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c-mw-laurelsHOLLYWOOD, CA — The first two books in Keith Rommel’s Thanatology series (Sunbury Press), The Cursed Man and The Lurking Man, have been adapted into feature films and have recently begun their festival runs. Rommel along with director/producer James L. Perry wrote the screenplay for The Cursed Man, and with executive producer Maritza Brikisak for The Lurking Man. Each film took top awards for their screenplay. Now the powerful stories and acting are turning heads. To date, the two films and the novels combined have garnished 60+ awards,  the start of what could be truly spectacular. The film festivals continue throughout most of the year, bringing with them many opportunities. Having won ‘Best Book of the Year’, ‘Best Feature Screenplay’, ‘Best Ensemble’, ‘Best Narrative Feature Film(s)’ and wins in many other categories, the films are a direct reflection of the full length novels and are gaining much attention.

lm_with-laurelsRommel with Frank Krueger, Maritza Brikisak and Felix Martiz is getting ready to bring the third book in the series, The Sinful Man to the big screen. It is yet another powerhouse filled with emotion, psychological terror and reflections on your everyday decisions. Reviewers have called Rommel’s writing, “Horror for the curious mind” and “Thinking man’s fiction.”  This is going to be the most ambitious rendition to date.

Beyond the big screen, Sunbury Press and Rommel are getting ready to release the fourth installment in the series. The Silent Woman is scheduled for a March 7th, 2017 release and is available for pre order now.

MECHANICSBURG, Pa.Feb. 12, 2017PRLog — Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for January. Jim Remsen’s history Embattled Freedom took the top spot. Seinsoth by Steven K Wagner was runner up.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for January, 2016 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 NEW Embattled Freedom Jim Remsen History
2 2 Seinsoth Steven k Wagner Sports Biography
3 Hatched Robert Barsky Literary Fiction
4 1 Strange Magic Catherine Jordan, et al Literary Fiction
5 12 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, 2nd Ed. Mike Campbell History
6 11 Dead of Autumn Sherry Knowlton Thriller Fiction
7 Warriors, Wampum, and Wolves John L Moore History
8 44 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
9 18 Living in the Afterlife Michele Livingston Spirituality
10 38 Raising Monarchs Sue Fox McGovern Nature
11 The Final Charge Charles Godfrey Historical Fiction
12 Settlers, Soldiers, and Scalps John L Moore History
13 Mary Sachs Barbara Trainin-Blank Biography
14 Pioneers, Prisoners, and Peace Pipes John L Moore History
15 8 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History
16 Hidden Dangers R J Stout Current Events
17 4 Keystone Corruption Continues Brad Bumsted History
18 33 Bows, Bullets, and Bears John L Moore History
19 24 Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks John L Moore History
20 16 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical Fiction
21 25 That Night at Surigao Ernie Marshall History
22 The Politics of Prevailing William Miller Education
23 The Bookseller’s Secret Catherine Jordan Horror
24 37 Traders, Travelers, and Tomahawks John L Moore History
25 48 The Wolf of Britannia Part I Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
26 41 Jesus the Phoenician Karim El Koussa History
27 The Descendants of Johann Peter Klinger … Max Klinger Geneaology
28 NEW Burner Thomas Malafarina Horror
29 NEW 13 Deadly Endings Thomas Malafarina Horror
30 49 Rivers, Raiders, and Renegades John L Moore History
31 Seeking Samiel Catherine Jordan Horror
32 The Wolf of Britannia Part II Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
33 The Death Machine Charles Godfrey Historical Fiction
34 39 Hour 30 Brandon Musgrave Memoir
35 34 Cannons, Cattle, and Campfires John L Moore History
36 36 The Best of Keystone Tombstones Joe Farrell and Joe Farley History
37 Indian Villages and Place Names in PA George Donehoo History
38 28 Dead of Summer Sherry Knowlton Thriller Fiction
39 The Georgia Segregated School for the Deaf Ron Knorr & Clemmie Whatley History
40 27 Cast Iron Signs of Pennsylvania Towns and Other Landmarks N Clair Clawser History
41 26 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair Vietnam Memoir
42 22 A Year if Change and Consequences Mark Singel Memoir
43 5 Solomon Screech Owl’s Kangaroo Caper Beth Lancione & Kathy Haney Childrens
44 The Heatstroke Line Ed Rubin Climate Fiction
45 32 The Ripper’s Haunts Michael Hawley History
46 The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs Terry Ray Paranormal
47 The Hidden Legacy of World War II Carol Vento History
48 Keystone Tombstones Volume 2 Joe Farrell and Joe Farley History
49 The Devil Tree Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
50 43 Digging Dusky Diamonds John Lindermuth History

ef_fcJim Remsen’s history of abolitionist activity in Waverly, PA, entitled “Embattled Freedom,” was #1 due to advance sales leading up to its release. Steven K Wagner’s biography “Seinsoth” about the Dodger who almost was took #2 due to bookstore sales. Robert Barsky’s novel “Hatched” returned to the rankings thanks to author appearances at topical venues. The Perry County Council of the Arts’ writers workshop anthology “Strange Magic” was #4 due to strong sales up until the release party at the Landis House in Newport, PA. Mike Campbell’s “Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last” nabbed #5 thanks to strong ebook sales of the 2nd edition.

The company released three new titles in January:

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for January, 2016
Burner Thomas Malafarina Horror
13 Deadly Endings Thomas Malafarina Horror
Embattled Freedom Jim Remsen History

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

SCRANTON, Pa.  — Sunbury Press has released Embattled Freedom: Chronicle of a Fugitive-Slave Haven in the Wary North, Jim Remsen’s history of the town of Waverly’s role in the Underground Railroad and other abolitionist activity.

About the Book:
ef_fcRural Northeastern Pennsylvania was a bucolic farming region in the 1800s—but political tensions churned below the surface. When a group of fugitive slaves dared to settle in the Underground Railroad village of Waverly, near Scranton, before the Civil War, they encountered a mix of support from abolitionists and animosity from white supremacists. Once the war came, 13 of Waverly’s black fathers and sons returned south, into the bowels of slavery, to fight for the Union. Their valor under fire helped to change many minds about blacks. Embattled Freedom lifts these 13 remarkable lives out of the shadows, while also shedding light on the racial politics and social codes they and their people endured in the divided North. The men had found a safe haven in Waverly, but like other people of color in the 1800s and early 1900s, their freedom was uneasy, their battle for respect never-ending.

Readers are invited to visit embattledfreedom.org, a related, free educational website. There you will find:
Learning segments based on themes in the book
Author’s blog
Classroom materials
Repository of illustrations
Recommended reading

About the Author:
Jim Remsen is a journalist and author of two prior books, The Intermarriage Handbook (HarperCollins, 1988) and Visions of Teaoga (Sunbury, 2014). Since retiring as Religion Editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer, Jim has pursued his keen interest in history, with a focus on underappreciated aspects of our nation’s local histories. Being a native of Waverly, Pa., he is pleased to be bringing his old hometown’s remarkable black and abolitionist period to light.

Praise:
A fascinating history that needs to be shared.”
-Mary Ann Moran-Savakinus, Director, Lackawanna Historical Society, Scranton

A well-researched and documented read that revisits the challenges of 13 freedom-seekers who served during the Civil War. A research gem.”
-Sherman Wooden, President, Center for Anti-Slavery Studies, Montrose, Pa.

Embattled Freedom: Chronicle of a Fugitive-Slave Haven in the Wary North
Written by Jim Remsen
List Price: $19.95
6″ x 9″   (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
246 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620068113
ISBN-10: 1620068117
BISAC: History / United States / Civil War

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Embattled-Freedom-978162…

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

Ernest & Edgar Literary Blog

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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