Press Release: Dark Regions Press- Crooked House

New Haunted House Novel in the Vein of The
Shining from Bram Stoker Award Winning Mass-
Distributed Author Joe McKinney

“A rising star in the horror scene ” –

“A merciless, fast-paced and genuinely scary read that will leave you absolutely breathless.”

Bram Stoker Award-winning author Brian Keene on Dead City

From the best-selling author of Dead City, Mutated, Flesh Eater, Quarantined and more comes the all-new haunted house novel Crooked House published by Dark Regions Press to be available on Tuesday, October 23rd on the website. The book will be available in two premium signed collectible hardcover formats and a trade paperback edition. In this republican country, amid the fluctuating waves of our social life, some- body is always at the drowning point. Those words were true when Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote them in 1851, and they were true in 1933, when a fire burned half of Crook House to the ground, taking James Crook’s wife and two sons with it. A disgraced bootlegger and former pro baseball player, James Crook returned from prison to find his house, and his life, a pile of cinders. Broken and insane, he rebuilt Crook House, putting his pain and loneliness into every timber. But Hawthorne’s words are still true today, and nobody knows that better than Dr. Robert Bell, who has just moved into Crook House as part of his hiring package from a small Texas college. He soon discovers that Crook House is more than just a new beginning for himself and Sarah and their daughter Angela. For the Bell family, Crook House is a place where the past still lives, and its horrors waiting for the next drowning man. With Crooked House, Joe McKinney brings you a chilling novel in the vein of The Shining by Stephen King, a haunted house tale that will stay with you long after the final page is turned.


Joe McKinney is a San Antonio based author of several mass-distributed horror, crime and science fiction novels. His works include the three part Dead World series, the science fiction disaster tale, Quarantined, which was nominated for the Horror Writers Association’s Bram Stoker Award for superior achievement in a novel, 2009, and the real crime novel, Dodging Bullets. In 2012, McKinney’s Flesh Eaters won the Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel of 2011.

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