My first novel, GEN13: NETHERWAR--a horror novel written with my pal Christopher Golden--was a horror novel disguised as a superhero novel. It was released in 1999.
In 2019, in celebration of my 20th year as a novelist, WordFire Press (publishers of my thriller EMPTY ROOMS) is bringing out brand new editions of some of my favorite horror/supernatural thriller novels between now and the end of the year. More details when a schedule is set, but what I can tell you is that I have been back over every single line of these books, so you can consider these the "Author's Preferred" editions. Even if you've read them, you haven't read them like this. They'll be available in every format: paperback, hardcover, ebook, and audio.
The first one up, THE SLAB, has never been reprinted since the original edition from IDW Publishing back in 2003, so it's possible some of you have never even seen a copy. Jim McLeod at Ginger Nuts of Horror said, "“The Slab is one of those books that transports you back to a time when you first started to fall in love with the genre.” And at HorrorWorld.org, TT Zuma wrote, "If you have ever read and enjoyed those epic horror novels from the 70s and 80s (think Dan Simmons’s work) where you were immersed in a sprawling world of rich characterization, smart plotting, and enough subplotting where the horror was deliberately episodic and horrifying, The Slab will be the perfect read for you."
After that comes MISSING WHITE GIRL (I'm posting in what I believe will be the order of release).
This book was originally published long before Gillian Flynn started the fad of "Girl" titles, proving that I'm once again ahead of my time. And the subject matter is more relevant than ever, considering the drama going on around our southern border and the politics involved.
The newspaper ofthe border city of Douglas, AZ--where much of the book is set--said, "Missing White Girl offers a gripping supernatural thriller while weaving an insightful commentary about race and class on the U.S./Mexico border."
As with the other books in this set, I went over every word of this one, so you've never read it quite like this. And as the others, it'll be issued in multiple formats as part of this uniform 20th-anniversary celebratory series.
RIVER RUNS RED earned praise from masters of suspense and horror like Don Winslow (The Border), David Morrell (Rambo's creator, among other accolades, Christopher Golden (Ararat), and more.
Considering Morrell's career output, I'm especially fond of his line: "River Runs Red is a fascinating blend of espionage and the occult with several jaw-dropping plot twists and one of the best action sequences I've read in a long time." But I kinda like Don's, too: "Mariotte can flat out write. This is a smart, fast, terrific read. This river runs."
This one and THE SLAB are my two works of epic horror, and I pretty much love both of them. I hope you will, too.
COLD BLACK HEARTS comes next. I originally sold MISSING WHITE GIRL to Penguin's Jove imprint, then offered them RIVER RUNS RED. They bought that plus an unwritten third book that I hadn't even started thinking about yet. That was when I realized that both previous books had three-word titles containing a color--it literally had not occurred to me before I had to figure out what the third book would be.
For the first time ever, a publisher has actually gone to the trouble of making the cover of each book predominantly the color mentioned in the title (if you missed the other two, scroll down on my page for them). That's a minor thing, but it's nice to have some thought put into it.
Last, but definitely not least, is SEASON OF THE WOLF. Once again, this is essentially a new book, since it's been rewritten and re-edited. It was originally a concept for a graphic novel, but when I started work on it, it gravitated toward this form instead. I'm glad it did. If this cover doesn't catch your eye, nothing will. At The Arched Doorway, Rebecca Lovatt wrote, "Season of the Wolf is a quick read, but it’s one that imparts an important message about the delicate balance between our actions and nature. Mariotte turns the tables, and shows us what it’s like to be among the hunted, not one of the hunters — having our safe havens invaded and taken away, friends and family killed and shown no mercy. It’s a great read, and while it doesn’t fit into my usual genre, I believe that any reader, whether they enjoy mystery, thrillers, fantasy or just fiction in general will find something in Season of the Wolf that will draw them in.