Thursday, October 29, 2015

Cover Art Reveal for Bob Freeman's Keepers of the Dead

Seventh Star Press is proud to reveal the cover art by Enggar Adirasa for Bob Freeman's Keepers of the Dead, the forthcoming Cairnwood Manor Novel that follows Shadows Over Somerset.




Keepers of the Dead will be available later in November in both print and eBook formats!

Synopsis of Keepers of the Dead

THE VAMPIRE MACGREGOR LIVES...

_"Foolish pup," MacGregor chided the werewolf, "you don't get it.
Laddie, if water were evil I'd be but a drop. What lurks below is an
ocean."_

From the haunted halls of Cairnwood Manor to the bowels of Rosslyn
Chapel, Bob Freeman hurls you into the very heart of the eternal
conflict between the forces of darkness and the forces of light.

It's fang versus claw, spell versus steel, and love versus death in an
epic battle of blood and thunder.

When a sinister cabal converges to unleash the ultimate evil against an
unsuspecting world, only the combined strength of the Wolves of
Cairnwood Manor and the Circle of Nine Skulls offers up a glimmer of
hope as werewolves, vampires, witches, immortal warriors, and an army of
the undead collide in a battle of epic bloodshed.


For further information on Bob Freeman and his Cairnwood Manor novels, visit Seventh Star Press at www.seventhstarpress.com


About Bob Freeman: Bob Freeman is an author, artist, and respected lecturer on the occult
and paranormal phenomena. A lifelong student of mythology, folklore,
magick, and religion, Mr. Freeman makes his home in rural Indiana with
his wife Kim and son Connor. You can find the author online at
occultdetective.com or twitter.com/OccultDetective



Wednesday, October 28, 2015

L. Andrew Cooper Joins Seventh Star Press Author Family

Seventh Star Press is proud to announce that L. Andrew Cooper has joined our author family, with three exciting releases coming over the course of 2016!




2016 will feature two reissues of previous titles and a brand new one.

Leaping at Thorns, a single author collection of horror short stories that explores the themes of complicity, entrapment, and conspiracy will see a new edition early in 2016. Also coming early in 2016 is a new edition of Reel Dark, an anthology of horror, science fiction, and dark fantasy stories and poems co-edited by L. Andrew Cooper and Pamela Turner that features a cinema theme.

In May of 2016, L. Andrew's brand new collection of horror tales, Peritoneum will be launched.  Plans are being developed for a special launch event that will be announced in the near future.

"We are very excited about having L. Andrew Cooper in the Seventh Star Press family," press representative Stephen Zimmer commented. "He is a highly gifted author, a very skilled editor, and has a scholarly command of the horror genre, not just in literature but in film as well. With sagacity and an imagination that is truly unbound, L. Andrew Cooper is going to be working some literary magic with Seventh Star Press in the near future!"

For further information on L. Andrew's forthcoming releases and Seventh Star Press, be sure to visit www.seventhstarpress.com


About L. Andrew Cooper: L. Andrew Cooper devotes extraordinary time to things provocative, scary, and strange. Works include novels Burning the Middle Ground and Descending Lines; short story collections Leaping at Thorns and Peritoneum (2016); non-fiction Gothic Realities and Dario Argento; co-edited fiction anthologies Reel Dark and Imagination Reimagined; and the co-edited textbook Monsters. After a decade studying literature and film at Harvard and Princeton—specializing in horror—he used his Ph.D. to teach about favorite topics from coast to coast in the United States, publish film criticism in academic and mainstream journals, and spend a year as the “film guy” on Louisville, Kentucky’s WDRB-TV. Having lived all over the U.S. (and travelled the world as much as possible, which is not enough), Cooper strives to be a global citizen, but he grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, an experience his readers encounter often. His global interests provide a never-ending supply of good horror movies as well as annoyance to his cat, Samara, who wishes Andrew and his partner James would just stay home.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Elements of Storytelling: Theme, or "What Does it Mean?"

Ever been in a conversation where the person you were talking to looks at you with his eyelids all aflutter and his eyeballs rolling in his head, followed by the question, “What’s your point?”

Well, just like in that conversation, if your audience has the same reaction about your masterpiece then it’s usually an indication that something is wrong. And what is wrong is quite simple:

It didn’t mean jack.

That’s what theme is: what the story means. Not what it’s about (that’s the plot and other fun stuff), but what the whole overall purpose of why you just killed all those trees (or fried all those poor little electrons). And you better have a damn good reason for that mass murder; otherwise, Greenpeace and Save the Trees will be all over your ass.

Zap all the electrons you want, though. Nobody gives a crap about them.

Theme is arguably the most important element to a story. Yet, ironically, the more you sweat it the more likely you are to screw it up by getting too preachy. After all, fans only like a dash of sugar and cream in their otherwise pitch-black muck called life, er, uh, coffee. They tend to get testy when you add too much of the good stuff. It’s like supplying a crackhead with the crack he needs, except he’ll complain if you give him too much in addition to overdosing. The best way to handle theme is to simply not worry about what the story means until after your first draft. Let your subconscious guide that part, after all your Evil Twin knows best. It’ll be in the second draft and later edits that, to steal a line from the coolest character in Babylon 5, “The truth points to itself.” Try it; you might even surprise yourself during those rare moments when you discover that your subconscious disagrees with you.

Fortunately, for me, I’ve already delved into the whole concept of themes in a previous column titled Give it Meaning, thus saving my arthritic fingers from having to write half a dozen articles on that element alone. Don’t you just love the Internet?

Ah crap. That column is now a dead link. Don't you just hate the Internet?

Maybe the Internet is trying to tell me something....

Southern Haunts Magick Beneath the Moonlight Now Available in eBook Format

Seventh Star Press is proud to announce that Southern Haunts: Magic Beneath the Moonlight, is now available in eBook format!  From editors Alexander S. Brown and Louise Myers, this latest installment in the Southern Haunts anthology series will take you into the world of witches this Halloween week!



Southern Haunts: Magic Beneath the Moonlight is now available at the following links:




Nook version will be available shortly


Synopsis of Southern Haunts: Magick Beneath the Moonlight: Deep within the South, read about the magickal folk who haunt the woods, the cemeteries, and the cities. Within this grim anthology, eighteen authors will spellbind you with tales of hoodoo, voodoo, and witchcraft.

From this cauldron mix, readers will explore the many dangers lurking upon the Natchez Trace and in the Mississippi Delta. They will encounter a bewitched doll named Robert from the Florida Keys, and a cursed trunk that is better left closed. In the backstreets of New Orleans, they will become acquainted with scorned persons who will stop at nothing to exact their revenge.

These hair raising tales and more await you in Southern Haunts 3: Magick Beneath the Moonlight. Read if you dare.

Authors:

Alexander S. Brown
Angela Lucius
H. David Blalock
C G Bush
Della West
Diane Ward
Elizabeth Allen
Greg McWhorter
John Hesselberg
Jonnie Sorrow
Kalila Smith
Linda DeLeon
Louise Myers
Melissa Robinson
Melodie Romeo
J L Mulvihill
Robert McGough
Tom Lucas

Southern Haunts: Magick Beneath the Moonlight is the third title in the Southern Haunts Anthology Collection




You can also get the other Southern Haunts titles too!


Southern Haunts: Spirits That Walk Among Us (Just 99 cents on Kindle, Nook and Kobo too!)










Southern Haunts: Devils in the Darkness









Monday, October 26, 2015

Stephen Zimmer's Hellscapes, Volume II Now Available in eBook Formats!

Seventh Star Press is proud to announce that Stephen Zimmer's Hellscapes, Volume II, the second installment in his building horror short story collection, is now available in eBook format!



You can get Hellscapes, Volume II for $2.99 at the following links:




Nook version will be live shortly.


Synopsis of Hellscapes, Volume II: Return to the nightmarish, shadowy realms of Hell in the latest installment of the Hellscapes series by Stephen Zimmer. Six brand new, macabre tales of the infernal await you … but be that you only visit these realms, you do not want to share the fates of the inhabitants you will encounter!

Included in the pages of Hellscapes, Volume II:

In “The Cavern”, a man finds his way into a nightmare, subterranean world that leads to an even greater, and more devastating, revelation.

A police officer takes pleasure in violently executing his duties and it appears to be open season in “The Riot” when he is part of an operation sent to crack down on a gathering of people protesting an economic summit nearby. But this is an operation that is going to take a very different kind of turn, one that opens his eyes to a new reality.

A woman finds herself stranded on a high, rocky ledge, along with many other men and women, surrounded by a frothing sea in “Above as Below”. Shadows glide beneath the surface and soon she will discover what lurks within the depths.

“Spots Do Not Change” tells the story of a man who has never had any qualms lying, cheating, or deceiving the women in his life. A reckoning day looms as he comes to understand that his actions have harmed the lives of many others, actions that in the realms of Hell take on forms of their own.

Having spun webs of intrigue and personal destruction at the heights of national politics throughout his life, a man finds webs of another sort to present grave danger when he finds himself lost within a strange wilderness in “Weaving Webs”.

Many are drawn to “The Club” in the heart of the decaying, shadow-filled city of Malizia, hoping for some entertainment and release, or even safety from the monstrous dangers lurking in the darkness. One man struggling against amnesia finds his way to the seemingly popular establishment and its confines give him momentary hope; until he discovers the nature of this night club and those who run it.

About Stephen: Stephen Zimmer is an award-winning author and filmmaker based in Lexington Kentucky. His work includes the cross-genre Rising Dawn Saga, the epic fantasy Fires in Eden series, the sword and sorcery Dark Sun Sawn Trilogy, featuring Rayden Valkyrie, and the Hellscapes and Chronicles of Ave short story collections.

You can find Stephen online at the following places.
Twitter: @sgzimmer
Instagram: @stephenzimmer7


Pick up Hellscapes, Volume 1 for even more infernal adventures!


Kindle

Kobo

Nook

iTunes


Friday, October 23, 2015

Cover Reveal for Stephen Zimmer's Hellscapes, Volume II and eBook Release Information!

Seventh Star Press is proud to reveal the cover art by Aaron Drown (of Aaron Drown Design) for Stephen Zimmer's Hellscapes, Volume II. This new collection of horror tales arrives in eBook next week in time for Halloween!


Hellscapes, Volume II represents Stephen's 11th book release and will be available in eBook format this Monday with the print version to follow in one week.  The eBook release will coincide with a blog tour and a contest with a Kindle Fire HD8 giveaway.

Hellscapes, Volume II returns readers to the nightmarish, shadowy realms of Hell in the latest installment of the Hellscapes series. Six brand new, macabre tales of the infernal await you … but be that you only visit these realms, you do not want to share the fates of the inhabitants you will encounter!

Included in the pages of Hellscapes, Volume II:

In “The Cavern”, a man finds his way into a nightmare, subterranean world that leads to an even greater, and more devastating, revelation.

A police officer takes pleasure in violently executing his duties and it appears to be open season in “The Riot” when he is part of an operation sent to crack down on a gathering of people protesting an economic summit nearby. But this is an operation that is going to take a very different kind of turn, one that opens his eyes to a new reality.

A woman finds herself stranded on a high, rocky ledge, along with many other men and women, surrounded by a frothing sea in “Above as Below”. Shadows glide beneath the surface and soon she will discover what lurks within the depths.

“Spots Do Not Change” tells the story of a man who has never had any qualms lying, cheating, or deceiving the women in his life. A reckoning day looms as he comes to understand that his actions have harmed the lives of many others, actions that in the realms of Hell take on forms of their own.

Having spun webs of intrigue and personal destruction at the heights of national politics throughout his life, a man finds webs of another sort to present grave danger when he finds himself lost within a strange wilderness in “Weaving Webs”.

Many are drawn to “The Club” in the heart of the decaying, shadow-filled city of Malizia, hoping for some entertainment and release, or even safety from the monstrous dangers lurking in the darkness. One man struggling against amnesia finds his way to the seemingly popular establishment and its confines give him momentary hope; until he discovers the nature of this night club and those who run it.


About the Author: Stephen Zimmer is an award-winning author and filmmaker based in Lexington Kentucky. His work includes the cross-genre Rising Dawn Saga, the epic fantasy Fires in Eden series, the sword and sorcery Dark Sun Sawn Trilogy, featuring Rayden Valkyrie, the Harvey and Solomon Steampunk tales and the Hellscapes and Chronicles of Ave short story collections.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Georgia L. Jones is Newest Member of Seventh Star Press Author Family

Seventh Star Press is proud to announce Georgia L. Jones as the newest addition to its family of authors.  This Christmas will see the reissue of the first two books in her Remnants of Life Series, Legends of Darkness, and Witches, with the brand new third title to be released in early 2016.



To coincide with this announcement, Georgia has launched a brand new website at:


The Remnants of Life series is a contemporary, cross-genre journey filled with the paranormal, supernatural, and horror and thriller elements complete with its own mythos. As Georgia describes the series in her own words:

"I have heard that if you want to do something new with the vampire concept it is much like catching a lightning bolt in a bottle. What could possibly be done that hasn’t already been proposed in some way? Since 1897 when Bram Stroker set the stage for the undead creatures, we have seen them evolve into many different things. We have seen them turn into ugly demons, we have seen them as beautiful cunning deathtraps, and we have even seen them sparkle.

Imagine for a moment that there was a world before we existed. Imagine that in that world there were two Gods, one good and one evil, (Nuem and Avore). Each of them had different creatures under them to do their bidding.

Under Nuem, the Warriors were at the top of his hierarchy. Their sole job was to thirst for the blood of the demons. They were his army.

After time of battling one another, Nuem and Avore become bored with the battles that are never ending. They can each make more creatures and the war is doomed to a fate of never ending. They decide to make a new species of creatures, humans. They make a pact that once humans are made they will each go to their homeland, (Nuem to Atheria, and Avore to Vicus), never to return again. Only their creatures can coexist with the humans, but with one rule, “no other creature is ever to mate with the humans”.

Of course, after little time, the Avorian demons break the rule. They begin to mate with the humans and quickly breed evil into them.

The Warriors of Nuem are tasked with trying to keep the balance of good and evil for the humans. This is very difficult since now the humans have the evil that they desire coursing through their veins. They stand strong against that desire because of their devotion to Nuem and his love of the human creatures. They manage for centuries without any attention being drawn to them, until Vlad Tepes.

Vlad fell in love with a Warrior, Tarvoti. He desired her more than anything. When she denied him, he made it his mission in life to impersonate them and expose them as blood thirsty demons or vampires as we know them by. He made it his life-long goal to taint their reputation among humans; hence the legends of vampires were born.

With the Remnants of Life series, I have caught the “lightning bolt” in a bottle. It is wrapped in a nice package that begins with Legends of Darkness, in a modern day southern Missouri setting."



The reissues of Legends of Darkness and Witches will feature brand new cover art and will be available in softcover trade paperback as well as all eBook formats. Get ready for a great adventure brought to you by Georgia L. Jones this holiday season!




About Georgia L. Jones: Georgia L. Jones was born in Columbia, Missouri on September 21st, 1968. In 1992 she settled in the beautiful Ozarks town of Lebanon, Missouri, where she has lived since.

At a young age Georgia learned the value of getting lost in a good book. She has always enjoyed reading and letting her imagination run wild. In her early teenage years she began to put her own stories down on paper as she plunked out the words on an old manual typewriter.

In 1996 Georgia enrolled at Missouri State University where she majored in Psychology. While there she found an untamable thirst for Philosophy and Greek Mythology. Many evenings she can still be found curled up with one of the great Greek Tragedy’s or reading about personal continuity by Rene Descarte.

Georgia L. Jones was born in Columbia, Missouri on September 21st, 1968. In 1992 she settled in the beautiful Ozarks town of Lebanon, Missouri, where she has lived since.

At a young age Georgia learned the value of getting lost in a good book. She has always enjoyed reading and letting her imagination run wild. In her early teenage years she began to put her own stories down on paper as she plunked out the words

Over the years Georgia has harbored the dream of being a published author and written many short stories. On January 10, 2010 she embarked on the dream as she began to bring the characters from her first novel, “Legends of Darkness”, to life. Upon completion in June 2010 she realized that it was not a single book but a series and created the concept of the series “Remnants of Life”.

On September 5, 2010 the “Remnants of Life” series was contracted through a small press publishing house out of Louisville, KY., and so her career began. Through that press, Blackwyrm Publishing, Georgia L. Jones published the first two books in the series, Legends of Darkness and Witches, took part in several anthology works both as an author and editor, and created a new character to add to her own multi-faceted personality, Smarty Mic Smartypants who endeavors into the more cynical and snarky side of life. In September of 2015 she became part of the Seventh Star Press Family which is based out of Lexington, KY. The second edition of the first two books in the “Remnants of Life” series as well as the third book in the series are currently contracted through them.

When her muse isn’t dragging her to lands unknown, you will find her hanging out with her family and friends in the Novalunium Paranormal Mansion, the 1840 farmhouse that she calls home as well as home base for the small Paranormal Research Group that her and a couple of friends have founded.

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