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October 27, 2010

GIVEAWAY TIME! Win a copy of The Dead Path, by Stephen M. Irwin!

The fine folks over at Random House have a copy of the new horror novel The Dead Path, by Australian author Stephen M. Irwin, that they want to give away to one lucky Midnight Warrior!  I too will soon be reviewing this book here at FMWL, but I don't wanna make you all wait that long.  So, I'm going to give you all a chance to win it NOW!
First, here's some details on the book from the publisher:

Do you remember the last time a book gave you the chills? The Dead Path is the ghost story we’ve been waiting for. 

A haunting vision in the woods sets off a series of tragic events, leaving Nicholas Close lost amid visions of ghosts trapped in their harrowing, final moments. These uniquely terrifying apparitions lead him on a thrilling and suspenseful ride to confront a wicked soul, and will leave an indelible mark on lovers of high-quality suspense and horror alike. 

Nicholas Close has always had an uncanny intuition, but after the death of his wife he becomes haunted, literally, by ghosts doomed to repeat their final violent moments in a chilling and endless loop. Torn by guilt and fearing for his sanity, Nicholas returns to his childhood home and is soon entangled in a disturbing series of disappearances and  murders—both as a suspect and as the next victim of the malignant evil lurking in the heart of the woods. 

Stephen M. Irwin is the kind of debut author that readers love to discover—and rave about to all their friends. His electric use of language, stunning imagery, and suspenseful pacing are all on full display here. The Dead Path is a tour de force of wild imagination, taut suspense, and the creepiest, scariest setting since the sewers in Stephen King’s It.

You can also head over to Mr. Irwin's Facebook page, where there is an excerpt from the book available to peruse.  I've only just begun the book, which comes in a nice hardcover edition with a pretty GLOW IN THE DARK(!) jacket, but the prose Irwin uses in the opening pages already has me a bit hooked.    

How can I win the book, you ask?  Well, it's pretty simple (no crazy screen grab challenge this time, thankfully).  Leave a comment below with your name and email, and tell me one your favorite horror novels you've read.  I'll accept comments through Halloween night, with the contest ending at 12 midnight (CST) on November 1st.  At that point, I'll randomly pick one winner from all who have commented.

Thanks to Random House for thinking of us Midnight Warriors, and thanks to you, the reader, for being ready for a spooky novel from down under!


R.D. Penning said...

Russ Penning (R.D. Penning)

45+ Stephen King Novels, Short stories, Novellas and what not, especially Cell was one of my most recent favorites of his.

Plus I'm a big fan of Dean R Koontz (Watchers,Lightning,Phantoms), Michael Crichton (Congo,Jurassic Park), John Saul (Nathaniel), Max Brooks (Zombie Guide, World War Z), and a couple more I can't remember. But good topic! I hope I win, I have already read up on the book, and it sounds awesome! Great job Mike!

Emily said...

Emily Cline

Some of my favorite horror novels include:

Salem's Lot and It (my favorite of those I've read from Stephen King, The Exorcist, Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House and also her novel We Have Always Lived in the Castle which I suppose isn't overtly horror, but definitely has a psychological horror aspect to it. (I also was just able to see a musical version of this book that premiered at the Yale Repertory Theater in CT recently which was quite good imo).

Madbikerteknik said...

My favorite horror novel is Rose Madder by Stephen King. It doesn't really get too much attention but it has a world contained in a picture and a minotaur and a crazy cop who bites off junk....what's not to like :)

Enbrethiliel said...


My favourite Horror novel at the moment is Christine by Stephen King. If you had told me before I started reading that I'd be afraid to turn off the lights because of a car, I would have laughed at you. But then you would have had the last laugh. =P

There's also a special place in my rotten heart for King's Needful Things. I was so scared of his demonic store owner that I didn't go shopping for a month!

altaemoeniaRomae [at] Gmail [etc]

The Mike said...

Apologies for the delay, but the winner of the book - selected by random drawing - is....Emily C! Congrats, Emily, I'll be in touch via email to set up the prize!

Emily said...

Yay!!! I love being a winner :)