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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Definitely Odd


One of my favorite authors is Dean Koontz. To settle down with one of his works is to enjoy hours of pure fun and satisfying reading.  As an author he has developed a skill at plumbing the spiritual side of human nature.  This is an often unrecognized aspect of human activity, motivation, and strength.  It is easy to present such in scathing tones of incredulous disdain. It is easy to go for the negative and lowest bar on the ladder of writing. Shelves are crammed with literary prat-falls, cheap thrills and fast food approach to plot. Koontz' broader palette is as welcome as rain to a parched field. It is also more challenging to have an author entice the reader to climb above the foul miasma of the road to hell we often call life and go higher to see the flicker lights of hope, the noble self, or the light of goodness.


No, Koontz does not write 'goody' works.  His horror is  real enough to make you gasp because it reflects the abyss being plumbed by daily human activity. We dare not look over the side, as Nietzsche so aptly warned, when we look into the monster of the abyss...surprise, it is looking back at us and assessing how we can help it escape or provide a small snack. Perhaps to do both.

Koontz keeps bushing us to the edge of the abyss, daring us to look in and stare down the evil lurking there and keep it in place.  For a little longer, anyway.  If we can...

If you have not read Odd Apocolypse do so now!  Then, get ready to read his next work, Odd Interlude, due out in early January.  

If you dare.


Forget Sparkly Blood Suckers


The Passage by Justin Cronin (http://enterthepassage.com/) is a grand story. In the tradition of such hallmark works such as King's The Stand it presents a believable apocalyptic world.  Part of a broader story arch spanning at least two volumes, it captivates from the first page.  It awesome 800 pages of text are lapped up like milk by a stray cat who had given up all hope of a square meal.  

Taking on a mythic quality, the story weaves a spell at one haunting and satisfying. Through the tale is a vein of mystery and the unknown.  As the security of a technological world collapses in the wake of the disaster, these take on deep meaning and significance.  

The creatures are vampiric in nature but so much more in creation and development. Monsters are so often painted with broad strokes and caricature, Cronin uses fine detail to offer creatures horrific but with nuances and layers providing creatures of deeply disturbing threat.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

STEVEN E. WEDEL




Popular author Steven E. Wedel shares some exciting news. "In October, Graveside Tales released a new edition of my novella Murdered by Human Wolves," said Wedel. "It was inspired by true events that happened in 1917 Konawa, Okla. Plus, Graveside will be re-releasing all the books of my Werewolf Saga, including the new book. They'll be broken into novellas and released quarterly."


In addition, Bloomsbury just released (in mid-November) the trade paperback edition of his After Obsession, a YA paranormal romance he has co-authored with best-selling author Carrie Jones.



For more on this exciting and popular author, and exciting upcoming news from Publisher's Weekly, checkout his website.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

EIB-MOZ! Emoh Og!

After careful analytic examination of all the available evidence and ample amounts of cognitive work reflecting on the nature and pathology of these creatures of abominable horror, this writer comes to a conclusion. Zombies are really just the slackers of the un-dead population.  Think about it for a moment - they are reanimated corpses without a cool coffin, a castle, an accent or even a cape!  They just wonder around, drooling, and eating brains. Messy! 

Author  Seth Grahame-Smith, who also penned Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, also did literary justice to the topic of this type of undead.  With high skill as a writer and a fine sense of the essence of the literary heritage of Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is a smart and fun read.


So - Zombies go home! And crack open a good book instead of heads.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

'GEARTEETH' SATISFIES NEED FOR STEAM AND HORROR



GEARTEETH, a steampunk novel (the first in a trilogy) set in the early 1900's in the skies over California. The novel is told from the point of view of Elijah Kelly, a brakeman on a flying train, who becomes infected with a virus that will turn him into a murderous werewolf if he doesn't discover the cure in time. 

"In 1890 a disease that turned sane men into ravenous werewolves erupted in the United States and soon spread to the rest of the world. On the brink of humanity’s extinction, Nikola Tesla and a secret order of scientists known as the Tellurians revealed a bold plan: the uninfected would abandon the Earth’s surface by rising up in floating salvation cities, iron and steel metropolises that carried tens of thousands of refugees above the savage apocalypse. The remnants of mankind huddled fearfully in the clouds, waiting for the werewolves to devour each other. Yet twenty years later only one salvation city remains aloft, while the beasts still rule the world below. Time has taken its toll on the miraculous machinery of the city, and soon the last of the survivors will plummet to their doom. But when Elijah Kelly, a brakeman aboard the largest of the city’s Thunder Trains, is infected by the werewolf virus he discovers a secret world of lies and horrific experiments that hide the disturbing truth about the Tellurians. When the beast in his blood surges forth Elijah must choose between the lives of those he loves and the city that is humanity’s last hope of survival.”
This is a book to read with the lights on and when you can set aside time to do nothing but finish it!   Gripping, imaginative, and action packed with tense emotion and nail biting fear.  Nimbly guiding the reader into an alternative world of Steam Punk realities, the author explores in action packed narrative the lurking universal fear of an ultimate pandemic and the apocalyptic certainty the end of humanity will come with both a bang and a whimper. Its protagonist straddles the tension of all human endeavor as he is torn between the two forces battling for supremacy within him: the human and the beast.   All of that is sub-text though to a solid action packed story which will keep you reading and wanting more. Make note of this author for  future reading pleasure.

GEARTEETH.  Read it and then read it again...I did.


GEARTEETH by Timothy J. Black / Red Rose Publishing (August 2012) / 607 pages / PDF (also LIT/MOBI/PRC/EPUB)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

MURDERED IN THEIR BEDS A GRIPPING WORK

When the horrific and the unsolved are joined the result is sometimes too much to ignore.   Author Troy Taylor spent decades in gathering bits and pieces of information into one solid and satisfying presentation of the facts of this 1912 Villisca, Iowa ax murders.  Doggedly he hunted down other instances mirroring the details of that Iowa crime searching for answers.

The result of that work is a remarkable book  linking  murders spreading over at least three states and several years. Along the way a picture of the murderer is constructed with as keen an understanding of criminality as an  FBI profile.  
Placing all within the historical reality of the early decades of the 20th century a new understanding of the Iowa crime finally emerges.   Filled with historic images and graphic descriptions of the crimes it will be greatly sought by all true crime sleuths.

In presenting this high level of investigation and research, Taylor has contributed greatly to bringing these crimes to light. The reasoning is logical, the thinking as he answers some lingering issues solidly holds together.  It is entirely possible that learning the details found here may eventually lead to the discovery of a vital clue which might, just might, solve a century old series of crimes.

If that happens - tip the hat to author Troy Taylor and MURDERED IN THEIR BEDS.




Tuesday, July 31, 2012

GHOSTLAHOMA, AUG 18, 2012

Enid, Oklahoma will be the site of the paranormal themed conference called, "Ghostlahoma."  The event will feature regional paranormal authors, artists, speakers, and lots of fun.  Late night events may include a spooky tour.  Get your tickets now so they can insure adequate seats,etc.  Ken Gerhard, Chris Harrington, Troy Taylor and others.

Tonya Hacker and Tammy Wilson, programmers state:

Because this is Ghostlahoma, we want to showcase Oklahoma as much as possible.  We love our great state and we want to share with you experiences that are not far removed from you.  We do not aim to dazzle you with “as seen on TV” hype, though most of our speakers have been featured on TV at one time or another.  We do, however, aim to dazzle you with intelligent, witty, and well researched evidence and tales of the paranormal and to provide you with an interesting, fun day of ghostly goodness.

You will see photos, hear “voices from the grave,” and get the goods on several haunts as well as learn about how evidence is analyzed.  You’ll hear fascinating history and accounts of bizarre things.  Then you will have the opportunity to ask the speakers questions during a question and answer panel at the end of the day.

Please take the time to peruse our photo/art display and be sure to stick around and enjoy the 
“Haunt Rods” that will be lining the streets and the Twilight Criterium Race in downtown Enid after the conference.

(Please note this schedule is subject to change)

Saturday, July 21, 2012

PETER TOWNSEND RELEASES 'GHOSTLY IMAGES'


British author Peter Townsend has released Ghostly Images, a gripping mystery set in Victorian England.


Whitby, North Yorkshire – 1894

Two apprentice photographers, David Taylor and John Evans, find themselves unemployed and desperate for work when their employer dies.

They fall into the clutches of Hood, a notorious charlatan, who is eager to exploit them as “spirit photographers” with the aid of the infamous Tate Camera now owned by David. This notorious camera is said to have the ability not only to photograph spirits, but it can predict how and when the person photographed will die.

Reluctantly, David and John become immersed into the dubious, murky trade of spirit photography. Although David stubbornly refuses to believe in the supernatural, he becomes unnerved when ghostly images start to appear on the untouched photographs of young women who soon fall victim of a man people are calling “The Whitby Ripper.” 

Lucy Shaw, an ambitious reporter from The Whitby Herald, wants to expose both Hood and spirit photography as a fraud. She is a modern career woman eager to cover more exciting news than the flower shows her editor assigns. Her search for the truth attracts the attention of David, and possibly that of a murderer.

David is charming, handsome, a real lady-killer in every way. A relative newcomer to Whitby, he is reluctant to talk about his past or his direct link to the recent murder victims.


Is there any truth to the rumours about the Tate Camera? Can it predict the near future? Can it expose a killer?


Meanwhile…the Whitby Ripper waits for his next victim.

About the Author
Peter Townsend was born in Sheffield and has a variety of interests including history, music and art. One of his current fascinations is the history of Victorian England. He now lives by the northeast coast of England and regularly walks on the local beach or on the cliff top path towards Whitby where Ghostly Images, is set.

Ghostly Images is available in print and several ebook formats including Kindle and NOOK and can be found at many other online retailers. Visit the Ghostly Images page at LL- Publications: 
www.ll-publications.com/ghostlyimages.html 

LL- Publications (www.ll-publications.com) is an independent publisher based in Scotland specializing in genre and literary titles in both print and ebook formats since 2008.
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Contact:  Jolie du PrĂ© – joliedupre@ll-publications.com
Published by LL-Publications
$14.99 (US) / £9.99 (UK/EU) / $3.99, £2.99 (ebook)
ISBN:  9781905091768 (print) / 9781905091775 (ebook)
© Peter Townsend
279 pages
http://www.ll-publications.com/ghostlyimages.html

Saturday, July 7, 2012

LINCOLN CHILD '"THE THIRD GATE" GRIPPING

Lincoln Child is a best selling author of several books and well-known half the Preston-Child writing team and the popular Pendergast and Gideon Crew novels. In The Third Gate, Child 's character Professor Jeremy Logan is an enigmalogist, an expert in the inexplicable of both scientific and paranormal types. In a rancid corner of the deep Nile as it heads south into the heart of the continent, he joins an expedition, financed by a super wealthy and powerful man, to locate the tomb of the first mysterious Pharaoh of united Egypt. Tension soon begins to mount as accounts of anomalies and strange events are reported. Is the curse of the first king coming true already?

Although, I admit, I have been underwhelmed by some of the solo efforts of this writers in the past. A big fan of the Pendergast novels, I am 'coming around' to the Crew titles. The solo works, for me, sometimes edged into the two-dimensional character and stereotypical emotion range, I must say this book kept me interested, involved and linked to its main character, plot, and story line with enjoyment. The figure of Professor Jeremy Logan is a more real and likable as a person. He is also one whose responses are authentic and flow naturally in the context of the plot action. The female characters are less plastic as well. They reflect greater sympathy and understanding of the motivations, emotions, and responses in their presence on the page.

There are enough strange situations, paranormal science, and alternative science to balance the rollicking adventure and hard core science to make it enjoyable by many readers. If you are need of a break from the summer heat, want to just go somewhere really different, or want an adventure to get you turning the page - The Third Gate is the choice!

Friday, July 6, 2012

TIME FOR CAMP....


Steve Burt's writing career took a sharp turn in 1991 thanks to a snowstorm that stranded him at an airport. Already well known for his nonfiction books, Steve needed a book to pass the time, so he picked up a horror collection at the airport bookstore. As a teen he had always loved mysteries and dark fiction. He devoured the book and began reading everything he could find in the rediscovered genres. Three years later he began writing weird tales and mysteries. His first 8 stories earned honorable mentions in Year's Best Fantasy & Horror.


An Adventure that's Out of this World. And In It. Free Camp, which somehow became known as FreeK Camp, is for special kids. But just how special most people will never know. Two vans are on their way to the camp in rural Maine, the teen passengers just starting to get acquainted. One van makes it. The other mysteriously disappears. Now each group of kids must bond together to discover and use their paranormal and psychic powers. The lives of one group literally depend on it.


Part mystery thriller, part detective story, part sci-fi, FreeK Camp is all hold-your-breath-I-didn't-see-that-coming adventure. Named 2010 and 2011 Beach Book of the Year. For adults, teens, tweens. The second book in the series, FreeK Show: Where Nothing Is as It Appears, appeared on May 15, 2012.

Freek Camp is available on Amazon.

IT IS TIME TO FREEK




A year later and the teens are more mature, learning more of themselves and their strange skills. Summer dawns and some of the campers are back with a new, far more dangerous threat which will tax their still evolving abilities and their friendships to the extreme. Will they survive this test by fire? Read the FreeK Show and discover why Burt is an award winning writer. A great addition to any reading list.





Dr. Burt is a Bram Stoker Award-winning author of the Stories to Chill the Heart series of short story collections (Odd Lot, Even Odder, Oddest Yet, Wicked Odd). All books are for pre-teen, teen, and adult audiences. Contact: Steve Burt / 29 Arnold Place / Norwich, CT 06360 / 860.405.5183 / passtev@aol.com

Thursday, June 28, 2012

IT IS SO ODD...

Waiting eagerly for the new Koontz novel, Odd Apocalypse to arrive. Hurry delivery person and be swift thy feet!  The first new one in some four years. I will have to re-read some of the others as I wait.

Just reading about it makes my heart pound with excitement:


The stallion reared over me, silently slashing the air with the hooves of its forelegs, a creature of such immense power that I stumbled backward even though I knew that it was as immaterial as a dream. . . .
 
The woman astride the ghostly mount reaches out desperately, the latest spirit to enlist the aid of Odd Thomas, the unassuming young fry cook whose gift—or curse—it is to see the shades of the restless dead, and to help them when he can. This mission of mercy will lead Odd through realms of darkness he has never before encountered, as he probes the long-held secrets of a sinister estate and those who inhabit it.
 

Sunday, June 3, 2012

A PALE HORSE...IS COMING


More American Hauntings & Horrors
By Troy Taylor & Rene Kruse (2012)
Authors of "And Hell Followed With It"

American history has seen no shortage of death, calamity and disaster and perhaps for this reason, our past is teeming with ghosts. In this sequel to their earlier book – And Hell Followed With It – authors Troy Taylor and Rene Kruse return to the blood-soaked annals of American disasters for another chilling look at the terrible tales and lingering spirits of Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Blood. They have collected new stories of floods, storms, mine accidents, infernos, blizzards, train wrecks, hurricanes and more – and have added a new chapter on history’s bloodiest massacres and the ghosts they all left behind!

This new collection of stories is even more horrifying than the first volume, often uncovering tales that were never told, simply because they were too terrifying to consider – from devastating railroad disasters to deadly fires, unbelievable death tolls, unimaginable storms and massacres carried out by zealots and madmen that are almost too terrible to comprehend. More frightening than the previous volume, this is one of the most disturbing books you’ll ever read! $20.00
OR GET A PALE HORSE WAS DEATH and AND HELL FOLLOWED WITH IT FOR THE DISCOUNT PRICE OF ONLY $34.00
Follow the link to https://www.prairieghosts.com/hellbook.html to read more about the book and to order your copy today!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

DARK SIDE by C.C. Brown

Dark Side by C.C. Brown is a blend of fun, fantasy, thrills, and strong women.

"The sacred relic of the undead . . . the Vampire Bible has fallen into the hands of a paranormal-artifact dealer. An eBay bid and an annual vacation lead Koleen O'Brien and her five friends to San Antonio to deliver the book to a wealthy Texan. They are clueless to the fact that a pack of blood-thirsty vampires are stalking them to reclaim the Bible...."

The author "C.C.Brown" is an amalgamation of the names of these Ozark writers: Schyriet Cameron, Carolyn Craig and Kathy Brown. Check out their webpage here.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

PL INTERVIEW WITH MARILYN A. HUDSON


I caught up with author Marilyn A. Hudson on the campus of the University of Oklahoma in the Great Reading Room in the main library. It seemed a natural setting with the polished old wood and the gothic architecture for the author  of the chilling short story collection, The Bones of Summer and co-author of the horror novel, The Mound.  The spirit of learning and the sum total of human knowledge seemed to hover around like a phantom seeking to possess some willing soul.  A soft warm glow spilled in through old windows forming warm puddles of diffused light on the glossy floor.
  
Tell us how you got started as a writer.
My first foray into writing was scripting an episode of ‘Star Trek’ when I was twelve. No one ever read it but I had a lot of fun writing that and realized I really enjoyed the process.   It was later, though, in college when I realized I preferred to write papers that I began to think maybe, just maybe, I might become a writer one day.  I had several hundred articles published in small, regional or specialized publications, letters to editors, and company newsletters trying on styles and honing my craft.
What authors or films have most influenced you as a writer?
I read the classics – Bronte, Austin, Euripides, Poe, Wilkie, James, and even an author from the mid-fifties, Emily Loring, who had a gift for description – but had a fondness for suspense and mysteries of a more recent era.  I have had the joy of reading widely and well because I always love a good story or a well-written book. Therefore, I have enjoyed many Victoria Holt, Barbara Michaels, Dean Koontz, Stephen King, and Kay Hooper works.  
In ten years, what themes do you look forward to exploring or what new things do you expect to try in your work? 
I look forward to getting these - other stories - out of me. They are nestled close, incubating, biding their time but I know their time is coming.   
Will they be the same genre or will you be branching out?
Yes and no, because I think they will be more a synthesis of all that I am as a writer, or what I hope to be, as one.  I think that is the goal of anyone who truly writes, who creates, out of compulsion and deep need.  Genres are stepping-stones to get us to the place where we truly carve out our own territory in the landscape of words and the imagination.  In that place, we explore broader vistas and more meaningful themes with the tools and skills built over time.
Tell us about your fans and readers.
They are wonderful!  My readers are generally people who enjoy the genre work of the mysterious or those who are attracted to history.  These can be diverse audiences!  I enjoy meeting them at book signings and festivals.  
As an author, what have been your greatest challenges?
There is an old Jim Croce song, “Time in a Bottle”, and in that is a line which has always stuck with me. It is about it being hard to do the things you really want to do once you discover just what that is and that is descriptive of most people.  The challenge is to balance everything, all the demands life makes of you, and still have the energy, focus, and imagination left to create something of worth.  The focused, driven, single minded author can be a painful sack of self-centered, disconnected, and unhappy human being.  Keeping the balance and the inspiration can be tricky.
If money and time were not an issue, what would you like to do as a person or as an author?
Write all the time! I would travel and discover new things and actually walk in places where I wanted my characters to walk.  I have always had a strong imagination but to see, smell, and hear surroundings can add so much to how you construct a scene and develop a character. 
Sometimes people have ideas or have heard tales of writers who are very picky about how and when they write. When you write do you have any specific rituals or traditions? 
I have be able to focus and to know that for this block of time I can devote myself to crafting words into story or to respond with freedom to the inspirational wave which might sweep over me.  I try to keep paper and pen with me so that when that scene leaps into my head full blown I can capture it.  Or, if I wake in the middle of the night from a dream I can do the same.   I often play mood music – soft, nature sounds, or light classical or pop – to be white noise and to influence the tone of the writing. If a certain type of music reflects a character, then I may play it to get under the skin a bit more.
Readers always want to know – where do writers get their ideas? What generates your creative thoughts in a novel?
A writer is a squirrel who has stored up experiences, people, sounds, emotions, and desires instead of nuts.  Everything we have seen, tasted, heard, or dreamed ultimately becomes part of what we write. It may be subconscious but it is there. A writer can do one piece of intensive research and then use that information or the ideas generated by them for years and in often strange ways.
In the immediate there are more appearances but what's next? What’s next for you as a writer? Any new titles  coming soon or different topics in the near future?
I am finishing some steam punk, gaslight mysteries, which are a fun departure.  I am also working on a novel about a serial killer and his victim. My co-author and I also have sequels roughed out for The Mound. I even have one about an ancient warrior woman – which should be fun!

--Ann Brown, for Paranormal Librarian

Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Vampire Is Back

Tired of glittering vampires designed as adolescent heart throbs?  Do you long for the days when vampires and monsters were predators, sharp of claw and bloody of tooth?  Then Brian Young's novel will fed your need.  

Four odd hand-picked individuals, by President Lincoln, for the Bureau of Indian Affairs are sent into Indian Territory in 1865 to ‘cleanse’ it and enforce the Indian Act of 1835. The experience is seen through the eyes of the leader John Malcolm, a former bounty-hunter, who leads an ex-Confederate soldier, a Madam and a Creek shaman. 

This was not a routine job from the beginning, and gradually they discover why the region they explore is called No Man’s Land, and its dark and hidden secrets that sleep within. Their world will never be the same again after this journey.

“This is how we are going to destroy the city of the vampires."


Brian Young dances a graceful and mythic death dealing spiral through a unique horror, paranormal, and steam punk infused landscape.

Read more about the author here.
Young, Brian. Civitate Sanguino. Damnation Books, 2012.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

THE WEIRD TALE OF MICHAEL VANCE

By Sean Taylor

Michael Vance is one of the few guys I know who is included in the Who's Who of American Comic Books, and Comic Book Superstars. In addition to that, his history book, Forbidden Adventure: The History of the American Comics Group, has been called a "benchmark in comics history."

It was an honor for Michael take time out of his busy schedule to chat with us.

Sean Taylor: Tell us a bit about your latest work.

Michael Vance: My latest book was just published. Here's the news release.

Pro Se Productions proudly announces its latest novel, a three story collection crafted by a trio of top talents, all about a supermarket tabloid where all the stories within its pages are true! "Global Star" delivers tongue-in-cheek satirical wit and more weirdness than you can shake an alien cabana boy at, all thanks to the wonderful storytelling skills of R. A. Jones, Mel Odom, and Michael Vance.

Want to fly headlong into alien abductions? Ready to hunt mysterious monsters in the bowels of your city? Curious about what Elvis has been up to since he got laid off? Find the Story Behind the Stories, the Truth too True To Print in the Global Star! Jones, Vance, and Odom relate the exploits of the finest editors, colorful reporters, and raucous staffers working on the world's one tabloid where every word is true! Follow these pen and paper pushers as they go anywhere, do anything, and stop at nothing to bring you the news that makes the Global Star the greatest newspaper on-and off- Earth! Get the whole story in this tongue-in-cheek satirical funfest!.

"Global Star", with fantastic cover and interior design by Sean E. Ali, is available via Amazon as well as Pro Se's own site, and can be snatched up from Amazon for the Kindle, Barnes and Noble for the Nook, and in various and sundry digital forms. Don't wait for the werewolves to baby sit your babies born with bowling balls in their stomachs!

ST: What are the themes and subjects you tend to revisit in your work?

MV: The follies of human beings.

SE: What would be your dream project?

MV: I just finished it, the writing of and publication of a trilogy of novels called "Weird Horror Tales", "Weird Horror Tales: The Feasting", and "Weird Horror Tales: Light's End". Each of the novels is set in a town in Maine called Light's End.

ST: If you have any former project to do over to make it better, which one would it be, and what would you do?

MV: I wrote two comic book mini-series of which only the first issues were published. I'd like to rewrite "The Adventures of Captain Nemo" and "Bloodtide" as novels.

ST: What inspires you to write?

MV: God.
SE: What writers have influenced your style and technique?

MV: William Faulkner, H. G. Wells, H.P. Lovecraft, and Ray Bradbury.

ST: Where would you rank writing on the "Is it an art or it is a science continuum?" Why?

MV: At its best, writing is confession.

ST: Any other upcoming projects you would like to plug?

MV: I am working on a Young Adult Christian SF novel called The Egg.

Monday, February 27, 2012

'MURDERED IN THEIR BEDS"



The new book from author Troy Taylor, MURDERED IN THEIR BEDS, is now available to order as a signed, numbered, limited edition copy! This brand new title -- already called "the bloodiest installment in the Dead Men Do Tell Tales Series so far" --- tells the story of not only the history and hauntings of the Villisca Ax Murders in Iowa, but the story of a series of horrific ax murders that plagued the Midwest at the same time and could all be traced back to the same killer. It's a dark and terrible tale of the American Midwest during the 1910s, a lingering haunting and series of unsolved murders that remain mysterious to this day.


ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY!
We have a limited number of special edition copies and they'll be sold on a first come / first served basis, so don't miss out! Go here to order:

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

SPIRIT VOICES: THE FIRST LIVE CONVERSATION BETWEEN WORLDS

Mark L. Cowden is the audio-visual technician who recorded what is believed to be the first ever documented case of a live, two-way conversation with the spirit world. 

In early 2010, at an apparently haunted hotel in Northern Ireland, Mark was part of a small team of people who were filming a television documentary series about ghost stories when something incredible happened. While a medium and a psychic investigator sat on a bed in the next room and attempted to contact the spirit of a ghost in the hotel, Mark was able to record not only the medium's side of the conversation—and her report of the responses she was receiving from the spirit—but the spirit's replies directly as well! 

With camera's rolling, an independent television crew documented the whole process. Not only is this believed to be the first time anybody has ever managed to record a whole conversation between this world and the next, it was also a first for television.

Spirit Voices documents Mark's work in the field of paranormal forensics and details the technology and methods he developed to achieve such ground-breaking results. 


About the Author:
Mark L. Cowden is a native of Oklahoma and is of Cherokee and Scots Irish decent. He has been studying paranormal accounts in the UK and Ireland for the last ten years and has featured in various television shows, radio programmes, books, magazines, and newspapers dealing with this subject.  He has worked as a paranormal forensics specialist for “Northern Ireland's Greatest Haunts” in all ten episodes, and he has appeared on "Mistero," aired nationwide in Italy. Cowden is now working on a new American television series, which is currently in development.

Mark L Cowden
http://www.marklcowden.com/

Anomalist Books
http://www.anomalistbooks.com/bookstore.cfm 

Barnes & Noble
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/spirit-voices-mark-l-cowden/1102694828?ean=9781933665542&itm=1&usri=mark%2bl%2bcowden 

Amazon

Monday, January 30, 2012

THE BARON'S REVENGE



Following the overwhelming success of the second Robert Downey Jr. film blockbuster, Airship 27 Productions is pleased to present a brand new mystery suspense novel starring the Great Detective; Sherlock Holmes - The Baron's Revenge by Gary Lovisi.


In 1902 Sir James Damery enlisted the aid of Sherlock Holmes to prevent the daughter of an old friend from marrying a womanizing Austrian named Adelbert Gruner who was suspected of murdering his first wife. Dr.Watson chronicled the case as "The Adventure of the Illustrious Client." By its conclusion, Gruner was exposed to the young lady when Holmes came into possession of an album listing his many amorous conquests. Then a former prostitute mistress took her own revenge by throwing acid in his face and permanently disfiguring him.


Holmes believed the matter concluded. He is proven wrong when a hideous murder occurs rife with evidence indicating the Baron has returned. Soon the Great Detective will learn he has been targeted for revenge in a cruel and sadistic fashion. Not only does the Baron wish his death but he is obsessed with causing Holmes emotional suffering. He desires nothing less that the complete and utter destruction of the Great Detective in body and soul.


Now Gary Lovisi spins a fast paced tale of horror and intrigue that is both suspenseful and poignant, all the while remaining true to Arthur Conan Doyle's original stories. "The Baron's Revenge" is a thrilling sequel to a classic Holmes adventure fans will soon be applauding.


Airship 27 packages and publishes anthologies and novels in the pulp magazine tradition.

In the past, Airship 27 has released "Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective", a series of "Weird Horror Tales" novels, and more pulp fiction in "The Green Lama" and "Secret Agent X". For more information on Airship 27, go to www.airship27.com.


Sunday, January 29, 2012

OVERRUN - YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!




"Exciting", "real", " edge of your seat thrill ride"...

They are coming...it is only a matter of time...are the doors locked? Is that a sound? Are the windows barred? Did you hear a growl? Are there weapons packed and ready to go? Are the supplies prepared?   If not,  you better read the soon to be released collection Overrun: A Zombie Short Story Anthology. Edited by J.M. Jennings and soon to be available February 7th via Amazon Kindle.  It will have you rethinking your survival plan and increasing your sense of safety...just in case.

Reading this dynamic collection of new fiction will have the reader doing that and perhaps more. The stories are exciting, creative, and often surprising explorations of the themes of horror, terror, and ultimately survival. Bold, edgy, and filled with both harsh reality and all too real human emotion they offered a thrill ride for the imagination. Survival, however, can take many forms as these stories reveal with heart pounding excitement, edge-of-the-action and sometimes a touch humor.


The work includes the writings of Andrew Heaton, J.M. Jennings, Michael Isbill and Kim Frederick. Remember them - and if the Zombie apocalypse occurs...well, be sure and pack this with the supplies because it might mean the difference between life and the dead. 


---Marilyn A.Hudson, author of The Bones of Summer and co-author of The Mound.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

77 Shadow Street

Once more Koontz looks out the window on the world and writes a chilling, gripping, and all too possible novel. Once the glory of the gaslight era, the exclusive and elite old mansion at 77 Shadow Street is now an exclusive apartment building filled with people in isolated existence mirroring an increasingly dysfunctional society.

From the very first chapter the tension is strong and builds steadily.  Bizarre happenings, disturbing people, and the chilling sense of the unknown keep the pages turning to a satisfying and logical conclusion.   A sure enjoyment for any Koontz fan, any horror fan, and any who just like a great thrill ride reader.