Publishers Weekly has said of HARRY SHANNON "impeccable pacing and an
eye for the terrifying will leave the reader shaken and unsettled." He
has been an actor, a singer, an Emmy-nominated songwriter, a recording
artist in Europe, a music publisher, a VP of Carolco Pictures
(“Terminator 2,” “Total Recall,” “Rambo 3”), and worked as a freelance
Music Supervisor on films such as “Basic Instinct” and “Universal
Soldier.” Harry holds an MA in Psychology and is currently a counselor
in private practice. Although primarily a novelist, Shannon has sold
stories to a number of genre magazines including “Cemetery Dance,”
“Horror Garage,” “City Slab,” “Crime Spree” and “Gothic.net.” He
contributed a 25,000 word mystery/horror novella to a Cemetery Dance
limited-edition collection called “Brimstone Turnpike,” as well as short fiction
to several anthologies including the highly praised “Dark Delicacies II,”
“Tales from the Gorezone,” “Small Bites,” “The Fear Within,” “A Dark and
Deadly Valley,” “Holy Horrors,” and “On Deadly Ground” — a collection of
western noir edited by veteran author Ed Gorman.|
Shannon’s first signed limited edition short story collection “BAD SEED”
debuted in June of 2001. His debut horror novel “NIGHT OF THE
BEAST”—the first in a pulp trilogy set in northeastern
Nevada—was released in 2002. The acclaimed “NIGHT OF THE WEREWOLF”
won the small-press Tombstone Award for Best Novel of 2003. The final
book, a 2005 Delirium Books limited edition of “NIGHT OF THE DAEMON,”
sold out in pre-order. These ‘Night” books are currently out of print
in the US, but the third, under the title “Daemon,” was released by
Delirium Books in 2008.
Harry Shannon’s first noir effort, “MEMORIAL DAY (A Mick Callahan
Novel),” takes place in fictional Dry Wells, Nevada. It was a
hardcover release from Five Star First Edition Mysteries in May of
2004. New Mystery Reader called it “brilliant,” also “wry, bittersweet
and altogether touching,” Library Journal praised it as “memorable,”
and Booklist said of amateur sleuth Mick Callahan “Let’s hope he’s
around for a long run.” The sequel, “EYE OF THE BURNING MAN” came out
in November, 2005 and was also well-reviewed. A third Mick Callahan
novel “ONE OF THE WICKED” was released November, 2008. His new novella
"PAIN" was released in 2010.
Shannon’s solo thriller “THE PRESSURE OF DARKNESS” was released in November of 2006.
His second collection of short fiction "A HOST OF SHADOWS" was
released by Dark Regions Press in August of 2010.
Harry scripted the horror film “DEAD AND GONE” for
fetish photographer/director Yossi Sasson, and played a bit part as the
Sheriff. The film was released on DVD via Lions Gate in July of 2008.
Shannon’s novel version of “DEAD AND GONE” was published in August, 2008.
Shannon can be reached via his website at
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