For those who read LAST WORDS and encountered a teaser of a book-to-come called ECHOES, all I can say is….hang on to that copy, because it will be a special collectible!


IMG_5431The first-person Markus Novak novel promised there didn’t want to be written—and who am I to argue? I just listen to the characters. And I had a hell of a lot of fun listening to the characters who populate the pages of RISE THE DARK.


I’ve said many times that I can’t outline to save my life—that the story guides me and not the other way around, and I’ve never felt that more than with this book. When I set out with what I thought was a pretty clear sense of where I was going, I ended up in a very, very different place. If you enjoy the trip a fraction as much as I did, it’ll be a great thing.


RISE THE DARK is a family affair – a sibling of LAST WORDS, a cousin to THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD, and the great-great-grandson of THE CYPRESS HOUSE. We’re out of the Indiana caves and traveling from the eerie swamps of central Florida to the high windy peaks of Montana and Wyoming.

I’ll have a lot more to say about the book in due time, and cover art is pending, but here’s a little tease:


Rise the dark.


These were the last words written in Lauren Novak’s notebook before she was murdered in a strange Florida village. They’ve never meant anything to the police or to her husband, private investigator Markus Novak. Two years after her death, Markus believes he knows who killed her, though it’s never been proven. Now that man is back out of prison, released on appeal, and he reaches out with a subtle taunt that finally brings Markus to the place he’s avoided for so long, the lonely road where his wife was shot to death beneath the cypress trees and Spanish moss in a town called Cassadaga.


Rise the dark.


 In Red Lodge, Montana, a senseless act of vandalism shuts the lights off in the town where Sabrina Baldwin is still trying to adjust to a new home and mourning the loss of her brother, who was a high voltage linesman just like her husband, Jay. As the spring’s final snowstorm sweeps out of the mountains and Jay is called farther and farther out into the weather, chasing the destruction on the electrical grid, Sabrina has never heard of Markus Novak, his wife, or Cassadaga. But an unknown watcher knows all of them well, and understands that you can never outpace your past.