Thursday, June 10, 2010
Bad Thoughts for Kindle
I've made Bad Thoughts available for the Kindle for $1.99. Bad Thoughts was the second book I wrote and was originally published as a hardcover in 2007 by Five Star. While I'm grateful for Five Star for publishing this, the reality is their business model is to sell to libraries, so this book never got into bookstores except for a few mystery bookstores, and as a hardcover was priced online out of most reader's budgets, and I'm happy now to make this book available at a substantially lower price so more people can try it. Bad Thoughts is a lot different than other crime novels of mine people might be familiar with. First off, it's really more a horror novel than crime. It's also grimmer and more horrific than my 'man out of prison' books. I've heard from some readers who found this book that this one gave them nightmares. I've also heard from readers, both the ones who got nightmares and others, that they liked this one a lot. I'm including below some of the reviews this one received when it came out. Again, with Five Star publishing it and the book not being in bookstores, I wasn't going to get reviews in the Boston Globe and Washington Post and higher profile sources that I get now with my later books, but I'm proud of these reviews for Bad Thoughts--I had no doubt that these were all heartfelt with the reviewers genuinely liking this small press book enough to review it. I'm also including below the copy copy I wrote for amazon for this book (and yes, in the sales copy, "an ending unlike any you’ve ever dreamed of..." is meant as a bad pun. for those of you who read the book, you'll understand).
if you're one of the few who were able to read Bad Thoughts when it was in print, please send in your thoughts, good or bad.
From acclaimed author Dave Zeltserman comes a dark, captivating thriller unlike any you’ve ever seen, a killer unlike any you’ve ever imagined, and an ending unlike any you’ve ever dreamed of.
One afternoon 13 year-old Billy Shannon comes home to a living nightmare. His mother being brutally murdered is only the beginning…
20 years later, Bill Shannon is now a cop in Cambridge, Massachusetts. As the twenty-year anniversary of his mother’s death is approaching, women are being murdered in the same horrific grisly fashion. And while this is going on, he’s having blackouts which only seem to be getting worse…
Everything seems to be pointing to one of two possibilities: Shannon has gone insane or his mom’s killer is back to his old tricks. Except if it’s mom’s killer, he’s come back a long way to do these new killings… all the way from the grave.
Praise for Bad Thoughts:
"A compellingly clever wheels-within-wheels thriller. An ingenious plot, skillfully executed" Elliott Swanson, Booklist
"This fast-paced, gritty psychological tale balances the fine line between mystery and horror" Library Journal
“Bad Thoughts is an ambitious genre-bender combining the paranoia and existential dread of the best noir with a liberal dash of The Twilight Zone. Not to be missed.” Poisoned Pen's Booknews
"Dark, brutal, captivating -- this is one hell of a book, the kind of book that doesn't let go of you once you start it. Dave Zeltserman is clearly the real deal." Steve Hamilton