Rick Hautala short story appears in a new anthology

fear-the-reaperCrystal Lake Publishing has just released Fear the Reaper, a new anthology of tales that includes “Non-Returnable,” a story by Rick Hautala! The book is edited by Joe Mynhardt and also includes stories by Jeff Strand, Joe McKinney, Gary Braunbeck, and others. You can buy Fear the Reaper in paperback and Kindle formats from Amazon.

“Non-Returnable” was previously published in the 2002 anthology Shelf Life, published by Dream Haven Books.

Editor Joe Mynhardt recently blogged about Fear the Reaper.

Cover art for The Dead Lands revealed

JournalStone Publishing has revealed the cover art for Mockingbird Bay: The Dead Lands, Rick’s last-written novel. The artwork is by Glenn Chadbourne. Here’s the synopsis of the story:

In a place Abby calls the Dead Lands, she aids individuals trapped by unfinished Earthly business and helps them move on.

Abby meets Megan McGowan there, a sixteen-year-old girl who fell to her death on the rocky shores of Mockingbird Bay.  Megan can’t remember if it was an accident…or something worse.  With the help of Jim Burke, a young man who becomes a close friend, Abbey works to discover how Megan became trapped in this empty place.

But Abby has other troubles — her uncle, the Reverend George Standley, evil and vengeful, pursues her with his Hell Hounds through the twilight realms of the Dead Lands, waiting for her at every turn. Fortunately a mysterious protector helps her evade her uncle’s terrible revenge.

Who is this spirit protector? And will Abby ever gain release from this unchained prison?


The book is not yet orderable, but you can visit the book page at JournalStone Publishing.

Mister October limited edition is now available!

From JournalStone Publishing:


As you may know, Rick Hautala passed away unexpectedly last spring. JournalStone Publishing is releasing a tribute to this great author, and 100% of the profits will be going to the Hautala family. There are some huge names in the world of horror that contributed to this effort, and you can buy a limited edition release of the book signed by ALL of the contributors. You’ll never again see an opportunity like this. To get your copy, simply click here.


Featuring over 45 individual contributors, almost 800 pages, over 240k words, original Clive Barker artwork, over 30 illustrations and so much content we had to put it into two volumes.


Christopher Golden – “On March 21st, 2013, I received a phone call from Holly Newstein telling me that her husband, Rick Hautala, had suffered a massive heart attack.  That piece of information shocked me into a surreal sort of panic, so much so that at first I could not make the leap to the next thing she said…that he had died.  It seemed impossible.  Rick had been such a good friend, such a consistent and stable force in my life, that the idea of him being so suddenly removed from this world…I just couldn’t make sense of it.

This isn’t the place for me to put my grief on display.  Suffice it to say that Rick’s passing hit me hard.  Not a day goes by that I do not feel the pain of his absence.

I have no doubt that readers will treasure this two-volume set.  It is my hope that as you read, you will ruminate a little bit about the man for whom we all have come together within these pages.  And I hope you’ll urge others to pick up their own copies of Mister October as well.”


Volume I Contributors:


Neil Gaiman, Graham Joyce, Matthew Costello, Michael Marshall Smith, Chet Williamson, Elizabeth Massie, Peter Crowther, Matti Hautala, Mark Morris, Richard Chizmar, Stephen R. Bissette, Joe R. Lansdale, Yvonne Navarro, José R. Nieto, Duane Swierczynski, Gary A. Braunbeck, Craig Shaw Gardner, Jack M. Haringa, Tom Piccirilli, F. Paul Wilson, Jonathan Maberry, John M. McIlveen, Weston Ochse, Glenn Chadbourne, and Morbideus W. Goodell


Volume II Contributors:


Clive Barker, Peter Straub, Jeff Strand, Thomas F. Monteleone, J. F. Gonzalez, Stephen R. Bissette, Christopher Golden, Lucy A. Snyder, Sarah Pinborough, Brian Keene, Kevin J. Anderson, Tim Lebbon, Nancy A. Collins, Kim Newman, Sarah Langan, Rio Youers, Jack Ketchum, John Skipp, James A. Moore, Amber Benson, Nate Kenyon, Holly Newstein, Rick Hautala, Cortney Skinner, and Glenn Chadbourne

Barnes & Noble to stock The Demon’s Wife!

Front_Cover_Image_The_Demons_Wife-Copy-199x300Barnes & Noble will be stocking Rick’s new novel, The Demon’s Wife, in their stores! So if you haven’t bought it online, soon you’ll be able to drop into your local B&N and pick up a copy!

If you prefer to get it online, you can order The Demon’s Wife from JournalStone and from Amazon.

The Demon’s Wife and National Examiner!

Rick’s new novel The Demon’s Wife was included in the Halloween insert of National Examiner, a paper with a circulation of about 500,000 copies! Very awesome! Click on the image to view a larger version of it.

You can order The Demon’s Wife from JournalStone and from Amazon.


Mister October review

Front_Cover_Image_Mister_October_Volume_I-215x300Horror World has posted a review of Volume 1 of Mister October: An Anthology in Memory of Rick Hautala. You can read it on the Horror World website.

You can purchase the anthology from JournalStone.

Multi-author signing for Mister October on October 24 in Cambridge, MA!

Front_Cover_Image_Mister_October_Volume_I-215x300There will be a multi-author signing at Pandemonium Books in Cambridge, MA, on Thursday, October 24, 2013, for Mister October: An Anthology in Memory of Rick Hautala. The hardcover and trade paperback editions of Mister October are shipping now from JournalStone!

The authors appearing will include Holly Newstein Hautala and Christopher Golden, who edited the anthology.

Another review of The Demon’s Wife, which is available now!

Front_Cover_Image_The_Demons_Wife-Copy-199x300Another review has popped up for the newly-published Rick Hautala novel The Demon’s Wife.

HorrorNews.net: Book Review: The Demon’s Wife – Author Rick Hautala

You can order The Demon’s Wife from JournalStone and from Amazon.

Two more reviews: The Demon’s Wife and The Wildman

Front_Cover_Image_The_Demons_Wife-Copy-199x300Frank Errington has posted his review of The Demon’s Wife.

As noted below, The Demon’s Wife is available this week!

The website Firbolg Publishing has called Rick’s The Wildman a “Superior Achievement in Dark Fiction.” You can see their post about the novel here.

The Demon’s Wife news: Paperback next week and some reviews

Front_Cover_Image_The_Demons_Wife-Copy-199x300Rick Hautala’s new novel The Demon’s Wife is available now in hardcover; the trade paperback edition will be available from JournalStone Publishing next week (September 13, 2013). You can get more details and order copies from the JournalStone website. They also have bundle deals for The Demon’s Wife and Mister October: An Anthology in Memory of Rick Hautala.

The Demon’s Wife can also be ordered from Amazon.

The Demon’s Wife is Book Chick City’s book club pick of the month for October. You can visit their site here.

A couple more reviews have been posted recently:

Finally, the book will be featured in the National Examiner soon.