Friday, May 6, 2016

Guest Post Tamara Thorne & Alistair Cross

Today I’m excited to share with you a Guest Post by author’s Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross. Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross are the authors of the serial novel, ‘The Ghosts of Ravencrest’, as well as the hosts of the successful Horror, Urban Fantasy, and Paranormal-themed radio show, Thorne & Cross Haunted Nights LIVE. Their latest book ‘Mother’, a psychological thriller was published in April 2016.

About 'Mother': Girl’s Worst Nightmare is Her Mother ...

Priscilla Martin. She’s the diva of Morning Glory Circle and a driving force in the quaint California town of Snapdragon. Overseer of garage sales and neighborhood Christmas decorations, she is widely admired. But few people know the real woman behind the perfectly coiffed hair and Opium perfume.

Family is Forever. And Ever and Ever ...

No one escapes Prissy’s watchful eye. No one that is, except her son, who committed suicide many years ago, and her daughter, Claire, who left home more than a decade past and hasn’t spoken to her since. But now, Priscilla’s daughter and son-in-law have fallen on hard times. Expecting their first child, the couple is forced to move back … And Prissy is there to welcome them home with open arms … and to reclaim her broken family.

The Past Isn’t Always as Bad as You Remember.
Sometimes it’s Worse ...

Claire has terrible memories of her mother, but now it seems Priscilla has mended her ways. When a cache of vile family secrets is uncovered, Claire struggles to determine fact from fiction, and her husband, Jason, begins to wonder who the monster really is. Lives are in danger - and Claire and Jason must face a horrifying truth … a truth that may destroy them … and will forever change their definition of “Mother.”

The Facts:

Publication Date:
April 9th, 2016
Psychological Thriller
Available at:

Horror in the Flesh by Thorne & Cross:

When Stephen King came out with The Dead Zone, many were disappointed because he stepped away from ghosts and vampires. While The Dead Zone is loaded with telepathy, that gift has never been in the same supernatural league as haunted houses, demonic possession, or flesh-eating zombies. At first, The Dead Zone just didn’t feel like horror.

But of course we both bought it - and devoured it - and loved it. And it remains one of King’s best novels even if it doesn’t fit the definition of traditional horror. In fact, The Dead Zone is about politics. While that is a horror unto itself, there is only a precious whiff of the ghostly at the end of the story when Sarah Bracknell visits Johnny Smith’s grave and she hears his voice tease her with a familiar phrase, “You still sniffing that wicked cocaine?” And we’ll admit it - that’s our favorite part. It satisfied the ghostly jones perfectly because we took that as a sign that Johnny’s ghost was present.

We loved the book all the more for it and learned that no matter where Stephen King went, we would follow, genre be damned. That doesn’t mean that we don’t jump for joy whenever King returns to his supernatural roots, but it reminded us that good writing transcends genre labels.

All artists need to grow. Tamara loved Bruce Springsteen best in his Born to Run and Thunder Road era, but she likes the later works, too. Alistair likes Stevie Nicks the most on her own, but enjoys her in Fleetwood Mac as well. Artists grow, artists change, artists try new things, but very few lose the essence of what makes us love them.

Writers need to grow as much as any painter, sculptor, or musician; stagnation is deadly to all.  Robert McCammon was tired of being pigeon-holed into the horror genre by his publisher and began writing more mainstream novels. His coming-of-age tale, A Boy’s Life is one of his all-time greatest books.While he ostensibly left horror out of it, he is a writer - like King, Koontz, and Bradbury - who always has a spooky sensibility. Love of the dark side shows in the words he chooses and the scenes he sets. Spookiness is inherent in the work of such authors.

Conversely, there are writers who are known for historicals, or political or family thrillers like Stuart Woods and Anne Rivers Siddons who have each tiptoed over to the dark side and written some of the best horror we’ve ever read. Woods’ Under the Lake is terrifying and eerie and Siddons’ The House Next Door is a modern Hill House. There’s a reason these two authors excel at the eerie - if you read some of their very mainstream work, you’ll easily detect hints of the macabre in turns of phrase, descriptions, or even in the ruthless people they write about.  

As for us, we love scary stories and usually write books with supernatural elements, but with Mother we wanted to stretch. Not only was it a joy to explore new territory, the storyline simply didn’t call for ghouls, ghosts, and hauntings. But make no mistake: Mother is all about monsters. In this case, however, we wanted to entertain a different kind of beast, the worst monster of all: the human monster.

After all, one look at the news or the history of humanity tells us that human beings are scarier than any creature we could possibly make up. And the worst part is this: Statistically, a crime against you is far less likely to be committed by a stranger with candy than by someone you know and trust. These are the facts that set the stage for Mother. We wanted to address the reality that not all the monsters are lurking in dark alleyways or haunting the depths of our cellars. Most of them are at home wearing familiar faces and baking cookies in a pinafore apron, smiling as they size you up.

What does all this mean? It means that there is horror in almost any tale but it isn’t necessarily supernatural. We feel that with the exception of traditional tropes - vampires, werewolves and so forth - horror is not so much a genre as it is a sensation of unease, a creeping feeling that you’re being watched. Horror is the mysterious creak on the stairs that raises your hackles.

All that said, there may well be a ghost in Mother. Many of our readers as well as our editors are convinced there is, and they may be right. What do we think? Well, this book is about reality, and in the real world you can rarely be sure if there’s a ghost haunting you or if you’re just imagining things. All you can do is guess. And just as in The Dead Zone - when Sarah hears Johnny’s ghostly greeting - in Mother, it’s up to the reader to decide whether it’s real or phantasm.

We will never abandon supernatural  horror - we love it - but we’ve tasted the real world and want more. Mother, we now know, is the first in a loose series of familial thrillers we call The Trilogy of Terror that will be coming out over the next couple of years in between more traditional fare. We don’t expect any supernatural elements in these novels but we never know what might pop up. That’s for our characters - and in some cases, our readers - to decide.

About the Authors:

Tamara Thorne is the author of many novels including international bestsellers, Haunted, Moonfall, Bad Things, and The Sorority. She’s been interested in ghost stories all her life and has been published since 1991. Alistair Cross’ debut novel, The Crimson Corset, was an immediate bestseller which earned praise from vampire-lit veteran Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, and well as NYT bestselling author of The Walking Dead, Jay Bonansinga. In 2012, Thorne and Cross joined forces and they have since completed three novels, The Cliffhouse Haunting, which reached the bestsellers list in its first week of release, the successful Gothic The Ghosts of Ravencrest, and Mother, which is due out this spring. They are currently working on their next projects, which are slated for release throughout 2015 and 2016.

Together, Thorne and Cross host the popular Horror/Thriller/Paranormal-themed radio show, Thorne & Cross Haunted Nights LIVE!, which has included such guests as worldwide bestseller, V.C. Andrews, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter novels, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jay Bonansinga of the Walking Dead series, Peter Atkins, screenplay writer of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro of the Saint-Germain vampire series, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels that inspired the hit television series, and New York Times bestsellers Christopher Rice, Jonathan Maberry, Christopher Moore.

You can visit Alistair Cross’ website at and Tamara Thorne’s website at

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