Books of the Dead Press

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Books of the Dead Press has become one of the most successful small press companies in the horror genre, a leader in the ebook revolution, and an innovator in digital marketing. It was founded by James Roy Daley and was established in December of 2009. Within its first 18 months Books of the Dead published 15 titles, including work by New York Times bestselling authors such as Tim Lebbon and Jonathan Maberry. The press also published award winning writers such as Tim Waggoner, Michael Laimo, Ray Garton, Jeff Strand, Nancy Kilpatrick, Paul Kane, Joe McKinney, Simon Wood, Kim Paffenroth, Gary McMahon, John Everson, and Mort Castle. The company recently re-released Gary Brandner’s famous The Howling Trilogy, and its first book, 'Best New Zombie Tales Volume One', is one of the best selling zombie anthologies on the market today.

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Why zombies?
Now there’s a question with some wiggle room. Why Zombies, huh? If you’re wondering why I happen to be drawn to the shuffling dead at this point in my life, I’m not sure I have an answer. But I might know why people are attracted to them. Now, I mean. Why people are attracted to them now. Answer is… because it’s time.

Zombie culture is like punk rock. Let me explain––

Back in the fifties big money, meaning Hollywood, was on a horror kick. It seemed like every third movie in production was designed to scare the pants off the viewer. Mainstream audiences lapped it up. Hollywood churned out sci-fi thrillers like The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), The Thing from Another World (1951), Forbidden Planet (1956), and War of the Worlds (1953). They gave us monster movies like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), Them (1954), The Blob (1958), and The Fly (1958). They coughed up mysteries like Dial M for Murder (1954) and thrillers like To Catch a Thief (1955). They gave us the classics Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) and Vertigo (1958). The fifties even showcased the one and only Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959). And this list of mine doesn’t even scratch the surface of what was being made. There was The Creature from the Black Lagoon, House of Wax, Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, Tarantula––the list goes on and on and on. But here’s something to chew on––guess what wasn’t happening in the 1950s: the zombie film.

Okay, so… if you want to point a finger at Voodoo Island, The Zombies of Mora Tau, and a few other rarities, you do that. But zombies weren’t happening. Not in a big way. And in the sixties they still weren’t happening. Sure, a handful of films trickled through the door, like Zombies (1964), Plague of the Zombies (1966), and Cemetery of the Living Dead (1965). It should also be noted that in 1968 George Romero dropped Night of the Living ‘You Know What,’ but still... we’re looking back in time through rose colored glasses. Night of the Living Dead was an indie-film. It had a budget of $114,000 and had a hard time finding distribution. Big money wasn’t thinking zombies. Nobody was. In the 1970s, nothing changed. In the 1980s, again, nothing changed. Vampire films outnumbered zombie films 100 to 1. If you want to drop names like Lucio Fulci, Brian Yuzna, Sam Raimi (and whoever else you got tucked away in your bag of zombie tricks) go ahead. Doesn’t change anything. Bottom line is this: zombie films didn’t take off like other films… and zombie literature? Forget about it. You’re reading stories from a near-empty book shelf.

I’m hearing cursing and yelling, I’m seeing fists rising and feet stomping, I’m feeling anger and resentment, and I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking: Wait a minute, you stupid idiot! Have you somehow forgotten Dawn of the frickin’ Dead?

First of all, Dawn of the Dead was released in 1978, near the end of the greatest decade that film had ever seen. Much like Night of the Living Dead, it was a low-budget film, being created for roughly $500,000 dollars. Not to suggest the film was lost in the shuffle of life. It wasn’t. The film earned some fans and did well at the box office, but in the bigger scheme of things it was quite simply one of many successes. The biggest horror movies of the decade were Jaws (1975), which was the biggest film of all time and brought in close to a half billion dollars, Jaws 2, (1978), at 209 million dollars, and The Exorcist (1973), at 357 million dollars. With Dawn eventually taking in a respectable 55 million, it was buried by films like Star Wars (1977), Rocky (1976), and The Godfather (1972). And the films people were spending their money on in 1978 were Grease, Superman, and Animal House––in that order. Point is, there was so much going on in the 1970s that zombies were not the hot topic, nor should they have been. If we fast-forward to 1985 we can contemplate Day of the Dead, but with its budget a mere 3.5 million, and it being considerably less successful at the box office than Dawn, once again, zombies didn’t take off. Not yet.
New question: if the biggest, most awesomely important zombie films of all time weren’t that big, how did we get here?
Let's go back to the punk rock thing.

Sure, The Sex Pistols blew up. But in general, punk rock doesn’t ‘blow up.’ The Misfits didn’t blow up. The Ramones didn’t blow up. The Stooges didn’t blow up. They––like a fine wine––became more appreciated with age. In time, some punk bands gain an ever-expanding, hardcore following. Zombie films are like punk. They might even be punk. They gain new followers generation to generation. But there’s a flipside to gaining popularity exponentially. When enough time passes, and punk-like things become too popular, they become mainstream, which is, almost by definition, the opposite of punk. Its hard to believe that on a day like today I can walk into my local mall and buy t-shirts, stickers, and posters, for the same bands that needed to be special ordered when they were trying to get noticed. But that’s the way it is with punk. And that’s the way it is with zombies. The odds of buying a Night of the Living Dead t-shirt back in 1968 weren’t good. In fact, you couldn’t find a t-shirt no matter how hard you looked. But today? Oh yeah. Every major chain carries a whole rack of them.

Zombies are creepers. Always have been. And they’ve crept right into the mainstream. You can find them in aisle three, wedged between American Idol and Harry Potter, on the same shelf as Iggy Pop and The Cramps.

Going back to the original question, why zombies?

The answer is easy: because in today’s world, zombies are mainstream. Sorry kids but its true. Enough time has passed, and that’s why they’re so popular.
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The Howling Trilogy
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Series: The Howling, Book 4. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 183,200. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2012 by Books of the Dead Press. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
“If you haven’t read Gary Brandner, you’re missing a treat.” ~ STEPHEN KING Three great books... one low price! The Howling - The Howling II - The Howling III
Berserk
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 89,220. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2012 by Books of the Dead Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
From New York Times Bestselling author Tim Lebbon comes BERSERK! On a dark night, in a deserted field, Tom unearths the mass grave where he hopes - and fears - that he will find his son's remains. He finds madness: corpses in chains and dead bodies that move, grasp and clutch. And one little girl, dead and rotting, who promises to help Tom find what he's looking for...
Zombie Kong - Anthology
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,990. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2012 by Books of the Dead Press. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Zombies are bad, but ZOMBIE KONG is worse. Way worse. Big. Bad. Heavy. Hungry. From James Roy Daley, the man that brought you the highly successful BEST NEW ZOMBIE TALES series, comes the most original zombie anthology of all time. In the jungles, in the arctic, in the cities, in the towns -- Zombie Kong rules them all. All other zombies must bow to their god... ZOMBIE KONG!
Zombie Kong
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,490. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2012 by Books of the Dead Press. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
While a 50-foot tall zombie gorilla smashes the hell out of a small town, Candice Wanglund drags her son Jake through the hazardous streets in an attempt to get away from the man that is determined to kill them. She wishes her husband Dale was by her side; he would know what to do. The good news––Dale’s alive. Problem is, he was eaten by Kong.
Best New Werewolf Tales (Vol. 1)
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 88,970. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2012 by Books of the Dead Press. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
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Want the Greatest Werewolf Stories Ever Written? From the people that brought you the Best New Zombie Tales, and the Best New Vampire Tales comes... BEST NEW WEREWOLF TALES (Vol. 1) Includes Jonathan Maberry, John Everson, James Roy Daley, Michael Laimo, James Newman, and more!
Badass Zombie Road Trip
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 92,510. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2012 by Books of the Dead Press. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Jonah has seven days to find his best friend’s soul, or lose his own, dragging a zombie across the country with a stripper who has an agenda of her own, while being pursued for a crime he didn’t commit... ...and dealing with Satan. * * * 2,000 miles. Seven days. Two souls. One zombie. Satan.
Little Deaths
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 84,780. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2012 by Books of the Dead Press. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
You think you’ve got bad dreams? Consider John F.D. Taff’s nightmares. Named #1 Horror Collection of 2012 by Horror Talk: “A treat for fans of horror. Taff’s prose is tight but malleable, changing its nature to adapt to every story." Named top 5 books of 2012 by AndyErupts: "The tales contained therein are unique and don’t rely on horror archetypes."
Pain Cages
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Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 87,090. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2011 by Books of the Dead Press. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
Paul Kane’s writing has style and elegance; a first rate storyteller. - Clive Barker. I can see a little through my right eye; there isn’t a lot of light, but I see metal bars in front of me. A glimpse of the cages on either side: a man, no more than forty, cowering in the corner. A woman is transfixed by something right in front of her. I follow her gaze, and wish I hadn’t…
The Howling III
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Series: The Howling, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 73,280. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2011 by Books of the Dead Press. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
If you haven’t read Gary Brandner, you’re missing a treat. ~ Stephen King. They are man. And they are beast. Once again they stalk the night, eyes aflame, teeth flashing in vengeance. Malcolm is the young one. He must choose between the familiar way of the human and the seductive howling of the wolf. Those who share his blood want to make him one of them. Those who fear him want him dead.
The Howling II
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Series: The Howling, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 58,130. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2011 by Books of the Dead Press. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
If you haven’t read Gary Brandner you’re missing a treat. ~ Stephen King. For Karyn it was the howling. The howling that had heralded the nightmare in Drago, the nightmare that had joined her husband Roy to the she-wolf Marcia and should have ended forever with the fire. But it hadn’t. Roy and Marcia were still alive, and deadly, And thirsty for the most horrifying vengeance imaginable…
The Howling
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Series: The Howling, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 56,710. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2011 by Books of the Dead Press. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
If you haven’t read Gary Brandner, you’re missing a treat. ~ Stephen King. Karyn and her husband Roy had come to the peaceful California village of Drago to escape the savagery of the city. On the surface Drago appeared to be like most small rural towns. But it was not. The village had a most unsavory history. Unexplained disappearances, sudden deaths. People just vanished, never to be found.
Best New Zombie Tales (Vol. 3)
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Series: Best New Zombie Tales, Book 3. Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 91,610. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2011 by Books of the Dead Press. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
Want the Greatest Zombie Stories Ever Written? BEST NEW ZOMBIE TALES (Vol. 3) Includes amazing stories by: Paul Kane, Nate Southard, Jeremy C. Shipp, Simon Wood, JG Faherty, Tim Lebbon, John L. French, Simon McCaffery, Joe McKinney, John Claude Smith, Michael Stone, Nancy Kilpatrick, Tonia Brown, and more. Edited by James Roy Daley.
The Dead Parade
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,700. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2011 by Books of the Dead Press. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
From the author of Terror Town, Into Hell, and 13 Drops of Blood, comes James Roy Daley’s debut novel ~ The Dead Parade ~ A whirlwind of blood and violence, taking the reader down an insane path of carnage. It offers no sympathy. It takes no prisoners. It obliterates anything that might translate into hope... Extended Version.
Into Hell
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 86,820. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2011 by Books of the Dead Press. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
Welcome to King’s Diner, the gateway to eternal suffering. Carrie enters the restaurant while Stephenie has her hands full at the gas pump. But the pump isn’t working, and the attendant is nowhere to be found. So she steps inside the restaurant... ...and discovers a slaughterhouse. The customers are dead. The staff are dead too. Worse still... Carrie is gone.
Anything Can Be Dangerous
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 39,250. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2011 by Books of the Dead Press. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
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Anything Can be Dangerous contains four amazing stories, plus a preview to the highly praised novel Husk. The stories include: Anything can be Dangerous ~ the simple things in life can kill. Through the Valley of Death ~ a dark vampire story that will make you remember fear. The Finger ~ zombie literature has never been so extraordinary. Feeding Frenzy ~ lunchtime in a place called hell.
Best New Vampire Tales (Vol. 1)
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 94,320. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2011 by Books of the Dead Press. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Horror
Includes amazing fiction by: Bram Stoker Award Nominee, Michael Laimo,Bram Stoker Award Winner, David Niall Wilson, Authorlink New Author Award Winner, Tim Waggoner Bram Stoker Award Winner, John Everson, International Horror Guild Nominee, Don Webb British Fantasy Award, Science Fiction Award Nominee, Jay Caselberg, Speculative Literature Foundation award nominee, Colleen Anderson and more...
Husk
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 109,010. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2011 by Books of the Dead Press. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
“Matt Hults delivers a crackling, creepy tale. A fast-paced read with a generous body count, ‘Husk’ will make your skin crawl.” —Scott Nicholson, Bestselling author of They Hunger ----- “Suspenseful and gruesome, with just the right leavening of hopefulness and nod-wink humor.” —Dr. Kim Paffenroth, Bram Stoker Award Winner for Dying to Live.
Terror Town
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 105,830. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2010 by Books of the Dead Press. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
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Killer on the warpath. Monsters on the street. Vampires in the night. Zombies on the hunt. Welcome to Terror Town, the place where no one is safe. Nothing is sacred. All will die. All will suffer. From the mind of James Roy Daley, author of The Dead Parade, comes one of the most brutally violent horror stories ever written.
13 Drops of Blood
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 53,420. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2010 by Books of the Dead Press. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
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From the author of THE DEAD PARADE comes 13 tales of horror, suspense, and imagination. Enter the gore-soaked exhibit, the train of terror, the graveyard of the haunted. Meet the scientist of the monsters, the woman with the thing living inside her, the living dead... James Roy Daley unleashes quality horror stories with a flair for the hardcore. Not for the squeamish.
Classic Vampire Tales (Vol. 1)
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Price: Free! Words: 85,660. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2010 by Books of the Dead Press. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
Classic Vampire fiction at its very finest! Includes amazing stories by: J. Sheridan Lefanu, M. R. James, F. Marion Crawford, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, James Robinson Planche, Johann Ludwig Tieck, Bram Stoker, E. F. Benson, and Algernon Blackwood!
Best New Zombie Tales (Vol. 2)
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Series: Best New Zombie Tales, Book 2. Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 100,170. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2010 by Books of the Dead Press. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
Want the Greatest Zombie Stories Ever Written? BEST NEW ZOMBIE TALES (Vol. 2) Includes Amazing Fiction by: Bram Stoker Award Winner, David Niall Wilson, British Fantasy Award Nominee, Rio Youers, Bram Stoker Award Nominee, Nate Kenyon, Multiple Award Winning Author, Cody Goodfellow, Bram Stoker Nominee, Mort Castle Bram Stoker Award Winner, John Everson, and more...
Best New Zombie Tales (Vol. 1)
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Series: Best New Zombie Tales, Book 1. Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 103,150. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2010 by Books of the Dead Press. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Horror
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Want the Greatest Zombie Stories Ever Written? BEST NEW ZOMBIE TALES Vol. 1 Includes Amazing Fiction by Ray Garton, Matt Hults, Jessica Brown, Kealan Patrick Burke, Jeff Strand, Robert Swartwood, Gary McMahon, Harry Shannon, Gord Rollo, Brian Knight, Simon McCaffery, John Grover, John L French, Kim Paffenroth, Charles Black, Jonathan Maberry, Steve Wedel, Bev Vincent and more...


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