ventures into the east wing of Ravencrest in search of schoolbooks for her charges. But she finds much more than a few dusty texts. This branch of the manor is kept under lock and key, supposedly to keep the kids and employees from exploring the vast troves of family treasures stored there. Supposedly…

But there are horrors stored there as well. As Belinda explores the barely-lit hallways, she hears strange noises, and comes face to face with Sisters Faith, Hope, and Charity.  And someone else from the past… a little girl dressed in red. Is she there to help Belinda… or hurt her?

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Repackaged, revisited, and revamped, we’ve made some spooky changes to the first two installments of The Erotic Adventures of Belinda, and they are included here free…

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Dia de los Muertos Booksigning and Halloween Sales!

Tamara will be signing all her books, including the latest release, Thunder Road, Saturday Nov. 1 at Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego. Come join us for a great Dia de los Muertos celebration, complete with goodies! Read more about the books and other authors here.

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  Mysterious Galaxy:   San Diego ~7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Suite #302, San Diego, CA 92111 ~ 858-268-4747

If you can’t come but would like autographed and/or personalized books, just contact the store. They’ll take speedy and easy care of you.

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Bad Things, Tamara’s novel of Halloween horror, is on sale through the 31st for just $2.99 in all ebook platforms.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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Horror author Q.L. Pearce joins Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!

Tamara Thorne:

How do you get children ready to read adult horror when they grow up? You send them to Q.L. Pearce!

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Q.L. Pearce began her career as a writer and editor with Lowell House /Roxbury Press in Los Angeles. She has written more than one hundred and fifty books for children, including: Scary Stories for Sleep-Overs, Artificial Intelligence, Mysterious Disappearances, Ghost Hunters, Red Bird Sings, and film tie-in books for the Fox animated film Titan AE and the Universal animated series Land Before Time. She is a recipient of the Carter G. Woodson gold medal, the Moonbeam Children’s Book gold medal, the Eureka silver medal and several of her titles are included in the California Collections. Q believes strongly in the value of scary books for young readers. When asked what qualifies her as an expert in this area she replies, “I was a child once. That was very scary.”

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Join us next week, November 6th at Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! at 9:00…

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Welcome to Ravencrest

Tamara Thorne:

The Ghosts of Ravencrest are about to come calling. Are you ready?

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Darkness Never Dies…

Ravencrest Manor has always been part of the family. The ancestral home of the Mannings, Ravencrest’s walls have been witness to generations of unimaginable scandal, horror, and depravity. Imported stone by stone from England to northern California over a thirty-year period in the 1800s, the manor now houses widower Eric Manning, his children, and his staff. Ravencrest stands alone, holding its memories and ghosts close to its dark heart, casting long, black shadows across its grand lawns, through the surrounding forests, and over the picturesque town of Devilswood below.

Dare to Cross the Threshold…

Ravencrest Manor is the most beautiful thing new governess, Belinda Moorland, has ever seen, but as she learns more about its tangled past of romance and terror, she realizes that beauty has a dark side. Ravencrest is built on secrets, and its inhabitants seem to be keeping plenty of their own – from…

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Thirteen Ghosts

Tamara Thorne:

Looking for haunted places in SoCal to visit this year? Here are some spooky suggestions!

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(An angel at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery)

If you live in Southern California, you might see this article by Tamara Thorne in the newspapers. After exploring a load of allegedly haunted places in and around the Los Angeles basin, she chose her 13 favorite haunts.

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(Suicide Bridge)

All are publicly accessible and include the Queen Mary, the Georgian Hotel in Santa Monica, Suicide Bridge in Pasadena, and Calico Ghost Town in the high desert.

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(A church from Calico Ghost Town, which was the inspiration for Tamara’s novel, Thunder Road.)

Her personal favorites include the Old Zoo in Griffith Park – it’s haunted by tourists and animals from long ago – and a little taco joint called Taco Lita in Arcadia, where she saw a friendly apparition.

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(Taco Lita, where Tamara saw an apparition… and had great food!)

The other sites include Wilmington’s Drum Barracks, full of phantom sounds and…

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Bad Things, Horror’s Roots, and Rock and Roll

So, my favorite DJ, Mimi Chen, on my favorite classic rock station, 100.3, The Sound,  gave me a Facebook thrill this morning when I found her post about loving Bad Things. Mimi isn’t a horror reader, but she liked it so much she reviewed it on Amazon.

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Bad Things is a coming of age Halloween tale about Ricky Piper, his legless twin, Robin, and the greenjacks who cavort and taunt and try to steal the souls of those who can see them.  As a boy, Ricky is terrified of everything – the dark, greenjacks, his brother, and especially, Halloween.  As an adult, he returns to his childhood home with his own kids, having spent years convincing himself the greenjacks – and their leader, Big Jack, don’t exist…  And you know how that always goes.

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Inspired by my own childhood game – sitting outside at night watching leaves move in the breeze and pretending to see faces and figures dancing among them – greenjacks – Bad Things was a labor of love. Writing it brought back all those nights spent gleefully spooking myself then racing into the house to write ghost stories. But many other things played into Bad Things, too.

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I’ve always loved the Green Man – the guy you see with leaves growing out of his mouth – grinning down from the ornamentation on old buildings – including churches, or staring at you from his hiding place amongst the foliage on English tapestries, and old paintings. The Green Man even has his own story in beloved Arthurian Legends. (Sir Gawain and the Green Knight). A pre-Christian figure, he has been embodied by such diverse figures as Pan, Bacchus, Dionysus, Robin Hood, Herne the Hunter, Shakespeare’s Puck, and Tolkien’s Ents.

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He is the lord of the forest. There are lords (and ladies) associated with the other elements – fire, water, and air – as well. (In fact, my collaborator, Alistair Cross, and I have just turned in a new novel that deals with one of these other elementals.)

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I love the green man so much that I incorporated him into The Sorority as the Forest Ghost, along with tales of greenjacks told by my recurring professor, Dan S. McCobb. (Say it out loud.)

Sororityhand_1000There’s much more to Bad Things than green men, though.  Santo Verde, Rick Piper’s hometown in SoCal, is based on a very real little city called Redlands. It’s an hour east of Los Angeles, a place full of citrus orchards, greenery, and Victorian mansions. Years ago, it was a favorite weekend retreat of Hollywood’s elite.  The cemetery in Bad Things is a clear reflection of Redland’s own fabulous boneyard. Redlands/Santo Verde is also only a few miles from the apple-growing mountain town of Oak Glen which provided inspiration for my  witchy Halloween tale, Moonfall,  (FOr that matter, Thunder Road‘s Old Madelyn is based on Calico Ghost Town, two hours north, in the desert.)m 180x300But I digress.  The next thing you should know about Bad Things is that Todd Browning’s classic Freaks also helped inspire it. Years before I wrote it, I was fascinated by the legless boy, Johnny Eck, who walked on his hands. This grew into an interest in freaks in general; their history, their lives.

220px-Kobel-JohnnyEck-handstandJohnny Eck is particularly inspiring. He lived a long life, was well-loved and a master of many trades.  What I didn’t know when I researched for Bad Things – it wasn’t in the books I used – was that Johnny Eck had a “normal” brother, Robert, with whom he traveled and lived his entire life. Just like Ricky and Robin. Synchronicity rules.

The final thing about Bad Things is that, well, that’s a secret… Suffice to say, I don’t like practical jokers.

41QZH57ZEELBad Things is one of my favorite tales not only because Halloween is a subject dear to my heart, because it helped me understand why I am endlessly fascinated with human nature, especially its dark side. As for my love of ghost stories – there’s nothing to understand. I was just born that way.  Yowza.

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Book Signing at Mysterious Galaxy!

I’ll be at Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego for a special Dia de los Muertos signing party.  All my books will be available, including Thunder Road.  If you can make it, it’s at 2 pm. If you can’t, but would like an autographed or personalized book or two, just contact Mysterious Galaxy to place an order.

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Halloween, Greenjacks, and Other Bad Things

Tamara Thorne:

Whatcha gonna do? Bad Things!

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Tamara Thorne’s tale of Halloween terror, Bad Things, is based on a childhood game she played as twilight stole the day away. She loved to sit on the swing in her backyard and watch as shadowed breezes swirled through bushes and flower beds. She imagined little creatures she called greenjacks cavorting and playing among the leaves and flowers, and pretended they watched her, too, giggling and whispering.  They weren’t evil, exactly, nor were they to be trusted.

Later, Tamara became entranced by the tales of green men and loved to go the museum and study English tapestries, always looking, often finding, the mysterious Green Man lurking among the trees. For Bad Things, she drew on folklore about this lusty earth elemental, from the Green Knight in Arthurian legend, to Greek satyrs, Robin Hood, and all other forms. She tooks those and made up her own green man…

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We’re Hee-eere…

Tamara Thorne:

Alistair Cross and I are taking our horror show live on the Internet Highway. Come read about it on our new collaborative blog!

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Cue the music… Release the bats… Grab a horror writer… It’s showtime!

Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! will debut on Authors on the Air Global Radio Network on Thursday, November 6th, at 9:00 Eastern. With two million listeners in 44 countries, we are proud and excited to be a part of this network, and now, you can give us a like on Facebook at our own Haunted Nights LIVE! page.

At Haunted Nights LIVE! we will be talking about all things horror with the biggest names in the business. From fiction writers and paranormal investigators to haunted spots and true ghost stories supplied by our listeners, Haunted Nights LIVE! will feature fact, fiction, and that indiscernible gray area in between.

Our guest list so far includes New York Times Bestselling author Douglas Clegg, International Horror Guild Award winner Glen Hirshberg, children’s author extraordinaire Q.L. Pearce, bestselling

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