"Be warned! Do not read this 5 Book worthy novel in the dark. Leave the lights on. You will need them! I absolutely cannot wait to read another book from this truly skilled author. Well done, Ms. Griffith-I'm a forever fan now!" REVIEWS BY MOLLY
"This story kept me at the edge of my seat waiting to turn the page to find out what was going to happen next. I love how the author brought all the characters to life. Using the different POV's helped to move the story along and I look forward to reading more of her work. I would recommend this story to anyone who loves to read thrillers, horrors and suspense. " 5 Stars HEART OF THE WOLF Reviews"
This is an absolute MUST READ THRILLER! You will not be disappointed!" 5 stars A Diary of a Book Addict Reviews
"I have become a big fan of Kathryn Meyer Griffith. I read one book, becoming hooked on her writing. I am glad that she has decided to re-release her older books. She has, I am sure, acquired new fans. I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good horror stories. This is ranked right up there with some of those scary horror stories by Stephen King." 5 Stars ROMANCING THE BOOK REVIEWS
"I highly recommend this story to anyone who would enjoy a frighteningly chilling story of a mother's love and facing your fears." Five Star TOP PICK THE ROMANCE REVIEWS
"What you see is what you get. It's a solid, old fashioned ghost story. If you're looking for some solid, well written horror to see you through a lonely night, grab a copy. You won't be disappointed." Dark Gaia Productions
"Evil Stalks the Night is an excellently written story. Griffith's writing style is perfectly suited to the horror genre. It engages the imagination in a way that makes the skin crawl and the spine shiver over and over. I don't think a story has scared me this often since The Exorcist. Fear isn't the only emotion Griffith is able to evoke, though. The pain and anger of betrayal and divorce, the uncertainty of starting over, and the hope of new love are all captured and conveyed to the reader. The characters are also well-developed and believable." The Chaotic Reader BlogSpot
From the Author
This book is special to me for many reasons. It was my first published novel in 1984 and as it comes out again on June 1, 2012, rereleased from Damnation Books for the first time in nearly thirty years, it'll bring my over forty year writing career full circle. With its publication allfourteen, and one novella, of my old books will be out again for the first time in decades. Sure, it's been a grueling, tedious two-and- a-half year job rewriting and editing these new versions but I'm thrilled it's over. I have my babies reborn and out in the world again...and all in e books for the first time ever. Now, perfectionist that I am, I can finally move forward and write new stories.
I'll start at the beginning because, though Evil Stalks the Night was my first published novel, it wasn't my first written one.
That first book was The Heart of the Rose. I began writing it after my only child, James, was born in late 1971. I was staying home with him, no longer going to college, not yet working full time, and was bored out of my skin. I read an historical romance one day I believed was horrible and thought I can do better than that!
And so my writing career began. Over 40 years ago now. Oh my goodness, where has the time gone? Flown away like some wild bird. It took me 12 years to get that first book published as I got sidetracked with a divorce, raising a son, getting a real job and finding the true love of my life and marrying him. Life, as it always seemed to do and still does, got in the way. The manuscript was tossed into a drawer and forgotten for a time.
Then years later I rediscovered it and decided to rewrite it; try again. I bundled up the revised pile of printed copy pages, tucked it into an empty copy paper box and took it to the Post Office. Plastered it with stamps. I sent it everywhere The Writer's Market of that year said I could. And waited. Months and months and months. In those days it could take up to a year or more to sell a novel, shipping it here and there to publishers, in between revising and rewriting to please any editor that'd make suggestions or comments on how it could be better. Snail mail took forever, too, and was expensive. But eventually, as you shall see, it sold.
In the meantime, as I waited for the mail, I'd written another book. Kind of a fictionalized look back at my childhood in a large (6 brothers and sisters) poor but loving family in the 1950's and 60's. Called it 707 Suncrest. I started sending that one out as well. Then one day an editor suggestedthat since my writing had such a spookyambiance to it anyway, why didn't I just turn the story into a horror novel...like Stephen King was doing? Ordinary people under supernatural circumstances. A book like that would sell easily, she said.
Hmmm. Well, it was worth a try, so I added something scary in the woods in the main character's childhood past that she had to return to and face in her adult life, using some of my childhood and my young adult life-my heartbreaking divorce, raising my young son alone, my new love-as hers. It was more of a romantic horror when I'd finished, than a horror novel. I retitled it Evil Stalks the Night and began sending it out. That editor was right, it sold quickly to a mass market paperback publisher called Towers Publishing.
But right in the middle of editing Towers went bankrupt and was bought out by another publisher! What terrible luck, I remember brooding. The book was lost somewhere in the stacks of unedited slush in a company undergoing massive changes as the new publisher took over. I had a contract, didn't know what to do and didn't know how to break it. Heaven knows, I couldn't afford a lawyer. My life with a new husband, my son and (at first) my minimum-wage assistant billing job and then my entry level one as a graphic artist a few years later, were one step above poverty at times. In those days, too, I was so clueless how to deal with the publishing industry.
That was 1983, but luckily that take-over publisher was Leisure Books, now also known as Dorchester Publishing. A publisher that quickly became huge. Talk about karma.
As often as has happened to me over my writing career, though, fate stepped in and the Tower's editor, before she left, who'd bought my book told one of Leisure's editors about it and asked her to give it a read. She believed in it that much.
Out of the blue, in 1984, when I'd completely given up on Evil Stalks the Night, Leisure Books sent me a letter offering to buy it! Then, miracle of miracles, my new editor asked if I had any other ideas or books she could look at. I sent her The Heart of the Rose and, liking it, too, she also bought it in 1985; asking me to sex it up some, so they could release it as an historical bodice-ripper (remember those...the sexy knockoffs of Rosemary Rogers and Kathleen Woodiwiss's provocative novels?). It wasn't a lot of money. A thousand dollar advance each and only 4% royalties on the paperbacks. But in those days the publishers had a huge distribution and thousands and thousands of the paperbacks were printed, sent to bookstores and warehoused. So 4% of all those books over the next couple of years did add up.
Thus my career began. I slowly, and like-pulling-teeth, sold ten more novels and various short stories over the next 25 years-as I was working full time, raising a family and living my hard-scramble life. Some did well, my Leisure and Zebra paperbacks, and some didn't. Most of them, over the years, eventually went out of print.
And twenty-seven years later, when publisher Kim Richards Gilchrist at Damnation Books contracted my 13th and 14th novels, BEFORE THE END: A Time of Demons, an apocalyptic end-of-days-novel, and The Woman in Crimson, a vampire book, she asked if I'd like to rerelease (with new covers and rewritten, of course-and all in ebooks for the first time ever) my 7 out-of-print paperbacks, including Evil Stalks the Night-I gave her a resounding yes!
Of course, I had to totally rewrite Evil Stalks the Night for the resurrected edition, as well as my other early novels, because I discovered my writing when I was twenty-something had been immature and unpolished; and not having a computer and the Internet had made the original writing so much harder. Also in those days, editors told an author what to change and the writer only saw the manuscript once to final proof it. There were so many mistakes in those early books. Typos. Grammar. Lost plot and detail threads. In the rewrite I also decided to keep the time frame (1960-1984) the same. The book's essence would have lost too much if I'd updated it.
As I finished the final editing I couldn't help but reminisce about all the life changes I've had since I'd first began writing it so many years ago. Though it was actually published in 1984, I'd started writing it many years before; closer to 1978 or 1979. I'm as old as my Grandmother Fehrt, my mother's mother and who the grandmother in the story was loosely based on, was back then. Time does move on. Kathryn Meyer Griffith