DoubleDown

Description of JournalStone’s DoubleDown Series

JournalStone’s DoubleDown series was modeled after the old Ace’s Doubles.  The idea was to pair a seasoned author with an up and coming talent.  One book, two novellas, two authors and two covers.  You literally would end up with two books in one by flipping the book over and starting from the back.

While the two stories are not tied together, each is stand alone, our goal is to have them complimentary in a way that keeps a blend of the same flavor within each book.

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DoubleDown, Book I

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Front Cover Image - Only the Thunder Knows

 

Product Details:

Title:  Only the Thunder Knows – East End Girls

Author: Gord Rollo and Rena Mason

Publication Date: June 7, 2013

Price:

Limited Edition Hardcover: Total Price is $49.95, which includes shipping, handling and sales tax

Hardcover: $26.95 plus $3.00 shipping, handling and sales tax. Total Price $29.95

Paperback: $15.95 plus $3.00 shipping, handling and sales tax. Total Price $18.95

Electronic: $6.00

Front Cover Image - East End GirlsPrint Length: 272 Pages

Publisher: JournalStone

Back Cover Blurb:

William (Billy) Burke and William Hare were two real-life, beer-swilling, fist-fighting lowlifes who managed to stumble their way into infamy in Edinburgh, Scotland in the late 1820’s. Step by step, they graduated from the unemployment line to petty thievery, to grave robbing, and then on to cold bloody murder – ultimately becoming Britain’s first documented serial killers.

What history doesn’t know about, or consider is the possibility that Burke and Hare may not have been acting on their own; and the blame for those heinous crimes might not entirely be theirs. Two mysterious strangers have arrived in the city – an old sculptor and a stunningly beautiful actress – both of which use their money and influence to manipulate the young Irishmen into searching for an ancient artifact rumored to have the awesome power of Heaven and Hell combined.

Seized by the vicious killings of Jack the Ripper, Victorian London’s, East End is on the brink of ruin. Elizabeth Covington, desperate and failing to follow in her beloved father’s footsteps, risks practicing medicine in the dangerous and neglected Whitechapel District to improve her studies. News of a second brutal murder spreads. Elizabeth crosses paths with a man she believes is the villain, triggering a personal downward spiral taking her to a depth of evil she never knew existed. Only she knows the truth that drives the madness of a murderer.

 

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Endorsements:

Only the Thunder Knows is a wonderfully-written story by Gord Rollo, possibly his very best writing (which is saying quite a bit).  The story starts with two grave-robbers but it moves into unexpected territory as it continues and by the end I was totally enthralled.  I was amazed at the skill Rollo brings to the table to be able to pull this off.  Very highly recommended!  ——-  I hadn’t read any work by Rena Mason before but I’ll certainly be following her now.  East End Girls shows she’s a very talented newcomer with a very inventive story about Jack the Ripper.  I loved everything about this book and was just sorry to see it end.  It’s very evocative and entertaining, and I can’t wait to see Mason’s next book.”  -  John R. Little

“Historical fiction is difficult to write, because the writer must carefully attend to period language, culture, events, and avoid anachronisms—all this while telling a compelling story. In East End Girls, author Rena Mason accomplishes all this with ease. In addition, her story is woven into the time and events of the most intriguing of serial killers—Jack the Ripper. Believe me:  This is an exciting read by a young star on the rise. East End Girls has my strongest recommendation.” —Gene O’Neill, Dance Of The Blue Lady And Other Stories (coming June of 2013, Bad Moon Books)

“East End Girls takes the story of Jack the Ripper and turns it upside down and inside out with the precision of a surgeon. It is a marvelous read from beginning to end, with delightfully bloody twists and turns that are as dark and dangerous as an East End alley. With this book, Rena Mason proves she is a rising new voice in horror.” —JG Faherty, author of The Burning Time, Cemetery Club, Carnival of Fear, and the Bram Stoker Award® nominated Ghosts of Coronado Bay.

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Authors of JournalStone’s DoubleDown I

Gord Rollo 2012

 

 

GORD ROLLO was born in St. Andrews, Scotland, but now lives in Fonthill, Ontario, Canada, with his wife and three children. His short stories and novella-length work have appeared in many professional publications throughout the genre and he is currently at the end of a four book novel contract with Dorchester Publishing in New York City. His novels include: The Jigsaw Man, Crimson, Strange Magic, and Valley Of The Scarecrow, all of which are being re-released in brand new ebook and trade paperback versions through Enemy One Press. Besides novels, Gord edited the acclaimed evolutionary horror anthology, Unnatural Selection: A Collection of Darwinian Nightmares. He also co-edited Dreaming of Angels, a horror/fantasy anthology created to increase awareness of Down’s Syndrome. He recently completed his newest book; a horror/dark fantasy novel entitled The Translators and can be reached through his website at www.gordrollo.com or www.enemyone.com or through his agent Lauren Abramo at labramo@dystel.com.

 

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Rena Mason is a registered nurse and worked in the operating room for over 12 years. A longtime horror fan, she currently lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, is a member of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association, and a member of the Horror Writers Association. Her short story, “The Eyes Have It,” is in the anthology, Horror For Good: A Charitable Anthology from Cutting Block Press. Her debut novel, The Evolutionist, will be out March 2013 from Nightscape Press. To learn more about Rena and her upcoming projects, visit her website www.renamasonwrites.com.

 

 

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DoubleDown, Book II

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Front_Cover_Image_SmogProduct Details:

Author:   Lisa Morton and Eric J. Guignard

Publication Date:   September 6, 2013

Price:

Limited Edition Hardcover: Total Price is $49.95, which includes shipping, handling and sales tax

     Hardcover: $26.95 plus $3.00 shipping, handling and sales tax. Total Price $29.95

     Paperback:    $15.95 plus $3.00 shipping, handling and sales tax.  Total Price $18.95

     Electronic:    $6.00

Print Length for paperback and standard hardcover:   222 Pages

Front_Cover_Image_BaggagePrint Length for limited edition:  312 Pages

Publisher:  JournalStone

BONUS:  As a bonus, the limited edition of Smog – Baggage of Eternal Night, will also include Lisa Morton’s novella, Summer’s End, which will be released October, 2013.

Back Cover Blurb:

The Double Down series continues with two novellas that cast mid-twentieth-century America in a dark light.

In Smog, tomboy Joey thinks she’s got the perfect life: It’s 1965 and she lives in an idyllic Southern California suburb where everyone works for the aerospace industry. But when something goes wrong with a rocket test, the smog thickens and the teenagers change into rampaging killers. Can Joey survive long enough to escape the neighborhood before she joins their ranks?

1963 Detroit is a hotbed of gambling, and the weekly baggage auctions keep a busy trade. Regulars, Charlie Stewart and Joey Third, are skilled in the methods of successful bidding, but when Joey lands a mysterious suitcase, the thrill of winning turns to fear once they realize they’ve opened something sinister.

Inside the suitcase is an antique gramophone, and the music it plays is unlike anything these men have heard before. A chanting voice speaks to them in strange words and begets visions of a dark, frozen land. It’s a voice that makes them sick with addiction, and it continues chanting in their heads even when the record stops playing.

Charlie sets out to solve the mystery of who recorded the unholy music and how to turn it off forever. But time is against him, and the urge to listen—the addiction—to the song grows stronger. And the more it plays, the more the aural virus spreads, until people begin to vanish… feeding the soul of a spirit seeking immortality.

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Endorsements:

“With Smog, Lisa Morton has created the perfect coming-of-age story. This is a tale of a magical time, with wonderful characters and a gripping plot that just won’t let go. This is Morton at her very best and you don’t want to miss this one.” – John R. Little, Author of THE MEMORY TREE, MIRANDA, and URSA MAJOR

"I’m sure SMOG by Lisa Morton is a true tale of terrifying horror. Or maybe she’s just that fabulous of a writer. Evocative, provocative, and TOTALLY FREAKY. More!" – Nancy Holder, 5-time Bram Stoker Award winner and NYT bestselling author, DEAD IN THE WATER

"Wonderfully weird! Detroit may be gone, but in Eric J. Guignard’s Baggage of Eternal Night the majesty that was Detroit so long ago is found again. Guignard writes with an effortless flow that feels so natural, so easy, that I couldn’t help but feel I was sitting next to him, listening with rapt horror at the tale he spun. Read this, right now. You will not be sorry." Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Dead City and Inheritance

“Eric J. Guignard is a brilliant writer, and Baggage of Eternal Night, his debut work of long fiction, pays off the promise of his early stories, tenfold. The prose is vivid, the characters richly drawn, and the pages seem to turn themselves. Do yourself a favor—don’t miss this!” Peter Giglio, author of Stealing Night and Lesser Creatures

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Authors of JournalStone’s DoubleDown Book II are:

Lisa Morton and Eric Guignard


Lisa Morton is a screenwriter, a novelist, a short story writer, and a world-renowned Halloween expert. Her fiction works include The Castle of Los Angeles (winner of the Bram Stoker Award for First Novel), The Lucid Dreaming, and Monsters of L.A. 2012 sees the release of two new non-fiction books: Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times (with Rocky Wood and Greg Chapman) and Trick or Treat: A History of Halloween. She lives in North Hollywood, California, and online at www.lisamorton.com.

 

 

Eric J. Guignard writes dark and speculative fiction from his office in southern California. His most recent writing credits include Stupefying Stories Magazine, +Horror Library+ Vol 5 (Cutting Block Press), A Feast of Frights (Best of The Horror Zine Magazine), and Indie Gypsy. He’s a member of the Horror Writer’s Association and the Greater Los Angeles Writer’s Society. Although his passion is for fiction, he’s also a published essayist and editor, including this year’s acclaimed collection, Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations. Look for the next anthology, After Death…, to be released in Spring, 2013. Visit Eric at: www.ericjguignard.com or at his blog: www.ericjguignard.blogspot.com.

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DoubleDown Book III

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Front_Cover_Image_Dog_DaysProduct Details:

Author:   Joe McKinney and Sanford Allen

Publication Date:   December 6, 2013

Price:

Limited Edition Hardcover: Total Price is $49.95, which includes shipping, handling and sales tax

     Hardcover: $26.95 plus $3.00 shipping, handling and sales tax. Total Price $29.95

     Paperback:    $15.95 plus $3.00 shipping, handling and sales tax.  Total Price $18.95

     Electronic:    $6.00

Print Length for paperback and standard hardcover:   220 Pages

Front_Cover_Image_Deadly_PassagePrint Length for limited edition:  Not yet determined

Publisher:  JournalStone

BONUS:  As a bonus, the limited edition of Dog Days – Deadly Passage includes an added bonus story from Joe McKinney.

Back Cover Blurb:

JournalStone’s DoubleDown series hits book number 3.

Dog Days:  It’s the summer of 1983 and the suburbs of Houston are reeling from a disastrous hurricane.  But the storm brought more than wind and floodwaters.  In the swamps that surround Clear Lake a brutal and possibly supernatural killer is gathering strength, and waiting for the full moon.  The focus of his bloodlust is fifteen year old Mark Eckert.  Reckless to a fault, with a knack for making spectacularly bad decisions, Mark had planned to spend that last summer before high school wandering the swamps with his friends and his beloved dog Max.  But after a chance encounter with the lunatic, Mark’s summer becomes a time of terror and tragedy.  With his life on the line, Mark’s courage will be tested to his limits and beyond as he struggles to survive the hottest days of summer: the dog days.

Deadly Passage:  Just after the American Revolution, the slave ship Lombard sets off from Africa, beginning its brutal passage to the New World. But even this ship’s hardened crew of thugs and drunkards is unprepared for the horrors ahead. When the Lombard’s human cargo dies one by one, free black crewman George Bell suspects a stealthy and devious stowaway — not disease — is the cause. As the death toll mounts and the slaves threaten mutiny, he must choose between his humanity and duty to a callous captain. But Bell doesn’t have much time to make his voyage of self-discovery. The deadly beast burrowing through the rotten guts of the Lombard grows more powerful with each life it takes.

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Authors of JournalStone’s DoubleDown Book III are:’

Joe McKinney and Sanford Allen

Joe McKinney

 

Joe McKinney has been a patrol officer for the San Antonio Police Department, a homicide detective, a disaster mitigation specialist, a patrol commander, and a successful novelist. His books include the four part Dead World series, Quarantined, Inheritance, Lost Girl of the Lake, Crooked House and Dodging Bullets. His short fiction has been collected in The Red Empire and Other Stories and Dating in Dead World and Other Stories. In 2011, McKinney received the Horror Writers Association’s Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel. For more information go to http://joemckinney.wordpress.com.

 

Sanford Allen, at various times, has worked as a newspaper reporter, a college journalism instructor and a touring musician. He currently divides his creative energy between writing tales of horror/dark fantasy and his band Hogbitch, which wallows in the murky swamp between doom metal and space rock. He lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife Tracey. This is his first novel. www.sanfordallen.com

 

 

 

 

 

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DoubleDown IV, to be released Apirl, 2014 - Stay tuned for an update as the series expands.

Authors of JournalStone’s DoubleDown Book IV are:

Harry Shannon and Brett J. Talley

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HARRY SHANNON has been an actor, Emmy-nominated songwriter, recording artist, a VP at Carolco Pictures and a Music Supervisor for motion pictures. His novels include “CLAN," “Daemon," "Dead and Gone," “The Hungry” trilogy (co-written with Steven W. Booth), the thriller "The Pressure of Darkness," as well as the Mick Callahan suspense series. He has won the Tombstone for Best Novel and the Dark Scribble from Dark Scribe magazine. His story “Night Nurse” and collection “A Host of Shadows” were each nominated for a Stoker Award by the Horror Writer’s Association. Otto Penzler selected “Fifty Minutes” (co-written with Joe Donnelly of Slake magazine) as one of the Best American Mystery Stories of 2011. He has written the novella “Biters” for JournalStone’s DoubleDown series and will be writing one for Limbus 2. Readers may contact him via www.harryshannon.com

 

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A native of the South, Brett Talley received a philosophy and history degree from the University of Alabama before moving to witch-haunted Massachusetts to attend Harvard Law School. When people ask, Brett tells them he writes for fortune and glory. But the truth is the stories in his head simply refuse to stay put. Brett loves every kind of fiction—from horror to literary to historical to sci-fi—as long as there are fantastic characters with a compelling purpose. There’s still magic to be found in fiction, the mysterious and the unknown still beckon there, and the light can always triumph over the darkness, no matter how black the night may be. Brett writes when he can, though he spends most of his time working as a lawyer so that he can put food on the table. That is, until the air grows cool and crisp and fall descends. For then it is football time in the South, and Brett lives and dies with the Alabama Crimson Tide. Roll Tide.

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Double Down V, to be released June, 2014 - Stay tuned for an update as the series expands.

Authors of JournalStone’s DoubleDown Book V are:

John R. LIttle and Mark Allan Gunnells

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John R. Little published his first short story in 1982 and hasn’t stopped since.  He’s published ten books so far and has many more ideas finding find their way to print.  John won the Bram Stoker award for Miranda in 2009 and was nominated two other times (The Memory Tree and Ursa Major).  His most recent books are Ursa Major and Scavenger Hunt (co-written with Fatima Monteiro), and a new collection of stories, Little by Little is coming soon.

 

 

Mark Allan Gunnells has been writing since he was 10 years old. His first collection, A LAYMON KIND OF NIGHT, was published by Sideshow Press in 2009. Since then he has put out three more books with Sideshow: the two-novella WHISONANT/CREATURES OF THE LIGHT combo, a short story collection entitled TALES FROM THE MIDNIGHT SHIFT VOL. I, and the Halloween themed DARK TREATS. He also has put out the novella ASYLUM with The Zombie Feed, and Bad Moon Books released a digital collection entitled GHOSTS IN THE ATTIC and the novella OCTOBER ROSES. He released his first published novel, THE QUARRY, with Evil Jester Press, and followed that up with SEQUEL from Gallow’s Press and THE SUMMER OF WINTERS also from EVIL JESTER. He lives in Greer, SC, with his partner Craig A. Metcalf.

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Double Down VI, to be released in 2014 - Stay tuned for an update as the series expands.

Authors of JournalStone’s DoubleDown Book VI are:

Gene O’Neill and Chris Marrs

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