February is Women in Horror Month

IMG_6913-WMFebruary is Women in Horror Month. For me, this means I have a great opportunity to learn about other authors as well as promote myself. Sunbury Press has published a few of these women, such as: The Weeping Woman, a ghostly mystery centered on Mexican legend, by Patricia Santos Marcantonio; The Ghosts of Laurelford, a paranormal suspense, by Margaret Meacham; and Seeking Samiel, a supernatural quest where the anti-Christ seeks the devil—Samiel, her lover by, Catherine Jordan.

Then, there are the women characters of horror. Studying them has been a great lesson and who doesn’t love the bad-ass chicks, such as: Alma/Eva in Ghost Story, Annie in Misery, Miriam in The Hunger, Lucy in Dracula, and Rynn in The Little Girl Who Lived Down the Lane. Claudia in Interview with the Vampire, Rebecca and Mrs. Danvers in Rebecca, and last but not least, The Bible’s Jezebel.

Those women are not delicate, sensitive or passive. They are good and bad, sweet and salty, and they will dish out whatever they are backhanded. They have dark feelings and fears that every woman can identify with in some capacity. Like reaching out and taking something, no matter what the violent cost, just because they want it.

Which brings me to my novel titled, Seeking Samiel, where the female antagonist, Eva, is the self proclaimed anti-Christ, the Lamia, seeking out her long lost lover, Samiel. She is based on the Lamia folklore and is half serpent, half female, demon and human. All men, with the exception of one, play a role in her life as surrogate chumps and wind up on her dinner table when she is finished them. Burp.

Women are not supposed to like violence or gore, or be overly aggressive. We are usually the weaker sex, sensitive—the victim. But, what am I to take away from a book that portrays my gender as a victim of circumstances, silly and weak and thereby deserving of the predictable fate on the pages? Eva is no victim. She is a horrible woman. I loved writing about her and fleshing out her nature. As a horror writer, I don’t know how successful I am at scaring, but my favorite female authors and female characters have influenced my writing, for the better, I hope.  

Book Expo America a blast for Sunbury Press authors, owners and staff

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“Power Readers” pour into BEA on Saturday June 1, 2013

New York, NY — Book Expo America, the largest publishing trade show in North America, was held at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City from Thursday May 30 through Saturday June 1, 2013.   The exposition highlighted the latest technology and developments in the book publishing industry, and was a showcase for star and emerging talent.  All of the big publishers including Simon & Schuster, Hachette, McGraw-Hill, Penguin, Random House, Scholastic and others, joined with leaders in publishing services such as Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Createspace, Sony, Kobo and many others.  Notables such as Chris Matthews, Stephen King, Jim Carey, Ann Romney and Rick Atkinson were just a small number of the multitudes of well-known authors and personalities present.

Sunbury Press joined with the Independent Book Publisher’s Association (IBPA) and other independent publishers in aisle 2300. Sunbury had a slate of authors appear at their table. Several were photographed or interviewed by the media. Appearing at this year’s expo were:

Thursday May 30: Carole LaPlante, Robert Miller and Ernest Marshall

Friday May 31: Mary Dimino, Thomas Malafarina, Cathy Jordan and Margaret Meacham

Saturday June 1: Mike Sgrignoli, Shelly Frome and Joanne Risso

 

 

 

BEA - Carole LaPlante

Carole LaPlante

BEA - Ernest Marshall

Ernest Marshall

BEA - Maggie Meacham

Margaret Meacham

BEA - Mary Dimino

Mary Dimino

BEA - Mike Sgrignoli

Mike Sgrignoli

BEA - Robert Miller

Robert Miller

BEA - Shelly Frome

Shelly Frome

BEA Cathy Jordan

Cathy Jordan

BEA- Joanne Risso

Joanne Risso

BEA Tom Malafarina

Thomas Malafarina

 

Mysterious murder on Maryland's eastern shore linked to artist/author Sarah Landing

Mechanicsburg, PA – Sunbury Press has released author Margaret Meacham’s murder-mystery novel “The Survival of Sarah Landing” about an artist/author from Maryland’s eastern shore who experiences the deaths of her husband and a student close to her.

About the book:
Once upon a time, Sarah Landing, forty-year-old mother of three, was a successful picture book author/artist. But that was before the death of her husband three years earlier. Now she is blocked, and running out of money faster than her growth- spurting fourteen-year-old son can empty the fridge.

Sarah teaches “The Art of the Picture Book” at the local arts center, and when she receives a beautiful manuscript from someone enrolled in her class, she is captivated by the work and eager to help the artist publish. Soon after they meet, the artist disappears, and is later found dead, and Sarah is drawn into the mystery.

While Sarah attempts to understand what happened to Louisa Myner, someone else is attempting to find out how much Sarah knows. Unbeknownst to Sarah and her kids, someone is watching them, and he doesn’t like what he sees.

The story is set on the Eastern Shore of Maryland which is beautiful and isolated and where fishing and boating are part of the culture.

About the author:
Margaret Meacham grew up in Pittsburgh,Pennsylvania and spent her childhood summers visiting her grandmother on the Chesapeake Bay, where many of her books including “Secret of Heron Creek” and “Oyster Moon” take place. In 1975 she received her BA degree in English Literature from Trinity College, and she received an MLS degree from University of Maryland in 1977.

Meacham teaches writing and children’s literature at Goucher College and online through Gotham Writer’s Workshop in New York City. She has three grown children, Pete, Jen and Katy, and currently lives in Brooklandville, Maryland with her husband John and their two dogs Dodger and Sam.

Margaret Meacham has published several novels for children and young adults with Holiday House, Scholastic Inc. and Schiffer Books, and teaches “Writing for Children and Young Adults” at Gotham Writers’ Workshop.

The Survival of Sarah Landing
Authored by Margaret Meacham
List Price: $14.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
172 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620061589
ISBN-10: 1620061589
BISAC: Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General

Also available on Nook and Kindle

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/The-Survival-of-Sarah-La…

Ghost story based in western Pennsylvania the latest young adult novel by Margaret Meacham

Mechanicsburg, PA – Sunbury Press has released author Margaret Meacham’s young adult novel “The Ghosts of Laurelford”  set in a creepy mansion in the hills of western Pennsylvania 100 years ago.

About the book:
The Ghosts of Laurelford takes place in the Laurel Mountains in western Pennsylvania in 1919. The main character, fifteen-year-old Lacey Gillespie, is visiting Laurelford, The Taymeyer mansion with her grandfather.

Lacey is not happy to be at Laurelford. She is deeply involved in woman’s suffrage work at home in Pittsburgh, and wants to continue this work which she sees as greatly important. Her grandfather, a private investigator, has been hired by a member of the Taymeyer family to investigate a medium named Mademoiselle Matilde Farret, who will be performing séances at Laurelford, and he insists that Lacey accompany him.

As the visit unfolds, Lacey learns that there is more to Mademoiselle Matilde than she had at first believed. A ghostly legend, a family tragedy, and séances with unexpected results add to the suspense, and when the mystery is finally unraveled, Lacey understands that helping individuals can be as important as working for a cause, and that there are many kinds of mysteries in the world, some of which can’t be understood or explained by reason and logic.

About the author:
Margaret Meacham grew up in Pittsburgh,Pennsylvania and spent her childhood summers visiting her grandmother on the Chesapeake Bay, where many of her books including “Secret of Heron Creek” and “Oyster Moon” take place. In 1975 she received her BA degree in English Literature from Trinity College, and she received an MLS degree from University of Maryland in 1977.
Meacham teaches writing and children’s literature at Goucher College and online through Gotham Writer’s Workshop in New York City. She has three grown children, Pete, Jen and Katy, and currently lives in Brooklandville, Maryland with her husband John and their two dogs Dodger and Sam.

Margaret Meacham has published several novels for children and young adults with Holiday House, Scholastic Inc. and Schiffer Books, and teaches “Writing for Children and Young Adults” at Gotham Writers’ Workshop.

The Ghosts of Laurelford
Authored by Margaret Meacham
List Price: $14.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
132 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620061435
ISBN-10: 1620061430
BISAC: Juvenile Fiction / Paranormal

Also available on Nook and Kindle

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/The-Ghosts-of-Laurelford…