10 Spine-Tingling Books to Read This Halloween

10 Spine-Tingling Books to Read This Halloween

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Put down the remote. You've had enough Michael Myers, Freddie Kreuger, and the Sanderson Sisters.

It's time to fear someone new.😨

We love horror.

We love thrillers.

We love Halloween.

To celebrate, we're promoting these 10 recent spine-tingling books to show readers all the innovative new villains our talented authors have cooked up. Since we're only a few days away from Halloween, I've linked each one of the photographs and links below to Amazon rather than our own virtual store. This way, Kindle readers can get access to these stories so that they're scaring themselves come October 31st just like they want to. (And they're all free on Kindle Unlimited!)

A hell-bent serial killer unleashes his venom on the citizens of Boston.

Boston's leaders are not prepared for this breed of killer; ruthless, methodical, and with a taste for the ancient ways. As they flounder, the Watchmaker, a sleuth with an unmatched record for routing out serial killers, is forced upon them.

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*#1 bestseller for three straight months!*

Would you recognize the Devil if you met him?

A decaying prison hides a dark secret. Robert Deville, the youngest prison warden in the history of the state, never expected to feel a supernatural connection in a prison. After discovering a diary, Robert learns a prisoner, rumored to be the Devil, was hidden away under his feet.

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9 Hellbender Books authors team up with classic writers like H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe to create this anthology of spine-tingling horror and suspense.

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Major Motion Picture to release from Green Apple Entertainment on October 31, 2020!

With his family deceased and a path of destruction behind him, Alister Kunkel sits inside a mental institution, sworn to silence and separated from the rest of the world, haunted by his inability to escape death's preferential treatment.

But when a beautiful psychologist arrives at the institution and starts offering him care, Alister braces himself for more killings. When none follow, he tries to figure out whether he truly is insane or if death has finally come to him in the form of a woman.

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#5. Site 22

This ghost has other plans for your vacation

Hank and Helen Moran’s private investigation business in Kenner, Louisiana is doing so well that their Bounder motorhome has been parked unused in their driveway for months. They decide to travel to Charleston, South Carolina for a much-needed break. However during an overnight stay in Thomasville, Georgia they unknowingly pick up an uninvited guest in site #22. Their trip quickly turns into a paranormal adventure involving the realm of the afterlife.

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A mysterious contagion sweeps the country. Sound familiar?

After a sudden, bloodied brawl on campus that leaves over half of White Haven College dead, Jon Barnes finds himself thrust into a world turned completely upside down by violence. The news is overwhelmed with reports of rioting across the country, plane crashes, and countless innocent lives lost. They say it is going global.

With no explanation as to the cause of the nationwide catastrophes and a cryptic phone message from his parents, Jon has no choice but to traverse into the horror to find his loved ones. His family may be dead or worse, turned into rage-filled maniacs that pay no mercy to anyone or anything when night falls.

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Classic horror short stories from the best in the genre

Thomas M. Malafarina, the prolific horror author, has compiled a volume of some of his favorite short stories including some classics by the greats of the genre. In addition to Tom's tales, these twenty-four thrillers also include classics from Poe, Shelley, Lovecraft and others; curated for your late night pleasure.

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Middle grade horror for that thrill-seeking kid of yours

Something strange is going on in the woods around Camp Calamity. It started with the disappearance of the Davison’s chickens; then it was Mrs. Nussbaum’s cat, and now the Albertson’s dog has gone missing, too. Some say the disappearances are just a coincidence. Others say it’s something more sinister: a large wolf-like creature called the Hollow Howler.

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What if the Virgin Mary was bitten by a vampire?

Danyaela Morrigan is an ex-Catholic, ex-college student, and ex-human, furious at the God who allowed her to be turned into a demoness. In the mountain town of Medjugorje, where the Blessed Virgin is rumored to appear, Danyaela seeks to share her eternal curse with the Mother of God. In the bitter, destructive battle that follows, she becomes afflicted with the power to enter the spirit world and touch the soul of every human being at will.

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What happens when your inner beast isn't the animal you're looking for?

In a misguided attempt to take control of their bullying problem, Chad and his friends release their inner beasts and discover a way to become lycanthropes.

When they change, they do not transform into the powerful werecreatures they had hoped. Instead, their inner beasts are a rabbit, a pheasant, a ferret, and an ox. Maybe their problem has only gotten worse.

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Thank you for checking out our Sunbury Press's spine-tingling books to read this Halloween! bestselling ebooks from September 2020! If you liked what you read, please check out our recent blog post "Sunbury Press Authors Discuss Their Favorite Bookstores in the US," or purchase some bestsellers from our virtual bookstore.

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Sunbury Press Bestsellers: The Bestselling Print Books of August 2020

Sunbury Press Bestsellers: The Bestselling Print Books of August 2020

August 2020 has come and gone. And you know what that means? It's time to celebrate our bestsellers!

We have published over 700 books. Not bad, right? Going strong since 2004, we have always prided ourselves in our ability to find, publish, and promote the highest-quality books we can find. Since it's easy to get lost in the workflow, we like to step back at the end of every month to celebrate just how many readers were able to find our books during a 30-day period.

And August 2020 did NOT let us down. Both new books and older books reached the top five in their categories. Before we get into the top 100 books sold, check out these superstars who reached the top five print books in both fiction and nonfiction.

Nonfiction

August 2020 Bestsellers for Sunbury Press, nonfiction paperback

Congratulations to our top five bestselling print books in nonfiction!

  1. Why vs. What: One Man's Spiritual Journey Through Tragedy by Embracing God's Planby Ron Reitz
  2. The Chubbs: A Free Black Family's Journey from the Antebellum Era to the Mid-1900s by Dr. Clemmie Whatley
  3. Still Left Out in America: The State of Homelessness in the United States by Pat Lamarche
  4. Dead Letters: Delivering Unopened Mail in a Pennsylvania Ghost Town by Jessica Weible
  5. Last Ride of the Iron Horse: by Dan Joseph

Fiction

Sunbury Press Bestsellers fiction august 2020 paperback

Congratulations to our top five bestselling print books in fiction!

  1. My Christmas Attic by Dennis M. Clausen
  2. Lost in the Cogan by R.E. Miller
  3. Magic Diary by Pat LaMarche
  4. Hope and Glory (Planet Jesus Trilogy, Book Three) by Douglas Brode & Shaun L. Brode
  5. Body and Soul (Planet Jesus Trilogy, Book Two) by Douglas Brode & Shaun L. Brode

Top 100 Bestselling Print Books from Sunbury Press in August 2020

# - Author - Title (Imprint)

1. Ron Reitz -- Why vs. What (Sunbury Press)
2. Northern Appalachia Review Volume 1 (Catamount Press)
3. Clemmie Whatley -- The Chubbs (Oxford Southern)
4. Pat LaMarche -- Still Left Out in America (Oxford Southern)
5. Jessica Weible -- Dead Letters (Sunbury Press)
6. Dan Joseph – Last Ride of the Iron Horse (Sunbury Press)
7. Victor Hart -- Crossing with the Clarks (Sunbury Press)
8. Dennis Clausen – My Christmas Attic (Milford House Press)
9. Robert Miller -- Lost in the Cogan (Milford House Press)
10. Jason Altmire – Dead Center – (Sunbury Press)
11. Knorr, et al -- After the Pandemic (Sunbury Press)
12. Michele Livingston – Living in the Afterlife (Ars Metaphysica)
13. Sheldon Munn – Freemasons at Gettysburg (Sunbury Press)
14. Mike Campbell – Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last (2 ed) (Sunbury Press)
15. Farrell, Farley, & Knorr – Pennsylvania Patriots (Sunbury Press)
16. Knorr & Whatley – The Segregated Georgia School for the Deaf (Sunbury Press)
17. Helga Rist -- The Blood Letter (Sunbury Press)
18. Anna-Karin Björklund -- Dream and Believe: The Celestial Art of Cr... (Ars Metaphysica)
19. Pat LaMarche – Magic Diary (Milford House Press)
20. Douglas Brode -- Planet Jesus Trilogy: Book Three: Hope & Glory (Ars Metaphysica)
21. Sue McGovern – Raising Monarchs (Sunbury Press)
22. Michael Hawley – Jack the Ripper Suspect Dr. Francis Tumblety (Sunbury Press)
23. Doug Brode – Planet Jesus v1: Flesh & Blood (Ars Metaphysica)
24. George Donehoo – Indian Villages and Place Names in Pennsylvania (Sunbury Press)
25. Jeff Pappas -- Ponies West (Sunbury Press)
26. Oxana Lapchuk – The Journalist (Sunbury Press)
27. Gratz Historical Society – History of Lykens Township Volume 2 (Sunbury Press)
28. Lawrence Knorr – Gettysburg Eddie (Sunbury Press)
29. Joe Regenbogen – The Boys of Brookdale (Sunbury Press)
30. Karim El Koussa – Jesus the Phoenician (Ars Metaphysica)
31. James Dohren -- Windy City Stories (Sunbury Press)
32. Michael Hawley – The Ripper's Haunts (Sunbury Press)
33. Gerri Almand – The Reluctant RV Wife (Brown Posey Press)
34. Barbara Mancini -- Cruel Death, Heartless Aftermath (Sunbury Press)
35. Ronald Mayer – The 1932 New York Yankees (Sunbury Press)
36. William Marcum – The Foreman's Boys (Sunbury Press)
37. Linda Schwab -- Displaced (Sunbury Press)
38. Captain Hooter – Captain Hooter's Connoisseur's Guide to Amsterdam...(Sunbury Press)
39. Marlin Bressi -- Pennsylvania Oddities vol 2 (Sunbury Press)
40. Doug Brode – Planet Jesus v2: Body and Soul (Ars Metaphysica)
41. Arthur Hoyle -- Mavericks, Mystics, and Misfits (Sunbury Press)
42. Pamela Bakker -- McDowell's Mill Fort in Markes, Pennsylvania, 175...(Sunbury Press)
43. Cheryl Brooks – Chicken Bone Beach (Sunbury Press)
44. John L Moore -- Murder at Killbuck Island (Sunbury Press)
45. Arthur Graeff – Conrad Weiser: Pennsylvania Peacemaker (Distelfink Press)
46. Kyle Romines -- The Whispers of the Crows (Hellbender Books)
47. John L Moore -- Against the Ice (Sunbury Press)
48. Jon Hochschartner – Ingrid Newkirk: A Biography of PETA's Founder (Sunbury Press)
49. Farrell & Farley -- Keystone Tombstones Volume 2 (Sunbury Press)
50. Wynne Kinder -- Mindful Moods, 2nd Edition: A Mindful, Social Emot...(Oxford Southern)
51. Farrell & Farley -- Keystone Tombstones Volume 3 (Sunbury Press)
52. Mark Singel – The Life and Loves of Thaddeus Stevens (Sunbury Press)
53. John L Moore – 1780: Year of Revenge (Sunbury Press)
54. Gronsky & Bohner – A Short Season (Sunbury Press)
55. Heather Paterno – H is for Hershey (Speckled Egg Press)
56. Terry Ray – The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Or... (Ars Metaphysica)
57. Farrell & Farley – Keystone Tombstones Gettysburg (Sunbury Press)
58. Farrell & Farley -- Keystone Tombstones Volume 1 (2 ed) (Sunbury Press)
59. John Hochschartner -- Puppy Killer, Leave Town (Sunbury Press)
60. Jeffrey Geiger – German Prisoners of War at Camp Cooke, California (Sunbury Press)
61. Mark Mitten – Breck's Quandary (Milford House Press)
62. Anthony Julian -- Vintage Photographs of Pit Bulls (Sunbury Press)
63. Joe Harvey -- Summer Changes Everything (Milford House Press)
64. Cynthia & William Royce -- The Road to Villa Page (Sunbury Press)
65. John L Moore – Warriors, Wampum, and Wolves (Sunbury Press)
66. Scott Zuckerman – Dreams of My Comrades (Sunbury Press)
67. John Lindermuth – Digging Dusky Diamonds (Sunbury Press)
68. Michelle Hoffer – The ABCs of Narcissism (Ars Metaphysica)
69. Joe Fair – Call Sign Dracula (Sunbury Press)
70. Wynne Kinder -- Mindful Choices (Oxford Southern)
71. Mark Carlson – The Marines' Lost Squadron: The Odyssey of VMF-422 (Sunbury Press)
72. Sherry Knowlton – Dead of Autumn (Milford House Press)
73. Marlin Bressi – Pennsylvania Oddities (Sunbury Press)
74. Diane McCormick – Well-Behaved Taverns Seldom Make History (Sunbury Press)
75. Guy Graybill – Prohibition's Prince (Sunbury Press)
76. Benjamin Myers – American Citizen (Sunbury Press)
77. Edward Hocker -- The Fighting Parson of the American Revolution (Sunbury Press)
78. John L Moore – Tories, Terror, and Tea (Sunbury Press)
79. Barbara Workinger – Plain & Deadly (Milford House Press)
80. Joan West – Things Strangled (Milford House Press)
81. Farrell & Farley – Keystone Tombstones Civil War (Sunbury Press)
82. Farrell, Farley, and Knorr -- Keystone Tombstones Volume 4 (Sunbury Press)
83. Brad Bumsted – Keystone Corruption Continues (Sunbury Press)
84. Donald Dewey -- Franchisement (Milford House Press)
85. Jason Altmire – Dead Center (Sunbury Press)
86. Karim El Koussa – Jesus the Phoenician (Ars Metaphysica)
87. Sherry Knowlton – Dead of Spring (Milford House Press)
88. Jeffrey Geiger -- German Prisoners of War at Camp Cooke, Californi... (Sunbury Press)
89. Darla Henry – The 3-5-7 Model: A Practice Approach to Permanency (Sunbury Press)
90. Cheryl Woodruff-Brooks -- Golden Beauty Boss (Sunbury Press)
91. John L Moore – Scorched Earth: General Sullivan and the Senecas (Sunbury Press)
92. William Cook – Collision Course (Sunbury Press)
93. William Lemanski – Lost in the Shadow of Fame (2 ed) (Sunbury Press)
94. Keith Rommel – The Devil Tree (Sunbury Press)
95. Kelly Park -- Just Like Me (Sunbury Press)
96. Wendy Webb -- The Eye of the Gargoyle (Milford House Press)
97. Joe Harvey -- If We’re Really Quiet, It Won’t Find Us (Milford House Press)
98. Joe Farley – Trumpet Call to Victory (Sunbury Press)
99. J G Hohman – Der Lange Verborgene Freund: The Original German Vers...(Distelfink Press)
100. Dennis Clausen – The Sins of Rachel Sims (Milford House Press)


Thank you for checking out our Sunbury Press bestselling print books from August 2020! If you liked what you read, please check out our recent blog post "Sunbury Press Authors Discuss Their Favorite Bookstores in the US," or purchase some bestsellers from our virtual bookstore.

Sunbury Press Bestsellers: The Bestselling Print Books of July 2020

Sunbury Press Bestsellers: The Bestselling Print Books of July 2020

Another month is in the books. And you know what that means? It's time to celebrate another round of Sunbury Press Bestsellers!

We take pride in our books. We love each one we publish, whether it's a bestseller or a book that simply helps one reader transform and grow. There's something special to find in each one, and so whenever we finish a month, we like to sit back and see just how many readers were able to find our books during the past thirty days.

And let's just say that July 2020 was one hell of a month. Both new books and older books reached the top five in their categories. Before we get into the top 100 books sold, check out these literary superstars who reached the top five print books in both fiction and nonfiction.

Nonfiction

This graphic shows the five bestselling nonfiction books from Sunbury Press in July 2020

Congratulations to our top five bestselling print books in nonfiction!

  1. The Chubbs: A Free Black Family's Journey from the Antebellum Era to the Mid-1900s by Dr. Clemmie Whatley
  2. Crossing with the Clarks: A History of a Scottish Family's Ferries and Tavern on the Susquehanna River by Victor Hart
  3. Gettysburg Eddie: The Story of Eddie Plank by Lawrence Knorr
  4. Last Ride of the Iron Horse: How Lou Gehrig Fought ALS to Play One Final Championship Season by Dan Joseph
  5. Well-Behaved Taverns Seldom Make History: Pennsylvania Pubs Where Rabble-Rousers and Rum Runners Stirred Up Revolutions by M. Diane McCormick

Fiction

bestselling fiction paperbacks graphic

Congratulations to our top five bestselling print books in fiction!

  1. Satan's Petting Zoo by Brian Koscienski and Chris Pisano
  2. Bottom Feeders by Jerry Roth
  3. Summer Changes Everything by Joe Harvey
  4. Hellbent Vol. 1 edited by Thomas M. Malafarina
  5. My Christmas Attic by Dennis M. Clausen

Top 100 Bestselling Print Books from Sunbury Press in July 2020

# Author - Title Imprint
1 Clemmie Whatley -- The Chubbs Oxford Southern
2 Victor Hart -- Crossing with the Clarks Sunbury Press
3 Lawrence Knorr – Gettysburg Eddie Sunbury Press
4 Fortress Pub -- Satan's Petting Zoo Verboten Books
5 Jerry Roth -- Bottom Feeders Hellbender Books
6 Dan Joseph – Last Ride of the Iron Horse Sunbury Press
7 Diane McCormick – Well-Behaved Taverns Seldom Make History Sunbury Press
8 Joe Harvey -- Summer Changes Everything Milford House Press
9 Hellbender Books -- Hellbent Volume 1 Hellbender Books
10 Knorr, et al -- After the Pandemic Sunbury Press
11 Jessica Weible -- Dead Letters Sunbury Press
12 Tom Copeland – My War and Welcome To It Sunbury Press
13 Anna-Karin Björklund -- Dream and Believe: The Celestial Art of Cr... Ars Metaphysica
14 Dennis Clausen – My Christmas Attic Brown Posey Press
15 Joe Harvey -- If We’re Really Quiet, It Won’t Find Us Milford House Press
16 Jason Altmire – Dead Center – ((PB Sunbury Press
17 Heather Paterno – H is for Hershey Speckled Egg Press
18 Jane Austen & Leo Rockas – Catharine or the Bower Brown Posey Press
19 Sue McGovern – Raising Monarchs Sunbury Press
20 Mike Campbell – Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last (2 ed Sunbury Press
21 Joe Fair – Call Sign Dracula Sunbury Press
22 Jeffrey Geiger -- German Prisoners of War at Camp Cooke, Californi... Sunbury Press
23 Linda Schwab -- Displaced Sunbury Press
24 Helga Rist -- The Blood Letter Sunbury Press
25 Scott Stevens -- Deadly Roses Milford House Press
26 Knorr & Whatley – The Segregated Georgia School for the Deaf Oxford Southern
27 Barbara Mancini -- Cruel Death, Heartless Aftermath Sunbury Press
28 Karim El Koussa – Jesus the Phoenician (PB Ars Metaphysica
29 Farrell & Farley -- Keystone Tombstones Volume 1 (2 ed Sunbury Press
30 John Micek – Ordinary Angels Milford House Press
31 Will Falconer -- Voyage to the Planet of the Giant Bugs Hellbender Books
32 Cheryl Brooks – Chicken Bone Beach Sunbury Press
33 BANG – The BANG Story Sunbury Press
34 Farrell, Farley, & Knorr – Pennsylvania Patriots Sunbury Press
35 Gratz Historical Society – History of Lykens Township Volume 1 Sunbury Press
36 Pamela Bakker -- McDowell's Mill Fort in Markes, Pennsylvania, 175... Sunbury Press
37 Max Klinger – The Descendants of Johann Peter Klinger and Catharin... Sunbury Press
38 Mark Pendergrast – The Most Hated Man in America Sunbury Press
39 Marlin Bressi -- Pennsylvania Oddities vol 2 Sunbury Press
40 Karim El Koussa – Jesus the Phoenician (HC Ars Metaphysica
41 Jason Altmire – Dead Center (HC Sunbury Press
42 Ronald Mayer – The 1932 New York Yankees Sunbury Press
43 Dennis Herrick – A Brother's Cold Case Milford House Press
44 John Hochschartner -- Puppy Killer, Leave Town Sunbury Press
45 Gerri Almand – The Reluctant RV Wife Brown Posey Press
46 Wynne Kinder -- Mindful Moods, 2nd Edition: A Mindful, Social Emot... Oxford Southern
47 Michele Livingston -- Spiritual Treasures (HC Ars Metaphysica
48 William Marcum – The Foreman's Boys Sunbury Press
49 Knorr, Troutman, Moran, Baum, Hipple, & Adams – There is Something... Distelfink Press
50 Steve Troutman – The Penns' Manor of Spread Eagle and the Grist Mi... Sunbury Press
51 William Cook -- America and the Automobile Sunbury Press
52 Captain Hooter – Captain Hooter's Connoisseur's Guide to Amsterdam... Sunbury Press
53 Terry Ray – The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Or... Ars Metaphysica
54 Jim Remsen – Embattled Freedom Sunbury Press
55 Benjamin Myers – American Citizen Sunbury Press
56 John Lindermuth – Digging Dusky Diamonds Sunbury Press
57 Mark Carlson – The Marines' Lost Squadron: The Odyssey of VMF-422 Sunbury Press
58 Darla Henry – The 3-5-7 Model: A Practice Approach to Permanency Sunbury Press
59 PJ Piccirillo – The Indigo Scarf Brown Posey Press
60 Steve Troutman – Tulpehocken Trail Traces Sunbury Press
61 Alan Craven – Till We Have Built Jerusalem Milford House Press
62 George Donehoo – Indian Villages and Place Names in Pennsylvania Sunbury Press
63 Marlin Bressi – Pennsylvania Oddities Sunbury Press
64 Sheldon Munn – Freemasons at Gettysburg Sunbury Press
65 Jon Hochschartner – Ingrid Newkirk: A Biography of PETA's Founder Sunbury Press
66 Michael Hawley – Jack the Ripper Suspect Dr. Francis Tumblety Sunbury Press
67 Virginia Rafferty – The Road to Lattimer Milford House Press
68 Douglas Brode -- Planet Jesus Trilogy: Book Three: Hope & Glory Ars Metaphysica
69 Calvin Richardson – Do You, Without Them Sunbury Press
70 Thomas Malafarina – Malaformed Realities v3 Hellbender Books
71 Catherine DePino -- Help Yourself Every Day Ars Metaphysica
72 Kyle Romines -- The Whispers of the Crows Hellbender Books
73 Larry Lehmer – Bandstandland Sunbury Press
74 Steve Kious – Murder on the Quilt Milford House Press
75 John L Moore – Bows, Bullets, & Bears Sunbury Press
76 Dorsman & Davis – How to Achieve Peace of Mind Ars Metaphysica
77 Iris Dorbian – Sentenced to Shakespeare Milford House Press
78 Farrell, Farley, and Knorr -- Keystone Tombstones Volume 4 Sunbury Press
79 Wylie McLallen – Tigers by the River Sunbury Press
80 Farrell & Farley -- Keystone Tombstones Volume 2 (e ed Sunbury Press
81 Larry Loebell – Tough Girl in the Jam Brown Posey Press
82 Sharon Marchisello -- Secrets of the Galapagos Milford House Press
83 Michele Livingston – Messages from Beyond (HC Ars Metaphysica
84 Keith Pickering – The Lost Island of Columbus Sunbury Press
85 Mark Singel – The Life and Loves of Thaddeus Stevens Sunbury Press
86 Lawrence Knorr – A Pennsylvania Mennonite and the California Gold ... Distelfink Press
87 Barry Libin – The Vatican's Vault Milford House Press
88 J G Hohman – Der Lange Verborgene Freund: The Original German Vers... Distelfink Press
89 Farrell, Farley, & Knorr – Graves of Our Founders v1 Sunbury Press
90 Charles Kniffen – Fifty Years in a Fox Hole Sunbury Press
91 William Cook – Collision Course Sunbury Press
92 Oliver Seneca – When the Sky Goes Dark Hellbender Books
93 Farrell & Farley – Keystone Tombstones: Pittsburgh Region Sunbury Press
94 Lawrence Knorr – Wonder Boy (HC Sunbury Press
95 Thomas Malafarina – Ghost Shadows Hellbender Books
96 Karim El Koussa – The Phoenician Code 2 ed Ars Metaphysica
97 Edward Hocker -- The Fighting Parson of the American Revolution Sunbury Press
98 Glenn Schwartz -- The Weathermaker Milford House Press
99 Matthews & Blank -- What to Do about Mama? 2 ed Sunbury Press
100 Chris Williams -- Stealing First and Other Old-Time Baseball Stories Sunbury Press

Thank you for checking out our Sunbury Press bestselling print books from July 2020! If you liked what you read, please check out our recent blog post "Sunbury Press Authors Discuss Their Favorite Bookstores in the US," or purchase some bestsellers from our virtual bookstore.

Character Interview: Dr. Alan Gibb, from Franchisement

Character Interview: Dr. Alan Gibb, from Franchisement

Franchisement is a way of thinking, a way of belonging, an outlet to your own identity.

The world has spent 10 centuries searching for potential solutions to maximize the profitability of human interconnection. We have tried everything to resolve our existential malaise and our constant sense of futility, and nothing works.

Over the centuries we have rushed to one organized corpus of thought (like philosophy and religion) in the vain search for clues to find joy. But people have continued to lose that "team feeling" about life, have continued to feel unfranchised.

That is, until Dr. Alan Gibb passed a young boy on the street wearing a pair of Mets shorts, a Red Sox t-shirt, and a Yankees cap, and the theory of human relationships called "Franchisement" was born.

Recently, we had the chance to sit down with the founder, ideator, and chief salesman of Franchisement (Doctor Alan Gibb) to explain this revolutionary concept. And he even agreed to do so without charging for his time.

This is that interview.


 

Interview with Dr. Alan Gibb

Q: Can you explain Franchisement in ten words or less?

AG: The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.

Q: That's the typing exercise for using all the letters of the alphabet.

AG: Exactly. It covers everything. As does Franchisement. No matter who you are or what you are--sex, ehtnicity, and favorite breakfast cereral immaterial--there's a place for you on the Franchisement grid. You belong.

Q: So it's really about togetherness.

AG: That you'd have to pay for us to research. I don't know enough about you.

Q: I mean speaking generally. It's about togetherness.

AG: If I knew what you meant by that, I could answer. But I don't know you. What do you mean by "speaking generally?" That might mean one thing for you and an entirely different thing for your upstairs neighbor. The key to Franchisement is the personal, and you don't exist personally for me. Give me a clue.

Q: I like baseball.

AG: So what? So did Hitler.

Q: I never knew that.

AG: He was a New York Yankee personality with a Philadelphia Phillies PITS.

Q: A what?

AG: PITS. His Positional Identity Trait Sign.

Q: What's that?

AG: What it says--his Positional Identity Trait Sign. You can only have one PITS at a time.

Q: I didn't know that. 

AG: But it's up to you to choose which PITS. 

Q: Oh.

AG: Franchisement doesn't force things on its customers.

Q: That sounds good.

AG: Start telling people who they are and they aren't those people; they're who they say they are.

Q: Not the same thing.

AG: Not at all. You want to be who you are, not somebody else.

Q: Of course not.

AG: Look out any window and you'll see thousands of unfranchised people walking the streets. They don't know where they're going. They don't know where they've come from. Makes you want to keep the blinds closed.

Q: I confess I'm at a loss...

AG: A classic Phillies PITS symptom. Maybe it would be better if you just started off with a Franchisement Unique Number. Your FUN. That usually relaxes first-time customers.

Q: But I'm not a customer. I'm here to interview you.

AG: An identity trait like any other. Give it a try. Your FUN number.

Q: Any number?

AG: After the one on your credit card...No, no, don't say it out loud. There may be hackers listening. Just let me see it...Okay, good. Now what FUN do you want?

Q: Pretty expensive fun.

AG: Go ahead. Your FUN number. 

Q: How about...361?

AG: I don't know. You tell me. What's special about 361 for you?

Q: It's 360 plus one.

AG: So not just everything, but one more than everything.

Q: Not that I want to seem greedy.

AG: Franchisement doesn't judge.

Q: Who else has picked 361?

AG: You mean your Famous Franchisement Folks?

Q: Who?

AG: Your Famous Franchisement Folks. Your FFF.

Q: Oh.

AG: Part of your sense of belonging. Through the ages.

Q: Right. Can't be many in my case.

AG: Off the top of my head I can say John the Baptist, Robespierre, and Ted Williams.

Q: Not the worst company, I guess.

AG: As I said, we don't judge; we just process.

Q: If I want another FFF, can I change down the road?

AG: That's why all those numbers exist.

Q: So I'm really not committed to anything.

AG: One of the first lessons Franchisement learned from horoscopes. You start thinking of yourself as a scorpion or a cancer, say, you eventually get depressed. Who wants to be a scorpion or a cancer every day? You wake up in the morning, and you're crawling or coughing your lungs out before you even get out of bed. That wasn't good for you and it certainly wasn't good for the astrology business. So they created all these half-moons and cusps and crap for more possibilities. That's what we've had in place since the very beginning.

Q: But doesn't that leave you and Franchisement open to criticism?

AG: None that I've heard.

Q: Well, I mean if you can be anything, how can you ever be something?

AG: That sounds like a philosophical question, and we could be sitting here debating it all week. You may have that time, but I don't.

Q: You sound very self-confident, Dr. Gibb.

AG: Thank you.

Q: I mean in a kind of smug way.

AG: I never heard that criticism before.

Q: Really?

AG: I'm beginning to think you might be a New York Mets Personality.


Thank you for reading our interview with Franchisement founder Dr. Alan Gibb!

If you liked what you read, check out the satirical novel Franchisement by Donald Dewey. Dr. Gibb's got plenty more head-scratching, hilarious moments as you'd expect after reading this interview.

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FREE EBOOK: Bottom Feeders by Jerry Roth

FREE EBOOK: Bottom Feeders by Jerry Roth

From July 2 to July 5, 2020, Bottom Feeders by Jerry Roth is free to download on Amazon

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Bottom Feeders

Would you recognize the Devil if you met him?

A decaying prison hides a dark secret. Robert Deville, the youngest prison warden in the history of the state, never expected to feel a supernatural connection in a prison. After discovering a diary, Robert learns a prisoner, rumored to be the Devil, was hidden away under his feet.

Was this prisoner responsible for a fire that killed hundreds of prisoners? Did he play a part in the murder of a local family years earlier? Robert must learn the prisoner’s true identity and unravel why he hasn’t aged in decades.

Surviving a relationship with an abusive ex-husband, Jenny Deville is dealing with the pain of her past. Noticing a sudden change in her son’s behavior, and his horrifying drawings of murders, no child should ever witness, she must discover the cause.

As local children mysteriously disappear, there is little time to prove who the killer really is.


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Jerry Roth is a graduate from The Ohio State University where he studied English Literature. He has written for Ohio newspapers and sports articles for the Disc Golf Pro Tour. His fiction career began as a screenwriter. He currently lives in Ohio with his wife Tricia and his three children Jesse, Lea, and Nick. After reading The Stand by Stephen King, he became passionate about creating his own work of fiction. Bottom Feeders is his debut novel.

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How I Became an Author: Sharon Marchisello on the Path to Publication

How I Became an Author: Sharon Marchisello on the Path to Publication

Welcome to the fifth installment of the Sunbury Press author journey series!

In every book, there's a story. And not just the one between its pages.

Every author has a different journey for how they ended up with the incredible book that landed in our inbox. Sure, we loved the book that they sent to us--enough to publish it and share with you all--but we wanted to know what it took for them to write that book, what drove them toward publication, and to get to know them better as artists.

And instead of keeping those answers to ourselves, we thought--to hell with it, let's share it with YOU.

We are thrilled to continue this new author-centric series with mystery author Sharon Marchisello, author of  The Secrets of Galapagos and Going Home


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"How I Became an Author"

by Sharon Marchisello

As long as I can remember, I knew I was a writer. Even before I learned my alphabet, I entertained myself with stories, long after my parents tucked me into bed. If my mother had read me a story earlier or I'd seen a movie recently, I'd join my favorite characters on their next adventure.

I loved creating a world where I was in control. My heroines were prettier and richer and cleverer than me. They succeeded where I failed, always firing off that zinger at exactly the right moment. Characters created in the likeness of people who had been mean to me ended up getting killed or having bad things happen to them.

I wrote short stories and essays all throughout school, and although teachers and peers praised my work, I got nothing but rejection letters when I submitted them to national publications.

My first completed novel was a plotless, semi-autobiographical mess. When I got accepted into the Master's in Professional Writing program at the University of Southern California, I showed my masterpiece to one of my professors, with the hope of polishing it for possible publication. He suggested I begin a new project.

This professor believed the best way to get published was to focus on a genre. Agents and publishers want to know what shelf your book belongs on in a bookstore. He was a mystery fan, and he encouraged his students to write one. I didn't read many mysteries as a child. I'd heard of Nancy Drew but never read one of the books. I didn't think I could write a mystery, so I decided to try my hand at romance.

My master's thesis started as a romance novel, but I couldn't follow the formula. I set the novel in France, where I spent a year as a Rotary scholar, and it's full of culture clashes and misunderstandings. Oh, and there's also romance. But in the end, the heroine doesn't choose either guy vying for her hand; instead, she rides off into the sunset with a girlfriend for a summer of travel and adventure. The book never got published.

Unable to find fame and fortune as a writer by the time I finished my master's degree, I got a real job working in the airline industry, which allowed me to indulge my passion for travel. I sold some travel articles about destinations I'd visited. Living in Hollywood, of course I wrote screenplays. I found an agent for one of my screenplays, which was terrifically exciting, but then no one bought it. One script I worked on did get produced, but the movie never got released. Probably a good thing, because it was terrible. My contract promised "deferred pay" from the profits; I never saw a dime.

One night, while working at the Los Angeles airport during a major construction phase, I walked through a long, deserted, temporary hallway to meet an incoming plane. The fog was rolling in, shadows loomed, and the ramp area where I waited was almost dark. Someone could get killed out here and no one would know, I thought. The idea for my first mystery, Murder at Gate 58A, was born.

I had a great time writing it, creating a cast of characters who all had motive and opportunity, and then trying to figure out whose motive was strong enough to commit murder. I was thrilled when I found an agent to represent me, but unfortunately, after almost two years of peddling my story around the publishing world, he gave up. Murder at Gate 58A is still on the shelf. Maybe someday…

My fourth completed manuscript, Going Home, also a murder mystery, became my first novel to get published. Going Home was inspired by my mother's battle with Alzheimer's disease, which prompted me to wonder what it would be like to interview a witness or a suspect who could not rely on her memory. It opens when the heroine visits her childhood home to check on her elderly mother, who has Alzheimer's, and finds her hovering over the bludgeoned body of her caregiver. Alone. And unable to explain what happened. The heroine is forced to remain in her hometown in a caregiving role, while trying to prove her mother's innocence. People from her past she thought she'd left behind pop back into her life and complicate her role as an amateur sleuth. Although I began writing Going Home in 2003, it took ten years and seven drafts before I received a publishing contract from Sunbury Press. In 2014, the book was released.

My latest novel, also a mystery published by Sunbury Press, is called Secrets of the Galapagos. It was soft-launched in December 2019 and hasn't really had a hard launch yet, on account of the coronavirus pandemic. While not a sequel to Going Home, Secrets of the Galapagos features two of the same characters. Grandmother and granddaughter set off on a cruise of the Galapagos only to encounter murder and mayhem. The setting was inspired by a bucket-list cruise of the Galapagos Islands that my husband and I took in 2014.

For the past three years, I've "sold" copies of Going Home at fundraisers for the Alzheimer's Walk, and many readers have bought the book due in part to the fact that all the proceeds go to the charity. It's not a great way for me to earn a living, but people are paying attention to my stories and causes. And really, that’s still great to me.


About the Author

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Sharon Marchisello is the author of two mysteries published by Sunbury Press: Going Home (2014) and Secrets of the Galapagos (2019). Her other publications include travel articles, corporate training manuals, short stories, book reviews, a blog, and a nonfiction book about personal finance, Live Well, Grow Wealth. Sharon grew up in Tyler, Texas, and earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Houston in French and English. Learn more on her website.


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How a Book Was Born: Author Gerri Almand on Writing The Reluctant RV Wife

How a Book Was Born: Author Gerri Almand on Writing The Reluctant RV Wife

Welcome to the fourth installment of the Sunbury Press author journey series!

In every book, there's a story. And not just the one between its pages.

Every author has a different journey for how they ended up with the incredible book that landed in our inbox. Sure, we loved the book that they sent to us--enough to publish it and share with you all--but we wanted to know what it took for them to write that book, what drove them toward publication, and to get to know them better as artists.

And instead of keeping those answers to ourselves, we thought--to hell with it, let's share it with YOU.

We are thrilled to continue this new author-centric series with the hilarious Gerri Almand, author of The Reluctant RV Wife.


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"How a Book Was Born"

by Gerri Almand

The Reluctant RV Wife was a fluke. I never planned to write a book, just as I never planned to bounce up and down the road in a tin-can house. I cringed when my husband announced his dream of buying an RV and seeing the country. Not once had I EVER wanted to be one of those old coots tootling around in an obnoxious motorhome.  But I eventually agreed to try it, and off we went.

It didn’t take long to realize my husband’s RV enthusiasm was unlimited and his wanderlust insatiable. I threw hissy fits that each road trip lasted longer than the one before. My hysterical complaining failed to faze my husband. By our second year of RVing, I knew I had to reconcile being torn from a sticks-‘n-bricks, stay-at-home lifestyle to living part time as a gypsy. I started writing to manage my angst. Words erupted like projectile vomit, and it felt like I was leaving deposits on the keyboard as I struggled to get it all out.

As I wrote, the conflict between a reluctant wife and her excited husband traveling in an RV metamorphosed into a story arc. I realized my emotional meltdowns went beyond resistance to RV travel. The story became a growing old temper tantrum, a final attempt at figuring out the meaning of life and how to spend the rest of mine. Our RV had turned my life upside down and changed me in profound ways. I wanted to share the struggle and the ultimate triumph of achieving a new kind of freedom through a minimalistic lifestyle. My manifesto, The Reluctant RV Wife, was thus born.

My first public appearance as an author took place in a Sunbury Press booth at the 2019 Decatur Book Festival, outside of Atlanta, Georgia. A stranger approached me at the festival. My cardboard poster of the cover of The Reluctant RV Wife had caught her eye.

“Is that a true story?” she asked me, looking at the title of my book.

I laughed. “Yes, it is. I never wanted an RV—my husband did.”

“And he dragged you off in that thing?”

“Well . . . I did agree to it, though I hadn’t wanted to.”

The woman continued. “Back when my husband asked me to marry him over forty years ago, I looked him straight in the eye and told him there were three things I absolutely would never abide: cheating, beating, and RVing.”

I burst into a deep belly laugh. Other women who overheard the conversation laughed as well.  “I’m going to steal those words,” I said. “I love that story.”

That conversation followed me home. I had met many women and a handful of men who reported wanting no part of RVing but had spouses who did. How could those folks oppose RV travel so adamantly if they had never tried it? Then came the epiphany: I’d been just as reluctant as they professed to be. Maybe my story would help change some minds.

Both RVing and writing a book challenged and changed me. While I had never considered becoming a nomad, I had dreamed of being a writer since childhood. Instead, I became a social worker and spent forty years writing Psychosocial Evaluations, Social/Developmental Histories, and Child Custody Investigation Reports. The RV proved a vehicle for finding my voice and fulfilling that childhood fantasy of becoming a ‘real writer.’

My husband argues that The Reluctant RV Wife is his book. He jokes, “You had nothing to say until I bought you an RV.” While I disagree with his summation, writing a book about RV travel now feels like the most satisfying accomplishment of my life. It’s also been a hell of a fun literal and literary journey.


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Gerri Almand is a retired social worker turned writer, storyteller, and speaker. Her husband’s retirement crisis, which included buying an RV and declaring they should see the world, has given her untold ammunition for writing material. With a permanent home address in Tampa, Florida, Gerri and her husband Michael Hamlin now switch off their reluctancies. She continues to feel quasi-reluctant on the road and he feels acutely-reluctant during their periods at home. Learn more at her website.


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The First Decade of Terror: How Author Thomas M. Malafarina Wrote and Contributed to 15 Books of Horror Fiction

The First Decade of Terror: How Author Thomas M. Malafarina Wrote and Contributed to 15 Books of Horror Fiction

Welcome to the third installment of the Sunbury Press author journey series!

In every book, there's a story. And not just the one between its pages.

Every author has a different journey for how they ended up with the incredible book that landed in our inbox. Sure, we loved the book that they sent to us--enough to publish it and share with you all--but we wanted to know what it took for them to write that book, what drove them toward publication, and to get to know them better as artists.

And instead of keeping those answers to ourselves, we thought--to hell with it, let's share it with YOU.

We are thrilled to continue this new author-centric series with the inspirational Thomas M. Malafarina, horror author of The Ridge of Death and many more.


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"The First Decade of Terror"

by Thomas M. Malafarina

This year marks my 10th year writing horror for Sunbury Press/Hellbender Books. That’s right, I’m an author of horror fiction. Yep, the dreaded genre. In the eyes of many publishers that makes me the ugly three-headed stepchild. Regardless, I’ve written in various forms all of my life from newspaper reporting at the age of 19 to having created thousands of pages of technical documentation during my 43-year career (and still going strong) as a manufacturing engineer. But one thing I always wanted to do was to write and publish horror fiction.

One might wonder why I would choose a genre that most "serious" authors and publishers tend to frown upon. Most of those publishers are often happy to remind would-be authors that Stephen King, Clive Barker and Dean Koontz already do it better than anyone else, so why bother? I’ve had a life-long love of horror from my childhood days of watching the Universal Monster movies and reading Famous Monsters of Filmland magazines. My bedroom was decorated with posters of monsters and my dresser was covered with Aurora monster models, which I built and customized.

Thank goodness Sunbury Press saw past all the prejudice against horror and started me on a journey that has resulted in ten years of publishing with over thirteen books currently in print, close to two hundred short stories to my name, with much more terror on the horizon.

But let’s turn the clock back a decade or so. It was spring of 2010 and I was coming up on my fifty-fifth birthday in July. Having completed my first novel, 99 Souls as well as more than a dozen short stories, I was close to completing my second novel, Burn Phone. I had not yet found a publisher but was nonetheless having a blast writing blood-curdling prose.

After a few failed attempts to find a publisher, I had actually considered contracting with one of the vanity press companies (I was unaware of self-publishing websites, if in fact they existed at that time). The bottom line was, I wanted to know if the work I was doing was any good. Vanity press or self-publishing would not answer that question. Only acceptance by a traditional publisher would do that for me. I had works ready to publish but nowhere to publish them. I was like an atheist at his own funeral, all dressed up and no place to go.

Then one day while cruising Craigslist looking for potential gigs for my part-time blues band, I saw an ad for a publisher from Camp Hill called Sunbury Press that was in the process of growing its business and looking for new authors. I did some research and learned at that time, Sunbury was best known for non-fiction and historical types of books.

Never one to be afraid of having yet another door slammed in my face, I contacted Sunbury publisher Lawrence Knorr to see if he would have any interest in looking at my work, even though it was fiction and horror fiction to boot. To my surprise, he agreed. I prepared myself for yet another rejection letter to add to my growing stack. To my astonishment, he offered to publish three books; my novels 99 Souls and Burn Phone as well as a collection of short stories, which he decided to call 13 Nasty Endings.

I was blown away! I went from thinking I might never be published to becoming a published author with a three-book deal. Unfortunately, like all naive and uninformed writers new to publishing, I was mostly concerned about how I would spend all the money that came pouring in. Needless to say, that didn’t happen.

Now I can look back and laugh. Writing has not and likely will never make me financially rich (or even comfortable), but it has succeeded in filling my life with the sort of wealth you can only receive from the experience of creating something from nothing and seeing it in print with your name on it. For the record, the tenth or thirteenth book is no less exciting to hold in your hands than the first.

If you total all the books I've published through Sunbury and their imprint Hellbender Books, the number is actually much higher. Some of my earlier works are out of print. I reworked several of them over the years, which we retitled and re-released. 99 Souls is now available as What Waits Beneath. Burn Phone is now Burner. My large novel Fallen Stones has been re-written, streamlined and re-released as Circle Of Blood. 13 Nasty Endings is now available as 13 Deadly Endings and my dark and some say frustrating Eye Contact is now available under the title From The Dark. Three short story collections, Malafarina Malefacarum Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 as well as Gallery Of Horror have been discontinued. Their stories have been sprinkled in with new stories for my current series called Malaformed Realities.

Oh, and another thing, we published a collection of my bizarre cartoons called Yes, I Smelled It Too.

Hellbender has published my series of three zombie apocalypse novels called the Dead Kill series. Will there be a Book 4? Time will tell.

So, what does the future hold for me? What does my next decade of terror look like? Shortly, Hellbender will be releasing a short story collection I co-curated with Catherine Jordon (she did an excellent job of editing—thanks, Cathy!) called Hellbent, which consists of stories from many Hellbender authors. As I mentioned earlier, Malaformed Realities 4 and 5 are slated for 2020 release, unless COVID-19 screws that up. Also, scheduled to be released will be a new novel, which might become a series called, Death Bringer Jones, Zombie Slayer. He is a spinoff character from my Dead Kill Series.

I'm also working on a new novel (which has the potential to become yet another series), a novella or two and a ton of short stories so new, this is the first I’ve mentioned them. I'm always writing something. I love to write. I never tire of writing and never seem to run out of ideas. Professional writers take vacations to get away from writing; I look forward to writing while on vacation. Writing is actually a sort of vacation for me.

So now you know why the past ten years with Sunbury Press have been so rewarding to me. It's not about the money. Publishing my books allows me to share my crazy ideas with many readers. It permits me to proudly call myself a published author. Most importantly, it offers me a platform from which I can launch many, many more stories for as long as I can keep coming up with fresh new ideas. Be ready, folks. The next decade of terror is right around the corner.


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Thomas Malafarina

Thomas M. Malafarina is a horror author from Berks County, Pennsylvania. He has been featured in over 15 books, including seven novels and even one book of often-strange single panel cartoons called Yes I Smelled It Too. Learn more on his website.

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FREE EBOOK: After the Pandemic: Visions of Life Post COVID-19

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Twenty-five Sunbury Press authors contributed twenty-seven chapters about the possible impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on society. Based on their experiences in a variety of fields, they provide their projections about the changes facing us, many of which have already been underway for some time.

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It Started with a Dream: How Oxana Lapchuk Wrote The Journalist, a Holocaust Story

It Started with a Dream: How Oxana Lapchuk Wrote The Journalist, a Holocaust Story

Welcome to the second installment of the Sunbury Press author journey series!

In every book, there's a story. And not just the one between its pages.

Every author has a different journey for how they ended up with the incredible book that landed in our inbox. Sure, we loved the book that they sent to us--enough to publish it and share with you all--but we wanted to know what it took for them to write that book, what drove them toward publication, and to get to know them better as artists.

And instead of keeping those answers to ourselves, we thought--to hell with it, let's share it with YOU.

We are thrilled to continue this new author-centric series with the inspirational Oxana Lapchuk, author of The Journalist: A Holocaust Story.


"It Started with a Dream"

by Oxana Lapchuk

Oxana Lapchuk author journey

My book journey started ten years ago on May 5, 2010 when I dreamed that I gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby. The baby was chunky and laughed profusely. While I knew I wouldn’t be having a baby, I did know that God was speaking to me in a different way; instead, he was telling me that I'd bring something new into the world. To me, that meant it was finally time to write a book about the story that meant the most to me: my father’s holocaust experiences.

Now, this happened right around the time that I was diagnosed with endometrial cancer. Thanks to the dream, I had newfound confidence that I would beat it and that my book-baby would become a reality. I needed to focus on it, not the cancer. I had surgery shortly after the dream, cutting out the need for chemo or radiation and giving me inspiration to get to work.

But when I focused my attention toward the book, I found that there were many challenges to getting it written.

First and foremost, my father had died 20 years earlier. I had to recall my conversations with him about his experiences and dig through his records and documents (he was a journalist) to try to piece it all together. I found some old photos that shed some light on his timeline and was able to get a clearer picture. However, I knew it wasn’t enough; I needed to go to the actual concentration camps to get further clarification.

In 2018, a friend of mine connected me to a German teacher who focused on the Holocaust. I spoke to her about my father’s history in Buchenwald and working in the underground tunnels of the Dora-Mittlebau complex. She helped me locate someone at the Buchenwald Memorial who was able to gather even more documents about his personal information while he was at the camps.

I made arrangements with her to pick us up at the train station in Nordhausen, Germany and to take us to the underground tunnels in Dora-Mittlebau. They only opened the tunnels in 2006 so we were able to take a tour and see for ourselves the horrible working conditions that the prisoners had to endure.

Then she drove us to Buchenwald—about an hour away. We met with the head of the Memorial Archives and she had all the documents ready for me. We spent an hour going over everything, and I realized that some of my information was not accurate.

So I had to make some revisions as to my father’s timeline while in the different camps. The most amazing experience for me was when they took me to the actual spot where my father slept in the barracks in the “Little Camp.” It was block 63. I stood on that grassy spot where there was once a building. It was as if I was walking in his footsteps and reliving some of his experiences.  I couldn’t believe it.

When I went back to the states, I immediately started rewriting to make it as accurate as possible. At the time I was thinking I might self-publish it, but I wasn’t young anymore and didn’t have the time or the finances to go through that whole process. I had been a member of the Florida Writers Association and found out they were having a conference in October 2018 near my city.  So, I went.

At the conference, I made an appointment to meet with Lawrence Knorr of Sunbury Press, Inc. To my surprise, he was actually interested in publishing it! And one year later, my book (and my father's story) was published.

Some amazing things have happened since it got published. I was able to reconnect with friends that I hadn’t been in touch with for 45 years. I was able to reconnect with an old roommate. But the most amazing connection was with a woman whose father is in several chapters of the book. His name was Stefan, and he was arrested along with my father and spent some time with him in two of the camps. They were in Buchenwald together and my father’s prisoner number was 25362 (adds up to 18) which in the Hebrew means “life” and her father’s number was 25363.

She lives in Idaho and had done a lot of research about her father and had also been trying to locate my father as well.  When she found my book on the internet, she was amazed and told me the book filled in a lot of gaps for her. Her father had died in 1998, and before the war was studying to be a priest in Lviv, Ukraine. Our fathers never reconnected after the war once they moved to the states.

Writing and researching this book has been an amazing journey and has opened up a lot of doors for me. I’ll even be doing an event at the local holocaust center here in my town in the fall, and the local paper has written an article about me and the book. My old alma mater even has two of my books in their libraries!

I’m excited about where else the wind will take this book, especially if it can get out to those who need it. One of the reasons for writing it was to give hope to many people out there who are facing challenging situations. I believe they’ll find help in the principles my father practiced that enabled him to overcome and triumph in the midst of his adverse circumstances.


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Oxana Lapchuk was born in New York, New York the same year her father emigrated to the United States. A lifelong student of Ukrainian history and culture, she has worked as an interpreter in Ukraine and Israel and now lives in Florida. This is her first book.


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