Thursday, April 3, 2014

Shots of Terror

Get your party on! Well, your reading party anyway. Shot of Terror, our short companion anthology to Demon Rum and Other Evil Spirits, is now available at both Amazon and Smashwords! This anthology features six tales of alcohol inspired terror that, while they didn't make the final anthology, were just too good to let go. Think of it as a pre-party, warm-up to the full anthology.


Shots of Terror features six stories by talented authors~

"The Wild Hunt" by Tina Callaghan pits the "regulars" at a small Irish pub against an ancient evil from Irish folklore.

"Crow Killer" by Michael Collins features a police officer who goes against his better judgment during a drug bust and suffers for it.

"Scrumpy Making in the West Country" by Steven Gepp features a man who's single-minded insistence on making the best scrumpy threatens everyone around him.

"Last Call" by Sheldon Woodbury follows a man who thinks he's got his drunken "game" down to an art. But who'll have the last laugh?

"Blades in Moonlight" by Sean Eret follows a newspaper reporter's quest for an exclusive on a new party drug. Maybe she shouldn't have had that first taste...

"The Merry Green Widows of Waterman's Inn" by Rachel Anding explores what happens when a painter gets lost in the Louisiana bayou. That tavern may look like the best port in a storm...

And the best part? All this for only 99 cents.

Bottoms up,
Stacey
 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Royalties paid!

Royalties for last year have been paid! I do apologize for running late, but anyone who follows on Facebook will understand it's been quite the year. Anyone who has a story in one of our anthologies and did not receive a payment--it means the royalties added up to less than $5. In which case, they are rolled over til the next royalty payment period (July) and will be paid then. If this doesn't suit you, please email the press and we can make arrangements.
 
A huge thank you to all of our authors for making last year a great year. You all rock!
 
Stacey
 
 


Monday, February 10, 2014

Authors announced for Demon Rum and Other Evil Spirits Anthology

I've been excited about the Demon Rum and Other Evil Spirits anthology ever since it's conception. My co-editor on this one brought the idea to me at the WHC in New Orleans last June. Coincidence, maybe. But who can think about a trip to New Orleans without a stop at Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar or the Old Absinthe House? They even have a street named "Bourbon." So maybe it was the atmosphere or maybe Clint's just devilishly creative (I'm going to go with both), but add to that a bunch of horror writers and you've got yourself one hell of an addicting concept. (See what I did there?)



Apparently, we weren't the only ones who thought it was a fantastic idea, because the submissions rolled in as soon as we opened them. We had a tough time narrowing them down. We debated the merits of each story and if it fit the direction we wanted to take the book; we each had our favorites to argue for; and we both wanted exceptional writing. In the end, we still had too many good stories. And so we decided to do a smaller, six pack anthology, a preview of good things to come. We'll be releasing Shots of Terror, a taste test, if you will, of the larger anthology about a week before Demon Rum makes it's appearance. Bargain priced, you can pick it up to mollify those cravings until you can slake your thirst with the full cask.



So now, without further ado, our authors for each anthology:




Congratulations to all of our authors. Stay tuned for an upcoming look at the ToC. Save your pennies and mark your calendars, March is going to be a great month for reading!


Stacey

Friday, February 7, 2014

Cover Reveal for Snow Globe

And it's time for a cover reveal! Once again our Artistic Director, Rebecca Treadway, has wowed us with a fantastic cover. The truly creepy feel this one engenders fits perfectly with the horrific elements in Aaron Gudmunson's novel. A story that not only features a supernatural horror, but reminds us man's inhumanity to man often makes us the scariest monsters.

 
 
Ben Clary is an everyday working man who caps off an afternoon of holiday shopping with a drink at his favorite watering hole. Before long, he is intoxicated, and a brutal winter storm descends, trapping him and his fellow patrons. Being trapped by a storm is bad enough, finding out something terrible lurks outside, in the snow, is far worse.
 
One by one unseen assailants pick off the patrons until one of them, a local historian, claims the attackers may be the remnants of a clan caught up in an ancient blood feud said to have occurred at the site of the tavern--and they crave human flesh.
 
Soon Ben learns the cannibal clansmen are the least of his worries. The true monsters are way more terrifying ... and closer to home.
 
 
With all the winter white stuff we've had this year I'm sure nearly everyone can relate to the feeling of being trapped by a blizzard. Snow Globe takes that feeling three leaps farther. You won't want to miss this one. Just don't gaze out into the snow filled darkness afterward...
 
Coming the end of February to Amazon, Smashwords, and other fine book retailers.
 

 
 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Meet our new Marketing Director

We announced a couple of weeks ago on Facebook that we'd hired a new Marketing Director. I'd like you all to meet Kim Williams-Justesen.
 
 

Kim Williams-Justesen is a native of Salt Lake City, but don't let that you fool you. She had parents who believed in letting their kids see the world to give them a broader perspective. She acquired her love of books and writing at a very early age, and her mother has the poetry she wrote at age four to prove it, though if Kim has sworn to do bodily harm to anyone who actually tries to see any of it. 
 
She graduated from Westminster College, a private, liberal arts college in Salt Lake, with a degree in Speech Communications. She went on to spend 12 years working in public relations and advertising where she wrote brochures, video scripts, radio and television ads, press releases, speeches, and pretty much anything else that no one wanted to write. With the arrival of her third kid, she decided that spending as much as she made on the cost of daycare was ridiculous, so she opted out of a full-time job. She taught classes part time on marketing and advertising for small businesses and did freelance public relations for small clients. All the while she was writing things to amuse herself.
 
At some point, Kim decided to try being a professional writer, and she started out by making every mistake a beginning writer can make and probably a few that other beginners hadn't thought of. Frustrated with doing things the hard way, she finally found several writing organizations and began attending conferences. She wrote for local publications and several early Internet information companies (anyone remember CitySearch?). In 2001, she applied to Vermont College of Fine arts and was accepted into their creative writing program. She earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in 2003. Her creative thesis for this program became her first published novel, a middle grade book entitled "Kiss Kiss Bark." 
 
Kim has drawn on her PR and marketing background to promote her books, begin offering writing workshops, and now to help Angelic Knight Press step out of their humble shadows and take their place in the sun. She has a boat-load of ideas to help both the company and the authors it publishes and she is excited to work with the amazing, talented, and somewhat disturbed individuals who are associated with AKP! And yeah, she knows she's one of those disturbed individuals.
 
Kim welcomes your comments, questions, and suggestions at kwjwrites@gmail.com, and don't be surprised if she contacts you directly. We're all in this together! Here's to the future and to future success!
 In case you're wondering what a Marketing Director does exactly, Kim's duties will include working with our authors to arrange blog tours, interviews, and any other promotional ideas she can help them with. She'll be responsible for some of our social media, for our ads (print and Internet), and for promotional materials.

Please do not contact Kim to inquire about submissions or publishing timelines. Those questions should still be directed to the Angelic Knight Press email and addressed to either the acquisitions editor, Danielle, or myself.

We're glad to have Kim on board and know that she will be a fantastic addition to our team. She quickly realized you don't have to be crazy to work here, but it certainly helps.

Stacey


Monday, January 13, 2014

GREAT REVIEW FOR - CADAVER DOGS - BY ANTHONY ARMSTRONG!



Cadaver Dogs , by Anthony Armstrong, and published by Angelic Knight Press, received another great review. This great book is riding high in the saddle, and from this review, it is easy to see why.


Blaze McRob

Book Description

November 29, 2013
A tale of survival.

When a man loses the one thing in life he loves ...
and is thrown into a horrifying new world ...
He has no choice but to survive.
But in this world, there are things no man should have to face.



4.0 out of 5 stars A Different Take On The Zombie Apocalypse December 8, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Cadaver Dogs is a zombie apocalypse story that is more about the survivors than the zombies. Eric, the main character, leads a group of the living and all they want to do is survive. Haunting Eric, nicknamed Preacher because of the collar he wears to protect his neck, is the death of his wife, Hannah. He witnessed her death at the hands of one of the walkers and blames himself for not being able to protect her. But then on a raid he finds out that she isn’t as dead as he once thought, though she is certainly infected by the virus. Now he must decide what to do with his discovery.

The virus in this novella, is different than the usual zombie virus that you read about, in that it effects the brain, but the rest of the body is unaffected. The infected are still alive, but changed, so that they crave, in fact must consume, human flesh. The living do what they have to to survive, that includes killing the infected and even, since food is scarce, eating the portions of the body that are unaffected.

What I liked about this book: The references to Last Man on Earth, with Vincent Price. One of my favorite movies of all time, and the zombies reminded me of the creatures that Robert Morgan had to face. The zombies sleep during the day, though sometimes they are mobile, they come out at night and will even stand outside and taunt you in an attempt to get you to come out.

What I didn’t understand: There was still electricity. I found this a bit unbelievable. Maybe they were running generators at their home base, but when at one point Eric returns to his home, where he hadn’t been for several months… I am guestimating at least seven, the electricity is still on.

What I didn’t like: I would have liked to see more character development. I understood Eric, but the other characters didn’t have much depth to them. There’s one scene where they bring 2 new characters into the group and after feeding them dinner, inform them it was human/zombie flesh they had just consumed. I would have expected a stronger reaction, but they accepted it, without even batting an eye.

All in all, Cadaver Dogs is a good read, if you are looking for a book that deters from the usual, zombie. If you are a zombie purest and like your dead to be drooling, mindless corpses, then this might not be for you. The book ends with a few things left in the air, which leads me to believe there might be a sequel. If there is, I would buy it, since I am curious to find out how things work out for Eric and Hannah.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

GREAT BOOKS FOR HOLIDAY GIFTS!

 

Take a gander at these great books! You can't go wrong with this superb selection. There are horror books of every kind here. Witches, real life horror, zombies, wolves, and ghosts. Need I say any more? Get your Horror on and peruse the treats!


Blaze McRob





Book Description

January 24, 2013
Spirited away by a demon on the eve of her wedding, Cassie Rose, high witch of the Wysteria Hedge Haven Clan, finds herself trapped in the dark Underworld realm of Hades. Determined to return to Wysteria and her husband-to-be, the powerful warlock Viceroy of Oregon, she manages to escape.

While running for her life, she encounters Nik Zaros, a man so handsome she swears he would put a Greek statue to shame. Strapped to a plow being pulled by the mighty Marathonian Bull, Nik has been tortured and is near death. Cassie’s heart goes out to him, and she feels compelled to take him along with her.

Upon recovering, Nik is immediately attracted to the charming sorceress. Though she stirs his blood, he can’t help but suspect her of being in league with the demon, Prince Drakon. He soon discovers Cassie wishes to be free from the demon's control, just as he does, and only love's magic can save them.

Book Description

May 11, 2012
Set against the jazz -ridden backdrop of the 1920’s, amidst the underground world of New York City burlesque, young Nadine Frost is a dancer and free spirit who thrives at the side of her club-owner boyfriend. With the sudden and debilitating crash of the stock market in 1929, and the brutal murder of her lover and manager, Nadine is forced to travel to New Orleans where she becomes “Miss Naddy”, prostitute and mistress of the old French Quarter. In the throes of The Great Depression, Nadine finds herself in a world of boot-leg liquor, sex, murder, and betrayal. With the company of the other “Showgirls,” four women with their own haunted pasts, Nadine must forge a new life in the brothel on Royal Street. Amery House is the story of five women, prostitutes and performers, who yearn to escape the dark, underground world of the sex trade. From New York City to New Orleans, this haunting tale asks how far you have to go to outrun the ghosts of your past.

Book Description

November 29, 2013
A tale of survival.

When a man loses the one thing in life he loves ...
and is thrown into a horrifying new world ...
He has no choice but to survive.
But in this world, there are things no man should have to face.





Book Description

May 31, 2013
The town of Anton has kept the secret of Aksonas farm for generations. Townspeople whisper and worry their children will be chosen and cursed to live an unnatural life in a makeshift family of wolves.

When the moon rises, the men in Olivia’s family become wolves and prowl the countryside to protect their farm from predators. When Olivia stumbles upon the body of the church caretaker on their land, she’s forced to face the possibility that one of her family may have gone rogue.

When she turns to the Sheriff for help in solving the murder, her family turns on her, forcing her to face the townspeople and the ghosts of her past alone. To make matters worse, a fire and brimstone preacher has decided to rid Anton of the ancient curse once and for all, no matter the cost.

Book Description

April 15, 2013
When Jeff Mason and his friends form the Grave Dancer's Club they're looking for a way to end their summer boredom. Soon tiring of simply telling ghost stories, they decide to investigate a sighting for themselves. Not really expecting to see a ghost, the four friends encounter something far worse than a mere haunting. Caught up in a mystery involving unsolved deaths from as far back as the civil war, the Grave Dancer's Club soon learns their own lives are in danger. What is the mysterious "wasting disease" that's been claiming lives in Corinth, Mississippi, for over 150 years? And how far will they have to go to keep from being the next victims?