‘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.

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.

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.”

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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.

Isaac Releases New Short Story for Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th comes in October this year, and what better way to celebrate than to release a brand new short tale of dark comic horror? On October 13, 2017, Isaac Thorne releases his newest, never-before-published tale titled PLANT.

The title is already available for download in ebook format from amazon.com for USD 99 cents. However, subscribers to Isaac’s email newsletter can nab the title free of charge by following the instructions within the newsletter that will go out on Friday morning.

If you are not yet signed up to receive Isaac’s email newsletter, you can do so by visiting this page on isaacthorne.com. The newsletter typically goes out once per month, but because October saw the release of Isaac’s new collection of short tales and a Friday the 13th, Isaac thought it was important to celebrate.

About Friday the 13th

It’s not just a movie franchise. Friday the 13th has become associated with a day of bad luck, if you’re the superstitious sort. You can read all about it at Wikipedia. Typically, there are two Friday the 13ths per year. In addition to this October’s, there was one in January 2017.

About PLANT

Joe Cannon is a good ole boy, a Southern Tennessee Democrat made good. He’s confident in who he is and he knows who he wants to be. All the personal failures and vices that might have once stood in the way of his climb up the political ladder are far in the past.

But Joe has a problem. He’s not sure he’s done a very good job of raising his daughter. Rachel not only disagrees with him politically but also has all the bad personal habits and vices he tried hard to leave behind. Joe often fears his daughter will harm his career.

One night, when he returns to his capitol building office to do some thinking about how to best ensure his daughter’s choices do not affect his own future, Joe is confronted by a dark figure. The man in the shadows seems to know far too much about his personal history for Joe’s comfort. More than that, he seems to be threatening Joe’s life.

Can Joe escape the shadows of his past and prevent himself from getting killed in the process?

ROAD KILLS Arrives Alive in Paperback and Ebook Formats

Road Kills Arrives

ROAD KILLS arrives at long last.

You can purchase ROAD KILLS directly from amazon.com. If you’d like an official autographed paperback copy (along with a sinister evil bunny sticker), you can purchase that at isaacthorne.com.

“It’s been a long drive,” Isaac says of the process to the completion of ROAD KILLS. “I’m happy to have finally arrived. Technically, this is only a stopping point. Now the real work begins of getting these stories into the hands of lovers of horror.”

Each of the stories in the collection is connected to travel, to the road, in some fashion. 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.

ROAD KILLS contains all seven of Isaac’s previously published short stories. In addition, Isaac has included three never-before-published stories and the award-winning screenplay adaptation of his short tale DIGGUM.

ROAD KILLS Arrives With a Choice of Covers

One unique feature of the paperback edition of ROAD KILLS is that the paperback cover can be glossy or matte, depending on where you purchase it. Isaac has released a Barnes & Noble-exclusive edition of the paperback that features a matte cover, which can be purchased at bn.com. The regular edition of the paperback with the glossy cover is available at Barnes & Noble as well as other retailers.

ROAD KILLS Arrives With Free Signed Copies Available

Five lucky winners of a Goodreads.com ROAD KILLS giveaway will get a free, autographed copy of the title directly from Isaac. The contest ends October 6. Winners will be notified and their copies shipped after that date. To enter, visit Isaac Thorne’s site.

Paperback Edition of ROAD KILLS Coming Soon

Paperback Cover
Road Kills Paperback

On October 1, 2017, Isaac Thorne’s collection of short tales of dark comic horror, ROAD KILLS, will be available at retailers everywhere in both paperback and ebook formats. ROAD KILLS combines all eight of Isaac’s previously released short tales along with three new and previously unreleased stories. In addition, the tome features, for the very first time, the award-winning screenplay adaption of DIGGUM, Isaac’s short tale of dark horror about a cemetery caretaker at war with God.

“I’m excited about this collection,” Isaac says. “It’s been a long time coming. Personally, I love reading books on my Kindle, but I know there are a great many horror fans out there who prefer a more physical format.

“Until now, I had only ever released my work in ebook form because I didn’t feel the cost of printing justified the release of my short tales of dark horror as individual paperbacks. Now that I have a number of stories with a related theme–the road–I can release this collection both digitally and physically.”

About the Paperback

Featuring 11 unique tales and one screenplay adaptation, the paperback edition of ROAD KILLS is the culmination of years of storytelling from the mind of Isaac Thorne. The paperback edition will be available from most retailers, including online from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Isaac’s fans can purchase a premium version of the paperback individually signed and shipped by the author by clicking the Download button on the ROAD KILLS page of isaacthorne.com. This premium edition, which is $25 USD plus tax and shipping, includes both EPUB and MOBI downloads of the ebook edition. Premium edition books will ship after October 1, 2017.

About the Ebook

The ebook edition of ROAD KILLS is available for pre-order now from Amazon.com and other ebook retailers. The ebook edition retails for $2.99 USD.

ROAD KILLS Synopsis

Anyone who has ever fallen off a bike and skinned a knee can tell you that a road is a dangerous place. You can break a bone or crack your skull open barreling down some stretch of interstate at 70 miles-per-hour in a cage of steel, fiberglass, plastic, and rubber.

Right now you are safe. You can comfort yourself by reading this book while curled up on your bed or in your favorite chair. Just don’t forget about what’s waiting for you just beyond the edge of your driveway.

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.

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DECISION PARALYSIS Is Now Available

Decision Paralysis Is Now Available

DECISION PARALYSIS is now available to download for Kindle, Nook, iBooks, Google Play, Kobo, and Smashwords. It is also available in audio format from Audible, Amazon, and iTunes.

“Someone recently told me that human beings are constantly overwhelmed and exhausted these days because of the sheer number of decisions we are required to make in a day,” Isaac says. “I wondered what might happen if you were so overwhelmed by decisions that you ultimately snap. Then I wondered what it would be like if that snap happened at the worst possible time.”

DECISION PARALYSIS Synopsis

It’s easy to become overwhelmed to the point of paralysis these days. Just ask grade-schooler Tina. Better yet, ask Tina’s granny.

Her granny has had a rough time of late. First, Tina’s grandfather, the family decision maker, died. Next, her granny was saddled with having to care for granddaughter Tina while Tina’s mother went to work. That became especially burdensome after Tina’s bus driver forgot to drop her off from school one day. However, the worst day of her granny’s life was yet to come.

One afternoon Tina finds herself helplessly captive in the backseat of her granny’s Lincoln. She can only watch as the pressure of daily decision-making forces away the last of her granny’s sanity. Meanwhile, the Lincoln speeds and careens wildly down the streets of Tina’s hometown with Tina trapped in the backseat and her granny paralyzed behind the wheel.

Can Tina help her granny break free from her spiral in time to save both their lives?

The decision is in her hands.

DECISION PARALYSIS is now available from ebook and audiobook retailers. It is a short tale of dark horror from the mind of Isaac Thorne. We all make hundreds of decisions per day. It’s only a matter of time before the process eats us all alive.