After Knocking On Death’s Door, I Redecorated His Office

Am I the only one who sees the irony in being a Grim Reaper cosplayer before and after almost becoming his most recent acquisition? No wait; don’t answer… there’s more! There’s nothing quite like a near-life experience to remind you of priorities and those I’ll-get-to-them-eventually plans. I came quite close to death a year ago, so now I’m getting closer to Death as a way to celebrate my extension.

I joined a gym, healed up, and have kept it going; youthful energy is a good thing. I’ve earned my way up to a better day job, rebuilt my workshop as well as upgraded my crypt for you-know-who, and pushed forward in all the things I want to accomplish. I need to get four books out the door before Christmas 2017 — my fourth Matriarch book, two new Spooky books and a novel-sized Spooky anthology — plus launch a few other ideas I’ve had… including (fingers crossed) a regular web show featuring Grim D. about movies and general pop culture with a Halloween twist.

For today, however, I’ll continue to catch up on my reading… including this book Grim left for me as a gift.

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So Good, It’s Spooky!

Exit35“Spooky” Spencer Lawson’s birthday is September 13th, so happy birthday, kid!

The Spooky Chronicles was my first foray into writing for profit – because film critique pays nothing in the way of actual coin. I’ve written five books thus far, and the series in general has been fun to write and fun for fans to read…and yet, many don’t know that the author of The Matriarch series (that’s also me) has these other books out.

For those neither happy with zombie kids or Appalachian vampires, dark fantasy is coming your way soon…!

Continue reading “So Good, It’s Spooky!”

Read “Forget Me Nots” for FREE… Right Now!

The Spooky Chronicles: Forget Me Nots
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Andres M. (Rating: 4 of 5 Stars) – I had my reservations… (an) undead kid who goes to school and stuff? I must confess that I was a little skeptical of how that could work. I was terribly mistaken. Yes, this story is about a young kid with an unique condition, his heart doesn’t beat, his blood doesn’t flow, and his lungs don’t breath; yep, he is an undead, but with a soul, conscience, and a spirit of adventure and investigation. We are taken to a Lovecraftian story, and we experience it from the view point of a very special kid, who is eager to “see” what’s beyond, the monsters, the horrors. All and all it was a very cool story.


The prequel to The Spooky Chronicles!
There’s something sinister about Chesterfield Mansion, and “Spooky” Spencer Lawson can’t wait to find out why. Locked inside on a stormy night, Spooky and his fellow fifth graders are tasked to find thirteen skeleton keys before the stroke of midnight, but their host and his trusted minions are secretly watching for one of those children… the one who won’t be missed.
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4762-6296-3

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4 Out of 5 Star Review for “Greene Square Middle!”

First review – 4/5 stars!

The Spooky Chronicles: Greene Square Middle

“Though there are moments of laugh-out-loud humor, this is a darker, more mature Spooky. Author Kevin A. Ranson captures the fears, drama, and intimidation of adolescent transitioning with clever aplomb.” ~ Dark Media


Book 4 in the series. It’s the start of a new school year (and a new school) for both “Spooky” Spencer and his buddy Donny as they begin the sixth grade. While Spooky’s suspicions of something supernatural pits him against a diabolical new adversary, trying to convince a crusading vice principal that he’s not a troublemaker may be his biggest challenge yet.

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More formats coming soon. Enjoy!

See what Spooky’s been up to lately!

Meet Spooky, a dead little boy continuing to grow up. He goes to school, likes taking pictures in cemeteries, and doesn’t breathe. Accidentally starting the zombie apocalypse is his biggest fear, but it’s not his biggest problem.

The Spooky Chronicles is a paranormal mystery horror book series about a child who comes back to life as a zombie but is still getting older. Having already overcome personal tragedy in his life, his unique condition makes him aware of (and draws him into) a secret, paranormal underworld he never asked to be a part of (but still thinks is pretty cool).

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Come Out to the 2012 Ancient City Con, July 20-22!

Ancient City Con in Jacksonville, Florida is three days long this year, and I’m a guest! I’ll be on and/or running a few panels, have lots of Spooky Chronicles books for sale (and how you can get some for free), and Grim D. Reaper of MovieCrypt.com will be making a few appearances throughout the weekend (don’t mention his face lift, though; he’s kind of sensitive about getting work done). Come say hello and get your picture taken with Death…!

The Spooky Chronicles: Year One

It was one year ago I launched The Spooky Chronicles with the The Crooked Man. I have released three more books since then, making it a real series. The next book, Greene Square Middle, has been the most difficult book I’ve had to write thus far but is coming together nicely.

To celebrate, I’m going to have a bit of a Memorial Day sale through Monday: through Smashwords, all three main books will be just 99 cents each while “book zero” will continue to be free (but maybe not for much longer). Be sure to use the correct coupon code (not case sensitive) on checkout to get your discount! Tell your friends!

The Crooked Man – Use $0.99 coupon code NA59M
The Terminal People – Use $0.99 coupon code UW75Y
Schoolhouse Number Five – Use $0.99 coupon code RD38H
Forget Me Nots – Still free (for now)