Archive for August, 2010

CAMP HILL, Pa.Camp Hill, PA – Landisburg, PA artist Alecia Nye’s artwork has been selected for the cover of Thomas Malafarina’s new horror novel ‘Burn Phone’. The book will be released later this month by Sunbury Press. Nye’s print will soon be released in a limited edition.

About the book:

3476068Charles Wilson, a traveling businessman in search of a prepaid cellular phone stumbles into a strange store where he is presented with a hideous phone that he discovers can open a portal to Hell, summoning demonic creatures to do his every bidding.

What is the origin of this device? Why was Wilson chosen to be the “Keeper of the Phone”? How will this newfound power affect Wilson? This is story of power, psychological terror, demonic temptations, and human greed.

This is Thomas M. Malafarina’s second full length for Sunbury press. He has also written the novel “Ninety-Nine Souls” and the short story collection called “Thirteen Nasty Endings” both published through Sunbury Press.

“Burn Phone” has plenty of suspense, terror, surprises and just enough gut wrenching gore to keep the author satisfied.

Thomas M. Malafarina is a horror author from the South Heidelberg Township area of Pennsylvania. To date he has published a horror novel called “Ninety-Nine Souls” and a collection of horror short stories called “Thirteen Nasty Endings” through Sunbury Press.

He was born July 23, 1955 in the town of Ashland, Pennsylvania, in the heart of the hard coal region. He was raised in a small, wood-framed row house along with his parents, his younger brother and two older sisters. Growing up in this blue-collar community Thomas learned the importance of hard work and dedication to family. These values instilled by his parents guided him through to his adult life.

Thomas has enjoyed a life-long love of writing, music and art and of course, horror. “Burn Phone” is his latest exploration into the world of demonic horror.

Thomas lives in South Heidelberg Township, just outside of Wernersville, PA with his wife JoAnne. They have three grown children and two grandchildren.

Format – softcover – perfect binding.
214 pgs. 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN# 9781453716144

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Kathy_Ruff-158x216The following article written by Kathy Ruff, appeared in the Carbon County Magazine in the August 2010 issue. It involves a group of touring fiction writers with ties to the coal regions of Pennsylvania.

… Learn more about how these authors turned inspiration into stories at the next meeting of the Black Diamond Writers’ Network.

Mike Breslin, a St. Vincent college alum, penned Robbing the Pillars, a tale of life in a Pennsylvania coal-mining town during its decline following WWII. The story captures the essence of the region including the dreaded Black Lung, the struggle of the poor and power of the wealthy and the dangerous mining practice of robbing the pillars.

Duane Fegley’s Black Emeralds, a political thriller based in Schuylkill County and in Washington, D.C., tells a tale of anthracite lobbyists, coal and corruption at the highest level of U.S. government that leads to a constitutional crisis. A former resident of the anthracite coal region, Fegley turned his captivation of the people and the region’s story into his first novel.

Thomas M. Malafarina, a horror fiction author, was born and raised in Ashland, Schuylkill County. Many of his popular stories have a coal region connection, whether they’re the short stories in his book 13 Nasty Endings, or in his novels 99 Souls, Burn Phone and Eye Contact. Malafarina’s other works  include two collections of short stories, 13 Nasty Endings and Gallery of Horror.

Joseph Tarone of Schuylkill County’s Raven Run wrote his second book, Some Stones Shine, to tell the story of his father and uncles as they set off on their own as teenagers in the early 1900s. The book recounts tales of the joys and travails and provides a snapshot of life in the anthracite region of Pennsylvania at its peak.

Join this author panel to learn more about gleaning inspiration from your surroundings at the next meeting of the Black Diamond Writers’ Network. The meeting will run from 10 a.m. to noon, Sat., Sept. 17, 2011, at the Tamaqua Public Library, 30 S. Railroad St., Tamaqua. The conclusion of the meeting will include a writers’ roundtable for those present and a brief critique session for those interested in sharing some of their work. The meeting is open to the public.

For more information about the Black Diamond Writers’ Network, call Kathy Ruff at 570-645-3059 or visit the Tamaqua Public Library web site at http://www.tamaquapubliclibrary.com. For directions, call the Tamaqua Public Library at 570-668-4660.

The Black Diamond Writers’ Network invites anyone with a passion for writing to join us in learning more about the craft and business of writing.

The 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focuses on offering educational programs and networking for all writers.

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