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hap-and-leanardShort, Scary Tales Publications (SST Publications) owner, Paul Fry is absolutely delighted to announce the signing of SST’s biggest deal to date. SST have acquired the exclusive comic/graphic novel rights to the entire series of best-selling and multiple award-winning author Joe R. Lansdale’s acclaimed “Hap and Leonard” crime books. The books will be adapted and illustrated by Finnish comic artist Jussi Piironen. They will be published as full-colour oversized hardcovers and also in oversized softcover and digital formats.

SST Publisher Paul Fry says: “This really is a huge honour for me and a massive deal for SST to have acquired the comic/graphic novel rights to Joe Lansdale’s entire ‘Hap and Leonard’ series. The books have ahuge fan base and are really incredible crime stories. It’s also fantastic for the series that Jussi Piironen will adapt and illustrate the books as he’s a long-time, massive fan of Hap and Leonard and will be perfect to adapt the books into graphic novel form. Our number one priority is to keep the graphic novels as close to the original books as possible. We really believe they need to stay completely faithful to the original work, and we really don’t want to let the fans down! The first title in the series, Savage Season is already in the works and we estimate a rough publication date of late 2015.”

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Sponsorship Announcement - Samhain PublishingLos Angeles – September 26, 2014.

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) is pleased to announce JournalStone Publishing as Supporting Sponsor for the Bram Stoker Awards® Banquet, which is part of the Bram Stoker Awards Weekend and 25th Anniversary World Horror Convention 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia and will be held on 9 May 2014. Full details are at the dedicated website:

Christopher C. Payne, President of JournalStone ( said, “It is both an honor and a pleasure to support the HWA.  The members and Board have been instrumental in supporting JournalStone‘s endeavors as a publishing company. I can only hope that we as a publisher continue to live up to the expectations of the HWA and all of its members.”

HWA President Rocky Wood welcomed JournalStone’s support: “This renewed sponsorship from genre publisher JournalStone is greatly appreciated by HWA and I am sure by all our members. JournalStone has proven to be a highly professional and innovative genre publisher, with a strong horror line. We look forward to welcoming them again in Atlanta.”

There are limited sponsorship opportunities available – for more details contact .

The Horror Writers Association (, the peak group for horror writers, is a worldwide organization promoting dark literature and its creators. Started in 1985, it has over 1250 members writing professionally in fiction, nonfiction, videogames, film, poetry, comics, and other media.

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As you may have heard StrangeHouse Books was acquired by Rooster Republic Press today. First of all we are honored to be acquiring StrangeHouse and plan to continue its tradition of publishing Cult Horror Fiction. We are fans of the press and will continue to walk on the path it paved.

In fact, you probably won’t notice much of a difference with StrangeHouse going forward. We have no plans to change the back titles, and going forward we plan to put out a very similar product. StrangeHouse will become more focused on horror and Rooster Republic will become more focused on bizarro without horror themes.

Books in process with StrangeHouse will be reviewed and the authors contacted when a decision is made about future publication. Please be patient while we make this transition. Any questions can be directed to

Rooster Republic Press

The current state of publishing doesn’t take kindly to rebels. So we founded our own Republic.

Big publishers inevitably force their authors into a state of dependence. So we declared our independence.

And just to make sure we got our point across, we made our mascot a cock. So they can suck it.

Welcome to the Rooster Republic: Sovereign State of Fiction.

StrangeHouse Books

Our goal as a publishing house in the 21st century is to publish shit so deliriously fucked up, outrageous, and blindingly neurotic, that even a behemoth as large as the Hollywood machine couldn’t replicate our books. They can create enormous spectacle and spend hundreds of millions of dollars on special effects, so we as writers must work harder to create characters and worlds that force our readers’ imaginations to explode into overdrive, or be left as an obscure anachronistic afterthought in the footnotes of entertainment history.

To that end, Kevin Strange created his own cult imprint with which to showcase the most bizarre, horrific, weird, and downright Strange fiction the genre has to offer; to knock literary fiction off its snooty pedestal and give it the drunken snogging it’s been asking for all these years. Great writing, insane plots, hot sex, and gratuitous violence make up the foundation for what is sure to be one of the most important publishing houses in cult horror history. StrangeHouse Books.

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2 SSTBIRMINGHAM, UK, AUGUST 24, 2014 – Short, Scary Tales Publications (SST Publications) Owner, Paul Fry is truly honoured to announce that SST have acquired the rights to publish a graphic novel adaptation of the legendary Richard Laymon’s classic horror novel The Cellar. The novel will be adapted by motion picture screenwriter and director Eric Red and illustrated by award-winning illustrator and comic artist Daniele Serra.

SST Publisher Paul Fry says: “This is one of those dream projects that you never think will happen and when it finally does you just can’t believe it. I’ve been a massive fan of Richard Laymon’s work for many, many years. Richard’s books are what got me into reading horror in the first place, and subsequently publishing. Richard is my favourite author of all-time and The Cellar is my all-time favourite novel, so this really is my dream project. With the totally gripping and nail-biting storyline, plus the non-stop action, beautifully vivid imagery and Richard’s trademark sex and violence, The Cellar will make a perfect graphic novel! Adapting the novel is Los Angeles based screenwriter, director & author Eric Red. Eric has many years of experience screenwriting and writing comic scripts, so he will be perfect to adapt Richard’s novel. It also is a massive plus that Eric is a huge fan of Richard’s work so I know he will give his all in adapting the book into graphic novel form. The ultimate icing on the cake for me is that the incredible and original illustrator and comic artist, Daniele Serra is illustrating the book. With Dani’s very unique style and vision I know The Cellar graphic novel will be totally original and totally beautiful! To top it all off, as if that wasn’t already enough, I’m really excited and honoured to announce that we’ve got . . . wait for it, the legend that is Ed Gorman to write the introduction to the book! As I mentioned, this is my dream project, one that I’ve been wishing to do for many years, and to be able to finally do it is just beyond words. I’m so excited it’s unbelievable! I’m like a kid at Christmas! I’d like to say a massive thanks to Ann & Kelly Laymon, Daniele Serra, Eric Red and Ed Gorman for making a dream come true. And an enormous thanks to the unbelievably talented Richard Laymon for writing such incredible and unforgettable novels. You really have given me many years of literary bliss! The book will be published as a beautiful full-colour oversized hardcover and softcover, plus in digital formats. The tentative release date is the end of 2015 / beginning of 2016. More details will follow!”

About Richard Laymon: Richard Laymon’s works include more than sixty short stories and more than thirty novels, a few of which were published under the pseudonym Richard Kelly. However, despite praise from prominent writers from within the genre, including Stephen King and Dean Koontz, Laymon was little known in his homeland—he enjoyed greater success in Europe, though, particularly in the United Kingdom—until his affiliation with Leisure Books in 1999. The author largely viewed much of this as a product of the poorly re-edited and reconstructed first release of The Woods Are Dark, which had over 50 pages removed. The poor editing and unattractive cover art ruined his sales records after the success of The Cellar. The original and intended version of The Woods Are Dark was finally published in July of 2008 by Leisure Books and Cemetery Dance Publications after being reconstructed from the original manuscript by his daughter, Kelly.

His novel Flesh was named Best Horror Novel of 1988 by Science Fiction Chronicle, and both Flesh and Funland were nominated for the Bram Stoker Award, as was his non-fiction work A Writer’s Tale. He won this award posthumously in 2001 for The Traveling Vampire Show. His win was used as an answer for a question on the syndicated Jeopardy program.

The tribute anthology In Laymon’s Terms was released by Cemetery Dance Publications during the summer of 2011. It featured short stories and non-fiction tribute essays by authors such as Bentley Little, Jack Ketchum, Gary Brandner, Edward Lee, and scores of others.

About Eric Red: Eric Red is a Los Angeles based motion picture screenwriter, director and author. His original scripts include The Hitcher for Tri Star, Near Dark for DeLaurentiis Entertainment Group, Blue Steel for MGM and the western The Last Outlaw for HBO. He directed and wrote the crime film Cohen and Tate for Hemdale, Body Parts for Paramount, Undertow for Showtime, Bad Moon for Warner Bros. and the ghost story 100 Feet for Grand Illusions Entertainment. Mr. Red’s first novel, a dark coming-of-age tale about teenagers called Dont Stand So Close, is available from SST Publications. His second and third novels, a werewolf western called The Guns of Santa Sangre and a science fiction monster novel called It Waits Below, are available from Samhain Publishing. His fourth novel, a serial killer thriller called White Knuckle, will be published by Samhain in 2015. A collection of eighteen of his horror short stories titled Toll Road will be published by SST Publications in 2015. His recent published horror and suspense short stories include “Colorblind” in Cemetery Dance magazine, the western horror tale “The Buzzard” in Weird Tales magazine, “Pack Rat” in Beware the Dark magazine, “Little Nasties” in Shroud magazine, “In the Mix” in Dark Delicacies III: Haunted anthology, “Past Due” in Mulholland Books’ Popcorn Fiction, and “Do Not Disturb” in Dark Discoveries magazine. He created and wrote the sci-fi/horror comic series and graphic novel Containment for IDW Publishing and the horror western comic series Wild Work published by Antarctic Press. Mr. Red’s website is:

About Daniele Serra: Daniele Serra was born and lives in Italy.

He works as an illustrator and comic artist. His work has been published in Europe, Australia, United States and Japan.

He has worked for DC Comics, Image Comics, Cemetery Dance, Weird Tales magazine, PS Publishing and other publications.

He’s a winner of the British Fantasy Award.

Find him at

About Ed Gorman: “Ed Gorman has the same infallible readability as writers like Lawrence Block, Max Allan Collins, Donald E. Westlake, Ed McBain, and John D. MacDonald.” Jon Breen, Ellery Queen

Kirkus called Ed Gorman “One of the most original crime writers around.”

Gorman’s novels The Poker Club and The Haunted have both been filmed. Author of more than thirty novels and ten collections of short stories, The Oxford Book of Short Stories noted that his work “provides fresh ideas, characters and approaches.”

The Rocky Mountain News called him “The modern master of the lean and mean thriller.” Gorman’s thrillers include Blood Moon and The Marilyn Tapes both available as part of the Top Suspense Group (TSG).

His novel Cage of Night, also available on TSG, is one of Gorman’s personal favorites. The sites Gravetapping and Goodreads noted “It is truly a classic of the macabre—part mystery, part suspense, and entirely chilling and haunting.”

About the Publisher: SST Publications (Short, Scary Tales Publications) is an independent publisher of all things dark. They have published several books; their first title, Cold Storage included an introduction by legendary author Graham Masterton. Their most recent books include the erotic horror anthology Peep Show, Volume 2 and the debut dark thriller novel Don’t Stand So Close by motion picture screenwriter and director Eric Red. They also published the classic erotic horror magazine Peep Show, and have recently launched their new horror fiction & dark art magazine Beware the Dark, which is a unique size (7.44 x 9.69 in), full-color interior, high-quality produced mag of between 100-130 pages bringing you the best dark and disturbing fiction and artwork. SST publish their titles in multiple formats which are distributed worldwide by Ingram, the world’s largest book distributor.

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ZSAN FRANCISCO, September 19, 2014 – JournalStone Publishing (JSP) President, Christopher C. Payne is pleased to announce the acquisition of the zombie oriented site, – Where the undead are online.

Buy Zombie was founded by Stuart Conover in 2007 as the ultimate resource for zombie fans. The site is a hub for everything zombie related including news, reviews, media, and products – it has a little something for everyone with a taste for the undead. This deal will allow Buy Zombie to infect an even wider audience and have a stronger base to move forward in the future. Check out at:

Stuart Conover is the founder of Buy Zombie and will be staying on board as editor for the website as it expands under new ownership. He is a published author, blogger, entrepreneur, as well as a fan of horror, science fiction, and comic books. is my go to source for all things ‘zombie’. I never start my morning without a visit.” – Timothy W. Long – a phenomenal, up-to-the-minute resource for anyone with even a passing interest in the habits of reanimated corpses. And yes, I do know how bad that sounds… If the zombie sub-genre had a pulse, would have their finger on it.” – David Moody

With its intelligent reviews and interviews of the latest zombie novels and authors by smart, friendly writers who truly love the genre, is one of the Internet’s leading supporters of quality zombie fiction!” – Craig DiLouie

BUY ZOMBIE is the center of the living dead universe. It’s the go-to destination for zombies, zombie hunters, fanboys, geek girls, aficionados, zombiphiles and everyone else who wants to take a serious bite out of the zombie pop culture.” – Jonathan Maberry

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, and, 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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Texas Book Festival 2014 author lineup announced

Martin Amis, Joyce Carol Oates, Walter Mosley, Norman Lear, Lidia
Bastianich, Ziggy Marley among headlining authors

AUSTIN—More than 275 authors are coming to the 2014 Texas Book Festival, the
largest lineup in the Festival’s 19-year history, it was announced tonight.

Nationally renowned authors coming to this year’s Festival include Martin
Amis, Joyce Carol Oates, Walter Mosley, Norman Lear, Lidia Bastianich, Ziggy
Marley, James Ellroy, Katherine Applegate, Nicholas D. Kristof, John Dean,
Valerie Plame Wilson, and Héctor Tobar.

Headlining authors also include Charles Blow, Emily St. John Mandel, Michael
Ruhlman, Douglas Brinkley, Richard Linklater, Francisco Goldman, Meg
Wolitzer, Jacqueline Woodson, and Sarah Bird. The entire list of authors is
available online at

“This year is bigger than ever, with more authors, more titles, and more
sessions,” says Steph Opitz, Festival literary director. “It wasn’t that we
intentionally set out to make it bigger, it’s that there were so many
fantastic submissions we fell in love with this year that we had to make
more room.”

Several themes have emerged in the lineup, Opitz says, and they are as
exciting and diverse as Festival fans have come to anticipate. It’s “the
year of the chef,” Opitz says, with 12 cookbooks. There are two powerhouse
books on Nixon and Watergate, immigration in fiction and nonfiction, a
strong poetry showing, poker, small presses, and graphic novels.

More than 40,000 people are expected to attend the Texas Book Festival Oct.
25 and 26. One of the nation’s premier literary events, the Festival
continues to be free and open to the public. The Texas Teen Book Festival,
newly under the auspices of the Texas Book Festival, will be held Oct. 18 at
St. Edward’s University, “bookending” the Festival Weekend.

The Texas Book Festival Weekend kicks off with the First Edition Literary
Gala, Friday, Oct. 24 at the Four Seasons Hotel. Headlining authors who will
speak at the Gala are Martin Amis, Walter Mosley, Lidia Bastianich, and
Katherine Applegate. Proceeds from the Gala help keep the Festival free of
charge, and support the TBF’s Reading Rock Stars Literacy Program, which
provides author visits and book donations to children in low-income schools,
and Texas Library Grants, awarded annually to selected libraries across the

For the first time, there will be an after party following the Gala, at 9:30
p.m. at the Four Seasons for Gala guests and also as a separate event with
tickets for $75. Cocktails with the Authors will give guests an opportunity
to mingle with authors, and will also allow more people to be part of the
Gala festivities.

“What amazes me daily is the depth and breadth of support for the Book
Festival,” says Lois Kim, executive director. “That support is why we’re
expanding our Reading Rock Stars program to Houston, why we gave more than
$60,000 in grants to public libraries this year, and why we’ve been able to
add the Texas Teen Book Festival to our programming.”

The 2014 Festival poster, by renowned photographer Dan Winters, is an image
of a vintage movie palace in Seguin. Winters is internationally known for
his celebrity portraits, photojournalism, and illustrations. He will present
his book, Road to Seeing, at the Festival.

Major sponsors of the Texas Book Festival include presenting sponsor H-E-B
plus Brigid Cockrum and Family, Texas Monthly, the Tocker Foundation, AT&T,
Buena Vista Foundation, Pentagram, the Austin American-Statesman, Central
Market, Kirkus Reviews, C-SPAN and new this year, Lincoln Motor Company.

A favorite perk for donors who give $100 or more is the Fast Pass, which
allows Festival-goers plus a guest priority line access to designated author
sessions. To make a donation and receive a Fast Pass, go to

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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, – 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 ( 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: Website:

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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