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Publication Order of Keeper Books

The Keeper (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Missing / Virus (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Audrey's Door (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Good Neighbors (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Better World (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Lost (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Is This Seat Taken? Tales From Beyond The Pale (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Apocalypse Triptych Anthology Books

The End is Nigh (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
This is an anthology series written with many authors.

Publication Order of Anthologies

Unspeakable Horror: From the Shadows of the Closet(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hellbound Hearts(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Darkness on the Edge: Tales Inspired by the Songs of Bruce Springsteen(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories by Women(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lightspeed Magazine, December 2012(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mister October, Volume II(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The End is Now(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Blumhouse Book of Nightmares: The Haunted City(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hex Life(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Twelve(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Revelations: Horror Writers for Climate Action(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Sarah Langan

Sarah Langan was born in 1974 in Mineola, New York, and grew up on Long Island. She graduated from high school in the year 1992 from Garden City High School. She attended college in Waterville, Maine, where she published “Sick People”, her first story. She received her MFA in creative writing from Columbia University.

Sarah’s influences include Shirley Jackson, Russell Banks, Philip K Dick, Stephen King, W Somerset Maugham, Ray Bradbury, Eudora Welty, Kelly Link, Joyce Carol Oates, and Peter Straub. She also loves “The Jerk”, all media that relates to Rodney Dangerfield, the band The Eels, Will Farrell movies, and Ingmar Berman films.

Sarah’s work has often been featured in best-of-the-year anthologies and lists. She has received three Bram Stoker awards, twice for novels: “The Missing”, and “Audrey’s Door” and once for short fiction for “The Lost”. She’s also been nominated for Stoker Award as well, for “The Keeper”, for Best First Novel. She is a founding board member of the Shirley Jackson Awards, and works in both prose and film.

She lives with her husband, filmmaker and author J. T. Petty and their daughters.

Sarah’s debut novel, called “The Keeper”, was released in the year 2006. Her work is from the horror genre.

“The Keeper” is the first novel in the “Keeper” series and was released in the year 2006. Some believe that Bedford, Maine, is cursed. Its endless rain, bloody past, and the decay of its downtown portend a future that is hopeless. With the death of the town’s paper mill, the unemployed residents quickly find themselves with too much time to dwell on thoughts about Susan Marley. She was once the local beauty, and now is the local whore.

Silently prowling the muddy streets, she spookily watches from the shadows, just waiting. For something. And haunting the sleep of everybody in town with monstrous visions of horror and violence.

Those that are able are going to leave Bedford before the darkness ascends in full. However those that are trapped here, from Susan’s long-suffering mom and little sister to her alcoholic, guilt-ridden former lover to the poor and faithless with nowhere else to go, are going to quickly know the most horrible and fullest meaning of nightmare.

“The Missing” is the second novel in the “Keeper” series and was released in the year 2007. One affluent and remote Maine community, Corpus Christi used to be untouched by the environmental catastrophe which destroyed Bedford, the neighboring blue collar town. However all of that’s going to change in a heartbeat.

The nightmare’s awakened when Lois Larken, a third grade teacher takes the kids on a field trip to Bedford. Here in the abandoned woods, a cruel small boy finds an ancient horror in the form of a contagious plague which transforms its victims into something hungry, violent. And inhuman.

The dark and long night has just started. And all hope has to die while the contagion feeds. For this evil isn’t going to rest until it has consumed every living soul in Corpus Christi, and beyond.

“Audrey’s Door” is the first stand alone novel and was released in the year 2009. The elegant Breviary, built on the Upper West Side, claims a regal history. However despite 14B’s astonishingly low rental price, the recent tragedy within its walls has scared off all potential tenants. Except for Audrey Lucas.

No stranger to tragedy at the age of thirty-two, a survivor of a fatherless childhood and a mom’s dementia. As a result is obsessively determined to make her own way in a town that usually strangles the weak. However could it be something otherworldly or Audrey’s increasing instability that is to blame for the dark visions which haunt her. And for the voice that demands that she build a door? A door that it would total madness to actually open.

“Good Neighbors” is the second stand alone novel and was released in the year 2021. A sudden tragedy exposes the depths of damage and deception in one Long Island suburb and pits one neighbor against another and puts a family in horrible danger.

Welcome to Maple Street, which is a picture perfect slice of suburban Long Island, where each of its residents are bound by their work, their kids, and their illusion of safety in a rapidly changing world. However there is menace lurking beneath the surface of this exclusive enclave, making each of its residents prone to outrage.

The Wilde family moves in, they trigger the worst fears of their neighbors. Dad Arlo is a gruff has-been rock star with some track marks. Mom Gertie has got a thick Brooklyn accent, with tube tops and high heels to match. Their odd kids swear like sailors. They do not fit in with the way Maple Street sees itself.

Even though Maple Street’s Queen Bee, a lonely college professor named Rhea Schroeder who represses a dark past, welcomed Gertie and her family at first, relations took a turn for the worse during one spritzer-fueled summer evening. This happened when the new best friends shared way too much, too soon. By the time the story opens, the Wildes are already outcasts.

While the tension starts to mount, a sinkhole opens up in a nearby park, and Shelly (Rhea’s daughter) falls in. The hunt to find Shelly brings one stunning accusation against the Wildes. All of a sudden, it is one mother’s word against another in a court of public opinion which can only end in blood.

This is a wickedly funny, and unnerving puzzle box of a book. Readers were completely absorbed by this world that Sarah created here in the novel. This is a fun read, in a twisted, dark, compulsive reading sort of way. Fans loved the structure of the novel, with the small hints she throws your way about the Maple Street Murders. You find you just have to keep on reading to know what happens next. With Langan’s gift for setting and mood, you feel like you are living in this world, like you’re dreaming in it and walking in it.

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