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It happens each winter, and has for over 35 years. Every time the snow starts to fall late in the evening before a school day, the dreams begin again for Billy Stone. They are always the same – there’s a dark tunnel, and there’s blood, lots of blood, and someone is screaming.

In this chilling childhood tale, Billy, recounts the events of one unforgettable day in 1975. On that day, he and his friends played carefree in the snow, until an adventure gone awry left him far from home, staring death in the face, and running from a killer bent on keeping a horrible secret.

Set in a time before Amber Alerts, when horror stories were told around camp fires instead of on the nightly news, Snow Day is a blend of nostalgia and nightmare that makes us question if the good old days were really as good as we remember.

From a new voice in dark fiction comes a thriller about an idyllic childhood turned horrifying; a cautionary tale about how losing sight of the difference between feeling safe and being safe can lead to deadly consequences.

SNOW DAY is available from Amazon.


Dan Maurer is an author, publisher, theater producer, director, and digital marketer.

After graduating from East Carolina University in 1988, Dan spent seven years working in trade book publishing, including stints in the editorial departments of both Doubleday and Houghton Mifflin. While supporting Doubleday’s Editorial Director and Houghton Mifflin’s Editor-in-Chief, Dan helped shepherd many notable book projects through the production process; among them John Grisham’s The Firm, Richard Price’s Clockers, and Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger’s Lost Moon, which became the film Apollo 13.

Dan eventually transitioned to a career in digital marketing. He went on to devise and implement digital marketing strategies for brands as varied as Curious George, Peterson Field Guides, and The Polar Express. After leaving trade book publishing, he spent many years working in other industries, leading digital marketing initiatives for companies such as Citizen, Dun & Bradstreet, RCN, and Bristol-Myers Squibb.

In his free time, Dan is also active in live theater. He is a member of an acclaimed New Jersey theater company and has won awards for his producing, directing and sound design.

Dan lives with his wife and their daughter in Robbinsville, New Jersey.