Dark Magic From Matt Hayward and Bob Ford

While it won’t be a big surprise to everyone, we wanted to share this news for the sake of making sure as many people as possible are aware of it and go and pre-order it. I don’t usually recommend books I haven’t read yet, but I have some valid reasons for feeling comfortable doing so with this one. First and foremost, I have a lot of trusted reviewer friends who either have or are currently reading A Penny For Your Thoughts and told me they love it. And second, just look at that synopsis down there below the cover image. What horror fan in their right mind would read that description and not want this book right fucking now? Anyhow, I’ll get out of your way and let you look at this amazing cover image and read that incredibly enticing summary of what sounds to me like a great read. After you’re done with that, click one of those purchase links below and preorder this gorgeous thing for yourself. Coming from Poltergeist Press in June of this year, this is sounding more and more like one you won’t want to miss.

A Penny For Your Thoughts


Fresh from a stretch in prison, Joe Openshaw is living at home with his father and trying to get his life together again. He has let go of old habits, especially the ones that turned him into an addict and helped land him in prison.

On a hike along the Lowback Trail, Joe stumbles on one of the town’s oldest secrets—buried long ago, if not forgotten.

It’s an unusual but safe enough treasure—a jar of old pennies. What interests Joe isn’t the pennies themselves, but the pieces of paper taped to every coin—a child’s handwritten wish on each one.

When the first few wishes come true, they are simple things. Fun. Harmless.

Except as time goes on, Joe realizes they aren’t really wishes at all…they’re exchanges, and the bill was racking up.

Nothing is free in life.

Sooner or later, you always pay.

Purchase A Penny for Your Thoughts by Matt Hayward and Robert Ford.

ROBERT FORD has published the novels The Compound, and No Lipstick in Avalon, the novellas Ring of Fire, The Last Firefly of Summer, Samson and Denial, Bordertown and the short story collection The God Beneath my Garden. In addition, he has several screenplays floating around in the ether of Hollywood. He can confirm the grass actually is greener on the other side, but it’s only because of the bodies buried there.

MATT HAYWARD is a Bram Stoker Award-nominated author and musician from Wicklow, Ireland. His books include Brain Dead Blues, What Do Monsters Fear?, Practitioners (with Patrick Lacey), and The Faithful. He compiled the award-winning anthology Welcome To The Show, and is currently writing a novel with Bryan Smith. Matt wrote the comic book This Is How It Ends (now a music video) for the band Walking Papers, and received a nomination for Irish Short Story of the Year from Penguin Books in 2017. He is represented by Lane Heymont of the Tobias Literary Agency and can be found on Twitter @MattHaywardIRE or at his website www.sundancecrow.com

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