Tom Piccirilli lives in Colorado, where, besides writing, he spends an inordinate amount of time watching trash cult films and reading Gold Medal classic noir and hardboiled novels. He's a fan of Asian cinema, especially horror movies, bullet ballet, pinky violence, and samurai flicks. He also likes walking his dogs around the neighborhood. Are you starting to get the hint that he doesn't have a particularly active social life? Well, to heck with you, buddy, yours isn't much better. Give him any static and he'll smack you in the mush, dig? Tom also enjoys making new friends. He is the author of twenty novels including The Coldest Mile, The Cold Spot, The Midnight Road, The Dead Letters, Headstone City, and A Choir of Ill Children, all published by Bantam/Random House. He's won the Bram Stoker and the International Thriller Writers Awards, and he's been nominated for the Edgar, the World Fantasy Award, and Le Grand Prix de L'Imaginaire. Learn more at: www.thecoldspot.blogspot.com
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Tom Piccirilli's third poetry collection is his most intensely personal, using the loss of his friends and family, forgiveness and guilt.
Tommy Flowers is a deep cover FBI agent and mob hitter, wracked by guilt, trying to keep himself and his gangster family safe at the dawn of the zombie Armageddon. He’s cursed with fevers and visions of Lucifer, demons, and God. Is the zombie apocalypse God’s ultimate will or can Tommy somehow put a stop to it?
The Death Panel: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness
13 hardboiled stories of crime, suspense, and horror by Tom Piccirilli, Randy Chandler, Tim Curran, John Everson, Simon Wood, Scott Nicholson, David James Keaton, Brandon Ford, and more!
Meeting the Black
Meeting the Black is a powerful and emotional piece written by Tom Piccirilli describing what he was going through, both mentally and physically, before and after his recent operation. 100% of the sales amounts of this and his other Crossroad Press titles, both eBook and audiobook, will continue to go to Tom to assist with his medical bills associated with his cancer treatment.
Priest McClaren wants to put his past behind him. It's a past filled with loss, murder . . . and revenge. now all Priest wants is to own a carpentry shop and earn a quiet living building coffins. But it looks like peace and quiet just aren't in Priest's future. His ex-lover has pleaded with him to carry ransom money into hostile territory in Mexico, to rescue her new husband.
Matthew Galen came back home to Summerfell for a reason. Not to visit his family. Not to relive childhood memories. No, he came back because his best friend was in a hospital for the criminally insane — for crimes too unspeakable to believe.
But Matthew knows the terrifying truth. The ultimate evil doesn't reside in his friend's twisted soul. It comes from a far darker place;
Clown in the Moonlight
Based in part on the true story of Ricky Kasso, the so-called Acid King, who murdered a friend in the Northport woods back in '84 claiming Satan told him to do it, then proceeded to bring high school classmates to view the mutilated body afterward. Occult, hardboiled, and noir matters enter the mix as a nameless drifter teaches Ricky and friends what the true nature of hell is really all about.
Five years ago, Priest McClaren and his younger sister, Molly, were forced to watch as their parents were murdered by a desperate pair of outlaws. Though one is dead, the other, Yuman Dean, is still on the loose. Now Molly is a haunted bounty hunter and all Priest wants is to run a little store with his partner, Lamarr, an ex-slave and ex-Union soldier. But it won't be that easy.
Chase is a performance poet with a history of mental illness who's spent time in jail and hospitals while trying to deal with traumas from his past. A cult figure in New York City, he's as well known for his mania as he is for his poetry. During a reading, Chase sees a woman he believed had died on the ward due to the cruelty of a brutal guard.
Pentacle - A Self Collection
PENTACLE collects the classic tales of an unnamed Necromancer and his demonic familiar "Self" as they wander the spectral highways of America incurring the wrath of both heaven and hell.
A Lower Deep
A man known only as the Necromancer and his demonic familiar "Self" wander the spectral highways of the countryside, incurring the wrath of both heaven and hell – and facing the curses of the damned. But it's a figure from his past that may drive the Necromancer into a hell even he cannot escape.
The Night Class
The college winter break is over, and Cal Prentiss faces yet another semester of boring classes. But Cal's boredom is shattered when he discovers evidence of an unspeakable murder that occurred in his dorm room over the break. Obsessed with finding the truth about this gruesome crime, Cal travels further and further down the twisting halls of a university suddenly gone mad.
"In this disturbing, often grotesque and ultimately mesmerizing collection, Piccirilli (The Cold Spot) reprints 17 stories and 45 poems. Although the star-studded introductions are a nice bonus, Piccirilli's stories are the selling point, and all are standouts..." Publisher's Weekly
Sorrow's Crown - A Felicity Grove Mystery
Jonathan Kendrick's grandmother lives in the upstate New York village of Felicity Grove. And whenever something of a criminal nature occurs, Grandma Anna is right in the thick of it. This time, the senior sleuth needs Jonathan's help to clear an innocent man's name. Zebediah Crummler, the cemetery caretaker, has been arrested ...
Cast in Dark Waters
Her name was Crimson... and she was a legend. A beautiful pirate queen who plundered the 16th Century Caribbean sea by day and confronted voodoo and vampires during the steaming tropical nights.
Cast in Dark Waters is an original dark adventure tale by Ed Gorman and Tom Piccirilli
The Dead Past - A Felicity Grove Mystery
Welcome to Felicity Grove…as small as it is peaceful. But somehow Jonathan Kendrick's eccentric grandma Anna always manages to find trouble. This wheel-chair-bound senior citizen is involved. So when the phone rings at 4 AM in Jonathan's New York City apartment, he knows to expect some kind of dilemma. Anna's outdone herself this time. There's a dead body in her trash can.
You'd Better Watch Out
After his brutally violent cop father kills his mother in a heinous fashion on Christmas day, a young boy is raised on the streets of Brooklyn to become the deadliest hitman for the Mob. But even while he carves out a life and reputation for himself dispatching enemies of the syndicate, the hitter is planning his revenge against those who helped to make him what he is.
Eddie's doing his best to get by, but every day the good fight just gets harder. And now there's a new burden to shoulder. Gray - his best friend and nemesis in literature, romance, and life - has landed in a bizarre mental hospital, known for its radical treatments, because Gray couldn't bear the weight of an unspeakable trauma. Now Eddie's invited to a party at Eddie's house...
The Last Deep Breath
Grey is a drifter on the search for his foster sister, who showed up for the first time in ten years with a knife in her side, then vanished without a trace.
Grey winds up in Los Angeles dealing with manipulative actresses and scummy agents, hoping to find some clue as to what happened to her after she dropped out of a porn career he didn't know about.
Fuckin' Lie Down Already
Clay was an honest New York City cop driven to bring down the mob and make his city a little safer, even when it seemed like nothing he did made any difference. He always played by the rules until a two-bit junkie hit man destroyed his family and left him for dead. But Clay won't let himself lie down until he gets one last thing: revenge.
All You Despise
In All You Despise, Piccirilli’s characteristically lean prose grimly illustrates the high price of redemption and the violent limits of brotherly love.
When a nameless man awakens to find his blood-spattered brother passed out in his trailer it sets off a chain of painful, hard-hitting events that tests family loyalty and shows the savage impact of a father’s dark legacy.
LOSS concerns a failed writer working as a handyman in an old Manhattan apartment building with a strange history and numerous oddball tenants. The penthouse is owned by a bestselling novelist and his wife, the nameless narrator's longtime unrequited love, who soon goes missing. This novella spotlights the fear of missing out on one's greatest hopes and romantic dreams. AND talking monkeys.
Cryer came home to find his wife and young daughter brutalized. He can't quite catch the killer, who slips out a window, stabbing Cryer in the forehead with a 3" blade. As his memories slowly return, Cryer sets out to recreate enough of his life to find and confront the killer, led by a series of encounters with his past, and a string of unintelligible words.
Pace is released from a mental institution, only to be kidnapped by three other escapees, all suffering from multiple personality disorder. What ensues is a wild, surreal adventure leading finally to a Greek island, where everyone may wind up dead unless Pace willingly releases the darkest persona of all...Nightjack.
The Fever Kill
Crease is going back to his quaint, quiet hometown of Hangtree, where his father the sheriff met ruin in the face of a scandal involving the death of a kidnapped little girl and her missing ransom. It's where crease was beaten, jailed, and kicked clear of the town line ten years earlier.
Crease has a single hope; a raw and raging fever driving him toward the truth that might just burn him up.
Short Ride to Nowhere
Jenks and Hale aren't friends, partners, or even next door neighbors anymore. Not since they each lost their jobs and had their homes foreclosed. Not since they lost their wives and kids and lives. After Hale is found nearly dead beside the corpse of a nine-year-old girl, and soon after commits suicide in a mental hospital, Jenks decides to find out what the hell happened.
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