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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.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Flm Review: THE SIGNAL (2015)

My review of the science fiction film THE SIGNAL starring Laurence Fishburn is now showing at Cinema Knife Fight! I enjoyed this unique film quite a lot. Check it out, let me know what you think.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Charging Towards THE END, again!



So, yes, I typed THE END on the first draft of my latest horror novel, appropriately enough, a couple of weeks back on Halloween. Then November came along and I had two choices: begin editing Lost in the Woods (or The Woods, or The Thinning, whatever I end up with as a title) in earnest, or… I went with or…

Over the past couple of years, I’d been working on two novels concurrently: the above title, and Plague of Locusts. Where Woods is a fairly straight horror novel, and as such will be authored by my dark half, G Daniel Gunn, Plague of Locusts falls in line with my other biblical-themed suspense novels, written under my actual name. There’s a difference in this particular story though: it science fiction. I've been a sci-fi fan since I was a kid, and a few years back decided to give it a go, myself. After finishing an early version of Plague of Darkness, the idea for Plague of Locusts was spawned by a one-paragraph blurb I’d written (and subsequently forgotten about) in a notebook during a very boring meeting at work. The scene I’d written became the opening scene of Locusts….

So, anyway, I finished Woods the other day and knew that I had only 30,000 words or so left to write in the first draft of Locusts. After some prayerful debating, I decided that in honor of NaNoWriMo this month, I’d put the horror novel aside to ferment for a few weeks before jumping back in to edit, and finish the first draft of Locusts. So far I have written around 7K words, picking up where I left off last winter. I really like this novel – a lot of characters who feel fleshed out. It’s fun to write about them. This could end up being a series, as sci-fi novels sometimes end up doing, but who knows. It’s definitely open to it. Wish me luck. I may not write 50,000 new words for NaNoWriMo, but I’m aiming to at least finish the first draft of a second novel in only a month!

Sunday, November 01, 2015

THE END

Just yesterday I typed the oft-sought after words THE END at the completion of a new novel, tentatively titled Lost In The Woods (might change it to The Thinning). Now, it's just the first draft, so have a long journey of revision ahead of me, but that's OK. I like revision. Like smoothing and polishing a statue (I guess - never actually carved a statue, but allow me my metaphors). LitW is a novel I'd started a few years back.... quite a few, actually. I'd put it down, pick it up, worked on Plague of Locusts for a time, went back to Plague of Darkness and massively rewrote that novel. But kept finding myself returning to this book. It's goofy fun horror, but since no real biblical connection (loose tie to mythical concept of Purgatory, but not really), it'll be under my pseudonym G. Daniel Gunn. More as revisions commence.

In the meantime, it's November, National Novel Writing Month. I might jump back in to finish the first draft of Plague of Locusts this month, then go back to Lost in the Woods. If I do that, I'll have two complete novels, one for each name. :)

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Margaret's Ark Audio Book Coming Soon!

In just a couple of weeks, the Audio Book of Margaret's Ark will be released. Narrator Caroline Miller has done over and above my expectations with the reading of this novel. And I imagine it wasn't easy, considering how many characters are in this story. Her voice and style is perfect for the novel. It was very cool, listening chapter by chapter someone reading Margaret's Ark. I'm very, very excited about this release. Soon to be available at Audible.com, Amazon and iTunes. More details as we approach!!!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Next Level in the Papers

I've been promoting the anthology pretty consistently, time for a change of pace: the Worcester Telegram ran a cool article about our church - Next Level Church - the other day. We meet in a movie theater and recently merged with a large, multi-site church (we used to be called Fellowship Church). Short but nice article on us here: http://www.telegram.com/article/20151010/ENTERTAINMENTLIFE/151019938

Friday, October 23, 2015

Last Stop: Krampus


https://christinehaytonwrites.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/winterwood.jpgSo we come to the last stop on the Childhood Fears blog tour, with author Christine Hayton, author of the novella Scarecrows which is part of the collection, discussing some decidedly dark (I mean dark, people) traditions of Christmases past, in honor of J.G. Faherty's novella Winterwood. Not the spiritual side, but the traditions the world comes up with over the centuries. 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Childhood Fears: L.L. Soares and I Talk Scarecrows!


http://smile.amazon.com/Childhood-Fears-JG-Faherty/dp/1619229862/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

In honor of the release of the novella collection, CHILDHOOD FEARS (Samhain, 2015), containing our novella Nightmare in Greasepaint, as well as J.H. Moncrieff's The Bear Who Wouldn't Leave, J.G. Faherty's Winterwood, and Christine Hayton's Scarecrows, L.L. Soares and I discuss our own childhood fears, in particular: Scarecrows...



(THE SCENE: A cornfield at night. DAN KEOHANE and L.L. SOARES meet in the middle of the stalks. DAN sees a flashlight beam and waves his arm.)

DAN: There you are. I thought you’d leave me waiting here all night. And there have been lots of spooky noises…

LL: This cornfield is so weird. I actually feel smaller. (Looks behind stalks). Hey kid, where’s Dan?

DAN: It’s me. I’m a kid again. So are you. There’s something magical in this field.

LL: (holds his hands out in front of him) Wow. This is so weird. And it must be close to Halloween, because you're dressed as… who are you dressed as?

DAN:  G Daniel Gunn

LL: Who? Oh, never mind. So why did you ask me to come here at midnight?

DAN: So we could discuss our CHILDHOOD FEARS of course. And we’ve been given a topic. Scarecrows.

LL: Like the one hanging over there (Points flashlight). I have to admit, that’s the most lifelike scarecrow I’ve ever seen. I almost expect it to jump off its post and dance around.

DAN: When I was a kid, scarecrows were usually fun. I never considered them frightening in any way, just big like pillows stuffed with leaves, with badly-made paper bag heads. Not to mention the Scarecrow from THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939) was one cool dude.

LL: If he only had a brain! Maybe he was a hungry zombie!

DAN: All was Great Pumpkin fun, until—and I’m dating myself here—I saw a commercial for the Wonderful World of Disney’s Sunday night movie THE SCARECROW OF ROMNEY MARSH (at least I think that was it, 1964… though for me it must have been a re-run since I would have been only 1 year old).

LL: Hey, I remember THE SCARECROW OF ROMNEY MARSH on Wonderful World of Disney, too. It must have been a rerun, since we would have been way too young when it first aired.  They basically took a British movie called DR. SYN, ALIAS THE SCARECROW from 1963 and chopped it up into chapters for TV. Dr. Syn was the leader of a band of rebels who dressed like a scarecrow and rode around on horseback scaring people. Or something like that. I remember the scarecrow left a big impression on me, too. At the time, I thought it looked so cool!

DAN: Not that I went running in the other direction when I saw a real scarecrow (like I did, and still do, with clowns), but suddenly there was a darker side to a normally fun tradition. During the day they were still fun, dog-pee laced leaves raked in a pile and stuffed into old pants and shirts.

LL: Ah, the joys of suburban life.

(A RUSTLING sound is heard. LL turns his flashlight beam on the scarecrow behind them, but the pole it was tied to is empty)

LL: Where did that scarecrow go?

DAN: He probably just fell down…..I hope. Anyway, years later I’d be shocked to learn the man behind the ROMNEY MARSH scarecrow mask was one of my favorites, Patrick McGoohan, from THE PRISONER TV series.

LL: Yeah, I liked McGoohan, too. He was also in the Disney production THE THREE LIVES OF THOMASINA (1963), about a cat that brings a girl and her father closer together. How sweet! DR. SYN/ROMNEY MARSH was actually the second version of the story. The first one was in 1962 and was a Hammer film called NIGHT CREATURES, which featured Peter Cushing in the lead role as Dr. Blyss. But instead of dressing up as scarecrows they dressed up as skeletons on horseback!

DAN: But back to scarecrows. When evening fell in Octobers, and the winds picked up and everything got very Ray Bradbury-ish, I’d remember that stupid, scary commercial and a sense of dread would begin creeping in. Hollywood (and all those friggin' horror writers) has a nasty way of peeling back the goofy marker faces of our childhood joy and adding a dose of our nightmares to the mix. I remember the commercial for ROMNEY MARSH more than the series. Much like the commercial for MAGIC (1978) gave me ventriloquist dummy nightmares for years, this commercial put a dark, terrifying spin on such a fun aspect of October. Granted, I was a bit of a sensitive little soul, I was.

LL: That commercial for MAGIC was amazing—and much scarier than the actual movie. I’m sure lots of kids had nightmares about that one. The best/scariest commercials when I was growing up were that one and the one for Dario Argento’s SUSPIRIA (1977), where a woman has her back to us and is brushing her hair and suddenly she turns around and SHE HAS A SKULL FACE! Ahhh, the days of great movie commercials. They don’t make ‘em like that anymore.

(More RUSTLING among the corn stalks. DAN and LL wave their flashlights around, but they don’t see anything. Now it sounds like multiple RUSTLINGS)

LL: I always thought scarecrows were very atmospheric and had the potential to be great movie monsters. There’s also a cool TV movie called DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW (1981). I always wondered why there weren’t more movies about supernatural scarecrows. They look so great. It just seemed natural to me that they should become horror icons, especially since scarecrows and jack-o-lanterns are so strongly identified with Halloween. But unfortunately, they never caught on in the movies, like vampires or zombies.

DAN: Yea, because the nature of scarecrows can be pretty frightening. String up a likeness of a man in a field, and let the wind move it about. A makeshift, rural crucifixion. There's something macabre and wild about these things.

LL: Not to mention they're so closely associated with autumn, the harvest and slow death of summer.  

DAN: So, what scared you as a kid?

LL: I remembered other kids would have nightmares after seeing horror movies. That never happened to me. I guess I identified too much with the monsters. I seem to remember seeing stuff on the news – “real life” horrors – that were scarier than any scarecrow or clown.

DAN: Funny you say that. Between us we've got the universe of fear covered. You'd peer under the shades of your bedroom at night and see a serial killer standing there, looking back up at you.

LL: Dressed as a scarecrow!

DAN: Me, I'd see a demonic scarecrow with a scythe.

LL: Or a clown.

DAN: A scarecrow and a clown?

LL: Why not? Everyone needs a friend.

DAN: Of course there was that night when I was cutting across a field as a short cut and passed a scarecrow mounted up on a stake, then heard a rustle behind me, turned and noticed it was gone. But the rustling continued, and got closer. But that’s another story. It probably just fell.

LL: Really?

DAN: No, I made that up.

(RUSTLING gets very loud, and LL turns to train his flashlight on a whole ARMY of scarecrows approaching them, some holding pitchforks and scythes)

DAN: Where did they come from?

LL: I don’t know, but they look angry. Maybe they don’t like us talking about them in the middle of a cornfield.

VOICE (suddenly very loud and close): I am He Who Walks Behind the Rows!

DAN: You don’t have to tell me twice. Let’s get out of here!

http://smile.amazon.com/Scarecrows-Childhood-Fears-Christine-Hayton-ebook/dp/B00UOL3V9M/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1445345282&sr=1-1&keywords=scarecrows+hayton(DAN and L.L. run away)

If scarecrows scared you as a kid, or still do, check out Christine Hayton's novella Scarecrows, part of Samhain Publishing's collection CHILDHOOD FEARS.

They do more than frighten birds. Much more.

Early one morning in the fall of 1964, Robert searched for his missing six-year-old daughter, Cathy. He found her asleep in a nearby cornfield, covered in blood and holding a small axe. A few feet away lay the mutilated body of her classmate Emily.

Assumed guilty of murder, Cathy lived in a hospital for insane children. She always gave the same account of what happened. She talked of murderous scarecrows that roamed the cornfield on moonlit nights. Her doctors considered her delusional. The police, her neighbors and the press thought she was dangerous. And so she remained incarcerated. No one believed her. That was a mistake.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Author J.H. Moncrieff On Killer Clowns (Imagined AND Real), and Childhood Fears

Clowns are strange entertainment for children, at least to some of us, and sometimes, they can be deadly. In honor of the release of the novella collection CHILDHOOD FEARS (Samhain Publishing), the authors of the four stories contained therein are discussing what fears affected us.

As a child, and as adults.

Because sometimes, the monsters are real. Author J.H. Moncrieff drags into the light the question: what real nightmares strike terror in the hearts of society. Killer clowns, both imagined, and real. Click Here to read a discussion about the most terrible of the bunch.....


Also included is an interview with me and co-author of "Nightmare in Greasepaint," L.L. Soares.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

JG Faherty On A Strange, Frightening Rendition of Hide and Seek

In honor of the release of the novella collection CHILDHOOD FEARS (Samhain Publishing, 2015), those of us who are featured in this paperback / kindle collection are talking about childhood fears of our own, strange and bizarre stories of what kids will do (as in today's entry), or simply talk to each other about how we came up with out story in the first place.

JG Faherty (author of Childhood Fears' "Winterwood" novella) talks about the Japanese game of Hitori Kakurenbo, a decidely twisted and frightening rendition of Hide and Seek, only between you, and a demon-possessed Teddy Bear. True story, which makes it all the more creepy.

Check it out here: 

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

CHILDHOOD FEARS Officially Released Today

For those of you waiting for the print edition of my novella NIGHTMARE IN GREASEPAINT (with L.L. Soares), wait no longer. CHILDHOOD FEARS, a collection of 4 terrifyingly awesome novellas custom-fit to keep you awake under the covers at night, is now available from Samhain Publishing. Evil clowns, scarecrows, demons and even Teddy bears! A perfect Halloween treat for you or someone you love... or someone you simply want to scare the boogers out of. :)

Monday, October 05, 2015

Local Authors Rountable This Thursday! Sharon MA Public Library...

I'll be participating in another Local Authors Roundtable discussion this Thursday, October 8th, beginning at 7:30 PM at the Sharon Public Library, Sharon MA, with the following authors:
The event will be held at 
11 North Main Street, Sharon, MA 02067

Come on out and learn about the craft of writing and meet some fun, local authors. Maybe even get a sample of their wares! Mine included. 

Friday, September 25, 2015

NEHW Author Panel, Q&A and Signing Next Saturday, 10/3 in Lancaster MA

Hi, everyone. I'll be moderating a panel with the New England Horror Writers next Saturday, October 3, 2015, from 10:30 - 12: 30 in Lancaster, MA. See below for all the information, and list of my fellow writers who'll be attending. If you can make it, it'd be great to see you. The link to the event, as well, is here:
http://sevenbridgewriters.blogspot.com/p/author-talks.html

Friday, September 18, 2015

Publishers Weekly Review of CHILDHOOD FEARS!

Publishers Weekly Review for the upcoming (Oct) novella collection in which my and L.L. Soares' NIGHTMARE IN GREASEPAINT opens. It's a pretty good review - and my first (I think) Publishers effing Weekly appearance! (Or G Daniel Gunn's, though I think we're the same person, lol)
http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-61922-613-5

Thursday, September 17, 2015

MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN Review

Hello again. My review of the kids' movie MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN (2014), a film I think every boy who's had to deal with his sister's obsession with FROZEN should watch (and make his sister watch), is now available to Cinema Knife Fight. Check it out, watch the film, see if you agree.

Friday, September 11, 2015

CHILDHOOD FEARS

So, remember when NIGHTMARE IN GREASEPAINT, written by me (as G Daniel Gunn) and L.L. Soares was released in May as an ebook? Well, the plan is for this novella and three other awesome titles in the series to be packaged in print as one collection, called CHILDHOOD FEARS. It's coming out next month from Samhain Publishing, but isn't yet available anywhere for pre-order (the kindle version of the collection is, but it's priced more than if you just bought the 4 novellas separately, so obviously things are still in flux). I got my author copies in the mail yesterday and it looks awesome (picture is a bit washed out but trust it, it's a gorgeous product, in its creepy way).


Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Most Recent Newsletter

I recently sent out a newsletter. Normally I archive them here, but there's so much going on, including some upcoming readings / signings, I'll post it here, too....


Hello. Been a long time since I’ve sent one of these out. Will get right to it, and will try to keep it brief. I’ll put the timely ones first so you can mark your calendars. Been a busy few months….

UPCOMING APPEARANCES / SIGNINGS

Reading and Signing, Saturday, October 3rd

I’ll be doing a reading and signing with other members of the New England Horror Writers in Lancaster, MA

Seven Bridges Writers Collaborative: New England Horror Writers Panel Discussion

Saturday October 3, 2015 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Thayer Memorial Library, Dexter Thayer Room 
717 Main St, Lancaster MA

Will be reading & signing books along with Matthew Bartlett, Remy Flagg, Dale Phillips, Jennifer Allis Provost, Morven Westfield and Trisha Wooldridge
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Authors Roundtable and Signing, Thursday, October 7th

I’ll be joining other local authors for a Rountable discussion and QA at the Sharon Public Library

Thursday, October 9, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

With Michael Bailey, Pete Kahle, Jason Parent, Rich Feitelberg, Jennifer Allis Provost, Kenneth Heard, D.A. MacQuin and Rob Watts

Sharon Public Library, 11 North Main Street, Sharon MA
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I’ll also be speaking to High School English class this Thursday, September 10th, at St. Peter Marion High in Worcester. A number of students chose Margaret’s Ark as their summer reading project and we’ll be doing a Q&A with the author (aka Me). Should be fun. Thanks to Dawn VanRiper for setting this up.


NIGHTMARE IN GREASEPAINT

My horror novella written under my horror pseudonym G Daniel Gunn and co-authored with L.L. Soares, is available currently as an ebook at all major outlets (Amazon (http://goo.gl/jc9iZ4 ) Barnes & Noble (http://goo.gl/LUqGyV ) or anywhere ebooks are sold), and sells for less than three bucks.

The printed version, containing our novella plus three others, is slated for early October under the name CHILDHOOD FEARS. I don’t see it available for pre-order just yet, but hopefully coming soon

If you’ve read and enjoyed it already, consider leaving a review! The more reviews a work has the better the retail outlets usually list them


WICKED TALES, From the New England Horror Writers

On June 1st of this year, the New England Horror Writers released our third anthology of short stories, called WICKED TALES: THE JOURNAL OF THE NEW ENGLAND HORROR WRITERS, VOLUME 3. I don’t have a story in here, rather, I co-edited the collection, along with Scott Goudsward and David Price. It’s an amazing collection of stories from New England authors, with an introduction by Chet Williamson and awesome cover art by the artist Ogmios. 



PLAGUE OF DARKNESS
M most recent novel as Daniel G. Keohane is still available. It’s gotten some nice reviews but could always use some more. If you’ve read it, why not leave a review, let others think, good or bad. I’ve thick skin. 



UPDATE ON CURRENT PROJECTS

Some MARGARET’S ARK news coming soon: in negotiations to create an Audio book of the novel. More as it progresses, but this should be cool when it’s completed later this year.

My latest novel-in-progress, a rather unique horror novel written as G Daniel Gunn, is called (for now) LOST IN THE WOODS. Still working to finish the first draft and type those ever-elusive final two words: THE END, hopefully soon. More as this progresses.

I’ve a number of Movie Reviews out, most recently for the blockbuster action film MISSION IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION (2015) and the independent sci-fi film LOVE (2011). Coming soon a review of the awesome family movie MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN (2014). For a full list of reviews you can visit (http://dankeohane-reviews.blogspot.com/)

“My Dearest Gwendolyn,” a short story, is coming eventually to the shared anthology MADHOUSE, once all contributor copies are signed. Currently the sig sheets are traveling the country.


OK, that’s about it. Hopefully I’ll be better about sending these out more often. Of course, I’ve said that before.

Dan

Friday, August 28, 2015

Movie Review: LOVE (2011) Now Playing

My review of the indie sci-fi flick LOVE (2011) is now showing at Cinema Knife Fight! Check it out, this was an interesting one....

Friday, August 21, 2015

2015's Wheels and Heels Against MS!

From my brother Paul Keohane:



Hi, everyone -

As another summer winds down, the MS Challenge Walk is fast approaching.  The event is only a month away but, rest assured, Anne and I are signed up and ready for our annual battle to help stamp out Multiple Sclerosis! 


On September 11 - 13, we will return to the roads and bike paths of Cape Cod for our 3-Day, 50-mile journey.  As Anne and I enter our 11th and 13th year respectively in the event, we remain determined and steadfast to celebrate that day when MS is nothing but a memory.

Multiple Sclerosis is a frightening disease that affects the central nervous system.  The symptoms may be mild (such as numbness in the limbs) or severe enough to cause blindness or paralysis. The severity and specifics of the symptoms of MS can’t yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are giving hope to those affected by the disease.

Each year, we have looked to you for your moral and financial support.  And each year, you answer the call and proven yourselves true heroes to our cause.  We hope that you will continue by our side as we walk again to stamp out MS once and for all.  No donation is too small.

Your donations to the National MS Society not only help fund vital research, but also go towards helping those who battle this disease every day.  
   
As in the past, there are two ways you can donate.  

  • The fastest and most convenient way would be to click on my name or Anne’s at:

  • You can also mail a check to myself or Anne, making it out to The National MS Society

Our addresses are:
Paul Keohane                                      Anne Murphy             
2 Jillian Rose Dr                                 13 Apache Way
Oxford, MA 01540                             Tewksbury, MA 01876


Thank you all so very much for your continued support!!
Paul