5 Questions With Craig Spector

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It has been said that to be a good writer, you have to be a good reader. With that in mind, please answer the following questions.

-What book got you interested in reading?

CS: Three come to mind, all from when I was eight years old: The Collected Works of Edgar Allen Poe, Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut, and The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury.

-Do you have a favorite genre to read?

CS: Not really.  I read a lot of different genres, and balance the fiction with non-fiction.

-Is there a book you have read more than one time?

CS: Many. One that always comes to mind is Created By, by Richard Christian Matheson. Fantastic first novel, and I read it when first working in Hollywood.

-What got you interested in writing?

CS: I was a reader, and I had an idea for a story about a punk vampire in the subways of Manhattan. So I wrote the kind of story I’d like to read.

-Was there a book of yours that was difficult to write? Which one was it and what made it so difficult?

CS: They’re all difficult to write. Writing for me is analogous to being as close as a man can get to mentally giving birth: even the easy ones are hard.

It’s easy to sit around and think of writing a book.  You can make notes, even do outlines.  But the best outline in the world is just a travel brochure to a country you’ve never been to before. Writing it is actually going there – step by step, page by page, into a country you don’t know. And no matter how much you think you know, you can never be entirely certain of what’s around each next corner.




The Ninetoes Author of the Month October 2019

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It is October and there is no other author I can think of for Author of the Month than Craig Spector.

Now, some of you may be scratching your heads and wondering Craig Who? Others who know his work are shouting “YES!” at the top of their lungs. I became aware of his work in 1987. I was burnt out on a particular horror author from Maine, but wanted that cold spike of dread slammed into my being. I was in my local bookstore and saw a book called The Scream. It had a mostly black cover, someone in the shadows almost with sunglasses on, and in the reflection of the sunglasses, you could see a demon. Okay, simple cover, let’s look at the back. THAT is what sold me. Could there be any better marriage than rock and roll and horror? I was about to find out. (The result will be given later when I give my review.) I can say with utmost honesty that I was immediately hooked and hungry for more. Anytime I saw a book with the names John Skipp and Craig Spector as the authors, I grabbed it. I was never disappointed.

Here is a list of his books:

Fright Night with John M. Skipp

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The Light At the End with John M. Skipp

book cover of The Light at the End

The Cleanup with John M. Skipp

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The Scream with John M. Skipp

book cover of The Scream

Dead Lines with John M. Skipp

book cover of Dead Lines

The Bridge with John M. Skipp

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Animals with John M. Skipp

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Book of the Dead edited with John M. Skipp

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Still Dead edited with John M. Skipp

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To Bury The Dead

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book cover of Underground

A Question of Will

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book cover of Turnaround

Freedom of Screech editor

book cover of Freedom of Screech

Of this lineup this can be certain; You will be terrified, you will be entertained, but most of all, you will THINK…and that is what makes these books all the more deserving of being read.

I can honestly say that Craig Spector is an author worth reading and keeping an eye on.




The Ninetoes Book of the Week 09/30-10/05 2019

Patient Zero (Joe Ledger Series #1)

Patient Zero is the first book in Jonathan Maberry’s Joe Ledger series. This series mixes horror with action/thrillers in a unique blend that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Patient Zero is the perfect start of the Halloween/Horror season!

“When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills… and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good, and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective that has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new taskforce created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle. This rapid response group is called the Department of Military Sciences or the DMS for short. It’s bad because his first mission is to help stop a group of terrorists from releasing a dreadful bio-weapon that can turn ordinary people into zombies. The fate of the world hangs in the balance….”

Let the first sentence of the description sink in a moment. “When you have to kill the same terrorist in the same week…” When  you see that, you know you are in for an interesting ride, and to be totally honest, Jonathan Maberry delivers!

Your Friday Fun Read 09/27/2019

Freedom of Screech by [Spector, Craig, Williamson, Chet, Massie, Elizabeth, Hayward, Matt, McHugh, Jessica, Matheson, Richard, Orosel, Jenny, Ketchum, Jack, Macomber, Patricia, Monteleone, Thomas]

Okay, I will be upfront and tell you that I am already reading this, and a review will be ready in October. Be that as it may, I find it to be an excellent addition to the “Friday Fun Read” lineup.

Fifteen stories from living legends, rising stars, venerable masters and surprising newcomers, exploring our troubled past, our turbulent present, and frightening futures yet to come.

Freedom of Screech. It’s not for the faint of heart.

Chet Williamson
Elizabeth Massie
Matt Hayward
Jessica McHugh
Richard Christian Matheson
Jenny Orosel
Jack Ketchum
Georgia R. Buns
Tom Monteleone
Patricia Lee MacComber
David Niall Wilson
Robert Guffey
Joseph Mulak
Michael Picco
Norman Spinrad


Coming Soon: The 5th Annual Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival

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The 5th annual Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival! FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Every year, authors and publishers debut some of their most hotly anticipated new releases at our event. This year, come and meet more than FIFTY authors and artists as they sell and sign their work and conduct free panel discussions on various book, publishing, and spooky Halloween topics. We’ll have Halloween candy, and costumes are encouraged! The event is free, and the authors donate a portion of their book sale proceeds to the library, so you can have fun, get a bit spooked, and support your local library, too!
Kelley Armstrong*
Michael Koryta*
Catherynne Valente*
Grady Hendrix
Jennifer McMahon
Gregory Bastianelli
Matt Bechtel
Stephen R. Bissette
J. Edwin Buja
P.D. Cacek*
Dana Cameron
William Carl
Glenn Chadbourne
Joseph A. Citro
Kristin Dearborn
Tom Deady
Jeff Deck*
M.M. De Voe*
Duncan Eagleson*
Asher Ellis
Dan Foley
Bob Ford
Craig Shaw Gardner
Larissa Glasser
Christopher Golden
John Goodrich
Scott Goudsward
Lynne Hansen
John D. Harvey*
Kat Howard
Brian Keene
Toni LP Kelner
Michelle Renee Lane
John Langan
Izzy Lee
Bracken MacLeod
John M. McIlveen
Hillary Monahan
James A. Moore
George Edwards Murray*
Kelli Owen
The Peculiarity Shop
KL Pereira
Leigh Perry
David Price
Armand Rosamilia*
Mary SanGiovanni
Cat Scully
Sheri Sebastian-Gabriel
Rob Smales
Meg Smith
Sarah Smith
Thomas Sniegoski
Wesley Southard*
Laurie Faria Stolarz
Jeff Strand
David Surface*
Morgan Sylvia
Paul Tremblay
Tony Tremblay
Gabriela Vargas
Trisha J. Wooldridge
Douglas Wynne

Preliminary schedule for programming at Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival

10:30 – 11:20
Supernatural Thrills
What makes a great supernatural thriller? Which great thrillers are also stealth horror novels? How do we strike the right balance in such a tale? The authors address these questions, and recommend some of their favorites in the genre.
–John Langan, Bracken MacLeod (M), Kelli Owen, Jeff Strand, Paul Tremblay, Douglas Wynne

11:30 – 12:20
The Twisted Book of Shadows
The editors and contributors to this new anthology discuss their work, as well as the state of the horror anthology in today’s publishing environment, professionalism, and the need for new and diverse voices.
–P.D. Cacek, Christopher Golden, James A. Moore, KL Pereira, David Surface, Trisha J. Wooldridge (M)

12:30 – 1:20
Writing Your First Novel
First time novelists share the joys and terrors of writing, publishing, and promoting their first novels, moderated by legendary horror novelist Brian Keene.
–J. Edwin Buja, Brian Keene (M), Mary Hart, Michelle Renee Lane, Sheri Sebastian-Gabriel, Tony Tremblay

1:30 – 2:20
Wicked Witchery
Six of the stellar contributors to the new anthology HEX LIFE: Wicked New Tales of Witchery discuss witches and witchcraft in fiction and pop culture.
–Kelley Armstrong, Kristin Dearborn (M), Kat Howard, Jennifer McMahon, Hillary Monahan, Mary SanGiovanni

2:30 – 3:20
The Fear in Fantasy
Where are the borders between fantasy and horror? How useful are the trappings of one in crafting the other? How much of one transforms it into the other? Where do dark fantasy and urban fantasy figure into the picture? What are your favorite works that blend the two?
–Catherynne Valente, Dana Cameron, Jeff Deck, Leigh Perry, Cat Scully (M), Thomas E. Sniegoski

3:30 – 4:30
Grady Hendrix and Craig Shaw Gardner in Conversation About A Ton of Weird Movies You’ve Never Seen But Should

The Ninetoes Book of the Week 09/23-28/2019

Drums of Autumn (Outlander Series #4)

So, I was sitting here racking my brain to come up with a book of the week. I asked the Mrs if she had any suggestions. She said “It is the first day of fall, can you do anything with that?” Well honey, what do you think?

We are huge fans of OUTLANDER on STARZ. I have not yet read the books, and they are on my TBR list. The Mrs read the first one so I have to catch up to her. Ahhhh the life of a reading couple!

“Cast ashore in the American Colonies, Claire and Jamie Fraser are faced with a bleak choice: return to a Scotland fallen into famine and poverty, or seize the risky chance of a new life in a New World–shadowed by Claire’s knowledge of the coming revolution.”

Happy Fall Y’all!

Your Friday Fun Read 09/20/2019

The Betrayed Wife

Mrs. Ninetoes just finished reading this book and talked my ear off for close to a half an hour about it. What choice did I have but to list is as Your Friday Fun Read? She had me convinced after the first five minutes, but we were talking about books, she could have gone on a twenty four hour rant and she would have had my complete attention.

Sheila O’Rourke has always known her husband isn’t perfect. Who is? But things have been better since they moved to Seattle to make a fresh start. So much so that when sixteen-year-old Eden turns up, claiming to be Dylan’s child by another woman, Sheila tries to be welcoming.
At first, Sheila feels sympathy for the girl. Eden’s mother recently fell to her death in an incident with unsettling parallels to Sheila’s past. Still, Eden is a difficult house guest, sowing discord among the family. Sheila has already been on edge for weeks, receiving anonymous texts, noticing odd noises coming from the house next door. And that’s just the start.
Sheila wants to trust Dylan. She wants to feel safe in her own home. But no one can hurt you more easily than the ones closest to you . . . the ones you keep believing until it’s too late . . .

The Betrayed Wife is Kevin O’Brien’s latest book and is available at book retailers and e-readers everywhere.