Tom Piccirilli

Biography

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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Books

The Walls of the Castle
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 25,220. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2018 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
This atmospheric yet action-packed, mature psychological thriller, is part examination into the bonds of family and part treatise on the nature of identity, and explores the deepest areas of what makes us who we are. With a noir sensibility and complexity of character, the novella is a hybrid psychological thriller that's part suspense tale, part family saga, and part literate mystery.
Bad Dog
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 110,460. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2018 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Bad Dog is a new volume of Tom Piccirilli's most offbeat and unsettling short fiction and novellas spanning the breadth of his twenty-year career. Twice nominated for crime fiction's highest honor, the Edgar Award, and twice winner of the International Thriller Writers Award, Piccirilli is a master of dark characterization and noir atmosphere.
Pale Preachers
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 24,910. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2017 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Horror » Occult
Mal’s redneck cousins from Moon County come calling because Grandma Callie, who raised him in the same "witchy ways" as his sister Lulabelle was brought up. Although he left home to try for a normal life, he's still got the gift, and right now Moon County needs all the help it can get. The dead are coming back – out of the muck, shallow graves, sinkholes, and deep green morass.
The Deceased
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 60,450. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2015 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Horror » Occult
Something is calling Jacob Maelstrom back to the isolated home of his childhood — to the scene of a living nightmare that almost cost him his life. Ten years ago his sister slaughtered their brother and parents, locked Jacob in a closet...then committed a hideous suicide. Now, as the anniversary of that dark night approaches, Jacob is drawn back.
Shards
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 59,910. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2015 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
After the break-up of his latest relationship, Nathaniel Follows meets beautiful, wealthy, and melancholy Susan Hartford; their rapport is immediate. She invites him to her home for a grandiose birthday celebration, and Nathaniel finds that Susan's life is not as enviable as it seems — in the midst of the gathering he realizes there is a wall of fear around her.
Forgiving Judas
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 9,450. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2014 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs, Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
Tom Piccirilli's third poetry collection is his most intensely personal, using the loss of his friends and family, forgiveness and guilt.
Meeting the Black
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 4,160. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2012 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
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.
Hexes
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 77,530. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2012 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Horror » General
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;
Grave Men
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 54,140. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2012 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
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.
Thrust
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 36,140. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2011 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
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
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 53,620. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2011 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Horror » General
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
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 62,790. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2011 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
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
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 55,600. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2011 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
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.
Futile Efforts
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 106,980. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2011 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - single author
"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
Cast in Dark Waters
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,880. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2011 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Horror » General
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
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 56,390. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2011 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,980. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2011 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
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.
Frayed
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,980. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2011 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,530. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2011 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,650. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2011 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
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.
The Nobody
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,700. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2010 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
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.
Nightjack
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 71,870. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2010 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
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
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 60,520. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2010 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
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.

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