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Zombies stalk the wilds near Reading, PA in Thomas Malafarina’s latest novel

READING, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released Thomas Malafarinas latest novel, Dead Kill Volume 2: The Ridge of Change, post-apocalyptic fiction about survival under grim circumstances.

dk2_fcAbout the Book:
It’s 2054. Ten years since the Zombie virus of 2043 struck. Although all are infected, humanity has learned to deal with the dead and reduced their numbers to being no more than a nuisance. But like mankind, viruses need to do what they must to survive. Change and mutation is the survival mechanism of viruses. Author Thomas M Malafarina continues his Dead Kill series withDead Kill Book 2: The Ridge Of Change.

What Others Are Saying:
“Thomas Malafarina writes with a visual artist’s eye for detail and design and revels in the same exuberant flourishes for violence and tableaus of flesh as Clive Barker, all the while working the clichés and conventions of the horror genre bravely and unabashedly. Though he has created his own King-like milieu in and around his native Schuylkill County (PA), Malafarina shares Lovecraft’s cosmic vision and torment of inner and outer space and he designs philosophically laden set pieces that thoroughly dissect the minutia of man as if he were just another sentient being in a violent and insatiable cosmos (and a clumsy one at that), a doomed soul wracked with mental anguish and ripe for the picking from the evils of the universe, just another chapter in an ancient taxonomy. Tom’s novels continue to grow in scope and ambition – he is a veritable talent to watch (and read)!” — George Andrade – Horror News

“Thomas M. Malafarina is the kind of writer I aspire to be. Like a visionary painter, creates mood in the landscape of dread, strong emotions with characters you care for, and suspense that causes a reader’s nails to dig deep into their own legs.  Stories cut from a cloth of originality that is Thomas M. Malafarina.” — Mark Slade – Nightmare Illustrated Magazine

“Malafarina’s vision into a world where zombies are nearly eradicated is fresh and savagely satisfying, making this a must read.” — Keith Rommel – Author of “The Cursed Man”

Excerpt:
Jackson Ridge was terrified beyond all human understanding. He didn’t dare let even so much as a single breath escape from his tightly pursed lips while the mangled reanimated remains of what was once the Yuengsville Chief of Police, Brent Holden slowly trudged across the dirt barn floor toward him. Jackson was bound tightly with heavy bull rope and was unable to move. As if that were not a futile enough situation, large spikes had been driven through his palms crucifying him to a thick, heavy wooden crossbeam in the horrifying barn turned death chamber. In the distance, not very far away he could hear the moans of the other undead creatures milling about in the unseen pit he knew was there. He could smell their foul reeking stench. He wondered if they could likewise smell the warmth of his own blood coursing through his veins. And might the vile beasts possibly find a way to escape from their own prison and come for him? But he knew by then it would be far too late for him anyway.

Only minutes earlier Jackson had watched as the dead police chief had transformed into a savage, flesh-craving zombie. The ungainly clumsy creature had stumbled to rise, placing its twisted hands on the side cross rails of the barn stalls, using them to help it stand upright. Then the living dead thing had looked directly at Jackson. Its eyes had no longer held the same look of hatred, which living Brent Holden’s contemptuous eyes had once reserved for Jackson. Now they conveyed something that he realized was far, far worse. Now they held a look of insatiable hunger in those deathly filmy orbs. A single glance at those hideous undead hungry eyes was enough to cause all of the breath to leave Jackson’s lungs in one unwelcome gasp of terrified exhalation.

About the Author:
Thomas MalafarinaThomas M. Malafarina is a horror fiction author from the South Heidelberg Twp area of Berks County, Pennsylvania. He was born July 23, 1955 in Ashland, Schuylkill County, PA where he lived until moving to Berks County in 1979.

Many of Thomas’s stories take place in his native Schuylkill County and also in Berks County settings. Thomas’s books are published by Sunbury Press of Camp Hill, PA.

Thomas’s novels include “Dead Kill 1: The Ridge of Death,” “Dead Kill 2: The Ridge of Change,” “99 Souls,” “Burn Phone,” “Eye Contact,” and “Fallen Stones”. His short story collection are “13 Nasty Endings,” “Gallery of Horror,” and “Ghost Shadows”. He also has a collection of single-panel cartoons called “Yes I Smelled It Too”. In addition, Thomas’s stories appear in many anthologies currently on sale on Amazon.

Thomas has had a life-long love of the horror and monster genre in all its form of books, movies and art. Annually, Thomas creates works of horror art, props and scenery, which he donates to a local non-profit Halloween Barn Of Terror.

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

The Ridge of Change
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
280 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620066713
ISBN-10: 1620066718
BISAC: Fiction / Horror / General

Also available on Kindle
For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Dead-Kill-Book-Two-The-R…

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Hideous creatures and nightmarish situations abound in Malafarina’s “Malaformed Realities”

WERNERSVILLE, Pa.Sunbury Press has released thriller writer Thomas Malafarina’s latest short story compilationMalaformed Realities Volume One.

About the Book:
imagesHistory tells us that on October 3, 1849 the great master of the macabre, Edgar Allen Poe, was found wandering the streets of Baltimore, Maryland delirious and in grave distress. He was taken immediately to the Washington College Hospital, where he died at 5 a.m. on Sunday, October 7. Poe never became coherent enough to explain how he wound up in such an abysmal condition. There are a lot of theories about his death but no concrete evidence. Maybe he simply lost his way back from those incredibly dark places his writing took him.

Thomas Malafarina can only hope that his own numerous journeys into that land of darkness will not someday take its toll on him. “I would hate to think of myself thirty years from now in some home for the aged and infirm, cowering in bed with the covers tucked tightly to my chin. Would I be too afraid to leave the safety of my covers because the demons, which once only lived inside my mind, had since become as real to me as flesh and bone in my addled condition? I suppose we will have to wait and see,” mused Thomas.

In the meantime, please enjoy yet another journey into the darkest corners of Thomas Malafarina’s mind. This collection is calledMalaformed Realities, not just as a clever play on his last name, but because distorting and twisting reality into something it was never intended to be is what he enjoys doing best. “And if in the process, I manage to disturb and frighten you along the way then all the better.”

Stories included in this volume:

  • When They Come For You
  • A Love Best Served Cold
  • MegaSynth RP-1
  • Brass
  • Inspector 17
  • Hear No Evil
  • Big Frankie
  • Dinner With Andy And Meg
  • Cold, Cold Women
  • If Thine Eye Offend Thee
  • Homecoming
  • Passageways To Perniciousness
  • Storage
  • Cutaneous Horns
  • Icehouse
  • Single Panel
  • The Brands
  • Breathe
  • Tools Of The Trade
  • Zombie Party
  • And The Scales Fell From My Eyes (A Novella)

Excerpt:
Cold, Cold Women
She had been the love of his life, the reason for his very existence. In fact, Dylan had considered her the warmest and most affectionate woman he had ever met. In his past, so many cold, cold women had hurt him so many times before taking all the love he had to give and then tossing him aside like so much garbage.

After years of dealing with this rejection Dylan had become wise to such deceitful women. He had experienced enough pain. He found he was never able give fully of himself in any relationship. He knew to watch for the signs. When he saw a woman turning cold, he would end it before he could be hurt again. After a while, he had begun to wonder if he would never find a truly caring woman.

Then he met Celia. She was everything he wanted in a woman and more. She was warm, compassionate and loving. She was the one woman who could break down the protective walls Dylan had built around himself. She taught him to give fully of himself once again without fear or concern and she had made his life complete—at least for a time.

But then he sensed that she too was beginning to grow distant and cold, just like the rest of them. These damned cold, cold women. She didn’t think he noticed, but he did. He knew the signs. After a time he realized she was no different than the others and soon she too would leave him. He was furious that he had allowed her to get so close to him, to break through his defenses, to get him to open up to her. Why had he been such a fool?

Now she lay quietly next to him in bed, her cold dead corpse growing stiff with rigor mortis. Her neck bore the blackened bruises from strangulation—her eyes bloodshot with petechial hemorrhaging. He was certain he could smell the stench of decay already forming about her and only after a few hours.

Life had made Dylan wise. He had ended it before she could hurt him any more than she already had. Why had she grown so cold? He didn’t know, but it really didn’t matter. Now she too would be buried in his back yard along with the many others who had tried to hurt Dylan. She had once been special but now she would become just another of the dozens of the cold, cold women now resting in the cold, cold ground.

About the Author:
01_24_15_Rabbit_Hash_KY_CroppedThomas M. Malafarina is a horror fiction author from the South Heidelberg Twp area of Berks County, Pennsylvania. He was born July 23, 1955 in Ashland, Schuylkill County, PA where he lived until moving to Berks County in 1979.

Many of Thomas’s stories take place in his native Schuylkill County and also in Berks County settings. Thomas’s books are published by Sunbury Press of Camp Hill, PA.

Thomas’s novels include “99 Souls”, “Burn Phone” and “Eye Contact”, “Fallen Stones”, and the “Dead Kill” series. His short story collection are “13 Nasty Endings”, “Gallery of Horror”, “Malafarina Maleficarum Volume 1″, “Malafarina Maleficarum Volume 2″,  “Ghost Shadows”, and “Malaformed Realities”. He also has a collection of single-panel cartoons called “Yes I Smelled It Too”. In addition, Thomas’s stories appear in many anthologies currently on sale on Amazon.

Thomas has had a life-long love of the horror and monster genre in all its form of books, movies and art. Annually, Thomas creates works of horror art, props and scenery, which he donates to a local non-profit Halloween Barn Of Terror.

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

mrv1_fcMalaformed Realities Volume 1
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
246 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620065327
ISBN-10: 1620065320
BISAC: Fiction / Thrillers / Supernatural

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Malaformed-Realities-Vol…


Keith Rommel’s “The Cursed Man” named a finalist in the Mystery category Reader’s Choice Red Carpet Award for BTSeMag, LLC

MECHANICSBURG, PA — Sunbury Press author Keith Rommel has been named a finalist by BTSeMag, LLC for it’s Reader’s Choice Red Carpet Awards in the Mystery category. Click on the star for a list of all finalists:

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The awards will honor the best in literary and genre fiction. BTS has partnered with the ARC Convention in New Orleans. The presentation of awards will be conducted at the ARC Convention in New Orleans, held July 30-Aug 1st, 2015.

We are pleased to announce that the talented Abbi Glines will be our Keynote Speaker for NOLA 2015!

Enjoy the tours and fun of the French Quarter with the authors. Many fun activities planned including speed dating with the authors, games, author sponsored events like carriage rides, author & reader workshops and more.

BTSeMag, LLC is the publisher of the popular BTS Book Reviews “Your Guide to Great Reading.”  The magazine is available at no cost at here.

 

 

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Cursed Man pubThe Cursed Man, by Keith Rommel, tells the story of Alister Kunkle, a patient at Sunnyside Capable Care Mental Institution. Alister has been in seclusion for the last 25 years, having no contact with the staff or the outside world. The reason for this is that anyone who communicates with Alister dies within the day, for he is the Cursed Man and Death takes a professional interest in those unlucky enough to cross his path.

Believing him simply deranged, Dr Anna Lee, an up-and-coming young psychiatrist, has come to cure Alister. She is warned about Alister’s past and is shown evidence of previous encounters made by the skeptical or unbelieving, all of whom died, sometimes horribly. Regardless of the stories, Anna will not be dissuaded and is reluctantly allowed access to Alister. All assume her fate is sealed, but when she returns unharmed the next day, we also start to wonder about the stories.

So begins an enthralling narrative told in the past and the present as Anna attempts to learn why Alister believes he is cursed, while at the same time trying to convince him the events were not real and that in fact he is merely ill and so can be cured. Is Alister truly followed by death or is he simply mentally ill? The Cursed Man is an extremely well-written suspense horror story… I enjoyed it immensely; right up until the very end I was never sure of the outcome… Great story-telling in the tradition of Stephen King… — Booklore

The Cursed Man is being made into a Hollywood movie by producer James L. Perry of Intergalaxy Entertainment:

The Cursed Man movie at IMDB

See one of the early trailers:

Cursed Man Trailer #2

 


At Austin’s Walk Fall Festival 09/20/14 Kutztown Fairgrounds, Kutztown, PA

Behind my books and  ready to sign

Behind my books and
ready to sign

Wearing my tribute "Castle" Sweatshirt

Wearing my tribute “Castle” Sweatshirt


At The Sunbury Press 10th Anniversary Party Mechanicsburg, PA 9/05/14

Me with fellow horror author and  screenwriter Keith Rommel listening to the  sounds of 70's progressive rock band  "Bang" at the Sunbury Press 10th  Anniversary party held at Metropolis Art  Gallery in Mechanicsburg The party was also a signing and  celibration for Keith's movie "The Cursed  Man" based on his novel of the same name.

Me with fellow horror author and
screenwriter Keith Rommel listening to the
sounds of 70’s progressive rock band
“Bang” at the Sunbury Press 10th
Anniversary party held at Metropolis Art
Gallery in Mechanicsburg
The party was also a signing and
celibration for Keith’s movie “The Cursed
Man” based on his novel of the same name.

Me with fellow horror author  Catherine Jordan.  Cathy wrote the  chilling, "Seeking Samiel"

Me with fellow horror author
Catherine Jordan. Cathy wrote the
chilling, “Seeking Samiel”

 Me with fellow horror author and  screenwriter Keith Rommel listening to the  sounds of 70's progressive rock band  "Bang" at the Sunbury Press 10th  Anniversary party held at Metropolis Art  Gallery in Mechanicsburg The party was also a signing and  celibration for Keith's movie "The Cursed  Man" based on his novel of the same name. Me with fellow horror author  Catherine Jordan.  Cathy wrote the  chilling, "Seeking Samiel" With Christina Steffy who not only  edited Keith's "The Cursed Man"  but also edited my collection "13  Nasty Endings"


With Christina Steffy who not only
edited Keith’s “The Cursed Man”
but also edited my collection “13
Nasty Endings”


07/13/14 – WebbWeaver Books Internet Radio Program / Interview and Reading Chapter 3 of “Dead Kill Book 1: The Ridge of Death

On July 13, 2014, Thomas was briefly interviewed by C K Webb on the WebbWeaver Internet radio program. He also got to read Chapter 3 from his 2014 novel “Dead Kill Book 1: The Ridge Of Death”

Here is a link to the show:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/webbweaverbooks/2014/07/13/webbweaver-books-proudly-presents-author-thomas-m-malafarina

Here are comments made during the show by C K Webb:

“I always get excited when I get Thomas Malafarina on the show.”

“You do something very, very special; something that I enjoy more than normal people. You kill people and I like that.”

“You kill ‘em so good it makes me happy!”

“I don’t know if it’s a good thing or bad thing; but sadly Thomas I love your books.”

“You do something very special. A lot of horror nowadays is simply about gratuitous violence and gore. Right? Just throw that gore out there; slam them in the face with guts and gray matter and people think that’s horror. But that’s not true. That’s not what horror is. Horror, I say, comes from being afraid of the monsters. Vampires don’t sparkle!”

“That’s the thing I love about your writing. I love that you go with that pure form of this is the real deal; I want you to looking up under your bed when you’re walking towards it to make sure there’s nothing up underneath it. I just want to say I really do appreciate that about your writing.”

“Wow! That was really freaking me out! It’s giving me nightmares in the middle of the afternoon. Nobody else does that to me like you do.”

“As always, I now have another Thomas Malafarina book to add to my Thomas Malafarina stack; yes you have your own stack.”

“Get out there and check out Dead Kill Book 1: The Ridge of Death” it sounds absolutely incredible! No sparkly zombies here; all hard core.”


Author Chris Redding’s Blog Interview 06/27/14

The following interview appeared on Author Chris Redding’s blog 6/27/14

http://chrisredddingauthor.blogspot.com/2014/06/thomas-m-malafarina.html


Day Zero Blog Posting 06/27/14 – 2014 Summer Of Zombie Blog Tour

The following interview appeared on Day Zero Blog for the 2014 Summer Of Zombie Blog Tour.

Summer of Zombie 2014 SPOTLIGHT ON: Why I Wrote Dead Kill -Thomas M. Malafarina

Posted on June 27, 2014
Summer of Zombie 2014: THOMAS M. MALAFARINA

The stench of rotting flesh is in the air! Welcome to the Summer of Zombie Blog Tour 2014, with 33 of the best zombie authors spreading the disease in the month of June.

Stop by the event page on Facebook so you don’t miss an interview, guest post or teaser… and pick up some great swag as well! Giveaways galore from most of the authors as well as interaction with them! #SummerZombie

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It seemed like everyone and his brother was doing zombie apocalypse books as well as comics, TV shows and movies for many years. And I fought the urge to jump into the fray for a very long time, feeling that the genre had been done to death; so to speak. I decided if I was going to take the time to write a zombie-based book it would have to be different than anything else out there.

There was actually a time when I swore I would never write a zombie story. Then I broke down in 2010 and wrote a zombie short story, “Bright Of The Living Dead”. And then I wrote another called “Happy Valentine’s Day”. Then in 2011 came the humorously twisted “Call Him Maury” followed in 2012 by “Dinner With Andy And Meg”. Things got a bit sicker with “A Love Best Served Cold” and last but not least in 2013 I came up with the adventurous “Even The Great Will Fall”. In every one of these short stories I strove to do something original and I think I was successful. As such, I felt I might be ready to tackle a whole zombie-based novel.

So I gave the idea a lot of thought. Then as I usually do when writing a new story, I asked myself about a thousand questions. I looked at the world today and realized zombies destroying some of the world such as underdeveloped, third-world countries might be possible and even probable. But I seriously doubted that with the technology and the number of armed citizens we have in the US we could possibly be overrun by a bunch of shambling, walking corpses; no matter how many of them there might be. If you think about it, one single state in the US has more firearms and
ammunition per capita than the armed forces of many countries.

I chose to venture into what I believe is new and possibly risky territory from a literary standpoint. I knew zombie fans loved to see the world destroyed and civilization thrust into Darwinian chaos. However, I decided to write a story where the zombie apocalypse happened and where 60% of the world’s population was wiped out. But in developed well-armed countries such as ours the casualty count was much less. This story takes place in 2053, in the United States, ten years after the initial outbreak. Here zombies still exist and although deadly, are much less of a threat and more of a nuisance. (Think in terms of a deer wandering out onto the highway; but in this case if would be a dear that wants to eat you alive).

Newly reformed governments put bounties on the creatures and each citizen is rewarded $100 per zombie. This act of putting down the creatures became known as a Dead Kill. (Killing something already dead). This brought the population of undead down dramatically and for a few years provided a good way for many people to earn a decent living. There are new strict government regulations for dealing with the dead and dying since the virus lives in every human and is only activated at time of death.

Citizens now live in protected fortified cities which are constantly expanding and taking back more land all the time. They travel well-armed from city to city passing through what are called the “outlands”, which are populated by not only remaining zombies but by bands of wild and savage motor cycle riding renegades, who are often more dangerous than the zombies themselves.

The book is a thriller set in this post-zombie-apocalypse world. Zombies are not the main focus of the book. The main focus of the book involves a psychopathic character who makes his living illegally in the dark and perverse drug-infested underworld of the outlands. That being said, I still found plenty of opportunities for good old fashion zombie gore.


Books, Beer and Blogsh#t Blog 06/26/14 – 2014 Summer Of Zombie Blog Tour

Books, Beer and Blogsh#t Summer of Zombie 2014: THOMAS M. MALAFARINA

Posted on June 26, 2014 By BBBS Blog
Summer of Zombie 2014: THOMAS M. MALAFARINA

http://booksbeerblogshit.blogspot.com/2014/06/summer-of-zombie-blog-tour-2014-thomas.html


Hobbes End Publishing Blog – 6/08/14 – 2014 Summer Of Zombie Blog Tour

Summer of Zombie 2014: THOMAS M. MALAFARINA

Posted on June 8, 2014 By Hobbes End Publishing in Author Outtakes, Guest Summer of Zombie 2014: THOMAS M. MALAFARINA

http://hobbesendpublishing.com/summer-of-zombie-2014-thomas-m-malafarina/