It’s a sight that’s becoming increasingly rare with each passing day…an actual paperback book. (Remember those?) And an affordable one at that. No, it’s not mine. Although I’d happily take credit for it. FAINT OF HEART is the new novella from Jeff Strand. I was lucky enough to read the manuscript for this one and thoroughly enjoyed it. In fact, I told Jeff he needed to expand it into a novel and sell it to a mass market publisher. He, of course, didn’t care what I thought and went ahead and sold it as a novella. Like my opinion doesn’t matter, right? Like I don’t have feelings, you know? Jerk. I should drop everything and head down to [address removed at the request of Jeff Strand] Drive in Tampa, Florida and kick his sorry [body part removed at request of Jeff Strand]. (Edit: Fine. Cat. I should kick his cat. Can I slide that one past the censors?)
It’s an excellent story, despite my sudden falling-out with the author. One that I wholeheartedly endorse for fans of his previous work PRESSURE (best novel of ’06). We’re talking dark, folks. There’s still a good measure of Strand’s trademarked humor, but it’s a brutal tale at heart, one that you won’t soon forget. Don’t believe me? Pick up a copy and find out for yourself. Then you can come back and tell me how right I am. And if you decide to tell that [obscenities removed at the request of Jeff Strand] that I was right and he should have expanded the blasted story into a novel, I won’t try to stop you. Because I’m right. I’m always right. You’ll see.
Or for you papyrophobics:
Thanks to all of you who picked up a copy of the lavish deluxe edition of BURIAL GROUND, which I hear is absolutely stunning! I was hoping to report that a few copies would be available to the general public, but, alas, no such luck. (I imagine copies will start popping up on eBay any day now, if they haven’t already.)
There are still copies of the limited-edition hardcover available, though. And if the previous books in the series are any indication, this edition will be killer, too! I’ll post pics when my copies arrive, but for those of you who’d rather not live vicariously through me (my personal recommendation), head on over to Thunderstorm Books and find out for yourself!
A sneak peek at the interior (BV):