The original Dead Souls parts 1 to 52 are now free on Wattpad!

The original 52 parts of Dead Souls are now available for free at Wattpad. You can find them at this link, where you’ll find a table of contents that allows you to access each of the parts. New parts will also start appearing for free at Wattpad soon, hopefully by the end of February!

When I launched Dead Souls, I wanted to write a vampire soap opera. I thought Amazon would be the best way to get the series out, but I realized after a while that the constant 99 cents price tag was quite off-putting. By that point, I’d already signed an agreement for the first 52 parts, but now I’m in total control of the series so I’m releasing it all for free.

In my head, I’ve basically ‘renewed’ Dead Souls for a second year, which means another 52 parts. I have the story mapped out, and I know the main plots points for the characters, including who lives and who dies. The series will continue to be written and released in 13-part bursts, because I find that an easier way to write them. I don’t want to give away too many spoilers, but there are plane crashes, family reunions and terrible downfalls ahead in the next few parts!

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The Writer is now available for free at Wattpad

The Writer by Amy CrossThe Writer, a novella I originally released in 2014, is now available for free at Wattpad. It’s the story of a widow who finds herself at the mercy of her neighbor, who just happens to be a reclusive but hugely successful horror author. Soon, it becomes apparent that this particular author has a pretty dark scheme ready to put into action.

I’m planning to put some more stories on Wattpad soon, although I haven’t decided which ones yet. Probably a mix of old re-releases and new titles. I’m still learning how Wattpad works, so there might be a few hiccups along the way!

The Border: The Complete Series is now available from Amazon!

bordercomplete1Last summer, I released a serial horror-thriller series called The Border in eight parts, and now those eight parts have been pulled together into a single download. The Border: The Complete Series is available from Amazon, telling a 500+ page story about the darkness that lurks beneath a small American town.

The Border was designed as an attempt to get back to the writing style that I used for Asylum. From my POV it was a successful exercise, but it’ll be interesting to see whether anyone else thinks so! It’s the story of a guy who returns to his home-town and faces the demons from his past. In some cases, those demons come in the form of family members, while in other cases they come in the form of… well, maybe actual demons.

I started out writing serials, and I want to get back to that in 2016 with a couple of projects that I’ve been working on for a while.

Dead Souls update!

Just a quick note for anyone who’s wondering about the Dead Souls series. There will be new releases soon, I’m just waiting to sort out some issues with the original 52 books. Also, I’m changing the way they’re released, so it’ll be much cheaper to keep up with the series. I anticipate having everything fixed by the middle ofFebruary, at which point I should be able to release the further adventures of Edgar, Kate and all the other residents of Thaxos!

Demon’s Grail – The first 3 books are out now!

Ascension Demon's Grail book 1 Amy CrossThe first three books in the Demon’s Grail series are out now at Amazon! Ascension, Evolution and The 13th Demon follow the story of Abby Hart as she faces the rise of the spider empire, although she soon learns that there’s an even darker threat lurking in the shadows. Oh, and she also meets her twin brother for the first time!

Originally, Demon’s Grail was going to be one book. As I plotted out Ascension, I realized that it would work better as a trilogy. And then later, as I plotted out the second and third books, I realized that there was even more of a story to tell. So now there’ll be at least six books, although it might take even more to get to the ending that I’ve had in store for Abby for a while now.

Evolution Demon's Grail Amy CrossIt’s weird to think that Abby’s story started back in 2011, with the first Dark Season book. She didn’t really appear in that book, although she was certainly conceived during the course of the story. She showed up in the second book and then really became a main character in the third.

Then came her first two stand-alone books, The Hollow Church (2013) and Vampire Asylum (2014). I don’t think I really knew what her story would be when I wrote The Hollow Church, but Vampire Asylum definitely acts as a sort of prequel to Demon’s Grail, since it shows Abby being dragged to Tor Cliff so that a secret can be extracted from her mind.

The 13th Demon Amy CrossDemon’s Grail is her real story, however. Unlike with The Hollow Church and Vampire’s Grave, I know how the tale of Abby Hart will end, and I know the overall shape of her destiny. That might not be so clear at the end of The 13th Demon, but the next book in the series, Child of War, should make the ongoing story much clearer. I can’t really say much more than that without giving away spoilers.

Other than Demon’s Grail, the past few months have also seen the release of At the Edge of the Forest, The Devil’s Hand and a few other books that I haven’t had time to mention on this site. I’m going to try to get much better at updating the blog in 2016, starting with another new release that’s coming in the next few days. That one will be a sequel to a book that probably didn’t seem to be crying out for a sequel when it first came out.

And now I’m off to listen to some David Bowie albums!

Two new releases – The Island and The Cabin

The Island by Amy CrossI’ve released two new books over the past couple of weeks. First is The Island, book one in the new Steadfall series set hundreds of years in the future, in a world where anyone who wants to rebel against society is sent to a remote island where madness and chaos rule.

The main characters are Iris, a girl who is sent to the island after learning a shocking truth about her own life, and Asher, who starts her own town but quickly finds that there are others who want to push her back down. Add a bunch of cannibals into the mix, and The Island builds to a conclusion in which both Iris and Asher are forced to make a stand. A sequel is due out early next year!

The Cabin by Amy CrossAlso out now is The Cabin, a horror novel about a British girl who goes to visit a friend in Norway and ends up trapped in a nightmare. This is one of the darker books I’ve written, so maybe steer clear if you don’t like things to get too graphic and nasty.

Although it might seem like a standalone novel, The Cabin also has a sequel on the way, although I won’t say too much about that just yet in case I accidentally give away too much about the first book.

Asylum sequel Meds is out now!

Meds, the sequel to Asylum, is out now from Amazon! I said before that I didn’t think I’d ever write a sequel to Asylum, and that was the plan until the idea for Meds came to me. There will also be a third book later, to complete a trilogy.

Here’s the start of the blurb:

At the edge of a ruined town, a burned-out hospital houses one final, functional ward.

There, a small group of doctors and nurses tend to patients who have been consigned to the Overflow. Unloved, forgotten by the people who knew them, these are the patients who will never receive visitors. If something happens to them, no-one will ask questions.

When I wrote Asylum, there was no plan to ever continue the story. It was only much later that I started thinking about bringing Nurse Winter and some of the other characters back. The Prison (2014) was at one point going to be a sequel to Asylum, although that plan changed and it became a different book. Now Meds is here to show what happened after, and in some cases before, the original Asylum story.

The third book in the trilogy will be out later this year or maybe in 2016, it’s still a way off. The first few chapters are already written, and although I’m not sure of the title yet, I think it might be something to do with mail and the postal service…

The Haunting of Emily Stone is out now at Amazon

hauntingcover2The Haunting of Emily Stone is out now at Amazon. Set over several years, it’s the story of a man who wants to believe in ghosts, and a little girl who’s forced to tell a terrible lie.

Here’s the blurb:

Twenty-four years ago, Robert Slocombe thought he had proof that ghosts were real. British newspapers filled their pages with photos of little Emily being tormented by what seemed to be a malevolent spirit. And then the whole thing turned out to be a trick, and Robert’s career was over.

Until now.

One day Emily Stone, now a grown woman with a child of her own, contacts Robert out of the blue and begs for his help. She claims that her daughter is being tormented by a dark entity, and that parts of her original story were true after all. Robert dismisses Emily’s claims out of hand and tells her to leave him alone, but then a horrific incident forces him to go back to the scene of his greatest humiliation. Was the haunting of Emily Stone really a hoax, or was there a sliver of truth at its heart?

The usual price is $2.99 from amazon.com, or £1.99 from amazon.co.uk. It’s also available free for Kindle Unlimited readers to borrow.

Tenderling is out now at Amazon

TenderlingTenderling is a new horror novella about a little girl who realizes there’s something hiding in her family’s new house. Unfortunately, she’s about to discover that getting rid of a Tenderling is pretty much impossible…

This isn’t the first time I’ve written about Tenderlings, but it’s the first time I’ve based a whole book on them. They first appeared way, way back in the first series of Dark Season, and since then they’ve made brief appearances in both Lupine Howl and Dead Souls. Each appearance has added a little more information about what they are, where they come from, and how they operate. In Tenderling, however, you’ll learn a lot more.

Tenderling is $2.99 from Amazon (here’s the link for amazon.com, and here’s the link for amazon.co.uk).

Dead Souls Volumes One and Two now available!

deadsoulscompletev1coverThe first two collected volumes of Dead Souls are now available from Amazon!

Because of the huge size of the Dead Souls serial, I’m dividing it up into 13-part chunks. There are two reasons for this: first, because that’s how I plot out the story, and second, because if the collected volumes were any larger, I wouldn’t be able to put out paperback versions. As it is, they’re coming in at around 800 pages each, which is just shy of the maximum page-count offered by Createspace.

deadsoulscompletev2coverDead Souls is designed as a kind of ongoing paranormal romance / horror serial. I currently have the first 65 parts mapped out, but I hope to keep it going longer than that. I know that a lot of readers are wary of authors who cut up books into smaller chunks to make money, but I want to make it clear that that’s not what I’m doing with Dead Souls at all. This is an ongoing serial, with real cliffhangers each week, and I’m writing it because I grew up loving TV soap operas like Eastenders, Coronation Street, Neighbours and (from the USA) Days of Our Lives.

Yes, I know it’s a bit odd for a Brit to like Days of Our Lives, but it’s true! I’ve always had a soft spot for E.J. and Sami, as well as the version of Shawn who was in it up until around 2005 / 2006. So yeah, I could go on and on, but I love ongoing stories and I’ve always wanted to write one. I’d been planning Dead Souls for a while, and then when Kindle Unlimited launched with its unlimited subscription offer, I realized the time was right!