“Between the Mind and the Dark” in Cosmic Horror Monthly

I have a new story out today!

I’m pleased to return to the wonderful Cosmic Horror Monthly in their 47th issue with my tale “Between the Mind and the Dark,” set in the summer of 1977, when a widower’s art project becomes an otherworldly obsession.

You can check it out here!

Also the final book in The Worm and His Kings trilogy, Song of the Tyrant Worm, is up for paperback pre-order at Barnes & Noble, Bookshop, Amazon. The Worm saga’s finale releases June 8th!

These two pieces of news just might be related. You’ll have to see!

Worm pre-orders + limited edition

Two bits of The Worm and His Kings news today!

First, the final book in the trilogy, Song of the Tyrant Worm, is up for Kindle pre-order alongside audio options. The paperback will go up soon, too.

In the meantime, Thunderstorm Books will be publishing The Worm and His Kings Saga, which will contain all three books in a limited edition signed hardcover. This is a collector’s item, only available until May 19th, with unique artwork by Evangeline Gallagher, who gave their dazzling touch to the eerie blend of New York City and the cosmos.

Expected ship date is July, but again, these are only available until May 19, and then they’re gone.

From the publisher:

“Long ago, in a time now dead, one note changed our world forever.”

Manhattan 1990: Monique’s girlfriend Donna has vanished without a trace. Only after the disappearances of several other impoverished women does she hear the rumors of a gray creature rising from the underground to snatch victims off the street, and Donna might be one of them. When Monique decides to give chase, she’ll plunge into a subterranean world of monsters, monarchs, cultists, and gods both beyond her understanding and closer than she thinks.

So begins the sprawling trilogy of the almighty Worm. Join Monique, Donna, the Gray Maiden, and more in desperate searches for lost lovers, dire revelations, and shattered futures, where every step brings the discomforting touch of celestial cruelty.

Hailed as a modern cosmic horror classic, exploring queerness, worship, connection, transcendence, and fate, the original novella The Worm and His Kings has been gathered here for the first time in a single volume with its sequels, Even the Worm Will Turn and Song of the Tyrant Worm. Together, they invite you down mysterious caverns within the earth, into strange histories, and out of the world you know, where you’ll come face-to-face with a darkness that stretches from the dawn of time and across the stars.

Signed by Hailey Piper

No Gods for Drowning update

As you might have seen on social media, Polis Books is closing down and its titles are going out of print. This includes No Gods for Drowning, my novel mixing dark fantasy, noir, and horror into a genre stew of serial killers, detectives, sea monsters, and bloodthirsty gods.

The audiobook from Dreamscape, narrated by the ever-talented Jodie Harris, will remain available.

There will also continue to be short stories set in the world of Aeon.

No Gods for Drowning will find a new home in time. Until then, thank you to everyone who’s taken the visit to the shores of Aeg.

Release day: Cranberry Cove

At last, it’s release day!

My supernatural crime novella Cranberry Cove is loose in the world from Bad Hand Books. Tremendously grateful to them, Lynne Hansen with her stunning, eerie cover art, Eric LaRocca and Booklist for their kind words pre-release, and everyone who’s pre-ordered checking it out. No Gods for Drowning was my first foray into crime fiction with its genre stew, and getting to wade deeper in with this supernatural crime novella is a treat. The doors are open.

Available in paperback and ebook from: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bookshop

Something unspeakable is happening at Cranberry Cove.

For decades, the chilling mystery within the derelict hotel has claimed those foolish and unwary enough to go inside.

Following the violent assault of a criminal kingpin’s adult son, enforcer Emberly Hale takes a dark journey into the haunted core of Cranberry Cove—and her own past—to find out the horrible truth.

“The best crossover episode of Law & Order: SVU and X-Files that you never knew you wanted and now cannot live without.”

—Booklist

Cranberry Cove feels like a more thoughtful and nuanced episode of Tales from the Crypt with its harrowing examination of masculinity and gender roles inside a carnivorous hotel. Exquisitely written with Piper’s signature lush and haunting prose, this bleak and undeniably upsetting novella will provoke and excite like all excellent works of art should.”

—Eric LaRocca, author of Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke

cover reveal: All the Hearts You Eat

I’m a day late but not a vampire short: yesterday Titan Books revealed the cover to my upcoming modern gothic coastal vampire novel, All the Hearts You Eat!

The sea wants blood, and Julia Lloyd’s gorgeous cover screams out its beastly thirst. It also shows a few kind words from Chuck Wendig:

“A dark and powerful undertow … it’ll pull you far, far out to sea.”

All the Hearts You Eat is up for pre-order at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, Bookshop, Libro.FM & more, and will wash ashore from Titan Books on October 15th.

What really happened to Cabrina Brite?

Ivory’s life changes irrevocably when she discovers the body of Cabrina Brite on the sands of Cape Morning, along with a mysterious poem. How did she die, and why does it seem she was trying to swim to Ghost Cat Island, the center of so many local mysteries?

Desperate to uncover the answers surrounding Cabrina’s death, and haunted by her discovery, Ivory begins to see the pale ghost of Cabrina, only to shake it off as a mere hallucination. But Ivory is not alone. Cabrina’s closest friends have also seen a similar apparition, and as they toy with occult possibilities, they begin to unravel the truth behind Cabrina’s death.

Because Cape Morning isn’t a ghost town, but a town filled with ghosts, and Ivory is about to discover just what happens when you let one in.

 

TGONG pre-orders return!

You might have noticed that the pre-orders page for The Ghostlands of Natalie Glasgow disappeared for a few weeks. Rooster Republic was doing some remodeling.

But it’s back now! The limited edition hardcover is up for order once again. Gathering The Possession of Natalie Glasgow alongside six all-new interconnected stories, the hardcover is up for order until April 30th. After that, it will no longer be available, but there’s still plenty of time before then.

Also, I was recently at the Scarelastic Book Fair in McCordsville, Indiana and it was wonderful. If you have a chance next year, check it out!

Next event: I’ll be at AuthorCon 3 in Williamsburg, Virginia from April 12th-14th. Hope to see you there!

Events, upcoming books 2024

A few quick things!

This weekend (Saturday, March 2nd) I’ll be in McCordsville, Indiana at the Scarlet Lane Brewing Company for the Scarelastic Book Fair with plenty of cool horror folk. It’s going to be a fantastic time!

Also, look what’s arrived!

These are the copies of Cranberry Cove pre-ordered directly from the publisher, Bad Hand Books. There are a couple hundred to sign, and then hopefully they’ll be getting out before the April 2nd release date. Can’t wait for the doors to open on this abandoned hotel. It’s also still up for pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Lastly, and perhaps out of the usual chronology (fitting for the Worm series), Song of the Tyrant Worm audiobook is up for pre-order. The other format pre-orders are still to come, but if audio is your jam, you can find this one on Libro.FM.

Song of the Tyrant Worm cover reveal

Excited to reveal the cover for the final book in The Worm and His Kings trilogy, Song of the Tyrant Worm!

Cassie Daley is the artist, and she’s captured all the cosmic weirdness of the book and the series as a whole in this dazzling visage of portals and planets and starlight.

Plot synopsis and pre-order is still to be announced, but Song of the Tyrant Worm will be out from Off Limits om June 8th! The end is coming.

In other book news (now’s a good time to remind I have four books releasing this year, right?), the paperback for Cranberry Cove is now up for pre-order on Barnes & Noble.

“Modern Art Curse, Mixed Media” in Scissor Sisters

My first short story of the year is out!

It actually came out last week, but for various reasons I haven’t been able to update about it until now. “Modern Art Curse, Mixed Media” appears in the new anthology Scissor Sisters, a book of villainous sapphic stories, a theme both salacious and delightful. My story tells of a murder, an unfinished painting, and the answer that lies within the art.

Check it out!

All the Hearts You Eat in Paste’s Most Anticipated 2024

Happy New Year! We’re into 2024, which is going to be a big year for horror. I have four titles releasing this year, and the fourth had the good fortune to appear in Paste Magazine’s article, “The Most Anticipated Horror Books of 2024.”

Alongside exciting upcoming titles by Stephen King, Stephen Graham Jones, Rachel Harrison, Johnny Compton, Josh Malerman (you don’t need me to list everyone, check the article!) comes All the Hearts You Eat, coming October 15th from Titan Books. From the article:

Why We’re Excited: Hailey Piper will deliver several new books in 2024, but All the Hearts You Eat is the one that intrigues me most. Apart from the title, which might be the best Piper’s delivered so far (and that’s really saying something), there’s the promise of another tale of a small town full of mysteries and darkness, and the young woman at the center of it all who must dig for the truth. Throw in the Gothic touch of a ghost girl trying to point the way, and you’ve got a book I need in my hands right this second.”

Right now it can only be pre-ordered from UK retailers Waterstones & Forbidden Planet, but hopefully Titan will be expanding on that soon! And also soon, a cover reveal. Can’t wait!

Also, Queen of Teeth got a lovely mention in BookRiot’s “9 Horror Books with Romance at Heart.” I’ve said it before, so remember: horror and romance are lovers!

A Light Most Hateful also got a shout-out on The Line-Up’s “From the Haunted Stacks: 2023 Horror Book Highlights,” saying “If Neil Gaiman, Mary Shelley, and Shirley Jackson could birth a book baby, this stunning novel would be the outcome.”