RELEASED: October 2013


WELLBORN ARE MY CHILDREN – identical epitaphs on identical tombstones a thousand miles apart – leads photographer Sam Dawson to discover a crime, perhaps the most heinous in U.S. history. More than three-quarters of a century have passed since the undetected mass murders of young women occurred. But the tragedy lives on in this fast-paced journey of discovery.

Eugene Eris, the name inscribed on the two tombstones, haunts Sam at every turn. The beautiful geneticist Blair Tennyson helps Sam understand the how and why of genetic manipulation and the dark history of America’s attempt to genetically improve the human species. Sam trusts no one except small-town waitress Annie George. But, like Sam, Annie is linked to Eris. Together they race to unearth the graves of a lost cemetery and to expose the mass murders of people who were involved in an experiment much larger and more sinister than Sam envisioned.
Steven W. Horn’s techno-thriller The Pumpkin Eater weaves a story of dark secrets while challenging readers to consider politically charged social issues as the novel races toward an unthinkable ending.

The Pumpkin Eater, the nightmarish evildoer of the past, haunts the present and lingers just below the surface of the future. Who is he? What has he done? Who are his protectors? The tension mounts as Sam navigates toward the shocking conclusion.


  • Wyoming Public Radio interview on Aug. 15, 2014 Read more…
  • Aspen Daily News Online on July 25, 2014: Book Train Staff Pick: “The Pumpkin Eater” 
by Steven W. Horn Read more…
  • Post Independent on July 18, 2014  The Book Train hosts book signings by two western authors Read more..
  • The Pampa News on June 4, 2014: June 11 book signing to be held in Pampa Read more…
  • K2 Radio-May 30, 2014: Wyoming Author Wins National Award Read more…
  • Wyoming Business Report – ‎May 31, 2014‎: Wyo. author earns gold for mystery Read more..
  • KOWB-May 30, 2014: Local Author Wins Award  Read more…
  • The Pumpkin Eater receives the 2014 Benjamin Franklin Gold Award in Mystery/Suspense Read more..
  • The Independent Book Publishers Association 2014 Benjamin Franklin Award Program announced that The Pumpkin Eater is an honoree in its mystery/suspense category. Gold award winners will be revealed during a public ceremony in New York City on May 28, 2014. Read more..
  • 2014 Eric Hoffer Award announced that The Pumpkin Eater is a category finalist. Read more..
  • Steven Horn’s interview about The Pumpkin Eater on KGWN-TV on Oct. 31, 2013 Read more…
  • Colorado State University Class Notes has a news brief about Steven W. Horn’s latest novel