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Vote for VEINS!

December 21st, 2008

Dark Scribe Magazine has announced the nominees for the 2nd Annual Black Quill Awards, and VEINS, by Lawrence C. Connolly, has been nominated for Best Small Press Chill! Every vote helps, so please follow the link above and cast your vote.

Remember, voting closes at midnight EST on Sunday, January 25th, 2009. And please, tell your friends!

VEINS now available!

July 15th, 2008

Copies of veteran short story author Lawrence C. Connolly’s first novel, VEINS, are now shipping from and with a wider release in August.

A fast-paced supernatural thriller, VEINS features a visceral plot and engaging characters brought to life through amazing portraits by Star E. Olson. Once you start reading, you won’t be able to stop until the final bullet is fired and the last body falls.

The synopsis:

Fleeing from what should have been a perfect crime, four crooks in a black Mustang race into the Pennsylvania highlands. On the backseat, a briefcase full of cash. On their tail, a tattooed madman who wants them dead.

The driver calls himself Axle. A local boy, he knows the landscape, the coal-hauling roads and steep trails that lead to the perfect hideout: the crater of an abandoned mine. But Axle fears the crater. Terrible things happened there. Things that he has spent years trying to forget.

Enter Kwetis, the nightflyer, a specter from Axle’s ancestral past. Part memory, part nightmare, Kwetis has planned a heist of his own. And soon Axle, his partners in crime, and their pursuer will learn that their arrival at the mine was foretold long ago . . . and that each of them is a piece of a plan devised by the spirits of the Earth.

The Reviews: (more at

“This rich, mesmerizing, and darkly wondrous novel held me under its spell for days as I read it, and haunts me even now, weeks later. This is what grand story-telling is all about, regardless of genre. I began the novel as an admirer of Connolly; I finished it as one in awe—and so will you.”—Gary A. Braunbeck, Bram Stoker and International Horror Guild Award winning author of Destinations Unknown and Mr. Hands

“Much like the souped-up vintage Mustang that cuts through the heart of the story, VEINS starts fast, accelerates quickly, and finishes with a flourish, fulfilling all the promise at novel length that Lawrence Connolly has been flashing for years in his outstanding short stories.”—Robert Morrish, fiction editor of Cemetery Dance