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THE NIRVANA EFFECT
New release!


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No one goes out anymore.

Society is sheltered indoors. The economy is in ruins. People spend their lives addicted to a breakthrough virtual reality technology, desperate for escapism in a troubled world. The Nirvana Effect has taken over.

Aaron and Clarissa are members of a subculture of realists who resist the lure of a fake utopia. They watch in horror as the technology spreads across the country with willing participants who easily forgo their freedoms for false pleasures. When the young couple discovers a plot to enforce compliance for mind control, the battle for free will begins. What started as a playful diversion turns deadly. The future of the human race is at stake.

"Millions tune into a virtual reality program while society collapses around them in this thoughtful cyberpunk novel from Pinkerton... he does a good job drawing readers into the characters’ anguish and fear, and builds to a clever, desperate climax. Fans of stories centered on the conflict between the virtual and the real will find plenty to enjoy."   Publishers Weekly

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Goodreads reviews


Publisher


Flame Tree Press, based in London and distributed by Simon & Schuster, is the fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing.  
 

   
  TIME WARP

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Trapped in a lifetime of wrong turns and regret, Danny is a lost man desperate to reinvent himself. When the family business is sold and Danny receives a sudden influx of cash, he devotes his time and money to mastering the art of time travel. Delving into his troubled past, Danny begins constructing an alternate life narrative to fulfill his biggest dreams and abolish personal tragedies. He ignites a love affair with his childhood sweetheart and achieves his ambition to fly airplanes. But the reboot comes with a price.

As the secrets of Danny’s time machine come to light, murder and mayhem erupt around him. Dueling life stories collide and Danny spirals into madness, pulling others into his dark universe. The line between reality and fantasy is not only blurred, it becomes smeared with terror – and no one around him is safe.

"The premise and structure of Pinkerton's novel is pure genius, and the execution is top-notch. A word of warning for the faint of heart, though--this is disturbing stuff... TIME WARP is right up there with the best of Brian Pinkerton.”  Raymond Benson, The Black Stiletto, Hotel Destiny and James Bond: The Union Trilogy

"Pinkerton’s psychological portrait of an unstable and unreliable narrator is well done."   Publishers Weekly

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Goodreads reviews


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Crossroad Press, formed in 2009, publishes digital, print and audiobooks in a variety of genres, including horror, sci-fi and mystery.
 

   
THE GEMINI EXPERIMENT

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In a secret lab, a team of doctors and scientists funded by a mysterious billionaire create the first human replica entirely from technology. The robot is prepared to host the digitized consciousness of Tom Nolan, a family man suffering from a terminal illness. But when Tom’s replica escapes before the transfer can take place, he is faced with the horrors of an alter ego bent on death and destruction. When the experiment draws the attraction of spies, Tom is caught up in an international crisis with a showdown that could change the course of the world.

"Surprising plot twists, exciting action... Pinkerton wields fast pacing and an entertaining, electrifying plot..."   Publishers Weekly

"Part spy thriller, part SF adventure, Pinkerton’s latest is a fast-paced and action packed novel with well-developed characters that will have strong YA and adult appeal.”  Library Journal

"A fantastic thriller! A must read if you need a little near-future terror."   Russell R. James, author of Q Island

"Pinkerton is truly a master when it comes to action scenes. They are thrilling, fast-paced and will leave you breathless... a fun sci-fi story.”  Ginger Nuts of Horror

Also available on Spotify!

Links


Inside the Emotion of Fiction: The Gemini Experiment

Goodreads reviews


Publisher


Flame Tree Press, based in London and distributed by Simon & Schuster, is the fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing.     


   
  HOW I STARTED THE APOCALYPSE
BOOK THREE: ZOMBIE REGIME


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In the third and climactic book of the series, zombies have taken over society and the government. The remaining humans are hunted for food, hiding in underground networks. With mankind on the verge of extinction, an unlikely hero surfaces to lead the uprising against the zombie regime in a final, epic showdown.


Links

Series overview

The story behind the trilogy

Publisher


Severed Press is one of Australia’s leading independent publishers of horror.
 


   

ANATOMY OF EVIL

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They unleashed hell on earth. What began as a dream vacation to a tropical island paradise turned into a nightmare journey through the darkest corners of the human soul.

# 1 Occult novel on Amazon on September 3, 2017

"Anatomy of Evil moves at a thrilling pace... a metamorphosis into evil that will chill you to the bones."  Horror News

"Anatomy of Evil is a very scary and entertaining novel." Examiner.com

Links

Video book review by Erik Smith

Interview in The Big Thrill

Video: 10 Gripping Thrillers With a Twist of Horror

When Good Writers do Bad Things


Publishers


Samhain Publishing is an international publisher of print and ebook fiction, specializing in romance and horror.

Crossroad Press, formed in 2009, publishes digital, print and audiobooks in a variety of genres, including horror, sci-fi and mystery.
 

   
BENDER

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After a night of heavy drinking, business traveler Bill Rowe wakes up in his Chicago hotel room with an epic hangover: pounding headache, memory loss and a naked dead woman in his bed. Forced to go on the run, he must piece together the sequence of events during his alcohol blackout to prove his innocence.

"Quite simply, one of the best thriller guys you can find. No nonsense, no bloat, just thrill."  Mort Castle, Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury

Links

Bender feature in The Big Thrill

Bender feature in Omnimystery News

Publisher


Crossroad Press, formed in 2009, publishes digital, print and audiobooks in a variety of genres, including horror, sci-fi and mystery.


   
HOW I STARTED THE APOCALYPSE
BOOK TWO: THE HUNGER WAR


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The hot new zombie series returns with the continuing adventures of Chaz, the zombie who launched an epic plague. The growing zombie population has chosen Chaz to be their leader. The city streets become a battleground for The Hunger War.

"I loved how this book manages to include action, comedy and horror in the same story...a fun book with a lot of heart." Horror Addicts

"The perfect blend of gore, intrigue and kooky romantic comedy." The Bookie Monster

Links

Series overview

Q&A: Tag, I'm It

Publisher

Severed Press is one of Australia’s leading independent publishers of horror.
 

HOW I STARTED THE APOCALYPSE

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Experience the end of the world from the point of view of the zombie that started it all.

Chaz Singleton is the product of a secret military experiment gone horribly wrong. He escapes his captors to go on the run, a lone zombie against a hostile humanity.

"How I Started the Apocalypse is the kind of book you’ll tear through in one sitting... a really macabre and satisfying slice of horror fiction."Dread Central

"Very entertaining... an overall well-rounded and fun story." — Famous Monsters of Filmland

"A fine addition to any zombie lover’s library...well written and bloody funny...bon appétit!" Horror Zine


"Gory and action-packed... One can’t help but feel for Chaz and cheer him on in his efforts. Brian Pinkerton has managed to make a sympathetic zombie..." — Hellnotes


Links

Series overview

Zombies: scientific or supernatural?

A zombie memory

Publisher


Severed Press is one of Australia’s leading independent publishers of horror.

 
ROUGH CUT

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Limited Signed Hardcover


Horror legend Harry Tuttle is desperate for a hit. Harry’s career has been on a painful slide ever since he directed a couple of box office winners in the 1980s. Enter Marcus Stegman, a young unknown with a horror picture of his own. It’s not only a brilliant debut — it’s the movie Harry always dreamed of making. A rivalry ensues and it’s about to become bloody.

Two horror directors, a suspicious film critic, a beautiful young starlet, and a deranged fan become entangled in the cut-throat competition where hungry hopefuls will go to any means necessary to break into the big-time...and no one is safe.

"Pinkerton's Rough Cut was easily one of the half dozen best novels I read last year... Rarely does one read a book which can put you 'on the edge of your seat' as movies so often do, yet this novel does precisely that." — Hal Bodner, author of Bite Club

"Brian Pinkerton is the real thing. Rough Cut is a hip and savvy look at the trials and tribulations of a formerly respected horror director and his current status as one that makes low, LOW, budget crap. Pinkerton's prose hits all the right notes..." Mark Sieber, Horror Drive-In

"What a great book! Absolutely loved it. Couldn't put it down." J. Michael Major, author of One Man's Castle

# 1 Horror eBook on Apple on January 3, 2021

Links


Rough Cut promo video

Behind the Scenes: Rough Cut interview

Monsters and Me

Publishers


Bad Moon Books received the Specialty Press Award in 2011 from the Horror Writers Association. BMB publishes horror, science fiction, mystery and fantasy.

Dark Arts Books, founded in 2006, publishes horror and dark fantasy novels and anthologies.

 
KILLER'S DIARY

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A murderer is stalking the Windy City. When shy Ellen Gordon finds a diary left behind in a coffee shop, she can't keep from reading it. And when she meets the author in person, he's just as charming as his writing. Only when she reads further does she find clues to the identity of Chicago’s terrifying serial killer. Could it be the author, himself?

Ellen will have to uncover the truth about her new boyfriend quickly if she doesn’t want to become the killer’s next victim.

"A quick, entertaining romp that delivers on its promise."  Rue Morgue magazine

"Four stars... the mind of a killer is delved into in great detail." Long and Short Reviews


Links

Killer's Diary interview

Shelf Pleasure blog post

Publishers


Samhain Publishing is an international publisher of print and ebook fiction, specializing in romance and horror.

King's Way Press publishes signed limited hardcover editions with interior artwork and deluxe production values.

Crossroad Press, formed in 2009, publishes digital, print and audiobooks in a variety of genres, including horror, sci-fi and mystery.
 

VENGEANCE

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After the killer of his fiancée is acquitted, Rob Carus becomes obsessed with revenge. Then one day he is approached by a strange man who tells him about "The Circle," a secret group of citizens united to eliminate their enemies.

But Rob discovers too late that there is a catch...


Vengeance was referenced in the preface to "The Deadly Bride: The Year's Finest Crime and Mystery Stories" as a notable thriller of 2005-2006.

A Bulgarian-language edition was released under the title Vendetta.

"Energetically plotted, never-sure-where-it's-going pure entertainment."   Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

"Vengeance is a thriller with bite that will turn its own pages... Pinkerton plays all the right notes."   Crimespree Magazine

"Pinkerton has written a winner... a neatly packaged, taut-as-a-bowstring thriller... that fans of Harlan Coben and John Grisham should swallow whole."   Horror World

"This book is a fast, lean muscle machine... taking off in a screech of tires and a cloud of burning rubber like a vintage Mustang... and Brian Pinkerton is Steve McQueen behind the wheel, taking his tale through it's paces, never letting up on the gas as he speeds through some unexpected twists and turns with the skills of a master, leaving the reader soaked in cold sweat... and grinning like a maniac. Highly recommended."   Reclusive Reads

Links

Vengeance photo gallery and alternate cover

Pioneer Press interview


Why the FBI is coming for Brian Pinkerton


Limited edition bookmarks (as featured in Mystery Scene magazine)

Publishers

Dorchester Publishing published mass market paperback genre fiction under its Leisure Books imprint from 1971 to 2012.

Books in Motion is a pioneer in the audio book industry and has been producing high-quality audio books in the unabridged format since 1980.

Crossroad Press, formed in 2009, publishes digital, print and audiobooks in a variety of genres, including horror, sci-fi and mystery.

Калпазанов издателство издава книги в България.



 
ABDUCTED

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A young mother catches a glimpse of her child on a bus two years after he was abducted and declared dead.

#74 on USA Today Bestseller list

# 1 bestseller for Barnes and Noble NOOK on June 1, 2016

"A harrowing and frightening journey into a parent's worst nightmare... Shocking twists and a smash-up ending make this a highly winning thriller." New Mystery Reader

"Pinkerton is a master at tightening the tension until it spills out across the page." Nate Kenyon, author of Bloodstone

"A tense pace all the way to the end." Midwest Book Review

"The book keeps you on the edge of your seat through all phases. It’s incredibly fast paced, it’s emotional, and it’s intense, and well worth the one sitting that you’ll be forced to devour it in." Joe Hempel, Top of the Heap reviews

"Pinkerton expertly builds suspense. This is the kind of novel you won’t be able to put down." Paul Dale Anderson, author of Written on the Wind, Claw Hammer, Darkness and Light

Links

The Making of Abducted: free 12-page e-book

Abducted by Fear

Abducted photo gallery and alternate cover

Publishers


Dorchester Publishing published mass market paperback genre fiction under its Leisure Books imprint from 1971 to 2012. 

Books in Motion is a pioneer in the audio book industry and has been producing high-quality audio books in the unabridged format since 1980.

Crossroad Press, formed in 2009, publishes digital, print and audiobooks in a variety of genres, including horror, sci-fi and mystery.
 

 
KILLING THE BOSS

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Killing the Boss is an innovative murder mystery told through its evidence and clues: employee emails, office memos, police transcripts, media reports, receipts, secret wiretaps and other diverse documents.

Join Detective Ron Hayes as he unravels the bizarre sequence of events that led to the brutal killing of a sales vice president in a downtown Chicago office building. You'll work overtime to get to the explosive finale.

"Mystery lovers who fashion themselves competent sleuths in their own right will rejoice at the sight of Pinkerton's delicious format, eschewing traditional form in exchange for a story delivered the way law enforcement officials usually digest it." The Boox Review

"You just can't put it down... Fascinating... When you think the story has ended and you have it all figured out, keep reading, then keep reading some more." Cozies, Capers and Crimes

"This is a completely different mystery novel from an innovative new mystery author... It is a fascinating concept. And it works... a terrific adventure. RECOMMENDED." I Love a Mystery

Links

Killing the Boss interviews and book signing

Killing the Boss reviews and preview

If at first you don't succeed...

Publisher


Self-published

 
UNRELEASED

Paperback (out of print)


Unreleased features three film scripts accompanied by anecdotes about pitching to Hollywood.

LOW BUDGET: A desperate moviemaker makes a secret deal for success.  (The early version of Rough Cut!)

HEARTBREAK BEAT: A broken romance unleashes a bumbling journey into singlehood.

MY EVIL TWIN: A scheming car salesman impersonates his twin in the ultimate scam.

Links

Unreleased page

Publisher

Self-published

 
  THE RUTS

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The Ruts features a crazy, dysfunctional family that many people will relate to but few will want to admit it! This anthology collects the complete comic strip adventures of The Ruts plus bonus behind-the-scenes material. More than 130 cartoons.

Publisher

Self-published

   
  HORROR 201: THE SILVER SCREAM
includes the essay SCREAMING IN MY EAR by Brian Pinkerton


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This collection of writings about horror films and filmmaking includes Brian's essay "Screaming in my Ear," a rant about modern horror movies. The book also contains interviews with Ray Bradbury, Wes Craven, George A. Romero and John Carpenter. Edited by Joe Mynhardt and Emma Audsley.

Horror 201 was a finalist for the 2016 Bram Stoker Award: Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction


Publisher

Crystal Lake Publishing, based in South Africa, specializes in fiction and non-fiction books with a dark edge.

 
  PULP! Winter/Spring 2013
includes the short story NOW LOOK WHAT YOU DID by Brian Pinkerton


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Brian's short story "Now Look What You Did" appears in the sixth volume of the anthology PULP! edited by Chris Gabrysch. 

The book features 12 stories embracing the style of the classic pulp genre. 

Publisher

Twit Publishing, based in Dallas, Texas, publishes short story anthologies and novels spanning the crime, sci-fi, detective, fantasy, horror and western genres.

   
ZOMBIE ZOOLOGY
includes the short story SWAT by Brian Pinkerton


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Brian's short story "SWAT" appears in the ZOMBIE ZOOLOGY anthology published by Severed Press. 

The book features 12 never-before-published stories of living dead beasts by 12 horror authors spanning the U.S., U.K. and New Zealand.

"Quite clever and engaging... Certainly worth the time of all devotees of the decomposed." Fangoria

Publisher

Severed Press is one of Australia’s leading independent publishers of horror.

 
CHICAGO BLUES
includes the short story LOWER WACKER BLUES by Brian Pinkerton


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Brian's short story "Lower Wacker Blues" appears in the CHICAGO BLUES anthology edited by Libby Fischer Hellmann. The anthology includes short stories by Sara Paretsky, J.A. Konrath, Stuart M. Kaminsky, Marcus Sakey, D.C. Brod and Barb D'Amato.


Links

Chicago Sun-Times review / interview

Chicago Blues launch party photos

Publisher

Bleak House Books, an imprint of Big Earth Publishing, is a publisher of literary and crime fiction.