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Today’s the day! The Stone Serpent is out in the world today! Available in e-book, print, and audio (narrated by the exceptional Linda Jones, who also narrated The Hungry Earth) from your favorite bookseller!

“Nicholas Kaufmann offers up an unputdownable blend of gruesome body horror and fast-paced suspense.” – Ray Garton, author of Live Girls and Ravenous

Medical Examiner Dr. Laura Powell didn’t think anything could be more frightening than what she uncovered in an autopsy a year ago. Yet, in this chilling sequel to Nicholas Kaufmann’s bestselling The Hungry Earth, the cause of death is literally petrifying.

When a completely petrified corpse ends up on her autopsy table, Laura is convinced it must be a fossil, but the evidence says otherwise. Impossibly, the man on her table died in a car crash earlier that day. But what could cause a human body to transform so quickly from flesh to a hard stonelike substance?

Laura’s investigation takes her out of her hometown of Sakima, New York, and into dangerous new territory. From the streets of Valley Grove, home to a fundamentalist religious sect under the thumb of a brutal, vindictive leader, to the bowels of Thurmond Biotech, a secretive pharmaceutical company hellbent on developing the first anti-aging miracle drug, what she unearths is far more terrifying than she could have imagined.

Vicious, deadly creatures are preying on the people of Valley Grove, killing them with a highly toxic venom that ravages and transforms their bodies in horrifying ways. As the creatures claim more victims, striking from out of the darkness with lightning-fast speed, Laura must find a way to stop them before they spread to the rest of the Hudson Valley. But will her search for answers put her in even more danger by sending her into the heart of the creatures’ den?

With The Stone Serpent, multiple award-nominated author Nicholas Kaufmann delivers another gripping thriller in the Dr. Laura Powell series.

A New Interview with Me at This Is Horror

There’s a new interview with me, courtesy of Bob Pastorella at This Is Horror, as we approach the publication of THE STONE SERPENT on 11/29! It covers topics like how I got into horror writing, what I’m working on, my writing routine, who I admire in the horror world, and more.

Click the quote below to read the whole thing:

No day ever feels like I’ve been productive enough, and I have frequent bouts of self-doubt, but I’ve been at this long enough to know the answer is to just keep doing the work. That’s the answer to every gripe a writer might have. Books aren’t selling? Keep doing the work. Having trouble finding an agent? Keep doing the work. Bad reviews? Keep doing the work. If anyone asks me for writing advice, that’s what I tell them. Keep doing the work.

Tune in Tomorrow

Tune in Tomorrow: The Curious, Calamitous, Cockamamie Story Of Starr Weatherby And The Greatest Mythic Reality Show EverTune in Tomorrow: The Curious, Calamitous, Cockamamie Story Of Starr Weatherby And The Greatest Mythic Reality Show Ever by Randee Dawn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Randee Dawn’s delightful debut novel is a comedic fantasy about backstage antics at a reality show/soap opera that just happens to be broadcast in a world of magic and mythical creatures. Think SOAPDISH with centaurs. What makes the novel so much fun is undoubtedly the author’s sense of humor. Anyone who’s read Dawn’s more humorous short stories will recognize her style here, to the point where it’s impossible to imagine TUNE IN TOMORROW being written by anyone else, which is one of the highest compliments I can imagine giving an author.

TUNE IN TOMORROW is a character-driven romp. You won’t find a tight plot here, but you will find characters who’ll grow on you, characters you’ll root for, and characters you’ll be just as happy to hiss at for their villainy. Bursting with imagination, memorable personalities, and an authenticity drawn from Dawn’s career as an entertainment writer, TUNE IN TOMORROW is a must-read for anyone who likes their fantasy light, their reality shows soapy, and their puns deliciously groan-worthy.

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Secret Sphynx Salon – Tuesday, October 11th!

On Tuesday, October 11th, I’ll be reading spooky stories at the Sphynx Salon along with Steven Van Patten, Cara Mast, and Meg Elison!

The location is a secret that will only be revealed to those who RSVP using this form.

The form will ask you to upload a picture of your vaccination card, too.

Hope to see you there!