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featured__SDCC_default_banner-700x352WHO: Join Anchor Bay Entertainment at Comic-Con for exclusive photo opportunities and limited edition giveaways.

WHAT: Anchor Bay Entertainment, a leader in home entertainment, is celebrating its 20th anniversary! Stop by Booth 4536 to take pictures with a customized walker from AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and the skull helmet from Northmen – A Viking Saga.

Attendees will have a chance to win a limited edition “The Walking Dead” guitar from Artist Series Guitar. Additional swag giveaway items that will be available to con-goers include “The Walking Dead” / “Black Sails” bags, “Aquarius” buttons, It Follows mini posters and A LEGO Brickumentary buttons! As an added bonus, in honor of the 20th Anniversary, there will be multiple chances to win various DVDs from the Anchor Bay catalog.

Additionally, photo ops will be available with themed items and backdrops from Michael Bay’s “Black Sails,” a STARZ Original series that centers on the tales of Captain Flint 20 years prior to Stevenson’s classic novel Treasure Island.

WHERE:
San Diego Convention Center
111 West Harbor Dr. (Booth 4536)
San Diego, CA 92101

WHEN:
July 9-12, 2015

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ash-vs-evil-deadWHAT: STARZ to host panels for the critical and fan favorite “Outlander;” (returns 2016) featuring cast and creators including Executive ProducerRonald D. Moore, author Diana Gabaldon and actors Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan, as well as for the new original series “Ash vs Evil Dead,” (first season premieres Fall 2015) featuring cast and creators including Executive Producers and original filmmakers Sam RaimiRob Tapert, and Bruce Campbell, plus Lucy Lawless, during San Diego Comic-Con 2015. 

WHENOutlander San Diego Comic-Con Panel

Saturday July 11th Ballroom 20 in the San Diego Convention Center

4:00 – 4:45 PM

Ash vs Evil Dead San Diego Comic-Con Panel

Friday July 10th, Room 6A in the San Diego Convention Center

6:00 – 7:00 PM

ABOUT“Outlander” 1B Series Synopsis:

“Outlander” spans the genres of romance, science fiction, history and adventure as it follows Claire Randall, a married WWII combat nurse who mistakenly falls back in time to 1743. As the season continues, Claire and Jamie’s relationship is tested and Claire must reconcile her modern mindset with this 18th century world. Ruthless redcoats, volatile clan politics, and a brutal witch trial force Jamie and Claire to escape to a new home. Just when their life as a married couple begins to take shape, Jamie is once again drawn into Captain Randall’s darkness. Ultimately, Claire discovers there is a fate worse than death as she struggles to save Jamie’s heart, as well as his soul.

Ash vs Evil Dead”:

“Ash vs Evil Dead,” which is currently in production in New Zealand, is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film franchise The Evil Dead and is set to premiere on STARZ in Fall 2015. The 10-episode first season of the half-hour series is executive produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell, the original filmmakers of the franchise, and Craig DiGregorio who will serve as executive producer and showrunner. 

Campbell will be reprising his role as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead.  When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons –personal and literal.  Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its “Evil” grip. 

The cast is led by Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) in the role of Ash Williams, Lucy Lawless (“Salem,” “Spartacus”) as Ruby a mysterious figure who believes Ash is the cause of the Evil outbreaks, Ray Santiago (“Touch,” Meet the Fockers) as Pablo Simon Bolivar, an idealistic immigrant who becomes Ash’s loyal sidekick, Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) as Kelly Maxwell, a moody wild child trying to outrun her past and Jill Marie Jones (“Sleepy Hollow”) as Amanda Fisher, a disgraced Michigan State Trooper set to find our anti-hero Ash and prove his responsibility in the grisly murder of her partner.

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JournalStoneSummer’s here and it’s time to find something good to read as you head to the beach or pool. If only there was some place you could go to find all of the horror, fantasy, and science fiction you’ll need to pass the hours as you sit blissfully under the cabana waiting for the cabana boy to bring you yet another fruity drink with an umbrella. If only. Oh wait, I think I know just the place. All you have to do is go to the JournalStone website and get the perfect book or e-book to engage your mind as your body relaxes and soaks up the glorious sun. “But I’m not going to the beach or pool for a while,” you say. That’s ok. JournalStone books are just as entertaining in your home or in the break room at work. How cool is that?

While you’re visiting the JournalStone website, you may want to check out our release this month. The latest in our Double Down series (TWO BOOKS IN ONE!!) is Paleo by David Liss and Doomsday Prepper by Eileen Curtright. They are great stories that come at a great bargain to you. If light reading is more your style, then you’ll want to get Issue 31 of Dark Discoveries Magazine.

Once again, all of us at JournalStone want to thank you for your support. We couldn’t do what we love without it. To show you just how much we value you, we’ll be coming up with a nice surprise for our newsletter subscribers in the next few weeks.

Until next month…
Russ Thompson
Assistant Publisher

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The Double Down series continues with two men, and some interesting issues they contend with – two stories, two authors, one book.

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by David Liss

There was a time when Pete felt like he had the world in the palm of his hands, but lately everything is falling apart. His wife is growing cold, his business is in trouble, and even his friends show him nothing but contempt. Then a neighbor introduces him to paleo – the old way of eating, exercising, and even communing with the ancient sprits of the Neanderthals. All it takes is a little work, a little discipline, and a little blood sacrifice, and mysterious powers are within his grasp, but there’s a price Pete never expected. It’s a dark tale of terror, revenge, and suburban fads.

 

 

 

doomsThe Doomsday Prepper
by Eileen Curtright

Eric can sell insurance, but he can’t sell anyone on what he knows for a fact: this world is about to go down in flames. Eric is forced to prep in secret. His wife won’t listen, neither will his clients. But Eric’s worst enemy has been making careful plans, and now he’s ready jump start the destruction. It’s the end of the world as we know it, and all the worst people are the best prepared.

 

 

 

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keepersKeepers
by Gary A. Braunbeck

The Cedar Hill Series

“The Keepers are coming…” The last words of a man who died in the middle of a highway through Cedar Hill, Ohio, still echo in Gil Stewart’s ears when he discovers a dying dog in his front yard. At the same moment a package arrives on his doorstep. A package holding hope that a past young love might not be lost after all.

The Keepers are coming, and they’re bringing with them memories Gil has spent most of a lifetime forgetting, memories leaking through fractures in his psyche.

The Keepers are coming, and the animals – the harbingers – are acting strange.

The Keepers are coming. But from where? And why?

Before the day is over, Gil will have the answers, and the world he thought he knew will be irrevocably altered.

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In Silent Graves by Gary A. Braunbeck
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He Who Walks in Shadow by Brett J. Talley
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447896Two of the most feared icons in horror film history, A Nightmare on Elm Street‘s Freddy Krueger™ and Friday the 13th‘s Jason Voorhees™, will be unleashed at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 25 in a terrifying new haunted house. Guests will experience the ultimate battle of evil vs. evil as witnessed in Freddy vs. Jason.

Once guests step inside the “Freddy vs. Jason” house, they will:

-Weave through Elm Street and straight into Freddy Krueger’s nightmares
-Visit Camp Crystal Lake and come face-to-face with the hockey-masked killer, Jason Voorhees
Witness iconic kills – and become the next target
-Fight to survive the terrifying showdown between the two titans of terror

Click HERE for a quick look at what’s in store for guests at Halloween Horror Nights 25. To learn even more about the Freddy vs. Jason house at Halloween Horror Nights 25, visit Universal Orlando’s blog.

This fall, guests can visit Universal Orlando’s theme parks by day and become victims of their own horror film by night at Halloween Horror Nights 25. Guests can purchase single-night event tickets, add event admission to their theme park ticket or get access to 18 nights of the event for less than the price of a one-night ticket. Guests can also book a special vacation package starting at $165 per adult, per night, tax inclusive that includes three-night on-site hotel accommodations at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, 1-night ticket to Halloween Horror Nights 25, 2-day Park-to-Park ticket, Early Park Admission and more.

For more information on Halloween Horror Nights 25 and to purchase tickets, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Orlando.

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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.”

Links

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

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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

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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.

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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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