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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Brian Pinkerton  

Pen Name: None

Genre: mystery and horror suspense thriller

Audience: Children;

Born: N/A

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Illinois Connection

Pinkerton lives in the Chicago area.

Biographical and Professional Information

Brian Pinkerton is an American author of fiction in the suspense, thriller, mystery and horror genres. His novels include ''Abducted'', ''Vengeance'', ''Killer's Diary'', ''Rough Cut'' and ''How I Started the Apocalypse''. Select titles have also been released as audio books and in foreign languages. His debut novel, ''Killing the Boss'', was recently reissued as an eBook. Brian's short stories have appeared in anthologies including ''Chicago Blues'', ''PULP!'' and ''Zombie Zoology''. His screenplays have finished in the top 100 of ''Project Greenlight'' and top two percent of the ''Nicholl Fellowship'' of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Brian received his B.A. from the University of Iowa and Master's Degree from Northwestern University.

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Titles At Your Library

Killing the Boss
ISBN: 0595744192

iUniverse. 2000

KILLING THE BOSS is an innovative murder mystery told through its evidence and clues: employee emails, office memos, police transcripts, media reports and other diverse documents.

Join Detective Ron Hayes as he unravels the bizarre sequence of events that led to the brutal killing of a sales vice president in a downtown Chicago office building. You’ll work overtime to get to the explosive finale.

ISBN: 0843953314

Dorchester Pub Co Inc. 2004

When she sees her son, who had been kidnaped two years before, on a bus stopped at the curb, Anita Sherwood, unable to make the police believe her claims that her son is still alive, will stop at nothing--even murder--to get her son back. Original.

ISBN: 0843955325

Leisure Books. 2005

When the man who killed his fiancé gets off scot free, Rob vows to avenge her death with the help of a mysterious man and "The Circle," a group of people who are all seeking revenge--no matter what the cost. Original.

Rough Cut
ISBN: 0983221197

Bad Moon Books. 2011

"ROUGH CUT is a terrific fast-paced thriller that film buffs--especially devotees of the schlock horror genre--will devour in a few riveting hours. Pinkerton's knowledge of the movie business and Hollywood trivia, as well as his talent for telling a whopping good story, makes this tale a blockbuster!" -- Raymond Benson, author of the James Bond anthology Choice of Weapons

"Gripping... it literally would not let me go until I read the last page... The characters are incredibly intriguing and the story line is unique, well-developed and perfectly described. Bottom line: Brian Pinkerton can flat out write with the best... This thing cooks, people... good luck putting ROUGH CUT down once you start." -- Jordan Norton, The Crow's Caw

"A terrific book, and I enjoyed it immensely. Highly recommended!" -- John R. Little, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Miranda and The Memory Tree

"ROUGH CUT features a well-crafted plot, tight writing, and a fantastic level of suspense... Pinkerton has done his homework here: his portrayal of the ins and outs of the film business kept me as interested in the proceedings as the ever-growing tension. You won't be bored for a second." -- Nick Cato, The Horror Fiction Review

"ROUGH CUT is the real deal, highly recommended." -- C. Dennis Moore, The Horror Zine

"Brian Pinkerton has crafted a fast-paced, suspenseful ride that one could imagine seeing up on the big screen... It's a biting look into the Hollywood movie scene and also a love letter to horror films... Recommended." -- Trever Nordgren, Dark Discoveries

"Grab the popcorn and enjoy this ticket to a great read. Brian Pinkerton has taken a great story to the next level with compelling characters and a sucker-punch plot twist." -- Scarlett Dean, author of The Frost Sisters mystery series

How I Started The Apocalypse
ISBN: 1479223530

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2012

At night, they come for him. They surround his house. They beat down his door. They burst through the windows. They attack him in the dark. But Chaz Singleton is not going down without a fight. Chaz is a lone zombie battling for survival against a hostile humanity. He holds the fate of the world in his hands, whether he likes it or not. He is dead. He is angry. He is contagious. And he is hungry.

Killer's Diary
ISBN: 1619213494

Samhain Publishing. 2013

The more she reads, the less she wants to know.

A murderer is stalking the Windy City, carving out the eyes of his victims as grisly souvenirs. When shy Ellen Gordon finds a diary left behind in a coffee shop, she can't keep from reading it. And when she meets the author in person, he's just as charming as his writing. Only when she reads further does she find clues to the identity of Chicago’s terrifying serial killer. Could it be the author, himself? Ellen will have to uncover the truth about her new boyfriend quickly if she doesn’t want to become the killer’s next victim.

How I Started The Apocalypse: Book 2 The Hunger War (Volume 2)
ISBN: 1925047229

Severed Press. 2013

CHAZ IS BACK and this time he's not alone. The zombie population is growing and they have chosen Chaz to be their leader. When civilization tries to reclaim Manhattan, the city streets become a battleground for The Hunger War.



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