The end of this year also marks the end of the horror line for Samhain Publishing which, over the past five years, has brought you fantastic horror storytellers such as Ramsey Campbell, Richard Laymon, Russell James, Hunter Shea, Ronald Malfi, Sephera Giron, Glenn Rolfe, David Bernstein, Jonathan Janz, Brian Moreland, Somer Canon, Maynard Sims, Quinn Langston, Brian Moreland, J.G. Faherty. John Palisano, Megan Hart, Greg Gifune, W.D. Galiani, Frazer Lee, J.H. Moncrieff, Brian Pinkerton, Eric Red...and so many more, I've barely scratched the surface of the illustrious library of talent that has graced their catalogue.
Back in 2013, an excited, ecstatic, over-the-moon newbie joined their ranks. Yes, that was me, with Linden Manor which had just become one of four winners of the Gothic Horror Anthology competition. It was also my first experience of working with a legendary editor. his name? Don D'Auria. Many big name horror authors on Samhain's books followed Don from Leisure Books. Over the years, he amassed a reputation second-to-none. Writers wanted to work with him. I am certainly proud to have his name on most of my books for Samhain.
Until the end of 2015, Don edited Saving Grace Devine, The Pendle Curse and Dark Avenging Angel. Then he and Samhain parted company and many of us in the horror stable felt dark shadows descending. When, earlier this year, we received the news we had feared, it wasn't a total shock but it was - for people like me - a bitter blow.
I want to thank Cristina Brashear and all at Samhain Publishing for the opportunities you gave me and I want to thank all my fellow writers for their unfailing support and friendship. Many of you know I experienced some pretty dark days of my own in 2015-16 as a result of serious health issues - now resolved. So many good wishes came my way from the fantastic brother/sisterhood which is the horror community. Thank you all so much.
I want to give a special shout-out to Tera Cuskaden - my editor on my last book for Samhain, The Devil's Serenade. Edits for the story were in full swing and I was about to be hospitalised, but Tera ensured everything ran smoothly, giving me one less thing to worry about. I shall always be grateful. Fortunately, I get to work with her again - at Kensington-Lyrical - where the first in a trilogy set in Vienna and Egypt (Wrath of the Ancients) will be published late in 2017.
As for my Samhain titles, they will have a new life with Crossroad Press in 2017 and I am looking forward to working with 'The two Davids'. I also get to meet up with some former Samhain authors there and at Kensington-Lyrical.
Thank you to everyone out there for your support. The Samhain titles will start to disappear from the beginning of January and I'm not sure of future dates of publication for them so, if you're missing a little horror in your life, pop on over to Amazon, Barnes and Noble or your favourite bookseller. To see the soon-to-be-lost collection of Samhain Horror, go to Samhain Publishing but you need to do this now -BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!
All the best to Samhain as they move forward as a romance-only house and very best wishes to all my fellow Samhain authors. Catch you in a different location next year!