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Publication Order of Bloodline of Yule Trilogy Books

Snowed (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Snowbound (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Snowblind (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

By the Pricking (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mr. Wicker (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Poetry Books

At Louche Ends (With: ) (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Darkside Books

Darkside: Horror for the Next Millenium (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Darker Side: Generations of Horror (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Origin (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Plague Species (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Walk on the Darkside: Visions of Horror (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lost on the Darkside: Voices From The Edge of Horror (With: David Niall Wilson,Ramsey Campbell,,David B. Silva,Michael Reaves,,,John Pelan,Joseph Nassise) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Alone on the Darkside: Echoes From Shadows of Horror (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of The Beauty of Death Books

The Beauty of Death (With: ,Peter Straub,Ramsey Campbell,Poppy Brite,Edward Lee,,Rena Mason,Tim Waggoner,,,,J.G. Faherty,,,Nick Mamatas,,,,,,,,,,,,Alessandro Manzetti) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Beauty of Death, Vol. 2 (By:,Peter Straub,Ramsey Campbell,Edward Lee,,Clive Barker,Brian Evenson,John Langan,Caitlín R. Kiernan,Alessandro Manzetti) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Smart Pop Books

Seven Seasons of Buffy: Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Discuss Their Favorite Television Show (By:Scott Westerfeld,Charlaine Harris,Chelsea Quinn Yarbro,Kevin Andrew Murphy,Christie Golden,Sherrilyn Kenyon,Nancy Holder,Lawrence Watt-Evans,David Brin,Jacqueline Lichtenberg,Jean Lorrah,Laura Resnick,Sarah Zettel,Nancy Kilpatrick,Michelle West,,,,,Roxanne Longstreet Conrad,Jennifer Crusie) (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Taking the Red Pill: Science, Philosophy and Religion in The Matrix (By:David Gerrold) (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Five Seasons of Angel: Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Discuss Their Favorite Vampire (By:Chelsea Quinn Yarbro,Peter S. Beagle,Laura Anne Gilman,Sherrilyn Kenyon,Nancy Holder,Jacqueline Lichtenberg,Jean Lorrah,Josepha Sherman,Laura Resnick,Michelle Sagara West,Candace Havens,,Steven Harper,,,Roxanne Longstreet Conrad,,Jennifer Crusie) (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stepping through the Stargate: Science, Archaeology and the Military in Stargate SG1 (By:P.N. Elrod,Roxanne Conrad) (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What Would Sipowicz Do? Race, Rights and Redemption in NYPD Blue (By:) (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Anthology at the End of the Universe: Leading Science Fiction Authors on Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (With: Stephen Baxter,John Shirley,,Lawrence Watt-Evans,Adam Roberts,Susan Sizemore,,Jacqueline Carey,Vox Day,Cory Doctorow,A.M. Dellamonica) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Finding Serenity: Anti-heroes, Lost Shepherds and Space Hookers in Joss Whedon's Firefly (By:) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The War of the Worlds: Fresh Perspectives on the H. G. Wells Classic (By:Connie Willis,Mercedes Lackey,H.G. Wells,Mike Resnick,Stephen Baxter,Lawrence Watt-Evans) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Navigating the Golden Compass: Religion, Science & Daemonology in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials (By:) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Alias Assumed: Sex, Lies And SD-6 (By:) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Farscape Forever! Sex, Drugs and Killer Muppets (By:) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Flirting With Pride And Prejudice: Fresh Perspectives On The Original Chick Lit Masterpiece (By:,Jennifer Crusie) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Revisiting Narnia: Fantasy, Myth and Religion in C. S. Lewis' Chronicles (By:) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
King Kong Is Back! An Unauthorized Look at One Humongous Ape! (By:David Brin) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Totally Charmed (By:Maggie Shayne,Rebecca York,Jody Lynn Nye,Evelyn Vaughn,Tanya Huff,Vera Nazarian,Jennifer Crusie) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mapping the World of Harry Potter (By:Mercedes Lackey) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Man from Krypton: A Closer Look at Superman (By:) (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Star Wars on Trial (By:David Brin) (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Battle for Azeroth (By:Bill Fawcett) (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Getting Lost (By:Orson Scott Card) (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Boarding the Enterprise (By:Robert J. Sawyer,David Gerrold) (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
James Bond in the 21st Century: Why We Still Need 007 (By:Leah Wilson) (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Investigating CSI: Inside the Crime Labs of Las Vegas, Miami and New York (By:Leah Wilson) (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
So Say We All: An Unauthorized Collection of Thoughts and Opinions on Battlestar Galactica (By:) (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Earth's Last Days (By:Vox Day) (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Literary Cash: Unauthorized Writings Inspired by the Legendary Johnny Cash (By:) (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Webslinger: Unauthorized Essays On Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-man (By:Leah Wilson) (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Halo Effect: An Unauthorized Look at the Most Successful Video Game of All Time (By:) (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mind-Rain (By:Scott Westerfeld) (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Serenity Found: More Unauthorized Essays on Joss Whedon's Firefly Universe (By:Alex Bledsoe) (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Through the Wardrobe (By:Herbie Brennan) (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A New Dawn: Your Favorite Authors on Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Series (By:Ellen Hopkins) (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Secrets of the Dragon Riders: Your Favorite Authors on Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Cycle: Completely Unauthorized (By:) (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Secrets of the Dragon Riders (By:) (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
You Do Not Talk About Fight Club: I Am Jack's Completely Unauthorized Essay Collection (By:Chuck Palahniuk) (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Dark Delicacies Books

Dark Delicacies: Original Tales of Terror and the Macabre by the World's Greatest Horror Writers (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dark Delicacies II: Fear (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dark Delicacies III: Haunted (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Anthology series.

Publication Order of Texas Vampires Books

Blood Surrender (With: ) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hunter's Prey: Erotic Tales of Texas Vampires (By:) (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bond of Blood (By:) (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bond of Fire (By:) (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bond of Darkness (By:) (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

Biting Midnight(2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Anthology at the End of the Universe: Leading Science Fiction Authors on Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy(2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sins of the Sirens(2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dark Delicacies III: Haunted(2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Beauty of Death(2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tales from The Lake Vol. 4(2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Maria Alexander is a British screenwriter that is primarily known for her work as an author, though she has dabbled in and has a passion for so many different things.


Maria Alexander is an amazing woman. Some people only know her as an author of horror and fantasy. Not many realize that she is also a screenwriter and games writer. If that wasn’t enough, she has won awards as a copywriter, not to mention all the poetry she has produced and work she has done as a virtual world designer.

Readers with subscriptions to publications like Paradox and Chiaroscuro Magazine should be familiar with her work. Maria Alexander spent many years building her renown through her many short stories before finally breaking onto the scene with ‘Mr. Wicker’, her very first novel.

The novel got Maria a Bram Stoker award, more or less validating her desire to produce fiction in the horror genre. Because the author’s interests are so wide-ranging, her books tend to deliver a diverse offering of ideas and concepts, this including her Young Adult novels.

Maria Alexander began writing out of necessity. When she was eight, smallpox forced her to stay home. With nothing to occupy her, little Maria began to create stories. She kept on creating and writing and experimenting throughout her childhood.

However, she did not take her abilities in this area seriously until she reached college. Before that, Maria was preoccupied with music. But then an opportunity to create a company that designs live-action horror games (Dead Earth Production) came her way in college.

The fully immersive games Maria was helping to create in the San Francisco Bay area gave her an opportunity to put her writing talents to good use. Maria’s love for storytelling was reignited and she found that she enjoyed the process more than almost anything else.

She still wasn’t ready to commit to writing fiction, though; but then she began to correspond with Neil Gaiman some years later and that put Maria firmly on the path to becoming an author.

Maria Alexander’s literary influences include Clive Barker and Tim Powers, not to mention Neil Gaiman; though, that was only when she was strictly writing horror. Once Maria decided to write in the Young Adult genre, she found herself drawn to the likes of Philip Pullman and Joe Hill.

Because of her background as a screenwriter, Maria likes to carefully plot her books out before writing them. Certainly, like most authors, she prefers to let the story lead her. She has admitted that she began working on ‘Snowed’ with the intention of making it a sweet magical romance.

But then she ended up creating an occurrence that was so terrible near the start that she realized she would have to let the book take a darker turn. But even then, Maria refused to simply plod on, putting words on paper and seeing where things would go. She went back and adjusted her outline once more before finally engaging in the writing process.

Even when she doesn’t outline, Maria needs to know the broad strokes of her characters and her story before she can begin to write.

Because Maria keeps struggling with a hand injury, meeting her deadlines can sometimes present a challenge. On a few occasions, she has been forced to use a voice program to get her writing done.

The author likes to listen to music when she is writing; though, she avoids music with actual words. Movie soundtracks will do just fine, possibly even a little classical music to get the creative juices flowing.

As a female author, Maria Alexander admits that she hasn’t had that difficult a time getting her work published. However, she knows that most women have not enjoyed as positive an experience as the one she has had. There is an aspect of misogyny in publishing that must be banished before female authors can get the fair shake they deserve.

+Mr. Wicker

Mr. Wicker manages the Library of Lost Childhood memories. The seductive creature is there to meet Alicia Baum as Librarian once she kills herself. Alicia is missing a deadly childhood memory.

Alicia thinks that the memory is the reason she took her life. However, Mr. Wicker informs her that the memory is responsible for every terrible thing that has ever assaulted her.

The sinister creature attempts to seduce Alicia but she chooses to rush into the hereafter, uninterested in finding the book that could give her answers she needs to become whole.

Alicia wanted oblivion. Instead, she ended up in a psychiatric hospital. There she was introduced to Doctor James Farron, a psychiatrist.

James is investigating a mysterious phenomenon at the hospital, one where traumatized kids encounter a figure known as Mr. Wicker and then wake up having lost their memories of the events that traumatized them.

Because Alicia is an adult, James is surprised when he hears her talk to Mr. Wicker. James and Alicia are drawn to each other even as they endeavor to find the lost memory that could give Alicia the freedom she desires. If they fail, they could anger Mr. Wicker and destroy James’ career.

Alicia knows that Mr. Wicker wants her and there is no telling what he will do to get her.

This book, the first written by Maria Alexander, follows Alicia, a lady that chooses to commit suicide in an attempt to escape her problems. However, what comes after is even worse.

Critical to the story is Alicia’s missing childhood memory, which is responsible for unraveling her life.


Charity and Aidan fall in love when Charity’s social worker mother brings the teen runaway home for the holidays. Aidan’s arrival is complicated by the death of a bully at Charity’s school.

The engineering genius isn’t exactly heartbroken by the death, not when this particular bully made her life at her conservative school in Oak County hell. But now she is convinced that a killer is stalking her community.

As her skeptics club begins to investigate this death and various others, the mystery grows darker and Charity isn’t so certain that she will survive to unravel the truth.

This book is quite surprising because it is Young Adult in nature but it avoids so many of the tropes associated with the genre. The characters are intelligent and pretty fun to follow. The mystery is also quite intriguing, especially in the way it builds upon the characters and their struggles.

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