Monday, January 26, 2015

REVIEW: David Moody - Strangers


Title: Strangers
Author: David Moody 
Publisher: Infected Books
Purchase from: Amazon 

Review by: John Milton

Undoubtedly best known for his epic zombie series ‘Autumn’, and the ‘Hater’ books which garnered the attention of none other than Guillermo del Toro, it would be unfair to pigeonhole David Moody as “The Zombie Guy” and in fact, the ‘Hater’ series isn’t about zombies but that’s another matter entirely! Moody has explored other genres such as science fiction and dark fantasy but here with ‘Strangers’, he has created  a horror tale that in the author’s own words is “the closest I’m ever going to get to a vampire novel”.

“A spate of brutal murders occur in and around the small town of Thussock. The bodies of the dead – savagely mutilated, unspeakably defiled – are piling up with terrifying speed. There are no apparent motives and no obvious connections between the victims, but the killings only began when Scott Griffiths and his family arrived in Thussock...”

The synopsis provided above sets the scene adequately but fails to take into account some of the flourishes that truly draw the reader in. Moody brilliantly captures the feeling of a small, rundown Scottish town after industry has pulled out leaving the town and its inhabitants near destitute. Moreover, that small town vibe is confirmed by the treatment and suspicion in which the new arrivals are greeted with. The rumours travel fast and mere gossip soon becomes established fact...

Stripping back the horror element here, the story is principally about a dysfunctional family, struggling to make a fresh start in a new town and contending with the financial and domestic difficulties that come with such situations. Attention to the development of the characters in this regard makes ‘Strangers’ all the more compelling. Similarly, the author has clearly done his homework here and it is appreciated that Moody has been mindful of what may be seen as minor details such as differences in Scots legal procedure. However, such awareness served to heighten my own enjoyment of the story, since more than mere lip service has been paid to the fact that the tale is set in Scotland.

Naturally, ‘Strangers’ won’t appeal to everyone and indeed, those looking for some kind of vampiric tale containing capes, castles or even the sparkling undead, will be left sorely disappointed. Setting aside what this book isn’t, ‘Strangers’ is Moody’s attempt to emulate one of his literary heroes: bestselling British author, the late James Herbert. The result is a gory, dark tale of horror with fully developed central characters that certainly doesn’t hold back on the viscera; so much so that I genuinely felt uncomfortable with the description of the injuries and mutilation suffered by one of the victims here.

Without being gratuitously salacious, ‘Strangers’ is an achievement in itself in that it is a “dark and dirty” novel that hooks the reader in immediately with a murder in the opening pages and thereafter, introduces the main players in proceedings while ramping up the tension, paranoia and bodycount without sacrificing the plot for the sake of gore.

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Enter: John Milton

Great news, everyone. 

Books of the Dead Press has teamed up with the highly respected John Milton. John is a huge supporter and voracious consumer of horror fiction. He has spent many years vigorously promoting authors and small press publishers alike, and the horror community is better because of it. 

Here at Books of the Dead Press, we are not only a fan of what John does, we feel lucky to have the opportunity to work with John and showcase his reviews. 

Welcome to the Books of the Dead Press team, John! 

Thanks for being awesome. 

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Steve Kuhn: We Are The Extinction - Paperback

Great news!

Steve Kuhn's We Are The Extinction 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 FOUR from the Dext of the Dead Series.

Here's the synopsis:

Tensions mount for Dext and his crew as they travel west in search of the elusive military unit known as Kilo Company. Their humanity has been tested more times than they can count, and they find themselves damaged beyond repair while they struggle to raise young Lilly. They encourage the child to be kind and humane in a world where such qualities can easily get you killed.

Dr. Morofsky, free to work at his own pace, presses searches for an end to the plague, but he is facing challenges. With Chalmers soon to be on the scene, difficult decisions must be made with regards to the Colonel’s plan. An enormous revelation will rock everyone involved in the failing cure effort.

Characters, both good and evil, affect the course of events and threats wait around every corner. A truth has been revealed: mankind is more monstrous than the living dead.

“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 Extinction: Dext of the Dead, Book 4 HERE.

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Friday, December 19, 2014

New Release: Tonia Brown - The Cold Beneath: Steampunk Zombies

Books of the Dead are proud to announce the release of our newest title: The Cold Beneath: Steampunk Zombies.

The book was written by Tonia Brown, author of Lucky Stiff: Zombie Gigolo and the infamous Badass Zombie Road Trip, which has become a fan favorite around here. It's safe to say that everyone loves Tonia's clean writing style, outrageous plot lines, and twisted sense of humor. Plus she seems to be strangely attracted to sex and violence; perhaps she's channeling her inner Jack the Ripper?

The ebook is currently available from: Amazon, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada, and Smashwords.

The paperback will be released soon.

Here's the synopsis:

In the race to the North Pole, who will become the victor, and who will fall to the ravages of the Cold Beneath? Phillip Syntax is the world's best biomechanic with a checkered past of betrayal and lost love. When given a chance at redemption by the celebrated soldier Gideon Lightbridge, how can he refuse? This ill-fated expedition turns from daring to disastrous when their airship, the Northern Fancy, crashes in the far and frozen north, leaving the crew stranded without hope. But that isn't the worst of it. One by one the dead crew members arise from the cold ashes to seek the warmth of the living, and it becomes every man for himself in an effort not to join the ranks of the revenants.

"I loved this book. Tonia Brown captures the feel and tone of Jules Verne and other writers of that era with an elegance and modern accessibility of prose that just amazed me. Did I mention I love this book?" ~ Dana Fredsti, author of PLAGUE TOWN and PLAGUE NATION

"Engaging from the first and captivating to the last, The Cold Beneath is infused with an originality that goes beyond just the blending of zombies and steampunk - which in itself is cool as hell." ~ David Dunwoody, author of EMPIRE'S END

"The Cold Beneath mixes gothic horror, steampunk, and high adventure into a tale full of colorful characters, mystery, and enough creepy imagery to keep you shivering under your covers all night long. Tonia Brown has given us a new vision of zombie terror, and it will chill you to the bone." ~ Patrick D'Orazio, author of COMES THE DARK

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

5 Years - 100,000 Sales

Time to celebrate.

Books of the Dead Press has reached two milestones at the same time.

Milestone #1 - The company was created in December, 2009, making this month our 5 year anniversary.


Milestone #2 - We have now sold 100,000 units.


To celebrate these two milestones we have slashed our ebook prices. For the next week or so almost every title we have will either be 99¢ or completely free. If you would like to shop from Amazon, check out our Amazon store HERE. If you would like to shop from Smashwords, check out our Smashwords page HERE. Links for the other retailers, such as Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iTunes, etc… can be found HERE & HERE.

Here's a list of the titles you can download for free 
(but they might not be free on Amazon… Amazon play by their own rules):

Steve Kuhn - We Are The Plague
John L. French – Paradise Denied
James Roy Daley - Zombie Kong
James Roy Daley Authors & Publishers Must Die!
James Roy Daley - 13 Drops Of Blood
Matt Hults - Anything Can Be Dangerous
Gary Brandner - The Howling II
Gary Brandner - The Howling III
Best New Zombie Tales (Vol. 1)
Best New Zombie Tales (Vol. 2)
Best New Zombie Tales (Vol. 3)
Best New Vampire Tales (Vol. 1)
Classic Vampire Tales
Zombie Kong Anthology

Here's a list of the titles you can download for 99¢:

JC Michael - Discoredia
Darren O. Godfrey - Apathetic Flesh
Tonia Brown - Lucky Stiff: Zombie Gigolo
Steve Kuhn - We Are The End
Steve Kuhn - We Are The Extinction
Steve Kuhn - We Are The Entombed
Steve Kuhn - We Are The Infected
Weston Kincade - A Life of Death: Book 2
Weston Kincade - A Life of Death: Book 1
Duncan McGeary - Blood of Gold
Duncan McGeary - Rule of Vampire
Duncan McGeary - Death of an Immortal
Justin Robinson - Undead On Arrival
Duncan McGeary - Led to the Slaughter
TS Alan - The Romero Strain
John F.D. Taff - Kill/Off
Julie Hutchings - Running Home
John F.D. Taff - The Bell Witch
Justin Robinson - Everyman
Mark Matthews - On the Lips of Children
Bracken MacLeod - Mountain Home
Tonia Brown - Badass Zombie Road Trip
Gary Brandner - The Howling
James Roy Daley - Into Hell
James Roy Daley - Terror Town
James Roy Daley - The Dead Parade
Matt Hults - Husk
Tim Lebbon - Berserk
John F.D. Taff - Little Deaths
Paul Kane - Pain Cages
Best New Werewolf Tales (Vol. 1)

Thanks everyone, for supporting Books of the Dead Press for the past 5 years!!

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Monday, December 8, 2014

New Release: Duncan McGeary - THE DEAD SPEND NO GOLD: Bigfoot and the California Gold Rush

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

THE DEAD SPEND NO GOLD: Bigfoot and the California Gold Rush by Duncan McGeary.

Duncan McGeary, author of Death of an Immortal, Rule of Vampire, and Blood of Gold, has been hard at work these days, writing books quicker than I can publish them. His newest title, The Dead Spend No Gold: Bigfoot and the California Gold Rush, is a stand alone novel that takes place after  the events in his book Led to the Slaughter: The Donner Party Werewolves.

The title is currently available as an ebook, and it can be purchased from Amazon, Amazon Canada, Amazon UK, and Smashwords.

Here's the synopsis:

Virginia Reed survived the Donner Party Werewolves only to find herself in a life and death struggle with a creature out of nightmares. When gold is discovered, California becomes flooded with miners who push Indian tribes from their lands, or kill them if they refuse to leave. But there is a creature in the mountains that won’t be so easily removed, who reacts to the invasion of his territory by slaying everyone who trespasses.

“Duncan McGeary is an accomplished writer who knows how to tell a great story.” 
~ Mike Richardson, Emmy award winning producer and founder of Dark Horse Comics

“There’s monsters in them thar hills, and the weird west was never wilder. ‘The Dead Spend No Gold’ is a fine tale to be spun around some High Sierra campfire—as long as you don’t mind lying awake all night, wondering what that sound was off there in the trees…” 
~ Jim Cornelius, Frontier Partisans

Buy The Dead Spend No Gold: Bigfoot and the California Gold Rush: Amazon/Amazon CanadaAmazon UK / Smashwords

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Friday, November 28, 2014

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After nearly 5 years of publishing, we finally sent out our first newsletter. It was short and sweet and written specifically for our subscribers; the response so far has been excellent.

If you've emailed Books of the Dead Press in the past, by default, you've ended up on the mailing list. Unsubscribing is easy, if anyone cares to do it. But for the record, I can't see myself sending out an annoying amount of email; it's just not in my nature.

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