Nine Novel Nightmares: Reading at Mysterious Galaxy

It was a thrill to have the honor to appear at The Mysterious Galaxy bookstore in Redondo Beach this Saturday to do a Halloween reading with a coven of highly talented 47North authors, witches and warlocks all.  Myst Galaxy Reading Day 26 Oct 13

The Nine Novel Nightmares reading/signing event included, from left-to-right below: Kate Maruyama, Kate Danley, yours truly, Lee Goldberg, Melissa Olson, Phoef Sutton, Lisa Klink and David Tully.  What a great bunch of people!

47North Authors Myst Galaxy 26 Oct 13

It was exciting to get to hear everyone read a passage from their book. I chose to read part of the Kraken attack sequence from Romulus Buckle & The Engines of War. This was the first public reading/signing event I have been a part of and it was tremendous fun.  We had a great turnout, including a twenty-odd member book reading club, and you can see my highly supportive pal Andy Kenoff below, sitting in the front row, red shirt, cheesy grin.

Myst Galaxy attendees 26 Oct 13

It was awesome to get to see both books in my Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin series on display behind the cash wrap. Pick up an autographed copy today!

Myst Galaxy Cash Wrap 26 Oct 13
Myst Galaxy Cash Wrap Books 26 Oct 13
Myst Galaxy Sci-Fi Shelf Oct 2013

A special thanks to Melissa Olson for organizing this event and to Justin Golenbock at 47North for his help and supplying the books! Thanks as well to Mary Elizabeth and everyone at Mysterious Galaxy RB for hosting us!

Need Scary? Harrowgate is Ready to Rattle your Freaky.

Looking for a spooky, unsettling, brilliant horror thriller? The just released Harrowgate by Kate Maruyama is a fantastic place to start.  Kate was kind enough to provide us with a short excerpt from the novel below, so get ready to feel a shiver.


“Strangely moving and movingly strange, Harrowgate is the world’s
creepiest answer to ‘How’s the wife and kid?’ ” —Daniel Handler, author of A
Series of Unfortunate Events as Lemony Snicket

Kate Maruyama

Kate Maruyama

Kate Maruyama: “Harrowgate came from a central question, If your family should be gone, but was somehow still with you, what would you do next? Michael tries to carry on with his wife Sarah and his son Tim as if everything’s normal, but something is clearly wrong.”

Excerpt from the book: “The fridge is covered with ultrasounds of Tim in various stages. Kidney bean. Grapefruit. Mutating garden. There’s a picture of Tim that he hadn’t seen, in Sarah’s last weeks of pregnancy. It’s one of those creepy 3-D ultrasounds, with a ghostly image of his beautiful boy’s face: white and shadow, cheeks, nose, lips, eyes closed. Even in utero he can see Tim. His heart swells with love, and fear. Because of the way the 3-D ultrasound works, in layers, a section of his forehead is missing, as if sliced off, leaving a dark shadow.
      Sarah absently says, “You need something, sweetie?” The mire in the pot is starting to bubble and the smell is becoming putrid. Michael opens the refrigerator and is hit with an even stronger odor: rotting vegetables, mold, mildew, and the foul and persistent note of rancid meat. Bags that once held produce hold brown mush, some of them leaking. There’s a plate of something unrecognizable covered with mold, and there, on the top shelf, a chicken in a pan, left to marinate about three weeks ago, the source of an overwhelming portion of the stench. It has turned a grisly blue-gray brown in color. He closes the fridge.”

Make Harrowgate a part of your horror-thriller collection

Connect with author Kate Maruyama at and on Twitter @katemaruyama

I’ll be Reading and Signing at Mysterious Galaxy on Oct. 26

Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in Redondo Beach, CA.

Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in Redondo Beach, CA.

If you’re in the neighborhood, I’ll be participating in a Terror Buffet reading and signing event at the Mysterious Galaxy bookstore in Redondo Beach on October 26th. Join myself and ten Southern California authors of epic and urban fantasy, steampunk, mystery, and horror for an afternoon of genre celebration. Participants include: Melissa Olson (Trail of Dead), Richard Ellis Preston Jr. (Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders), Kate Maruyama (Harrowgate), Andrew E. Kaufman (Darkness and Shadow), Kathy Danley  (The Woodcutter), Rob Kroese  (Disenchanted), and Lee Goldberg (Monk, The Heist) and a bunch of other The Dead Man authors: David Martin Tully , Lisa Klink, and Phoef Sutton.