I got my author copies of COLD BLACK HEARTS the other day. That's always an exciting event, no matter how many books I've had published, because until I'm holding it in my hands, it's never really real. This is the fifth and final of the matching-edition reissues from WordFire Press, and it means my five favorite solo horror novels are all available again, in beautiful editions, in hardcover, paperback, and ebook.
If you're a fan of my work, you'll really want to own these. They're all set in the contemporary American west, mostly in border regions from West Texas to California (though SEASON OF THE WOLF explores Colorado's Rocky Mountains, instead--with spooky wolves and spookier humans). They're unrelated, so you don't need to read them in any given order. They're loaded with thrills and chills and unexpected twists, action set-pieces, and characters you'll love.
But don't take my word for it. Here's what the Tucson Weekly said about COLD BLACK HEARTS:
"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."
And HorrorWorld.org said:
"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 Marriotte 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.
"I would recommend Cold Black Hearts to all fans of horror and dark fiction."
And the publisher's blurb: