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
Series: The Howling, Book 4. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 183,200. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2012 by Books of the Dead Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » 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… A BESTSELLING HORROR TITLE.
We Are The End: Dext of the Dead, Book 5
Series: Dext of the Dead, Book 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 48,440. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2014 by Books of the Dead Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
The battle for Vegas is done, but not without heavy casualties and broken loyalties. Dishonesty within the group and mental instability weakens the bonds of family, making them vulnerable. One member will break an unspoken rule and thrust the entire group to the brink of self-destruction. “Fans of The Walking Dead are going to love this series." ~ Weston Kincade, author of A Life of Death
The Howling
Series: The Howling, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 56,710. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2011 by Books of the Dead Press. Categories: 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.
We Are The Extinction: Dext of the Dead, Book 4
Series: Dext of the Dead, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 50,520. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2014 by Books of the Dead Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Tensions mount for Dext and his crew as they travel west in search of the elusive military unit known as Kilo Company. Characters, both good and evil, affect the course of events. Threats wait around every corner. A truth has been revealed: mankind is more monstrous than the living dead. “Fans of The Walking Dead are going to love this series." ~ Weston Kincade, author of A Life of Death
13 Drops of Blood
You set the price! Words: 53,420. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2010 by Books of the Dead Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Undead
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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. A BESTSELLING HORROR TITLE.
We Are The Entombed: Dext of the Dead, Book 3
Series: Dext of the Dead, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 51,750. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2014 by Books of the Dead Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
The dead have permeated every square inch of the country, leaving the survivors desperate for commodities. Roving bands of raiders and small, independent communities pose serious threats to one another, much like the increasing numbers of ravenous, shambling corpses. “Fans of The Walking Dead are going to love this series." ~ Weston Kincade, author of A Life of Death
Death of an Immortal: Vampire Evolution Trilogy #1
Series: Vampire Evolution, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 71,560. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2014 by Books of the Dead Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Horror » General
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The most powerful and feared vampire disappeared at the height of his powers and passed into legend. Most vampires think he’s dead. He is not dead. Terrill has gone into hiding to evade his bitter enemy’s wrath, and has vowed never to kill another human. But one night his vampire nature reasserts itself, and he kills an innocent young woman.
We Are The Infected: Dext of the Dead, Book 2
Series: Dext of the Dead, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 42,110. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2014 by Books of the Dead Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Dext and his crew are reeling from the losses incurred during their stay at The Haven and are on the run. A military unit known as Kilo Company appears to be the group’s best bet for survival, but they are miles ahead and the gap is widening. Everything is not what it seems. “Fans of The Walking Dead are going to love this series." ~ Weston Kincade, author of A Life of Death
Led to the Slaughter: The Donner Party Werewolves
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 77,840. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2014 by Books of the Dead Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
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Trapped in the Sierra Nevada without food, The Donner Party are led to the slaughter. After being manipulated and coerced into a string of bad decisions, the travelers, frozen and abandoned, find themselves unable to go forward or back, and are preyed upon by werewolves in their midst–-the very people they thought were friends. A BESTSELLING HORROR TITLE. A tale of resilience, horror, and betrayal
Blood of Gold: Vampire Evolution Trilogy #3
Series: Vampire Evolution, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,370. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2014 by Books of the Dead Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Horror » General
Terrill was the most ruthless of vampires, but over the long centuries of his existence he has evolved into a Golden Vampire, renouncing violence, able to walk among humans and in sunlight. What he didn’t know––what no one knew––was that the evolution was directed by forces bigger than himself.
Authors & Publishers Must Die!
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,210. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2013 by Books of the Dead Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing, Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing and books
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From the mouth of an author, and a publisher: Authors and Publishers Must Die! is filled to the rim with straightforward MUST READ advice for the author in your life… with no punches pulled!
Rule of Vampire: Vampire Evolution Trilogy #2
Series: Vampire Evolution, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,110. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2014 by Books of the Dead Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Undead
Jamie is on the run. Nobody taught her how to be a vampire; no one told her the Rules of Vampire. How was she supposed to know her limits? Now the vampire hunters want her dead, and the Council of Vampires is looking for her, too.


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