Chills & Thrills from Kensington Books/Lyrical Underground

We were the winners of a recent contest from Kensington books! The husband and son are already staking their claims of which ones they want to read first!

Since I’m a “responsible blogger” 😂 and am unfamiliar with this genre, I did a little research on the authors and found out some interesting things. For instance, do you know what Paranormal Western is?! I didn’t either.

So tell me, genre jumping? What is the one genre you never thought you’d try, but ended up liking?

Take a look at the author bios below and share the book love.

Michael McBride

Michael McBride is the author of more than twenty novels and novellas. His short fiction has been featured in Cemetery Dance, Dark Wisdom, Dark Discoveries, and various anthologies. He lives in Westminster, Colorado with his wife and children.

Clark Casey

Clark Casey is the author of DAWN IN DAMNATION, the first volume in a paranormal western series. He has also written three novellas: THE JESUS FISH AND SLAUGHTER BIRD, PALE MALE AND THE INFERTILE GIRL, and THE PERFECT DEFECTIVE. He was born in New York and currently resides in Northern California.

Mae Clair

I’m a hybrid author with eclectic tastes in both reading and writing. My novels have been traditionally published with Kensington Books/Lyrical Underground and Lyrical Press. I also have a few indie titles in the mix. Primarily, I’m an author who writes mysteries and suspense with a smidgen of romance and elements of urban legend or myth.

Richard Jeffries

Richard Jeffries holds a degree in Creative Writing, obtained before he went to work for American intelligence. He has seen the world—and things in it—which inspired the writing of these novels. Now retired from covert ops, Jeffries divides his time between rural Connecticut and London. In his spare time he pursues his lifelong interest in Kung Fu and classical piano.

Ryan Weiser

Ryan Wieser completed her B.A. in Sociology and Socio-Legal Studies before going on to complete her MSc. in Experimental Psychology. Having been raised in Africa and educated across multiple countries, Ryan has a passion for travel and an interest in diverse cultures. She currently resides in Wyoming with her husband, where she is writing her next book. Visit her on the web at

Catherine Cavendish

Hello, my name’s Catherine Cavendish and I write horror fiction, frequently reflecting my Gothic influences.

Out now from Kensington-Lyrical, the first in a trilogy – WRATH OF THE ANCIENTS – set in Egypt and Vienna and featuring the sinister Dr. Emeryk Quintillus whose obsession has stayed with him past the grave.

My novels THE DEVIL’S SERENADE and SAVING GRACE DEVINE have been released in new editions by Crossroad Press, as have my novel of the Lancashire Witches – THE PENDLE CURSE – and my novellas, LINDEN MANOR and DARK AVENGING ANGEL.

Hunter Shea

Hunter Shea is the product of a misspent childhood watching scary movies, reading forbidden books and wishing Bigfoot would walk past his house. He doesn’t just write about the paranormal – he actively seeks out the things that scare the hell out of people and experiences them for himself. Hunter’s novels can even be found on display at the International Cryptozoology Museum. His video podcast, Monster Men, is one of the most watched horror podcasts in the world. He’s a bestselling author of over 13 (lucky number!) books, all of them written with the express desire to quicken heartbeats and make spines tingle. Living with his wonderful family and two cats, he’s happy to be close enough to New York City to gobble down Gray’s Papaya hotdogs when the craving hits.

Alice Henderson

After earning her B.A. in writing with a minor in earth sciences, she won an award for her short story “The Playmate” from the National Society of Arts and Letters Literature Competition for Young Writers. She went on to earn an interdisciplinary master’s degree with studies in mythology, folklore, and paleoclimatology. She then began her professional writing career when she went to work for LucasArts, Ltd. There she wrote material for a number of video games including Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds and Star Wars: Battle for Naboo.

In 2001, she became a full-time freelance writer and continues to write fiction, video game material, and comics. She was one of twelve writers selected to attend Launchpad, a NASA-funded writing workshop aimed at bringing accurate science to fiction.

As a wildlife researcher, Alice undertakes bioacoustic wildlife surveys, and specializes in bats. She also does geographic information systems mapping for a variety of wildlife non-profits. Trained as a wildlife rehabilitator, she also works with bears, coyotes, raptors, songbirds, river otters, and more. She helps orphaned and injured wildlife, which is then re-released when older and healthy.