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The Fury (Excerpt)

, || Imagine if one day, without warning, the entire human race turns against you, if every person you know, every person you meet becomes a bloodthirsty, mindless savage . . . That's the horrifying reality for Cal, Brick, and Daisy. Friends, family, even moms and dads, are out to get them. Their world has the Fury. It will not rest until they are dead.

How Horror Saved My Life (And Why Writing Horror is Good for the Soul)

Writing horror almost killed me. But it saved my life too.

It has saved my life more than once.

I’ll start with the almost-killing. Me, eleven years old and fresh from reading my first Stephen King (Pet Sematary, and even the thought of that book still brings a grin to my face). I suddenly knew what I wanted to do with my life, I wanted to be a horror writer. I wanted to tell scary stories and get paid to do it. In my eyes I was already a professional, I had five years experience under my belt after writing my first gothic masterpiece, The Little Monster Book, at six years old. I was ready to shift things up a gear, though. I wanted to write something that would terrify people.

Back then, I had a huge advantage. I believed in horror. In fact, that’s how I thought writing worked: authors didn’t just sit down and imagine things, they went out into the world and found real ghosts, and real monsters, then used those experiences as nightmare fuel. I couldn’t quite comprehend how something as good as Pet Sematary could exist without some kernel of truth at its heart, some secret, real-life horror. I was convinced that there was a conspiracy of horror authors who had witnessed the supernatural, a cabal of paranormal detectives who shared their experiences as fiction. And I wanted in. At eleven years old I didn’t just suspect that the supernatural existed, I knew that it did. I had a desperate, unshakable faith in it. That was my modus operandi, then, to find real horror and then use that experience to create a truly unforgettable story.

[My plan involved a murder house, a flashlight, and my best friend Nigel.]

The Fury (Excerpt)

Take a look at Alexander Gordon Smith’s The Fury, out on July 23:

Imagine if one day, without warning, the entire human race turns against you, if every person you know, every person you meet becomes a bloodthirsty, mindless savage . . . That’s the horrifying reality for Cal, Brick, and Daisy. Friends, family, even moms and dads, are out to get them. Their world has the Fury. It will not rest until they are dead.

In Alexander Gordon Smith’s adrenaline-fueled saga, Cal and the others must uncover the truth about what is happening before it destroys them all. But survival comes at a cost. In their search for answers, what they discover will launch them into battle with an enemy of unimaginable power.

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The Night Children

Presenting a new Escape from Furnace story, “The Night Children,” by Alexander Gordon Smith.

It is December 1944 and Europe is still gripped by war. In the densely forested mountains of Belgium one of the conflict’s most brutal battles is raging. Cut off from the front, a ragtag group of young British and American soldiers finds itself being hunted by a patrol of elite German Special Forces, including a newly commissioned officer called Kreuz—a teenage boy who will grow up to become Warden Cross (the fearsome prison director who will one day rule Furnace Penitentiary, the terrifying underground prison specially built for teen offenders).

As both sides fight for their lives in the unforgiving terrain, however, they start to realize that there are worse things hiding in the snow than soldiers. There are creatures out there with gas masks and piggy eyes (ancestors of Furnace prison’s “wheezers”)—demonic entities that cannot be killed by guns and grenades, monsters who do not care what uniforms their victims are wearing so long as they bleed, and so long as they scream…

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The incarceration has begun…

My name is Alexander Gordon Smith, the author of the YA horror book Lockdown. I’m thrilled to be able to blog on Tor.com, and I’m going to use this opportunity to talk about writing, horror, books and hopefully loads more too. But I wanted to start by posting an exclusive bonus chapter!

Lockdown follows teenage criminal Alex Sawyer as he attempts to escape the hell on earth that is Furnace Penitentiary. Life inside Furnace is worse than your most terrifying nightmares—savage gangs, brutal guards, skinless dogs and the filthy Wheezers who drag you kicking and screaming into the blood-drenched tunnels below. Not to mention the warden, who may or may not be the devil himself.

But it isn’t all violence and heartbreak. There may not be good days inside, but there are okay days, days when you can almost forget you’ll never see daylight again, never talk to your parents, never eat macaroni and cheese, never kiss a girl. On those days, you can almost convince yourself you’re still free.

Almost.

Take a look below at this bonus chapter—not in the book—for a glimpse of humanity in the most inhuman place on the planet.

[Below Heaven is Hell. Below Hell is Furnace. Below this cut is Lockdown.]