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Nominated for a Bram Stoker Award® for Superior Achievement in a First Novel.
“A stark and frightening novel. Horror fans should definitely seek this one out.” – Booklist
Some doctors are sicker than their patients.
When a troubled psychiatrist loses funding to perform clinical trials on an experimental cure for schizophrenia, he begins testing it on his asylum’s criminally insane, triggering a series of side effects that opens the mind of his hospital’s most dangerous patient, setting his inner demons free.
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A Note From the Publisher
Brian Kirk is an author of dark thrillers and psychological suspense. His debut novel, We Are Monsters, was released in July 2015 and was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award® for Superior Achievement in a First Novel.
His short fiction has been published in many notable magazines and anthologies. Most recently, Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories and Behold! Oddities, Curiosities and Undefinable Wonders, where his work appears alongside multiple New York Times bestselling authors, and received an honorable mention in Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year compilation.
During the day, Brian works as a freelance marketing and creative consultant. His experience working on large, integrated advertising campaigns for international companies has helped him build an effective author platform, and makes him a strong marketing ally for his publishing partners. In addition, Brian has an eye for emerging media trends and an ability to integrate storytelling into new technologies and platforms.
While he’s worked to make this bio sound as impressive as possible, he’s actually a rather humble guy who believes in hard work and big dreams. Feel free to connect with him through one of the following channels. Don’t worry, he only kills his characters.
Bram Stoker Award Nominee: Superior Achievement in a First Novel - 2015
“We Are Monsters is fantastic — a frightening and intense thriller. I was blown away. Brian Kirk is exactly what readers need — a talented new voice with original, awe-inspiring ideas that can push the genre forward.” –Brian Keene, best-selling author of Ghoul and The Rising
"We Are Monsters introduces readers to Kirk's brand of wild, reality warping fiction that pushes the boundaries of horror. There are monsters aplenty within the human soul, and Brian Kirk knows how to tease them out. One of the best horror novels you'll read this year." –Ink Heist
“One of the most impressive horror debuts I have ever read. I was absolutely blown away.” –The Horror Bookshelf
“A smart, elaborate novel that weaves together the best and worst of us. Complex, terrifying, and still humane, this book moved me to both horror and compassion, and that’s a difficult thing indeed.” –Mercedes M. Yardley, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Pretty Little Dead Girls and Little Dead Red
“A stark and frightening novel. Horror fans should definitely seek this one out.” –Booklist
“A tightly woven tale from an author who has a heart, and that makes me excited to see what else Kirk has in store for us. The whole story will have you examining the human race as never before.” –Ginger Nuts of Horror
“We Are Monsters is a high-voltage thrill, like watching Sam Fuller’s Shock Corridor and Joel Schumacher’s Flatliners on split screens.” –Jonathan Moore, Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of The Poison Artist, The Night Market, and Blood Relations
“A gorgeous display of conceivable terror that resonates long after reading.” –Horror Novel Reviews
“Brian Kirk’s debut novel We Are Monsters is a sure bet. A hippy-trippy jaunt that goes deep into the baser things we keep bottled up… and what happens when they’re freed. Highly recommended!” -John F.D. Taff, Multi-Bram Stoker-Nominated Author of Little Black Spots and The Fearing
“A knockout punch for Kirk, this is a book–and an author–that we’ll be hearing a lot more about in the future.” –Shotgun Logic Praise For Will Haunt You
“Suspenseful and terror-driven…[Kirk’s] handling of visceral horror and human drama make for an immersive tale.” -Publisher’s Weekly
“Unlike anything you’ve ever read before.” -LitReactor
“A tour-de-force of psychological suspense and terror.” -Lisa Mannetti, Bram Stoker Award winner and Shirley Jackson Award finalist, author of The Box Jumper
“A genuinely weird and powerful vision, Will Haunt You delivers on its titular boast, in spades.” -Gemma Files, author of Experimental Film
“Rest assured, this is no breezy melody. It’s a dark arrangement, a terror chorus. It will sink into your bones and shake you.” -Rio Youers, author of The Forgotten Girl and Halcyon
“Will Haunt You is positively terrifying, and Kirk delivers what may be some of the best horror writing of the year.” -Michael Patrick Hicks, author of Broken Shells and Mass Hysteria
“Inventive, emotional, and harrowing…feels like something that came dripping out of a monster’s fever dream.” -High Fever Books Review
An example of psychological horror at its best. Open this book carefully. It might be the last thing you do.” -Stephanie M. Wytovich, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Brothel
“One of the creepiest, and most terrifying beginnings I can remember reading in a long time.” -The Scary Reviews
“A strange and haunting bit of fiction, punch drunk with distorting the path you think you’re on.” -Kendall Reviews
“A vivid mind-flaying descent into one man’s living nightmare. Bizarre, chilling, and at times heartbreaking, the puzzle hidden between the lines will never leave.” -Todd Keisling, author of The Final Reconciliation and Ugly Little Things
“Masterful…a trippy piece of rock-and-roll-fueled occult meta-fiction proving that love sometimes is terrifyingly difficult to attain.” -John F.D. Taff, Multi-Bram Stoker-Nominated Author of Little Black Spots and The Fearing
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