Monthly Archives: April 2016

“The Cursed Man” movie premiere announced. Sunbury Press issues special edition cover.

GLENDALE, Calif.  — Sunbury Press has released a special edition of The Cursed Man novel honoring the upcoming premiere of the movie, to be held at the landmark Alex Theatre in Glendale, California.

tcm_fc newAbout the Book:
Alister Kunkle believes death is in love with him.  A simple smile from friend or stranger is all it takes to encourage death to kill.

With his family deceased and a path of destruction behind him, Alister 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.

About the Author:
Keith Rommel is an award-winning author of ten novels and is an award-winning screenwriter. His writing has been called, “Horror for the curious mind.” His first two novels, The Cursed Man and The Lurking Man are at various stages of production to become motion pictures. 2016.

About The Cursed Man Movie:
MV5BMTQzNDYxNjkyMF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNDE2MDUxMjE@._V1_UY268_CR6,0,182,268_AL_Alister Kunkle believes death is in love with him. A simple smile from friend or stranger is all it takes to encourage death to kill.

Director: James L. Perry

Cast (in credits order)

Brahm Gallagher Brahm Gallagher
Brinna Locke Brinna Locke
Maritza Brikisak Maritza Brikisak
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Linda Bendik Linda Bendik
Woman on Street
Mark Bishko Mark Bishko
Suicide Witness
Paris Bravo Paris Bravo
Michael’s Daughter
C. Ashleigh Caldwell C. Ashleigh Caldwell
Head Nurse
Ruth Connell Ruth Connell
Bonnie
Anna Curtis Anna Curtis
Sharon
Lee Fobert Lee Fobert
Hospital Doctor
Paul Grace Paul Grace
Sheriff’s Sergeant
Jules Hartley Jules Hartley
Michael’s Wife
Tom Herschderfer Tom Herschderfer
Motorist
Jack Keebler Jack Keebler
Wheelchair Patient
M. Lee M. Lee
Woman on Street
Jo Mani Jo Mani
Sheriff’s Deputy
Bruno Marcotulli Bruno Marcotulli
Uncle Bob
Grant McLellan Grant McLellan
Young Alister
Timothy Patrick O'Neill Timothy Patrick O’Neill
Ralph
James L. Perry James L. Perry
Doctor Bills
John Henry Richardson John Henry Richardson
Director Lofton
April Rock April Rock
Nurse
Anna Ross Anna Ross
Nurse
Ron Ross Ron Ross
Alister’s father
Robert Sisko Robert Sisko
Skylar Skylar
Man on Street
Jim Tavaré Jim Tavaré
Laura Tavaré Laura Tavaré
Hospital Doctor
Kim Walker Kim Walker
Real Estate Agent
Ian Watson Ian Watson
Marc Wayne Marc Wayne
Man on Street
H. Dean Williams H. Dean Williams
Bruce

alexAbout the Premiere:
World Premiere of THE CURSED MAN movie – Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA. Halloween Night October 31, 2016 – 7pm to 11pm – Party before and after. This may be the greatest movie premiere on Halloween Night in the History of the Alex Theatre.  For more information about the venue, please see: http://www.alextheatre.org/

The Cursed Man
Authored by Keith Rommel
List Price: $14.95
5″ x 8″ (12.7 x 20.32 cm)
Black & White on White paper
222 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620063682
ISBN-10: 1620063689
BISAC: Fiction / Thrillers

The special edition movie premiere cover are only available through October.
For more information about the novel, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/The-Cursed-Man-PAPERBACK…

For more information about the movie, please see:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2614902/combined

For more information about Keith Rommel, please see:

http://keithrommel.weebly.com/

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“Seeking Samiel;” Intense Occult Horror. Author Reminds Me of Stephen King’s 1st Novel, Carrie, April 9, 2016

ss_fc v2This review is from: Seeking Samiel (Kindle Edition)
My Quick Blurb for People in a Hurry to Find a Good Read

Back in the mid-sixties some guy decided to write an occult horror story from a teenage girl’s perspective. A huge challenge for a debut novel that, in fact, almost never got beyond Stephen King’s round file. Now, 40 years later, a woman residing in Pennsylvania has penned an occult horror set in South Africa, writing from the point of view of a young man. That setting and POV is a challenge Stephen King and his wife, Tabitha, would appreciate. From the first paragraph, I found the writing to be intense, compelling reading. I was grateful that the writer did not end this story with a cliffhanger. But I had two main concerns:

1 – Will it lose steam? And,
2 – Is her choice of South Africa a place that she actually can write of without irritating people who’ve lived there?

Well, for me she pulled off both challenges with skill. I will certainly read the next installment…

Length: Print, 278 pages.

Target Audience/Genre: Seeking Samiel is a Horror novel.

Q – What was the Amazon Rank on the date this review was published?
A – Print version, 4,168,621; Kindle version, 211,177.

Q – How was this book obtained?
A – I was provided a print copy free in exchange for an honest review. The book was so captivating, though, that I got a Kindle version using my Kindle Unlimited account.

Q – Is this a book that I can read without having to read others first?
A – Yes, since this is the first in a series.

Q – Are there a lot of typos/misspellings, grammatical errors or other editing failures?
A – No.

Q – Is this a fast, easy read or is it more of a leisure read?
A – Seeking Samiel is the sort of intense writing that I really admire and wish I could emulate. When you look at the author’s profile page and her photograph, then read the opening paragraphs, you’ll be tempted to say, “No way.” And, surely, you’ll find it a challenge to believe she has ever even heard a single f-bomb, let alone uttered several dozen in a single novel.

Q – What sort of language does this writer use to amplify the points made?
A – Adult English, with a large number of f-bombs. Mind you, the language is representative of the characters depicted, so it is difficult to find fault. Some readers, though, will prefer to steer clear of this book.

Q – My biggest pleasure or disappointment?
A – The intensity of the writing, and my ability to suspend disbelief regarding the setting. I’m not referring only to South Africa, but also to Ancient Egypt. Since I lived in a country neighboring South Africa, and lived in Egypt for more than a decade, I am impressed by the author’s skill.

Yet, I do want to point out the writer does make one error that is all too common regarding the New Testament. The last book is The Revelation, not the revelations. To some, this will seem to be picky. I sort of agree, but

I’ve included a small excerpt below, so readers can peruse the style of presentation utilized by the author.

EXCERPT

His eyes skipped from the pavement to the shop’s storefront. Normal looking people drove and walked by. Afternoon sun brightened alleys and cobblestone walkways that ran off the main street. The air held the crisp scent of the sea. He gripped the cell tighter and in a hushed, strict manner, said, “I do think that Eva believes the Book of Revelations to be her legacy. The people at her party, they all believe she is the anti-Christ.”

“I thought the anti-Christ was supposed to be a man.”

“‘Man’ can be interpreted to mean ‘human’. I read Revelations again last night. It says that the anti-Christ will be a man of sin, claiming divine authority, working false miracles and signs. Apparently, her book is full of workable miracles and signs. She claims divine authority, which I know from others I have spoken to, the ones who have admitted to worshipping her.

“You said Jeffrey claimed that he saw people bow to her and to the name of Jesus. I was taught by nuns that at the sound of Jesus name, every knee shall bow above the Earth and under the Earth. Those bowing to her worship her. They hissed when Jesus’ name was said? They were angry that they had to bow to the sound of his name.”

“You just gave me the chills. Do you believe she’s the…

Excerpted from page 109, Book of Samiel by Catherine Jordan.

Bottom Line:

This first in a series is a remarkable achievement. It is tightly written, with credible references to Ancient Egypt and to modern day South Africa. The writing is solid enough to make it easy to suspend disbelief.

I debated awarding four stars, then five. But, after some consideration, I realized that, warts and all, Seeking Samiel is a five star novel.

What most surprises me is that a novel this well written is ranked at some 200 thousand. By all rights, this should be selling much better than it is.

Comments regarding your opinion of this book or of my review, whether favorable or unfavorable, are always welcome. If you buy the book based on my review and become disappointed, especially, I do want to know that and I want to understand how I can improve as a book reviewer. Just please be polite.

Was Jack the Ripper harvesting female organs for an Elixir of Life?

LONDON — Sunbury Press have released Michael L. Hawley’s book, The Ripper’s Haunts, revealing his research into the motivations of the Victorian serial killer. Was Jack the Ripper harvesting female organs for an Elixir of Life?

About the Book:
coverHidden from history for over a century, the name of Scotland Yard’s key suspect in the mysterious Jack the Ripper murders was rediscovered in 1993. He was arrested, jumped bail, sneaked out of England―and then the murders stopped. Tracing his footsteps through Victorian London has revealed haunting finds. A macabre wax museum operated just yards away from the first vicious attack, in which the proprietor callously showcased explicit wax models of the fiend’s victims, presented to the public just hours after each untimely death. A clandestine police investigation was being quietly pursued, based upon a Jekyll-Hyde theory that the killer was harvesting female organs in his quest to create an elixir of life. Surprisingly, actor-producer Richard Mansfield’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was showing at the famous Lyceum Theatre in London during the 1888 Autumn of terror; incredibly, the employees of the theater were members of an organization that was also in search of the precious elixir. Recent studies on the Jack the Ripper murders performed by experts in forensic science, sociology, and criminal profiling support the conclusion that the person linked to these graphic killings would be someone interested in the three types of anatomical organs taken from the victims; someone like this very suspect.

Contents:
Mysterious Murders Begin, the Formative Stage of the Ripper Investigation
A Single Killer, Jack the Ripper
Whitechapel’s Wax Chamber of Horrors, 1888
Anatomical and Pathological Museums
The Suspect
Escape from England
Tumblety and Anatomical Models and Museums
Tumblety the Woman Hater
The Elixir of Life
Conclusion and Coincidences
Jottings of a Ripperologist

About the Author:
Michael Hawley holds a master’s degree in invertebrate paleontology and secondary science education from the State University of New York, College of Buffalo, and a bachelor’s degree in geology and geophysics from Michigan State University. He has published ten research articles in Ripperologist,Whitechapel Society Journal, andCasebook Examiner. He is the author of Curse of the Bayou Beast(fiction, 2015), Jack’s Lantern (fiction, 2014),The Ripper’s Hellbroth (fiction, 2013), and Searching for Truth with a Broken Flashlight (nonfiction, 2010). He has been involved in genealogical research since 1992, which ultimately led to his interest in Ripperology research. He is a commander and naval aviator in the U.S. Navy (retired), and is currently enjoying a career as a secondary earth science and chemistry teacher at Tonawanda City High School. He resides with his wife and six children in Greater Buffalo, New York.

The Ripper’s Haunts
Authored by Michael L Hawley
List Price: $16.95
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
240 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620067246
ISBN-10: 1620067242
BISAC: True Crime / Murder / Serial Killers

Also available on Kindle
For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/The-Rippers-Haunts-97816…