Tonight! on Haunted Nights LIVE!

Tamara Thorne:

It’s Werewolf Night on Haunted Nights LIVE!

Originally posted on Thorne & Cross:

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If you’ve had enough of the teen-aged, puppy-eyed, lovesick hounds with hearts of gold… if you like your werewolves with some bite, join us tonight at Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! where we’ll be talking to werewolf horror author, W.D. Gagliani. Listen in for your chance to win a signed copy of the book of your choice from the Nick Lupo series.

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W.D. Gagliani is the author of the novels Wolf’s Trap, Wolf’s Gambit, Wolf’s Bluff, Wolf’s Edge, Wolf’s Cut, Wolf’s Blind (upcoming), and Savage Nights. Wolf’s Trap was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award in 2004. He has published fiction and nonfiction in numerous anthologies and publications such as Robert Bloch’s Psychos, Undead Tales, More Monsters From Memphis, The Midnighters Club. His book reviews and nonfiction have been included in, among others, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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W.D. Gagliani joins Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!

Tamara Thorne:

Free books from W.D. Gagliani!

Originally posted on Thorne & Cross:

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Bram Stoker Award finalist and werewolf aficionado, W.D. Gagliani joins Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! this week!

W.D. Gagliani is the author of the novels Wolf’s Trap, Wolf’s Gambit, Wolf’s Bluff, Wolf’s Edge, Wolf’s Cut, Wolf’s Blind (upcoming), and Savage Nights.Wolf’s Trap was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award in 2004. He has published fiction and nonfiction in numerous anthologies and publications such as Robert Bloch’s Psychos, Undead Tales, More Monsters From Memphis, The Midnighters Club.

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His book reviews and nonfiction have been included in, among others, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Chizine, HorrorWorld, Cemetery Dance, Hellnotes, Science Fiction Chronicle, The Scream Factory, The Writer Magazine, and the books Thrillers: 100 Must Reads, They Bite,and On Writing Horror.

The team of Gagliani & Benton has published fiction in venues such as the upcoming X-Files anthology edited by Jonathan Maberry, SNAFU: An Anthology of Military Horror…

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W.D. Gagliani joins Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!

Tamara Thorne:

This Thursday on Haunted Nights LIVE!

Originally posted on Thorne & Cross:

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Bram Stoker Award finalist and werewolf aficionado, W.D. Gagliani joins Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! this week!

W.D. Gagliani is the author of the novels Wolf’s Trap, Wolf’s Gambit, Wolf’s Bluff, Wolf’s Edge, Wolf’s Cut, Wolf’s Blind (upcoming), and Savage Nights.Wolf’s Trap was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award in 2004. He has published fiction and nonfiction in numerous anthologies and publications such as Robert Bloch’s Psychos, Undead Tales, More Monsters From Memphis, The Midnighters Club.

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His book reviews and nonfiction have been included in, among others, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Chizine, HorrorWorld, Cemetery Dance, Hellnotes, Science Fiction Chronicle, The Scream Factory, The Writer Magazine, and the books Thrillers: 100 Must Reads, They Bite,and On Writing Horror.

The team of Gagliani & Benton has published fiction in venues such as the upcoming X-Files anthology edited by Jonathan Maberry, SNAFU: An Anthology of Military Horror…

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Glen Hirshberg is Coming to Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!

Tamara Thorne:

Don’t miss Glen Hirshberg this Thursday on Haunted Nights LIVE!

Originally posted on Thorne & Cross:

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Coming this week at Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!, Glen Hirshberg,the award-winning author of horror and spectral fiction. Peter Straub has called him “an amazing writer who makes the materials of horror into what they were supposed to be all along—grandly sweeping, capable of tremendous reach, and open to all aspects of human experience,” and the Los Angeles Review of Books recently referred to him as “always one of his generation’s finest stylists, its most able student of character.”

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We’re very excited to have him at Haunted Nights LIVE! and would love to have you join us. At Haunted Nights LIVE! we talk 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! features fact, fiction, and that indiscernible gray area in between.

Give us a like…

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Christmas Spirits Cover Reveal

Tamara Thorne:

All I want for Christmas are ghosts!

Originally posted on Thorne & Cross:

Coming in a few days, we’re proud to present our big holiday special, The Ghosts of Ravencrest: Christmas Spirits.

While it is the fourth installment of The Ghosts of Ravencrest, you don’t need to be following the serial novel to enjoy Christmas Spirits. It is a stand-alone novella, a ghostly Christmas tale that takes place in London in 1788. We visit the historic Frost Fair on the frozen Thames River and spend Christmas at a country manor house that’s full of murder, intrigue, and all sorts of ghostly goings-on intermingled with Father Christmas, sugar plums, and carols of the period.

If you’re following the serial novel, you’ll get lots of clues about what’s going on in modern-day Ravencrest Manor, too. You can pick up the first three episodes (The New Governess, Awakening, and Darker Shadows) as an omnibus titledThe Ghosts of Ravencrest: Darker Shadows

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Why I Dig My Collaborator

Tamara Thorne:

Alistair and I decided to list why we’re grateful for each other… Without looking until we posted.

Originally posted on Cross Talk:

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‘Tis the season for gratitude, and although I have never enjoyed any of the traditional Thanksgivings customs, I do like to take a little time out around this time of year to reflect on the things I’m grateful for, and there are a lot of them. A lot. I am thankful to my family for their ongoing support, my friends for their love and loyalty, my kitty, Pawpurrazzi, for amusing me, my dog, Sven, for refusing to die after all these years, and my friend, my mate, my manager, Berlin, who has earned every title given here and without whom I would not where I am… in many, many ways. Also, I am grateful to the models who allow me to photograph them in strange ways for our book covers and e-posters. Like these guys…

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Finally, I would be remiss if I failed to mention my collaborator, Tamara Thorne.

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Synchronicity and Alistair Cross

Synchronicity. I’m thankful for it for many reasons, but the big reason, the life-changing one, is that it brought Alistair Cross and me together. Writing has never been so fun… or so prolific.

Sure, I’m thankful for all the usual things – my health, my mate, my cats, my friends, indoor plumbing, electricity, onion soup, and underwear, but this year I’m especially thankful for my collaborator, Alistair Cross. We met only two or three years ago but it was that kind of meeting where the recognition is instant and you feel like you’ve always known one another. Suddenly, I had new appreciation for an old trial I’d gone through when I first published because it turned out to be the very thing that made our relationship click in so quickly.

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We were each familiar with the other’s territory because we’d both lived in it.  Without it, we would have found each other, but the dance would have taken much longer – years longer, most likely – before we came together.  As it is, in the last year alone, we’ve completed two novels and enough serial novel to count as a third. Never have I been so prolific or so happy. Thank you, Synchronicity, Alistair was worth all that early hell.

Collaboration is difficult; I know it from experience and from other writers who have told me their stories. It’s not easy; collaborations usually bring arguing and other ego-built problems. Drama belongs on my page and peace and harmony in my life. Alistair’s philosophy is the same as mine and that, and the reasons below, is why I love my collaborator.

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1. He wakes me up every morning with crude jokes and selfies. I’m particularly thankful that most of the selfies are of his face… Because morning is too early for other regions.

2. He’s a brilliant writer, a natural storyteller who can turn a phrase that makes me jealous. The highest compliment I can pay is to say, “I wish I’d written that.” He hears that a lot.

3. He makes me laugh. His wonderfully sick sense of humor is heaven-sent. Well, maybe not heaven sent…

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4. Love those eyebrows. Jack Nicholson wishes he had those brows. They’re like a pair of happy snakes dancing a jig.

5. He loves his kitty and lets her give him some tongue. That’s hot.

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7. No fear. No fear of arguing. No fear of saying something wrong and offending a weak ego. No fear of saying something politically incorrect. No fear of ranting.

8. He’s loyal and protective, but not in that creepy stalky way. I never freely shared story ideas with anyone, but I do with him because I know they are safe. He also handles our stalker problems with aplomb.

Ahairy9. He gives me discipline. Not the kinky kind we sometimes write about, but the kind that keeps me working all day, every day.

10. He’s an artist with words and with photography. I am thankful for his talents. And his willingness to do the bulk of our PR work.Darker Shadows

11. He is willing to sacrifice favorite characters to make a better story because he’s a writer, not an egomaniac. That, babies, is a rare gift, believe me.

12. Together we are more than our parts. He brings out the best in me, whether it’s in writing or anything else.

grandmalg13. He understands that to work hard, you must play hard. Every day.

14. He has no navel and he smells good. He lets me call him Treebeard because he’s tall and rooty.

15. He pretends to understand all my Star Trek references.

st16. I love, love, love Alistair’s wife, Berlin. She rocks for so many reasons.

17. I am thankful for our chemistry. It’s so strong that we were invited to take it onto the airways and we have to do nothing but be ourselves on the radio.

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The Best Christmas Ghosts on Television

Tamara Thorne:

Christmas, for us, is all about ghosts and… television.

Originally posted on Thorne & Cross:

You know what our favorite thing about Christmas is? TV of course!! And ghost stories.

Ghosts and Christmas go together like weenies and beans. Soap and towels. Cat pee and Grandma. Brain-death and DirectTV. Puberty and shame. Prom and a bucket of blood.

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Christmas is tied to ghosts almost as strongly as Halloween, thanks only in part to Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Christmas arrives as the year dies. Morning arrives late, night falls early, life is at its lowest ebb… as are our attention spans and tolerance for long-winded, meandering stories about the human heart’s capacity for love, forgiveness, and kindness. And for this utter lack of patience, we blame Charles Dickens. Thanks, Chuck!

But imagine it’s just a century or two ago, and you’re sitting by the hearth on a cold winter’s night, the only illumination coming from the the fire, the lanterns,  candles and the monks…

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Christmas Spirits

Tamara Thorne:

Coming soon… A special holiday installment of Ghosts of Ravencrest!

Originally posted on Thorne & Cross:

Christmas Spirits… coming soon…

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Winter, 1788, the festival on the frozen Thames River.

Baronet Edward Manning and Lady Alice have brought their children, Prudence and Parnell, to London to enjoy the Frost Fair and visit their uncle, Sir Thomas. When tragedy strikes, the Mannings return to Ravencrest where the family doctor can see to their injured son. But no matter what Dr. Lanval does, the young master’s health continues to decline, and soon, the doctor begins to suspect darker forces are at work. Arcane forces.

When a hex bag is discovered under his patient’s bed, Dr. Lanval and Sir Thomas set out on a race against time to catch the spellcaster and try to save Parnell. As Christmas Eve approaches, things have improved and the Manning’s begin their celebrations. Father Christmas arrives… but on his heels comes a new kind of darkness that will forever cast its ominous shadow over…

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Horror Writers’ Thanksgiving

Tamara Thorne:

A little sneak peek at our special Christmas installment of The Ghosts of Ravencrest!

Originally posted on Thorne & Cross:

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Thanksgiving is a time of fellowship, feasting, gluttony, football and drunkenness. There’s a Rockwellian image we put over the holiday that has the same brainwashing effect that the chemical that makes women forget how horrible childbirth is has and, year after year, we do it again, forever trying to make it perfect.

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We know that many people honestly do enjoy this particular holiday; indeed, it is hard to resist because harvest festivals are ingrained in our ancestral memories. Unfortunately, not everyone enjoys the traditional Thanksgiving customs. Indeed, for many of us introverted creative types, it isn’t pleasant at all.

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Last night on Haunted Nights LIVE!,our guest, New York Times bestselling writer, Douglas Clegg, joined in on our Top 13 List.  Since Thanksgiving is around the corner, we decided to think of thirteen ways we could have more fun while stuck at a big family feast.

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  1. Have a Binge…

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