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From Publishers Weekly:

After years of false starts, bundling e-books with print books may have gotten the spark it needed Tuesday morning when Amazon announced an October launch date for Kindle MatchBook. Under the program, customers who buy—or have bought—print editions of titles can buy the e-book at prices ranging from $2.99 to free. At launch, Amazon expects to have over 10,000 books in the program, ranging from new books to books that Amazon began selling when it first opened in 1995.

Amazon said the announcement of MatchBook is “also a call to all authors and publishers to enroll their books in Kindle MatchBook—offering customers great value while adding a new revenue stream.” Amazon said it will add titles to MatchBook once a publisher, or author, enrolls in the program. Titles from HarperCollins and Amazon Publishing are part of the launch and authors and publishers using Kindle Direct Publishing can enroll their books in the program as well. Books that are part of MatchBook at launch include I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough, A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving andThe Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch. A spokesperson said Amazon “expects to add many more titles over time.”

According to Amazon, bundling print and digital has been one of the most requested features from its customers. Under its terms, Amazon said it will pay royalties to publishers/authors based on the MatchBook price of the e-book.

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Apex logoTwo Stories, One Champ

K. Allen Wood has stories in both Appalachian Undead and Mountain Dead. More aptly, it’s two versions of the same story. Both are good, but which one is better, “Long Days to Come” from Appalachian Undead or “And It’ll Haunt Me (For Long Days to Come) from Mountain Dead.

Apex Publications has decided to let their readers decide, posting both stories on their blog.

Voting for which story is the best opened on Wednesday, August 21st and will close Friday, August 23rd at 11:59pm EST. Links to both stories and a voting form can be found on the Apex blog (

From the voters who choose the winning story, one person will be randomly selected to win an Apex Out-of-Print prize pack.

The prize pack includes:

–        Stoker Award-winning collection Taste of Tenderloin by Gene O’Neill

–        Stoker Award-nominated collection Mama’s Boy and Other Dark Tales by Fran Friel

–        When Darkness Loves Us by Elizabeth Engstrom

–        The Changed (first edition) by B.J. Burrow

The winner will be announced Monday, August 26th, along with the winning story.

APEX PUBLICATIONS ( is a small press dedicated to publishing exemplary works of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Owned and operated by Jason B. Sizemore, Apex publishes the twice Hugo Award-nominated Apex Magazine. The Apex catalog contains books by genre luminaries such as Tom Piccirilli, Catherynne M. Valente, and Lavie Tidhar.

narrr8From the Press Release:

Interactive motion comic app NARR8 is happy to announce the addition of a new horror series entitled Prime Blood to their mobile platform. Prime Blood is a blood-curdling, action-packed adventure that surrounds Jane, a young, attractive med student with blood that makes the undead squirm. Vampires and werewolves alike are thrown into fits of temptation by Jane’s presence – but is she to be sacrificed on a bloody altar, or is there a different fate in store for her?

“True Blood” meets Blade with a touch of Underworld in Prime Blood, a gripping tale of life, death and the desperate, epic battle between the Cursed and the Damned. Brought to life by fluid animation, soundtracks and sound effects, HD effects and interactive features, Prime Blood is served up in weekly doses, with episodes lasting from 10-20 minutes each.

DISCOVER: NARR8 has 21 interactive series in four major genres: motion comics, graphic novels, children’s edutainment and educational periodicals, featuring both original content and licensed IPs. All series are updated weekly to bi-weekly and are downloaded within the app itself so that no wi-fi connection is needed to access content.

INTERACT: By adding quality art, fluid animations, full music soundtracks and effects, HD effects, gamification elements and interactive features such as point-and-shoot games and choose your own ending stories, NARR8 is blurring the line between a book and television. We’re revolutionizing the way we read and share stories.

CREATE: NARR8’s StoryBuilder, launched in June of 2012, is an online editor tool for fans/indie artists/writers to create and share their own motion comics and graphic novels. StoryBuilder features a word processor, animations, art and graphics, sound effects and more – allowing user-generated content an outlet to be seen.

SHARE: Not only does NARR8 have a built-in social forum that allows fans to interact with one another within the app itself, but Storybuilder also gives users the option to share their creations on the NARR8’s 800k+ user platform. Once the book is downloaded by 1k+ users, NARR8 will discuss licensing options with the creator, giving aspiring artists and writers the chance to make a name for themselves in the literary world.

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From the website:

Do you write short horror themed stories? For the first time ever, is announcing a call for entries. The best stories will be collected and published in a new anthology book titled Horror Society Stories Volume One. This is our chance to give back to our readers, if you will; publish our fellow writers and provide our readers with quality literature. Also, submissions that don’t make the final cut will be posted periodically on the site as a special treat for those who don’t have the money to drop on the book.

– All stories sent in must be original. Winning authors will be required to sign a contract stating that the submitted work is original and competely there-own. We don’t care if the story has been published in the past, we just want to make sure it’s yours.
– All stories must be between 3,000 and 10,000 words long.
– All stories must be properly formatted. There isn’t a particular style in mind, just don’t use any crazy spacing, font size, or font style.
– When sending your story in, HORROR SOCIETY STORIES VOLUME ONE needs to be in the subject line.
– When sending your story in, please include your full name, address, and a little about yourself.
– Authors may send in multiple stories, although only one story per author will be used if selected to be in volume one.
– Finally, please send all submissions to

– Selected authors will be published in Horror Society Stories Volume One, which will become available through Amazon, Kindle, and Createspace.
– Selected authors will receive an automatic prize amount of $20.00.
– Selected authors will receive heavy promotion both on our main website, our Facebook and Twitter pages, and all future press releases.
– Selected authors will receive five free copies of the anthology book to use however they want.
– Incase the book becomes a big seller, selected authors will receive a 10% royalty check. *This will come into play if the book sells 750 or more copies.

For more information, please contact Michael DeFellipo on Facebook or atmichael@horrorsociety.comThe submission deadline is September 1, 2013. Send all submissions to

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Reddit recently asked for the best short stories its viewers could come up with in two sentences.  Some of them are pretty darn creepy.  Without further adieu, here are the top ten so far:

1. I begin tucking him into bed and he tells me, “Daddy check for monsters under my bed.” I look underneath for his amusement and see him, another him, under the bed, staring back at me quivering and whispering, “Daddy there’s somebody on my bed.”

2.  After working a hard day I came home to see my girlfriend cradling our child. I didn’t know which was more frightening, seeing my dead girlfriend and stillborn child, or knowing that someone broke into my apartment to place them there.

3. My daughter won’t stop crying and screaming in the middle of the night. I visit her grave and ask her to stop, but it doesn’t help.

4. I needed to quickly run a SQL command to update a single row in an Oracle DB table at work. To my horror, it came back with “–2,378,231 rows affected.”  (OK…this one may only be scary for the computer geeks out there)

5. I just saw my reflection blink.

6. The doctors told the amputee he might experience a phantom limb from time to time. Nobody prepared him for the moments though, when he felt cold fingers brush across his phantom hand.

7. She asked why I was breathing so heavily. I wasn’t.

8. Dude. Where did the spider go?  (I guess this is scary if you hate spiders)

9. The heart attack came and went, knocking Mike into unconsciousness, and as he awoke he could hear the graveside service around him. Somehow the casket was translucent to him and he recognized some of his friends, but his body would not move and he realized with terror what death really was.

10. You hear your mom calling you into the kitchen. As you are heading down the stairs you hear a whisper from the closet saying “Don’t go down there honey, I heard it too.”  (This was actually number 12, but I liked it much better than the two in front of it.  Hey, it’s my website and I can do what I want…right?)

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From the press release:

June 27, 2013 – Los Angeles, CA – Asylum Press and Visionborne have joined forces to produce a slate of animated comics based on popular Asylum Press titles for the Apple iPad and other mobile devices. After the successful launch of fan-favorite Fearless Dawn #1, Zombie Terrors is the next in the lineup to be released exclusively through the Visionborne app that uses Airmid technology, a process that converts static 2D art into a vibrant 3D animated format that can be read and “experienced” using a reader app on iOS and Android.

Zombie Terrors #1 will be free on the iPad with subsequent issues available at .99.

All Airmid enhanced productions retain their original artistic essence in a way that’s totally unobtrusive to the author’s unique form of expression. Unlike other industry approaches, it does not force an artist to learn to use a complex new software suite to create animated content.

Zombie Terrors #1 is available the iTunes store now. It features a gory collection of zombie tales created by an international cast of artistic talent. Frank Forte delivers Beheaded, a tale of a crazed hillbilly who takes trophies off of his zombie victims. In Feast, a gourmet chef is taken hostage by a greedy mob boss. In Hate, a recently turned zombie that still has some semblance of his humanity must confront what he’s become. And finally, to add a little more spice to this gruesome brew, we’re throwing in some awesome pin-ups by horror master David Hartman.

“We’re very excited about the possibility of reaching so many new readers all over the world with these animated comic books,” says Asylum Press President Frank Forte. “Tablet computer ownership is exploding and we want to provide dynamic, top-quality content for comic book lovers. Visionborne’s amazing technology lets our readers experience comics in a cool new way that wasn’t possible before.”

“Asylum Press gives us a great opportunity to clearly showcase our know-how and to create a unique experience in the world of comics,” Francesco Scrufari, President of Visionborne, commented.

The Zombie Terrors #1 teaser trailer is on YouTube at the following link:

Zombie Terrors #1 will be free and can be downloaded from the iTunes store here:

Asylum Press is a Los Angeles-based comic book and graphic novel publisher. The company publishes high-concept books from the industry’s top talent within the horror, fantasy, and action adventure genres via a bold new business model that focuses on digital publishing and new distribution outlets in both the American and international markets. Its flagship titles include Fearless DawnThe BombChopperBlack PowderWarlash, and the popular horror anthologies Zombie TerrorsEEEK!Asylum of Horrors, and Satan’s 3-Ring Circus of Hell. For more information, visit

Visionborne is a visual effects and 3D animation company headquartered in Los Angeles. By carefully combining technology, creativity and tradition, Visionborne strives to present new and innovative means to enjoy creative content, and to generate cinema-grade 3D animation at a fraction of the common costs. The company created Airmid, a ground-breaking platform devised to enhance static media content with finely adapted audiovisual details, in a format suitable for iOS and Android devices.


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From the Apex website:

Get ready for orbital insertion over target drop zone. War Stories is coming.

Since 2001, the role of the military around the world has drastically changed as conflicts have raged in the the Middle East, Africa and Asia. The decade long war on terror has highlighted changes in how war is conducted, and the violence has impacted millions of soldiers, civilians and families across the world. We want to explore the new landscape in all of its facets: from the soldiers who wage war to those caught in the crossfire.

War Stories, co-edited by Andrew Liptak and Jaym Gates, will be an anthology of military science fiction, containing stories that emphasizes the cultural, social, political and psychological repercussions of modern war. The anthology has been acquired by Apex Publications and will be funded through a Kickstarter campaign.

While the anthology’s contributors are still to be confirmed, a number of authors have already indicated their strong interest in participating, including James Sutter (Pathfinder Tales: Death’s Heretic), T.C. McCarthy (Germlinetrilogy), Karin Lowachee (Warshild, Gaslight Dogs), F. Brett Cox (Crossroads: Tales of the Southern Literary Fantastic), Jean Johnson (Theirs Not to Reason Why trilogy), Michael Stackpole (X-Wing series, Dark Glory Warseries), Laura Anne Gilman (Dragon Justice), Will McIntosh (Soft Apocalypse, Love Minus Eighty), Gwen Perkins (The Universal Mirror, The Jealousy Glass) and Science Fiction Grandmaster Joe Haldeman (The Forever War). More authors will be announced soon. The book will be introduced by former Airborne Infantryman and RangerUp! writer Greg Drobny. In addition to the invited authors, there will be an open submissions period following the launch of the project’s Kickstarter.

Artist Galen Dara will illustrate the anthology’s cover. She’s known for her work from with Lightspeed Magazine,Nightmare Magazine or the Spectrum showcase. She is currently the 2013 nominee for the Hugo Award for Best Fan Artist.

War Stories will launch on Kickstarter in early September, with a variety of perks for backers, ranging from an eBook / physical copies of the anthology, to prints of the cover and other exciting things to come! Stay tuned for an official launch date.

To follow the progress of the anthology’s planning, and to get sneak peeks, excerpts and news from around the military science fiction world, you can visit the project’s website:, follow the project on twitter (@warstoriesantho), or like the anthology on Facebook:

Jaym Gates is the editor of the zombie anthology Rigor Amortis, which was a Barnes and Noble Top 10 pick in 2011, and short fiction author (published in The Aether Age: Helios). She is the publicist for the Science Fiction Writers of America, Candlemark & Gleam and Pathfinder Books. She helped launch several Kickstarter projects, including Geek Love, the highest-funded anthology in Kickstarter’s history.

Andrew Liptak received his Master of Arts in Military History from Norwich University (the nation’s first private military academy), and has written extensively about military science fiction for io9 and SF Signal, and has written for such websites as Kirkus Reviews, Geek Exchange,, Strange Horizons, and magazines such as Armchair General and the Norwich Record. He is currently an editorial assistant for Lightspeed Magazine.

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