"A rising star on the horror scene." - FearNet.com
From the Bram Stoker Award winning mass-distributed author of Dead City, Mutated, Quarantine, Flesh Eaters and more comes his first supernatural haunted house novel in two premium signed collectible hardcover formats limited to 26 and 150 copies worldwide. Own specialty collector editions from one of the top-growing names in horror. Don't wait until it's too late, join author Joe McKinney in the frightening exploration of the Crooked House.
In this republican country, amid the fluctuating waves of our social life, somebody is always at the drowning point.
Those words were true when Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote them in 1851, and they were true in 1933, when a fire burned half of Crook House to the ground, taking James Crook’s wife and two sons with it. A disgraced bootlegger and former pro baseball player, James Crook returned from prison to find his house, and his life, a pile of cinders. Broken and insane, he rebuilt Crook House, putting his pain and loneliness into every timber.
But Hawthorne’s words are still true today, and nobody knows that better than Dr. Robert Bell, who has just moved into Crook House as part of his hiring package from a small Texas college. He soon discovers that Crook House is more than just a new beginning for himself and Sarah and their daughter Angela. For the Bell family, Crook House is a place where the past still lives, and its horrors waiting for the next drowning man.
Premium leather-bound Deluxe Lettered Hardcover w/slipcase: mint and first edition, lettered A-Z, 6''x9'', bound in leather, signature page signed by author, front cover stamped and spine stamped with the title and the author's name, includes end papers, colored book ribbon with a full colored header, 60lb. natural vellum stock, a slipcase bound in leatherette and laminated dust jacket. Only twenty-six copies are ever produced and lettered worldwide.
150 Signed and Numbered Limited Hardcover: mint and first edition, numbered 1-150, 6''x9'', bound in leatherette, signed by the author, stamped on the spine with the title and author's name, includes end papers, colored book ribbon, multi-colored header, 60lb. natural vellum stock and laminated dust jacket. Only one hundred and fifty are ever produced and numbered worldwide.
About the author
Joe McKinney is a San Antonio based author of several mass-distributed horror, crime and science fiction novels. His works include the three part Dead World series, the science fiction disaster tale, Quarantined, which was nominated for the Horror Writers Association’s Bram Stoker Award for superior achievement in a novel, 2009, and the real crime novel, Dodging Bullets. In 2012, McKinney's Flesh Eaters won the Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel of 2011.
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Posted by Keith Milstead on 8th May 2013
Having just finished CROOKED HOUSE, all I can say to Joe McKinney is…you are a freakin’ genius man. Joe has taken us into what can only be described as the Amityville House on crack! We are aware that most authors provide us with stories created in 95.9% of their brains. We get fantastic stories from these folks that keep us in suspense carry on three story lines at a time and that provides sleep under the sheets shivers with an ending that leaves the reader fulfilled yet a little apprehensive. Then there are writers like Joe McKinney, he opens the little door in the dark recesses of his brain where the hinges are a little loose, rusted around the hinges, hanging loosely in the frame, covered with cobwebs with a giant creaky gothic door knocker. Outside, just a bit askew is a moldy “Do Not Enter Under Penalty of DEATH” sign. He lets you in with a tip of the hat and how do you do, and then proceeds to tell you a story previously reserved for campfires and s'mores.
That my friends, is what Joe McKinney has done with his most recent entry into the horror franchise with CROOKED HOUSE. Joe introduces us to the Bell family, Robert, Sarah and Angela, who by circumstances out of their control have entered the near poverty group. But then a change of fate brings Robert to Texas, which to this reader would be a dream come true, where a new job comes with a mansion with quite a history and a rent that is unbelievable which offers the Bell family a chance to climb from under the debt ceiling and make a comfortable living. However, things start happening around the family that makes them a tad uneasy and then outright terrifying. Add to that a little occurrence of an ex-husband who won’t take no for an answer and you have the recipe for a soul shaking story.
Joe has shown he is more than capable of writing tales of terror such as the DEAD CITY series, his recent tale of the supernatural INHERITANCE and a myriad of short stories that have sent a cold shiver or two through my body on more than one occasion. He is an author extraordinaire that never disappoints. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed in this story. It is a hard to put down, read in one night story that provides an excellent journey through Joe’s mind. If you are like me, you will start clamoring for more of Mr. McKinney’s work as soon and you close this beautiful edition that comes in a signed leather-bound deluxe lettered hardcover with slipcase as well as a signed limited hardcover brought to you DARK REGIONS PRESS. Take my word for it or just see for yourself that Joe McKinney continues to flourish as a writer and this work is one of his best!
Posted by Eric B. on 28th Jan 2013
I recently read Crooked House by Joe McKinney. I received it as part of the Halloween Grab Bag promotion that guaranteed a copy of this book. This book is more of a novella coming in at just around 150 pages. The hardback I received was very well put together.
This story follows Dr. Robert Bell and his transition to a new teaching position at a southern private college. The novel takes place over a few short days with each chapter representing one day in the book. Robert is on the edge of financial ruin after suddenly leaving a tenure track position at a big university in Florida. He gets a surprising offer from a former mentor to teach at a private school in Texas. What appears to be a god send that will relieve Robert and his family’s financial burdens turns out to be something quite different. One of the perks of the new teaching position is university housing located in Crook house, a mansion once owned by a socialite from the thirties who among other activities was a onetime professional baseball player. Crook house or more accurately crooked house has its own secretes and tragedies that somehow mirror Robert and his families own as the book moves along towards its climatic ending. The story moves surprisingly quickly as past events in Robert’s life come to light that are just enough, along with the dark power of the house, to push Robert over the edge.
In the end I was left wanting more, as if Robert’s story wasn’t finished. The novella seemed stuck between an overly long short story and a full length novel. The author leaves it up to the reader to speculate what becomes of Robert and his family. All in all a good read that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys shocking horrific revelations and a good story.
Posted by Max Booth III on 8th Jan 2013
“You come into a man’s house with evil in your heart you better expect to get the horns.”
Crooked House is a novel with balls. It takes every haunted house trope in fiction, stuffs them all into a blender, and mixes together a milkshake so delicious, you can’t help but gulp the whole thing down in one sitting.
I was fortunate enough to receive an advanced copy of this before it hit the shelves over at Dark Regions Press. I had previously reviewed Joe McKinney’s other new novel, Inheritance, which I still rave about whenever I find the opportunity. So obviously I was very excited to get my hands on his latest work—this one being a story about a haunted house. I’ve always been a fan of this kind of tale. There’s so many ways to be innovative when it comes to the haunted house, I just love seeing the new ways authors express their creativity.
Crooked House was no exception. To me, it would have been impossible to top Inheritance, but McKinney came pretty damn close with this new book. Sharing similar themes as The Shining, McKinney tells us a story about a Mr. Robert Bell and his family, who move into a new house called Crook House (I am sure you can see where the book’s title comes from now). Like stories of the genre, it does not take long before the house’s past begins to unravel and all kinds of crazy things happen. The slow atmospheric build-up of eerie circumstances will leave you so full of tension that by the time you finish this (quite short) novel, you’ll have grown wrinkles on your face and you hair will have turned white.
And the ending, while I will not spoil, I will mention that I absolutely loved. Like I mentioned, Crooked House is a novel with balls. And once you finish the ending, you’ll see what I mean. It’s been a long time since I read a book that took its own path, that decided screw formula, I’m gonna end it like I want to end it. You can feel the passion McKinney burned into this book, and it is wonderfully hideous.
“[…] certain people are like the light sockets in your walls, and whatever is in that house, is like a plug. Certain people are just made to connect with it.”
When McKinney released Inheritance, he showed us all how a proper ghost story was supposed to be told. With Crooked House, he has proven that he is a master of the genre.
[Reprinted from Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing]