The Blog in Which I Announce My Two-Book Deal with Books of the Dead

So, the big announcement has finally come!

Books of the Dead, the publisher of my successful (I guess), well-reviewed collection of horror short stories, Little Deaths, has signed a two-book deal with me.  And novels this time!

The two books are entitled The Bell Witch and Kill/Off.  A little about both.

The Bell Witch is my fictionalized retelling of what is perhaps the most well-documented poltergeist case in America.  It happened in the 1820s in rural Tennessee…well, wasn’t it all rural back then?  Anyway, I’ve read about this since I was a kid, did some extensive research, even poking around the town of Adams, Tennessee, around where this is all supposed to have happened.  What I’ve written is a kind of a gothic ghost story, complete with a terrified family, a malevolent entity and a very dark and disturbing secret.

Kill/Off is as different from The Bell Witch as is possible.  It’s an outright thriller/suspense book, with not even a peep of the supernatural about it.  This one is more about the evil men do rather than the evil men see. It’s about an organization that recruits (read: blackmails) ordinary people into becoming assassins, then pits them against each other in kind of a contest…a kill-off.  Get it?  This one has murder and blackmail and sex and secret societies and nutmeg…well, you’ll have to read it to figure out that last reference.

Two books.  To say I’m excited is an understatement.  And both from a publisher I’ve worked with before and come to  respect.  BOTD produces some nice books.  I don’t just mean they have a great eye for authors (I mean, come on, they obviously do), I also mean they excel at things other small presses always seem to frak up–cover design, interior layout, typeface, etc.  BOTD’s books look like…well…books.  They’re professional and slick and easy for readers to enjoy.

So, there it is…the big announcement.  I don’t know which book is first or when they’ll be out, but be sure that I will pass this along as soon as I know.  Be sure to  follow here for more information.

And really, I want to thank everyone for their support.  Before Little Deaths was published, I had no blog followers really and no Twitter account.  Now, just about a year later, I have some fantastic reviews under my belt, some hard-won name recognition, some people who are fans beyond my immediate circle of family and friends, nearly 7,000 followers, and a new-found reason to keep writing.  Thanks for all that.  I truly appreciate it.  And I hope you all enjoy what’s next from me.

P.S.  Let’s not forget Little Deaths is still for sale!  It’s a terrific book, if I do say so myself (and I do!), so pick up a copy!


About John F.D. Taff

John F.D. Taff is a writer, published author, raconteur and wrangler of angry stoats. He has more than 80 short stories and 7 novels published. He lives in the great, unspoiled vastness of the Midwest. He has a tremendous wife named Debbie, three pugs, Sadie, Tovah and Muriel, and three great kids--Harry, Sam and Molly. View all posts by John F.D. Taff

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