Announcing GRIMM WOODS: A new thriller novel by D. Melhoff

After three years of not updating my website or social profiles, I’m excited to be back online announcing the launch of my latest novel, Grimm Woods.

Before I explain what took so long, here’s the excerpt from the book’s cover:

Grimm Woods | Plot

A remote summer camp becomes a lurid crime scene when the bodies of two teenagers are found in a bloody, real-life rendering of a classic Grimm’s fairy tale. Trapped in the wilderness, the remaining counselors must follow a trail of dark children’s fables in order to outwit a psychopath and save the dwindling survivors before falling prey to their own gruesome endings.

Drawing on the grisly, uncensored details of history’s most famous fairy tales, Grimm Woods is a heart-pounding thriller about a deranged killer who uses traditional children’s stories as tropes in elaborate murders. Set against the backdrop of modern-day Michigan, it’s a journey through the mind of a dangerous zealot and a shocking glimpse into the bedtime stories you thought you knew.

The book is a departure from my first novel, Come Little Children, in that it falls squarely in the thriller genre. There’s nothing paranormal or supernatural about this one, folks—it’s straight up serial-killer action. Or, as I’ve been calling it, a summer-camp slasher story.

Believe it or not, I began writing Grimm Woods as a screenplay almost seven years ago. I fancied myself a screenwriter once upon a time and alternated between writing comedy scripts and horror scripts. This was the last screenplay I wrote before switching to books.

[Obligatory note: the original Grimm Woods screenplay is almost unrecognizable from the finished novel. In fact, I’m not sure the screenplay was ever finished. Opening that file would cause more self-embarrassment than good.]

The second announcement I’m making today is this launch of this very website. is not only the promotional site of my new novel, but it’s also home to a growing collection of information about classic fairy tales, including original stories, illustrations, and insights. The vision is to create a comprehensive resource for everything related to these tales, as well as a place to delve into the dark subject matter that my novel is based on.


While other sites already have a plethora of information about fairy tales, I’ve never found one that’s as well organized and easily accessible as I’d like it to be. So, as they say in the digital age: if you want something done right, you’ve got to code it yourself.

To follow the Grimm Woods blog, subscribe here.

Thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout the production of Grimm Woods and My editors, my beta readers, my production team, my comrades at the Writers’ Center, my friends, my family.

As for the long hiatus, chalk it up to a combination of stubbornness, distractions, and life. The only people I’d like to apologize to are the children who starred in the video we shot to promote the book a few years ago. Those children are a lot older now, and all this time they may have thought their parents were lying to them, saying that they were going to be in a real commercial, which, subsequently, never aired. To them, I’m sorry; however, I promise the video will be finished soon, and when it is, you’ll be the coolest kids at school.

All right, time for the marketing jazz. Grimm Woods is available exclusively on Amazon for $3.99 (ebook) and $10.99 (paperback).  If you prefer the ebook but don’t own a Kindle, you can download it on tablets and other devices via the Kindle Reading App. For more information, see the book’s description page.

Ok, that’s it for now. Onto the next project. (With any luck, it won’t take seven years to finish.)



D. Melhoff

D. Melhoff

D. Melhoff was born in a prairie ghost town that few people have heard of and even fewer have visited. He credits King, Poe, Hitchcock, Harris, Stoker, and his second grade school teacher, Mrs. Lake, for turning him to horror.
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