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.
King’s Way Press (2010)
Samhain Publishing (2013)
Crossroad Press (2017)
Available in Paperback, Ebook and Audiobook
“A quick, entertaining romp that delivers on its promise.”
— Rue Morgue magazine
“Four stars… the mind of a killer is delved into in great detail.”
— Long and Short Reviews
“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
Literary World: Killer’s Diary interview
Shelf Pleasure blog post
Four limited hardback editions of KILLER’S DIARY were released by King’s Way Press in 2010 and 2011. You can sometimes find these on eBay.
Noble (Trade) Hardcover Signed Edition: Deluxe Smythe sewn cloth binding, 1 full color and 4 B&W illustrations by Zach McCain, silver foil stamping on the front and spine, printed on high quality paper stock, signature page with artwork.
Noble (Trade) Hardcover Unsigned Edition: Same as above without signature page.
Regal (Limited) Signed Edition: Deluxe full leather binding, 1 full color and 4 B&W illustrations by Zach McCain, signature page with artwork, deluxe endpapers with artwork, satin ribbon marker, silver gilded page edges, silver foil stamping on the front and spine, printed on high quality paper stock.
Royal (Lettered) Signed Edition: Deluxe full leather binding (different from the Regal Edition), all the artwork from the Regal Edition plus 4 additional full color illustrations by Zach McCain, signature page with different artwork, deluxe endpapers with different artwork, different satin ribbon marker, gold gilded page edges, gold foil stamping on the front and spine, printed on high quality paper stock, custom-made illustrated traycase (above, left).
King’s Way Press also offered a second traycase (right) separately for the other hardcover editions. Most of the signed editions are numbered but some unnumbered, signed “PC” editions (Publisher’s Copies) are in circulation. Some of the limited editions included random pages from the original, handwritten manuscript.
Samhain Publishing released a trade paperback version of Killer’s Diary in 2013. In 2016, a printer’s error produced a small quantity of “jumbo size” editions (8-1/2 x 11) that were sold exclusively at the Wizard World Chicago Comic Con and have become collector’s items.
The limited hardback editions had amazing artwork by Zach McCain. Click to expand.
Killer’s Diary reached #1 horror eBook on Apple in May 2016.