Friday, November 21, 2014

Steve Kuhn: We Are The Entombed - Paperback

Great news!

Steve Kuhn's We Are The Entombed is now available as a paperback.

The title has been doing well since its release, and has been a hit with Walking Dead fans and people who love a good old fashion zombie apocalypse story.

We Are The Entombed is BOOK THREE from the Dext of the Dead Series.

Here's the synopsis:

After traveling into the Midwest the crew deal with an increasing amount of pressure as the true scale of the plague becomes clear. The dead have permeated every square inch of the country leaving the few remaining survivors desperate for commodities that were once commonplace.

Roving bands of raiders and small, independent communities pose serious threats to one another amongst the every increasing numbers of ravenous, shambling corpses. The group, having suffered difficult losses and few victories, cope with the catatonic state of their friend Kylee; it’s a recipe for disaster. On the military side, Colonel Lang and Chalmers continue to pursue their goals and Dr. Morofsky is making progress of a different sort––the Colonel may be a worse threat than the dead.

As Dext and his band of survivors push further, they meet many new people and not all of them are trustworthy. Whether they make it to the coast, and ultimately their salvations, or continue to perish, is yet to be seen.

“Fans of The Walking Dead are going to love this series. The characters are realistic and witty, the dialogue is great and the writing is quickly paced. The series should do well. Recommended.” 
~ Weston Kincade, author of A Life of Death


About the Author:

Steve Kuhn is a former professional musician turned writer. Raised in Baltimore, Maryland and with a deep seeded passion for horror, he brings a refreshingly raw and witty style to his work. He has been featured in countless online publications as a critical reviewer and has spent the last three years crafting the epic zombie series, Dext of the Dead.

Buy We Are The Entombed: Dext of the Dead, Book 3 HERE.


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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Guest Post: Brandon Engel on John Carpenter

This is steering away from my wheelhouse a little, but today I have a guest post by Brandon Engel. Brandon is a "self-avowed horror geek" that wants to talk about John Carpenter. With The Thing being one of my favorite movies, who am I to say no?

Enjoy. 

John Carpenter: Forerunner of the Modern Slasher

Though it’s true that director/writer John Carpenter earned the moniker "master of the horror film", throughout his career, he also proved himself to be very adept with any genre of movie he tackled. Elvis (1979), Starman (1984) and Big Trouble in Little China (1986) were very different types of films, which succeeded in different ways (and not always financially). However, the fact remains that Carpenter excelled in the sci-fi, thriller and horror genres for which he is best known because that is where his love of movies was born. 

To say that Carpenter was unconventional for his time would be an understatement. He started by employing concepts and techniques from another master of terror, Alfred Hitchcock. It was Hitchcock who was able to reach into the depths of human vulnerability and expose the fear that lies within, elevating a previously pulp-oriented genre of horror/suspense to one with its own a full-fledged vocabulary for effective filmmaking. Hitchcock had a knack for putting the audience on the edge of their seat in anticipation of being terrified, and then horrifying them even more than they could have conceived.

As a fan and student of the genre, Carpenter studied these techniques and incorporated them into his own style. Psycho was a "slasher" movie in concept, but lacked the one ingredient that made the genre Carpenter's to advance into the future. That final ingredient was the actual visualization of graphic violence. In Hitchcock's time, the movie ratings board would have nixed any movies with gratuitous violence into ratings purgatory with an X-rating. 

Times had changed and Carpenter recognized he had unparalleled latitude is what he could include in his films. He had the opportunity to indoctrinate audiences and show them what "slasher" really meant. It didn't give him license to disregard the technical aspects of his art, it only gave him another tool or ingredient to use to deliver the message. Some would argue that Hitchcock waged psychological warfare against the human mind, while Carpenter waged a visual war. The truth is that Carpenter did wage a visual war, but he managed to keep the psychological attacks incorporated. 

Imagine for a moment how different the murder scenes from Halloween (1978) or The Fog (1980) would have been if the camera had suddenly shifted away from the violence and all we saw was the blood flowing on the ground (see Psycho). The imagination is a powerful tool, but stark reality––The Thing (1982) murder scene––is inescapable. 

By the time Carpenter was making films, attitudes and morality had shifted. As he explained in an interview with Robert Rodriguez’s slasher/grindhouse-oriented El Rey network, movie-goers didn't want to think; they wanted to sit down in a theater and be entertained. Carpenter obliged, but he decided it would add value to the movie-going experience if he left the audience feeling a little uneasy as they headed out the theater doors. 

That's why Carpenter was considered the master of horror: he changed the viewing experience forever. In the 1990s, Carpenter's own career idled, and finding financial resources for his projects dried up. It's quite possible that he was left behind by a new generation of film-makers who were more technologically savvy and recognized that Carpenter's techniques (camera angles, background shots) were outdated. Films such as In the Mouth of Madness (1994) and Village of the Damned (1995) employed his standard formulas and techniques, but failed to attract audiences. 

John Carpenter was a brilliant film-maker with amazing technical skills and an extraordinary vision into the future. His films walked the line between unfathomable and plausible, and he redefined an entire genre by taking a little of the past and combining it with the future. Carpenter is living proof that you don't have to win Academy Awards to change the landscape of movies.


Brandon Engel is a blogger in Chicago with a fondness for classic horror literature and cult films. Follow his zany misadventures on Twitter: @BrandonEngel2


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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Steve Kuhn: We Are The Infected - Paperback

Great news!

Steve Kuhn's We Are The Infected is now available as a paperback.

The title has been doing well since its release, and has been a hit with Walking Dead fans and people who love a good old fashion zombie apocalypse story.

We Are The Infected is BOOK TWO from the Dext of the Dead Series.

The book was written by Steve Kuhn, author of We Are The Plague, and is book two in a five book series.

Here's the synopsis:

Dext and his crew are reeling from the losses incurred during their stay at The Haven and are on the run. A military unit known as Kilo Company appears to be the group’s best bet for survival, but they are miles ahead and the gap is widening. Mounting tensions within the group strain relationships and affect all involved.

As they push ever forward in their pursuit of survival and sustainability, they find themselves stalled by the growing hordes of the undead… and very real, human threats. Everything is not what it seems. The line between friends and enemies is getting thinner with every passing second.

Can they hold it together long enough to reach Kilo Company? What are Colonel Lang and Chalmers doing? How much will the new world change them as they struggle with moral dilemmas and no clear answers?

“Fans of The Walking Dead are going to love this series. The characters are realistic and witty, the dialogue is great and the writing is quickly paced. The series should do well. Recommended.” 
~ Weston Kincade, author of A Life of Death


About the Author:

Steve Kuhn is a former professional musician turned writer. Raised in Baltimore, Maryland and with a deep seeded passion for horror, he brings a refreshingly raw and witty style to his work. He has been featured in countless online publications as a critical reviewer and has spent the last three years crafting the epic zombie series, Dext of the Dead.

Buy We Are The Infected: Dext of the Dead, Book 2 HERE.


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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Steve Kuhn - We Are The Plague - Paperback

Great news!

Steve Kuhn's We Are The Plague is now available as a paperback.

The title has been doing well since its release, and has been a hit with Walking Dead fans and people who love a good old fashion zombie apocalypse story.

We Are The Plague is BOOK ONE from the Dext of the Dead Series.

Here's the synopsis:

The undead plague has decimated the population, but pockets of survivors still remain. A battered military search for survivors while scientists work frantically to control the spread.

When a rescue team on the west coast discovers a mutilated body holding a journal that documents one man’s journey across the country, they begin transmitting the information to the mysterious Colonel Lang. They discover that the journal may not only contain valuable information, but also the cause, and a possible cure, for the epidemic.

Dext is a regular man in a very irregular situation. The friends and enemies he meets in this new world will either make him a hero or a monster. The clock is ticking and salvation is only a mile up the road… if he can keep running.


“Fans of The Walking Dead are going to love this series. The characters are realistic and witty, the dialogue is great and the writing is quickly paced. The series should do well. Recommended.” 
~ Weston Kincade, author of A Life of Death


About the Author:

Steve Kuhn is a former professional musician turned writer. Raised in Baltimore, Maryland and with a deep seeded passion for horror, he brings a refreshingly raw and witty style to his work. He has been featured in countless online publications as a critical reviewer and has spent the last three years crafting the epic zombie series, Dext of the Dead.

Buy We Are The Plague: Dext of the Dead, Book 1 HERE.


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Friday, October 31, 2014

Don't LIKE it... buy it.

There's a rumor going around Facebook. The meat of it is, "The more "likes" an author page has on Amazon, the more exposure the author will receive on Amazon. This has sparked a million (annoying) Facebook posts, saying "Like my Page!"

Horror author and all-around good guy John Palisano posted a comment saying, "Is this even real? I'm going to be wicked Scully here, and be skeptical if Amazon is really promoting authors through liking their Author pages. Although "I Want To Believe" there's more to it than that."

He later wrote, "Just wrote to Amazon to see the story behind the LIKE button. Will report if they report anything of note!"

This was followed by, "AUTHOR FRIENDS: I have heard back from Amazon about the LIKE button viral thing going around Facebook. Short answer: they DO NOT use it to promote authors, but rather, as suspected, to target items to their buyers."


Here's the note from Amazon:

Hello John,

I understand your concern and would be glad to assist you with this. I would like to inform you that, The "Like" button isn't intended to improve Author's rank in search results on Amazon.com. The "Like" button on Amazon.com Author Pages is a feature we use to recommend books, among other products, based on customer-interest. This feature is purely a cosmetic feature at this time, but when a customer expresses interest in the Author Page and clicks the Like icon, we'll use this to make better recommendations.

The "Like" button feature is only on Amazon product pages, and isn't related to Facebook. Amazon won't share information from an account with Facebook or post anything to a Facebook Wall without the account holder's consent.

If you have other questions about the "Like" feature, check out the information available on our Help pages…

So there you have it. There's no need to like a page, unless you really like it. If you'd like to help your fellow author out, do it the old fashion way. Buy the bloody book.


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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Free for 3 Weeks: John F.D. Taff - Kill/Off

For the next three weeks John F.D. Taff's amazing novel Kill/Off will be offered as free download from Story Cartel.

What is Story Cartel, you may be wondering?

Well, while I don't want to turn this page into a full-on advertisement for the company, I have a feeling that most people reading this will be unfamiliar with them, so here's an edited quote from their website:

Story Cartel is a home to any kind of book you could imagine, from nail-biting thrillers to tender romance novels, serious literary fiction to self-help non-fiction. Since October 2012, 21,100 people have downloaded 52,100 books, helping over 700 authors get reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, and blogs. The books you see on Story Cartel are all offered free by generous authors in exchange for your honest review. Your reviews help authors market their books and gives them valuable feedback. 

This will be our first time promoting a title on their site, so I'm not too sure how successful the campaign will be. That being said, reviews are very important to Books of the Dead Press, so I figure it's worth a try.

You can download John F.D. Taff's Kill/Off for free HERE

The offer expires on Nov 13th, 2014. 

Also, truthfully, great reviews helps us survive, so if you'd like to help us out, leaving a few reviews on Amazon would be amazing. Here's a link to a pile of our books.

And here's a little bit about the title:

When David Benning is blackmailed by a shadowy organization known only as The Group he's thrust into a world of guns, payoffs and killing unknown, seemingly ordinary people. As he becomes more enmeshed, he begins to grasp The Group’s true motives, and its secrets––secrets that must never be revealed. David can trust no one… not even the one person he has grown to love.

“Kill/Off is a tightly written, dark descent into the world of the contract killer. John F.D. Taff hits this one out of the park.” ~ Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Dead City

Buy Kill/Off here: Amazon / Amazon UK / Smashwords / Kobo / iBooks / Barnes & Noble


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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New Release: Apathetic Flesh - Darren O. Godfrey

Books of the Dead Press are proud to present the release of our newest title:

Apathetic Flesh by Darren O. Godfrey

This book of short stories is awesome, and it includes an introduction by Kealan Patrick Burke, which makes it even better. Eight of the twenty-five stories make their first appearance ever inside this collection. Some stories have previously been published in prestigious anthologies, such as Borderlands 2 and Borderlands 5 (edited by one of the nicest guys in horror, Thomas Monteleone), HWA Presents The Museum of Horrors (edited by Dennis Etchison), and Quietly Now: An Anthology in Tribute to Charles L. Grant (edited by Kealan Patrick Burke). Other stories appeared in genre magazines like Black October and Gorezone.  One piece, "Recess", was selected by two time Bram Stoker Award Winner Mort Castle (who appeared in Best New Zombie Tales (Volume Two) for All-American Horror of the 21st Century, the First Decade.

The ebook is currently available from places such as Amazon, Amazon UK, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, and Scribd. The paperback will be released soon.

Here's the synopsis:

Apathetic Flesh is brimful of realistic characters immersed in nightmares hauntingly familiar for many of us, but it is to Godfrey’s credit that even the outlandish events you’ll uncover here are made believable by a distinct absence of melodrama and fanfare. These are real people, complete with anxieties and instabilities and in these stories, as in the real world, such things can be fatal.
~ From the Introduction, by Kealan Patrick Burke

How are we expected to react to flesh that is warm and youthful, and yet infused with a corrupt spirit, a soulless black spark, a lack of any real feeling? Such flesh, too many have learned, will not heed the demands of concern. It will, through time, harden and become insolent. And when faced with close human interaction, it will not caress, but molest…
…not comfort, but condemn…
…not rise in excited gooseflesh, but grow ashen in cold depravity.
It will not be awed by the greatness of being, but remain odd to the touch.
There are men, women, and children walking these pages whose flesh rides their bones in various stages of apathy, empathy, sympathy, and gaping insanity. Many find themselves lost and alone, inhabiting a flesh-laden yet dispassionate world.
For some, this is justice. A kind of payback, perhaps.
For a few, it is a tragedy.

“Darren O. Godfrey is one of a rare breed: a writer who seems to have flown under most readers' radar but of whom other writers speak in awed tones. His stories are both quiet and thunderous, terrifying yet obliquely disturbing. This artful contradiction runs deep in his work. Buy this book. It's the real deal.”
~ Gary McMahon, award-winning author of The Concrete Grove

“Apathetic Flesh is one of the most disturbing tales I’ve read this year.”
~ Robert Crawford, Cemetery Dance

“Darren Godfrey is indeed the real thing: a horror writer’s horror writer and a horror reader’s top choice.”
~ Mort Castle, Two Times Bram Stoker Award Winner and Nominee for the Audie, Shirley Jackson, and International Horror Guild Awards

“Darren O. Godfrey’s Dysfunction is a story about family ties gone horribly knotted. It brings to life some of those images that occur when you look at your parents and wonder what your children will do to you, how they will do it, and why. It is a story about repression and release. And it is inhabited by one of the strangest child characters I’ve run across. This story might make parents want to hug their children, and children call their parents, wishing they were closer; or it might just hurt.”
~ Bram Stoker Award Winning Author, David Niall Wilson

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