Cold Black Hearts, the third volume of my Border Trilogy, has just been re-released by the horror genre's premier publisher, DarkFuse. This is the super-limited (and long-since sold-out) edition, but it will be available soon as an ebook. When it is, I'll let you know here.
Here it is rising from the shipping carton--art courtesy of the great Frank Walls:
And here are what some reviewers said about it:
"You will keep reading, though. This is Mariotte's great talent: His writing hooks you, and you just have to see how things end. And Annie, much in the vein of the maverick lady investigators and interrogators that populate cable television, is sassy, interesting and smart—and not afraid to risk her reputation, her relationships or even her life to get to the bottom of something."
"It is in the last third of the book where the author pulls out all the stops and we find out where Annie’s real battle begins. Even though Mariotte had sprinkled a few clues along the way of what was to come, when we read about human sacrifices, ghostly apparitions, and one hell of a bad ass demon…we are as stunned as Annie is as to the direction the story is taking us. It is to the author’s credit that he makes this work.
"You won’t find the excesses in this novel that you would see in most small press horror or even some of the newer mass market releases; it seems that Mariotte prefers to present his horror laden with atmosphere and emotion rather than the grotesque. That’s not to imply that there isn’t plenty of action and some vivid descriptions of carnage to be found in these pages, there is, but it doesn’t feel exploitive. It is the strength of Mariotte’s writing that initially keep the readers turning the pages and it’s the bond he manages to form between the reader and Annie that keeps us interested until the end."
--TT Zuma, HorrorWorld.org
It's great to see all three of these books in beautiful collector's editions. I'm proud of them, and I hope you'll read and enjoy them.