American author with an appetite for nostalgia, offbeat humor, and thrills and chills.
WHEN SHE COMES KNOCKING
Coming June 1st, 2023
A new house seems the perfect remedy to mending Ben Decker’s scars.
He’s a pill pusher that loves movies.
He’s a family man that looks to the future.
But with every home comes neighbors, and Jean Jackson wants more than a cup of sugar.
Ben soon finds it’ll take more than green grass and picket fences to slay his demons.
Lock your doors and close the shades.
This suburban nightmare begins now!
POOL MAN: A NIGHTMARE IN RIVERTON NOVEL
NOW AVAILABLE from Black Rose Writing
"McDowell's newest nightmare is fresh, darkly funny, and deserving of every horror fan's attention."-BestThrillers.com
"Surreal, moving, and exciting at the same time, fans of John Grisham and Dean Koontz will love Pool Man. I certainly did!" -Greg Hoover, author of The Pain Killer
"Family dysfunction, visceral horror, social criticism, and nonstop suspense - Pool Man has it all... the stuff of nightmares. " -Steven Rigolosi, author of The Haunting of Kinnawe House
"Buckle up. Pool Man is delightfully unpredictable... horror at its best!" -Jeff Bailey, author of Not on My Watch
"Pool Man has a weird and wacky plot, filled with twists, turns, dark humor, and plenty of suspense." -Sublime Book Review
"A gripping, philosophical horror thriller... a moving and engaging portrait of the complexities of familial love that takes readers to the boundaries... suspenseful, and at times chilling, this dark thriller with a touch of otherworldly will keep readers on the edges of their seats." -The Prairies Book Review
"If surreal psychological thriller/horror is your jam, you'll have a blast with Pool Man. Filled with suspense, intrigue, and nail-biting thrills, Dan McDowell's uniquely twisted tale hooks you in from the get-go and refuses to let go until the end." -Readers' Favorite
"Pool Man is a roller coaster ride slip-sliding through fact and fiction at a dizzying pace... from one dangerous reality to another... Go ahead, dive into the deep end. Pool Man is going to get you." -Bill Scannell, author of The Last Taxpayer at King Henry's Faire
LEVEL ZERO: A NIGHTMARE IN RIVERTON NOVEL
May 13th, 2021
LEVEL ZERO IS OUT NOW!
I'm thrilled to announce the release of my debut novel, Level Zero, with Black Rose Writing.
In 1982, an acquisition of a troubled hotel leads Chris Wilkerson down a dark path as he forms a horror hotline in the facility. Fixating over the macabre and a collapsing marriage, Wilkerson unlocks a ticket to terror.
Waking from a coma with 53 others, Todd Adams fights to understand phantom memories before disappearing into the hands of a peculiar captor. Discovering commonality in an unresolved past, Todd questions why as he charts out an escape.
I don't promise to haunt your dreams, but the characters in Level Zero might.
CURATED BY THE EDITORS AT BOOKBUB AS A FEATURED NEW RELEASE FOR HORROR.
MAXY AWARDS (2021) RUNNER UP- HORROR
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TALEFLICK MOVIE ADAPTION REVIEW
"The Shining meets Dante's Inferno... brimming with sinister surprises sure to keep horror fans up at night." -Best Thrillers
"Dark and often bone-chilling, the novel generates both chills and thrills." -The Prairies Book Review, 5/5 stars.
“Creepy and bizarre; a combination of elements makes Level Zero an intriguing read for horror fans. Unreserved and disturbing, this is a gripping tale from Dan McDowell.” – Reader’s Favorite, 5/5 stars.
"Makes the motel in Psycho look like a Disneyland spa...This book is creepy in the best of ways." -Gojan Nikolich, author of The Gopher King
"Dan McDowell has debuted a dark and disturbed imagination..." -Jeffrey James Higgins, author of Furious: Sailing into Terror
"...an immersive journey into a terrifying world that lies just below the surface of a Texas town." -Greg Hoover, author of The Witching Of The King
"...delightfully macabre, full of sinister plot twists and layers of raw horror." -Jill Benson, author of WitchChild
Still hungry for more, listen to the author curated playlist.
OAK HOLLOW: A NIGHTMARE IN RIVERTON NOVEL
Oak Hollow is out now! Please e-mail Dan if you'd like a personalized signed copy.
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"Harrowing hotel horrors continue in this satisfying follow-up to Level Zero." – BestThrillers.com
“An intelligent and surprising nail-biter… McDowell’s writing is assured and steeped in atmosphere.” –The Prairies Book Review
"Reading Dan McDowell’s atmospheric horror prose makes you want to visit Riverton again and again for its creepy happenings and bizarre goings-on." – Reader's Favorite
"Oak Hollow teases a whirlwind of philosophy amidst a dark and vivid backdrop. Don't miss it!"-Greg Hoover, Author of The Witching of the King
“An interesting non-genre take on the horror psychological fiction point-of-view.”-Gojan Nikolich, Author of The Gopher King
“A fascinating read. McDowell does crazy better than anyone.”-Jeff Bailey, Author of Not On My Watch
The ribbon’s been cut again at The Oak Hollow Hotel…
Newly hired night shift clerk, Nancy Helbens Richards, and her husband opt not to inform authorities when tragedy strikes. Carrying the burden of an estranged relationship with her mother and being one of Creeper Joe’s fifty-four victims, Nancy works to rebuild her life, ironically finding unspoken protection inside the hotel just above where she was once captive.
Wandering Riverton Statesman columnist, Vic Ramsey, puts off checking into the hotel after his colleague ends up dead writing a series of articles on the building’s storied past. Vic’s connection to the area’s forgotten Chipequa tribe leads him to uncover mysteries of the property’s mystical roots as he ventures into an incomparable realm upon check-in.
They share a common enemy. The question is why.
Listen to the official author curated playlist for Oak Hollow below.