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The Big Thrill Roundtable

Hey folks, take a little break and join me and a panel of International h Writer authors for a roundtable discussion on this weeks: “How do you set up those grand, loud, all-out climaxes?” “Big Thrill” section of the ITW website. For me, it’s always insightful to hear how other writers approach this, as many of us by nature tend to work in our own solitary worlds…

Here’s the LINK

“The Lost World of Kharamu” book launch

All right, folks! The official book launch event for “The Lost World of Kharamu” is this coming Saturday, June 30th, at 6 Degrees of Separation, 3-5pm, here in Ossining. This book is a complete departure from the previous Hudson Horror Series (though one early scene happens near the old ‘falls) and is – what I hope, at least – a fun little adventure into Jurassic Park territory. THere’ll be a presentation at the event along with giveaways, a discussion on the current state of dinosaurs and of course books available for purchase. If you can’t make it? No worry – pick up your copy from Amazon or the Severed Press website. See you there!

Another Wyvern Falls inspiration

Hello folks! Oddly, I was just finishing edits on the 6th Wyvern Falls novel – “Legends of Wyvern Falls’ – when an invite arrived from The Briarcliff Manor Historical society to attend a meeting at the mansion that inspired that novel: Beechwood Manor. This 27,000 square-foot behemoth has quite a storied history from Mad Matthias and his bizarre religious cult taking over in the 1830s to a murder trial, visits by at least two U.S. Presidents, the Isadora Duncan Dance company, the Ringling Bros circus and allegedly a visit by the Wright Brothers who landed their plane on the great lawn after a demonstration. It was also here that Vanderlips lived for most the 20th century, renting one of the cottages to author John Cheever for nearly ten years before he became successful.

It’s always a trip to first write about someplace as other-worldly as this, then to find yourself sitting in it. More to come obviously, but for now here’s a few photos including one of yours truly.

Greetings from the ‘Falls

Okay folks, many apologies for being quiet, but it’s been an extremely busy few months. “The Lost World of Kharamu” went through a bunch of revisions with the publisher and finally got out the door, and is slated for a June 21st release. Right around the time the new Jurassic Park movie comes out, if I’m not mistaken. Attaching here is one of my own cover concepts, the final one came out quite a bit different but I decided to go with the publishers designer. Also, hard at work on the new novel, “Neptune’s Reckoning”, due later this year from Severed, which takes the horror show out to Montauk. If that weren’t enough, a new edition of “Feast of Saint Anne” is now available in Paperback & Kindle, with a new edition of “By Summer’s Last Twilight” available in a week or two. Later this year should see the next installment in the Hudson Horror Series, so stay tuned! 

Rocking in 2018

All right folks, if I’ve been off the radar a bit, there’s a good reason: I’ve been too busy writing, writing, editing, & writing. In addition to a new novel due out from Severed Press later this year – “Neptune’s Reckoning” – I had to get through final drafts and edits of “The Lost World of Kharamu”, which went out to the publisher tonight. Without giving away too much, it’s an ode to the “Lost World” tales of Arthur Conan Doyle and of course, Michael Crichton, integrating more recent developments in understanding dinosaur physiology. Like this fellow here, recently found in China. Release date is set for June this year, so look for updates. In the meantime, in addition to cranking away on “Neptune’s Reckoning”, I’ve been editing through three horror novella’s I’m looking to get out his year and have also started on the the 7th Wyvern Falls novel, titled “The Third Veil”. The 5th & 6th in the series are already finished, though in publishing limbo for the moment. Either way, 2018 is looking to be a landmark year, with plenty getting out there. Stay tuned.

HWA guest blog post

HH17-2-768x206Heyyy folks, check out a special guest blog post on the HWA website I have for Halloween, going live October 2nd!

http://horror.org/halloween-haunts-hearse-robert-stava/

August update

Okay folks, but a busy time here in the ‘Falls, with work getting wrapped up on “The Lost World of Kharamu”, which is now scheduled for release by Severed Press in May of 2018. On top of that, a second novel has just been inked with Severed titled “Neptune’s Reckoning”, inspired by this little fellow, sort of, due out end of 2018. That’s not enough, is it? Word is the 7th novel in the Wyvern Falls series is underway, titled “The Third Veil” involving some peculiar PSI experiments conducted in the area during the 1970s and their tie-in to the CIA’s “Stargate” program. Much more to follow, and stayed tuned for an announcement on a special Halloween presentation on Wyvern Falls taking place in October. In the meantime, if you haven’t already, grab your copy of Nightmare From World’s End. It’s also available as an audio book!Black-Statue-Of-Neptune-mu701

Twin Peaks reboot

Not ashamed to say the original show was a direct influence on the “Wyvern Falls” stories, and yet never in my wildest dreams did I expect that this reboot would be happening in 2017, or that it would prove weirder and creepier than the original! Be sure to check it out at: http://welcometotwinpeaks.com/laura-palmer-showtime-ad-970x250

Happy 4th of July!

View from Ossining: Croton Point is the darker mass to the right

View from Ossining: Croton Point is the darker mass to the right. The HMS Vulture was spooked off by a bunch of zealous Colonials who loaded up a cannon and kept firing, thus beginning Major Andre’s ill-fated adventure.

Happy 4th of July! Here in the sleepy, riverside village where I now live – eerily similar to that fictional counterpart in so many of my supernatural stories – the holiday has special resonance. It was right off our shore here at Tellers Point (now called Croton Point) that in September of 1780, a British sloop-of-war, the HMS Vulture, showed up with a particularly special passenger: Major John André. Major Andre was on a critical mission: meet up with one of Washington’s top generals – Benedict Arnold – and secure the plans of West Point, which Arnold was in the process of turning over to the British for the princely sum of £20,000. What followed was both a tragic and almost comical drama: the plan should of succeeded for every reason and yet everything that could have possibly gone wrong, did. A study in human fallibility and fate, I suppose. In the end, Major André was captured (just south here, at Tarrytown), and took the noose for Arnold instead.

Major André is more than just a footnote in history, though, for me at least. Known as a very cultured gentleman and scholar – and an artist to boot – he was well-liked by his captors. It was also the sketch he made of himself the night before his execution that served as an inspiration behind my short story, “The Dying Dream of Major Andre” published in David Neilsen’s ‘Legends of Sleep Hollow’ anthology (available here), a ‘what if?’ scenario that involves a second – and haunted – sketch by the Major, one that illustrated the embodiment of his fear just before meeting his death. Here’s a slide from one of my presentations on the tale, which includes the Majors original self-portrait.Andre 01

In the meantime, for those interested in how uncertain the outcome of our country’s history really was, check out this article: Link to historic account of Major John Andre .

For the rest of you, sit back, enjoy the holiday, and if you think of it, raise a toast to those founding fathers that risked everything to make this a new and independent country. They were not perfect men, to be sure, but they were men of reason, passion and commitment who tried to come up with the best form of government they knew how, one that is being sorely tested to its limits 241 years later.