Saturday, December 13, 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 12, 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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Wednesday, December 10, 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.

CRACK THE CHAMPAGNE! 

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

CRACK ANOTHER BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE!

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

Sign up for the BOOKS OF THE DEAD PRESS newsletter!

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.

If you missed out on our first newsletter, don't cry. Simply sign up now.

The next email comes with free goodies.






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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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