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Lauren Bolger

Horror writer

Out now with Malarkey Books

Kill Radio
April 2023 w/
Malarkey Books

When five-year-old Rory unearths his estranged father's handmade crystal radio-which happens to patch straight through to Hell-violence and terror reign in the form of hellhounds, shadow figures, and demonic possessions.


Aided by a laconic fisherman and a charming warlock, Rory's mother, Rachelle, must track down her ex, the only person who can shut down the radio before the the worst denizens of Hell are unleashed on earth.

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"Lauren Bolger finds the right frequency for horror with her absolutely frightening novel KILL RADIO. Turn on, tune in and get ready to be terrified."

Clay McLeod Chapman, author of Ghost Eaters and What Kind of Mother

Praise & Reviews

"Kill Radio feels like a classic Stephen King novel wrapped around full, vibrant characters and a modern mum's perspective. Downright claustrophobic and anxiety-inducing at times, made all the darker and larger by the warmth of the themes of family and support running through the work."

Alex Woodroe, EIC, Tenebrous Press and author of Whisperwood

"Bolger’s creations positively hum with life, rich with the song of profound existence and screaming forth from hellish speakers with crystal clarity."

Matt Blairstone, publisher and founder, Tenebrous Press

Preorder coming!

The Barre Incidents
Oct 2025 w/
Malarkey Books

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When Kara's miner father dies of silicosis, she grapples with the old horror stories about her hometown of Barre Vermont. Stories she insisted she didn't believe. Like dead miners walking from Hope Cemetery to Rock of Ages quarry each night. A terrifying encounter at the cemetery the night of his burial rocks her, proving her father is not at peace.


In Kara's race to help her undead father rest, she uncovers threats of unearthly visitors and gods older than their town, older than their civilization, older than the rock the founders discovered.

Official cover to come.


shop / listen

Podcasts I've been on, or places you'll find me or my book


Join me and other HWA Chicago authors at Harold Washington Library Wednesday June 26 for a Summer Scares panel with other local Horror authors!

We'll all be selling and signing our books before and after. :)

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Check out the Christmas 2023 episode of Talking Scared where we dove in headfirst to Ghost Story, by Peter Straub!

Really proud to have Kill Radio for sale at my favorite local Horror shop, Ghoulish Mortals in St. Charles, IL! Walking through this place is an experience! It's where I find the majority of my Horror art :)

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I joined Jeff C. Carter on We Bleed Orange and Black to talk about Kill Radio, karaoke, killer memos, drumming, The Mad Gasser of Mattoon, and the sadness of Whoppers candy in the context of Halloween

My review of This Thing Between us by Gus Moreno for Third Coast Review, along with other picks by HWA Chicago members


About Lauren Bolger

I'm a Chicago chapter member of the Horror Writers Association. I've had short fiction published in In Somnio, a Tenebrous Press modern gothic horror anthology edited by Alex Woodroe and Beyond the Levee and other Ghostly Tales edited by Peter Talley. Click below to see more work I've had published!

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