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READING, Pa.Jan. 13, 2017PRLog — Sunbury Press has released 13 Deadly Endings, Thomas Malafarina’s short story compilation.

13de_fcAbout the Book:
Not all stories have a “happy ending”. Sometimes the forces of evil are just too strong to allow the characters, whether protagonist or antagonist, to survive unscathed. Sometimes it is because of revenge or sinister forces or simply bad Karma. Welcome to “Thirteen Nasty Endings”, a collection of short horror stories by Thomas M Malafarina. In this disturbing world of terror and foreboding, virtually every story has the potential to end badly for someone. There will be no “happily ever afters” in this collection! This is definitely not a “feel good” compilation. Thirteen Deadly Endings guarantees that someone, whether deserving or not, will get it in the end. Thomas has put together an incredibly upsetting anthology of some of his most gory, horrifying, disturbing and bizarre tales for your reading pleasure.

About the Author:
Thomas M. Malafarina (www.ThomasMMalafarina.com) is an author of horror fiction from Berks County, Pennsylvania. To date he has published six horror novels “What Waits Beneath”, “Burner”, “Eye Contact” , “Fallen Stones”, “Dead Kill Book 1: The Ridge of Death” and “Dead Kill Book 2: The Ridge Of Change”. He has also published four collections of horror short stories; “Thirteen Deadly Endings”, “Ghost Shadows”, “Undead Living” and most recently “Malaformed Realities Vol. 1”. He has also published a book of often-strange single panel cartoons called “Yes I Smelled It Too; Cartoons For The Slightly Off Center”. All of his books are published through Sunbury Press.(www.Sunburypress.com).

In addition, many of the more than one hundred short stories Thomas has written have appeared in dozens of short story Anthologies and e-magazines. Some have been produced and presented for internet podcasts as well. Thomas is best known for the twists and surprises in his stories and his descriptive often gory passages have given him the reputation of being one who paints with words. Thomas is also an artist, musician, singer and songwriter.

Praise for “Burner”:
Thomas Malafarina has a visual artist’s eye for detail and exuberance for the minutiae of his deceptively simple scenes.  He writes with the same flourish for violence and tableaus of flesh as Clive Barker and yet he shares the same cosmic vision and torment of inner and outer space of H. P. Lovecraft, all the while working the clichés and conventions of the genre bravely and unabashedly.  All in all, “Burner” is one hell of a rollicking horror house ride. — George Andrade Horror News

13 Deadly Endings
Written by Thomas Malafarina
List Price: $14.95
Paperback
Publisher:
Sunbury Press, Inc. (January 13, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620067943
ISBN-13: 978-1620067949
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
BISAC: Fiction / Thrillers / Supernatural

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/13-Deadly-Endings-978162…

READING, Pa.  — Sunbury Press has released Burner, Thomas Malafarina’s supernatural thriller about the thing(s) on the other end of the line.

bu_fcAbout the Book:
Charles Wilson has left home in rural Pennsylvania for the most important sales call of his career when he realizes on the way to the airport that he has forgotten his cell phone; his lifeline to the business world with over a thousand contacts stored in its memory banks, Wilson’s cell phone has radically transformed him as a businessman and has changed the way that he conducts business since before such a device had entered his rather simple life and now he can’t live without it. In fact, “nowadays if he was without his cell phone for even as little as an hour, Wilson felt completely cut off from the rest of the world, a world that provided him with a substantial income.” Charles decides that since he has most of his contacts stored upon his laptop the best thing to do would be to have his wife overnight the phone to his hotel and in the interim he would look to purchase a “burn phone” – street vernacular for a pre-paid cellular phone. Unfortunately, luck does not seem to be on Wilson’s side as all of the kiosks are closed at the airport and when he arrives at his hotel it is too late to make such a purchase. Charles is frustrated and berates himself for his foolishness when he is directed down a dark street (an alley, really) that runs along the side of the hotel by a strange man sitting in the lobby – perhaps the fates will favor him after all and he will find what he is looking for? And so begins Charles Wilson’s hellish journey, and thus begins “Burner”, a novel of Lovecraftian horror and cosmic menace by Thomas M. Malafarina.

About the Author:
Thomas M. Malafarina (www.ThomasMMalafarina.com) is an author of horror fiction from Berks County, Pennsylvania. To date he has published six horror novels “What Waits Beneath”, “Burner”, “Eye Contact” , “Fallen Stones”, “Dead Kill Book 1: The Ridge of Death” and “Dead Kill Book 2: The Ridge Of Change”. He has also published four collections of horror short stories; “Thirteen Deadly Endings”, “Ghost Shadows”, “Undead Living” and most recently “Malaformed Realities Vol. 1”. He has also published a book of often-strange single panel cartoons called “Yes I Smelled It Too; Cartoons For The Slightly Off Center”. All of his books are published through Sunbury Press.(www.Sunburypress.com).

In addition, many of the more than one hundred short stories Thomas has written have appeared in dozens of short story Anthologies and e-magazines. Some have been produced and presented for internet podcasts as well. Thomas is best known for the twists and surprises in his stories and his descriptive often gory passages have given him the reputation of being one who paints with words. Thomas is also an artist, musician, singer and songwriter.

Praise:
Thomas Malafarina has a visual artist’s eye for detail and exuberance for the minutiae of his deceptively simple scenes.  He writes with the same flourish for violence and tableaus of flesh as Clive Barker and yet he shares the same cosmic vision and torment of inner and outer space of H. P. Lovecraft, all the while working the clichés and conventions of the genre bravely and unabashedly.  All in all, “Burner” is one hell of a rollicking horror house ride. — George Andrade Horror News

Burner
Written by Thomas Malafarina
List Price: $14.95

Paperback
Publisher: Sunbury Press, Inc. (January 13, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 162006796X
ISBN-13: 978-1620067963
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches

BISAC: Fiction / Thrillers / Supernatural

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Burner-9781620067963.htm

MECHANICSBURG, Pa.— Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for December. The short story anthology Strange Magic edited by Catherine Jordan took the top spot. Seinsoth by Steven K Wagner was runner up.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for December, 2016 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 NEW Strange Magic Catherine Jordan, et al Literary Fiction
2 3 Seinsoth Steven k Wagner Sports Biography
3 4 Wonder Boy: The Story of Carl Scheib Lawrence Knorr Sports Biography
4 14 Keystone Corruption Continues Brad Bumsted History
5 2 Solomon Screech Owl’s Kangaroo Caper Beth Lancione & Kathy Haney Childrens
6 NEW The Small Book of Practical Wisdom Terry Ray Reference
7 Shadows in the Shining City John Cressler Historical Fiction
8 9 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History
9 43 Pink Flamingos All Around Matt Anderson Childrens
10 Return to the Valley Terry Ray Metaphysical Fiction
11 50 Dead of Autumn Sherry Knowlton Thriller Fiction
12 6 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, 2nd Ed. Mike Campbell History
13 NEW Skunks, Nuts, and Other Stories John L Moore Memoir
14 In the Shadow of a Mountain Susan Daigneault History
15 The Savage Apostle John Kachuba Historical Fiction
16 8 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical Fiction
17 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
18 16 Living in the Afterlife Michele Livingston Spirituality
19 Modern Realism According to Fritz Lawrence Knorr Fine Art
20 Dying for Vengeance J M West Thriller Fiction
21 13 Freemasons at Gettysburg Sheldon Munn History
22 1 A Year if Change and Consequences Mark Singel Memoir
23 Israel Under Siege Scot McCauley Thriller Fiction
24 22 Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks John L Moore History
25 35 That Night at Surigao Ernie Marshall History
26 20 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair Vietnam Memoir
27 17 Cast Iron Signs of Pennsylvania Towns and Other Landmarks N Clair Clawser History
28 40 Dead of Summer Sherry Knowlton Thriller Fiction
29 H is for Hershey Heather Paterno Childrens
30 Visions of Teaoga Jim Remsen YA Fiction
31 Courting Doubt and Darkness J M West Thriller Fiction
32 41 The Ripper’s Haunts Michael Hawley History
33 11 Bows, Bullets, and Bears John L Moore History
34 24 Cannons, Cattle, and Campfires John L Moore History
35 45 Solomon Screech Owl’s Antarctic Adventure Beth Lancione & Kathy Haney Childrens
36 The Best of Keystone Tombstones Joe Farrell and Joe Farley History
37 18 Traders, Travelers, and Tomahawks John L Moore History
38 Raising Monarchs Sue Fox McGovern Nature
39 36 Hour 30 Brandon Musgrave Memoir
40 Rising Sun Descending Wade Fowler Historical Fiction
41 30 Jesus the Phoenician Karim El Koussa History
42 34 Pit Bulls II Anthony Julian History
43 Digging Dusky Diamonds John Lindermuth History
44 10 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
45 44 Prohibition’s Prince Guy Graybill Biography
46 From Blue Ground Joe Harvey YA Fiction
47 Keystone Tombstones Civil War Joe Farrell and Joe Farley History
48 15 The Wolf of Britannia Part I Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
49 25 Rivers, Raiders, and Renegades John L Moore History
50 Beagle Tales Bob Ford Humor

sm_fcThe Perry County Council of the Arts’ writers workshop anthology “Strange Magic” was #1 due to advance sales leading up to the release party on January 21 at the Landis House in Newport, PA. Steven K Wagner’s biography “Seinsoth” about the Dodger who almost was took #2 due to bookstore sales. Lawrence Knorr’s “Wonder Boy: The Story of Carl Scheib – The Youngest Player in American League History” continued to sell briskly due to seasonal interest, taking #3. Brad Bumsted’s “Keystone Corruption Continued” grabbed #4 following a revision about the Kathleen Kane trial. Beth Lancione’s “Solomon Screech Owl’s Kangaroo Caper” took #5 thanks to holiday orders.

The company released two new titles in December:

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for December, 2016
Strange Magic  Catherine Jordan, et al  Literary Fiction
Skunks, Nuts, and Other Stories  John L Moore  Memoir

For more info: http://www.sunburypressstore.com/BESTSELLERS_c3.htm

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DAN BLOOM HOPES “CLI-FI” WILL SWAY NON-BELIEVERS

By James Sullivan

In the 1957 pulp classic On the Beach, the novelist and aeronautical engineer Nevil Shute imagined a horrific scenario in the aftermath of World War III. A small group of survivors clustered in southern Australia await the arrival of a deadly radioactive cloud, contemplating the near-certainty that the rest of humanity has already perished.

It’s a terrifying prospect, of course, which is why the book has retained its grip on the public imagination, adapted twice as a movie and, in 2008, as a BBC radio broadcast. Dan Bloom first read On the Beach in a high school English class in 1967. It gave him Cold War nightmares.

Bloom was panicked all over again a decade ago when he read the doomsday predictions of the British environmentalist James Lovelock. Writing in the Independent, Lovelock envisioned an earthly population wildly diminished…

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by Emma Crosby

msayocac_fcMemoirs are continuing to increase in popularity amongst the book-purchasing public. In fact, Mark Singel’s memoir, a Year of Change and Consequences became the Sunbury Press Bestseller for November 2016. As interest in pop culture and the cult of celebrity continues to fascinate, it stands to reason that the memoirs of the famous and other public figures will attract mainstream attention. But it is not just the memoirs of the famous that have the potential to hold attention: the personal nature of written memoirs appeals to the natural voyeur inside most of us, and if you have an interesting story to tell, and are prepared to share your first person perspective and insights with a plethora of hungry strangers then it is likely that you will find an audience that want to discover that story. America craves confessionals, and the written memoir appeals to this desire, making it a market that is ripe for would-be writers to explore and make their mark.

Why Are Memoirs so Popular?

We live in a society where conspiracy theories abound, where scandals break in the mass media on a daily basis, and where there is a constant undercurrent that the American public is being lied to: the raw honesty of memoir serves to counterbalance this, and it is thought that this is why the market is growing at such a rapid rate. Ironically, the demand for memoir has become so great, that many novelists are now positioning their fiction to appear as memoir in order to capture an already captivated audience (thus infiltrating a market built on honesty with the perception of unintentional dishonesty) making those producing genuine memoirs in even greater demand.

Making a Memoir

tjcl_fcThe key to writing a good memoir is that it must be authentic and that it must be true: true to your story, true to your voice, and to where you have come from. Memoir enthusiasts can generally tell the difference between a story that is being told in truth and one that is being exaggerated, and for that market a simple truth will always be more appealing that a convoluted lie. Many memoirs begin life as journals that were never necessarily intended to be read by others, which is an interesting dimension shift. Memoirs that begin life in this way often have a raw realism that appeals to the audiences desire for true confessionals: to become a part of someone else’s reality. There are many benefits of writing a journal, besides the potential to turn that journal into a memoir and step onto the path towards fame and fortune.

Journal writing can be a cathartic experience and is often chosen by teens and young adults as a way to express themselves and deal with the confusion of growing up. Other groups use the cathartic nature of journaling, and well as its emotional disengagement, to help them process their thoughts and feelings: individuals in recovery from drug or alcohol abuse, for example, as well as those building a new life away from abusive or damaging relationships. Whilst your journal is unlikely to be publishable in its current form, a journal can be a very useful base for a memoir as reading it can help to jog your memory about your thoughts, feelings and experiences, as well as providing a useful timeline of events for you to continue to refer back to. Journal writing is also a useful way to hone your writing skills and to find your own unique voice: it is recommended as best practice for all would-be writers who have visions of creating their own memoir or other non-fiction work.

As publishers of memoir we have a unique insight into both how and why its authors choose to tell their stories, as well as into what the memoir reading public are looking for from their next bestseller. Memoir is about connections: the reader connects with the writer by understanding their story, building empathy for them, feeling that they have entered their world. In a society where are lives are so busy, and these connections are often left unmade in the wider community, these hair thin bonds become stronger and more important than ever.

MECHANICSBURG, Pa.Jan. 6, 2017PRLog — Sunbury Press has released “Skunks, Nuts and Other Stories: A Chronicle Culled from the Oral Histories of the Moore/Evans Clan,” a (true) short story compilation from veteran newspaperman John L Moore.

About the Book:
snaos_fcAs a boy delivering newspapers after school, author John L. Moore once found a copy of Playboy magazine on the grass beside the sidewalk. In “Skunks, Nuts, and Other Stories,” he details the dilemma that picking up the magazine created for him.

Moore’s collection of two dozen yarns told by and about members of his extended family reveal the humor, sadness, heroism, resourcefulness and resiliency that his family members experienced in dealing with the world around them. Without meaning to, they sometimes took part in historic events and had chance encounters with famous people.

Its real-life characters include: an aging Vietnam veteran who refuses to forget his long-dead comrades; an uncle telling about his great-grandfather’s Civil War trophies; a teenage girl selling cookies to buy groceries for her younger siblings during the Depression; and a father who plays Santa Claus for his son’s Kindergarten class.

About the Author:
John L. Moore, a veteran newspaperman, said he employed a journalist’s eye for detail and ear for quotes in order to write about long-dead people in a lively way. He said his books are based on 18th and 19th century letters, journals, memoirs and transcripts of official proceedings such as interrogations, depositions and treaties. The author is also a professional storyteller who specializes in dramatic episodes from Pennsylvania’s colonial history. Dressed in 18th century clothing, he does storytelling in the persona of “Susquehanna Jack,” a frontier ruffian. Moore is available weekdays, weekends and evenings for audiences and organizations of all types and sizes. Moore has participated in several archaeological excavations of Native American sites. These include the Village of Nain, Bethlehem; the City Island project in Harrisburg, conducted by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission during the 1990s; and a Bloomsburg University dig in 1999 at a Native American site near Nescopeck. He also took part in a 1963 excavation conducted by the New Jersey State Museum along the Delaware River north of Worthington State Forest. Moore’s 45-year career in journalism included stints as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal; as a Harrisburg-based legislative correspondent for Ottaway News Service; as managing editor of The Sentinel at Lewistown; as editorial page editor and managing editor at The Daily Item in Sunbury; and as editor of the Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal in Bethlehem.

Advance Praise:
“From the Revolution to the 20th century, John L Moore’s family tales are humorous or poignant, capturing how the family connected to the world, the lessons learned, and the connections made to eternity.” — the Publisher

Skunks, Nuts and Other Stories
Written by John L Moore
List Price: $19.95
Hardcover
Publisher: Sunbury Press, Inc. (January 4, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620068079
ISBN-13: 978-1620068076
Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
BISAC: Humor / Family

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Skunks-Nuts-and-Other-St…

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released Strange Magic, a short story compilation from writers in the A Novel Idea Workshop sponsored by Perry County Council of the Arts. Catherine Jordan was the editor.

From PCCA:
sm_fcIn the late 1980s, I wrote a nifty little novel and signed on with a veteran agent who peddled it all over New York City.

I papered the wall of my office with scores of rejection letters, licked my wounds, and went on to other pursuits. But I always wondered why my story went nowhere.

Fast forward thirty years. In collaboration with the Perry County Council of the Arts, author Don Helin assembled a stellar faculty of successful, published authors to teach A Novel Idea, a year-long class for aspiring novelists. I signed on for that first year, half to represent PCCA, and half hoping I might learn what I did wrong three decades ago.

A Novel Idea didn’t disappoint. I learned many reasons why my book never got out of the starting blocks, all the time wishing I could have avoided these pitfalls by taking such a course before I ever started writing.

But there was an unanticipated bonus. My 18 classmates demonstrated a gift for the written word that made each session a joy. As they read aloud the fruits of their writing exercises, I marveled at their talent and inspiration. They made me laugh, pulled hard at my emotions, or transported me to places that I had never been.

That is why I was so excited when author and facilitator Catherine Jordan and publisher Lawrence Knorr approached us with the idea of this anthology. I wanted to read the tales that my peers, and those from the class that followed, had to spin. Please relish them with the knowledge that they were written by ordinary people who believed they had a story to tell and had the courage to start writing.

–Rog Smith, executive director
Perry County Council of the Arts

Contents:
Stories from the Perry County Council of the Arts Writer’s Workshop:
• Paint by Numbers, Maria V. Snyder
• On a Full Moon Night, Rachel Sink
• The Dragon’s Eye, Samantha Coons
• Haunting in Shipoke, Lori M. Myers
• The Lollipop Angel, Brenda Tadych
• The Black Dress, Donna Leiss
• The Candy Factory, Catherine Jordan
• The Light of Night, Mark Boerma
• A Logical Man, Sandy Nork
• Breakfast, Interrupted, Ann Elia Stewart
• Scent and Scentability, Angela Binner
• Feral, Lynne Reeder
• Murder in the Upper Galery, Don Helin
• Little Whirlpools, Carrie Jacobs
• Angel in the Midst, Laurie J. Edwards
• Petrus of Aldrintown, Tom Galvin
• Terra’s Eyes, Teddy Maurer
• Aphrodite, J. A. Thomas

Book Release Reception:

Landis House
Newport, PA
Noon on Saturday January 21, 2017

Strange Magic
Edited by Catherine Jordan
List Price: $16.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
170 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620068496
ISBN-10: 1620068494
BISAC: Fiction / Anthologies

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Strange-Magic-9781620068…