House of Bad Memories by Michael David Wilson cover

House of Bad Memories

House of Bad Memories by Michael David Wilson cover

My debut novel, HOUSE OF BAD MEMORIES, comes out on Friday the 13th October via Cemetery Gates Media. It is available for pre-order right now.

I will doing a lot of publicity for HOUSE OF BAD MEMORIES, so if you want to book me for your podcast, video show, something else, then please reach out to me

Similarly, if you would like to review HOUSE OF BAD MEMORIES or feature it on your TikTok, Instagram, YouTube channel, podcast etc, then drop me a line

Okay, onto the book … let’s see what so many wonderful authors have said about HOUSE OF BAD MEMORIES and what you can expect on Friday 13th October. Here we go!

“House of Bad Memories is a haunting and equally visceral tone poem of cruelty, betrayal, and vengeance. Michael David Wilson’s writing vibrates with the all-consuming trauma and suffering of humanity. This is a novel that I certainly won’t forget.”

—ERIC LAROCCA, author of Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke


Denny just wants to be the world’s best dad to his baby daughter, but things get messy when he starts hallucinating his estranged abusive stepfather, Frank. Then Frank winds up dead and Denny is held hostage by his junkie half-sister who demands he uncovers the cause of her father’s death.

Will Denny defeat his demons or be perpetually tortured for refusing to answer impossible questions?

House of Bad Memories is Funny Games meets This Is England with a Rosemary’s Baby under-taste.

Pre-order House of Bad Memories from Cemetery Gates Media

Buy House of Bad Memories from Amazon UK

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“Writing with razor-sharp wit and gut-piercing honesty, Michael David Wilson’s House of Bad Memories will entertain you and shock you. At turns unnerving and hilarious, brutal and heartbreaking, this is a tale that seizes you by the throat and refuses to let go until the final twisty page. Highly recommended!”
—Jonathan Janz, Author of Veil, Marla, and Children of the Dark
“All the many ties that bind a chaotic and increasingly dysfunctional extended family together are stretched to breaking point and beyond in House of Bad Memories. The book goes in every direction except the one you expect. It’s a wild, bloody, and expletive-filled riot that’s never anything less than intense. With genre shifts worthy of a Ben Wheatley movie, it’s highly recommended.”
—David Moody, author of the Autumn books and Hater
“House of Bad Memories hits so hard, you’ll spit teeth out once you’re done reading it.”
—Clay McLeod Chapman, author of Ghost Eaters
“An established master of human frailty and misdirection, Michael David Wilson’s latest offering, House of Bad Memories, kept me off kilter and turning pages as reality tilted. Compelling and deeply unsettling, House offers a mystery with endless layers. Never doubt Wilson’s willingness to skillfully cross lines you never knew were there. Excellent.”
—Laurel Hightower, author of Crossroads and Below
“If Ira Levin and Guy Ritchie had a drug-fuelled weekend binge with the Kray twins in a Kidderminster council flat, they wouldn’t come close to House of Bad Memories. Darkly funny, brutally violent and strangely touching, Michael David Wilson has created something truly bonkers and I’m here for it.”
—Alan Baxter, author of The Gulp and Sallow Bend
“With razor-sharp dialogue and some of the most unpredictable, WTF moments you’ll find anywhere in dark fiction, House of Bad Memories is what would have happened if Quentin Tarantino had grown up in the rancid underbelly of the English Midlands.”
—Kev Harrison, author of Below and The Balance
“Beginning as a grim drama, Michael David Wilson’s House of Bad Memories quickly spins into overdrive with a highly dysfunctional family headed for destruction. Twists and turns abound with fiery dialogue that sizzles on the page, Wilson cranks up the crazy to eleven with devious characters you’ll never get out of your head.”
—Bob Pastorella, author of Mojo Rising
“Packing the pitch-black humour of John Niven and the gut-punching bleakness of Dead Man’s Shoes, House of Bad Memories announces Wilson as a British Palahniuk—it will leave you chuckling as you count your bruises.”
—Dan Howarth, author of Territory

Cover Artwork by Vincent Chong
Publication Date: 13 October 2022

Collaborations, New Books, and Works-in-progress

They're Watching Michael David Wilson Bob Pastorella narrated by RJ Bayley

Hello friends, 

There’s so much going on right now, I wanted to provide you a little update in terms of what’s going on in Michael David Wilson world. As you no doubt remember, Bob Pastorella and I released our collaborative novel, They’re Watching in Halloween 2020. Since then, we’ve released an audiobook version, narrated by the always excellent RJ Bayley. He was also responsible for narrating my critically acclaimed debut The Girl in the Video and This Is Horror novella Water For Drowning by Ray Cluley. If you want any or all of those audiobooks, as a Michael David Wilson fan (or at the very least reader of this website), I’ll give you them for free. Email me at and let me know which books you want and whether you want them from Audible UK or Audible US. Don’t be shy, it doesn’t matter who you are or whether you’ve claimed any of these offers in the past—everyone is more than welcome. 

And if you like my work, do feel free to leave a review of The Girl in the Video and/or They’re Watching over on Amazon and/or Goodreads. 

The Girl in the Video on Goodreads

They’re Watching on Audible US

They’re Watching on Audible UK

What I’m Working On Now 

Collaborative Project with Bob Pastorella 

There are a lot of irons in the fire, as the old cliche goes. Bob Pastorella and I just wrapped up the first draft of a brand new collaborative project. It’s something we’re very excited about and when the time is right there’ll be more news on it. That’s all I can say for now, but it’ll be worth your collective waits. 

House of Bad Memories 

I’m currently shopping around my latest novel, House of Bad Memories. This started off life as a modest novella and is now a 75,000 word-plus novel. It’s probably the most ambitious thing I’ve written. I’m pitching it as PRISONERS meets THIS IS ENGLAND, a darkly comic thriller with an edge-of-your-seat climax.  

One-liner: A stay-at-home dad is taken hostage by his unstable half-sister and must uncover the cause of her sociopathic father’s death, defeat his own childhood demons, and negotiate his freedom.

Short Story Collection 

I’m also almost ready to shop around my first short story collection. This consists of a number of previously published pieces, originals, and expansions of previously published pieces. A lot of the expanded stories first appeared on the wonderful The Other Stories Podcast but word limits cut them a little short of my original vision. 

Collaborative novel with John Crinan 

Oh boy, where to even start with Inemuri, my collaborative novel with John Crinan. Imagine Quentin Tarantino and David Lynch directed a version of John Wick penned by Haruki and Ryu Murakami. Inemuri is a dream-like story set in a sleep cafe, located deep in the criminal underbelly of modern-day Japan. 

New Novel

And if all of that isn’t enough I’m starting to plan a brand new solo novel. I’m taking the James Altucher approach of ‘if you can’t think of one great idea, think of 20 ideas’. I’m at the planning stage and seeing what sticks but I’m excited to jump into something fresh in July when I’ll be starting a brand new writing challenge over on This Is Horror Podcast Patreon. 

Speaking of This Is Horror Podcast, the next time I write here, I’ll let you know what’s going on in This Is Horror land, but if you want more This Is Horror and MDW updates, the best thing you can do is sign up to the This Is Horror newsletter and follow us on Twitter @thisishorror. 

Have a great day, folks! 

Michael David Wilson