Archive for April, 2012

Book Review: Eye Contact – Author Thomas M. Malafarina

Malafarina Maleficarum Volume Two completes the two book set of early Tom Malafarina works of horror

Camp Hill, PA – Sunbury Press has released horror author Thomas M. Malafarina’s compilation “Malafarina Maleficarum – Volume Two”, combining his second novel “Eye Contact” and short story compilation “Gallery of Horror,” inspired by the surreal collages of Nunzio Barbera.

About the book:
malmal2_pubIn Germany, in 1487 Heinrich Kramer and Jacob Sprenger published what was to be considered one of the most famous medieval exposés on witches, called the Malleus Maleficarum. The purpose for the book was two fold. Firstly, it was meant to challenge all arguments against the existence of witchcraft and secondly to instruct magistrates on how to identify, interrogate and convict witches.

Sunbury Press presents this second volume of some of horror author, Thomas M. Malafarina’s early works and in homage to the Malleus Maleficarum have entitled it Malafarina Maleficarum. It contains Thomas’s novel Eye Contact as well as stories from his second short story collection Gallery of Horror.

In the tradition of “Night Gallery”, horror author Thomas M. Malafarina and contemporary artist Nunzio Barbera have collaborated to present a collection of strange and bizarre stories, combining both art and fiction, which they call Gallery of Horror. The goal of the work was to produce stories with the same surrealistic atmosphere of the old television show along with short stories containing similar ironic twists. In addition, many of the stories have Malafarina’s own special brand of descriptive gore. Each story was inspired by, and features one of, Nunzio Barbera’s works of art and was created with the hopes of taking the reader on a very special journey into the unknown and frightening world that is the mind of Thomas M. Malafarina.

There is a thin line between reality and illusion, between sanity and insanity, between life and death. Through no fault of his own, David Matson, the protagonist in Eye Contact, is thrust into a world of darkness, of illusion, of hallucinations and never-ending nightmares; a world from which he longs to awaken but cannot. Join him in his interminable struggle to return to reality and see what horrors fate has in store for him.

So sit back in your favorite reading chair, dim the lights and prepare to read a great collection of some of the earliest published works of Thomas M. Malafarina and become familiar with his special writing style. We are certain you will not only love what you read but will be left hungry for more.

Malafarina Maleficarum: Volume 2
Authored by Thomas M Malafarina
List Price: $16.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
378 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620060520
ISBN-10: 1620060523
BISAC: Fiction / Horror


Amish Rebel to the front! All eBook eyes on Tom Malafarina! Sunbury Press bestsellers for March…

Camp Hill, PA – “The Amish Rebel”, novelist Preston Nuttall’s historical Civil War adventure, took the top spot in print thanks to author events. Thomas Malafarina’s horror novel about the experiences of a comatose man led all eBook downloads due to a strong Kindle free download promotion. Professional mountain biker Willow Rockwell’s autobiography, “My Wheels Gave me Wings,” debuted at #2 in print. Keith Rommel’s horror psycho-thriller “The Cursed Man” nabbed #2 in eBooks. Nonfiction books captured five of the top ten spots in print. Fiction took eight of ten eBooks.

EyeContactCover pubFarrell & Farley’s “Keystone Tombstones Volume I” continued to sell well thanks to author appearances on TV and radio. The two were recently signed for a TV series on the PCN network.

Children’s books “Night Noises” by Carole LaPlante and “Over the Sea” by Joanne Risso grabbed the 4th and 5th spots in print thanks to author events.

Jess Steven Hughes’ Roman novel “The Sign of the Eagle” debuted at number 6. Dan Shutter’s “The Mouse with the Broken Tail” grabbed 7th.

Steve Troutman’s local histories “The Trevorton, Mahanoy and Susquehanna Railroad” and “Tulpehocken Trail Traces” jumped to 8th and 9th.

Carol Schultz Vento’s “The Hidden Legacy of World War II” rounded out the top ten in print and finished 5th in eBooks.

Thomas Malafarina’s “13 Nasty Endings” and “99 Souls” grabbed 4th & 6th in eBooks thanks to cross-selling with the free promotion of “Eye Contact.”

Jackson Holiday’s hilariously insulting “Who Sh*t in My Zen Garden” ranked third in eBooks.

Mainstay’s “Pythagoras” by Karim El Koussah, “Fireproof Moth” by Milo Thornberry, “Beagle Tales” by Bob Ford and “Mr. Justice” by Scott Gerber rounded out the top eBooks.

Sales for the month of March were more than double same month sales in 2011. It appears last year’s soft month (March) came earlier this year (February). For the quarter, however, sales are down slightly as compared to last year. The press was helped by after-Christmas sales of best-selling “Prohibition’s Prince” in 2011. This year, there is no one book leading sales consistently — yet.

Following are the top overall print sellers by category:

History / Memoir – “My Wheels Gave me Wings” by Willow Rockwell
Fiction  – “The Amish Rebel” by Preston Nuttall
Poetry – “Postmodern Dogma” by Andrei Guruianu
Children’s – “Night Noises” by Carole LaPlante and Mary Ann Byrne-Walker
The Arts – “My Eye on the Philadelphia Mummers” by Mary Gallagher Stout
Self-Help – “A Young Adult’s Guide to Safety in the Digital Age” by Jeff Sechler
Christian  – “The Mouse with the Broken Tail” by Paul Argentini
Metaphysical – “Messages from Beyond” by Michele Livingston
Reference – “Education Behind Bars” by Chris Zoukis

The company released four new titles during the month of March:
“The Sign of the Eagle” by Jess Steven Hughes
“Night Noises” (English only edition) by Carole LaPlante
“The Amish Rebel” by Preston Nuttall
“Obama’s Great Education Lie” by Dr. John Loase

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