Welcome to FROST HARROW, my new modern (1990s) gothic horror series! If you’d like to support this and my other work, go to www.CushingHorrors.com and become my patron! You may also enjoy the Scribe Award-Winning MANOS: THE HANDS OF FATE – In print, for kindle, and for all e-book formats. And check out my retro-horror-comedy classic CANOE COPS VS. THE MUMMY as well as my other books. Now… On with the show!
I began writing the Frost stories in 1996. This story, being the foundation for the rest, was the first one I wrote.
My concept with the Frosts was to do a monthly series of horror novels. I wanted to keep the books short and readable—something a person could finish in a night or two, or perhaps in a week of commuting on a train.
I was convinced then—and I remain convinced today—that there is a market for such fiction. I know that, personally, there are times in my life when I’m just not up to reading a 400-page blockbuster, no matter how good it may be.
Good fiction. Short fiction. Accessible fiction. Scary & erotic fiction. Fiction with continuity, characters, and long-term story arcs. That was, and remains, my goal with the Frost stories.
Getting book publishers to understand the idea proved trickier than I’d hoped, so I’m going direct on the net.
I hope, that if you enjoy these stories, you’ll recommend them to other people. Chat the Frosts up online. Spread the word.
I also hope that you’ll buy my work, rather than borrowing it.
With no traditional publisher clamoring for the Frosts at the moment, the only way I can continue the Frost saga is if people support me directly, through buying my work at [dead website removed].
I trust that after reading the five stories here, you’ll want to read more about the Frosts.
I have at least thirty more Frost stories to tell.
I hope you’re here to share them.
Oh, and if you like this work, be sure to check out my literary website:
You’ll find a slew of other fine authors there as well.
Enjoy the next book.
—Steve Sullivan, Halloween 1999
Book revised 10/28/99
The website mentioned above is long gone. Those were the early days of internet books, before Kindle, Nook, or any other popular and widespread e-readers—before e-books, really.
So it’s no surprise that my little “experiment” failed. Who’s going to buy a book that’s so hard to read?
If I’d been smart, I would have cleaned up the Frost books right at the start of the e-book revolution. But I got it into my head that they needed to be rewritten and brought up to date. I’m a better writer than I was then, after all. And they were supposed to be modern stories (as they were when written), so…
Well, that was a stupid idea, too. All it kept me from doing was getting the books out where people could read them—for twenty years! (Though I did rewrite the first book—the one you just read—at least twice. And my wife and I still didn’t like it as well as the original.)
Happily, in 2018, I wised up and decided that the books could all be released with just a few minor edits: to correct errors and to fix sudden jumps back and forth in point of view (POV), which is a particular bugaboo of mine.
That allowed me to start releasing Scream Lover (retitled from “Dream Lover,” which sounded too much like a romance) online and to my Patreon patrons.
And by 2020, the book(s) should be out for the public, too, on Amazon and possibly elsewhere, too—and in print. As they were always intended to be.
To paraphrase my filmmaker friend Christopher R. Mihm: “If you like this book, there are five more just like it on the way. And if you don’t like this book, there are five completely different ones on the way.”
Let me know what you think.
—Steve Sullivan, September 2019
NEXT FROST HARROW NOVEL: Book Two
Read my FREE Frost Harrow Halloween stories:
“The Weeping Ghost” (2012), “A Trace of Violet” (2013), “Lunchroom Zombies” (2014), “Omens & Visitations” (2015), “Fata Morgana” (2016), “At the Appointed Hour” (2017), and “Devil’s Lake” (2018).
To My Credit Creature & Beyond Patrons!
These people have gone above and beyond in their longstanding support of my Patreon (www.PaySteve.com) and the Frost Harrow project.
Thanks so much!
David Lars Chamberlain
Gerald Troy Guinn