Something Wickeder This Way Comes

The seventh Rushed book is now available for preorder! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0741353WJ Eric's past comes back to haunt him when he arrives home to find old friends waiting for him. Now he's in for a rough night of magic, mayhem and terror as he races the clock...

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So Sorry for the Delay

Hello everyone.  I'd like to thank you all for being so patient with me these past several months.  I know I haven't been posting much on social media.  I haven't been updating my website or my blog.  And my next book release is long overdue.  I don't blame you if...

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It’s All Fun and Games…

It's time again for another Eric Fortrell adventure! Rushed: All Fun and GamesThe sixth book in the Rushed series finds Eric facing some of his greatest fears when his wife, Karen, drags him to an eight-year-old child’s birthday party at the circus-themed family...

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A Matter of Time

It was only a matter of time... The fifth Rushed book is almost here! When Eric finds a mysterious letter written twenty years before he was born, but describing events from his own life, his simple existence as a normal high school English teacher once again...

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Writing with Baby

If you follow me on Facebook, you probably already know that I was blessed with a new arrival earlier this year. I’m now a father of three. As a result, I’ve had a serious, but I hope perfectly understandable impediment to my writing. It’s not nearly as easy as it...

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Sneak Peek – RUSHED: HEDGE LAKE

The fourth book in the Rushed series is here December 11!  When a terrifying dream leaves Eric with a familiar, urgent compulsion to get up and leave his home, he fears that he’s in for a frightful case of déjà vu. But what he finds waiting for him at the end of...

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By the Pricking of My Thumbs…

Something Wicked this way comes!  Look for the third book in the Rushed series to be available around the first of May!  This time around, Eric finds himself summoned to the aid of a coven of witches who are being hunted by a murderous magic man. ...

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Rushed: The Unseen

The second book in the Rushed series is almost here!  Join Eric Fortrell as he discovers that the Bizarre adventure through the mysterious and terrifying fissure the previous year was only the beginning.Rushed: The Unseen should be available in December. ...

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The Judgment of the Sentinels

The sixth and final book of The Temple of the Blind is now on sale!  You may commence happy dancing.  I'll wait.  Just read on when you're ready...In The Judgment of the Sentinels, Albert Cross emerges from the terrifying labyrinths of the Temple of the...

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New Novel Now Available!

My brand new novel, Rushed, is live and available for purchase on Smashwords, Barnes & Noble and Amazon.  A mix of horror, suspense, adventure and mystery, fans of The Temple of the Blind should not be disappointed.  (This is not a part of the series, so...

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“Rushing” Right Along

Have you read the first chapter of my upcoming novel, Rushed?  (If not, you can check it out here.)  With a healthy blend of horror, suspense, adventure and fantasy, and a good dose of humor thrown in for good measure, my new book is a fast-paced,...

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Accepting the Challenge

November is here again.  It’s always been my favorite month of the year.  (It’s almost my birthday!)  I’m already looking forward to turkey and stuffing and apple crisp and all my other favorite Fall things.  But this year I’ve added something new...

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Free eBook!

With the recent release of the fifth book in my series, and given the already monumentally difficult task it can be drawing in new readers in such a massive and turbulent market, I’ve made the decision to offer book one of my horror-adventure series, The Temple of the...

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Secret of the Labyrinth

Book five of my horror-adventure and suspense series, The Temple of the Blind, is now available both in ebook and paperback.  Here’s a little peek at the back cover of the book:Available now for your Nook at Barnes & Noble, your Kindle at Amazon and for all...

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Oh, the Carnage!

After many weeks and much begging and pleading and yelling and threatening and shouting and shaming and bargaining and bribing and more begging and more pleading, I finally gave up, accepted defeat and began cleaning my daughter’s room myself while she was at...

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Sneak Peek: SECRET OF THE LABYRINTH

Book 5 of The Temple of the Blind is nearly here!  Secret of the Labyrinth picks up where book 3 left off, a short while after Albert, Brandy and Nicole leave the City of the Blind, and it takes place during and after the events of book 4.  (So you'll find...

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The Devil’s Walk

For those of you who like short stories, I have a new title out.  “The Devil’s Walk” is available at Smashwords, Amazon and Barnes & Noble right now.I know, I know.  What am I doing?  I should be working on book 5 of The Temple of the Blind,...

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Gilbert House

Following up on my last post, I thought I’d continue celebrating the upcoming release of book five by sharing a sample from book 2 of The Temple of the Blind.  Taking place nearly a year after the events of The Box, Gilbert House introduces new characters, new...

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Epic Beginnings

Book five of The Temple of the Blind series is almost here!  I've been hard at work putting the finishing touches on it, scouring for errors, formatting it, getting it just right.  I still have a lot to do, and I don't like putting a date on these...

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My Writing Process

I’ve encountered some interesting questions since I started writing.  People want to know about what I do and how I do it.  So I thought I’d share a little bit about my writing process.  You know, for those interested in that sort of thing.  Those...

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Lies, Lies, Lies!

How wrong is it to lie to your children?  I mean we tell all those elaborate fibs about Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy and that Mischievous Magic Gnome that sometimes locks mommy and daddy in their room for no apparent reason in the middle...

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Under the Weather

I can’t believe I’ve gone so long without posting anything.  It’s been a very unproductive month for me all around.  Sales are way down (nonexistent, to be honest).  My website is stagnant (does anybody even go there anymore?).  I’ve barely even...

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What I do

I’ve been enjoying myself these past few months with these blog entries.  Hopefully I’ve been as entertaining to all my readers as well…because it would be kind of sad and pathetic if I were only amusing myself…again…  I also hope you’ve taken the time to...

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Hot Naked Women!

Now that I’ve got your attention…  (Don’t deny it.  You’re here, aren’t you?  Just curious, were you?  I’m sure you were.)  My wife and I were having a discussion today about the old adage that “sex sells” and the fact that my blog stats...

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How the World Ends

The year 2012 is upon us!  Destruction is nigh!  Doom!  Armageddon!  Wrath of God!  Cats and dogs living together!  Mass hysteria!  …I, for one, am not ready to start stocking my bunker just yet.  We’ve been through this before,...

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First Year’s End

As December draws to a close, so does 2011.  A lot has happened these past twelve months.  Last year at this time, in the final hours of 2010, none of this existed.  Dark Things Rising was not even a thought in my mind.  My return to publishing was...

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Buried in the Basement

They say if you wish to make God laugh, all you have to do is devise a plan.  I announced in my last post that Buried in the Basement, my new short story collection, would be available on Friday and that was apparently all I needed to ensure a very busy and...

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The Return of the Short Stories

First of all, I realize that I haven’t updated my blog in a while and I sincerely apologize for the long wait.  I’m sure you’ve all been very worried and simply beside yourselves without my delightfully deep and meaningful ramblings on the nature of all...

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The Holidays Are Upon Us

Thanksgiving is fast approaching.  Fall is giving way to winter with the first snowfalls.  Holiday music can be heard in department stores everywhere.  My wife can be heard complaining about holiday music in department stores everywhere.  And we...

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Sneak Peek: ROAD BENEATH THE WOOD

I have a special treat today for all my followers here at Dark Things Rising:  A sneak peek at my upcoming book, Road Beneath the Wood!  This is book number four in The Temple of the Blind series and I expect it to release sometime this week at Smashwords,...

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Why Indie?

Why do I self-publish?  Why set my work adrift in the uncertain seas of the independent author market when I could hand it over to a traditional publishing company?  Why do I single-handedly shoulder the sometimes overwhelming burden of managing every detail...

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Just Me and My Boy

Earlier this month, my five-year-old started kindergarten.  For her, it means longer school days, longer school weeks and more responsibility than she faced last year in 4k.  For me, it means that she’s away from home seven hours a day, Monday through...

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Making The Naughty List

Sex!  Have I offended you?  If so, I sincerely apologize.  And also:  SEX!  BOOBIES!  PENIS!  …There.  Now that the easily offended and prudish have been frightened away, the rest of us can have a mature and responsible...

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Buy My Book!

I think all of this marketing stuff is starting to get to me. I’m obsessed with my book sales lately. I want so badly for my books to be successful, and I don’t know how to create more exposure. Everywhere I go, all I want to talk about is my book and how I can earn...

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Unsocial Networking

A few months ago, when I first started my independent publishing adventure, I scoured the web for all the information I could find on the subject.  I’ve learned a lot since then simply by reading online articles and forums.  But what stood out immediately...

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Fitting it in

I can imagine that most, if not all, writers have their individual hang-ups, those little things that nag at them, that keep them coming back over and over again, tweaking, fussing, stressing…cussing…  The review process is first on that list.  We writers...

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Narrowing it down

Since I pretty thoroughly introduced myself in my previous post, I think I’ll jump straight into talking about my books this time.  We’ll get these things out of the way quickly that way.I make it sound like a chore, don’t I?  “Dang it all, I have to talk...

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The Beginning…

This is the beginning of my blog. This is where I suppose I start everything off by introducing myself and announcing what I’ll be writing about on this page…except I don’t really have a clue what I’m going to write about yet. I didn’t set out to write a blog, after...

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