"The Birds" meets "Night of the Living Dead" in Kyle Alexander Romine's "Keeper of the Crows"

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Sunbury Press has released Kyle Alexander Romine’s debut novel The Keeper of the Crows, a super-natural thriller.

tkotc_fcNo evil can remain buried forever, as disgraced journalist Thomas Brooks discovers when a wave of death grips the rural Kentucky town of Gray Hollow in terror.

Following a very public humiliation, Thomas is looking for a story to get him back on the map—and free of the small town newspaper where he serves out his exile. The apparent murder of a stranger seems to be just what the opportunistic reporter needs, until he discovers the death is merely the start of something bigger.

Also investigating the murder is Sheriff Jezebel Woods, who doesn’t approve of Thomas’ sensationalist intentions. Mounting deaths force the pair to set aside their differences to confront a force that threatens to destroy the entire town.

At the center of the mystery is the disappearance of a boy named Salem Alistair, who designed a series of grotesque scarecrows for his parents’ farm—scarecrows that are turning up at each subsequent crime scene. Thomas begins to doubt his uneasy alliance with the sheriff when he realizes Jezebel has her own secret history with Salem Alistair.

Thomas and Jezebel are completely unprepared to face the supernatural force at odds with Gray Hollow. As the killings continue, and the town slowly begins to yield its dark secrets, the truth will pit Thomas and Jezebel on a collision course with true evil.

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… Jeff hastily brought the aluminum can up to his lips and choked down the frothy liquid.

“Ugh,” he grunted. It was warm. The vehicle bounced over the gravel rocks, causing him to spill the remainder of the beer on his jacket. “Stupid truck,” he muttered as he glanced at the gas gauge. There was barely enough fuel to get back into town. Jeff hurled the empty can down on the floorboard and brought the vehicle to a halt. A rusty metal gate barred his entry to the farm. Jeff almost laughed when he saw the locks fastened around the wooden post.

Like anyone would want to break in here, he thought.

The sun waned above, casting an orange glow on the farm. An old barn stood nearly twenty feet beyond the fence. Like his truck, the barn’s red paint was faded, and planks of rotten wood contributed to a general state of disarray. A cornfield rested just outside the barn, with a small grassy hill overlooking the whole property. Jeff grabbed a cooler from the back of his truck and hoisted it over the gate adjoining the wooden fence. A wave of reluctance washed across him when he rested his hands on the cold metal. After hesitating, Jeff shook his head and yielded to the silent calling that prompted his return to the abandoned farm. It wasn’t like anyone was going to find him out here. The farm lay deserted since the last member of the Alistair family passed away almost twenty years ago. The government now owned the property. All the while the Alistair farm lingered in limbo, waiting. Waiting for him.

“Here goes nothing,” Jeff said before he began climbing over the fence. A blast of freezing wind sent a chill through him, but it was too late to turn back now. He trudged through thick piles of multi-hued leaves. Dusk was fast approaching over the October horizon. Jeff stared into the thick rows of corn. He remembered all too well what secret lay hidden within. That the corn would still be growing in an ordered pattern after all these years disturbed him for some reason. He caughtanother chill, this one not from the cool breeze.

The government probably planted them, he thought. Even as the words formed in his head, Jeff found the probability unlikely. He didn’t understand why the town would waste money by planting corn in an abandoned field. As he rounded the corner, Jeff spotted a dark figure in the cornfield. He nearly jumped out of his skin before realizing the figure wasn’t human. A stitched amalgamation of cloth and straw hung from a pole that towered above the rows.

“It’s just a scarecrow,” he said to himself, letting out a sigh of relief.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kyle Alexander Romines is a teller of tales from the hills of Kentucky. He enjoys good reads, thunderstorms, and anything edible. The Keeper of the Crows is his first published book. His writing interests include fantasy, science fiction, horror, and western.

Kyle’s lifelong love of books began with childhood bedtime stories and was fostered by his parents and teachers. He grew up reading Calvin and Hobbes, RL Stine’s Goosebumps series, and Harry Potter. His current list of favorites includes Justin Cronin’s The Passage, Hard Country by Michael McGarrity, and Red Rising by Pierce Brown. The library is his friend.

Kyle discovered a passion for writing after graduating high school, which resulted in the completion of three novel length manuscripts before The Keeper of the Crows. These fledgling attempts at writing taught him a great deal, and since writing Keeper he has worked to continue honing his skills. He hopes to continue writing as long as he has stories to tell.

He is currently a medical student at the University of Louisville.

The Keeper of the Crows
Authored by Kyle Alexander Romines
List Price: $16.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
284 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620066461
ISBN-10: 1620066467
BISAC: Fiction / Occult & Supernatural

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/The-Keeper-of-the-Crows-…

Thomas Malafarina's "99 Souls" now available in a 2nd edition with new cover art

CAMP HILL, Pa.Camp Hill, PA – Sunbury Press has released a second edition of Thomas Malafarina’s first novel “99 Souls” with Alecia Nye cover art. The duo had previously paired up successfully on the author’s novel “Burn Phone.”

About 99 Souls:
99 frontThomas Malafarina’s first novel is set in 1965 in his native Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.

A boy is savagely disemboweled in the presence of his friends at an abandoned coal mine by an unidentified creature. During the investigation, which follows, a Philadelphia television reporter learns from an eccentric old codger a terrible legend about the disastrous history of the mine – a tale about a mine disaster many years ago in which three coal miners were trapped a mile below the surface. Out of desparation, one of the miners sold his soul to Satan in order to get revenge for the disaster. In return, Satan transformed this man into an immortal soul-feeding demon that must remain trapped in the mine until he gathers ninety-nine souls.

How do you kill what can’t be killed? How do you stop the unstoppable?Welcome to a place where terror reigns, where unspeakable horror and demonic savagery is the norm; where lost souls writhe and struggle for a freedom that may never come.

Welcome to Coogan’s mine; the home of Devil Dan.

List Price: $14.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
160 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1934597255
ISBN-10: 1934597252
BISAC: Fiction / Horror

Praise from George Andrade of “Horror News”:

“What is noteworthy about the legend in Ninety-Nine Souls, though, is that Malafarina takes advantage of it to reflect the idea that though it is easy to become cynical, amused and even bored with the small town happenings in this country we all know in our deepest selves that we’ve been there – that no matter how coiffed and educated (“civilized”) we fancy ourselves to be we recognize deep down that but for the grace of God go ourselves, that but for the happenstance of our birthright, our locations or just plain luck we are not in a position where just plain bad luck, or an accident, can end our dreams of “getting out”.  The feeling of being trapped and powerless and the need to “do what you need to do to survive” is an ageless design in the patchwork quilt that is the American identity.”

“99 Souls is a terrific first novel, though, and a promising debut; it’s about small town conspiracies and the sins of our fathers, greed and corruption, supply and demand and the angst that accompanies them … and eventual comeuppance. It just so happens to be a very sinister horror novel as well.”

Other Alecia Nye covers:
“Burn Phone” by Thomas Malafarina
“Pythagoras the Mathemagician” by Karim El-Koussa
… more to come!

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/99-Souls-9781934597255.htm?categoryId=-1

Alecia Nye artwork selected for cover of Thomas Malafarina's new horror novel 'Burn Phone'

CAMP HILL, Pa.Camp Hill, PA – Landisburg, PA artist Alecia Nye’s artwork has been selected for the cover of Thomas Malafarina’s new horror novel ‘Burn Phone’. The book will be released later this month by Sunbury Press. Nye’s print will soon be released in a limited edition.

About the book:

3476068Charles Wilson, a traveling businessman in search of a prepaid cellular phone stumbles into a strange store where he is presented with a hideous phone that he discovers can open a portal to Hell, summoning demonic creatures to do his every bidding.

What is the origin of this device? Why was Wilson chosen to be the “Keeper of the Phone”? How will this newfound power affect Wilson? This is story of power, psychological terror, demonic temptations, and human greed.

This is Thomas M. Malafarina’s second full length for Sunbury press. He has also written the novel “Ninety-Nine Souls” and the short story collection called “Thirteen Nasty Endings” both published through Sunbury Press.

“Burn Phone” has plenty of suspense, terror, surprises and just enough gut wrenching gore to keep the author satisfied.

Thomas M. Malafarina is a horror author from the South Heidelberg Township area of Pennsylvania. To date he has published a horror novel called “Ninety-Nine Souls” and a collection of horror short stories called “Thirteen Nasty Endings” through Sunbury Press.

He was born July 23, 1955 in the town of Ashland, Pennsylvania, in the heart of the hard coal region. He was raised in a small, wood-framed row house along with his parents, his younger brother and two older sisters. Growing up in this blue-collar community Thomas learned the importance of hard work and dedication to family. These values instilled by his parents guided him through to his adult life.

Thomas has enjoyed a life-long love of writing, music and art and of course, horror. “Burn Phone” is his latest exploration into the world of demonic horror.

Thomas lives in South Heidelberg Township, just outside of Wernersville, PA with his wife JoAnne. They have three grown children and two grandchildren.

Format – softcover – perfect binding.
214 pgs. 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN# 9781453716144

For more information about the book, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Burn-Phone-9781934597095.htm?categoryId=-1

For more information about Alecia Nye, please see:
http://alicianyephotography.blogspot.com/