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The Monster Librarian Presents: Reviews of Supernatural and Occult Themed Books. Things that go bump in the night, flashing lights, furniture that moves by itself: Hedge End is a horror novel set in the south of England. It tells the intertwined stories of Simon Hay and Matthew Reynolds, two men connected by and connected to the small village of Hedge End in Surrey: Creatures that have been hidden for centuries are beginning to re-emerge, and, as the village prepares for its May Day celebrations, something evil is released.
However, the book suffers from an overall lack of editing and polish. There are typos, syntax issues and characters who change names, but also too many incidental characters that are developed for a chapter and then disappear. Had the book been more rigorously edited and proofread , this would have been a recommendation. As it is, I found Hedge End rather disappointing.
Casting Shadows by J. Altogether, his plans for human destruction are going about as well as the rest of his life. Casting Shadows is a surprising little tale. From the beginning this dark magic-themed tale of demons and sorcery and rage is far, far more about one man finding his own soul and purpose. I really enjoyed it. There are some editing hiccups in my copy that might annoy other readers, but I found them easy to overlook in the scope of the story.
Casting Shadows is a nice little twist on the demonic youth trope. Trade paperback, ebook edition. Inspector Tom Hatcher is sent to investigate the weird happenings at Fort Pendleton and the Manitou Outpost, including insanity and cannibalism.
Hatcher was part of the team that caught Gustave Meraux, the Cannery Cannibal who terrorized Montreal. Father Xavier is called to the asylum because the warden thinks Meraux is possessed. Could the same thing be happening at the settlement?
Hatcher must discover the reason for the death and gruesome bloodshed occurring at this remote trapping outpost in the icy frontier of Ontario. Can Anika, a native scout, help Tom Hatcher discover the truth before he also succumbs to whatever has taken hold of the settlers?
A very well-written story, Dead of Winter is bloody, violent, and frightening. Moreland manages to create a suitably claustrophobic atmosphere, even though the story takes place in the wide open wilderness. There is a bleakness that runs through the entire novel and stays with you, just as the cold temperatures the characters are dealing with.
Character development is concise and will have you empathizing with or disliking them. I especially enjoyed the dynamic between Tom Hatcher and Anika. It was an entirely believable relationship. Dead of Winter is a very entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable read.
Violence, gore and adult language. Two men, Inspector Tom Hatcher and Father Xavier, find themselves thrown together in an isolated, snowed in fort, facing down a plague of cannibal corpses and worse. Claiming the town one by one, this evil is more than the native Wendigo, more than flesh-hungry humans and more than a demonic presence in the woods. Dead of Winter reads like typical horror fare. It's exciting and more than a little gory. The characters are not always sympathetic, sometimes outright evil.
And, typical of period pieces there's a lot of referencing to natives as savages, and less than human. For readers looking for a scary snow storm read, there's fun to be had, provided you can look past the stereotypical treatment of women and minorities. Granger to aid in the investigation. Suzanne is determined to discover the cause of the murder. First of all, I love the setting for Hell Gate.
It contrasts the innocence of the time against the brutality of what is going on with a seemingly innocuous side show, in a place full of distractions from everyday life. Suzanne is a complex character.
Despising her powers on the one hand, yet determined to help solve the crime for which the police have arrested her friend Cittie, she holds her own when forced to go up against a cop whose views on women are less than complimentary. As the story unfolded, I thought I knew who was who and what was going to happen. Massie throws quite a curve ball!
Hell Gate is a supernatural thriller that is sure to make your hair stand on end. Reviewed by Colleen Wanglund. Bobby Ray Ledbetter, a career criminal, is being released from prison. He has served his time, and is now free to return to his life. After a year of odd jobs and no jobs, Bobby Ray decides to break into a house in an upper middle class neighborhood, looking for money. He breaks into the home of Eric and Vanessa Fitzgerald.
Bobby Ray attacks Eric, throwing him down the stairs and killing him. Vanessa Fitzgerald is in a coma, and the break-in has made front page news, because Eric Fitzgerald was the son of state senator Sam Fitzgerald. While in her coma, Vanessa speaks to her late husband.
When she comes out of her coma, the doctors are very skeptical, even when she tells them where to look for her daughter. She begs doctors to put her back into a coma so she can talk to Eric some more. News reports circulate that Vanessa has claimed to have spoken to her husband after his death.
Sebastian Dietrich, has a theory about life after death, and he wants to test it on Vanessa. He places her in a medically induced coma, and she releases her husband, Eric, to get revenge on those who killed him, and also to find and rescue his daughter. This story was very interesting, and it was very gripping, as the premise of robbery and kidnapping is present in everyday society. There is also the supernatural aspect of life after death, and the question of whether we go on after we die.
It also deals with greed, revenge, and love. This book is recommended or adult readers. Violence, rape, kidnapping and murder. Reviewed by Diana Lord. Paperback, hardcover, Kindle edition. It is London, , and Eliza and her father go to see a Charles Dickens performance in which he frightens the audience, setting the tone for the book. Shortly thereafter, Eliza accepts a governess position in Norfolk, at crumbling Gaudlin Hall.
She finds her charges alone, with no parents seemingly around. Eliza feels from the beginning that she is being stalked by an unseen, malign, and violent force.
When she learns that previous governesses have died mysteriously, she decides to get to the bottom of it, taking her life in her hands as she learns the mysteries of Gaudlin Hall. Elements of the 19 th Century ghost story are present: The heroine, Eliza, is a winsome narrator with a no-nonsense determination and a decidedly modern take on things. Are you ready for the Apocalypse? Back in the Middle Ages, a small island in Italy, called Diavolino, was the home of monks who practiced the black arts.
They kidnapped couples from the town of Poggio del Lago, and used them in horrible rituals. A priest named Clavetti arrives in town and offers to help. Clavetti goes to Diavolino, sees what is happening, and urges the townspeople to rise up and burn down the monastery. After the burning of the monastery, Diavolino is wiped off of the map. Fast forward to the present: Paggio del Lago needs tourists and tourism, although the residents are suspicious of foreigners.
A British millionaire, Sir Roger, has bought Diavolino from the mayor, and wants to build a house there. The townspeople are vehemently against it, though, and when Roger hires architect Tom Lupton and his wife Elspeth to design his house, the people decide to take matters into their own hands to protect the secret of Diavolino.
This book started slowly, in building up the characters and setting the mood, but once it got going, it was relentless, non-stop action. There were plot twist and turns that kept this reader guessing who was on what side-- good or evil—and which side would win in the end. Recommended for adult readers. Contains gore, a butchered dog, rape, and murder.
Tropic of Darkness by Tony Richards. Pocket Star Books, Jack Gilliard is an American expatriate who has lived around the world for more than a decade. A product of an unhappy home, he hit the road at fifteen, armed with the only good thing from his childhood, his cornet, and a six inch knife he picked up in a card game. Persistence and survival are his lot in life. He starts having dreams of the 's, when the mob ruled Cuba, and cries of revolution filled the streets, and wakes to a reality that is worse.
People around him are committing suicide. Spirits from the past call to Jack. He sorts out that an ancient curse is somehow involved. He decides to leave the island before it's too late when the tune begins in his head.
New and used hardcover and paperback; e-book. The themes of the story are the strength of family ties and the lengths people will go to save those they love. When the boys' nanny is found murdered, Charlotte steps up to become their sole caretaker.
Charlotte is also a nocturnal wanderer, and the two frequently meet to talk about their respective losses. One of the story threads involves Charlotte's growing attraction to her employer and vice versa. One day, Charlotte responds to one of Paul's frequent dreams about his mother by taking the boys on an outing in the forest.
Following Paul's map of his dream, they find themselves in The Ending, a mysterious place that hosts a number of strange creatures. As they enter, they approach the ominous House of Darkling, where they are—shockingly—met by Lily, the boys' supposedly dead mother, and she's not a ghost. As Charlotte and the boys make several visits to Darkling, Charlotte realizes that Lily has made a horrible bargain with Mr.
Whatley, the master of Darkling, in order to be with her sons once more. Most of the creatures in The Ending look like humans, but it is soon obvious that they are wearing human skin over some seriously weird shapes. She is practical and realistic, even though her disturbing dreams plunge her into a nighttime world of hallucinatory fantasy. By the last five chapters, the book becomes a page-turner, with compelling action and escalating suspense driving the plot to the final climactic scene and the ambiguous ending.
Recommended for all libraries. Nominated for this year's Best Novel category at the Bram Stoker Awards, Inheritance brings to the table something that, while not exactly new, is unique in its presentation and delivery.
The results show why it was nominated, and propel McKinney much further than his previous efforts, including last year's winner of the famed haunted house trophy, Flesh Eaters. McKinney is a cop in real life and dives into his reality to write his most personal story yet, with the supernatural weighing in heavily in the absorbing plot. McKinney knows his field and how to write about it without sounding preachy or dumping information onto the pages.
Instead, he creates a very real, visceral world which feels as gritty as the characters and settings between the covers. It might be described as a police procedural, but it is much more, and that would sell it short. Paul Henninger joins the San Antonio PD where the author currently is employed and is looking forward to this new stage in his career. However, Paul's past is dark - pitch dark - and it follows him wherever he goes. When he was younger, his father, Martin Henninger, practiced black magic and delivered to Paul a dark inheritance that he cannot escape.
His adversary is Keith Anderson, who is investigating the case as the department's lead detective and might be too good for his own existence. The closer he digs toward the truth, the closer he approaches his own mortality. The two main characters, complex as they are, drive Inheritance even more than the pulse-pounding plot, something a procedural rarely does. The sense of dread and tight suspense bring to mind classic Koontz and John Connelly, a mix that could not yield a negative result.
Open yourself up and fall into McKinney's Inheritance and learn why it will have a strong chance at earning him a second Stoker. The author found his own darkness here and embraced it, with tremendous results. Recommended for anyone who loves the supernatural combined with a story grounded in reality.
Check out our Bram Stoker Awards page for more information about the awards and the other nominees. Requiem for Dead Flies by Peter N. Novels about characters returning home to face the demons of their youth have been done to death, especially ones about those on age-old farms with a ghost in residence. I was completely incorrect. This novel displays a maturity in character, setting, and storytelling which belies Dudar's experience. The story is one of the most unsettling tales this reviewer has read in recent memory.
Les, a teacher, and Gordon, a free-spirited college student, are tight, mostly due to a horrific summer they spent at the farm as children with their grandmother. The brothers were sent to the farm to stay with their grandmother after a death in the family, to give their parents time to grieve while allowing the boys to develop. Instead, their grandmother led them into horror, slowly losing her grip on reality while finding something much darker inside.
The story surprises, and, like the best horror, holds most of its power in family and relationships and what people can do to one another while believing their efforts are for the best. The supernatural does exist in this story, but it is not overbearing, which adds to the slowly building dread. Very much recommended for anyone who craves old-fashioned horror, when the horror accomplished what it set out to do.
Dudar has firmly entrenched himself in the new breed in the genre and it will be a treat to see what comes next. The town of Willis, Arizona, is shocked to learn that their friendly mailman has committed suicide. Nothing really bad has ever happened in this small town. Following the funeral, a new mailman comes to town. At first, all he brings is good news to people.
However, as time goes on, people in town get mail that is disturbing, threatening, and downright scary. Neighbor turns against neighbor, and the whole town is on edge. Teacher Doug Albin and his family try to fight the evil of the mailman.
This is a fast paced, well written book, part human horror, and part supernatural; it's also clever commentary on the post office and government workers. Who wouldn't want to receive notice for winning a contest or from an old friend you hadn't seen in ages? The characters are very likable and you feel the very real fear in some of them as things change in town and some residents get more threatening mail.
The author also does a good job of giving the reader a feel for what life in a small town is like. Bentley Little knows how to scare a reader and keep them involved in the book at the same time. Come Hell or High Water is a self-published urban-historical fantasy trilogy by debut novelist Stephen Morris. Parts One and Two are out now, with Part Three due for release later this year.
The series is set in Prague, and draws on the history, folklore and legends of the area. Wellspring is the first installment of the trilogy, and tells two parallel stories. The consequences of this curse are revealed as the book progresses. The second story, set in , is that of Magdalena, a young Czech woman who is fascinated by the occult.
But can this assistance be trusted? Wellspring is a rich and compelling read. The unique history of Prague, and a strong knowledge of medieval history, folklore and legend, is woven together with an engaging plot and a good dose of suspense.
However, it is a strong beginning to a trilogy and ends on a powerful cliffhanger. I found this quite an enchanting tale, weaving together ancient Biblical supernaturalism and dream theory, told in dreamy colorful language, with deft characterizations.
The Haunted by Bentley Little. Julian and Claire and their two teenagers move into a house in a very strange neighborhood and begin to notice some spooky goings-on: Young James begins to burrow in the ground and eat dirt; young Megan gets salacious texts and starts cutting herself.
Some especially haunting chapters go back through the centuries to reveal the sordid history that forever taints their house. Quite interesting is the idea that historically people have used the supernatural as a crutch to justify human atrocities.
Carapace by Allan Watson. The seemingly idyllic village of Carapace has hidden, dark secrets which begin to unfold: Jess is drawn back to her home town against her will just as an ill wind is building and bringing the promise of a bloody apocalypse. Dark Regions Press Tyrone Banks is a U. Marine serving in Vietnam and a very troubled man.
He killed his own brother in a village under fire, while he was high. He killed an innocent woman and her child by throwing a grenade into their hiding place. Out of guilt and shame, he has volunteered for tunnel duty.
While tracking the enemy in a dark tunnel, a grenade blows a hole in a wall that opens on Purgatory. Thinking he has died, Tyrone goes in search of his brother Tommy, hoping to save him from Hell.
Tyrone winds up in the depths of Tartarus, where he finds Henrik, who helps Tyrone not only find Tommy, but the woman and child he killed. Determined to save them all, Tyrone leads them all as they race to Heaven before they can be captured by the Scarlet Witch, who is the controller of eternity in Tartarus.
She catches up to the small group, but unexpectedly encounters the Lost Patrol, an almost mythical unit of Marines who disappeared during battle in Vietnam. Can Tyrone save them all and come to terms with his own guilt? Rollo is a fantastic storyteller. The Dark Side of Heaven is very well-written and an interesting take on the afterlife. Character development is excellent, and the characters are engaging. Tyrone, for all of his faults, is a very sympathetic individual. A balanced mix or horror and fantasy, The Dark Side of Heaven, while at times brutal, is an entertaining read.
Floaters by James Kinsak. Ward gets a frantic phone call on Easter Sunday from his ex-wife, who swears she has seen their dead children, Jimmy and Josh, while visiting the cemetery. Ward meets his ex-wife, Merilee, at the same hotel where he stayed with the boys on their Easter vacation one year ago. The room seems to trigger some memories, and Ward decides to try and find out how they died. As his memories return, we discover that Ward was having an affair, and Merilee divorced him, going off the deep end.
Ward soon learns the truth about what happened that awful Easter when he lost his boys. Floaters is a creepy short story about a man who does the unthinkable to get what he wants. Well-written, and with memorable characters, the reader discovers just how monstrous a man can be. It is suspenseful with a few surprising twists near the end.
Bad Moon Books, Available new paperback and kindle e-book. It is , and Mark is the son of one of the richest men in Texas. He meets a mysterious girl swimming in the lake, and hopes to see her again. Mark is also seeing an old woman in his dreams.
The details of the country club party of really bring it all to life, without bogging anything down. Mark and Ben are very likeable characters, with Ben easily being the more sympathetic of the two, as Lost Girl also touches on the racism of the time. The Underdwelling by Tim Curran. Boyd, in desperate need of a job, goes to work for the Hobart Mines. While working the graveyard shift, Boyd is given the chance to finally go underground.
Digging in the lowest level of the mine to look for ore, the men stumble upon a shaft that leads into an odd cavern. McNair, a paleobiologist from the local university is called in to help the miners determine if they can continue digging. They find an immense cavern…. Tim Curran is an amazing writer….
Curran has obviously done his research on mining to make the details as realistic as possible. His character development is succinct, and I found myself really liking Boyd and Jurgens.
The Underdwelling, with its deep underground setting, complete with the ever present fear of a cave-in, embodies the epitome of claustrophobia, and it made my skin crawl. Red Rain by R. New, Used, and E-Book. What about when the shoe is on the other foot? Rowling's adult debut hit stores this fall, and now R. Stine, the original scaremaster, is back, with a twist. His original audience may now be grown, with kids of their own, but Stine will still frighten them.
Lea Sutter, a travel writer who lives for the edge, visits a small island off the coast of South Carolina. A hurricane decimated the town in and is slated to do so again. The storm hits during a death ritual conducted by the locals. In the aftermath, bodies are strewn everywhere, tears and death raining down upon Lea as she walks the land - along with a true, red precipitation. Out of the rain walks a pair of boys, twins, who appear unharmed but without parents. Lea brings them home without a second thought, although her husband, Mark, and two children, Ira and Elena, rail against the move.
Of course, strange events ensue, and life takes a turn for the worse-- the twins are not the attractive, polite, gullible orphans they appear to be.
Stine gives credit where it is due and mentions Village of the Damned, Children of the Damned, and Island of the Damned on the acknowledgments page. Stine's writing has matured with his readers, although it definitely contains the strengths of his YA writing. Red Rain is a fluid, easy read replete with humor, suspense, a strong sense of setting, and yes, sex. Smart but campy, and entertaining from start to finish , Red Rain is recommended for all of Stine's old fans and will hopefully find plenty of new ones along the way.
Highly recommended for adult collections in public libraries. Homestead by James A. A small town in Texas has six unsolved missing children cases in its past. One of the missing children is the best friend of Kathy, who has begun drawing some disturbing pictures. Kathy is having quick flashes of some of the dead children, as well as some bizarre memories from the time the children went missing.
Kathy has her own young children and is distressed over her growing obsession with the disappearances. Why did she stop looking for her friend? Homestead is a quick but frightening read about suppressed memories of the worst kind. Character development is succinct and to the point, leaving the reader empathizing with Kathy and understanding the ghosts that have come to haunt her.
Bottled Abyss by Benjamin Kane Ethridge. Herman and Janet are spiraling out of control Since losing their toddler daughter to a hit-and-run accident a year ago, Janet has become a raging alcoholic and Herman has become apathetic to everything around him.
When he returns home to find that Janet has attempted suicide, Herman goes looking for the man so he can save her life. Janet discovers that the bottle contains some very unusual properties, not the least of which include curing Janet of her alcoholism and her suicidal tendencies—but those cures come at a high price.
The bottle itself is connected to the fabled River Styx, but something new is happening and a new ferryman is needed. An excellent and entertaining read, Bottled Abyss mixes modern horror and ancient Greek mythology, with a nod to The Sentinel by Jeffrey Konvitz. The characters are well-developed; I could easily empathize with Janet and fully understand the motives behind her actions. They are all flawed people. The story itself is excellent, moving through a range of emotions and taking a bizarre but thrilling turn.
The Dreadful Doctor Faust by K. Who is the mysterious Doctor Faust? Koehler explores the topic by taking the reader on a trip that is full of all that such a life can offer. As both their pasts are exposed, themes of love and revenge are revealed.
I really got into this as Ms. Koehler pulled me in with the air of mystery as more and more is revealed, and the rich details she always gives.
Hell Manor by Lisa Morton. Haunted houses are supposed be both scary and fun, right? Well, that's what Jack Lichtner is going for as he creates his annual Halloween haunted house. This year, however, he wants something extra special for the haunted house, to make it stand out even more. He finds it in one of the actresses that tries out, Maeve. She has some extra special talents that make the haunted house a success, but he doesn't find out until too late that she is in a bit of trouble.
Not only does she write an action-packed scary tale, but she also throws in a lot of Halloween factoids and information on various demons. I thought Morton had outdone herself last year with The Samhanach , but she continues to surprise me. This may be her best book yet. I can't wait to see where she goes next in her writing, but I would love to see some full-length fiction by her.
She's the most powerful female horror author out there from what I've read, and I hope more people take notice of that. I highly recommend this book to everyone! The Bone Tree by Christopher Fulbright. While tucking his children into bed late one night, Kevin is asked if he and Mommy will die someday. He proceeds to tell the story of his early days in rural Texas where he roamed the woods with his best friend, an African-American boy named Bobby.
One day they encountered a neighbor child who was frightened out of his wits and escorted him home, setting off a terrifying chain of events including a scary shadow man, some grisly murders, and, in a nearby cemetery, a gnarled dead tree that emanates evil.
The boys have to grow up quickly, facing life lessons about race relations, obedience to their parents, and taking action against otherworldly evil. Remember the heart-pounding terror ringing in your ears in your scariest of memories? Prepare to feel that again. At under a hundred pages, this would make a great Halloween read-aloud and is suitable for young adults and up.
Heart of Glass is a stand-alone novelette by David Winnick. Here we meet a married couple. The wife is clearly falling out of love with her husband. However, he wants to repair their relationship and purchases a glass puzzle for them to work on. As the puzzle progresses, the husband becomes far more attached to it than the wife.
The end cannot be spoiled. This is a great, chilling read. The Caretakers by Adrian Chamberlin is a stand-alone novel. Tom Hughes possesses a deep and ferocious rage inside. Fifteen years ago, at Oxford, he and some of his friends encountered a dark evil that seeks to overthrow the planet in the end days of man.
Tom returns to Oxford decades later to confront this evil, and his own dark nature. This is a book which rests proudly in the English tradition of dark and occult horror. It will scare your pants off.
I know I had trouble sleeping after I finished this book. Its images are burned into the retinas of my eyes. I highly recommend this book for fans of the Occult and for older teens and adults.
Gruesome imagery, Violence, Profanity. Tribesmen by Adam Cesare. In the s, Italian horror was at its height in popularity, and Adam Cesare effectively sets his story during this time. When the cast and crew arrive, they find the village is deserted, and they stumble upon a mass grave. It turns out that natives were slaughtered, and the matriarch of their tribe cursed the island, and anyone who set foot upon it.
Cynthia, an American actress, flees into the jungle to avoid becoming another victim in what is quickly becoming a snuff film. Will anyone make it out alive? More importantly, what will happen to the movie? It took an amazing film genre and turned it into a real horror story for the small cast and crew involved. Tribesmen was just as bloody and grotesque and any 80s Italian horror film and included a major dose of the supernatural.
Cesare writes without the pretense of being a cinema know-it-all…. I think any fan of horror will appreciate Tribesmen for what it is—a very entertaining read. Contains violence, gore and adult language. Heinous by Jonathan Moon. Library of the Living Dead Press, Gavin and his best friend Joshie are inseparable….. They also find a weird stone that Gavin is unusually attracted to, and the two boys fight over it.
Gavin becomes possessed by something living in the stone, and the demon that possesses him is only sated through violence and suffering. Heinous, the name Gavin gives to the evil entity inside of him, takes him over and commits gruesome acts; but Gavin knows everything that is happening, and what, unfortunately, will happen to the people closest to him. Heinous is a violent story, and bloody as all hell.
The characters of Joshie and Gavin are well-developed, and even after succumbing to the mysterious stone, Gavin is a sympathetic individual. I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
New Paperback Edition and Kindle. Detectives Joan Renwick and Mike Stakowski head the team investigating the disappearances. Meanwhile, local historian Anna Mason has returned to Kempforth to be with her brother following a family trauma; and celebrity psychic Allen Cowell has, with his sister Vera, been drawn back to the town where they were born to face their own personal demons.
As the protagonists begin to work together, everything that they discover points them to long-since abandoned hospital Ash Fell, a place of horror, brutality and cruelty. On first glance, this might seem to be fairly standard fare.
As the story unfolds, the true horrifying history of Kempforth and Ash Fell is revealed, leading to a genuinely startling conclusion. Based in UK history, and with some local color, the horror in The Faceless is very British in flavor.
However, this does not mean that it will not appeal to readers from elsewhere. As such, The Faceless is strongly recommended, as an example of recent UK horror at its best. Sacrifice by Wrath James White. Sinister Grin Press, The incidents don't stop there, unfortunately, and Detective John Malloy and his partner Mohammed Rafik have a crazy case on their hands. In addition to these reports, they also have been running an investigation on a bunch of missing little girls.
I've yet to meet a Wrath James White book I haven't liked and that goes for this one as well. He always writes a strong story with vivid details and strong characters. In particular, the character of Delilah that he has created in Sacrifice is one-of-a-kind, and I had a hard time deciding whether I loved her or hated her.
Her reasoning for doing what she does is good-natured, but the results are just so horrific that it's hard to decide which outweighs the other. That might not make sense to you now but I guarantee that if you read this novella, you will understand my conflict. If you are familiar with White's work, you will expect over-the-top gore, lots of violence, and hardcore sex in this novella.
There is still a little of each, but I'd say the gore and sex is majorly tamed down this time, which should allow readers that have avoided White's work in the past due to those features a chance to give his writing a try. He is a powerful writer and one that shouldn't be missed. Sacrifice is a semi-sequel novella to White's novel The Resurrectionist as it pulls in some of the same characters and reflects back on some of the events that took place in the novel.
In order to avoid spoilers to the novel, be sure to read it before this novella. Hardcover , Kindle, Nook. There are few things horror readers can count on in life. However, Peter Straub winning a Stoker award is never in doubt. Is it his popularity? Maybe, but his writing never fails his fans and he often wins over new ones.
The man just never sits on his laurels. This past summer he had a very well-deserved win with The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine , and took home another haunted house trophy with his name inside the doors. Sandrine Loy and Ballard no other name given are two odd characters on a cruise that seems never-ending, floating down the enigmatic Amazon River.
The setting is fine fodder for the tale. They begin in , culminating their journey in or so. There is a strong erotic influence to this offering, but Straub keeps it in the background, never overwhelming the reader. It is a strange relationship between the two characters as age doesn't appear to matter to either Sandrine and Ballard - or to time itself. Neither character figures out why they are there in this time warp, but both seem to enjoy the trip in all its decadence, and the subtle horrors the excursions bring.
The Thirteen by Susie Moloney. Hardcover, paperback, Kindle ebook. It always seems like such a quiet, peaceful place. From Twin Peaks to the Stepford Wives, though, it's practically a trope that under the surface, dark secrets lurk. It's no different in The Thirteen, the story of a coven of desperate housewives who sell themselves and their families to the devil to ensure their prosperity, success, and looks.
The author of Thirteen, Susie Moloney, is a comedic writer, and it almost sounds like this could be a black comedy, but the opening pages immediately put that idea to rest. You don't get results from the devil here without sacrificing a loved one.
When a coven member dies, the other members find themselves under immediate and unpleasant pressure to replace her, and they believe Paula, the grown daughter of incapacitated coven member Audra, is the perfect candidate. Paula and her daughter Rowan can sense that something strange is going on under the surface, but it's impossible to explain, and Izzy, the founder of the coven, is able to easily manipulate them.
Moloney does a good job of creating the sinister atmosphere of Haven Woods, using many details and building the story bit by bit so that the supernatural slides right into place.
Character development is finely drawn, with skillfully placed flashbacks to past tragedies filling in the blanks as to the motivations and personalities of the characters. Izzy's daughter Marla, a high school friend of Paula's who is also a member of the coven, must deal with conflicting loyalties, and Sanderson, Paula's potential love interest, turns out to be a steadfast kind of guy. Rowan, Paula's daughter, is a major character with her own personality and interests, and essential to the plot.
The battle of wills between the desperate Izzy and stubborn Audra, her first convert from many years ago, comes to a surprising end, as well.
However, I did find this an unsatisfying read, because the continued existence of the coven over time stretched the limits of believability. The reader gets a vivid, graphic, and disturbing description of Izzy's first encounter with the evil her coven serves, and it's hard to believe that she was able to easily find twelve other women willing to go through the same encounter to lose weight or become a dancer Still, if you'd like a helping of Desperate Housewives with a slant to the dark and gruesome side, Thirteen will keep you occupied and reading up to the very creepy end.
Recommended for public library collections. Review by Kirsten Kowalewski. December by Phil Rickman. It turned out to be a cruel trick by a twisted record producer to exploit these sensitive, psychic artists.
The abbey, its walls cemented in blood, had been haunted since the 12 th century when the Welsh bard Aelwyn Breadwinner died there. Each of the musicians had his own ghosts or obsessions which came into play that fateful night, December 8… the same night John Lennon was killed. The musicians went their separate ways, living with the damage done that night. Fourteen years later, the tapes resurface, and another music mogul convinces the group that they must come back together to record again.
It becomes a reluctant attempt to heal, and perhaps exorcise the evils which still haunt them, the abbey, and the village. There are plenty of fascinating characters such as Scottish folksinger Moira Cairns, and Dave Reilly, who has a psychic connection with John Lennon. Abbey Tapes adds another chapter to the book by uncovering lost material and beautifully resolving some mysteries.
Some gore and violence, supernatural, sex, homosexuality. Cemetery Dance Publications, Hudson is an almost pure soul that Lucifer wants. Hudson decides to go to the address given in the message, and there he begins his grand tour of Hell, with H. Lovecraft as his tour guide.
Hudson sees unimaginable horrors along the way and wonders why Lucifer would think Hudson would give up eternity in Heaven upon his death. However, Lucifer has an ace up his sleeve. Meanwhile, Lucifer has his minions building a reservoir that is heavily guarded from prying eyes. He wishes to build a permanent merge point between Hell and Earth.
In another part of Hell Joseph Curwen has built the largest demonculous, which will be powered by his own heart for the glory of Hell. While all of this is going on, a terrorist group of anti-Satanists, led by the fallen angel Ezoriel plots the destruction of both the demonculous and the reservoir. They will ultimately get an unexpected helping hand. I could not put this book down. The characters, both human and demon are well-written and very interesting.
I liked Hudson but could see that even though he had an almost perfect soul Hell was having an unexpected effect on him. And I absolutely loved Howard the guide Lovecraft. He was so refined and yet so perfectly suited to Hell. Pick this one up, if you can. Graphic violence, blood, gore, adult language and sexual situations. Lullaby for the Rain Girl by Christopher Conlon. Dark Regions Press, Depressed, overweight, and in the midst of an unfriendly divorce, he moves automatically through his days.
Its structure is odd. Surreal stories written by Ben that are related on some level to the Rain Girl and to his past are interspersed, and provide a way for the characters to reflect on things, in an oblique way. Both are finally brought together in the third section of the book.
So much of the story seems ordinary, yet Conlon brings to it a feeling of dread. Readers looking for a straightforward narrative ought to look elsewhere, but those seeking an unsettling, emotionally involving, and often mysterious story will have a treat in store.
Sex, suicide, drug and alcohol abuse. Dead of Winter by Brian Moreland. New Paperback and digital. Historical horror continues to abound in recent months. Dan Simmons has the deftest hand with this subgenre, from The Terror to Black Hills but a few talented newcomers have stepped up and dug into a dark chapter in time. Robert Jackson Bennett thrilled the horror community with Mr. Shivers last year and continued with The Company Man. John Hornor Jacobs gave readers something new in Southern Gods , which should be on everyone's radar for best first novel at this year's Stoker Awards.
Brian Moreland first showed readers a glimmer of his talent in the war novel Shadows in the Mist. Dead of Winter takes a major step forward. In the bleakest of winters, Ontario is not a pleasant place to be, especially at a fort where people are dying faster than clues can be discovered.
Tom Hatcher has taken his son to a frontier post after the death of his wife, seemingly to get away from the depression of Montreal and her memory. Yet in the blizzard, a demon, possibly Wendigo, is terrorizing the wilderness. Back in the big city, Father Xavier is picking up the pieces from a former case, a cannibal who is much more than he seems to be.
Xavier specializes in exorcisms and his experience will be needed in a way that differs plenty from the obvious William Peter Blatty influence. Hatcher and Father Xavier cross paths and their stories intertwine in such a manner that Winter blazes its own path. Moreland displays a sharp talent for capturing the history and setting of the time, along with carving into his characters a depth not seen often in many novels today.
Samhain has struck gold with this effort. Recommended reading for fans of historical horror. Little Boy Lost by T. CJ is an eleven year old boy with a photographic memory who is seeing a psychiatrist.
CJ has lost his mother to murder, and his stepmother, Marie, has disappeared. What no one understands, including CJ, is that there are supernatural forces at work in this family.
There have also been violent wind storms. Miles knows that a demon is lurking…and has taken his sons. Wright amps up the fear by adding a supernatural element—a demon who has lived for ages. There are already over 40 t-shirt designs ready to print and new ideas develop daily.
We look forward to hiring a professional designer. We do not see ourselves being just a t-shirt line for very long. Apparel will be 18 to 30 year old males within Orange County. The women also added that they would be more likely to buy our product if they had heard of the name beforehand. Even though we are targeting our immediate area first, with word of mouth and proper advertising, we can reach consumers far beyond Orange County.
The secondary target customers are females between the ages of 18 and As the aforementioned survey reflects, women like our designs almost as much as the men. To grow rapidly in this business we must satisfy both our male and female customers. We know that women will continue to buy a product they like or one that fits them well, as they are very loyal to particular brands. The last target customers of S. Even though we are not pushing to sell to the under 18 market, we know that they will contribute highly to sales.
Those over 30 are definitely not excluded from our target; they are just not our primary focus. As popularity about the line increases we expect to see an assortment of curiosity seekers; curiosity seekers that will soon become customers.
We naturally believe that sales will skyrocket during Christmas season. Apparel is to serve the local community. They will be our closest and most consistent clients. However, we plan to give the same top notch service to a neighbor as to someone who lives across the country, or even further. Focusing on a local customer base will help to spread the word about our new company. It will also allow us to see it being worn in and around the surrounding communities. This will help guide us in the future so as to stay current with what our customers and clients want.
Because of the high rate of employee turnover at major mass retailers, customer service and personal detail has been lost. Apparel plans to meet and exceed the expectations of service in these areas. We believe that S. Apparel and its logo will receive the same recognition. As far as trends go, sex has never gone out of style.
Many more fail because they only target a small window. Apparel has no window. Our demographic is wide open. According to an article recently in The Los Angeles Times, t-shirts with simple sayings on them are more popular now than ever. They gross in the billions every year. A large number of youthfully trendy apparel is sold through small family-run specialty stores that are located in or near neighborhood communities.
These large, well known stores mass market and sell to hardcore enthusiasts as well as the local shopper. Naturally, consumers will be able to buy directly from the website. Without the internet, our road ahead would be very rough. Having customers wearing our product is like having walking billboards. Anyone that wears a shirt or puts a sticker on their car window expands our promotion without having to spend more on actual advertising.
Apparel will maintain a flexible pricing strategy. Our wholesale prices to retailers will be significantly lower than our retail price, allowing the retailer to make their own mark-ups. Apparel will follow an aggressive yet creative promotional plan.
This will allow us to focus directly on our target customer while still being conservative with our advertising dollars. This information will be used with our direct mailing program to focus on our most frequent customers. It is within that time that all screening and embroidery will be done.
The photography, stickers and promotional flyers will also be made in this time frame. To meet our monthly overhead, we only need to sell 4 units per day. We expect sales to be between 10 to 20 units per day, right away. In order to break even in 2 months, 21 units per day would have to be sold. With proper advertising, promoting, and connections, we believe 30 to 40 units per day to be reasonable goals. The Christmas season looks to be even more promising and profitable. The most important milestone after that is the first sale.
Having our product carried in retail outlets is another milestone. Growing into a larger company and acquiring office and warehouse space to accommodate our growth is highly anticipated. All duties will be divided and delegated according to strengths and weaknesses. Apparel is a small business for now, and therefore requires simple organizational structure. Kelly Boyle will act as general manager. All decisions are made in-line with the company objectives. Our Webmaster will be compensated but will work as an independent contractor.
We will be hiring designers very soon. We will grow fast. It is exciting to be able to create jobs. We will be very selective on who comes to work for us. The pieces must fit; otherwise we will continue to look for the right match. Any full-time employee will be paid at a competitive rate for his or her position.
Our part-time employees will be paid at a rate significantly higher than the minimum wage. All employees will benefit from a one day paid holiday on their respective birthdays, paid time for nationally observed holidays, and one week of paid vacation after twelve months of employment.
At this time medical benefits will not be offered to employees. As profits increase in the future, medical benefits will be offered to all full-time employees. Apparel will be quick, and the cash balance will always be positive. Being a retail environment, we will not be selling on credit. We will accept all major credit cards. We will continue to reinvest residual profits into company expansion and personnel. Apparel does not sell on credit nor do we offer layaways at this time.
All sales paid via credit cards will be deposited in our business checking account immediately. Our business checking account is with Union Bank of California. Keeping in mind that profit must be returned back into the business to allow for inventory, payroll and expansion, we feel S.
Apparel will break even between six months to one year and will have the ability to repay any and all debts, including interest, and become completely self sufficient. Comment by Kelly B - April 9, at I am a young hispanic woman living in San Antonio that decided that instead of working hard for others — I would work really hard for myself.
It is a very small social web development company sweb development that began developing regular websites, graduated to CMS sites and have now began to develop mobile applications. I am afraid to post openly at this time — but I would like to give you numbers without posting the idea:. The market I am targeting has over , businesses all over the US. The company is already off the ground — all i need is a push to hire more people to fill my orders. I would need 75k investment to float a larger staff and move into a larger space.
With 3 programmers I could produce 10 apps a month at least. I would definitely make your 3 month mark. I hope you are interested! I really feel this is going to take off — but i am looking to be prepared! Comment by Magaly Chocano - April 8, at Cuban Just for the record, I never played for the Falcons and I love dogs. Now, could you answer a few questions for me before I submit a business proposal. First, would paper fliers printed up with information about the opening of a newly renovated shop posted on bulletin boards, utility poles, windows, etc.
Second, how much equity do you expect in return for your investment? You stated that we were to specify how much you were to receive, but it will be difficult to project an exact figure until the business is able to track profits made in the period the first three months. Maybe you have a certain percentage in mind.
Along that line, how long would the business be required to pay you equity? As the business is continuing to make profits, are we looking at a span of time like one year? Or will it just be based on the amount of funds that was initially given? Comment by Michael Vick - April 8, at Hey Mark I have an Idea for a website I dont have the funds or knowledge to put it together. Its a great idea born out of the worst time of my life. Would you be up to listen to it and help with something like that?
Comment by Ono - April 8, at Wireless Blood Test HealthCare Medical Device that maps proteomic signatures to precursor proteomic signatures of chronic disease formation and also maps proteomic signatures to nutrition recommendations.
I study mathematics, Cell Signal Transduction Pathways, molecular motors, proteomics, and real-time microassay platform architectures, some of which are being defined here:. Comment by Michael Hughes - April 7, at 2: I can monetize the VC search process for you instead of opening your blog to open suggestions which is insanely inefficient. Comment by Wayne Smith - April 7, at Cuban I know my idea is not as grand as some of the other ideas posted on here, but I truly believe in the product and the long term potential.
I would like to produce my own Hip-Hop album. The music will not be about selling drugs, violence, or going to jail. The music will be more inspirational, about not letting your past dictate your future and about what you can accomplish if you work hard and have a positive attitude.
Growing up on the Eastside of Detroit Michigan has given me plenty to rap about! Step 1 — Build a winning team. Find a producer to take the tracks we have and make them better or make new tracks. We will also need an engineer with a recording studio, and a graphic artist. Step 2 — Start recording. Step 3 — Once we get all the songs for the album recorded we will start the copyright process.
Step 4 — Get the artwork for the album. Step 6 — Get the album duplicated for mass distribution. Step 7 — Now we have a duplicated mixed and mastered album, complete with artwork and barcode. Now we have to do promotions. We will do promotions by contacting radio stations, internet, posters, flyers, MySpace page, billboards, bus benches, and trying to get on undercards.
There are a lot of ways to promote and sell an album, but we will be very creative and very aggressive! Comment by Terence Johnson - April 6, at At the beginning of your Stimulus Plan you said the following: Mark, what you said is so true. But I have good news:. I have this idea for almost two decades, and with the way things are going lately, it became more and more clear to me that there is only one solution to this crisis: Let me say it one more time, becouse this is essential: So Mark, if you get involved, we can start the most impressive venture ever started, that can turn into the largest and strongest corporation that has ever operated anywhere.
Mark, good news again: As we speak, there are meetings going on, from Washington to London, to Paris, to Moscow, to Beijing, to Tokyo, trying to find the solution to the World Economic Crisis. That would be a disaster.
Before I close, following are a few other facts about my plan: Across the world, economies are sinking fast, while we wait for someone, anyone, to offer an effective policy response. How much damage will be done before that response finally comes? As work progressed the need to facilitate a portal for government agencies and financial institutions to access the many services available through the internet was realized.
Specializing in real and personal property management and disposition. Imagine one site on the web to see all of the assets the government and banks have to offer. Live sites across the nation for asset management,storage, sale prep. All those involved in the creation of rbids.
We have consulted with the leaders in the industries listed above and would welcome your input as we have a fresh and exciting way to sell or buy real property, merchandise and most any thing in between. Our site will provide a 2 week inspection period prior to the start of the auction, then the property will go to auction or bidding decreasing as set by the seller e. With our model , the point of activity will come very fast, perhaps with in a couple of days, thus turning the money for everyone involved very quickly.
The excitement is generated by the speed at which it all happens. Not knowing what is on the other bidders minds will create an atmosphere of urgency for the bidders highest and best offer.
This was an example of a Dutch auction model. This method will help shore up values by creating a competitive experience thus revitalizing the ailing economy. The Dutch auction method is by no means new, just not utilized in the general public. The Dutch auction method has been used for decades by the Dutch hence its name , and by the big players in the derivatives market.
Now you can buy and sell like the big boys at todays fair market value. In a Dutch auction the property will be opened up for a period to be inspected then will begin with an offer to sell. If the offer to sell is not accepted, the price will be lowered by an amount set by the seller in predetermined time intervals. When a buyer accept the sellers offer the sale is over.
No more long, drawn out bidding wars or waiting month after month for the price to come to you. Set in your offer and you will know quickly wether your in or out. This method gives the buyers and the seller a quick way to establish a fair market value today. For the sellers it is a very quick and expedient way to establish a fair market value based on what the property will sell for in todays market and make a decision wether to hold on or liquidate now.
For the buyer you will no longer have to keep up with the property for long periods of time because it will be under contract within a 3 week period of going to auction at a price that is attractive.
The state of Indiana through the sale of surplus real estate has proven that the Dutch model brings a greater recovery over standard methods. Buyers and sellers should love this site because it will stimulate activity on even the most aged listing.
This will give us true cross section of the day to day market by having real time data from all segments of the marketplace. A simple finance plan has been designed to go hand in hand with this auction system that will MAKE the taxpayer money. We have been asked to present this program to the current administration — Scott Wells deal designer Comment by Scott - April 5, at 4: Create 2 sections, 1 for ideas or unstarted companies , and a 2nd section for companies already in place.
Investor will essentially be able to buy stock in small businesses before they are big enough for market production. This will also be a way for entrepreneurs to partner up and create funds for their ideas.
Their are a lot of concepts of this that need to be shored up but since its an idea i am throwing it out there. Comment by Nicholas S - April 4, at As innovative thinkers our initial goal is to develop and deploy new Interactive Magazines On-demand programming to millions of subscribers via digital content platforms.
This content is made available to individuals who pay a monthly subscription to access interactive magazine content. On-demand subscribers want what they want when they want it. Our research indicates that there is a substantial market of people who love to read magazines and want instant access to their magazines. Our solution is perfect for the family or individual who likes a variety of magazines but does not want the clutter, storage or disposal concerns of what to do with old magazines.
Our research also indicates consumers are concerned with conserving our environment more than ever before. The Paper Elimination Act serves notice that we are changing from a paper intensive society to a society that is eager to lessen negative effects on the environment.
This greatly reduces the need for paper, printing costs, recycling concerns and postage costs. Page 6 of Nykel is offering magazine publishers and advertisers a new vehicle to engage potential magazine subscribers like never before via Magazines On-demand.
Take note, digital cable and digital broadcast satellite companies are not switching from analog signals to digital signals simply because the picture will be sharper, the true reason is that there are new applications that can be brought to your television or handheld device using digital technology. Remember magazine publications and television shows have two things in common, which are content and advertisers. Our vision has been to create entertaining and engaging non- linear on-demand content that will become one of the first niche players to capitalize on the efficiencies and interactivity offered through digital content platforms.
To offer a new interactive format for magazine producers that reduce production and distribution costs by deploying content via digital content platform infrastructures — which is a substantially lower cost than Internet content distribution. To increase the number of new subscribers by offering an interactive digital newsstand environment — content selection is as simple as selecting a song from a jukebox.
To create an interactive platform for existing magazines to be viewed by their loyal subscriber base. Magazines already have an established subscriber base; our objective is to convert those current subscribers and to attract new subscribers by offering the next generation interactive magazine platform. To eliminate the waste and negative effects paper magazines place on the environment by distributing content in an environmental friendly manner — to become the home of environmentally friendly magazines.
Page 7 of Interactive Digital Magazine- Our Digital Magazines will enable print media and future content to be transformed into a dynamic and interactive 3D game format for deployment. It will consist of 3D software, which uses Linux an open-source program language.
This open-source programming offers compatibility across multiple interactive platforms and enhances our ability to patent Nykel created applications.
The application will transform print magazines into our interactive game format; our solution gives subscribers the same content and improved graphics while enhancing the look and interactivity of the print magazines they currently enjoy.
Page 8 of Intellectual Property and Patent Materials With the accelerated growth in technological advances during the past decade, nowhere has the growth been more noticed than in the digital software and digital arts. We have potential patent materials in interactive software, digital networking systems infrastructure, telecommunications interactive technology, digital template processing, and interface design.
Intellectual property attorneys has been consulted with by the founders in regards to proprietary assets, intellectual property and how best to secure and protect these assets long term.
To date, Nykel has not applied for a patent nor executed a patent search, registered trademarks or received patent pending status. The seven 7 potential items are: Revenue Generators There are five 5 revenue generators in our current business model. Our solution offers magazines, advertisers, Telecommunication Companies a new and innovative distribution model never before realized for magazine digital content.
The five 5 revenue generators are: Audio and Direct Fee video advertisements are now offered. On- Table Advertisers pay a fee to be demand platform allows the magazines to seen in the magazine. Direct Advertisement Fee See Direct Same as Non-direct advertisements with a Fee table Advertisers pay a fee to be gateway to purchase items direct from the seen and interacted with in the advertisement via the digital output device.
Subscriber Market Potential We have identified four 4 market segments. Refer to MPA Handbook pages , There are over 6, magazines being published by publishers. We believe the below referenced demographics are mutually exclusive and offer an intriguing upside for subscription growth. Page 11 of Marketing Strategy Plan Our primary target markets are the magazine publishers, advertisers and digital content providers.
Also included in our target markets are magazine subscribers and telecommunications subscribers. Our primary access to potential subscribers is via handheld device users on telecommunications networks by securing distribution contracts with these entities, the magazines and advertisers exposure to subscribers will greatly increase.
In addition Nykel will participate in Telecommunication and media publishing trade shows throughout the U. Our marketing plan closely resembles the approach Video On-demand and Pay-Per Use content companies used when launching their premium services, to advertise the interactive content through local, regional and national television ad campaigns targeting existing and next generation magazine subscribers.
Promotional efforts directed towards magazine subscribers include newsstands, advertisements in newspapers, magazines and comics. Nykel will also market to subscribers of magazines via publisher web sites and printed editions to offer an innovative alternative. One important aspect of the plan calls for establishing working revenue-focused relationships with several partners related to the telecommunications industry magazine publishing and direct advertisement.
Thus, our marketing strategy includes establishing several strategic relationships concurrent with product development during the first nine 9 months of development. We are identifying and building these relationships to ensure long-term alliances. During the second nine 9 months of start up the strategic partners would play an important role in linear marketing campaigns these same strategic partners would receive a share of revenue generated throughout the partnership.
Telecommunication providers will enter into a joint marketing venture with us providing advertising time-space. This venture is a win-win proposition due to the fact that advertising revenue generated will be shared based on agreed upon contractual advertising revenue payout. This gives Telecommunication providers an incentive to advertise our content to their digital subscribers as well as magazine publishers who offer Nykel ad space in print editions.
With our solution, the introduction of advertisers to on-demand content opens the door for new advertising revenue sharing models not present with current content. Page 12 of Risk Factors We have identified five 5 key risk factors. These risks need to be addressed but each can be overcome with sound business planning and aggressive yet obtainable milestones.
Inadequate funding would be our most critical factor in developing a new digital product scheduled for an aggressive customer launch 3Q of year one 1. We have a three-tiered capital raising strategy. These funds are critical for:. We understand the importance of timing when launching a new concept. Most advances in the digital content world were stated to take shape in With years of intense industry development and testing in digital deployments, we feel this technology can be utilized as a consumer product.
Page 13 of Timing is everything and as a newly formed company we realize this and respect the importance of an accurate product introduction within a targeted time frame. There is little doubt that digital content is here to stay.
The digital content phenomenon has been led by media and entertainment companies, wanting to digitize content to be able to repackage and re-sell it. You can now find digital music, books, and photos readily available almost anywhere. Digital content solutions are more than Digital Access Management or Web content management. The real value of digital content solutions is in enabling companies to achieve the promises of digital transformation, from content creation to delivery.
New content is needed to maximize the existing technology. As real-time two-way networks are becoming commonplace, the industry has begun to shift its focus to the advanced services that can now be offered in our digital network environments. Applications such as used on the iPhone, Video on Demand and digital Content on Demand are emerging as lucrative digital deployments worldwide. As we begin to move past the existing deployments such as Movies On-demand, we can begin to explore other applications like digital Content On-demand that utilize on demand video streaming, and thus leveraging current investments.
Companies are familiar with the routine of getting a product or service to market and have gone through the ups and downs of becoming effective and efficient. We are going to have to influence their behavior through creative marketing and provide reliable data that supports this new technology and distribution model.
In the media business paper and ink are accepted costs associated to deploy print media to their subscribers. There is not a Magazine On-demand business model to copy because we are the first to believe in this vision. Page 14 of Together we will walk thru this process and at the end of this process is a realistic vision and goal to take traditional print media and distribute it digitally through digital telecommunications and handheld devices in a familiar, functional and fun environment.
When entering into a new arena such as digital media deployments, the most important factor is having capable and competent strategic partners and advisors in those key areas where industry experience is critical. We are continually seeking those relationships that will strengthen our company while being advised by the best and most creative minds in digital deployment of print media via telecommunication companies.
Competition We have identified four 4 key players. These companies represent the leaders of the current digital magazine market. Our business model focuses on the distribution of digital content via the handheld device while existing companies have focused on Internet distribution because of the capital they have invested in Internet distribution. When these companies started, the infrastructure required for television distribution of digital content was not in sight.
Now is the time to capitalize on this breakthrough to be sure that we are one of the first to offer new content on this new distribution highway. The market leaders are as follows: Zinio- Electronic creation and distribution of digital magazines via the Internet download. Founded in March , Zinio creates and delivers, in partnership with magazine publishers and advertisers, the first fully realized digital magazine.
Customers get the digital issue at a reduced cost of the paper form. Keepmedia- Electronic distribution of digital magazines via the Internet without advertisements. Until now, consumers have not been able to search archived and current articles from leading publications in one convenient and affordable location on the Web. KeepMedia subscribers can find articles from some of the most trusted brands in journalism, ranging from health and finance to hobbies and politics.
MagRack- Delivers on demand special interest television programming to digital cable subscribers. The service offers special interest programming not widely found on other channels with the advanced DVD-like ability to fast-forward, rewind or pause the program.
Operations Plan Our plan depends heavily on an aggressive approach to viewer, software and market development. We will develop a working prototype ready for vendor beta testing within eighteen 18 months of receiving the initial influx of capital. Our optimal goal is to have complete integration with telecommunication providers, media publishers, on-demand platform vendors and handheld device manufacturers within one year of having the prototype completed.
The infrastructure and technology required to deploy interactive media content exists. As mentioned earlier, we are building key strategic alliances in the telecommunications industry, publishing, On-demand technology, interactive software and media distribution industries to produce the best environment for a successful launch. This approach provides cost cutting efficiencies in leasing equipment or commercial property based on need and hiring, training and retaining skilled employees as well as capitalizing on the regional resources each brings to fulfill its functional objectives.
Our focus is to establish our headquarters on the East Coast because the majority of magazine publishing companies are already headquartered on the East Coast. This would provide us the ability to transact day-to-day business objectives within the same time zone as our strategic partners and magazine publishing base. The core responsibility of the site is to manage and support all business related activities of the company.
The headquarters will initially employ individuals during Phase I, employees in Phase II and eventually reaching a maximum of employees in Phase III handling day-to-day business support to magazines. These employment numbers are related to the number of magazines using our platform. This location will accommodate top-level management, administration and support personnel. The nine 9 Page 16 of The North TX is home to commercial properties such as Texas Instruments, large facilities, a vast selection of high tech professionals, multimedia software companies, and the area is currently the core of state-of-the-art facility is to manage and support all technology, design and customer support activities of the company.
This capital would be applied to initial salaries, office space, consumer research, strategic advisors, professional services, initial prototype design, testing laboratory and operating expenses associated with the formation of the company. We believe this approach fosters the best environment for long-term success. Pricing Strategy Our strategy is to price our service at a level comparable to our competitors on a national scale.
This fee provides access to our entire database of magazine content estimated between Page 17 of Our philosophy is to present a value proposition model that does not exist in current paper subscription models.
Currently a paper subscription is a one to one relationship meaning one subscription allows the subscriber to read a magazine for a 12 month period. What we propose is monthly subscription to the channel gives the subscriber access to a multitude of magazines. This can be accomplished because of the cost efficiencies provided to digital production and distribution. This experience proved to be a catalyst for his professional development and desire to own his own business.
He was employed with Wachovia Bank as a senior retail banker for five years. During his employment with Wachovia, Issac was placed in numerous leadership and management capacities. Deon Holmes passion for art and music has been the catalyst for his twenty-three years of combined experience in the music and the graphics industry.
Hazel Eyes Entertainment, which he started in , specialized in the management of producing artists out of Oakland, California and he also started Dark Alley Graphx House, which created logo designs, business cards, brochures, vehicle wraps, magazine design layouts and marketing materials for over different companies since Page 18 of Magazines on-demand content does not exist currently for distribution in the U.
It will appeal to a diverse group of individuals much like paper magazines. Also, because magazines are created to be demographically appealing, it will offer an alternative distribution to a specific group that appreciates digital magazine editions.
Magazines are seeking alternative ways of attracting younger subscribers. This content targets a growing base of young tech savvy individuals who rely on the wireless content or Internet as the gateway to entertainment and information. The content has value added services like local, regional and national ad insertions, increased ad tracking capabilities and eventually a spontaneous buy feature.
This is more compelling and attractive to advertisers compared to paper magazines. Once the content is created digitally it can be distributed via multiple digital deployment platforms and wireless to mobile subscribers. Page 19 of We believe the company is well positioned for expansion and solid financial performance. The Company plans to increase its value to investors through the continued development and marketing of its product to drive sales, license agreements, joint ventures, strategic alliances and tactical acquisitions.
The Company may rely on its own growth as the primary means of returning value to its investors or it may eventually be acquired or conduct a public offering. Page 20 of Comment by nykeltechnsolutionsllc - April 3, at 7: This college bar caters to frats and sororities just like every other bar in town but we have buses that pick the college students up at their front door for free, every half hour, and return them home safely when the bar closes. This could be in the DFW area, Texas or even the nation.
I have a new construction company that could use startup funds to take a few steps out of the bottom growing process. I have many contacts but do not have the funds to hire anyone right off the bat.
Comment by LRG - April 2, at 7: I am an independent affiliate member of a ten year old nutrition company that promotes health, wellness and wealth for your life purposes. This is my number one reason for joining with a company such as this. A person can build a business and have immediate income monthly because of the unique business model the company offers.
On March 26th the company launched a new product line and a Share and Earn program. With the launch of this new product line, Sonoran Bloom, It is the first time in ten years of business to promote internationally offering people a way to earn a good solid long term income in this economy.
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Is it set up as multilevel marketing? I am able to buy my customers through the companies 38 year old media company through television and radio infomercials to online marketing and more which brings in thousands of customers and contacts every week.
The full rights to these responders can be purchased, which has helped affiliate members grow their business to become 6 figure income earners. Once you purchase a customer, a percentage of that customers purchases are yours for life. Set up as an independent affiliate business, yet it is profit sharing of the companies sales. Some even call it a franchise. The newest product line is one where they turned to the Nopal Cactus in the Sonoran Desert for its remarkable healing properties.
It is packed with extremely rare and powerful antioxidants, called Betalains. It keeps cells healthy and your body happy. Many affiliates are already feeling the affects. An up and coming problem when looking at the baby boomers statistics.
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Jun Born on this day Waylon Jennings. Jennings worked as a DJ, played bass with Buddy Holly, Jennings unintentionally missing flying with Holly, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens on the flight on which they died. As a follow-up to Tuesday’s post about the majority-minority public schools in Oslo, the following brief account reports the latest statistics on the cultural enrichment of schools in Austria. Vienna is the most fully enriched location, and seems to be in roughly the same situation as Oslo. Many thanks to Hermes for the translation from exposition-universelle-paris-1900.com We would like to show you a description here but the site won’t allow us.