Norman Prentiss

Trade Paperback of ODD ADVENTURES WITH YOUR OTHER FATHER; free eBook of INVISIBLE FENCES

Now available in Trade Paperback, my horror/LGBT roadtrip adventure novel, ODD ADVENTURES WITH YOUR OTHER FATHER:

*only $12.99 at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Odd-Adventures-your-Other-Father/dp/1537757695

*and at Barnes and Noblehttp://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/odd-adventures-with-your-other-father-norman-prentiss/1124716284

[Note:  the ebook version is available exclusively at Amazon, for only $2.99:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01EG5NGPA]

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“It’s rare that I can truly say that I’ve never read anything like this before, but Odd Adventures with your Other Father is a unique creature. Norman Prentiss has given us a tale that’s funny, surreal, touching, magical, and heartbreaking, and we’re in the hands of a master storyteller from beginning to end.” — Jeff Strand, author of Blister, Dweller, and I Have a Bad Feeling About This

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Also, for a limited time, my Bram Stoker Award-winning novella, INVISIBLE FENCES, is being offered FREE at Amazon U.S. and Barnes & Noble. Be sure to get a copy!  (Any posted reviews at retail sites would be greatly appreciated!!)

“Cemetery Dance’s short novel program yields another gem with this sobering story about the imaginary barriers of fear we place around our life circumstances as we grow up… Carefully crafted prose… a lucid reflection on life’s inevitable burden of fear and fractured memory.” — Booklist

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TWO eBook collections for FREE!

Sign up for the Norman Prentiss Newsletter and get TWO eBook collections for FREE!

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IN THE BEST STORIES… is a mini-collection of my 4 best tales: “Glue Traps,” “In the Porches of My Ears” (Bram Stoker Award-winner for Superior Achievement in Short Fiction), “In the Best Stories…” and “Four Legs in the Morning.”

QUEER PANICS contains 5 gay-themed horror stories: “The Shell (A Zombie Approximation),” “Interval,” “The Transfer Student,” and “The Well-Adjusted Child,” along with a never-before-published haunted house tale, “Panic.”

Each collection includes detailed notes about the composition and/or publication history of all the stories.

Author Spotlight: Jessica Knauss (plus giveaway link for $100 Amazon Gift Card!)

I’m participating in a Kindle Unlimited Swap Meet this month with over 20 other authors. ALL of our books are available to read for free through the Kindle Unlimited program. If you’re not already a KU member, you can sign up for a month-long free trial and read as many books as you want — for FREE!

I decided to discover a new author this month, and the book I chose is AWASH IN TALENT by Jessica Knauss, which shares some of the fantasy elements I explore in my own ODD ADVENTURES WITH YOUR OTHER FATHER. (And if you haven’t read my book yet, you can also read it for free this month through Kindle Unlimited.)

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Jessica’s book is a smart and original fantasy about people with special powers (telekinesis, healing, firestarting, mind-reading). I especially admired the novel’s unique structure, presented as a series of three interlocking novellas. One of the joys of the book was finding connections between the different parts, as the narrator of a new section crosses paths with the previous speaker–the technique keeps readers on their toes as they work to recognize the subtle threads. It’s all done very cleverly, and the final novella ties things together nicely.

I was interested in the book’s structure, since in OTHER FATHER I attempted another variation on a novel comprised of linked stories. So I contacted the author to get more info. about how she put her book together, and here’s what she said!

“When I began the first novella, Hope & Benevolent, I thought it was a short story. Over the course about two years, I kept going back to it to see where the out-of-control narrator would take it next. I should add that at the time, I was writing my first novel, SEVEN NOBLE KNIGHTS, a medieval epic that weighs in at about 120,000 words (after trimming!). Writing something briefer was a nice break once in a while. When the first novella was finished, I realized that the characters in AWASH IN TALENT had still more story to tell. It felt right to tell it from a different perspective, and thus the second novella, WaterFire, came about. A year later, Friendship Street came along to finish the story of the two special sisters. The different perspectives and additional characters helped give my alternate-reality Providence more depth. 

“The first inspiration for WaterFire only allowed for it being a story about a Providence native. When Kelly revealed her main challenges, I realized only Beth from the first novella could help her. Beth becomes a key character by the end of WaterFire, and its events help to tell her story.

“Friendship Street brought focus back to Emily. I wondered what would happen to Emily once her sister, Beth, sort of hit it big. I knew she would be in court-ordered therapy, and who more appropriate to treat her than a psychic who can read minds? I found Patricia the psychic’s story to be just as compelling as Emily’s, and in the end their fates are intertwined. So much so that both Emily and Patricia are demanding a sequel. I’m not sure I should humor them, because if I do, they may never stop demanding more stories.”

Thanks to Jessica for answering my questions, and for writing such an engaging book. Here’s hoping those sequels happen!

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Feel free to check out ALL the books in the Swap Meet this month. Many of them are up to 70% off, and there is something for everyone, from fantasy, to mystery, to romance. And be sure to enter to win a $100 Amazon gift card! You can enter by helping to spread the word about these great Kindle Unlimited books.

 

Interview @ CEMETERY DANCE ONLINE about ODD ADVENTURES WITH YOUR OTHER FATHER

Cemetery Dance Online recently posted an interview with me about my new book, Odd Adventures with your Other Father.

The interview was conducted by Blu Gilliand, and he did a fantastic job getting me to talk about why I published via Kindle Scout, how the supernatural elements of the book helped me explore LGBT themes, and how the various genre elements of the book interact.

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Click the image above to visit the interview, or click this link to learn more about the book at Amazon’s product page: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01EG5NGPA

ODD ADVENTURES WITH YOUR OTHER FATHER an Amazon Bestseller in LGBT/Horror!

Sales for my new book have been strong and steady, and yesterday Odd Adventures with you Other Father reached #1 in Amazon’s LGBT/Horror eBook category!

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Click the image above to visit Amazon.com and learn more!

 

ODD ADVENTURES WITH YOUR OTHER FATHER selected by Kindle Press & Now Available!

My new novel, Odd Adventures with your Other Father, completed a successful Kindle Scout campaign, and was selected for publication by Kindle Press. The book was released on May 31, 2016!

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Click anywhere on the image above to learn more, or to order!

New Blurb for ODD ADVENTURES WITH YOUR OTHER FATHER!

Just got a blurb from Peter Atkins, who kindly read the full manuscript for my new novel:

“Beautifully un-categorizable but wholly delightful, Norman Prentiss’s ODD ADVENTURES WITH YOUR OTHER FATHER is a heady mix of the surreal, the poignant, the scary, and the heartwarming. A gleeful mash-up of genres, highly recommended!”
– Peter Atkins, author of MORNINGSTAR and BIG THUNDER, screenwriter of HELLRAISER II and III, creator of WISHMASTER

Please preview the novel @ Kindle Scout, and consider nominating it (or sharing the link) if you like the excerpt! https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/31CCF08HMHST3 

UPDATE: The book was selected by Kindle Press, and is now available for purchase!

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THE BOOK OF BABY NAMES *sold out* pre-publication!

Delighted to learn that the Cemetery Dance signed hardcover edition of THE BOOK OF BABY NAMES sold out its limited run of 600 copies, within 24 hours of the publisher’s announcement! Some copies may still be available on the secondary market, and an eBook will be forthcoming eventually.  In the meantime, here’s the book description, cover, and full details about the stories inside!

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Sandra picked up the dull, saddle-stitched book. The child on the cover laughed, a mischievous gleam in her eyes. Water stains on the front cover blurred the outline of some of the child’s teeth, making a few look sharp, like an animal’s. But the girl laughed, so everything was okay.

Sandra didn’t realize The Book of Baby Names was a work of fiction. And that the stories inside were horrifying….

This mini-collection from Bram Stoker Award-winner Norman Prentiss contains six tales about sinister or endangered children. Features two never-before-published stories, “The Baby Truck” and “The Well-Adjusted Child,” along with a new Foreword/Afterword that places all the tales in an additional disturbing context.

Full Table of Contents:

  • “The Book of Baby Names—Foreword and Afterword” ©2016 by Norman Prentiss, original to this collection.
  • “The Baby Truck” ©2016 by Norman Prentiss, original to this collection.
  • “The Albright Sextuplets” ©2008 by Norman Prentiss. First appeared in Shivers V.
  • “The Covered Doll” ©2010 by Norman Prentiss. First appeared in Black Static magazine.
  • “Homeschooled” ©2009 by Norman Prentiss. First appeared in 4 Stories.
  • “In the Best Stories…” ©2006 by Norman Prentiss. First appeared in Shivers IV.
  • “The Well-Adjusted Child” ©2016 by Norman Prentiss, original to this collection.

ODD ADVENTURES WITH YOUR OTHER FATHER — PREVIEW of New Novel @ Amazon!

Announcing my first full-length book, ODD ADVENTURES WITH YOUR OTHER FATHER — currently on Preview at Amazon.com, as part of their Kindle Scout program.

If you like what you see and enjoy the 5,000 word excerpt, please consider becoming a “Kindle Scout” to Nominate the book (and encourage Amazon to publish it!).  I promise: the adventures get even more wild as the book continues!

UPDATE: The book was selected by Kindle Press, and is now available for purchase!

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ODD ADVENTURES WITH YOUR OTHER FATHER, by Norman Prentiss

A queer roadtrip of supernatural adventures!

Because one of her fathers died when she was very young, much of Celia’s family knowledge comes from stories her surviving father narrates—road-trip adventures from the mid-80s that explore homophobia in a supernatural context. As she considers these adventures (a rescue mission aided by ghostly hallucinations; a secluded town of strangely shaped inhabitants; a movie star with a monstrous secret), Celia uncovers startling new truths about her family’s past.

Follow this link to learn more about the book, or to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01EG5NGPA

 

“THE FUTURE OF LITERARY CRITICISM” (A Dr. Sibley Curiosity) — Now Available in BLACK STATIC #51

My latest Dr. Sibley Curiosity, “The Future of Literary Criticism, is now available in BLACK STATIC issue 51. Order a print copy of the issue from the publisher, or subscribe to support this excellent horror magazine!

Here’s the two-page illustrated spread that introduces my story:

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And here’s the cool cover to the issue, which also features fiction from Mark Morris, Stephen Graham Jones, Gary McMahon,  Caren Gussoff, and Stephen Hargadon, plus book and DVD reviews, and non-fiction from Stephen Volk and Lynda E. Rucker:

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Affordable new trade paperbacks of 3 of my books, now available from Cemetery Dance

Trade Paperbacks

The Narrator, by Michael McBride and Norman Prentiss

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Something is wrong with Julia Linder’s sixth grade class.

One boy’s harmless tendency of getting lost becomes a crippling fog of disorientation. A girl’s mild twitch turns into an obsessive pattern of frightened raps and repetition. The symptoms are spreading and the source seems to be stories that seize upon the children’s deeply seated fears and intensify them exponentially.

How can mere stories change their behavior? The secrets are locked in tales from the past, where only The Narrator can find them.

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The Fleshless Man

2012 Bram Stoker Award Nominee, Long Fiction Category

“The Fleshless Man wants to kill me,” his mother said.

Curtis never enjoyed the cool, oppressive atmosphere of his childhood home, and that atmosphere is even worse when he returns as an adult. His mother is dying, and her illness seems to infect everyone around her: Curtis’s brother has developed a nervous habit that might indicate more serious problems; the attending nurse exhibits puzzling, possibly sinister behavior; and Curtis himself suffers from nightmares and uncharacteristic dark thoughts.

It’s as if the house itself wants his mother to die more quickly–and it will achieve that goal however it can.

Even if it must inspire Curtis to imagine harming his own mother.

Even if it must summon the intervention of a strange entity called the Fleshless Man.

"An examination of the nature of families in crisis and sibling relationships put to the test. Throughout this story there is very much the feel of something terrible taking place just off the page, out of the reader’s line of sight."
 Black Static

"Quietly sneaks up on the reader, delivering a sense of unease and dread. You won’t want to put this book down. "
 Horror Drive-In

Invisible Fences

Invisible Fences — first time in Paperback

2010 Bram Stoker Award Winner, Long Fiction Category

"Cemetery Dance’s short novel program yields another gem with this sobering story about the imaginary barriers of fear we place around our life circumstances as we grow up… Carefully crafted prose… a lucid reflection on life’s inevitable burden of fear and fractured memory."
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The Halloween Children, co-written with Brian James Freeman, available as a Signed Limited Edition from Earthling Publications

INTERVIEWER: How did you get out of there alive?

[A silence, twenty seconds.]

VICTIM: Now we’re getting somewhere, but you already know the answer to that.

INTERVIEWER: Okay, when did you realize something wasn’t right that Halloween night?

[Another silence, this time thirty seconds.]

VICTIM: When I discovered that so many of my neighbors were dead.

This Halloween, critically acclaimed authors Brian James Freeman and Norman Prentiss welcome you to visit the Stillbrook Apartments…where some very interesting people have lived and died, and where something just might be very, very wrong with the children.

Invisible Fences Wins a 2010 Bram Stoker Award!

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Print edition SOLD OUT; Now available as an eBook for $2.99!



The Bram Stoker Awards are given annually by the Horror Writers Association. The 2010 awards were presented as part of the Stoker Weekend in Long Island, New York (June 16-19, 2011). Invisible Fences won in the Long Fiction category.

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Stoker Winners

At the 2011 Stoker Weekend, after the awards presentation (L to R): Angel Leigh McCoy, Bruce Boston, Rocky Wood, Benjamin Kane Ethridge, Norman Prentiss, Peter Straub, Ellen Datlow, Lisa Morton

Story Appearances

Quiet House Four Halloweens

“Quiet House” A Halloween Short Story, reprinted in Four Halloweens (Cemetery Dance Publications)

The Thing With Feathers“The Thing with Feathers” (chapbook, White Noise Press)
LamplightWidowmakers“Burls” in Lamplight Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 1; reprinted in Lamplight Volume 2 omnibus, and in Widowmakers: A Benefit Anthology of Dark Fiction
4 Zombies“The Shell” in Four Zombies (Cemetery Dance Publications)
Dark Fusions“Beneath their Shoulders: An Odd Adventure with Your Other Father” in Dark Fusions, edited by Lois H. Gresh (PS Publishing)
Shivers 7“The Storybook Forest” in Shivers VII, edited by Richard Chizmar (Cemetery Dance Publications)
Black Static“The Covered Doll” in Black Static magazine, issue 20 (December 2010)
Shivers 6“The Old Ways” in Shivers VI, edited by Richard Chizmar, Cemetery Dance Publications (December 2010).  Shivers VI weighs in at 410 pages and contains more than 110,000 words from today’s most popular authors of horror and suspense including Stephen King, Peter Straub, Al Sarrantonio, Jay Bonansinga, Lisa Tuttle, David B. Silva, Melanie Tem, Brian Hodge, Brian Keene, Alan Peter Ryan, Blake Crouch and Jack Kilborn, Bev Vincent, Brian James Freeman, Norman Prentiss, and many others.
Commutability“Distance” in Commutability, edited by David Jack Bell and Molly McCaffrey, MSR Publishing (August 2010)
Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror “In the Porches of My Ears” reprinted in Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror, edited by Paula Guran, Prime Books (October 2010)

“In the Porches of My Ears,” 2009 Bram Stoker Award Winner for Superior Achievement in Short Fiction

Originally appeared in Postscripts 18 (PS Publishing), and also available in Best Horror of the Year, Volume 2 edited by Ellen Datlow (Night Shade Books) and forthcoming in The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror edited by Paula Guran (Prime Books)

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