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Colonial Horrors: Goodreads Giveaway!

August 16, 2017 1 comment

Colonial Horrors

I’m looking forward to the release of my anthology Colonial Horrors in October. Between now and Halloween, I’ll be posting details of promotional events, including some readings and appearances that I will be doing in the Denver area. The first, though, is global: a Goodreads giveaway where you can win one of three copies that are up for grabs.


Here’s the publisher’s blurb for the book:

The most spine-tingling suspense stories from the colonial era—including Washington Irving, Nathaniel Hawthorne, James Fenimore Cooper, Edgar Allan Poe, Henry James, and H. P. Lovecraft—are presented anew to the contemporary reader.

This stunning anthology of classic colonial suspense fiction plunges deep into the native soil from which American horror literature first sprang. While European writers of the Gothic and bizarre evoked ruined castles and crumbling abbeys, their American counterparts looked back to the Colonial era’s stifling religion and its dark and threatening woods.

Today the best-known tale of Colonial horror is Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” although Irving’s story is probably best-known today from various movie versions it has inspired. Colonial horror tales of other prominent American authors—Nathaniel Hawthorne and James Fenimore Cooper among them—are overshadowed by their bestsellers and are difficult to find in modern libraries. Many other pioneers of American horror fiction are presented afresh in this breathtaking volume for today’s reading public.

Some will have heard the names of Increase and Cotton Mather in association with the Salem witch trials, but will not have sought out their contemporary accounts of what were viewed as supernatural events. By bringing these writers to the attention of the contemporary reader, the book will help bring their names—and their work—back from the dead. Featuring stories by Cotton Mather, Washington Irving, Nathaniel Hawthorne, James Fenimore Cooper, Edgar Allan Poe, Henry James, H. P. Lovecraft, and many more.

The book was inspired by the success of the TV show Sleepy Hollow – now canceled, alas – and my involvement with Colonial Gothic, Rogue games’ tabletop roleplaying game of adventure, horror, and conspiracy at the dawn of American history. As I read more about the period, I found a whole body of literature – some famous, some long forgotten – and discovered the native soil of American horror fiction.

Publisher Pegasus Books has done a bang-up job of design and production, creating a book that I’m very proud of. Here are a few more links:

Colonial Horrors at Pegasus Books
Barnes & Noble

Colonial Gothic

May 17, 2011 3 comments

Note: Since the release of the 2nd Edition Colonial Gothic Rulebook, this old entry has been getting a lot more views – which is great, but there’s a more up-to-date account here.

Colonial Gothic is a game I’ve been working on for a couple of years now, with my friend Richard Iorio II of Rogue Games. My elevator pitch is “the American Revolution as imagined by H. P. Lovecraft and Dan Brown” – it has scheming Freemasons, Templar survivors, Things Man Was Not Meant To Know, and weird Americana like Bigfoot and the Jersey Devil. It’s not just 1775-1783, either: the game can handle adventures from the mystery of the lost Roanoke Colony in the 1580s, through the Salem witch hysteria of the 1690s, all the way to the War of 1812 and possibly beyond.

I’ve written and edited a few titles for the game, and I’m working on ideas to expand the property outside gaming. Fiction is a big priority, and the “Cthulhu 1776” concept has brought expressions of interest from a couple of publishers already. More news as it comes in.

Roleplayers Chronicle has just posted a “Designer’s Diary” feature for the Flames of Freedom campaign, which Richard and I are co-writing in the hope that it will do for Colonial Gothic what the Enemy Within campaign did for Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay. You can find it here, and this link will take you to a list of reviews of Colonial Gothic products.

All titles are available in a variety of e-book formats, and there is a range of e-book-only supplements for just 99 cents each. The most recent e-book is Organizations Book 1: The Templars, which collects together all the history, legends and consipracy theories about the Knights Templar (usable in any game) as well as describing their place in the world of Colonial Gothic.

Rogue Games also has an E-book Guarantee, which allows customers to order a free electronic copy of any title they have bought in dead-tree form.