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‘The Gordon Place’ Now Available in Audio Format

As of Aug. 15, 2019, Isaac Thorne’s horror novel, The Gordon Place, has landed in audiobook format on Audible, Amazon, and Apple’s audiobook platform. The novel, which is Thorne’s first book of that length, was released in hardback, paperback, and ebook formats on April 15. Narrated by Sean C. Duregger of Screaming Pods VO, the audio format edition features a runtime of nearly 10.5 hours.

“I’m excited to be able to release this novel in audio format,” Thorne says. “At first, I considered narrating it myself. Then, after an exhaustive audition process on ACX, I figured the story might be better served if it was narrated by someone professional. Sean’s work impressed the hell out of me, especially since he’s not a native of the Southern states.”

For Amazon listeners, the audiobook support’s that platforms Whispersync technology. That means readers who own a copy of both the Kindle ebook and the Amazon edition of the audiobook can switch back and forth between the formats without losing their place.

‘The Gordon Place’ Synopsis

The Gordon Place is set in the small fictional Tennessee town of Lost Hollow, where Graham Gordon has recently been elected town constable. When rumors reach his ears about kids hearing screams coming from inside his abandoned childhood home, Graham decides to investigate. In the process, he becomes trapped in the dark and empty cellar.

Meanwhile, Channel 6 News feature reporter Afia Afton—whose father is the victim of a local decades-old hate crime—is meeting with town administrator Patsy Blankenship. Her mission is to develop a ghost story feature for a special to air on the station’s Halloween broadcast. When Patsy tells her about the screams at the Gordon place, the past and the present are set on a collision course with potentially catastrophic results.

It’s a fight for the future and the past when spirit and flesh wage war at the Gordon place.

About Sean Duregger

Sean C. Duregger is an audiobook narrator with a long list of credits. He also hosts The Screamcast horror podcast. Readers interested in more of Duregger’s voice work can find him on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

About Isaac Thorne

Isaac Thorne is an independent horror author who has previously published a collection of dark comic horror short stories titled Road Kills. Thorne is a nice man who typically only wants to provide you with a few fun frights. The Gordon Place is his first novel.

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Thorne’s THE GORDON PLACE Continues to Impress

Isaac Thorne’s debut horror novel The Gordon Place continues to impress reviewers as it enters its second month following launch. The story is set in the fictional sleepy rural town of Lost Hollow, Tennessee. It was released on April 15, 2019, and promotional efforts have been ongoing since that date.

The book launch kicked off with reviews and interviews from My Gay Toronto magazine, Indie Reader, Kendall Reviews, and TN Horror News, then branched out into other promotional vehicles, such as an appearance on Rob and Slim Show and a blog tour by RABT Book Tours, which ran the entire month of May.

The Gordon Place
The Gordon Place

“The blog tour thing was very new to me,” Thorne says. “I really didn’t know what to expect. Most of the blogs ran excerpts from either Chapter One or Chapter Two of the novel. Some spotlighted it. A couple of them featured new interviews with me, and a few more actually reviewed the book itself. Overall, it was a good experience.”

In addition to the blogs and reviews, Thorne ran ads for the novel on Twitter and Facebook, and in print in Scream magazine and Famous Monsters magazine.

“I’m thrilled with the reception so far,” Thorne says. “I explored many marketing avenues to get the word out about The Gordon Place and it seems to have paid off some. The reviews are awesome to read. Even some of the critical reviews–and there have been critical reviews–have had a lot of good things to say about the novel. I’m not naive. Not everyone is going to love a story that contains a struggle that hinges on the generational perpetuation of the American South’s racist and violent past. But I think this is a story that needed to be told.”

When asked about the most critical of the critical reviews the novel has received so far, Thorne chuckles.

“Well,” he says, “there is a one-star review out there that I think could use some clarity. The reviewer said that they hated it and did not finish it, which is fine, but then they followed that review with a private message to me admitting that they only read about nine percent of the novel before deciding that I am an ‘Obama-loving liberal.’ Then they proceeded to tell me what my opinions on other subjects ‘probably are.’ Nine percent of the novel translates to only the first two chapters.

“I’m not sure what about those first two chapters would identify me as an ‘Obama-loving liberal,'” Thorne continues. “I didn’t even vote for Obama the first time. Maybe that reviewer was just upset over the fact that one of the main characters is a black woman and another a gay man. The story is not intentionally to the political left, although it can be read as a piece about growing up left-leaning in a region that is hard right. It also does demand that readers open their minds a little and understand that racism is passed down from father to son, mother to daughter.

“In fact, there’s an old episode of Quantum Leap titled ‘Justice’ that lent some inspiration to the themes of this novel. In that episode, Scott Bakula’s character Sam Beckett leaps into the body of a young father who is being pressured by his father-in-law to join the KKK. When Sam tries to explain to his son that hating others based on the color of their skin is wrong, the son notes that his grandfather does it. So, then, why is it wrong? Sam’s response to the youngster is: ‘Well, his daddy told him, and his daddy told him, and no one ever thought to say Stop.’

If tackling [generational racism] in fiction defines me as ‘liberal’ and turns off some readers, so be it.

Isaac Thorne

“More than that, though, we live in an age where you have racists shooting up churches and some folks in law enforcement who are too quick on the draw depending on the color of a suspect’s skin. This is also an age where people are calling the police on other people just for being black. If tackling those issues in fiction defines me as ‘liberal’ and turns off some readers, so be it.”

Despite the occasional critical review, the majority of readers on Amazon and Goodreads so far appear to have positive opinions of the novel, which Thorne says he appreciates.

“I’m really happy that there are people out there who are reading my work and enjoying it. Although I write primarily for myself, I put my work out there to be read and enjoyed by others. I write stuff that I would want to read, and it’s wonderful to know that I’m not alone in what I enjoy.”

Thorne’s novel The Gordon Place can be purchased through this website or from Amazon.com, IndieBound, or other retailers.

Isaac Helps Rob and Slim Celebrate Their 200th Episode

Isaac Thorne returned to Rob and Slim Show on April 17, 2019, and read an excerpt from Chapter Two of his new horror novel The Gordon Place. The appearance coincided with the live show’s 200th episode. You can listen to the full episode 200 of The Rob and Slim Show on Podbean.

The Rob and Slim Show

“It’s amazing that these guys have not only kept it going, but have kept it fresh,” Isaac says of the show. “Rob, Slim, and Slambo know how to entertain an audience and how to interview a guest. I had a great time.”

During the interview, Isaac discussed his experience creating the characters for The Gordon Place, writing in general, and fiction writing in particular. He added that he does already have ideas for a new novel that is set in the same small town, but a different time period.

Isaac read an excerpt from Chapter Two of The Gordon Place. You can hear both the interview and the excerpt by listening to episode 200 of The Rob and Slim Show on PodBean.

About The Gordon Place

Lost Hollow constable Graham Gordon just walked into his abandoned childhood home for the first time in twenty years. Local teenagers have been spreading rumors about disembodied screams coming from inside. Now, thanks to a rickety set of cellar stairs and the hateful spirit of his dead father, he might never escape.

Meanwhile, Channel 6 News feature reporter Afia Afton—whose father is the victim of a local decades-old hate crime—is meeting with town administrator Patsy Blankenship. Her mission is to develop a ghost story feature for a special to air on the station’s Halloween broadcast. When Patsy tells her about the screams at the Gordon place, the past and the present are set on a collision course with potentially catastrophic results.

Can Graham come to terms with his father’s past and redeem his own future? Can the murder mystery that has haunted Afia for most of her life finally be solved?

It’s a fight for the future and the past when spirit and flesh wage war at the Gordon place.

About The Rob and Slim Show

You can listen to the Rob and Slim’s mayhem on PodBean. Each new episode of the shows airs live on Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on IPNation.

You can also find Rob and Slim on Twitter and on Facebook.

The Gordon Place Is Available Now

Isaac Thorne’s New Horror Novel Released To Great Reviews

Isaac Thorne’s terrifying new novel The Gordon Place is now available in ebook, paperback, and hardback formats from independent booksellers, Amazon.com, and other retailers. Copies can also be purchased directly from Isaac Thorne and Lost Hollow Books by visiting www.isaacthorne.com/gordon-place.

“I am absolutely thrilled to finally be releasing this story to the general public,” Thorne says. “It’s been available for pre-order for about a month now, and it’s gotten some pretty good reviews from some damn thoughtful reviewers so far. I hope the reading public will love visiting the little town of Lost Hollow as much as I loved writing about it.”

Among the pre-release reviews are five-stars from Yeti of TN Horror News, Drew Rowsome of My Gay Toronto Magazine, and Anne-Marie Reynolds of Readers’ Favorites. Steve Stred of Kendall Reviews gave it four stars and stated, in part, “Thorne has some serious writing chops and every time I jumped back into The Gordon Place, I was easily whisked away to Lost Hollow.”

The Gordon Place is set in the small fictional Tennessee town of Lost Hollow, where Graham Gordon has recently been elected town constable. When rumors reach his ears about kids hearing screams coming from inside his abandoned childhood home, Graham decides to investigate. In the process, he becomes trapped in the dark and empty cellar.

Meanwhile, Channel 6 News feature reporter Afia Afton—whose father is the victim of a local decades-old hate crime—is meeting with town administrator Patsy Blankenship. Her mission is to develop a ghost story feature for a special to air on the station’s Halloween broadcast. When Patsy tells her about the screams at the Gordon place, the past and the present are set on a collision course with potentially catastrophic results.

It’s a fight for the future and the past when spirit and flesh wage war at the Gordon place.

Isaac Thorne is an independent horror author who has previously published a collection of dark comic horror short stories titled Road Kills. The screenplay version of his short story Diggum, which appears in that volume, won “Best Short Script” in the 2017 Shiver International Film Festival and “Best Kill” in the 2017 Chemical Film Festival. Stories from Road Kills have also received praise from the likes of Jim Uhls, screenwriter of the 1999 film Fight Club, starring Edward Norton and Brad Pitt, and Danger Slater, author of Fungasm Press bizarro titles such as He Digs a Hole and I Will Rot Without You.

Thorne is a nice man who typically only wants to provide you with a few fun frights. The Gordon Place is his first novel.

Lost Hollow constable Graham Gordon just walked into his abandoned childhood home for the first time in twenty years. Now, he might never escape.

Isaac Reads From THE GORDON PLACE on The Rob and Slim Show

Following a missed Rob and Slim Show engagement the previous week due to a persistent stomach bug, Isaac Thorne clawed his way back from death’s door and read an excerpt from his new horror novel The Gordon Place on the March 20, 2019, episode of the show. The appearance marked Isaac’s sixth time calling the show. You can listen to the full episode 196 of The Rob and Slim Show on Podbean.

The Rob and Slim Show

“As always, I had a great time,” Isaac says of the experience. “The guys at The Rob and Slim Show are always entertaining and were awesome to allow me to appear a week after I had originally been scheduled. Also, stomach bugs suck.”

During the interview, Isaac revealed that The Gordon Place, which is available for pre-order now from just about anywhere books are sold, will begin shipping on April 15, 2019. He added that he does already have ideas for new novels, although he has not sat down to pound them out on the keyboard.

Isaac also read an excerpt from Chapter One of The Gordon Place. You can hear both the interview and the excerpt by listening to episode 196 of The Rob and Slim Show on PodBean.

About The Gordon Place

Lost Hollow constable Graham Gordon just walked into his abandoned childhood home for the first time in twenty years. Local teenagers have been spreading rumors about disembodied screams coming from inside. Now, thanks to a rickety set of cellar stairs and the hateful spirit of his dead father, he might never escape.

Meanwhile, Channel 6 News feature reporter Afia Afton—whose father is the victim of a local decades-old hate crime—is meeting with town administrator Patsy Blankenship. Her mission is to develop a ghost story feature for a special to air on the station’s Halloween broadcast. When Patsy tells her about the screams at the Gordon place, the past and the present are set on a collision course with potentially catastrophic results.

Can Graham come to terms with his father’s past and redeem his own future? Can the murder mystery that has haunted Afia for most of her life finally be solved?

It’s a fight for the future and the past when spirit and flesh wage war at the Gordon place.

About The Rob and Slim Show

You can listen to the Rob and Slim’s mayhem on PodBean. Each new episode of the shows airs live on Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on IPNation.

You can also find Rob and Slim on Twitter and on Facebook.

All He Wants Is to Live His Own Life

New Horror Novel The Gordon Place Explores Racism and the Culpability of Inherited Hate In the American South

Lost Hollow constable Graham Gordon just walked into his abandoned childhood home for the first time in twenty years. Local teenagers have been spreading rumors about disembodied screams coming from inside. Now, thanks to a rickety set of cellar stairs and the hateful spirit of his dead father, he might never escape.

Meanwhile, Channel 6 News feature reporter Afia Afton—whose father is the victim of a local decades-old hate crime—is meeting with town administrator Patsy Blankenship. Her mission is to develop a ghost story feature for a special to air on the station’s Halloween broadcast. When Patsy tells her about the screams at the Gordon place, the past and the present are set on a collision course with potentially catastrophic results.

Can Graham come to terms with his father’s past and redeem his own future? Can the murder mystery that has haunted Afia for most of her life finally be solved?

It’s a fight for the future and the past when spirit and flesh wage war at the Gordon place.

The Gordon Place is currently available for pre-order from independent booksellers, Amazon.com, and other retailers. Copies can also be purchased directly from Isaac Thorne and Lost Hollow Books by visiting www.isaacthorne.com/gordon-place. Review copies of the book are available upon request in ebook or physical form. The novel begins shipping on April 15, 2019.

Isaac Thorne is an independent horror author who has previously published a collection of dark comic horror short stories titled Road Kills. The screenplay version of his short story Diggum, which appears in that volume, won “Best Short Script” in the 2017 Shiver International Film Festival and “Best Kill” in the 2017 Chemical Film Festival. Stories from Road Kills have also received praise from the likes of Jim Uhls, screenwriter of the 1999 film Fight Club, starring Edward Norton and Brad Pitt, and Danger Slater, author of Fungasm Press bizarro titles such as He Digs a Hole and I Will Rot Without You.

Thorne is a nice man who typically only wants to provide you with a few fun frights. The Gordon Place is his first novel.

Isaac Releases Trailer for New Novel

Following the announcement of the title of his forthcoming novel on the Pint O’ Comics radio show January 20, horror author Isaac Thorne has released the first trailer for The Gordon Place. He expects to release the novel on Amazon and at other book retailers sometime in the early spring of 2019.

The Gordon Place is the culmination of several months of work on my part and on the part of a group of beta readers whose assistance I enlisted,” Isaac says. “I’m looking forward to making it available to readers. Unlike my short tales of dark comic horror, this book is quite a bit more personal for me as a man who grew up in the American South in the 1970s and 1980s.”

The story is centered around Graham Gordon, the newly elected constable of a small town in Tennessee known as Lost Hollow. The constable returns to his abandoned childhood home to investigate screams that have been reported by local kids as having come from inside its walls. In the process, he becomes embroiled in a battle between past and present that has potentially catastrophic results.

Veteran readers of Isaac’s work might recognize the town as the location of the cemetery in which his caretaker Diggum from the eponymous short story went about his desecrations of the dead. Isaac says readers need not be familiar with Diggum or any other previous work to enjoy Lost Hollow.

“Although the town and its surroundings are a figment of my imagination, the situations and personalities that have influenced the constable throughout his life are very much rooted in the reality of the culture at the time,” he adds. “Anyone who grew up in a small town might recognize some of their neighbors and some of themselves within these pages.”

You can see the new trailer below:

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Isaac Appears on The 13th Story with Alan Welker

On November 13, 2018, novelist and podcast Alan Welker released an interview with Isaac Thorne for Welker’s The 13th Story podcast. Welker writes horror. He launched The 13th Story podcast to connect with other horror authors and discuss the genre.

“I was happy to help launch Alan’s podcast by being his second episode interview,” Isaac says. “I only wish I hadn’t just spent the day nursing a sick cat. If you want to know what a tired Isaac Thorne brain fart smells like, listen to my answer to Alan’s question about the last horror movie I watched.”

Gassy brain aside, Isaac says he enjoyed the interview, including the opportunity to discuss his work and influences. In addition, Alan and Isaac discussed processes, Isaac’s previous short stories and his collection Road Kills, and his current work in progress.

The 13th Story premiered on Halloween 2018 and featured an interview with horror author Nick Younker. New episodes appear on the 13th of each month and Halloween. In addition to his podcast page, you can find Alan Welker on Twitter.

Isaac Reads From NOBODY WAS HERE on Rob and Slim Show

The Rob and Slim Show

Isaac recently returned to The Rob and Slim Show and read an excerpt from the short story that started it all, Nobody Was Here. This episode marked Isaac’s sixth appearance on the show.

“These guys are the best,” Isaac says. “I’ve appeared on several of their Halloween specials. I wasn’t able to make the actual Halloween episode this year, so they invited me on the week before. I had a fantastic time.”

As part of his segment on the show, Isaac read an excerpt from his short tale of dark comic horror Nobody Was Here. The story is available as a standalone ebook and audiobook. It is also available as part of Isaac’s Road Kills collection in paperback. An audiobook version of Road Kills is also available.

About Nobody Was Here

Nobody Was Here is a short tale of dark comic horror from the mind of Isaac Thorne, a nice man who simply wants to provide you with a few fun frights. Lurid, engrossing, and not for the faint of stomach, Nobody Was Here is a short tale of dark comic horror that might make you nervous about your next pit stop along a rural stretch of Southern interstate. There is no rest at this exit. In fact, you’ll be lucky if you even get to relieve yourself.

There is but one certainty when that heavy men’s room door whooshes closed behind you.

You’ll never be the same.

About The Rob and Slim Show

You can listen to the Rob and Slim’s mayhem on PodBean. Each new episode of the shows airs live on Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on IPNation.

You can also find Rob and Slim on Twitter and on Facebook.

ROAD KILLS Audiobook Now Available From Audible.com

Road Kills Audio Book Cover

Nearly one year after its paperback and ebook release, Isaac Thorne’s Road Kills: Short Tales of Dark Horror is now available as an audiobook from Audible.com. Narrated by veteran actors Carol Jacobanis and Robert Thaler, the audio edition brings to life the voices of Thorne’s characters as they embark on their journeys along life’s highway of darkness.

“This project was a long time in the works,” Thorne says. “At first, I had planned to narrate the masculine perspective stories myself and contract out the stories that are written from a feminine perspective. But as I recorded individual stories, I was afraid that my audiobook edition of Road Kills might turn into a SCRM Radio collection instead of a legitimate audiobook edition of this material.”

Thorne hosts Thorne’s Theater of Terror and Classic Cuts on SCRM Radio, where he has previously narrated several stories from the Road Kills collection.

“Because the audiobook is different and separate from my SCRM Radio show, I decided to hire separate professional voice actors for the audiobook edition. I couldn’t be happier with Carol’s and Robert’s performances.”

Jacobanis narrates five of the short tales of dark horror, including all three of the Tiffany stories (“Because Reasons,” “Deal With It,” and “Legit”). Thaler narrates the stories the remainder of the stories that are told from a primarily male perspective, including “Diggum,” the author’s personal favorite tale in this collection.

“They’ve both done an incredible job with this collection,” Thorne says. “I’d work with either of them again.”

About the Audiobook Narrators

Jacobanis is a screen and voice actor who is known for her role as Ms. Griffin in Winx Club. She also appeared in the “Hothouse” episode of Law & Order: SVU in 2009, in which she played Jane Siddons.

Thaler is a screen actor and narrator who is known for roles on several famous television series’ in the United States, including Remington Steele, V, Hill Street Blues, Hardcastle and McCormick, and T.J. Hooker.

About Road Kills

ROAD KILLS is a collection of short tales of dark comic horror from the mind of Isaac Thorne. These stories are all connected to travel, to the road. After all, it is always lurking there, quiet and dark, just waiting for you to come out for a drive or a walk or a jog. However you next confront it, the road is already there, plotting.

And waiting.

For you.

Enjoy the ride.