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mesan1024
2024-05-19
Love the atmosphere and it's very inviting
Madison Lunnen
Madison Lunnen
2024-04-20
I love coming to this store! Good stock of indie and classic horror. It's clear the owners know their stuff. Very friendly! Also, it's very well decorated. And the kids' section is very cute. Definitely recommend!
David Swisher
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2024-03-29
I've only had the opportunity to order online, but each order has been a delightful experience. Support this store in confidence!
Dan C
Dan C
2023-12-24
This place is great! Owner is super friendly. We need to appreciate businesses that go whole hog on horror.
Brandy Rainey
Brandy Rainey
2023-12-06
Wonderful selection horror books. My new favorite book store hands down.
Susan Snyder
Susan Snyder
2023-10-18
This store holds a treasure of horror books from non-fiction to children’s books to extreme horror. The owners are absolutely wonderful and welcoming. They have special events as well! You have to check them out!
Cynthia Pelayo
Cynthia Pelayo
2023-10-17
Very cool place! Great owner. Great books. They are super nice and knowledgeable. It’s very family friendly here. Just fair warning, The owner likes to dress like his dog. So, you may see him dressed in a dog suit from time to time,
Ghoulish Books News The Writings of Max Booth III

Back from the Dead: Max Booth III’s HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY KIDNAP STRANGERS (NSFW)

Hello! All week we’ve been sharing the covers for my first three novels, which are returning to print after several years of being completely unavailable. We are reprinting them through Ghoulish Books and giving them a brand-new life and I am very stoked about that. If you missed it, click HERE for the post about Toxicity, and click HERE for the post about The Mind is a Razorblade.

Today, we’re talking about my third novel: How to Successfully Kidnap Strangers.

Behold, Betty Rocksteady’s NSFW cover art, which will surely get me in trouble on any social media account I decide to share this on:

1. Do not respond to bad reviews.

2. If you must respond to bad reviews, please do not kidnap the reviewer.

3. If you must kidnap the reviewer, do not kidnap him in a public area.

4. If there are witnesses, do not also kidnap them.

5. If you also kidnap the witnesses, consider quitting crystal meth.

6. If you find yourself surrounded by hostages, purchase extra duct tape.

7. Do not let the hostages take their own hostages.

8. Invest in better coffee.

9. Don’t forget: dildo crucifixes have more than one use.

10. And, most importantly: do not engage the severed heads in conversation.

 

If my memory is correct, I wrote the majority of this novel while sitting shotgun on a road trip to Corpus Christi, typing into an Alphasmart delicately balanced atop my lap. It is the fastest I’ve ever written a book. I regret the length of the title. I gave serious consideration into omitting “Successfully” from the reprinted edition, but feared confusing the algorithms and not being able to merge it into pre-existing Goodreads/Amazon pages made for the first edition back in 2015 when it was published by Bizarro Pulp Press.

I wrote How to Successfully Kidnap Strangers after a couple years of operating my own indie press and being around other indies. It’s part crime novel and part satire of the indie press scene (at least, what the indie press scene was like in 2014). It’s about a bizarro indie writer who kidnaps a blogger who’s recently given him a terrible review. Given recent Goodreads drama that’s taken the internet by storm, I’ve very interested to see how this book hits for people now. I still think it’s pretty funny and hope its new readers find it entertaining.

At the moment, Strangers can only be pre-ordered through the GHOULISH.RIP webstore. I will be signing & personalizing all paperback pre-orders (unless requested not to via the customer notes). Pre-order HERE.

But also, if you’d rather scoop up all three novels (Toxicity, The Mind is a Razorblade, and How to Successfully Kidnap Strangers), we are offering a discounted paperback bundle for ghouls to pre-order instead. All three books will release at the same time, and I’ll also still sign & personalize them.

Pre-order the bundle HERE.

And, since someone asked, I want to make it clear these three books are very much standalone novels. Their only connection is I wrote all three of them, they were released relatively close together, and they have been out of print for several years.

Note: These three novels will not be included on any Ghoulish membership subscriptions.

Max Booth III

Max Booth III is a writer, publisher, editor, podcaster, and indie bookstore owner. They are the author of numerous works, including I Believe in Mister Bones, Abnormal Statistics, Maggots Screaming!, Touch the Night, and many others too spooky to name here. Their novella, We Need to Do Something, was adapted into a feature film from their own screenplay and distributed by IFC Midnight in 2021 after debuting at the Tribeca Film Festival. They co-run Ghoulish Books, a publisher/bookstore hybrid, with their wife Lori Michelle Booth. Born and raised in Northwest Indiana, they now live in San Antonio, TX. Find their work at www.TalesFromTheBooth.com.

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