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Hideous creatures and nightmarish situations abound in Malafarina’s “Malaformed Realities”

WERNERSVILLE, Pa.Sunbury Press has released thriller writer Thomas Malafarina’s latest short story compilationMalaformed Realities Volume One.

About the Book:
imagesHistory tells us that on October 3, 1849 the great master of the macabre, Edgar Allen Poe, was found wandering the streets of Baltimore, Maryland delirious and in grave distress. He was taken immediately to the Washington College Hospital, where he died at 5 a.m. on Sunday, October 7. Poe never became coherent enough to explain how he wound up in such an abysmal condition. There are a lot of theories about his death but no concrete evidence. Maybe he simply lost his way back from those incredibly dark places his writing took him.

Thomas Malafarina can only hope that his own numerous journeys into that land of darkness will not someday take its toll on him. “I would hate to think of myself thirty years from now in some home for the aged and infirm, cowering in bed with the covers tucked tightly to my chin. Would I be too afraid to leave the safety of my covers because the demons, which once only lived inside my mind, had since become as real to me as flesh and bone in my addled condition? I suppose we will have to wait and see,” mused Thomas.

In the meantime, please enjoy yet another journey into the darkest corners of Thomas Malafarina’s mind. This collection is calledMalaformed Realities, not just as a clever play on his last name, but because distorting and twisting reality into something it was never intended to be is what he enjoys doing best. “And if in the process, I manage to disturb and frighten you along the way then all the better.”

Stories included in this volume:

  • When They Come For You
  • A Love Best Served Cold
  • MegaSynth RP-1
  • Brass
  • Inspector 17
  • Hear No Evil
  • Big Frankie
  • Dinner With Andy And Meg
  • Cold, Cold Women
  • If Thine Eye Offend Thee
  • Homecoming
  • Passageways To Perniciousness
  • Storage
  • Cutaneous Horns
  • Icehouse
  • Single Panel
  • The Brands
  • Breathe
  • Tools Of The Trade
  • Zombie Party
  • And The Scales Fell From My Eyes (A Novella)

Excerpt:
Cold, Cold Women
She had been the love of his life, the reason for his very existence. In fact, Dylan had considered her the warmest and most affectionate woman he had ever met. In his past, so many cold, cold women had hurt him so many times before taking all the love he had to give and then tossing him aside like so much garbage.

After years of dealing with this rejection Dylan had become wise to such deceitful women. He had experienced enough pain. He found he was never able give fully of himself in any relationship. He knew to watch for the signs. When he saw a woman turning cold, he would end it before he could be hurt again. After a while, he had begun to wonder if he would never find a truly caring woman.

Then he met Celia. She was everything he wanted in a woman and more. She was warm, compassionate and loving. She was the one woman who could break down the protective walls Dylan had built around himself. She taught him to give fully of himself once again without fear or concern and she had made his life complete—at least for a time.

But then he sensed that she too was beginning to grow distant and cold, just like the rest of them. These damned cold, cold women. She didn’t think he noticed, but he did. He knew the signs. After a time he realized she was no different than the others and soon she too would leave him. He was furious that he had allowed her to get so close to him, to break through his defenses, to get him to open up to her. Why had he been such a fool?

Now she lay quietly next to him in bed, her cold dead corpse growing stiff with rigor mortis. Her neck bore the blackened bruises from strangulation—her eyes bloodshot with petechial hemorrhaging. He was certain he could smell the stench of decay already forming about her and only after a few hours.

Life had made Dylan wise. He had ended it before she could hurt him any more than she already had. Why had she grown so cold? He didn’t know, but it really didn’t matter. Now she too would be buried in his back yard along with the many others who had tried to hurt Dylan. She had once been special but now she would become just another of the dozens of the cold, cold women now resting in the cold, cold ground.

About the Author:
01_24_15_Rabbit_Hash_KY_CroppedThomas M. Malafarina is a horror fiction author from the South Heidelberg Twp area of Berks County, Pennsylvania. He was born July 23, 1955 in Ashland, Schuylkill County, PA where he lived until moving to Berks County in 1979.

Many of Thomas’s stories take place in his native Schuylkill County and also in Berks County settings. Thomas’s books are published by Sunbury Press of Camp Hill, PA.

Thomas’s novels include “99 Souls”, “Burn Phone” and “Eye Contact”, “Fallen Stones”, and the “Dead Kill” series. His short story collection are “13 Nasty Endings”, “Gallery of Horror”, “Malafarina Maleficarum Volume 1″, “Malafarina Maleficarum Volume 2″,  “Ghost Shadows”, and “Malaformed Realities”. He also has a collection of single-panel cartoons called “Yes I Smelled It Too”. In addition, Thomas’s stories appear in many anthologies currently on sale on Amazon.

Thomas has had a life-long love of the horror and monster genre in all its form of books, movies and art. Annually, Thomas creates works of horror art, props and scenery, which he donates to a local non-profit Halloween Barn Of Terror.

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

mrv1_fcMalaformed Realities Volume 1
Authored by Thomas M. Malafarina
List Price: $16.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
246 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620065327
ISBN-10: 1620065320
BISAC: Fiction / Thrillers / Supernatural

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Malaformed-Realities-Vol…

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Haunted Forest Possible Host To Missing Persons: Woman Claiming to be a Zombie Calls the van Hollinsworth Forest Home

Mason Barry Monday 10 June 2013

5d2217e0f3840ef52b8bae0c08c0e6ceA thrill comes with going deep into the dark woods where ghosts and goblins are up to no good. Or in this case, the zombies in the woods are up to no good.

Supernatural rumors have circulated about Ms. van Hollinsworth’s house and forest over the years. So has her peccant influence.

One woman stated she lived in Ms. van Hollinsworth’s forest and also maintained she was one of the walking dead, a zombie. Her name was taken and given to the local

 Groote Shuur Hospital

Groote Shuur Hospital

authorities. This particular woman has a death certificate filed by Groote Shuur Hospital in Cape Town, but does not have a burial plot on file.

Jeffrey Thurmont, who resides on the property with Ms. van Hollinsworth, called the allegations fictitious. “This is nothing short of harassment,” Jeffrey said. “And we will be pursuing legal action.”

Captain Massu Thuzien tried to explain the woman’s claims by saying, “Disorienting powers are typical in dense and dark areas, especially ones where age, like an old forest, is a factor. This woman was probably scared and confused.” He agreed to look into the matter and warned against trespassing.

Inspector Dusu would not comment without further information.

(this is a fictional news item related to the new novel The Bookseller’s Secret by Catherine Jordan)

South Africa’s Haunted Forest: Chilling Firsthand Account

Mason Barry Saturday 1 June 2013

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Aokigahara Forest

Enamored with haunted places? The most haunted forest in the world was the Aokigahara Forest in Japan, said to be the site of hundreds of suicides. But I say the most haunted spot to visit is Llandudno, South Africa.

Nestled between the Atlantic and the Table Mountain sits a house that appears to teeter on a ledge. Want to visit? The owners do not welcome visitors. But if they did …

You would travel the long path to her house, which winds up and down the mountain and is dark and eerily quiet. A dense forest surrounds the property, and if you venture off the beaten path, you might never be found. You will wonder if someone or something isn’t hiding in the trees’ shadows, watching.

The house is rumored to be haunted by deceased author Eva van Hollinsworth. According to her relatives, Eva was involved with fortune telling, spell casting, and concocting potions. She died tragically in her home giving birth to her daughter. She is survived by her partner, Jeffrey Thurmont, Esquire, and their daughter. Neither has confirmed nor denied the haunting. 

(this is a fictional news item related to the new novel The Bookseller’s Secret by Catherine Jordan)

Mob Burns Sangoma And His Hut: Locals Fear Shanty Inhabitants’ Hysteria Might Spread

Mason Barry Sunday 19 May 2013

burning-hut-zimbabwe-590An arson attack and execution yesterday in a township outside Cape Town has the locals wondering if hysteria will spread.

The burning of a sangoma follows the latest report of a missing youth. So far, the child’s remains have not been found.

Since the late 1990s, rural communities have burned hundreds of sangomas accused of black juju to death.

Most sangomas are considered traditional healers and are a respected part of South African society, but the recent rise of murders, especially children, and the proximity of where the bodies have been found, have the people living in the townships angry and suspicious.

Are the townships and shanty towns the murder scene or are they the dumping ground?” a reporter asked an official on the scene, Captain Massu Thuzien.

The officer responded, “No conclusions can be made at this time.”

(this is a fictional news item related to the new novel The Bookseller’s Secret by Catherine Jordan)

Increase in Unsolved Missing Cases Highlight Police Shortcoming

Mason Barry Friday 17 May 2013

saps-logoA mother of a missing youth claims when she reported her daughter missing, the police did not even take down the child’s name.

The increase in the unsolved missing cases highlights police shortcomings,” said Inspector Tseme Dusu of the Unit, a specialized police force located in Pretoria dedicated to supernatural crimes. Inspector Dusu was on the scene at a township in Cape Town investigating the skull and rib findings in early May. He was willing to go on the record with his response. “We must work together, not independently of each other. Regardless of whether or not the local police take juju seriously, they must at least admit the seriousness of these crimes.”

Why my child?” the mother asked.

Why so many children?” another parent asked.

The genitals of young boys and virgin girls are regarded as being especially potent,” said Inspector Dusu. “And unfortunately, here in the townships where children run around unattended and where the people are often ignored by the police, the children of the shanties have become easy targets.”

(this is a fictional news item related to the new novel The Bookseller’s Secret by Catherine Jordan)

Missing Children May Be Muti Victims: Child’s Skull and Bones Found Outside Cape Town

Mason Barry Wednesday 15 May 2013

child skeletonThe skull and rib bones from a small child have been found outside a shanty near Cape Town. Forensic tests on the bones have concluded the body underwent severe trauma. Police have called the findings inconclusive, but the initial report on the death has the Cape Town locals fearing this may have been yet another muti-murder, a sacrificial killing. One local, who wished to remain anonymous, said, “This has come too close to home. And a child? I don’t understand why people do such things.”

In the past year, nine children have been reported missing from several different shanties within ten kilometers of each other. Officials are looking for a possible connection. Inspector Tseme Dusu, an officer with the Unit—the only police force in the world dedicated to supernatural crimes, believes the number of missing children may actually be higher, noting not all those who go missing are reported.

capetownI believe we are looking for a serial killer, not a sangoma,” said a police official on the scene, Captain Massu Thuzien.

Belief in the power of harvested body parts has spread,” countered Inspector Dusu, pointing to the recent prosecution of a Johannesburg mortuary owner accused of selling body parts.

Although most people don’t care where the body parts come from,” said Dusu, “most want to be assured that the victim’s death was violent in order to increase the potency of their black magic.”

(this is a fictional news item related to the new novel The Bookseller’s Secret by Catherine Jordan)

Keith Rommel’s “The Cursed Man” named a finalist in the Mystery category Reader’s Choice Red Carpet Award for BTSeMag, LLC

MECHANICSBURG, PA — Sunbury Press author Keith Rommel has been named a finalist by BTSeMag, LLC for it’s Reader’s Choice Red Carpet Awards in the Mystery category. Click on the star for a list of all finalists:

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The awards will honor the best in literary and genre fiction. BTS has partnered with the ARC Convention in New Orleans. The presentation of awards will be conducted at the ARC Convention in New Orleans, held July 30-Aug 1st, 2015.

We are pleased to announce that the talented Abbi Glines will be our Keynote Speaker for NOLA 2015!

Enjoy the tours and fun of the French Quarter with the authors. Many fun activities planned including speed dating with the authors, games, author sponsored events like carriage rides, author & reader workshops and more.

BTSeMag, LLC is the publisher of the popular BTS Book Reviews “Your Guide to Great Reading.”  The magazine is available at no cost at here.

 

 

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Cursed Man pubThe Cursed Man, by Keith Rommel, tells the story of Alister Kunkle, a patient at Sunnyside Capable Care Mental Institution. Alister has been in seclusion for the last 25 years, having no contact with the staff or the outside world. The reason for this is that anyone who communicates with Alister dies within the day, for he is the Cursed Man and Death takes a professional interest in those unlucky enough to cross his path.

Believing him simply deranged, Dr Anna Lee, an up-and-coming young psychiatrist, has come to cure Alister. She is warned about Alister’s past and is shown evidence of previous encounters made by the skeptical or unbelieving, all of whom died, sometimes horribly. Regardless of the stories, Anna will not be dissuaded and is reluctantly allowed access to Alister. All assume her fate is sealed, but when she returns unharmed the next day, we also start to wonder about the stories.

So begins an enthralling narrative told in the past and the present as Anna attempts to learn why Alister believes he is cursed, while at the same time trying to convince him the events were not real and that in fact he is merely ill and so can be cured. Is Alister truly followed by death or is he simply mentally ill? The Cursed Man is an extremely well-written suspense horror story… I enjoyed it immensely; right up until the very end I was never sure of the outcome… Great story-telling in the tradition of Stephen King… — Booklore

The Cursed Man is being made into a Hollywood movie by producer James L. Perry of Intergalaxy Entertainment:

The Cursed Man movie at IMDB

See one of the early trailers:

Cursed Man Trailer #2