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"The Haunted is a terrific read with some great scares and a shock of an ending! ... Lots of fun!" - Rick Hautala, international bestselling author; Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement winner.

"The creepiest book I've read in years." - Paul Gennesse, editor of The Crimson Pact series.

"Freaky, visceral and dark." - D. J. Butler, author of the Rock Band Fights Evil series.

"Collings's supernatural tale is gritty, compelling and will leave you on the edge of your seat....The Haunted is a tremendous read for fans of ghoulishly good terror." -

"...Collings has managed something truly awe-inspiring here, developing layer upon layer of horror...all the while closing us in with the claustrophobic finality of a shallow grave...[The Haunted] will scare even the most jaded horror hounds. I loved it!" - Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Flesh Eaters and Inheritance

From the Author


Q: What is your profession and how are you connected to the writing world?
A: I am a writer. That's it. I used to be a moose wrangler, but the owners started complaining, saying things like "I don't need my mooses wrangled!" and "Leave my meese* alone" and "You know the restraining order applies to both me AND my moose!" So I gave it up and focused on writing. Also, writing has the huge bonus of being pants-optional, which is almost as cool a job perk as having a spacesuit. If I am ever offered a job as a writing astronaut whose spacesuit has no pants . . . WOW!

But for now, I'm just a writer. I'm one of the top selling indie horror writers in the U.S., I sell pretty well in a number of other countries as well (bestseller in over 40 countries as of this writing), and I also work in Hollyweird as a screenwriter from time to time.

But the moose... the moose will always have my heart.
Q: What inspires you to write?

A: The need to eat.
Seriously, I do this for a living. And while occasionally that bolt of lightning strikes and the angels sing and dance upon my noggin while I scream "EUREKA" and dance naked atop a flagpole, usually it's just a matter of banging away on the keyboard. Because eating.
Q: Tell us about your writing process.

A: See above. I sit down with my computer and face off. There can be only one.
Occasionally I square off with a pad of paper. There can still be only one.
Q: What do you think about the future of book publishing?

A: It will happen sometime after today.
Q: What first attracted you to horror writing?
A: Probably the chance to attract babes. Because nothing is quite as cool as going up to a random stranger at a party, leaning nonchalantly against a wall, and then saying, "I dream about interesting ways to murder people for a living. You have lovely skin. Very... skinnable..."
Sigh. If only the world worked that way. High school would have been much better, and I would have spent way less time in the school therapist's office.
Q: What's your opinion of writer's block? Do you ever suffer from it? If so, how do you 'cure' it?
A: I never suffer from it.  I actually have written a series of articles on it, one of them at Basically, I think that most people suffering from "writers block" are really suffering from "the idea that the first draft has to be perfect block."  Just write, people!  Write total dreck if you must, but write!  Mistakes are what God invented the "delete" button for.
Q: What do you do when you're not writing? Any hobbies or party tricks?
A: I used to do a lot of martial arts and work out and play videogames.  Now I'm a dad, so I do a lot of Dora the Explorer, Phineas and Ferd, and Voltron watching.
Q: What's next for you?
A: More writing! I've always got another book or two up my sleeve. Best way to keep abreast of what's next is to join my mailing list at Those folks get first crack at new books and sales. Also, I will occasionally offer you a great home mortgage refinance rate and/or the opportunity to get in on an inheritance from a Saudi prince!

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475066945
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475066944
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (223 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,116,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Michaelbrent Collings is one of the top indie horror writers in the US, one of Amazon's Most Popular Horror Writers (for three years and counting!), and an international bestseller in 40+ countries. He is also a produced screenwriter who works in Hollyweird, though he has never "done lunch" or engaged the services of a waxer.

His bestsellers include The Colony Saga, Strangers, Darkbound, Apparition, The Haunted, The Loon, and the YA fantasy series The Billy Saga.

He hopes someday to develop superpowers, and maybe get a cool robot arm.

Michaelbrent has a wife and several kids, all of whom are much better looking than he is (though he admits that's a low bar to set), and much MUCH cooler than he is (also a low bar).

He also has a Facebook page at and can be followed on Twitter through his username @mbcollings.

Sign up at for advance notice of MbC's new releases, sales, and freebies. You will also be kept safe when the Glorious Revolution begins! MWA-hahahahaha!

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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By California Velvet on March 20, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
The Haunted is a story that unfolds in unpredictable ways. From the prologue that puts us on the path of unease and unsettlement, to the ending with its volatile twists and turns, this book delivers!

You are drawn along with this newly developing family as they start the adventure of moving into a home of their very own, only to discover that the house has more to it than a simple mortgage...

Collings does a masterful job of building the aura of The Haunted thru small and simple seeming ways, but then quickly gains momentum as the story progresses and you start to realize what sort of haunting you are in for!

After having seen and read different thrillers and horrors over the years, I have found that it is harder and harder for the stories to surprise me. This book did surprise me! I was lead down a path of startling images, twists and turns, until by the end of the book I found myself seeing and hearing an ending that I never thought of! It was a joy to see how close I could come to figuring it out and then having Collings throw me a curve!

Surprising, startling, and truly haunting!
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Paul Genesse on April 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
The Haunted by Michaelbrent Collings is the creepiest book I've read in years. The writing is excellent and this short novel (273 pages, $4.99 eBook, $9.99 paperback) builds, and builds to a truly terrifying climax that takes up the last 170 pages. Pregnant Sarah and her husband, Cap move in to a remote old house surrounded by a sinister forest, and the haunting begins. Little things go on at first and the quiet opening made me wonder if this was going to be like the other haunted house books that I've read in the past. It definitely was not, as the ghosts in this novel don't just make noises in the night, and hide in basements. They come after the main characters with knives that cut flesh. They are in your face and terrifying.

Cap and poor Sarah worry for their immortal souls and their unborn baby as a whole pack of murderous ghosts start a prolonged attack that takes up more than half the book. These are the most vicious ghosts I've ever read about, and Collings is a great writer who knows how to evoke a mood and pull you into the tight prose, that drips blood and terror.

If you've read a lot of haunted house books, this one may not seem to be much different at first, aside from the fantastic writing, but there is a twist at the end that most readers will not see coming--I admit that I didn't--though I had suspicions whispering in the back of my mind. The ending really left me shivering and I love how well the twist was set up all through the book.

As a writer and editor myself, I really loved how Collings crafted his scenes, as the prose really punched me in the face, and made me cringe.

If you're looking for a good scare and want a great read, The Haunted is an excellent book for you.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Michael on March 20, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Not since reading Dean R. Kooontz's aptly named INTENSITY have I encountered such a compression of terror as Michaelbrent offers unwary readers in this novel. Now, Michaelbrent is my son, so I am bound to be biased, but that didn't stop me from becoming so absorbed in the final pages of THE HAUNTED that I could almost feel my Kindle growing warmer beneath my fingers as I sped from screen to screen in a flurry to find out what was actually happening.

The set-up is, perhaps, nothing new. A young married couple--the wife pregnant with their first child--moves into a new house that, from what we have learned from the "Prologue," may or may not be haunted. Immediately, strange things begin happening. Their moving van starts and stops without any visible cause. Boxes seem to move mysteriously from room to room. A box-cutter apparently teleports across the kitchen. Little things like that.

But the events do not remain little and soon become life-threatening as grey ghost-like faces appear at windows and a shadowy figure appears in the surrounding woods. As the various apparitions move closer and closer...well, you'll have to read The Haunted to find out more.

The novel is told with such predecessors as Shirley Jackson's THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE clearly in mind, especially in the tone and pacing of the "Prologue," but Michaelbrent rapidly asserts control of his materials and moves them into unanticipated directions. His writing is crisp, often fragmentary as befits the harried, breathless nature of his narrative. He does, however, all readers one fairly long moment of near respite in the middle of the book...or at least, it seems so.

Nothing in the world of THE HAUNTED, however, is quite what it seems.

Father or not, as an authority on Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and horror writing in general, I thoroughly enjoyed THE HAUNTED. Highly recommended.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Big Dave on April 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
Cap and Sarah have moved into an old house in the woods and are unpacking. Their story begins as a straightforward haunted house tale, with things seen out of the corner of the characters' eyes, strange sounds, devices that turn themselves on and off without help, etc. Then it gets freaky, visceral and dark. Father Michael says the house won't let them go. Is he right? And what does he mean? I won't give away any of the twists, but I will tell you that you'll be seeing a grotesque and Dickensian cast of phantasms out of the corner of YOUR eye when you try to go to sleep after reading this book.
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