Monday, September 29, 2014

New Release: Julie Hutchings - Running Away

BOOKS of the DEAD PRESS are proud to announce the release of our newest title: Running Away by Julie Hutchings.

Running Away continues the story of Eliza Morgan––a character that people fell in love with in Julie's original vampire novel, Running Home––which was released by BOOKS of the DEAD in August 2013.

The cover was created by Keri Knutson and the title is currently available as an ebook from Amazon, Amazon UKSmashwords, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and iTunes.

Here's the synopsis:

Eliza Morgan is desperate to escape the horrors of her mortal life and understand why death follows her, leaving only one man, Nicholas French, in its wake. He’s the one she loves, the one she resents, the one fated to make her legendary among an ancient order of vampires with a “heroic” duty to kill: the Shinigami.

On a ghostlike mountaintop in Japan the all-powerful Master guides Eliza’s transition into a Shinigami death god. Sacrificing her destiny will save Nicholas, who is decaying before her eyes. But she’s not afraid to defy fate, and must forge her own path through a maze of ancient traditions. To uncover the truth and save her loved ones, Eliza will stop at nothing, including war with fate itself.

Here's what people are saying:

“Hutchings weaves a lush, sensual, and dangerous tale that begs you to read more.” ~ Kristen Strassel, author of The Night Songs Collection

“Hutchings set the bar high in RUNNING HOME and surpasses it in RUNNING AWAY. Intense and unpredictable, this dark romance gripped me to the final word with its edgy paranormal world!”
~ Melissa A. Petreshock, Author of Fire Of Stars And Dragons

“In this dazzling sequel to Running Home, Hutchings proves yet again that she’s not afraid to take her characters to dark places. Through darkness, they must seek the light––even as they stand in the shadow of death.” ~ Lydia Aswolf, host of Lydia’s Literary Lowdown

“Sensuous, dark, and wickedly unpredictable… refreshes the vampire novel with a twist of Japanese mythology, a double shot of wit, and a heroine I fell for on page one. I’ll follow Hutchings for the rest of her career (and possibly to the grocery store, to beg her for the sequel).” ~ J.C. Lillis, author of How To Repair A Mechanical Heart and We Won’t Feel A Thing

“Julie Hutchings blew me away with this sequel. Brimming with gorgeous prose, riveting emotion, and hold-your-breath action, Running Away is a phenomenal continuation of a story I never want to end.” ~ Summer Wier, author of The Shadow Of Light

“With Running Away, Hutchings has exceeded herself and delivered a complex, beautiful story in a world all its own. She left me begging for more, unwilling to leave her characters behind.” ~ J. Liz Hill, author of The Mirrors Of Bershan Trilogy

“Julie Hutchings’s writing is engaging and immersive, pulling you into the story immediately and refusing to let go. She has a natural ear for people and their dialogue, the way some musicians have an ear for a perfect note and a catchy hook. The conversations spin out as real and dynamic as a song you can’t help but bop along to. Her books are an absolute pleasure, and I love their guts.” ~ Peter Damien, Book Riot contributor

“In Running Away, Hutchings combines her original vampire mythos with a stunning and vibrant culture clash. You’ve never read about vampires like these, and you’ll be craving more with an insatiable blood lust.” ~ Mina Vaughn, author of How To Discipline Your Vampire

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Rayne Hall - Writing Dark Stories

Despite the fact that I've had to put the Friends of the Dead program on hold until I've had a chance to clear some of the workload of my plate, I just can't say no to Rayne Hall.

Rayne Hall has been a "Friend of the Dead" since Jan 2013. At the time she was promoting her book Writing Scary Scenes.

Since then she has been featured three more times, once promoting Writing Fight Scenes, once promoting Writing About Villains, and once in a Rayne Hall Spotlight.

Recently, Rayne became part of the Books of the Dead Press family, having a story in our newest anthology: Suspended in Dusk, which was edited by Simon Dewar.

Now she's back, and letting everybody know about her newest title, Writing Dark Stories. It looks amazing.

Check out the synopsis:

Learn to haunt your readers with powerful, chilling tales. Make their spines tingle with anticipation and their skins crawl with delicious fear. Disturb their world-view and invite them to look into the dark corners of their own souls.

This book gives you a wealth of tools and techniques for writing great short stories. It is part of the acclaimed Writer's Craft series.


Feed Your Fiction With Your Fears
Why The Title Is A Strong Start
Writing By The Seat Of Your Pants
Fifteen Master Plots
Dark Fiction And Horror Genres
Point Of View
Managing Tension
Building Suspense
How To Scare Your Readers
Creepy Locations
Make The Most Of The Weather
How To Open Your Story
How To End Your Story
Villains And Monsters
Ghost Stories
Vampires, Werewolves, Zombies
Religious Horror
Why Do People Read Horror Fiction?
Marketing And Publication
Sample Stories With Comments

Buy Writing Dark Stories from Amazon (ebook or paperback) . Also available from Barnes & Noble and Apple iBooks.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

New Release: Simon Dewar - Suspended in Dusk

Books of the Dead are proud to announce the release of our newest title: SUSPENDED IN DUSK.

Currently available from: Amazon, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords.

Suspended in Dusk is an anthology, edited by first time editor Simon Dewar. He did a great job. (Congratulations, Simon!)

The book cover was created by me.

Check out the amazing TOC:

Jack Ketchum - Introduction
Simon Dewar - A Note from the Editor
Alan Baxter - Shadows of the Lonely Dead
Anna Reith - Taming the Stars
Armand Rosamilia - At Dusk They Come
Icy Sedgwick - A Woman of Disrepute
Rayne Hall - Burning
Chris Limb - Ministry of Outrage
Toby Bennett - Maid of Bone
S.G. Larner - Shades of Memory
J.C. Michael - Reasons to Kill
Ramsey Campbell - Digging Deep
Brett Rex Bruton - Outside In
Karen Runge - Hope Is Here
Tom Dullemond - Would To God That We Were There
Wendy Hammer - Negatives
Shane McKenzie - Fit Camp
Sarah Read - Quarter Turn to Dawn
Benjamin Knox - A Keeper of Secrets
John Everson - Spirits Having Flown
Angela Slatter - The Way Of All Flesh

Pretty sweet, huh?

It's easy to like a book that includes Jack Ketchum, John Everson and Ramsey Campbell. I mean… come on. It's too easy.

Simon and I have been quietly working on this project since Jan… roughly eight months ago. And Simon had been working on the project long before that.

For those of you that keep up to date with things here at Books of the Dead Press, you may be thinking, Suspended in Dusk? I've never heard of this. When was the submission call? I don't remember a submission call!

Fact is, there was no submission call, at least, not here.

The anthology was originally green-lighted by a different publisher––who shall remain nameless––then dropped at the last minute. Poor Simon was left holding the bag, and had to break the bad news to the authors… like a schmuck! And he had been working with them for six months! Ouch!

That's when Books of the Dead Press stepped in.

See that image of Superman? That's me, saving the day with my awesomely super-powered ability to publish scary books.

Take THAT, publishers who say you'll do one thing and then decide not to at the last minute, because you don't want to be true to your word. I can fly around the world quickly, making the planet spin backwards; your evil ways do not intimate me.

Apparently I've lost my mind.

Here's the synopsis:

A time between times.

A whore hides something monstrous and finds something special.
A homeless man discovers the razor blade inside the apple.
Unlikely love is found in the strangest of places.
Secrets and dreams are kept… forever.

Or was it all just a trick of the light?

Suspended in Dusk brings together 19 stories by some of the finest minds in Dark Fiction:

Ramsey Campbell, John Everson, Rayne Hall, Shane McKenzie, Angela Slatter, Alan Baxter, S.G Larner, Wendy Hammer, Sarah Read, Karen Runge, Toby Bennett, Benjamin Knox, Brett Rex Bruton, Icy Sedgwick, Tom Dullemond, Armand Rosamilia, Chris Limb, Anna Reith, J.C. Michael.

Introduction by Bram Stoker Award Winner and World Horror Convention Grand Master, Jack Ketchum.

“Disquieting and at times terrifying, SUSPENDED IN DUSK shows that horror can, and should, have substance.” ~ Kaaron Warren, Shirley Jackson Award winner, and author of Slights, Mystification, Walking the Tree. 

“SUSPENDED IN DUSK offers a delicious assortment of chills, frights, shocks and very dark delights!” ~ Jonathan Maberry, Bram Stoker Award winner and New York Times bestselling author of Fall of Night and V-Wars 

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Friday, September 19, 2014

TS Alan - The Romero Strain - Paperback

Good news:

The Romero Strain by TS Alan is now available as a paperback.

The title, which was released earlier this year, is a good old fashion New York City zombie novel with a handful of unique twists, making it original and fun.

The book is currently available from AmazonAmazon UKAmazon CanadaSmashwordsKobo / iBooks and Barnes & Noble.

Here's the synopsis:

A group of New Yorkers survive a zombie outbreak by navigating the city’s utility and transportation tunnels, only to discover a terrifying threat below.


For J.D. Nichols and his dog Max the day started out like any other, with a walk along the streets of the Lower East Side. The morning was eventful––a day J.D. needed his skills as a paramedic and his extensive knowledge of New York’s underground to survive a zombie outbreak.

After coming to the aid of a young girl, the pair flee to a nearby power facility and find themselves chased into the city’s underground by a zombie horde. Along their subterranean journey, they gather survivors while traveling to Grand Central Terminal, where J.D. believes help will be found. Their hopes quickly end when they discover Grand Central overrun with the undead.

J.D., bitten, knows he has limited time as he struggles to find a safe haven for his companions. In their search they stumble upon an enigmatic scientist who divulges a most ominous secret that forces J.D. to confront an adversary born from a lab deep below.

“The Romero Strain. Best zombie book I’ve ever read. It should be a movie... or a mini series... or a game, or all of the above!” ~ Punchline Dvd OZ & NZ

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Growing Pains

It has been quiet around this blog lately, and for many small press publishing companies, Internet silence is the first visible sign of imminent death. Time to tag the toe and lock the doors, if you catch my drift.

For the most part, the authors here at Books of the Dead know a simple truth: when things go quiet on the blog, the workload behind the scenes has become painfully heavy. And while the average Joe (checking out the blog every week or so) may start wondering what’s been happening, the authors know the score: my workload is huge.

Books of the Dead are going through some growing pains these days. The fact is, the company is being run, 100%, by one person, and that person is me. Now, I’ve hired a few people, and they’ve been helping––my buddy Kevin helps with twitter, my brother Derek does some graphic design, a handful of people have been editing or designing covers––but at the end of the day, everything goes through me.

And the workload was always big… but never like this.

The funny thing is, in hindsight, most of the moves my company made early on were the right moves, saving me time and/or money. For example…


There are a lot of little companies springing up these days. Most of them try their hand releasing an anthology, which I think is a great first move.


Because… with your first book, you’ve connected yourself to roughly 20 authors, plus the ones you had to reject.

I started this company with an anthology (Best New Zombie Tales Volume One) and it was a great first move. However, I didn’t know it was a great first move until after the book was released.

And I made another smart move, too: I paid the authors a flat rate.

Huh? Why is paying a flat rate a good move?

While lots of first time publishers offer a percentage of royalties for anthologies, I would argue that offering royalties for a short story is always a mistake. The problem isn’t so much the money that you may or may not give the author, it’s the accounting nightmare that you’re putting on the table. Every three months you’ll be forced into figuring out royalties, all so you can pay each author a buck or two. And if you don’t cap it––as in, after 5 years the author is paid in full––you’ll have two ugly roads in front of you:

1) You’ll be working out the math until you’re 90 years old.

2) You don’t fulfill your obligation to the authors, meaning… you word isn’t worth anything.

Drum-roll please… Books of the Dead Press has become an accounting nightmare.

Every time I publish a new book I commit to working out the math. Every three months, I do the math. Math, math, math. And the fact is, the math isn’t easy. It’s friggin’ hard; it’s a pain in the ass, is what it is. And if I had been unlucky enough to offer a percentage of royalties for each anthology––not “dumb enough”, mind you… I wasn’t smart, just lucky––right now, I’d be screwed.

Here’s some simple arithmetic for you: 6 anthologies x 20 authors per book = 120 royalty statements. 

Bloody hell. Can you imagine?

Oh, and that reminds me… the other day I received some serious hate-mail from some asshole who, of course, didn’t offer me his name. Apparently one of the 80-odd titles I’ve released had a mislabeled chapter. (Whoops. Sorry, man. Were the other 80,000 words okay? What percentage of the book was incorrect? Maybe… 0.0001%? Does that sound right?)

Check this crazy man out:

Chapter 18 is missing in your e-book that I bought on Amazon.
Downloaded a fresh copy last night..... it's still missing.
Why the HELL can't idiots check their work before posting shit for people to buy? It's not fucking hard to do.

How awesome is that?

No, Hello. 

No, Goodbye. 

No, Excuse me, I came across something that doesn’t seem right. 

Just, If you were here right now, I would pull the gun out of my mouth and shoot you in the face.

Oh sweet Internet, thanks to you, morons can share their ignorance and hatred with the click of a button.

Anyhow, I’m off topic. WAY off topic.

Things around here have been busy. A couple of weeks ago Books of the Dead and my new company BOOK-ie spent four days at the Fan Expo in Toronto, which is like Comic-Con in San Diego. It’s huge; over 100,000 people attend. That's where the photos are from.

In a couple of days I’ll be doing Word on the Street, which is also huge. There are a bunch of new releases that I haven’t had a chance to mention, and a handful of new releases that are about to come out the door.

Things are rolling right along.

Hopefully I won’t become crushed by the weight of it.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

99¢ Sale: Mark Matthews - On the Lips of Children

We're having another 99¢ ebook sale. This time it's for Mark Mathews' On the Lips of Children, which was named "2013 Best Small Press Horror Novel Finalist" by What Horror Looks Like, a "Top Horror Read of 2013" by A Readers Review Blog, and "Best Kindle Book Award 2014: Semi-Finalist" by The Kindle Book Review. Sounds great, huh? If you haven't read it yet, maybe you should.

The sale is taking place on Amazon,  Amazon UK, Barnes & NobleSmashwords and Kobo.

Here's the synopsis:

Meet Macon. Tattoo artist. Athlete. Family man.

He's planning to run a marathon, but the event becomes something terrible.

During a warm-up run, Macon falls prey to a bizarre man and his wife who dwell in an underground drug-smuggling tunnel. They raise their twin children in a way Macon couldn't imagine: skinning unsuspecting victims for food and money.

And Macon, and his family, are next.

Here's what people are saying:

2013 Best Small Press Horror Novel Finalist ~ What Horror Looks Like

"One of the scariest novels I've read this year." -Alicia Banks, The Horror News Network

"A brutal, intense ride of claustrophobic horror and gritty, page-turning suspense. This is dark fiction at its visceral, chilling best." -Jan Kozlowski, author of Die, You Bastard! Die!

"An adrenaline-pumping testament to the power and tenacity of the human body and spirit." -Mark Carver, author of The Age of Appollyon

"A dark, terrifying page-turner. It's Stephen King's Misery on bath salts. In a cave. It scared the crap out of me."  -Michele Miller, author of The 13th Step: Zombie Recovery

"A dark, bloody book, at its bleak heart about the love a mother has for her children and the lengths she will go to for them to survive. You'll never look at jogging, the homeless, or even vampires the same way again. And, no, this book isn't about and doesn't feature vampires at all. What's featured here is infinitely worse."  -John F.D. Taff, author of Little Deaths and The Bell Witch

"The only thing bad about this book, is that it had to end! A raw, adrenaline filled ride about what lengths a person will go to to save the ones they love. It will keep you glued to the pages until the very end."  -The Kindle Book Review

Buy On the Lips of Children here: Amazon,  Amazon UKSmashwords and Kobo.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Best New Zombie Tales Volume Three

Best New Zombie Tales Volume Three

Release Date: 
May 10th, 2011

Want the Greatest Zombie Stories Ever Written?

Today we take a look at: Best New Zombie Tales Volume Three

Includes Amazing Fiction by: 
Anthony Award Winner, Simon Wood
Bram Stoker Award Nominee, Joe McKinney 
New York Times Bestselling Author, Tim Lebbon 
Arthur Ellis Award Winner, Nancy Kilpatrick
British Fantasy Award Nominee, Paul Kane
Bram Stoker Award Nominee, Jeremy C. Shipp
And so much more...

James Roy Daley / Robert Elrod / Paul Kane / Nate Southard / Jeremy C. Shipp / Murray J.D. Leeder / Simon Wood / JG Faherty / Aaron Polson / Tim Lebbon / John L. French / Simon McCaffery / Lee Clark Zumpe / Erik T. Johnson / Joe Mckinney / Gregory Miller / William T. Vandemark / David C. Pinnt / John Claude Smith / Michael Stone / Nancy Kilpatrick / Tonia Brown

“James Roy Daley has created a series that not even a headshot could stop! It just keeps getting better and better, stronger and stronger... I’m thrilled to be a part of such an unstoppable monster!” ~ Matt Hults, Author of HUSK.

"I'm proud to be a part of the Best New Zombie Tales series." ~ World Horror Grand Master, Multiple Award Winning Horror Legend, Ray Garton 

"James Roy Daley is doing a marvelous job with his Best New Zombie Tales series-- TERRIFIC! Bloody well done!" ~ New York Times bestseller Jonathan Maberry, author of PATIENT ZERO and ROT & RUIN 

Buy Best New Zombie Tales Volume Three from:
Amazon / Smashwords / Kobo / iBooks / Barnes & Noble

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