Thanks to Gerald Winters of Gerald Winters and Son Rare Books in Bangor, ME, here’s an amazing find: a letter that Stephen King wrote to publisher Coward, McCann, and Geoghegan recommending a new in-progress book by a new writer named Rick Hautala! The book, The Dark Brother, was retitled Moondeath when it was finally published by Zebra Books in 1980.
I’m writing in hopes that you will read a manuscript in progress. It is a novel called THE DARK BROTHER by a young man named Rick Hautala. Rick works in the South Portland Walden bookstore, and a few months ago he asked me if I’d look at this script.
Gerald wrote, “After Putnam Publishers acquired CM&G, this letter was kept on their files until it was eventually acquired by the previous owner.
“Now it is back in Bangor where it will stay for anyone wishing to view.”
Click on the image to view a large version of the letter that you can read.
Holly posted some fantastic news on Facebook!
I am thrilled to announce that Rick Hautala’s papers will be housed at the Maine State Library. Anastasia Varnalis-Weigle, Rick’s archivist and good friend, has catalogued 30 years of manuscripts, correspondence, promotional pieces and miscellaneous stuff into a history not only of a bestselling writer’s rise, fall, and rebirth, but a timeline of the changes in publishing. They will have a great home in a library devoted to Maine writers and Maine books. Rick loved Maine, and there is no better place for his papers.
Haverhill House has posted the synopsis for Waiting, Rick Hautala’s last horror novel. They will publish Waiting later this year!
Haver Hill House: Waiting by Rick Hautala
We will be debuting our editions of WAITING at the 2017 Haverhill Halloween BookFear this October. And needless to say, we are honored to be publishing Rick’s last novel.
By Rick Hautala
Introduction by Holly Newstein Hautala
Afterward by Christopher Golden
Published by Haverhill House
For the first time in her life, Allie Prescott is alone. She’s left her husband, Jack, and moved out of their comfortable home. Now she’s living in a small second-floor apartment in a not-so-nice part of town and working as a waitress in a downtown restaurant. She’s struggling to figure out what she wants to do with the next stage of her life.
As much as Allie wants to be alone, what she doesn’t know is that even when she’s in her apartment … especially late at night … she is not alone.
She is never alone.
Unseen eyes are watching her. Pale, ghostly shapes slip in and out of view. Faint, whispering voices tease her in the darkness.
The spirits who haunt her apartment have been there for a very long time … alone and waiting.
Now they’re beginning to manifest themselves because they know — and Allie will soon learn — that they have been waiting for her and her life will never be the same …
Crossroad Press has released Rick Hautala’s The White Room, originally published under the pseudonym A.J. Matthews, as an audiobook narrated by Judy Pancoast. The audiobook is available from Audible now. It’ll be available from Amazon and iTunes within the next few days.
The White Room @ Audible
The old Harris house has been vacant for years.
A summer vacation in Milton, Maine, would be the best thing for Tim Harris, his wife, Polly, and their young son, Brian. Restoring Tim’s childhood home to its original splendor would help Polly restore her own life after a breakdown that left her fragile and afraid. But for Polly, it’s the beginning of new nightmare….
This summer it’s coming to life.
Human bones are discovered in a nearby construction site. Brian nearly drowns while playing with a mysterious new playmate. Polly hears whispers no one else can hear. She sees a young girl no one else can see. And Polly’s been warned. Something else lives in the Harris house. It’s long dead but not forgotten. And it’s not forgiving.
In the dark at the top of the stairs, it’s waiting, in the white room.
There’s a nice writeup/remembrance of Rick over on Christopher Fulbright’s Realms of Night site.
Now available in digital format, Impulse, the last of Rick Hautala’s novels originally published under the Zebra and Pinnacle imprints of Kensington books.
Coming soon to digital are the four books published under Rick’s pen name AJ Matthews!
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Rick Hautala’s Shades of Night is now available as an ebook from Crossroad Press!
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THE COLORS OF FEAR
From the moment she and Vincent move into their new home in Maine, Lara DeSalvo is tormented by killer migraines and eerie visions: a young woman with a pale face and glowing eyes who warns of an unnameable danger … her mother, damning her soul from beyond the grave … a looming, shadowy man pursuing her through rooms she’s never set foot in before.
Even her husband seems to change from her passionate lover into someone unnervingly different yet terrifyingly familiar. Now Lara will discover the true meaning of terror as a buried secret comes to light … a shattering final truth that will turn reality-bright day into blood-red shades of darkest night.
Crossroad Press is releasing an ebook edition of Rick Hautala’s Twilight Time. The ebook should be available for purchase on August 4, 2015.
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THE DOOR TO THE PAST IS … THE GATEWAY TO HELL
Jeff Wagner has come home to Maine.
HOME … where, years ago, unspeakable fear and abuse ruled his life.
HOME … where Jeff and his sister sought secret, sinful refuge in each other’s arms.
HOME … where Jeff’s brother Jeremy was terrified out of his life …
HOME … where shattering violence splintered Jeff’s mind into multiple personalities—each one scarier and more dangerous than the next.
Now Jeff is about to open the door that has been closed for so long … about to walk into the living, breathing embodiment of all his childhood fears …
GLIMPSES, a career-spanning story collection from Rick Hautala, is only 99 cents at Amazon for a Limited Time!
This illustrated ebook edition includes all 8 interior illustrations from artist Glenn Chadbourne.
HWA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Rick Hautala’s writing career spans more than three decades. Glimpses, a “best of” collection, brings together twenty-four stories—quick glimpses into the deepest shadows of our lives, around unfamiliar corners of streets we think we know, and down the darkest alleys of strange cities where readers will have to face their worst fears and their most unnerving nightmares.
So whether it’s in a haunted schoolhouse or an abandoned lighthouse, an iron bridge that spans a fast-moving river or a World War I battlefield, prepare yourself because you never know what you may catch a glimpse of … and by then, it may already be too late.