So if you're looking for a spooky read to give your friends, loved ones, neighbors, etc., allow me to make a few suggestions:
Chasing the Dragon is a Shirley Jackson Award and Thriller Award finalist. Laird Barron (Occultation) says, "Chasing the Dragon moves like a bullet. As blood-soaked and thunderous as a Sergio Leone western, and grimly referential to classic pulp horror, Kaufmann turns the screws and steadily escalates the tension. A gory, thoroughly rollicking thriller--not to be missed." And The Horror Fiction Review says, "Kaufmann's short & sweet novel is chock-full of blood-splattered fun, lightning-fast action and arguably the coolest dragon I've seen in a horror story....Well worth your time."
General Slocum's Gold is a Bram Stoker Award finalist, received an Honorable Mention in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 2008, and was on numerous best-of-the-year lists. Dead Reckonings says, "Kaufmann has a sure hand for plotting and dialogue, and his precise prose keeps the caper moving briskly to its horrific conclusion...The author has tapped into a deep vein of pulp storytelling for his tale." And Brian Keene (The Rising) says, "General Slocum's Gold is an enthralling dark adventure yarn full of heart and adrenalin and magic. Kaufmann's prose has never been better! Lose yourself in this story."
Jack Haringa Must Die!: Twenty-Eight Original Tales of Madness, Terror and Strictly Grammatical Murder is a fundraising anthology for the Shirley Jackson Awards, edited by yours truly and featuring stories by Jack Ketchum, Christopher Golden, Brian Keene, Craig Shaw Gardner, James A. Moore, Laird Barron, Nick Mamatas, Mary SanGiovanni, Lee Thomas, Bev Vincent, and many more. The Green Man Review says, "Delightfully macabre...Throughout the course of this book Mr. Haringa experiences many a gruesome death, including death at the hands of zombies and slow torture by pontificating fanboy, not to mention the old Sweeney Todd treatment. Along the way, the reader gets to enjoy horror tales by such horror luminaries as Jack Ketchum, Brian Keene, Christopher Golden, and Lee Thomas." Why spend $500 on the secondary market when you can still get a brand-new copy for just $10 at the link above?
Here's wishing you all a happy Halloween, and a shivers-filled All Hallow's Read!