Author Stephen Woodworth at the Vintage Paperback Show!



As many of you may already know, I and my lovely wife Kelly Dunn will be signing our books along with our illustrious colleagues at the annual Los Angeles Vintage Paperback Collectors Show tomorrow, Sunday, March 18th, at 2 p.m. I shall have copies of the Violet books and FRAULEIN FRANKENSTEIN for sale, as well as our handsome ONE NIGHT AT THE VILLA DIODATI chapbook from Shadowridge Press. Our fellow Shadowridge authors Dennis Etchison (Darkside, The Death Artist, Red Dreams), Peter Atkins (Hellbound: Hellraiser II, Morningstar, Big Thunder), and Tracy Carbone (Missing, Just Stories, The Rainbox) will be there for autographs, as well as such genre fiction luminaries as David Schow, Tim Powers, Christa Faust, Harry Turtledove, and many, many others. Get all the details here:

2018 Los Angeles Vintage Paperback Collectors Show

Hope you can join us! In the meantime…HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!!!



Greetings, readers!

Some of you may know my writing through my most recent novel, FRAULEIN FRANKENSTEIN, and some may have enjoyed my New York Times bestselling paranormal suspense Violet Series, comprised of Through Violet Eyes, With Red Hands, In Golden Blood, and From Black Rooms. Regardless of which books you’ve read, I thought you might enjoy this post I originally wrote for Jennifer Schaper’s wonderful BTH Reviews website (formerly “Books That Hook”). (Many thanks again to Jennifer for inviting me to write the guest essay.) Some of you may have seen this when I originally posted the link, but since the link has changed since then, I thought I’d re-post it for those who want a unique behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the Violet Series and at the bizarre workings of my authorial mind in general:

Stephen Woodworth Guest Post on Books that Hook

I hope this teasing preview tempts all you fans of FRAULEIN FRANKENSTEIN to check out Through Violet Eyes and the other Violet books as well. And for all you Violet fans, I hope you’ll want to get your monster on with FRAULEIN! Right now, you can get the Kindle ebook of the novel for ONLY 99 CENTS. But hurry…this deal only lasts through Thursday, January 25th:


Happy reading, and stay tuned for further exciting developments!

FRAULEIN FRANKENSTEIN–Share her with someone YOU love!

With Valentine’s Day just a few weeks away, FRAULEIN FRANKENSTEIN wants to bring you closer to that “special someone.” (Or just a friend who likes to read!) From now until Thursday, January 25th, you can get a copy of the Kindle ebook of FRAULEIN FRANKENSTEIN for *ONLY 99 CENTS*, a savings of more than 60%. What a deal!!! Here’s the link to order:

FRAULEIN FRANIKENSTEIN Kindle eBook Order Page on Amazon

For those of you who may have already taken advantage of previous specials to get a copy of the ebook, why not take this opportunity to but a copy for a friend? Amazon lets you send gift ebooks to anyone with an email address. Share the love!  🙂

And don’t forget about the beautiful Shadowridge Press paperback edition! Check it out here:


Lots of love to all of you!


Your Halloween VAMPIRE Playlist!

It’s our favorite time of year here at The Journals of Dr. Franken-Steve, and to get us in the mood for All Hallow’s Eve, we’re queuing up a hit parade of monster music. Since we’ve previously listed our fave Frankenstein tunes in honor of FRAULEIN FRANKENSTEIN, this time we’re going to do some bloodsucking bootie-shakin’ with those beloved members of the undead…VAMPIRES. So sink your fangs into these Top Vamp Tracks!

  1. “Bloodletting (The Vampire Song)” by Concrete Blonde: If you have the “ways and means to New Orleans,” then tune in to this ultimate vamp anthem that would make Ann Rice proud.
  2. “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” by Bauhaus: My own vampire bride Kelly Dunn debates whether this track really “counts” as a vampire song since it concerns the eponymous deceased actor and not the celebrated Count he played. I say any tune whose chorus is “Undead, undead, undead” belongs on this list. This brooding eulogy to Bela, the greatest Dracula of all time, is arguably the greatest Goth song of all time.
  3. “Love Song for a Vampire” by Annie Lennox: This beautiful, elegiac ballad was by far the most memorable thing about the Francis Ford Coppola film Bram Stoker’s Dracula. And someone should get Lennox to play a vampire—she’d be great!
  4. “Flesh and Bone” by Burning Brides: A wonderfully eerie and seductive song from the soundtrack to the criminally underrated vampire comedy rock musical film Suck. Burning Brides lead singer Dmitri Coats also played the goofy yet somehow still creepy vampire villain “Queenie” in the movie.
  5. “Moon Over Bourbon Street” by Sting: Speaking of New Orleans…the Big Easy seems to be Vampire Central for North America, and one could easily see Louis or Lestat nodding in agreement with this nameless narrator’s lament.
  6. “Vampires in Love” by The Misfits: A rocking punk ode to love between bloodsuckers.
  7. “Vampire Blues” by Neil Young: A deep cut from Mr. Young that indicts the real-life corporate leeches that are bleeding our planet dry. The rock legend played this rarity live for the first time ever this past year, suggesting how scarily relevant this cautionary lyric has become.
  8. “Drac’s Back” by The Bollock Brothers: A hilarious disco/rap cover version of a novelty song by singer and actor Andy Forray. Wait ’til you hear the backup singers squeal as Drac says, “I want to suck your…”!
  9. “Suck” by The Winners: Did somebody say “Suck”? This is the catchy title track to the aforementioned film of the same title. The movie’s ironically-named fictional rock band, the Winners are anything but. The comedy musical was written and directed by the multitalented Rob Stefaniuk, who also plays the Winners’ hapless lead singer and guitarist, and it features hysterical cameos from such rock luminaries as Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop, Alex Lifeson, and Henry Rollins. A must-see for all rock and vamp fans!
  10. “Lost Boys” by The 69 Eyes: This great Goth metal band from Finland sings in English and draws inspiration from many favorite Hollywood horror movies—in this case, the beloved vamp vehicle for Kiefer Sutherland and Corey Feldman. Another cool undead record by the band: “From Dusk ‘Til Dawn”
  11. “Nosferatu” by The Scared Stiffs: A splendidly moody instrumental by one of the best Halloween rock bands to haunt the night.
  12. “Vampires” by Godsmack: Spoken-word narration speculates on the psychological allure of vampirism while fuzzy, alt-rock guitars jam in the background in another Goth classic.
  13. “Vampire Girl” by Jonathan Richman: An infectious and funny paean to the vampire girl of your dreams.
  14. “Dracula’s Wedding” by OutKast: The ultimate love-’em-and-leave-’em bachelor confronts his own greatest fear: commitment. And you gotta love any disco-funk track that features a sinister harpsichord, right? 

Whew! That’s a lot of bats! And there’s plenty of other prime vamp tracks out there—we’d love to hear any of your pet tunes that we might have missed.

And to make your Halloween season complete, why not grab a copy of the ultimate monster read, FRAULEIN FRANKENSTEIN? The handsome Shadowridge Press paperback edition is available at the special discounted price of ONLY $9.99 for the holiday season, and you can get free shipping on qualifying orders. See the order page below for details:


Kindle readers can currently grab a copy of the FRAULEIN ebook for only $1.99 here:


Happy reading, and stay tuned for more “monster hits”!


Slow to get your FRAULEIN? You can STILL get a discount!

Fear not, Franken-freaks! If you didn’t manage to get your copy of the FRAULEIN FRANKENSTEIN Kindle ebook during the recent 99 cent promotion, you can STILL get it at Amazon’s “straggler’s discount” price of $1.99–not 99 cents, but still cheaper than a cup of Starbucks! But this offer will most likely only last a day or two before it jumps back up to the usual $2.99, so get yours today! Here’s the link to the FRAULEIN FRANKENSTEIN order page on Amazon:

And please let all your Franken-friends know they, too, still have a chance to snag a copy on the cheap.

Thank you all for your support, and STAY GOTHIC!


Come Get Your *Signed* Copy of FRAULEIN FRANKENSTEIN!

The day you’ve all been waiting for is at hand, Friends of FRAULEIN! I wanted to remind you that I will be signing copies of the fabulous Shadowridge Press paperback edition of FRAULEIN FRANKENSTEIN at the venerable Dark Delicacies horror bookstore in Burbank, California, tomorrow, Saturday, July 8th, at 4pm.

You’ll also have the opportunity to get signed copies of books by other wonderful Shadowridge Press authors, including Dennis Etchison (The Death Artist, Red Dreams, The Blood Kiss), Tracy Carbone (The Proteus Cave, The Rainbox), and my ONE NIGHT AT THE VILLA DIODATI co-authors Kelly Dunn (Beloved of the Fallen, editor of Mutation Nation) and the irrepressible Peter Atkins (screenwriter of Hellbound: Hellraiser II and Wishmaster and author of Morningstar, Big Thunder, and Rumours of the Marvellous). We’ll have copies of the DIODATI chapbook available for purchase and signing, as well. Here’s a link to the Dark Delicacies website for more info, including directions to the store:

Dark Delicacies Bookstore Website

For those who can’t make it to Burbank on July 8th, you’ll be happy to hear that Dark Delicacies will take your pre-orders over the phone, and will ship your order for an extra charge. All of us at Shadowridge Press would like to express our sincere gratitude to Del and Sue Howison of Dark Delicacies for hosting the event.

Hope to see you all there!



FRAULEIN FRANKENSTEIN, the thrilling Gothic novel by Stephen Woodworth, New York Times best-selling author of Through Violet Eyes, is on special for ONLY 99 CENTS!

Her fate has become lost in legends. Some say her creator destroyed her; others believe fearful villagers burned her alive. Now, the mate that Victor Frankenstein created for his monster reveals her true story, from her awakening on the slab in the scientist’s laboratory, through her tortured initiation into human society, to her desperate quest for a love of her own…even if she has to manufacture the lover she wants. Get the Kindle ebook of FRAULEIN FRANKENSTEIN  for ONLY 99 CENTS on this page at Amazon:

But hurry! This offer is only good until July 11, 2017. Get your copy TODAY!