Here's a little about me, Brandon Massey. ("Massey" is not pronounced "macy," by the way. Think of "mass" instead.)
Ok, I was born June 9, 1973, in Waukegan, Illinois. I was raised in Zion, a suburb north of Chicago. Currently, I reside in metro Atlanta. I've been here since February 1999. Why did I move? Tired of the snow!
I've been writing since I was in high school, but for as long as I remember, I've been fascinated by words and stories. I was the kid in class who always participated in the spelling bees; the child who always sat around the elders, listening raptly as they spun their yarns about the "old days." It was always in the back of my mind that I would one day write stories of my own. Late in my high school years, I got serious about it and began to pursue my dream.
I originally self-published THUNDERLAND, my first novel. After managing to sell a few thousand copies on my own, Kensington Publishing Corp. in New York offered me a two-book contract, and I accepted. Kensington published a new, revised edition of THUNDERLAND in December 2002.
My second book, DARK CORNER, a vampire thriller in the tradition of Stephen King's classic novel, SALEM'S LOT, hits stores nationwide in January 2004. I'm also editing an anthology entitled, DARK DREAMS: A Collection of Horror and Suspense by Black Writers; it will be published in October 2004. The collection will feature tales by popular writers such as Zane, Tananarive Due, and Steven Barnes, in addition to stories by rising stars and talented newcomers.
It's my mission to bring you entertaining, thought-provoking tales of suspense for many years to come.
In the Dark
Paperback: 264 pages
It began as their dream home . . .
From the award-winning author of Dark Corner and The Other
Brother comes an unforgettable thriller of family secrets, toxic
faith, and high-tech suspense.
Paperback: 384 pages
With Nowhere To Run'
Corey Webb is living the American dream'successful business, beautiful wife, gifted daughter'but the dream he worked so hard to achieve is about to become a nightmare. When a chance encounter brings him face to face with the dark past he'd long since left behind, Corey knows the threat to his life and family could be deadly.
'It's Do Or Die
Unpredictable, intelligent, and terrifyingly ruthless, Corey's stalker will settle for nothing less than complete submission. He'll stop at nothing, and sacrifice anyone, to get what he wants. There's no point in running, no chance of hiding, and no hope for Corey and his family to escape unscathed'
Paperback: 304 pages
Paperback: 384 pages
in the Night: Dark Dreams III
Paperback: 304 pages
Beyond Your Darkest Dreams...
Paperback: 256 pages
Paperback: 256 pages
SYNOPSIS: The night is full of wild things . . .
When Kym Phillips embarks on a road trip from Atlanta to Los Angeles to take her younger sister to college, she's anticipating an opportunity to bond with her sister and a chance to see the country. And as an accomplished, single professional with her thirtieth birthday only a week away'and no marriage prospects in sight'Kym is looking forward to some quiet time to reflect on the frustrating course of her love life.
Waiting for them . . .
He roams the lonely highways and barren canyons of the Southwest. Leader of a pack of vicious minions, he hunts the night for travelers far from home . . . for prey.
Deep into their journey, Kym realizes that someone is following them. Someone with an uncanny predator's instinct. Someone with a sick hunger for blood. Someone who, no matter what they do to escape, is utterly relentless . . .
Explosive, lightning-paced, and impossible to put down, this is Brandon Massey at his thrilling best.
The Other Brother
The award-winning author of Dark Corner, Thunderland, and Within
the Shadows, Brandon Massey delivers a chilling supernatural thriller of the
ties that bind'and dark secrets written in the blood. . .
Raised on the mean streets of Chicago, Isaiah Battle refused to succumb to the violence that claimed others in his neighborhood. He's forged his own identity from various influences, relying on his strength of character in the face of adversity. He also relies on another kind of strength'and few who have witnessed Isaiah wield his dark power have survived to tell the tale. . .
Now Isaiah has come to Atlanta to claim his birthright'as Gabriel's half-brother from their father's extramarital affair. The news threatens to tear the Reid family apart as they struggle to accept the stranger among them. But Isaiah, talented in ways no one ever imagined, wants much more than acceptance. He wants what he believes is rightfully his: everything Gabriel has. And he'll let nothing stand in his way. . .
Fourteen harrowing tales from the award-winning author of WITHIN THE SHADOWS.
A man driving home from a Halloween costume party suddenly comes face to face with pure evil...An elderly woman, obsessed with obituaries, becomes intimately connected with the dead in the most unlikely of ways...A hardworking single mother is plunged into her ultimate nightmare...An unfaithful husband discovers to his horror that his attractive new neighbor has much more than seduction in mind...
This chilling collection by Brandon Massey, winner of the Black Writers Alliance's Gold Pen Award for Best Thriller, is certain to send you groping for the light switch, spiraling deeper and deeper into a dark realm of imagination where the once-familiar becomes menacingly twisted...
from the Other Side: Dark Dreams II
THEY WALK THE NIGHT...prepared to face terrors humans were never
meant to confront. Chant with an African mystic as he protects his people from
an entity of unbridled malice. Ride the dusty trails of the Old West in pursuit
of monstrous legends. Sail on a ship of damned souls as it languishes in the
depths of forbidden waters. From the untamed wilderness of ancient times to the
concrete jungles of today, these seventeen excursions into nightmares will keep
you awake long past the midnight hour--and praying for daylight...
At just thirty-one, Andrew Wilson has it all: close friends, a great house in an Atlanta suburb, and a successful career as a mystery writer. Only one thing is missing'a special person to share it with. Then one day he meets someone new, a woman who seems almost too good to be true.
Beautiful, smart, and sophisticated, Mika Woods is everything that Andrew has ever wanted and more'at first. After one night of passion, Andrew soon discovers that Mika isn't quite who she appears to be. Or even what she appears to be.
But it's too late to turn back. Mika has been waiting a lifetime for a man like Andrew. And what she wants, what she desires, she will have'no matter who has to die'
WITHIN THE SHADOWS, A Thriller by Brandon Massey
Dreams: A Collection of Horror and Suspense by Black Writers
Brandon R. Massey (Editor)
IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT'
From Brandon Massey, award-winning author of Thunderland, comes a terrifying new novel about a town besieged by evil...and the one man who is determined to fight the darkness...
When renowned author Richard Hunter dies in a boating accident, his son David travels to Mason's Corner, Mississippi, to find out more about the father he never really knew. At first, Mason's Corner seems friendly and unassuming-the perfect "small town." But after a newcomer moves into the old-and supposedly haunted-mansion on the hill, everything changes...
People begin to disappear. Dogs viciously attack. And soon David discovers that the terror consuming this place has its roots in his own family tree...
For something has risen in Mason's Corner. Something with bloody ties to the town's past. Something undead--and hungering for vengeance...
Winner of the Black Writers Alliance's 2000 Gold Pen Award for Best Thriller.
Originally self-published in 1999, the rights to Massey's acclaimed supernatural thriller were sold to Kensington Publishing Corp. A revised edition--with more action, excitement, and chills than ever--is now in stores nationwide.
Written by an up-and-coming talent, "Thunderland" is suspense fiction in the classic, bestselling tradition. With this dark, raw, and haunting tale of a family shattered by a mysterious menace, award-winning newcomer Brandon Massey takes readers on a sublimely scary journey deep into the heart of Dean Koontz and Stephen King territory.
Teenager Jason Brooks never expected to survive a tragic accident. But by some miracle he did recover, only to find that life is better than ever, with his new friendships, fresh experiences, and bright hopes for the future. Even Jason's parents, who had been drifting farther and farther apart, have renewed their commitment to their marriage.
But then an enigmatic stranger invades their lives, jeopardizing the happiness that Jason and his parents had worked so hard to achieve, and threatening to destroy everything they care about...that is, if they survive.
For The People: Contemporary African-American Stories
Paperback: 512 pages
If you can walk, you can dance. If you can talk, you can
sing." "Don't start none, won't be none." "If you don't stand
for something you'll fall for anything." Whether it was in the
church on a hard-shined wooden pew, or around the kitchen table
after, listening to the wisdom of mothers and fathers, aunts and
uncles, grandparents, friends, and leaders, the messages of the
proverbs resonate in the souls of most African-Americans'a sweet
refrain heard through striving, reaching, loving, and living. In
this powerful collection of stories based on African,
African-American, and Biblical proverbs, some of today's most
exciting new African-American writers tackle the unifying
themes, delicious wit and undeniable wisdom of the proverbs,
making them sing for a whole new generation.
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