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On the eve of Halloween, we have to ask: “Which novel, more than any other, just scared the @#$%* out of you? Which characters?” Join ITW Members Debbie Viguié, Cammie Eicher, Joseph Nassise, Trevor Shane, Ethan Cross and Daniel Annechino as they reveal their biggest literary fears. It’s sure to be a thriller!


Joseph Nassise is the author of more than a dozen novels, including the internationally bestselling Templar Chronicles (HERETIC, A SCREAM OF ANGELS, A TEAR IN THE SKY) , the forthcoming Jeremiah Hunt trilogy (EYES TO SEE, KING OF THE DEAD, WATCHER OF THE WAYS) from Tor Books, the forthcoming Burke’s Marauders series from Harper Voyager, and several books in the Rogue Angel action/adventure series from Gold Eagle/Harlequin. He also a former president of the Horror Writers Association, the world’s largest organization of professional horror writers, a two time Bram Stoker Award and International Horror Guild Award nominee, and a life and creativity coach who likes working with people to get them to realize their full potential in life. Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, Joe currently live with his wife, four children, six dogs, four cats and a pair of guinea pigs in Phoenix, Arizona.

Trevor Shane is the author of CHILDREN OF PARANOIA, the first in a thrilling new trilogy being published by Dutton, an imprint of Penguin.  CHILDREN OF PARANOIA is Trevor Shane’s first novel. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son.

When a fireman or a policeman would come visit his school, most of his classmates’ heads would swim with aspirations of growing up and catching bad guys or saving someone from a blazing inferno. When these moments came for Ethan Cross, however, his dreams weren’t to someday be a cop or put out fires; he just wanted to write about it. And his dream of telling stories on a grand scale has come to fruition with the release of his new book, THE SHEPHERD. Ethan Cross is the pen name of a thriller author living and writing in Illinois with his wife, two daughters, and two Shih Tzus.

Debbie Viguié is the New York Times Bestselling author of over a dozen novels including the WICKED series and the new CRUSADE series co-authored with Nancy Holder.  Much of Debbie’s writing has a dark edge to it, including her retold fairy tales, her latest being VIOLET EYES, a retelling of The Princess and the Pea.  In addition to her epic dark fantasy work Debbie also writes thrillers including THE PSALM 23 MYSTERIES and the upcoming KISS trilogy.  When Debbie isn’t busy writing she enjoys spending time with her husband, Scott, visiting theme parks.  They live in Florida with their cat, Shrödinger.

In her other life, the one that provides a mundane escape from the fantastic world of being an author, Cammie Eicher masquerades as a newspaper editor and columnist. As her alter ego, Cathie Shaffer, she has won numerous state and national awards for her writing, and is known as a fair, hard-hitting journalist. Cammie lives in a small town in northeastern Kentucky with her beloved canine companion, Maggie, and almost as beloved feline companion, Tabby. In her spare time, she claims to enjoy snowboarding, cruises to tropical destinations and creating wedding cakes from scratch. However, those who know her best say she is far more apt to be found reading, sewing, watching TV or sitting around a campfire.

Daniel Annechino wrote his first book, HOW TO BUY THE MOST CAR FOR THE LEAST MONEY, in 1992 while working as a General Manager in the automobile business. But his passion had always been fiction, particularly thrillers. Annechino spent two years researching serial killers before penning his gripping and memorable debut novel, THEY NEVER DIE QUIETLY.  In his new novel, RESUSCITATION (available now; A Thomas & Mercer original trade paperback,$14.95; digital $9.99),  Annechino wanted to explore the dark side of a successful cardiothoracic surgeon’s desire to make medical history . . . even at the expense of those he should most want to help.  He was interested in what could drive a doctor to violate his Hippocratic oath to abstain from doing harm, and find perverse pleasure in doing so.  The result is a fast-paced thriller that pits a cunning killer against a single-minded cop. A native of New York, Annechino now lives in San Diego with his wife, Jennifer.

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