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Cutting the Bloodline 800 (1)Innovation, invention, the desire to be more than we are, these are traits that make us human, right?

But as our species has progressed, medicine and science have increasingly bashed heads with our sense of humanity.

There are strict moral guidelines drawn; what can be done, what can’t be done, so that we can stop ourselves from going too far. But what is too far, and who has the authority to decide that?

If science can help a desperate couple have a child, or allow them to choose a gender that won’t inherit an hereditary disease, shouldn’t we be able to stop their suffering?

And if you can choose a disease-free life for your child, would you want to eradicate a pre-disposition to obesity, or stupidity, or ugliness? Homosexuality? Wouldn’t that make their life easier too? After all, we all want the absolute best for our children.

I think we can all agree, a line needs to be drawn. But, I bet, every person you asked, would draw it in a different place.

So, if you could, what traits would you choose to eradicate?

Cutting the Bloodline is set in a future Britain that has successfully extinguished the criminal gene. With no crime, people are safe on the streets, even after dark. They can return to that nostalgic, golden era when everyone left their front doors unlocked. They can trust everyone they meet, implicitly. Does that sound good? Let me ask you this; what would you sacrifice for a world without crime?

As science moves forward, the genetic selection question has become more important, more prevelant, more controversial. In Cutting the Bloodline, I push it to the extreme. What happens when we choose scientific advancement over our own sense of humanity?

Humans have never managed to completely move beyond judging people based on their genetic makeup, valuing them by it, even fearing them for it. Could you abandon your newborn baby because it carries the criminal gene? Could you abort it? How about if you knew keeping it would mean daily abuse, violence, and exclusion from the people you once called neighbours and friends. Even family.

The idea of a criminal gene may be mere fantasy right now, but such dilemmas are real.

The desire to be more than we are, that’s a trait that makes us human, right? But can we ever find perfection? And what are we willing to sacrifice for it?

This Book Cannot Bring Down a Government – But it is the Story of One That Can

Originally written as a stageplay five years ago, Cutting the Bloodline is the debut novella from British horror and fantasy author Angeline Trevena.

Released on Kindle on May 12th, this adult dystopian thriller follows magazine journalist Kenton Hicks as he sets out to change the world.

Born and bred in a rural corner of Devon, Angeline now lives among the breweries and canals of central England, with her husband, their son, and a somewhat neurotic cat. She’s been writing since she was old enough to hold a pen, and has several short stories published in various anthologies and magazines.

After spending her formative years on the stage, she graduated in 2003 with a BA Hons Degree in Drama and Writing. While at university, she decided that her future lay in writing words, rather than performing them.

Cutting the Bloodline is set in a future Britain where people are tested for the criminal gene, where carriers are outcast, and babies testing positive are aborted. Kenton simply wants to gather the stories of those who have suffered, but as his book gathers pace, and he investigates further, he finds that the crime free-utopia they enjoy was sold to them on a lie.

While the government fight to protect that lie, there are others determined to expose it, by whatever means. Kenton finds himself pulled between everyone else’s agenda, while his own motivations start to become a little confused. But his book has the power to start a civil war, and he needs to figure out who’s on his side.

Tony Benson, author of dystopian thriller, An Accident of Birth, said “Cutting The Bloodline is a vivid portrayal of a scarily real future, and the man who risks his life to expose the truth. Insightful, original, imaginative, and a great read.”

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Buy the book from Amazon: http://authl.it/B00W3AP0VY

Angeline Trevena’s website: http://www.angelinetrevena.co.uk

Cutting the Bloodline – The Blurb

Not everyone is born innocent.

A generation of defective children were abandoned. They grew up on the fringes, without rights, without a way to change their fate.

Journalist Kenton Hicks is driven to tell their stories, but these are not stories everyone wants told. As he digs deeper, he finds that the discovery of the criminal gene, the foundation of their crime-free utopia, isn’t quite the salvation it promised to be.

Armed with a book that could bring down the government, Kenton finds the country’s future in his hands.

Some see him as a saviour, others as a traitor. It’s time for him to choose which he will become.

Angeline Trevena: Bio

Angeline Trevena 800Angeline Trevena was born and bred in a rural corner of Devon, but now lives among the breweries and canals of central England. She is a horror and fantasy writer, poet and journalist. Cutting the Bloodline is her debut novella, and she has several short stories published in various anthologies and magazines.

In 2003 she graduated from Edge Hill University, Lancashire, with a BA Hons degree in Drama and Writing. During this time she decided that her future lay in writing words rather than performing them.

The most unlikely of horror writers, Angeline is scared of just about everything, and still can’t sleep in a fully dark room. She goes weak at the sight of blood, can’t share a room with a spider, but does have a streak of evil in her somewhere.

Some years ago she worked at an antique auction house and religiously checked every wardrobe that came in to see if Narnia was in the back of it. She’s still not given up looking for it.

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JournalStoneHappy Spring!  Warm (or warmer at least) weather has finally come. Hopefully you’re taking the time to bask in the sun and enjoy a JournalStone Book while you’re soaking up the rays.

I have to lead off this month with an admission of error.  In last month’s newsletter, I displayed the books that were being released in March, but I mentioned the April releases in this column.  My sincerest apologies go to the authors whose works I neglected to mention. I hope that you give these books a look. I know you’ll enjoy them. I know I did. First of all, we had  Black Water by Bobby Norman. It’s a tale of witchcraft and revenge in the swamps of the Louisiana bayou. You won’t want to miss this one. We also had  Loonies by Gregory Bastianelli. I can honestly say that this one will keep you guessing right up to the very last page, with an ending that you just won’t see coming. This one is a must read.

This month sees the return of Matt Rowley in Patrick Freivald’s Black Tide. I know many of you got to know Matt Rowley in Jade Sky. If you’ve been anxiously waiting the next book in the saga, I’m happy to let you know that your wait is over. We also are proud to release Benjamin Kane Ethridge’s Divine Scream, a dark tale sure to please. If you’ve read any of Benjamin Kane Ethridge’s other work, you know that he is a master story teller, spinning a web that will hold you under its spell until you can’t take it anymore, and then will leave you wanting more.

As usual, I can’t let you go without making sure you know about our current issue of Dark Discoveries Magazine. Incredible original fiction by authors such as Celia Tan combined with great feature articles, columns, and book reviews make this a must have.  And…if you like this issue, why not go ahead and be a subscriber. That way you won’t miss any of the amazing things we’ll pack into future issues.

Until next month…
Russ Thompson
Public Relations/Marketing

NEW JOURNALSTONE RELEASES FOR APRIL

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1ImageProxy.mvcBlack Tide
A Matt Rowley Novel
by Patrick Freivald

Matt Rowley – super human strength, unnaturally fast reflexes, enhanced senses – augmentation is something that he will have to learn to live with, for the rest of his life.

As cults spring up in worship of the demonic beings freed by the last of the nephilim, the United States calls on Matt Rowley to meet the threat. His unnatural powers returning with every passing day, Matt becomes the only weapon able to withstand eldritch forces older than time and darker than the blackest sea.

When his wife and infant son are taken in a violent attack on his hometown, Matt falls into a vast conspiracy that could destroy his family and his very soul.

They want Matt Rowley’s powers and will kill everyone to get them.

Enter to win Black Tide

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

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by Benjamin Kane Ethridge

For Jared Kare, every part of life is terrifying. He relies heavily on his friends and family for everything in his day to day existence. So when he is confronted by a banshee who would soon herald his death, Jared finds a new type of terror.

There are things much worse than dying though.

Jared has been given as a gift to the Assembly, a demonic group who hunger to possess and torture him forever. Will the banshee save him from the assembly, watch him die, or both?

Love can be found in the most unlikely places, but nothing can be accomplished without a great deal of luck, and sacrifice.

COMING NEXT MONTH FROM JOURNALSTONE

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2ImageProxy.mvcHe Who Walks in Shadow
by Brett J. Talley

The Incendium Maleficarum has been lost and Carter Weston presumed dead, but the story of That Which Should Not Be is only just beginning. Now Carter’s only daughter, Rachel Jones, and his oldest friend, Henry Armitage, must embark on an epic journey that will take them from the hell-blasted Tunguska forest to the catacombs of Paris to the shores of the Scottish Isles.

They are in a race against time, for in France, strange murders and whispers of occult rituals herald the rise of an ancient evil bent on plunging the world into eternal darkness.

It is up to Rachel and Henry to learn Carter’s fate, recover the Incendium Maleficarum, and perhaps even save the world.

 

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by Gary A. Braunbeck

One moment, Robert Londrigan is a rising-star newscaster, devoted husband, and expectant father; the next, he’s a widower in a morgue, staring at gaping holes in his daughter’s body where surgeons have harvested every useful scrap of her organs and tissue.  The rock-bottom falls out from under his life when a disfigured man knocks Robert out and steals what’s left of her tiny corpse out from under his nose, and leaves a gruesome surprise waiting for him back home.

Robert’s search for the disfigured man leads him through a rapidly-fragmenting reality into a chiaroscuro world and the discovery that neither his wife nor his daughter are who he thought they were.

Gary A. Braunbeck’s work has earned 7 Bram Stoker Awards, an International Horror Guild Award, 3 Shocker Awards, a Black Quill Award and a World Fantasy Award nomination.

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Dark Bride Cover ImageHOLY HORROR: AN ASSISTANT PASTOR COMBATS SUPERNATURAL EVIL
Jonathan Ryan’s Highly Anticipated Sequel Dark Bride
Publication Date: April 21, 2015

Open Road Media is pleased to announce the highly anticipated second book in the 3 Gates of the Dead series by Jonathan Ryan: Dark Bride.

Assistant pastor Aidan Schaeffer has been chosen to be a part of the Order of the Five Sorrows, a group dedicated to fighting evil with the use of holy objects present at Christ’s crucifixion. But before he can come to terms with his destiny, Aidan must destroy the Dark Bride—and stop the Grinning Man at all cost. But not everyone will survive the horrific battle to come…

Expertly combining elements of horror, humor, and Ryan’s own Christian religion, Dark Bride is a terrifying thriller that will keep you up all night trying to finish it—and because you are too scared to go to sleep.

Jonathan Ryan is an editor at Ave Maria Press in Notre Dame, Indiana and writes for the renowned interfaith site Pantheos.com. He is a member of the Horror Writers Association and a Benedictine oblate novice with St. Meinrad Archabbey.

Advance Praise for Dark Bride

“For those who like to mix deep theological debate with full-throttle horror. A whole new level of suspense and good old-fashioned, keep-the-lights-on-all-night fear!” —Robert Masello, best-selling author of The Romanov Cross

“In Jonathan Ryan’s Dark Bride—a tale steeped in the fantastic and simmered in faith, a book as terrifying as it is profound—Dan Brown collides with Stephen King collides with St. Augustine.” —Jack Slay Jr., author of Sleeping Policeman

“In Dark Bride, Jonathan Ryan successfully knits religion, demonology and suspense to produce a tapestry of excitement and originality that will please any fan of the genre.” —Andrew Neiderman, author of The Devil’s Advocate and Terrorist’s Holiday

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itfollowsRADiUS proudly announced today that the company is going wide with their smash success IT FOLLOWS. One of the best-reviewed films of the year will expand to 1,200 theaters on Friday. Bolstered by strong word of mouth and critical acclaim, audiences came in droves on opening weekend – Friday, 13th – earning the film $160,089 in just four locations for a per theater average of $40,022. IT FOLLOWS had the best limited opening for a horror film since PARANORMAL ACTVITY, boasting 94% on Rotten Tomatoes and garnering over $600,000 in box office to date.

IT FOLLOWS was written and directed by David Robert Mitchell and features an up and coming ensemble cast that includes Maika Monroe (THE GUEST, THE 5th WAVE) in the lead role.

Monroe plays 19-year-old Jay, who, after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, suddenly finds herself plagued by nightmarish visions. She can’t shake the sensation that someone, or something, is following her.

As the threat closes in, Jay and her friends must somehow escape the horrors that are only a few steps behind.

IT FOLLOWS will be available on VOD and DVD later this year after its theatrical run.

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Wolfish words: How the wolf has influenced common sayings

Humans and wolves have a long and storied past. These majestic, fearsome creatures have influenced our folklore as well as our common language.

In celebrating the release of The Wolf at War, the final book in my werewolf trilogy, I look at a few sayings derived from our relationship with wolves.

Keep the Wolves at Bay

The phrase “to keep the wolves at bay” refers to a time when baying wolves were a sign that wolves were still in the distance. The idea is that when wolves are still in pursuit, they are not yet ready to attack. Sometimes shorted to keeping something “at bay,” this also refers to hunting dogs that bay while in pursuit of quarry. Keeping something “at bay” is a temporary measure of safety.

Lone Wolf

Lone wolf is an American expression that began in the early 1900s. A “lone wolf” is a person who acts alone or enjoys his or her own company—and not being part of the pack. The phrase persists in popular culture today. Lone Wolf is the title of a 1988 horror film, and Lone Wolf McQuade is the title of a Chuck Norris action flick from 1983. The phrase is used in the title of numerous books, many quite recent.

NOTE: While not the original meaning, it’s important to note that “lone wolf’ has political meaning as well. A “lone wolf” can be a member of a terrorist group that acts alone, such as a member of the KKK.

Cry Wolf

The phrase, which means to cause undue alarm, is derived from the Aesop fable, The boy who cried wolf, in which a young herded cries ‘wolf’ repeatedly because he is lonely. When the real wolf shows, no one believes him, and he’s …in trouble.

Cry wolf is a common phrase today and has inspired the names of at least three films: the 1947-murder-mystery Cry Wolf, the 1983 film Never Cry Wolf (based on an autobiography of the same name), and Cry Wolf, a slasher from 2005.

Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

The idiom “a wolf in sheep’s clothing” has Biblical origins. Ancient Greek fables offer warnings similar to those offered in the Bible. Today, the phrase serves as a warning against anyone with a friendly face and malicious intent.

The popular phrase has its own Tumblr page and is a popular inspiration for tattoos.

 

Human fear of wolves has driven this relative of the much-beloved dog from large swaths of its former range. In fact, the wolf was completely driven from the UK during the 19th Century. However, much of the danger of wolves is mythology, akin to the werewolf. Wolf fact can be found here.

Synopsis:
Ilene Rune has lived with a secret for 21 years that threatens to destroy her marriage, her life, and all of humanity. But how can she tell her son, Alec, that his new boyfriend, Jared, may be part of that secret?
Investigating a brutal murder, Detective Lance Herald enters a dark world of fairy tales and fantasy—that shakes his belief in what is possible and imagined.
Lucy Rune cannot fathom what happened the night one brother was slaughtered and the other critically wounded—but she does know, her boyfriend, Rene, who was also attacked is changing.
Geraldine Bloom, Alec’s grandmother, has the gift of foresight, and has waited for years for the evil that wants her grandson to come for him.
Alec Rune wakes from a coma to learn his twin brother has been murdered—and that he is the only witness. But he remembers nothing of the night.
Werewolves, genetics, and a thrilling murder mystery intertwine in this “multi-layered and unpredictable” (Christine Coretti) horror novel that builds to “an absolutely epic ending” (thegayUK.com).

Excerpt from The Wolf at His Door:

“Sam, did you hear something,” Celeste’s urgent voice echoed to him through his valley of sleep.

He shook his head, his eyes still closed and voice groggy. “Nope.” Outside, something grunted. At least, it seemed like a grunt. Sam leaned up on an elbow. Celeste’s urgency now washing over into him. “Shhh.”He whispered. He lay still in the bed, listening. The lake clawed at the shore, desperate to pull the rocks under the surface. The wind picked up, rattling across the cabin. March could be brutal.

“I think it’s just the wind,” he offered.

“No,” Celeste whispered to him. “Listen.” Again, they fell quiet. The grunting sound returned but with labored breathing. The sound intensified, as if the origin of the sound were much closer now—perhaps just outside the window by which they lay. The motion-sensor security light broke the night, and chalky light seeped under the closed curtains, dripping down the wall. Sam cast his eyes up, aching to see beyond the pulled curtains.

Sam clenched Celeste’s arm and mouthed Don’t Move.

Celeste held her position.

Slowly, through their disbelief, the sound became distinguishable. The heaves were the heavy breathing of a large animal—but there were no large predators in the area. No cougars. No bears. Certainly no lions. Not even alligators. Sam’s mind muddled with thoughts of what it could not be. Maybe it’s a stray dog. A fox? At best a coyote.

A shadow moved outside the window. Sam could not discern the shape of the animal; it appeared to stand on two feet. His first thought was of a mutant creature from the nuclear power plant, but decided that ridiculous. Mostly, anyway.

Celeste clamped her hand around Sam’s forearm. A mammoth shadow fell across the window. She felt fear growing inside her like a strangling vine, unyielding no matter how hard she tried to cut it back.

The shadow passed.

“Shit,” Sam muttered.

Celeste felt the vine wither, releasing her chest, and she breathed. “Fuck.”

Sam tossed the covers off and turned to face the window. If the thing was still around, he wanted to get a good look.

“Careful, Sam,” Celeste whispered.

Sam inched the curtains apart. The security light illuminated the yard. Beyond that the gray sky shed little ambient light. He could see nothing in the yard. At the edge of the yard, he heard the lake crash against the rocks. Sam turned to face Celeste. “I can’t see anything. It’s gone.”

“Good. Want a beer?”

“Sure. I can’t sleep anyway.” Sam watched Celeste as she crossed the bedroom to grab her shirt.

“Sam,” she said then bit off her sentence. Her jaw slacked and her eyes rounded. Sam sensed the presence of the beast behind him even before he felt the window glass pelt his bare back. He felt the claws shred the flesh and muscle of his shoulders as he was lifted off the bed and pulled through the shattered window into the cold night air.

“Sam!” Celeste screamed, looking through the vortex of broken glass, broken wood, and blood. The curtain was torn from the wall, the rod dangling like a broken limb. The darkness swirled as cold air met the damp warm air from the house and steam formed a momentary, translucent window.

“Jesus Christ,” Sam pleaded from outside. Heinous growls followed his shrill screams. “Oh, fuck! Help me.”

Celeste backed toward the kitchen then spun and bolted across the floor. She grabbed the telephone. She tapped out 9-1-

“Oh, no, no, no,” she cried as the beast appeared in front of the large bay window, dangling Sam from one large paw. Fear and pain bled his face of life, making him mannequin-like, though he still moaned and slapped at the beast holding him.

Celeste tapped the final one. She heard a reply, “9-1-1 what is your—”

The voice was drowned out by the sound of crashing glass as the beast hurtled Sam through the large bay window and retreated into the darkness.

“Sam,” Celeste screeched. His body landed in a contorted heap on the kitchen floor. Celeste stepped toward him. She heard a small voice beside her.

“Hello? Do you need help?”

Celeste placed the phone on the counter and stepped toward Sam. “Help me,” he muttered. “God, it hurts.”

“Oh no,” Celeste moaned as her eyes fell on Sam’s torn body. Both of his arms were nearly severed from his torso. Deep claw marks formed chasms across his chest and stomach. Half of his face dangled from the bone. How can I stop the bleeding? She stumbled to him and knelt by his side. A thunderous howl pierced the night. Celeste turned her eyes to the broken bay window. She stood slowly. Celeste backed away from Sam, casting her eyes down to him, pleading forgiveness, as she left him bleeding and tortured on the floor. From a knife rack on the counter, she grabbed a butcher knife.

With her other hand, Celeste grabbed the phone. “Send help…”

“Miss, I have dispatched police. What is the nature of your emergency?”

“Fuckmotherfuck.” Celeste replied and dropped the phone.

For the first time, the beast came into full view as it leaped through the bay window. Amid the spraying glass, Celeste caught glimpses of fur and fang. The creature ducked behind the counter, out of sight.

With Sam.

“Sam?” Celeste choked.

The beast raised into view, dragging Sam by his neck. Blood flowed down the length of his body. His jeans had turned dirty red with blood. He neared unconsciousness. “Drop him, you fuck.” Celeste ordered, pointing the knife toward the beast.

In defiance, the beast lifted Sam, bringing his neck closer to its jaws. Its long snout gaped open, revealing spiked teeth. The teeth clamped around Sam’s neck. A geyser of blood erupted from his neck, spraying the beast’s face. Sam gurgled once, before the skin on his neck split, and his head fell backward, dangling by one sinew.

Celeste whipped the knife across the room and bolted for the bedroom. Slamming the door, Celeste hopped onto the bed and out the broken window. Her first thought was to dart toward the car. After one step she froze. The idea was flawed on two counts: she had no keys and she would have to run past the bay window.

She was left with one option: the lake.

The frosty grass chilled her feet as she bolted across the wet lawn, her eyes and mind focused on the lake. Celeste spun to face the cabin. The silhouette of the beast was illuminated in the bay window. It held Sam’s torn torso between its two great paws. Its head cocked, eyes locking on Celeste. Burning like twin green comets, its eyes glimmered and blurred as it tore toward her, its enormous, muscular body springing through the window. As Celeste turned, she saw the faint outline of a car—a large black sedan—that did not belong. It was parked in the edge of the trees by the lake, nearly hidden. The image just whirred past her eyes as she spun and refocused her attention on the lake.

Falling over the rocks, Celeste flung herself into the cold lake waters. The shock pulled the breath from her lungs and her skin felt—for an instant—as though it burned. She choked in a breath and forced her limbs to move, swimming from shore. The beast lunged into sight, alighting on the rocky shore; it crouched, watching her paddle just beyond its reach. Celeste took shallow, quick breaths in the cold water. She felt the cold seeping into her.

She prayed for the police to arrive. How long could it take? A cramp contorted her feet. Celeste continued her labored paddling. She knew she couldn’t stay in the water for long. Hysteria swirled in her mind like a fog: Sam is dead. I’m facing a monster. She lost the sensation in her fingers. How long had it been?

Splitting the night with a howl, the beast bounded from the rocks, disappearing over the edge of the rocky shore. Waves splashed over her face, and Celeste realized she was slowly sinking. Her lethargic arms beat against the icy waters. The cramp in her foot crawled up her calf; she wouldn’t be able to swim for long. The cold was winning. Celeste wasn’t sure how long she waited, but in the burning cold water, it felt like an eternity.

Like mist settling over the water, Celeste heard the distant cry of sirens. She forced her burning arms to pull her toward the shore. She treaded water for a moment, forcing her mind to forget the terrible cold and focus. Were the sirens really coming?

Certain she heard sirens in the distance, Celeste stroked toward the shore. She could not feel the sharp edges as she clasped her rigid fingers to the rocks. She laid her head against one of the large, gray rocks. Arms stiff, she hoisted herself onto the slippery rocks. Her chest heaved, coloring the night gray. She would wait for the police, she told herself, safely near the water.

In a brown blur, the beast leaped from beyond the rocks, lashing its massive paw at her. Celeste felt its claws snag her arm. Fighting, she pulled away. She heard the ripping, not totally aware what was happening as she fell backward into the icy waters.

Searing pain shot through her shoulder and across her chest. She felt her warm blood flow into the water. It was too dark, but she knew the water was painted red with her blood. The beast looked at her a moment, its lips snarled in what she perceived as a smile. It vanished again, dropping her twitching arm on the rocky shore.

As the police lights came into view, Celeste’s eyes sank beneath the lake surface. She bobbed up, whispering weakly, “Over here,” before her face slide beneath the water a final time.

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Author Bio:

2014_head_shot_smallAdrian W. Lilly is the author of the novels The Devil You Know, Red Haze, and The Runes Trilogy: The Wolf at His Door, The Wolf in His Arms, and The Wolf at War. His short fiction and poetry have been published in Hello Horror, 69 Flavors of Paranoia, Nervehouse and The Weekly among other publications. He can be found online at www.adrianlilly.com.

He is a fan of Gothic suspense movies and novels, which greatly influence his writing. Adrian’s writing focuses on strong character development and the nuances of fear that build toward horror. The mansion in his first novel, The Devil You Know, was inspired by the grand mansions in the Victorian neighborhood where he lives.

Adrian writes novels, short stories, and poetry and has spent many years as a copywriter in the advertising industry. In addition, Adrian has directed two short films and co-directed a feature-length sci-fi comedy.

My website: www.adrianlilly.com

Facebook: facebook.com/adrianwlilly

Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AdrianLilly

Twitter: @AdrianLilly1

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6545875.Adrian_Lilly

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Hello all. I hope that those of you who are reading this in the eastern two thirds of the United States and Canada haven’t gone stir crazy from all of the snow you received in February. At least there is one bright spot to being stuck in the house as the snow piled up outside. You were able to download and read all of the wonderfully scary books on offer from JournalStone and Bizarro Pulp Press. At least I hope that’s how you spent your winter of discontent. Hopefully March will finally bring you some long awaited relief. If it makes you feel any better, we’ve had a wonderful winter here in California.

As usual, we’ve got some great books for you this month, and I hope you give them a try. From JournalStone, we have two books from authors that just keep getting better and better. Patrick Frievald’s Black Tide continues the saga of augmented super agent Matt Rowley, while Benjamin Kane Ethridge’s Divine Scream will keep you on the edge of your seat. We also have Songs of the Satyrs, a collection of short stories dedicated entirely to the robust creatures of earthly pleasures edited by Dark Discoveries‘ very own Aaron J. French. Our Bizarro Pulp Press imprint will be releasing Beyond the Great, Bloody, Bruised, and Silent Veil of this World by Jason Krall.

It was brought to my attention that in my last newsletter, I incorrectly stated that several JournalStone books and stories had been nominated for Bram Stoker Awards by the Horror Writers Association. These works were indeed on the preliminary ballot. Now, however, I have the distinct honor of letting you know that the following works are indeed on the final ballot list:

Superior Achievement in a Novel
Patrick Freivald
Jade Sky

Superior Achievement in Long Fiction
Joe R. Lansdale
– Fishing for Dinosaurs, Limbus, Inc., Book II)
Jonathan Maberry – Three Guys Walk Into a Bar, Limbus, Inc., Book II
Joe McKinney – Lost and Found, Limbus, Inc., Book II

Superior Achievement in an Anthology
Brett J. TalleyLimbus, Inc., Book II

Congratulations to the nominees who have allowed JournalStone to publish their works.

I hope that spring finally comes to those of you who have had such a brutal winter. While you wait for the warmer temperatures that will melt the snow that has imprisoned you for so long, light a fire, grab a warm drink, and read your favorite JournalStone book.

Until next month…

Russ Thompson

Public Relations/Marketing

NEW JOURNALSTONE RELEASES FOR MARCH
Get the following titles, as well as many other exciting offerings, at JournalStone BookStore.

Black Water
by Bobby Norman

Conceived in the black water swamps of Louisiana, her life was ripped from the womb of death and destruction. Her appearance was mostly human, a ruse planned far in advance. The swamp, her home, was a bubbling cesspool of superstition, suspicion, and accusation. She was a foul, sour presence, more creature than human, a thing so vile and loathsome that her name alone sent cold fear down the spine.

She had a name and everyone knew it, but to mention it was to invite her in. She preferred being alone, but wasn’t above capturing some poor soul too stupid to know any better.

As evil as she was, she knew love, but a man by the name of Hubert Lusaw killed what she loved.

He probably shouldn’t have done that.


Loonies
by Gregory Bastianelli

Smokey Hollow is a quiet town, but all that changes when Brian Keays moves in and discovers a locked steamer trunk in the attic of his home.

A suspicious fire destroys a mental asylum, but there is no sign of any of its inhabitants. Victims are found dead with a pillowcase over their heads, the same method used in an unsolved series of murders, committed over fifty years ago.

Brian tries to piece together the connection to the trunk and its grisly contents, his investigation aided by anonymous notes. He follows the trail from a ventriloquist firefighter whose dummy knows more than its puppeteer, to a Somnambulist whose pockets contain clues, and to a Knackerman who disposes of animal carcasses but keeps a container with its own mysterious contents.

Death is everywhere, but answers are hard to come by.

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Matt Rowley – super human strength, unnaturally fast reflexes, enhanced senses – augmentation is something that he will have to learn to live with, for the rest of his life.

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For Jared Kare, every part of life is terrifying. He relies heavily on his friends and family for everything in his day to day existence. So when he is confronted by a banshee who would soon herald his death, Jared finds a new type of terror.

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The-Burning-DeadTHE BURNING DEAD (formerly VOLCANO ZOMBIES), the new zombie/disaster feature co-starring Danny Trejo, arrives March 3rd on digital and VOD from Uncork’d Entertainment with the DVD hitting the street on April 7th. Written and produced by Jeff Miller and Jason Ancona (co-writers and producers of AXE GIANT: THE WRATH OF PAUL BUNYAN), the director is Rene Perez (THE DEAD AND THE DAMNED 1 & 2).

THE BURNING DEAD is about a sheriff who must rescue an estranged family from a volcano eruption and fight off a horde of lava-filled zombies that have shot out of the mountain, brought to life by a curse.

Other cast includes Tom Downey (AXE GIANT, SORORITY PARTY MASSACRE), Moniqua Plante (“Nashville”), Robert F. Lyons (DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW, 10 TO MIDNIGHT), Nicole Cummins (LOGAN), Kevin Norman (“Melissa & Joey”), Kyle T. Heffner (RUNAWAY TRAIN, “Bizarro George” from “Seinfeld”), Julia Lehman (CHEERLEADER MASSACRE 2), Tom Nagel (HILLSIDE CANNIBALS), Jenny Lin (PIRANHACONDA), Robert Amstler (ALIEN SHOWDOWN), and Morgan Lester (JOHN CARTER).

Trejo plays a Native American warrior who knows perhaps too much about the cursed mountain range.

THE BURNING DEAD filmed in several locations over three states, including around active volcanoes in Lassen Volcanic National Park, California.

Miller’s and Ancona’s companies produced, along with casting director and co-producer Mark Sikes. Mel Lewis (THE BEAST OF BRAY ROAD) composed the score.

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