Interview: Horror & YA Author Brian Rowe

Author Brian Rowe

Author Brian Rowe

Brian Rowe is a writing fiend, book devotee, film fanatic, and constant dreamer. He’s written nine novels, dozens of short stories, five feature-length screenplays, and hundreds of film articles and essays. He is one half of the blog Story Carnivores, where he reviews the latest in books and film. He is currently pursuing his MA in English at the University of Nevada, Reno, and is hard at work on his next novel. You can also visit his Website or find him on Twitter @mrbrianrowe.

Haunted Eyeball: Welcome to the Haunted Eyeball, Brian! We’re very happy to have you here today and we really enjoyed reading your horror novel Townhouse.

Brian Rowe: Thank you for having me today!


HE: Let’s get started right at the beginning, Brian. Tell us, which authors did you enjoy while you were growing up?

BR: My favourite author growing up was Stephen King, who I’ve looked up to for probably twenty years now (and I’m only twenty-eight!). I also loved Roald Dahl, Dean Koontz, and, of course, J. K. Rowling. My favourite novel I’ve ever read is Boy’s Life, which I read as a sophomore in high school.

HE: Who are your favourite authors now?

BR: Stephen King remains my favourite author, but lately I’ve been focusing on young adult fiction and have turned to many of these authors for inspiration. I particularly love John Green, David Levithan, Stephen Chbosky, John Corey Whaley, and Emily Danforth.

HE: Which films, TV and music influenced you in your writing and daily life?

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Book Review: Townhouse, a Tale of Terror by Brian Rowe

Today the Eyeball reviews Brian Rowe’s LA based horror/thriller,Townhouse: A New Adult Thriller.Brian has also been interviewed on the Eyeball here.

Sara is a would-be writer based in LA, who has found herself living with, and sort-of engaged to, the father of her unborn child, even though she barely knows him. The reluctant couple are making the best of it, and even move into an upscale Townhouse together, although they’re both conflicted about their committment. While her fiancé strives to reach the top at his agency, Sara struggles to write a bestseller, and make sense of her decisions, while stuck at home alone. Then the local disappearances start to rack up, and she comes to suspect that another inhabitant of the townhouse block might be hiding a deadly secret. Of course, she just has to investigate behind closed doors and that opens up a whole new world of hurt.

With freaky goings on and a well drawn cast, Townhouse reads like a great 1980s horror thriller. The pace rattles along, delivering a steadily climbing level of dread that hits a satisfying peak. Brian Rowe has a very a sympathetic ear for a bunch of unlikable characters, who nonetheless draw you into the story. It was enormously fun to follow the mystery and figure out who the killer might be, and of course, everyone is a potential suspect.

A bone-fide page turner, this will leave you breathless, and perhaps a little annoyed at the rush to the payoff, but it’s still a very enjoyable thrill ride. Fans of whodunit slasher movies will most likely adore it. Although it goes a bit off the rails towards the very end, and the grand guignol becomes more of a grande flood (sic), by that point it’s really earned it. One other quibble is – why does the killer have to speak in CAPS ALL THE TIME? This was rather distracting, as their actions had already proved how batshit crazy they were.

This aside, Townhouse is a terrific tale of terror, which can be devoured in a couple of eager sittings but leaves a bloody good impression.

And remember – watch your neighbours closely, or you could be next!

More Brian Rowe info:

Brian currently has a young adult horror trilogy on Amazon: The Vampire Underground, The Zombie Playground, and The Monster Apocalypse and the first part is free on Amazon:

The Vampire Underground (Grisly High Trilogy, Book 1)


Brian has also been interviewed on the Eyeball here.

Good Reads page on Townhouse


Brian’s Website

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