“Rated Z: Money Shot” by Brahm Stroker wins the Sunny Award for Verboten Books Bestseller in 2018

“Rated Z: Money Shot” by Brahm Stroker wins the Sunny Award for Verboten Books Bestseller in 2018

Brahm Stroker’s zombie apocalypse satire was the 2018 bestseller for Verboten Books, an imprint of Sunbury Press, Inc. of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

About the Book:

Porn stars Dick Shooter and Bunny Hole are in the midst of making their latest film when everyone starts getting sick and the world goes to hell. Join these anti-heroes as they set out to save those they love, only to face one trial after another. Ultimately, their trail leads them to the biggest church in Oklahoma for an unforgettable climax.


“Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton meet Beavis and Butthead in this ridiculous raucous romp — totally politically incorrect dark humor,” — A Literary Critic

“So this is what you really get when you drag a hundred dollar bill through a trailer park!” — A Political Commentator

“I laughed my ass off!” — Enna Ma

“I nearly pissed my pants!” — I P Dailey

“Is the author any relation to Bram Stoker?” — nitwit social media post

“Required reading in all of my prison camps!” — Rocket Man

“Clearly the coda of the zombie craze – thank the Lord and pass me my Kindle!” — Another Literary Critic


Brahm Stroker (sic) was born in Buddhapest (sic), Hungry (sic), in 1347 during the Black Death. Inspired by all of the chaos around him during Western Civilization’s greatest outbreak, he wrote down this very prescient epic on a series of parchments which were kept in secrecy in a monastery for over six and a half centuries. These moldy parchments were then recently discovered in an old trunk won at auction by the proprietors of Verboten Books, a boutique publisher based in a very small cottage in the Schwarzwald in Baden-Württemberg. In fact, the cottage was so incredibly small that the firm had to store the trunk outside while very diminutive persons transferred the documents one page at a time to a reading table, carrying them like a bunch of Amazonian ants lifting a very large leaf. Several translators subsequently died from uncontrollable laughter as they attempted to translate the tale into English for the US and UK markets. Stroker himself had succumbed to the Black Death soon after penning the tale — in fact, he likely died before completing it. The publisher remains uncertain as to the completeness of the tale until such a time as all of the parchments have been successfully translated.


by Brahm Stroker
Trade Paperback – 5 x 8 x 1
244 Pages
FICTION / Dystopian
FICTION / Fantasy / Humorous
FICTION / Horror

Focus on imprints

One of the most important changes we implemented in the last two years was the introduction of additional imprints (beyond Sunbury Press) to address the variety of categories. This came about for several reasons:
1) Some authors of serious (academic) history books were complaining they were on the same label as children’s books. This would be an issue when peer-reviewed.
2) Nasty scary horror thrillers were branded with a positive upbeat rising (yep — not setting) sun.
3) Customers were confused about fiction books actually being nonfiction due to the Sunbury Press label.
It was clear that Sunbury Press as a brand had become associated with history and biography — especially about Pennsylvania. We felt our other categories were likely suffering due to the lack of identity.
We are committed to continuing to publish in a variety of categories and created a number of imprints to address this. We have been publishing new titles under these imprints since then and have been refurbishing our back list as we are able. This will continue over the next couple years until all of our active titles are properly branded.
Now, while that is going on, we need to bring more attention to these brands and categories. To that end, I am suggesting we start quarterly brand meetings involving the authors under that label and the marketing staff. The goal will be to come up with brand-specific activities, opportunities, or collaborations that we can work together on.
For instance,
1) Imprint-specific contests
2) Imprint-specific conferences or conventions
3) Group advertising / marketing opportunities
4) Reviewing each other’s books
5) Imprint-specific show(s) on the BookSpeak Network
… and many more.
As a reminder, here are our imprints. Become familiar with which imprint your book(s) are published under. Some of you deal with multiple imprints.
Ars Metaphysica — paranormal, psychic, metaphysical, spirituality, Eastern philosophy F & NF
Brown Posey Press — literary fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, politically left F & NF
Catamount Press — this is our new imprint for the Northern Appalachian region F & NF — more on this in upcoming newsletters (it has not launched yet)
Hellbender Books — horror / thriller / fantasy F only
Milford House Press — mystery/detective police procedural comedies romance YA this is our main Fiction imprint
Speckled Egg Press — currently coming out of hibernation — children’s F & NF
Verboten Books — edgy humor — rated R+ F only
Sunbury Press — our primary NF imprint — history / biography / memoir / religion / science / economics / politics non-partisan
Jan/Apr/Jul/Oct – Sunbury Press / Hellbender (& Verboten) Books
Feb/May/Aug/Nov – Ars Metaphysica / Milford House Press
Mar/Jun/Sep/Dec – Brown Posey Press / Speckled Egg
Look for invites coming your way soon! These will be conference calls.

Normal Comix is anything but! WARNING — May be Hazardous to Your Mental Health!

NC#1_fcsmMECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released Sean Madden’s first issue in the “Normal Comix” series under the Verboten Books imprint.

FOR ADULTS ONLY!  Sean Madden brings to life a cast of very strange — and very sick characters in this first issue of what will be a long-running series for Verboten Books.

From Sean:

To kick-off this very 1st issue of Normal Comix, it’s important to tell you our philosophy of artistic expression. You see, many people would look at this comic and say, “What?!? Normal? This isn’t normal! This is sick!” People who’d say this are called, “conformists.” Conformists do what society tells them to do. They don’t think for themselves. This is VERY dangerous, and can lead to uniforms. It can also lead to organized religion. Religion and uniforms will eventually lead to WAR! So we take this seriously, and have decided to attack conformity through art. We do this as a sincere attempt to improve the planet. To have a mind, and to fearlessly (but wisely) use it is a beautiful thing. To have a mind and let others control it through shame and fear is indefensible.

In this Issue:


Num-Nums the Singing Bear

Shopping with LuLu

Bless Us!

Normal Comix No. 1
Authored & Illustrated by Sean Madden
List Price: $16.95
8.5″ x 11″ (21.59 x 27.94 cm)
Black & White on White paper
50 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620062845
verboten logo 1ISBN-10: 1620062845
BISAC: Comics / Adult

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Sean Madden's surreal paintings subject of new compilation by Verboten Books

Mechanicsburg, PA – Sunbury Press has released Sean Madden’s painting compilation “The Boy from Saturn: The Surreal Paintings of Sean Madden” under the Verboten Books imprint.

The Boy from Saturn

The Boy from Saturn

Sean Madden is a special multi-faceted artist and thinker. It always amazed me how he is able to develop his creativity in so many areas, and in such intelligent ways. As an artist myself and a writer on the subject of art, I feel lucky to have written about him and his unusual vision. I am also happy to say I know him personally. Like many artists and musicians (and he is both) who venture into realms of darkness through their work, he has at times been misunderstood. He is one of the most compassionate and interesting creators I’ve met along the way. His work is laced with social commentary and realistic observations about life (and this is the very thing that makes him a real artist), but also leaves him open to misunderstanding. I understand and admire him. I am grateful for that, as are so many others. — Lana Gentry–artist and writer for various arts publications, including Catapult art magazine, December 2012

The Boy from Saturn: The Surreal Paintings of Sean Madden
Authored by Sean Madden
List Price: $24.95
8.5″ x 11″ (21.59 x 27.94 cm)
Full Color on White paper
94 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620062043
ISBN-10: 1620062046
BISAC: Art / Individual Artist

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Sean Madden's pen and ink madness entertains and offends

Mechanicsburg, PA – Sunbury Press has released Sean Madden’s pen & ink compilation “Beyond the Sun: The Insane Pen & Ink Art of Sean Madden” under the Verboten Books imprint.

Beyond the Sun

Beyond the Sun

“In addition to the impeccable craftsmanship that Sean Madden brings to his artistry, his works tap into the deepest recesses of the human mind and soul. He reveals the demons that lurk in our darkest nightmares, and exposes archetypes of desire that usually dwell, hidden at the most animal recesses of our being. Sean’s work is sometimes hilarious, always skillful, and always thought provoking. I am thrilled to see a collection of Sean’s works come together in a single place such as this book offers. Just beware; if you investigate his work long enough, you just might find that it is beginning to reflect what is inside you…”  –Marcus Wise- Owner of the 464 and Blink Galleries in Buffalo, New York

“Sean Madden’s art is a bumper car ride through a psyche full of unexpected hits and rattles. It’s more than a crack to the skull. It’s art that challenges you in an electric ring of cold steel and maniacal charges. You’ll be bruised, broken and maimed visually – but you’ll also sort of like it”.  –Nicolas Caesar- Artist, Art Pimp Deluxe, and founder of Scary-art.com

Beyond the Sun: The Insane Pen & Ink Art of Sean Madden
Authored by Sean Madden
List Price: $14.95
8.5″ x 11″ (21.59 x 27.94 cm)
Black & White on White paper
74 pages
Verboten Books
ISBN-13: 978-1620062036
ISBN-10: 1620062038
BISAC: Art / Individual Artists / Artists’ Books

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