"When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature." - Ernest Hemingway

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Dan is the Bram Stoker-nominated author of Plague of Darkness, Solomon’s Grave, and the critically-acclaimed Margaret's Ark. Writing as G. Daniel Gunn, he released Destroyer of Worlds and the novella (written with L.L.Soares) Nightmare in Greasepaint (Samhain Publishing),. His short stories have appeared in Cemetery Dance, Shroud Magazine, Apex Digest and many more. He and his family live in New England.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Wicked Tales: The Journal of the New England Horror Writers Volume 3

Sometimes I get so reliant on Facebook I forget to post news here on my website. Some big news happened last month, however. Every two years or so the New England Horror Writers puts together an anthology of short stories from its members for worldwide release. The previous two, Epitaphs and Wicked Seasons, have done extremely well. On June 1st, we officially released our third installment, Wicked Tales, The Journal of the New England Horror Writers Volume 3, and I have to say it's an amazing lineup of authors and stories.

My connection? Well, aside from being one of the founding members of the NEHW, I'm also on the board, and this year we three board members: Scott Goudsward, David Price and myself were the editors. We got a lot of amazing submissions, and to make the process work with three editors, the decisions on which stories to include had to be unanimous. In the end, the collection is a frightening lineup of some of the most talented writers from New England. Specifically (in alphabetical order):

Michael J Arruda, Matthew M. Bartlett, E. A. Black, Kristin Dearborn, Peter N. Dudar, Timothy P. Flynn, Sam Gafford, Christopher Golden, John Goodrich, Rick Hautala, Bracken MacLeod, John McIlveen, Paul McMahon, Holly Newstein, David North-Martino, Howard Odentz, Rob Smales, L. L. Soares, Trisha J. Wooldridge, K. H. Vaughan and T. T. Zuma.

We have an uber cool introduction by none other than Chet Williamson, and artist Ogmios' cover art is simply amazing!

This is an amazing collection, if I do say so myself, and I highly recommend it if you want some dark, scary tales. It might just introduce you to some new writers you hadn't met before. Buy it here!

Also, if you've already read and enjoyed the collection, please consider leaving a review on your favorite sites! The more favorable reviews the better it sells!

Monday, July 06, 2015

G Daniel Gunn Has His Own Official Website

So I decided to make an official website for my alter ego, G. Daniel Gunn. I have a facebook page for the author as well, but this is the beginnings of a separate page specifically for the works under that name. I've added a couple of posts from here, and recently put an excerpt from Destroyer of Worlds for your reading pleasure. Check it out here.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Ok, Train's Moving Forward Again

So, after a stop at the station for far too long, the new words are beginning to flow again, if I might mix my metaphors. If you look along the right-hand side of this blog, you can see that I have had two in-progress works, whose word counts hadn't moved in some time. Nice to be able to up the ticker on one of them tonight.

LOST IN THE WOODS, is my most recent G Daniel Gunn novel. Not sure if I'll stick with this title, but for now it works. I had started it quite a while ago, then put it aside to age like a fine wine while I finished PLAGUE OF DARKNESS (2014) and NIGHTMARE IN GREASEPAINT (2015), not to mention co-edit the newest New England Horror Writers anthology WICKED TALES (2015).

But for writing new stuff - I haven't written the words THE END on something brand new in too many years, so that's the goal. Typing THE END just means the end of the first draft, but then the fun editing part kicks in, and though we're usually talking 6 - 10 more drafts, getting the STORY out and on paper, virtual as that might mean for early drafts (I usually don't print & edit until at least the fourth draft), is the important part. Still have a long way to go with WOODS, but it's a really fun book, and funny in parts. At least, I think so. Don't get me wrong, it's a horror novel through and through, just a bit twisted. So keeping the ever elusive THE END in sight down the tracks.

Then I'll jump back, perhaps, to PLAGUE OF LOCUSTS. This had been going well, and for the most part is outlined out through the ending, but it felt like it needed to sit for a bit, let me see what the overall theme is. I like the characters and the story itself, but everything needs a unifying theme, especially with my more biblical stories.

So, when THE END finally gets typed out, I'll let you know, but in the meantime you can follow my progress on the side bar.

Monday, May 04, 2015

New review for Nightmare... and Destroyer for only 99 cents!

Another great review for Nightmare In Greasepaint, which is being officially released tomorrow, 5/5/15! This time from Examiner.com's Arts & Entertainment section....

"This is a very good novella with a couple twists that are sure to keep the reader guessing and cause nightmares in their own right. Soares and Gunn handle the story with a deft hand.... This is a strong story with an almost stream-of-consciousness feel to it and another strong addition to the “Childhood Fears” series...."

The full review is here: http://www.examiner.com/review/nightmare-greasepaint-by-l-l-soares-and-g-daniel-gunn

To celebrate the release, my previous G Daniel Gunn novel, Destroyer of Worlds, is only 99 cents for a limited time! Get it here: http://smile.amazon.com/Destroyer-Worlds-G-Daniel-Gunn-ebook/dp/B006ZZ0SHO/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Another Great Review for Billy...

Nightmare in Greasepaint has garnered another great, pre-release review, this time from Mallory Heart Reviews, on Goodreads:

Caution: if you're thinking this is plain old garden-variety coulrophobia--"I can't go to the circus 'cause I'm scared of clowns"--it's not. This, folks, is serious horror: the ugly underside of life where true evil hangs out. Probably not for the queasy of stomach, but this is one fascinating, unputdownable story. Part of Samhain Publishing's Horror "Childhood Fears" imprint, NIGHTMARE IN GREASEPAINT is indeed all about childhood--present and past--and its fears, real and imagined, and its very real dangers. It's also about depth psychology and abnormal psychology and metaphysics, and it is one enrapturing and unforgettable tale.

Big thanks to them for such great words. I have to say, I haven't seen the word coulrophobia used this much in my life! lol

Nightmare in Greasepaint is available for pre-order now, releasing in less than a week! (May 5th). Visit http://smile.amazon.com/Nightmare-Greasepaint-Childhood-Fears-Soares-ebook/dp/B00VNK4MCI/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Monday, April 27, 2015

First Review for Nightmare in Greasepaint

Nick Cato of The Horror Fiction Review has a good review of L.L. Soares' and my upcoming novella Nightmare in Greasepaint.

Part of the "Childhood Fears" series of novellas, Samhain strikes with this quick but powerful tale that, while full of familiar horror tropes, manages to build some serious suspense and will easily freak out those who suffer from Coulrophobia. Clowns, dark basements, occult objects, dark family secrets and noises in the night may seem tiring to most horror fans, but Soares and Gunn take these classic elements and twist them into a satisfying, well done creep-fest.

See the full review here: http://thehorrorfictionreview.blogspot.com/

Friday, April 10, 2015

Nightmare In Greasepaint Available for Pre-Order!

The new novella I wrote (as G. Daniel Gunn) with L.L. Soares (based on the very first short story I'd written a quarter century ago), Nightmare in Greasepaint,  is now up for pre-order from Samhain Publishing. Available as e-book only for now - coming in October in print form as part of the Childhood Fears collection. At a great price, and a great scare! Clowns and horror. How can you go wrong? Pre-order now, it'll look really good.

You can pre-order from Amazon for your Kindle here: http://smile.amazon.com/Nightmare-Greasepaint-Childhood-Fears-Soares-ebook/dp/B00VNK4MCI/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Or for your Nook at Barnes & Noble here: