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CHAIN OF EVIL Book Release

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Chain of Evil: The JournalStone Guide to Writing Darkness, by Dr. Michael R. Collings, approaches the question of writing from multiple directions. The essays in this volume range from the abstract and philosophical to the concrete and specific; from reminiscences as they relate to the art of writing to near-scholarly studies of the nature of genre, in particular horror; and from general discussions of literary forms and what they can achieve to practical advice on where to place commas, exclamation marks, and quotation marks.

Dr. Collings’ expertise emerges from nearly thirty years teaching writing and composition at the university level, gaining acclaim as an astute voice in science-fiction, fantasy, and horror studies, as well as from the more than one hundred books—novels, scholarship, collections of poetry and short fiction, criticism, and bibliographies—he has published over the past four decades.

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The Horror ReviewSAN FRANCISCO, August 29, 2014 – JournalStone Publishing (JSP) President, Christopher C. Payne is pleased to announce the acquisition of the award winning site, HorrorReview.com – Home of the world’s best reviews for Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy.

The Horror Review Site was one of the first Horror, Science Fiction, and Fantasy movie review websites. Started in March of 1999, the site only featured genre reviews in a short format to make for the on the go reader. In 2002 the format changed to the longer basic reviews, featured more content such as book reviews, interviews, and essays. The crew also grew as the sites creator, Horror Bob (Robert L. Brodmerkel) had a staff that featured members of the film industry, college professors, mega fans and even fiction writers. The site respectfully ended its run in 2013, after thirteen years on the internet. Now it will rise from the grave, being reanimated by the fine folks at JournalStone Publishing.

Horror Bob (Robert L. Brodmerkel) is the founder of The Horror Review (horrorreview.com) Now that the touch has been pasted on, his new venture is working on the popular Web series “In Fear Of”. Created by Scott W. Perry (Insatiable, Once, When I was Dead),  and now in it’s second season; each episode of the web series revolves around a  clinical phobia. Robert L. Brodmekel is now a series producer along with Perry and Tony DeBenedetto (Jacob, She Rises). He is also the writer/director of the episode Agoraphobia, the first science fiction entry into the series starring Anne Bobby (Clive Barker’s Nightbreed). For more information on Horror Bob please contact:  Robert L. Brodmerkel (Horror Bob):  Creator: The Horror Review/ Series Producer: In Fear Of Email:  rlabfilms@gmail.com Website: http://infearoftheseries.com

JournalStone Publishing is a dynamic publishing house, focusing in the Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror genres in both the adult and young adult markets. JSP also owns and operates the Hellnotes website, offering daily news and reviews of interest to genre readers and fans, Dark Discoveries Magazine, a slick, full color, distinguished and internationally distributed quarterly magazine and Bizarro Pulp Press, (next big thing in weird) an independent publisher of genre fiction.  We publish in multiple book formats and market our authors on a global level. We are also active with numerous major writer’s groups, including the Horror Writers Association (HWA), and produce a monthly newsletter with a large circulation.

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Front_Cover_Image_Outcast The Double Down series continues with two stories that explore the very different realities of Karen Richard’s life.  The common prologue springboards two talented authors into alternate realities – two stories, two authors, one book.

In John R. Little’s Secrets, Karen Richardson can occasionally stop time.  She is free to move around while others are frozen in time.  She finds the hidden truths of those around her, including her new friend, Bobby Jersey, who may not be all that he seems.  At first it seemed fun, powerful, exhilarating, but in the end Karen’s power may cost her everything she’s ever cared about.

In Mark Allan Gunnells’ Outcast, Karen Richardson is a college freshman dealing with a non-existent social life, a difficult roommate…and the power of telekinesis.  As her powers grow, Karen begins to lose control.  Her new friend Bobby Jersey offers his assistance.  But is he somebody that Karen can trust, or will her abilities destroy everything and everyone she knows and loves.

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Sasha Jackson (‘Til Death, Blue Crush 2, Desolate Road) has joined the cast to perform Cassie Harding, one the lead character roles in “GRIMMERSON MANOR”. A film by Rob Marchitti (Murder-Set-Pieces) Written by Vicky L. Neal (Long Live the Dead)

“GRIMMERSON MANOR” Tells the story of when guests are stranded in a remote hotel during a wind storm, they find themselves at the mercy of an unknown killer determined to murder every last soul. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3651846 and https://www.facebook.com/GrimmersonManor and https://twitter.com/GrimmersonManor

Strong Image Films goal is to produce motion pictures that will entertain, surprise, touch the soul, break new ground and refresh the spirit of true independent filmmaking through provocative story-telling. http://strongimagefilms.com and https://www.facebook.com/StrongImageFilms

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JournalStone Publishing Announces the acquisition of HorrorWorld.org.

BSAN FRANCISCO, August, 2014 – JournalStone Publishing (JSP) President, Christopher C. Payne is pleased to announce the acquisition of the award winning site, HorrorWorld.org – Horror’s #1 Community on the Web.

Horror World originally started out as Masters of Terror run by Andy Fairclough of the UK. The site featured message boards for UK horror authors. Several years later HorrorNet, which featured message boards for US horror authors folded and Andy invited them to MOT. Eventually Andy changed the name to Horror World and ran it successfully for several years before he decided that he wanted to pursue other interests. He posted in August of 2003 that he was going to let the site stay as it was unless he could find a successor. He actually found two – Ron Dickie and Nanci Kalata, with Ron leaving in August, 2005.

Nanci Kalanta: Nanci Kalanta took over Horror World in October of 2003.  She and Ron Dickie moved Horror World from an unhosted free site to its own URL.  Horror World has been nominated twice for a Stoker Award and twice for the Shocklines Shocker Award winning the Shocker in 2005.  Nanci has done marketing work for several NYTimes Bestselling authors and is the Reviews Editor for Cemetery Dance Magazine and will soon be Reviews Editor for Dark Discoveries Magazine.  She Co-Chaired the 2011 Stoker Weekend with Vince Liaguno.

HW Press, Nanci’s publishing company, has published two anthologies and novels by Lucy Snyder, Steven Savile and Matthew Warner.

Nanci lives in her dream location deep in the Shenandoah Valley at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  She currently works from home in an office she shares with her two cats.  She is an avid book collector and reader.

THREE GUYS WALK INTO A BAR
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Joe Ledger teams with Malcolm Crow (from the Pine Deep Trilogy) and Sam Hunter (from Strip Search) to tackle a team experimenting with genetically-engineered werewolves.
***This story is not yet released. It will be included in the anthology, LIMBUS II, available in 2014 from Journalstone Publishing THREE GUYS WALK INTO A BAR
Short Story
Joe Ledger teams with Malcolm Crow (from the Pine Deep Trilogy) and Sam Hunter (from Strip Search) to tackle a team experimenting with genetically-engineered werewolves.
***This story is not yet released. It will be included in the anthology, LIMBUS II, available in 2014 from Journalstone Publishin

JournalStone Publishing is a dynamic publishing house, focusing in the Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror genres in both the adult and young adult markets. JSP also owns and operates the Hellnotes website, offering daily news and reviews of interest to genre readers and fans, Dark Discoveries Magazine, a slick, full color, distinguished and internationally distributed quarterly magazine and Bizarro Pulp Press, (next big thing in weird) an independent publisher of genre fiction.  We publish in multiple book formats and market our authors on a global level. We are also active with numerous major writer’s groups, including the Horror Writers Association (HWA), and produce a monthly newsletter with a large circulation.

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drp-weird-fiction-wwc-1 We are very excited to announce the launch of our latest fiction line: Dark Regions Weird Fiction. This new line will publish exclusively original and unpublished weird fiction, Lovecraftian horror and cosmic horror and will be headed by Brian M. Sammons, one of the co-editors of World War Cthulhu: A Collection of Lovecraftian War Stories.

As with Dark Regions Horror, Fantasy and Sci-Fi, Dark Regions Weird Fiction will have its own respective numbering sequence. World War Cthulhu will be #1 in the Dark Regions Weird Fiction line and designated as such on the spine. All new Dark Regions lines will have a focus on collectible value, ensuring that our customers can display a full matching set of the books from each line on their bookshelves.

Each new line (Dark Regions Horror, Dark Regions Fantasy, Dark Regions Sci-Fi and Dark Regions Weird Fiction) will begin with illustrated anthologies, and we are happy to have World War Cthulhu: A Collection of Lovecraftian War Stories as the illustrated anthology to kick off a very exciting new line for Dark Regions Press!

 

df4683a55b470ad8976fb8.L._V352687790_SX200_Welcome Brian M. Sammons to the Dark Regions Press team!

Brian M. Sammons has been writing reviews on all things horror for more years than he’d care to admit. Wanting to give other critics the chance to ravage his work for a change, he has penned a few short stories that have appeared in such anthologies as Arkham Tales, Horrors Beyond, Monstrous, Dead but Dreaming 2, Horror for the Holidays, Twisted Legends, Mountains of Madness, Deepest Darkest Eden, and others. He has edited the anthologies; Cthulhu Unbound 3, Undead & Unbound, Eldritch Chrome, Edge of Sundown, and Steampunk Cthulhu. For the Call of Cthulhu role-playing game he wrote the book Secrets, has contributed to both Keeper’s Companions, wrote a companion scenario for the Keeper’s Screen, and has had scenarios in the books; Terrors From Beyond, The San Francisco Guidebook, Houses of R’lyeh, Strange Aeons 2, Atomic Age Cthulhu, Island of Ignorance, Punktown, and Doors to Darkness. He is currently far too busy for any sane man.

10shirleyQ&A with John Shirley: What is your story in World War Cthulhu about and what inspired the idea?

I was looking for a fresh Cthulhu angle–it’s quite difficult to get fresh Cthulhu, it takes so much ice to keep it fresh. It occurred to me that Cthulhu has made the Earth his (if it’s a he) domain, his home, for countless ages, and if awakened, would want to defend that home against any threat from Beyond – so Earth’s resources are available for Cthulhu’s own personal convenience. But who will awaken Cthulhu and make the creature aware of the threat? And would Cthulhu have another motivation for acting? What price would he exact from you and me and all humanity? … for his loyalty.

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Loyalty by John Shirley

In Loyalty, John Shirley tells a tale of a stranger in a strange land, a man out of time that awakens to a future where horrors unexpected battle mankind. A deal with a tentacled devil is required to save humanity, but will we really be saved?

 

88525Q&A with Jeffrey Thomas: What is your story in World War Cthulhu about and what inspired the idea?

When I was invited to submit a story for WORLD WAR CTHULHU, I was torn between doing something set in Vietnam, a country I know well and love, or that other place I know well and love, my far-future setting Punktown. I finally opted for the latter, to take the premise of world war to another world. The story involves a Lovecraftian entity of my own invention, which I’ve written about in earlier Punktown stories, mainly in my novel MONSTROCITY. Another inspiration for my story, “Wunderwaffe,” came when the editor of a different anthology invited me to submit a story to his book (which unfortunately I never got around to). The theme was Lovecraftian tomes and grimoires, and I wondered what I could do along those lines that was fresh and different. I hope I succeeded in answering that challenge in “Wunderwaffe.”

The illustration for “Wunderwaffe” by Jeffrey Thomas will be revealed to customers who order World War Cthulhu!

Wunderwaffe by Jeffrey Thomas

On an alien world, in a sprawling city called Paxton, or Punktown, to its residents, war, magic and religion are brought together in a hellish way. Colonial Forces are summoned there to fight something, something they are completely unprepared for.

wwc-front-cover-vincent-chongDark Regions Press gets weird

After the success of WORLD WAR CTHULHU, Dark Regions Press has announced their new Weird Fiction line of which WWC will be its premier release. In addition, I am thrilled and proud to say that I will be the Managing Editor of Dark Regions Weird Fiction. Yes, that means more Cthulhu Mythos anthologies will be in the works, but I’m looking to expand even further into the macabre for this new line. DRP:WF will also be publishing novels and a new series of novellas to complement our anthologies. Furthermore, Weird Fiction means more than just the works of H.P. Lovecraft. While we will only accept original and unpublished work for this line, I will be looking for tales in the flavor of classic authors such as Robert W. Chambers, William Hope Hodgson, Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard, Arthur Machen, and Algernon Blackwood, as well as those that took what came before and expanded on it like Robert Bloch, Ramsey Campbell, and Brian Lumley. Then on to modern masters like Neil Gaiman, T. E. D. Klein, Thomas Ligotti, China Miéville, and Laird Barron. That’s just a sampler of the strange that interests me. If it is weird and dark, I want to read it. If it’s very good, I want to publish it. If you are a writer of the weird and you’re looking for a publisher for your next work, feel free to reach out to me at darkregions.bsammons@gmail.com and maybe together we can put something a little weird out into the world. You may also want to follow me on Twitter @BrianMSammons as news and other tasty bits are sure to find their way there.

Best,

Brian M. Sammons

http://www.darkregions.com/

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