Black January was released on Friday. Thanks to all who have picked up a copy, written a review, or helped spread the word on social media!
The question I’m getting most now that it’s out is: “Can I read Black January if I haven’t read Red Equinox first?”
Black January is the second book in the SPECTRA Files trilogy, featuring Becca Philips and other characters introduced in Red Equinox. If you’re just attracted to a book about a team of explorers investigating a house haunted by cosmic horrors, you can pick up Black January and it will deliver a story with a beginning, middle, and end while catching you up on all you need to know about the events of Red Equinox.
That said, if you’re interested in taking a longer journey through an urban fantasy trilogy based on the Cthulhu Mythos, you should probably start with Red Equinox. As with any series, book 2 contains spoilers for book 1.
I’ll be getting around on a little New England tour of reading and signing events for Black January over the next couple of months. It kicks off with the Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival on October 22nd, the day after the book release. You can find info on the panel discussions, signing times, and all of the amazing authors and artists on the roster for that one here.
For the events at Pandemonium in Cambridge and The Lovecraft Arts & Sciences Council in Providence, I’ll be sharing the bill with Bracken MacLeod. And at the Lovecraft Bar in NYC, I’m joined by John Langan. Both of those guys would intimidate the hell out of me with their literary (and martial arts) chops, if they weren’t so kind hearted.
Hope to see you out there this Halloween season!
With the second book in the SPECTRA Files trilogy hitting the stands in less than a month, I have some cool things to share with you in the realm of that spooky secret agency.
First up: SPECTRA t-shirts are now on sale at Red Robot. They’re available in a variety of sizes and styles for men, women, and even kids. My favorite is the tri-blend Onyx, shown here. Check out the logo by series cover artist Chuck Killorin.
Second: Readers of Red Equinox will be familiar with Boston homeboy and reluctant G-man Jason Brooks, who returns to lure Becca back into the madness in Black January. This week, the Lovecraft eZine published issue #38, including my SPECTRA Files prequel story, “The Voyager,” in which we find a young Agent Brooks assigned to his first deeply weird case in the field, involving the scariest amusement park ride you’ve ever seen. You can read the online issue for FREE here. Print and kindle editions should be available soon.
Watch this space for declassified SPECTRA files coming soon…
My new novel, Black January, is now up for preorder from JournalStone. The second book in the SPECTRA Files trilogy, this one should also be pretty accessible for newcomers to my Lovecraftian apocalypse in progress. But if you haven’t picked up Red Equinox, why not take it to the beach this summer and catch up?
Speaking of the apocalypse, next Friday I’ll be hosting the Apocalyptic SF, Horror and Fantasy discussion at NECON in Rhode Island with guests of honor Joe Hill, Mark Morris, and other smart folks who like to ponder the end of all things. The con is sold out for full registration but single day walk-in passes will be available.
You can add Black January to your Goodreads list here, and I’ll post links to Amazon, Indiebound, and B&N as soon as we have them.
I started sketching ideas for this book about a year ago in my hotel room at NecronomiCon. It feels like longer. It came fast in first draft and has been long in revisions, and it feels good to see it all dressed up and ready for readers in Chuck Killorin’s drop-dead gorgeous art.
WELCOME TO THE WADE HOUSE
WHERE THE DOORS OPEN YOU
Two years after the Starry Wisdom Church unleashed their dark gods in Boston, Becca Philips is trying to put the events of the Red Equinox behind her when Agent Brooks tracks her down in Brazil. Becca has been summoned back to Massachusetts by SPECTRA, the covert agency entrusted with keeping cosmic horrors at bay. Her special perception and skills are requested at the Wade House—a transfiguring mansion of portals to malevolent dimensions.
Becca would like to refuse, but Brooks believes her estranged father may be lost between worlds at the abandoned estate. As Becca struggles with grief and forgiveness, she joins a team of explorers uniquely suited to decode the secrets of the strange house in the black snow. But what secrets do her companions harbor? And who among them will take theirs to the grave?
The next SPECTRA files novel is off to the publisher for edits and currently slated for an October release. Stay tuned…
Every year, editor Amy Eye goes through her contact list and assembles a group of authors and artists spanning a wide range of genres to contribute Christmas themed content to the anthology series Christmas Lites. ALL of the proceeds from the book go to benefit the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Christmas Lites V is out now, and I’m very excited about my contribution. “The Krampus Tree” is a horror Christmas poem illustrated by Jeff Miller. It’s a wicked little thing done up in children’s book style. As I said when I read it on Halloween at the Lovecraft Arts and Sciences Council: imagine Dr. Seuss meets Arthur Machen.
The book also contains a new story by J.G. Faherty for the horror fans out there, and a great range of holiday stories to get you into the spirit of the season, whatever mood you’re in. The ebook version features Jeff’s illustrations of the poem in full color (if your e-reader device has a color screen). The paperback is black and white. Both are available now.
Please pick up a copy today. It’s for a great cause, and it’s the only place you’ll find “The Krampus Tree” this holiday season.
On Halloween night, I’ll be reading with Matthew Bartlett and Jonathan Thomas at the Lovecraft Arts & Sciences Council bookshop in Providence, RI. Event starts at 6PM. Should be a scary good time, and I might even read something brand new.