Black Friday Deals from Books & Boos Press

2015-11-25 20.15.15We at Books & Boos Press wants to give our readers a chance to fill their Kindles and other e-readers with spiders. We are giving away e-book copies of Where Spiders Fear to Spin by Peter N. Dudar from Nov. 27 through 30! Don’t miss this chance to read this novella by Dudar, who is a Bram Stoker Award Finalist.

Where Spiders Fear to Spin tells the tale of former soap opera star Sadie Mills, a woman literally haunted by her past whose final days are filled with horror. Her daughter resents taking care of her, her former lovers are dying off one by one, and her dead husband’s vengeful ghost has returned from the dead to drag her to hell.

To get your free copy, click here.

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Along with giving away Spiders, we have lowered the price on Insanity. You can now get $2 off the e-book or print copy of Insanity Tales II: The Sense of Fear until Nov. 30.

The collection features eleven stories from six of New England’s finest storytellers. David Daniel, Stacey Longo, Dale T. Phillips, Rob Smales, and Ursula Wong each have two short stories in the book; Vlad V. contributed a novella. Multiple Bram Stoker winner Joe McKinney (Crooked HousePlague of the Undead) wrote the foreword.

The book is a themed anthology: each author based their stories on different senses, going beyond the traditional (sight, smell, hearing, touch, and taste) to elements such as a sense of doom, of powerlessness to control the future, and a sense of false hope.

If you want some Insanity, click here.

Books and Boos Press Debuts ‘Insanity Tales’ this Halloween Season

 

Publishing news from the Books & Boos Press website.

 

Books & Boos Press is excited to announce our October release of Insanity Tales, due out just in time for the Halloween season. This anthology contains short stories from David Daniel, Stacey Longo, Dale T. Phillips, and Ursula Wong, and a short novella by Vlad Vaslyn. Longo also edited the collection.

All of the stories in the anthology are new, with the exception of one from Longo (“Old Man’s Winter”), which was expanded and changed from an earlier version. Each story in Insanity Tales features a character whose actions could very well be perceived as crazy—and in some cases, they are.

The table of contents for Insanity Tales is as follows:

Foreword by Jonathan Maberry

“Memory Unit” by David Daniel

“Dark Water” by Ursula Wong

“Jack-o’-Lantern” by Dale T. Phillips

“Old Man’s Winter” by Stacey Longo

“Scalper” by David Daniel

“Never Alone” by Ursula Wong

“Chupacabra Moon” by Dale T. Phillips

“Color Him Crazy” by Stacey Longo

“The Sleep Artist” by Vlad V.

David Daniel is the author of eleven novels and more than a hundred short stories, and has won a Private Eye Writers of America Award (for The Heaven Stone) and was a Shamus Award finalist. Stacey Longo is the author of Ordinary Boy (due out May 2015) and Secret Things: Twelve Tales to Terrify, and was a featured author on the 2014 Connecticut Authors Trail. Dale T. Phillips is the author of four novels (A Memory of GriefA Fall From Grace), over thirty short stories, and has appeared on stage, television, and in an independent feature film, Throg. Vlad V. is the author of The ButtonYorick and Brachman’s Underworld. He is a freelance writer and former newspaper correspondent for the Lowell Sun and Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise. Ursula Wong is the author of Purple Trees, is a regional winner of the flash fiction contest sponsored by the New Hampshire Writer’s Project, and leads the NHWP Nashua chapter. Books & Boos Press is honored to be able to work with such a talented group of writers.

 

Pictures from Terror Con 2014, Part 3

 

By Jason Harris

 

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WWE Superstar Kane

Audrey II

Audrey II

Commercial Artist Roger Kastel

Commercial Artist Roger Kastel

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Carel Struycken (Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Addams Family)

Carel Struycken (Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Addams Family)

Calypso holding Davey Jones' heart.

Calypso holding Davey Jones’ heart.

These Captain Jack Sparrows are fighting each other.

These Captain Jack Sparrows are fighting each other.

The two Jack Sparrows getting along and hanging out.

The two Jack Sparrows getting along and hanging out.

Authors Stacey Longo, Vlad Vaslyn, Rob Watts, and Dale T. Phillips at the Books & Boos table.

Authors Stacey Longo, Vlad Vaslyn, Rob Watts, and Dale T. Phillips at the Books & Boos table.

Bobby Campo (The Final Destination)

Bobby Campo (The Final Destination)

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Model/Actress Sarah Michelle with a young Scream fan.

Model/Actress Sarah Michelle with a young Scream fan.

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Author Stacey Longo with John Altamura (a.k.a. the Toxic Avenger)

Author Stacey Longo with John Altamura (a.k.a. the Toxic Avenger)

 

These are the final pictures from Terror Con.

Meet Three Authors at the Foxboro Jaycees Fourth Annual Spring Fair this Sunday

 

There will be three authors at the Books & Boos’ tables during the Foxboro Jaycees Fourth Annual Spring Fair happening this Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Foxboro, MA.

The three authors people can meet are Stacey Longo, Dale T. Phillips, and Vlad Vaslyn. Fair attendees will be able to purchase these author’s books and get them signed as well. Longo will have her short story collection, Secret Things, Phillips will have his horror thriller, Shadow of the Wendigo, and Vaslyn will have his science fiction thrill, The Button.

Along with the authors, there will be crafters, artists, and vendors at the Spring Fair.

The fair was originally scheduled for Saturday, but the prospect of rainy weather caused the organizers to hold the fair on its rain date. The fair is being held on the Foxboro Common in Foxboro, MA.

Pictures from the Rock Comic Expo

 

By Jason Harris

 

The first Rock Comic Expo happened yesterday at the Rockingham Park in Salem, New Hampshire. The Expo was created by J. Moulton. It ran from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. It was a day of people in cosplay and talking with authors and artists.2014-05-09 23.53.05

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Author Rob Watts with the Iron Patriot.

Author Rob Watts with the Iron Patriot.

Emily and Jeremy Drouin of Eplis Comic.

Emily and Jeremy Drouin of Eplis Comic.

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Author Dale T. Phillips holding his book, Crooked Paths.

Author Rob Watts holding his latest book, Left-Hand Path.

Author Rob Watts holding his latest book, Left-Hand Path.

Crystalia Amaquelin of Marvel's The Inhumans.

Crystalia Amaquelin of Marvel’s The Inhumans.

Authors Rob Watts and Dale T. Phillips

Authors Rob Watts and Dale T. Phillips

Author Stacey Longo talking with a expo attendee.

Author Stacey Longo talking with an expo attendee.

Authors Vlad Vaslyn and Dale T. Phillips behind the New England Horror Writers table.

Authors Vlad Vaslyn and Dale T. Phillips behind the New England Horror Writers table.

Moulton plans to make the comic expo a two-day event next year. He is also involved with Vermont Comic Con, which debuts in October.

Meet Artists and Authors at the Rock Comic Expo this Saturday

Rock Comic Expo

The Rock Comic Expo is a one-day show happening in Salem, New Hampshire on Saturday. The expo will consist of  vendors, comic book artists and authors from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The artists at the Expo will include Emily Drouin, John Coen, Jerry Fleming, and Amanda Dufresne. You can see the entire list of artists on the Rock Comic Expo website here.

There will also be authors at the Expo promoting and selling their books. These authors include Gordon Bean, Elizabeth Black, Stacey Longo, Dale T. Phillips, Vlad Vaslyn, and Rob Watts.

Tickets to the Expo are $5. The Expo takes place at Rockingham Park in Salem, NH.

Pictures from Queen City Kamikaze 2014

by Jason Harris

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The Books and Boos banner at Queen City Kamikaze.

Dale T. Phillips, Stacey Longo, T.T. Zuma, and Mark Wholley behind the Books and Boos tables.

From left to right: Dale T. Phillips, Stacey Longo, T.T. Zuma, and Mark Wholley behind the Books and Boos tables.

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Authors Gordon Bean and Stacey Longo on the Horror in the Movies panel.

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Authors Dale T. Phillips, Stacey Longo, and Vlad Vaslyn on the Where Authors Get Their Ideas panel.

Authors Dale T. Phillips, Stacey Longo, and Vlad Vaslyn on the Where Authors Get Their Ideas panel.

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Authors Gordon Bean and Dale T. Phillips talk to a visitor of the Books and Boos table.

Authors Gordon Bean and Dale T. Phillips talking with a visitor to the Books and Boos table.

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Author Stacey Longo with the Joker.

Author Stacey Longo with the Joker.

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The Anthocon table at Queen City Kamikaze.

The Anthocon table at Queen City Kamikaze.

Queen City Kamikaze Happens this Sunday in New Hampshire (updated)

 

By Jason Harris

 

It’s February and the third annual Queen City Kamikaze is upon us once again. It’s one bright spot during this cold and snowy month.  The one difference this year is that this anime, video game, comic book, cosplay, sci-fi, and fantasy convention takes place on a Sunday. For the past two years, it happened on Saturday.

There will be over 25 vendors at this convention including Dandelion Studios, Books & Boos, and Harrison’s Comics.

Mark Wholley, one of the Four Horsemen who founded Anthocon, Northern New England’s only multi-genre literature and arts convention, will be at QCK for his second time to promote Anthocon. He will also be selling copies of Anthology, an anthology that debuted at Anthocon. He wants to make some vendor contacts and meet some artists, Wholley said.

“I like the show because of it diverse audience it draws in, It’s local to me and I like to support other shows when I can. I enjoyed last year so I decided to attend again this year,” Wholley said.

At the Books & Boos‘ tables, there will be six authors: Stacey Longo, Dale T. Phillips, Vlad Vaslyn, Tony Tremblay, David Price, and Gordon Bean. They are all members of the New England Horror Writers organization. These authors will be selling and signing their books. This will be Longo’s third time and Tremblay’s and Price’s second time attending the convention.

“I love this convention and meeting a younger generation of readers,” Longo said.

Along with selling new and used books, Books & Boos will be presenting two panels: Horror in the Movies (1 p.m. to 2 p.m.) and Where Authors Get Their Ideas (4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.).

Horror In The Movies: authors Gordon Bean (Dawn of Broken Glass), David Price (Dead in the USA), Stacey Longo (Secret Things), and moderator Jason Harris will discuss the best and worst, darkest and most disturbing, scariest and silliest examples of horror on the big screen on the Horror in the Movies panel. From the golden age of Nosferatu to the modern-day Conjuring, this panel will cover it all. Questions from the audience are encouraged throughout the discussion.

Where Do Writers Get Their Ideas? Authors Dale Phillips (Shadow of the Wendigo), Vlad Vaslyn (Brachman’s Underworld), David Price (Dead in the USA), and moderator Stacey Longo (Secret Things) will answer the number one question writers hear from their readers: How do you come up with this stuff? From disturbing first dates to summer camp adventures gone awry, audiences will learn how the most innocent of memories and experiences can be turned into scary stories and best sellers. Questions from the audience will be encouraged throughout the discussion.

There is a third panel: How to Create, Publish, and Promote Your Own Comic, which will happen during the convention, but isn’t sponsored by Books and Boos.

The Queen City Kamikaze takes place at 1 Crusader Way in Manchester, New Hampshire from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16. There is a $10 admission price.

Editor’s Note:
Author David Price won’t be able to attend the convention. A family issue came up.

Review: ‘The Man in the High Castle’ by Philip K. Dick

by Vlad Vaslyn

the-man-in-the-high-castleThis 1960s work paints a chilling portrait of what life might have been like if Germany and Japan had been victorious in World War II, and it remains one of the pinnacles of the Alternative History sub-genre for a very good reason. Simply put, I found the book stellar, with resonant characters and interesting and disturbing philosophical questions about Nazism and Japanese fascism if they had been allowed to play out across the globe unrestrained.

In this book, the Allies lost the war, and the Axis powers have divided the world up. The Japanese rule the west coast of the United States, the Germans rule the east coast, and the two powerless remnants of what was once America eek out an existence in the middle. In many ways the Japanese are a power unto themselves, but there is no doubt that the Germans are the stronger of the two. While not exactly subservient to the Germans, the empires still chafe against one another, for the racial identity that drives Nazi culture looks down all non-Aryan races, a fact that is not lost on the Japanese.

The story takes place in what was once California, leveraging the friction between the two empires into a potent story element; the political might of government officials and secret police loom over the characters en masse. A simpering arts dealer, an anxious and estranged wife, a slick Gestapo assassin, and a jewelry designer who lives by the commands of an oracle are pulled into a multi-pronged conspiracy as the two empires seek leverage on one another.

In the background, an award-winning novelist has written a book that infuriates the Nazi regime and ended up on a hit list. That book, The Grasshopper Lies Heavy, is a fictional account of what would’ve happened if the Allies won the war, providing an interesting mirror as the alternative reality portrayed in The Man in the High Castle reflects the true reality that we’ve all come to know.

The drama in The Man in the High Castle lies not in chase scenes or explosions (although there are some fascinating Science Fiction elements), but rather in a simmering, intellectual sort of political and ideological tension that hooked me throughout and built to a boil in the final pages. The book reaches an intriguing crescendo, and it becomes easy to understand why so many have dubbed The Man in the High Castle one of the great Alternative History novels.

It took me a couple of minutes to comprehend what I had just read when I finished the story. When it finally sank it, I leaned back and thought, “Whoa. That was heavy.” Such is often the mark of a great book.

Genre: Science Fiction/Alternative History.

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars.

VladVaslynVlad Vaslyn is the author of Brachman’s Underworld, Yorick and The Button. He has been a guest performer at multi-artist events such as Cool Roots and Rooted, and has appeared in places such as Open Book Society, Yahoo! Shine, Indie Author News, Strange Amusements, and Digital Journal. He is an active member of the New England Horror Writers, and his background as a newspaper correspondent has earned him dozens of publishing credits as well.

We encourage you to view his work at: www.TheVlad.net.

Book Review: ‘A Shadow on the Wall’ by Dale T. Phillips

shadow_on_wall_cover_smashZack Taylor just can’t seem to escape his past. Ollie Southern, a member of a notorious biker gang, has cut a deal with the feds to get out of prison, and he’s returned to Portland, Maine to let Zack know he isn’t about to let bygones be bygones.

Meanwhile, Hollywood descends on his beloved city, and Zack is persuaded by a beautiful starlet to come on board as the martial arts liaison for what is sure to be a blockbuster film. But Zack is beside himself when he finds out the movie is actually about his own troubled past, and when someone in the business winds up dead, the blame falls on him.

Zack’s desire to put his past behind him has suddenly been complicated by questionable Hollywood ties to internationally organized crime, a police officer with an agenda, an old flame, a new flame, troubled actors, suspicion of arson and murder, and a big bag of money. And of course, Ollie Southern doesn’t help matters either.

What is an ex-con like Zack Taylor to do?

In A Shadow on the Wall, Dale T. Phillips delivers a high-octane mystery/thriller that moves seamlessly from dilemma to dilemma as Zack Taylor navigates the deadly mysteries playing out around him. Zack sizzles as a man with a troubled past trying to turn over a new leaf, and as a pawn and an unwilling player in an agenda he must understand before it kills him. His inevitable confrontation with a bloodthirsty Yakuza assassin delivers an exciting conclusion to what continues to be one of the more engaging mystery series I’ve read. The pacing in this book starts at 60 miles per hour and only accelerates from there, making it a quick, enjoyable read.

This is the best Zack Taylor book yet.

4 out of 5 Stars

Vlad Vaslyn, book reviewer