The tomb of Count Gore De Vol

J.L. Comeau, The TombKeeper "Welcome to Count Gore De Vol's Tomb of Dark Delights.   I'm J. L. Comeau, horror writer and resident Tomb Keeper.  I have been charged with the daunting task of sorting and cataloging the Count's vast library of horror, science fiction and fantasy.  Take a torch from the wall and follow me down the stone stairway into the darkness deep beneath the Dungeon.  It's cold and damp down here--perfect for the kind of reading we're going to do.  Never mind the shambling figures in the shadows, they're probably just some friends of ours looking for a good book. If you click on the cover, you'll be taken to a wonderful place where you can buy the book.
Now, let's reach into the musty stacks and see what we can find..."


(Clicking on the covers gives you more information and prices from and other outlets.) 


Sexy supernatural novels are hot, hot, hot, so we’re vamping it up this week with a couple of sizzling supernatural novels from hot paranormal romance thriller author Allison Brennan!

ORIGINAL SIN by Allison Brennan

This is the first entry in a projected seven-novel paranormal suspense series featuring Moira Donnelly, a witch specifically bred by her evil mother, Fiona, leader of an evil occult coven, to become a conduit between heaven and hell. When Fiona unleashes the seven deadly sins, which are in fact fallen angels, her daughter Moira is joined by a sexy young former seminarian named Rafe in a battle royale to fend off the demons coming down hard on their small California town with plans to take over the world. The fallen angels are the entities who formed a union with Lucifer during the battle with Archangel Michael, and Fiona and her occult group are bringing down the darkness with their evil powers to manipulate darkness to take over the planet. Moira and the smoldering Rafe Cooper must track down Fiona to thwart the evil that Moira’s mother is orchestrating. Filled with fast-moving battles with demons and a heavy romantic subtext, ORIGINAL SIN will thrill fans of True Blood and Twilight.

CARDINAL SIN by Allison Brennan

Author Allison Brennan continues the seven-novel paranormal suspense/romance serial that began with ORIGINAL SIN with CARDINAL SIN. In this second fast-paced thriller, the small California town of Santa Louisa has been nearly obliterated by the raging supernatural war of darkness and light being waged by the deadly fallen angels led by Moira Donnelly’s evil mother, Fiona. The demon Lust has burst forth and is moving toward Los Angeles. Moira awakes with blood on her hands—literally—and she and her seductive partner, Rafe Cooper, must return to the battle in order to save the world. Moira has doubts about Rafe, wondering if he might be a pawn of Lust, but she knows that she must move forward against the demons and, indeed, her own mother, a queen of the underworld who has unleashed Hell on earth. Moira must track down the demon Lust and return him to the netherworld from which he has been released by her mother, Fiona, all the while on the run from the authorities who do not believe that the paranormal war is raging. Sexy, hot, and action-packed, I recommend CARDINAL SIN to fans of supernatural romance thrillers. For more about the author, please visit

We’re getting all science fictional this week, TombRats, and we’re going absolutely Steampunk! Read on…


It was a great loss to the science fiction genre when the visionary Kage Baker passed away om 2010. Her loss was a great blow to readers and science fiction literature, but she left behind a grand and mind-bending canon of fiction that will be celebrated forever. Her Company novels are legend, and NOT LESS THAN GODS is her ninth Company novel, although it can easily be enjoyed as a stand-alone. Edward Bell-Fairfax has figured previously in Kage Baker’s Company fiction, is born to the job of high-level assassin, and his genteel background and the strange circumstances of his birth make Edward perfect for induction into the Company. In this Frankensteinian tale of a creature created that usurps and transcends the powers it was intended to possess, Edward Bell-Fairfax might save the world…or he might destroy it. Set in an alternate Steampunk London, Kage Baker creates an unforgettable tale of world-killing weaponry, secret societies and mind-blowing technology. Edward is able to travel through time to accomplish his proscribed missions, but his idealistic nature causes him to question the validity of his work. Fleeing across the continents from clockwork enemies, Edward begins a journey in which he will become the most dangerous man alive. The late, great Kage Baker writes with great wisdom and humor in NOT LESS THAN GODS.

PINION by Jay Lake

Steampunk fans will revel in Jay Lake’s newest “Clockpunk” novel, PINION, in which Lake’s lush Victorian Clockwork Earth continues following his stunning 2009 novel, ESCAPEMENT. This second entry follows on-the-run, gear-minded Paolina Barthes, a young tech prodigy who is a target of rival British and Chinese governments. Paolina, a sorceress of great and growing power, is fleeing to Africa, where a rebel Chinese submarine is waiting to receive her after she has caused a great upheaval of the world order by devastating the gears that control the northern hemisphere. On the other side of the Great Wall that God built awaits the Southern Empire that awaits Paolina’s arrival, where it is known what she has done to the clockwork precision of the North. They know that Paolina’s greatest love is Boaz, a clockwork man of brass, and they plan to capture Boaz in an attempt to control Paolina. Queen Victoria is in power, the British Navy rules the seas, China controls the air with great airships. Boaz struggles with the soul that he has been given by Paolina as she covertly hastens across the world to save him from the political upheaval that she has caused. PINION is brilliant and thoughtful alternative history by Jay Lake, who can be found at

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About the Tomb Keeper (Or, who is this person of mystery)

J. L. (Judy) Comeau is an award winning short story writer whose work has appeared internationally in major horror and dark fantasy anthologies such as the Borderlands series, Best New Horror, The Years' Best Horror, the Hot Blood series, and the Dark Voices series in the UK.  She is an active member of the Horror Writer's Association, and she lives in the Washington, DC area where she also teaches short story writing. Click on FIREBIRD to read one of her most anthologized stories.

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