Horror Book Giveaway

Just a quick post to let you know a friend of this blog, Annie Neugebauer, is giving away a trio of horror books on her website. All you have to do is go to her site, read the post, and comment for a chance to win.

What books can you win?




Follow this link to enter:

Good luck!


Enter To Win Paying The Ferryman Anthology

Hey, everybody! How are we all doing today? If anyone is interested, you can head on over to Goodreads and enter to win one of three paperback copies of Paying the Ferryman anthology, published by Charon Coin Press. The giveaway runs from today through the end of May. Winners will be chosen at random and receive their books shortly after the giveaway ends. I also want to mention that the giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only. I may do a second giveaway for my European friends after this one is over. It all depends on how well this one works out.

Here’s the link:

So, what is Paying the Ferryman?


From the publisher: Death. Just the word can trigger gut-wrenching fear. The kind of fear causing the heart to pound, cold sweat to run down and burn the eyes, and fingers to tremble with a loss of strength. Is our fear the realization that from the moment of conception, the clock starts counting down until we come face to face with death? More likely, it is the fear of what comes after the moment our last breath escapes. The exploration of this fear is contained within these pages. Join us as we follow a serial killer who tries to outrun the minions from Hell. Meet a man forced to relive his past hoping for redemption. What if your destiny begins after your death? Death is truly just the beginning. After death has occurred, what could be worse? Paying the Ferryman answers the question of what comes next in twenty imaginative tales. Foreward by Bram Stoker Award nominated author, Hal Bodner.

Good luck to all who enter! If you don’t win but would still like to read the anthology, the Kindle edition is only $2.99. The paperback is $13.99. You can grab either here: Paying the Ferryman on Amazon.

Vote For SNAFU, Read SNAFU For Free, And Other Updates

This is going to be a quick one today because I’m very busy. What’s keeping me busy? I’m critiquing a short story for a writer friend (she knows who she is), getting my Sci-Fi short story edited and revised in preparation for submission, and I’ve got a synopsis which I’ve been putting off. Plus, I’ve got to update this lovely blog at some point. I love being busy and wouldn’t have it any other way. It means I’m being productive, and productive is always a good thing!

For those of you who have read SNAFU: An Anthology of Military Horror, and would like to help Cohesion Press, you can vote for it in This Is Horror’s yearly awards. All you have to do is go to their website and vote for it as your favorite anthology of the year. You could also vote for Cohesion Press as publisher of the year if you’d like too. I won’t twist anyone’s arm. All I’d ask is that you consider voting. You’ve got until November 28. We’d really appreciate it! Plus, This Is Horror is a great website in its own right. I’ve been following them for a couple of years now. Check them out. Here’s the link:

Also, for those of you who subscribe to Cohesion Press’ newsletter, you know the man behind the press, Geoff Brown, is offering to give readers either SNAFU: An Anthology of Military Horror, or the recently released SNAFU: Heroes for…drum roll please…FREE! Do not adjust your eyes. You saw it correctly. I said absolutely free! What’s the catch? It’s e-book only and you have to provide an honest review after you finish reading. BOOM! Easy-peasy. If you’ve been waiting for a chance to snag either of these books, now’s your chance. Go forth and spread the news! I’ll let Geoff tell you himself. Here’s the link:

In other freebie news, you can download the Dark Carnival Horror Anthology, published by Pen & Muse Press, from Smashwords…drum roll please…absolutely free! There are a ton of creepy short stories ranging from YA to Urban Fantasy to straight up horror. I’ve got a story in there, as well as authors like Mark Matthews, Julie Hutchings, and Claire C. Riley. Monday it’s free. Tuesday it’s free. Wednesday it’s free. Everyday it’s free! E-book only. Here’s the link:

I want to take a moment to thank everyone who has taken the time to read SNAFU, the Dark Carnival, or any of my other stories. It may be a little early to say that 2014 has been the best year so far in my writing career, but it really has. And it only makes me determined to make 2015 even better. I hope you’ll continue to support and read my work. All of you truly make this fantastic, crazy, and sometimes nerve wracking journey worth while. We’re just getting started. Keep your eyes peeled for more news.

Soon, my Precious, soon.

Book Release–SNAFU: An Anthology of Military Horror


Hi everyone!

Cohesion Press released SNAFU: An Anthology of Military Horror today. My short story, Covert Genesis, is the third story in the anthology. You can grab one for your Kindle for only $5.99. Here’s the link:

Are you a fan of Joe Ledger? You’ll find a story written by Jonathan Maberry and featuring Joe in the anthology.

I’ve starting reading it. I’m not going to lie. It’s good. There’s a great mix of Aussie, UK, and American authors with some great stories. If you like horror, you’ll probably like this anthology.

There’s still time to win some free copies too. There’s an online release party today and a giveaway on Goodreads. Good luck! Thanks for reading. Let us know what you think by leaving a review. We’d really appreciate it!



SNAFU Is Now Available For Pre-Order


Anyone interested in pre-ordering SNAFU: An Anthology of Military Horror, releasing July 11th, from Cohesion Press? Well, I’ve got great news for you! As of this moment you can! The fine folks behind the anthology also have a special bonus for all the hardcover pre-orders. *ALL HARDCOVER PRE-ORDERS WILL GO IN A DRAW TO WIN A SIGNED LIMITED HARDCOVER EDITION AS AN EXTRA TO THEIR ORDER* How cool is that? Follow this link to place your order:

You’ll also get to see the complete table of contents for SNAFU.  My short story, Covert Genesis, will be the third in the anthology. Jonathan Maberry’s story is up after mine. That blows my mind. At over 100,000 words and 430 pages, SNAFU should satisfy any horror lover’s appetite. I couldn’t be more pleased to be among such a wonderful list of both established and up and coming authors.

Do you like having fun? How about free stuff? Of course you do!

Cohesion Press will also be holding an online release party on their Facebook page. If you’d like to win some cool prizes, head on over to their Facebook page and sign up. Make sure you get in on the fun here:

And as if that wasn’t enough, there are three copies up for grabs on Goodreads! Be sure to add SNAFU to your To-Be Read List while you’re at it. Your support means so much to not only me, but the anthology, and Cohesion Press. The giveaway ends July 19th. Don’t miss out! Enter the Goodreads giveaway here:

I may even get in on the giveaways a little closer to the release date. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, what can you expect from my story? Well, I used to be a mechanic in the Air Force, so there’s a pretty good chance my main character is as well. He may be on a mission to repair what he believes is a downed aircraft only to stumble onto something strange, something never seen before. And yes, there’s plenty of shooting. I hope readers have as much fun reading Covert Genesis as I had writing it.

Thank you for all your support. And a big thank you goes out to Geoff Brown for putting this anthology together and including me in it. I can’t wait to see SNAFU out in the world.

Be sure to follow Cohesion Press on twitter:


Prepare for carnage, July 11th!


Pre Pitch Wars Help Available Here!

Hello, writers. Are you thinking about entering Brenda Drake’s Pitch Wars? Are you nervous about the effectiveness of your pitch? Would you like a little help before the contest begins?

If you answered yes to any of the previous questions, I believe I can help.

I’m offering four Pitch Wars hopefuls query critiques and one grand prize winner an additional first chapter critique. All you have to do is type your query in the comments below.

Who am I, and why would you want my help?

I’m glad you asked, but know that I really don’t like tooting my own horn. It makes me feel like a douche. Anyway, I’m an author of horror and dark fantasy, who is represented by Gina Panettieri, of Talcott Notch Literary Services, and also recently signed a three book deal with Permuted Press. My short story, COVERT GENESIS, will be featured in Snafu: An Anthology of Military Horror, available July 11th, from Cohesion Press. My work was also featured in Volume 11 of The Siren’s Call e-magazine and will appear in The Dark Carnival anthology this fall from Pen & Muse Press. Plus, from July through December of last year I interned for Inklings Literary Agency evaluating full submissions. And on top of all that, I was an alternate mentee in Pitch Wars two years ago.

I learned everything the hard way, by rolling up my sleeves and getting my hands dirty. I also spent six years in the United States Air Force as an Aircraft Fuel Systems Specialist so I know the meaning of hard work and effective communication. If you’re looking for a pat on the back, or sugar coating, I’m not the guy you’re looking for. If, however, you’re looking for honest feedback from an author who will treat you the way they would like to be treated, then you came to the right place.

I would say I specialize in genre horror for adults, specifically horror. I’m also an avid fantasy reader. If you’d like some help with your pitch and you think I may be able to help, please type your query in the comments below. I’ll accept entries until midnight EST, July 4th. I’ll announce the top three winners on July 6th, at 8AM EST. My top choice will also receive a first chapter evaluation (if they so choose).

I am by no means an expert when it comes to queries or sample pages, but I’d like to think I know my way around the block. I’d be leery of anyone claiming otherwise. All entrants should also remember that the business of publishing is subjective. Just because one person likes your pitch doesn’t mean a literary agent will, or anyone else will. There are no guarantees, only hard work.

DISCLAIMER: All opinions are my own and are totally independent of my agent. I am not affiliated with Brenda Drake’s Pitch Wars contest in any way, shape, or form.

RULES: This contest is open to any writer thinking of entering Pitch Wars. Keep in mind I specialize in genre fiction for adults, specifically horror. Things like MG and romance probably won’t appeal to me. I’ll provide a sample entry below. The contest is open from right now, until midnight EST on July 4th. Winners will be announced July 6th, at 8AM EST. This will give winners enough time to receive feedback before the submission window for Pitch Wars officially opens.

SAMPLE QUERY: Please format your query as follows…

Name: Brian W. Taylor

Genre: Adult Horror

Word count: 92,000 words

Email address:


Dear Agent,

Every family has secrets. Mitsuko Nakamura’s may be the death of her. She has no idea angel blood courses through her veins. But when an unholy alliance of fallen angels and vampires kick down her door, murder her best friend, and infect her mother with tainted vampire blood, their dark intentions are clear: They want back into heaven and believe she holds the key.

Thrust into an age old war, Mitsuko forges her own alliance with the head of the vampire nation and the remnants of the angelic race. Their goal is simple: suppress the vampire rebellion and keep the fallen angels from taking back heaven. But nothing is as it seems and all factions have ulterior motives, even Mitsuko, who seeks the forbidden fruit of knowledge to cure her mother’s vampirism. Outnumbered, surrounded, and betrayed, Mitsuko must find a way to embrace her heritage and discover who, or what, she really is before heaven and earth fall, and humanity is harvested for its most precious resource—blood.

Complete at 92,000 words, my book, BETWEEN SHADOWS AND DARKNESS, is equal parts horror and fantasy. This book could either be a standalone project or the start of a series and will appeal to fans of “The Strain Trilogy,” by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan, and “The Blood Gospel,” by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell. Thank you for your time and consideration.

With warm regards,

Brian W. Taylor

PRIZES: Three winners will be plucked from the slush and receive query critiques. One grand prize winner will receive a query critique, and a complete first chapter critique. All winners will also receive a critique of their revised query letter.
It should be pretty self explanatory after seeing that. Don’t worry about your sample yet. If your query letter does its job and interests me, then we’ll talk about sample pages. I hope everyone is clear about the rules and formatting. Feel free to send any questions you may have my way and I’ll do my best to answer them. My contact information can be found under the “Contact” page. Good luck to everyone entering. You’ve got a week. What have you got to lose?
More information about Brenda Drake’s Pitch Wars can be found here:

Win A Copy Of SNAFU and Add It On Goodreads

SNAFU’s release is just a few weeks away! Cohesion Press has a few copies up for grabs on Goodreads. You can also add it to your TBR list too. With new stories by Jonathan Maberry, Weston Oches, Greig Beck, James A. Moore, and me, you can’t go wrong. Prepare for monsters and mayhem July 11th!

Follow this link to win and add SNAFU on Goodreads: