The future is unreal.

Society is sheltered indoors. The economy is in ruins. People spend their lives addicted to a breakthrough virtual reality technology, desperate for escapism in a troubled world. The Nirvana Effect has taken over.

When a young couple discover a plot to hijack the technology for mind control, the battle for free will begins. What started as a playful diversion turns deadly, and the future of the human race is at stake.

 "Fans of stories centered on the conflict between the virtual and the real will find plenty to enjoy." Publishers Weekly

 New release from Flame Tree Press / Simon & Schuster

Available in paperback, hardcover, and ebook.

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New release: The Nirvana Effect

Q&A: The Nirvana Effect interview

Interviews with Third Coast Review and Frugalmatic

Are we all doomed? Fearing The Nirvana Effect

Up Close: Brian Pinkerton

Now on Spotify: The Gemini Experiment

Brian Pinkerton audiobooks on Audible

Made in Hollywood: The Rough Cut book trailer

Pinkerton audiobooks and ebooks on iTunes

The Gemini Experiment

Available in paperback, hardcover, ebook and audiobook.

"Surprising plot twists, exciting action... Pinkerton wields fast pacing and an entertaining, electrifying plot." — Publishers Weekly

"Part spy thriller, part SF adventure, Pinkerton’s latest is a fast-paced and action packed novel with well-developed characters that will have strong YA and adult appeal.” — Library Journal

"The Gemini Experiment is a thrill ride filled with twists and turns that keep the reader guessing and entertained all the way to the stunning conclusion. Brian Pinkerton has created a wonderfully constructed story, frightening in its believability.... an exceptional read." — Cemetery Dance

Tom Nolan has just learned he is going to die. He's coming to grips with his fate, until he is recruited into a privately funded, covert experiment. In a secret lab, Tom's physical appearance is immaculately duplicated as an android. But what happens next leaves Tom caught up in an international crisis with a showdown that could change the course of the world.

A science fiction thriller


Follow the twists and turns of BENDER,
a new thriller from Crossroad Press.

Available in hardback, paperback, audiobook and ebook.

Drink up!

Amazon, Barnes and Noble,
Crossroad Press & iTunes




Kiritimati is an island with a deadly secret. After a group of friends encounter a fiery red storm at sea, they return home held captive by their most sinful desires.

Available in paperback and ebook

"Brian Pinkerton has a bright and shining future as one of the voices of horror, bringing back the feel and style of some of the genre’s masters from decades ago."

Horror Novel Reviews


"With Anatomy of Evil, Brian Pinkerton proves once again why he's one of my favorite writers of dark fiction . . . yet, at the same time, his latest novel raises the question, 'Why isn't this guy a household name?!' Because he should be."

James Newman, author of The Wicked, Animosity and Ugly as Sin


"Brian Pinkerton is one of horror’s best authors, and in Anatomy of Evil he raises his game to a whole new level. This is a unique, intense, and captivating thriller that grabs you from the first page and doesn’t let go until the end. I loved this book!"

John R. Little, Bram Stoker Award winning author of DarkNet, Miranda, and The Memory Tree




When a lonely woman finds a serial killer's journal in a coffee shop, she becomes obsessed with finding its author...and discovers he may be closer than she thinks.

Available in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

Limited hardcover editions with artwork by Zach McCain are available from King's Way Press

"Killer's Diary is an intense and compelling page-turner that will keep you guessing and engrossed from the first page to the novel's end... Those who enjoy psychological horror ala Thomas Harris' Silence of the Lambs will love Killer's Diary."

Norman L. Rubenstein, SHROUD: The Quarterly Journal of Dark Fiction and Art


"What author Brian Pinkerton has done is to smoothly meld his story across genres, running it down several twisting alleys and managing, somehow, to have those alleys open back up onto the same street to converge in a very tight, very satisfying ending... VERY highly recommended."

David Niall Wilson, Macabre Ink


"A quick, entertaining romp that delivers on its promise."

Rue Morgue magazine





What happens when the Hollywood Dream becomes the ultimate nightmare?

Rough Cut exposes the dark secrets of Tinseltown, where a rivalry between low-budget horror film directors turns deadly, leading to unspeakable acts of terror.  Making movies can be murder…

Available in trade paperback from Amazon in a brand new second edition from publisher Dark Arts Books.

Also available in ebook formats for Kindle, Nook, and iPad.

The limited signed and numbered hardcover edition is sold out.

Photo page: Brian shills Rough Cut at KillerCon in Las Vegas 

Rough Cut book trailer filmed in Hollywood

ROUGH CUT Blurbage and Reviews


"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


"Pinkerton paces his novel masterfully and much like a movie script, with quick scenes and snappy dialogue... This is modern pulp worth checking out."

Rue Morgue magazine


"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


"Wow. That is the first word that comes to mind when I think of Brian Pinkerton’s novel Rough Cut. I was absolutely enthralled with it from beginning to end... without a doubt the best book that I have read this year."

Todd Martin, Horror News

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"Pinkerton writes a story that needs to be read in one sitting and the twists and turns are pure bliss."

Crimespree magazine


"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



"Author Brian Pinkerton writes a fantastic tale of twists and turns. His details of movie making are as good as any Hollywood insider... 5/5 rating."


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"A non-stop thrill ride of twists and turns, Pinkerton winds this prose film spool tighter and tighter until Rough Cut reaches the bloody breaking point. Two severed thumbs up!"

  John Everson, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Siren and The Pumpkin Man


"Rough Cut is the real deal, highly recommended."

C. Dennis Moore, The Horror Zine

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"Brian Pinkerton's Rough Cut is equal parts thriller and horror drive-in feature. A sleek love letter to the very same shot-on-a-budget classics it emulates, Rough Cut pits down-in-the-dumps burned out director Harry Tuttle with everyone's worst nightmare, a crazed fan. But in this case, the fan is ever so much more dangerous. Filled with the set pieces of a Saturday night double-feature, Rough Cut will tickle all the right bones... before chopping them off."

W.D. Gagliani, author of Wolf's Edge (The Nick Lupo Series) and Savage Nights


"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

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"Rough Cut is recommended for thriller fans and fans of horror cinema."

Mark Justice, Pod of Horror


"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




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After the killer of his fiancée is acquitted, a school teacher joins "The Circle," a secret group of citizens united to eliminate their enemies.  But he discovers too late that there is a catch...


A young mother catches a glimpse of her child on a bus-- two years after he was abducted and declared dead.


An innovative murder mystery told through its evidence and clues: employee emails, office memos, police transcripts, media reports, receipts, faxes and other diverse documents.


Brian Pinkerton is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers and Horror Writers Association.