*First Line Friday 1/24/20* A Werewolf in Riverdale- Caleb Roehrig

44575180Who is the Riverdale Ripper? And why is Jughead waking up covered in blood?

Everyone knows the characters from Riverdale: popular Archie Andrews, girl-next-door Betty Cooper, angsty Jughead Jones, and the sophisticated Veronica Lodge. But this is not the Riverdale you know and love. Something twisted has awoken in the town with pep. Inspired by the iconic Archie Horror comics, this reimagined universe takes the grittiness of the TV show and adds a paranormal twist.

Someone is killing the citizens of Riverdale. And after a bloody full moon, Jughead realizes he is the killer! Jughead is a werewolf. Can he keep this secret from his friends — including werewolf-hunting Betty Cooper? Jughead has to get his dark side under control — before it is controlling him.

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“As far as Dalton Doiley was concerned, if he was going to die tonight, then a graveyard was as good a place to do it as any other.”

*Nerd Blast & Giveaway* The Vault of Horror

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SYNOPSIS

 

The Vault of HorrorWhen the history of horror comics was written, one name stood and still stands above the rest: EC Comics. With equal parts suspense, gore, camp, and morality tale, the triumvirate of EC’s horror output laid the groundwork for what was to come from many of the genre’s greatest writers and directors.

Now, AudioComics (a division of Pocket Universe Productions) presents EC COMICS PRESENTS… THE VAULT OF HORROR, its stories adapted and presented in an audio-rich fully immersive setting complete with a full cast, scoring, and soundscapes. This ghastly grimoire adapts issues #12 to #17 of the classic horror series, with werewolves, vampires, cutthroats, and numerous ne’er-do-wells!

Starring Kevin Grevioux (creator of the Underworld film franchise) as the Vault Keeper, and special guests Phil Proctor of the Firesign Theatre and Denise Poirier (MTV’s Æon Flux), the first season of VAULT is going to chill your spine and clam your palms! So put your headphones on and enter THE VAULT OF HORROR! It’s a real scream!

 
Director: WILLIAM DUFRIS
Sound Design: DAVID CHEN & CARLOS RODRIGUEZ SOUND
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Additional Post Production: MIND’S EYE PRODUCTIONS
Composers/Arrangements: FRANK SCHULMEYER
Cover Art: GEORGES JEANTY
Recorded at: MIND’S EYE PRODUCTIONS , PORTLAND, ME and INVISIBLE STUDIOS, LOS ANGELES, CA
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Giveaway:

Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter
 

– 1 Winner will receive an Exclusive Predecessor Series to EC Comics Presents… The Vault of Horror and Midnight  Matinees.

– 1 Winner will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card
Click on the image below to enter. Good Luck!
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ABOUT THE FOUNDERS

Lance Roger AxtLance Roger Axt (Co-Founder) was the creator/Producing Director of the audio theatre production company Play it by Ear Productions, through which he produced world-premiere radio one-acts for the award-winning anthology series “We Have Ignition,” and produced and co-directed a festival of original five-minute radio plays, You Have Five Minutes… before a live audience in Albuquerque, NM in 2009.

In addition, he produced a live re-creation of Norman Corwin’s legendary audio essay We Hold These Truths at the Canterbury Woods Auditorium in Pacific Grove, CA (2005), followed by a series of old-time radio re-creations on the Central Coast, “Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear” (2007 – 2010)

Lance is the former Vice President of the National Audio Theatre Festivals, Inc., an organization dedicated to the education and promotion of contemporary audio theatre, and was a six-time attendee at the Festivals’ Audio Theatre Workshop in Missouri, where he directed the world premiere of Knocking on Heaven’s Door, written by comics legend JM DeMatteis (2011). He also produced the NATF’s “Audio Art of Animation” workshop in Hollywood, and is one of the co-creators of the Norman Corwin Award for Excellence in Audio Theatre, the only award of its kind in America honoring life achievement in audio theatre/radio drama. He has also narrated over two-dozen audiobooks for Audible Studios and Audible ACX.

A classically-trained actor (MFA, Trinity Rep Conservatory in Rhode Island) who has performed off-Broadway and with regional theatres in New England, Lance is also a produced playwright (Chasing Dragons), and has been commissioned to write a screenplay for a new production company in Los Angeles. Short fiction published by 01 Publishing and Pro Se Press (forthcoming). He is currently working on both full-length play and screenplay #2; on a graphic novel set in 1930’s Hollywood; and on his first YA prose trilogy.

AUDIOCOMICS COMPANY CREDITS:
Actor: NORM (Starstruck); Alec Killian (Titanium Rain, Episode One); Howard Deutchman (Honey West: Murder on Mars); Mayor Percy J. Benbough (The Domino Lady: Welcome to San Diego…); General Todd McAlister (Battle for LA); Sgt. Brian Mulcahy (The Perhapanauts: Monsters Among Us, or Chimaera Wanna Tellya Somethin’); Medulla (Molly Danger, Episode One: Mighty); Det. Donoghue/Timothy Lathrop (The Starling Project); Al Grubb and Ensemble (Locke and Key)

Director: The Domino Lady: All’s Fair in War (2012); Battle for LA (2013);
Co-Producer on all AudioComics Company productions (except HorrorScopes). Adapted Battle for LA for audio, and co-adapted Molly Danger, Episode One: Mighty.
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William DufrisWilliam Dufris (Co-Founder) began his audio career in London (radio plays, audio books, film/animation dubbing, language tapes), where he resided for 13 years. During this time, he had the privilege of sharing the microphone in a number of BBC Radio plays with Kathleen Turner, Sharon Gless, Stockard Channing, and Helena Bonham-Carter. He worked with legendary director Dirk Maggs (of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy fame) on his audio drama productions of The Amazing Spider-Man (where he voiced the title role of Peter Parker), Judge Dredd, Voyage, and An American Werewolf in London. He is best known as the original voice of Bob the Builder in the popular children’s show Bob The Builder for the US and Canada (series 1-9).

These experiences led Dufris to co-found the audio production company The Story Circle, Ltd in the UK, which produced audio theatre programs for numerous publishers. Upon returning to the US, Dufris founded Mind’s Eye Productions, and co-founded AudioComics, for which he has been producer, director, actor and engineer. He was also a guest artist at the National Audio Theatre Festival’s 2005, 2006, and 2007 Workshops, appearing in the world premiere works The Best Place to Grow Pumpkins, Rewind, Extra-Ordinary, and Histories, and directed Arigon Starr’s audio comedy Super Indian for Native Voices at the Autry Center in Los Angeles.

With over a thousand audiobooks to his credit, Bill is a multiple finalist for the APA’s prestigious Audie Award (winning in 2012 for The Murder of the Century), has garnered numerous Golden Earphones Awards through AudioFile Magazine, and was named by AudioFile as “One Of The Best Voices At The End Of The Century.”

AUDIOCOMICS COMPANY CREDITS:
Director: Starstruck (2010); HorrorScopes (2011); Honey West: Murder on Mars; Titanium Rain, Episode One (2012); Gamadin: Word of Honor; Molly Danger, Episode One: Mighty; The Perhapanauts: Monsters Among Us, or Chimaera Wanna Tellya Somethin’ (2013); The Starling Project (2014); Locke & Key (2015)

Actor: Dwannyun of Griivarr and Orga the Killer Cyborg (Starstruck); Ensemble roles (HorrorScopes); Lt. Mark Storm (Honey West: Murder on Mars); Austin Briggs (Molly Danger, Episode One: Mighty); and Karl the Mothman (The Perhapanauts: Monsters Among Us, or Chimaera Wanna Tellya Somethin’)

Co-Producer on all AudioComics productions.
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ABOUT POCKET UNIVERSE PRODUCTIONS
Pocket Universe Productions creates fully immersive “audio movies”, adapted from science fiction, fantasy, horror, and thriller prose, as well as from stage plays and graphic novels.

Founded by Lance Roger Axt and William Dufris, Pocket Universe elevates audio fiction to a whole new level by offering the best stories from the best writers and utilizing professional voice actors and richly layered soundscapes and music in order to provide stellar audio entertainment.

Pocket Universe is also one of very few production companies that brings a unique collaborative approach to the medium by working in partnership with independent creators and writers, guiding them through the process of adapting their stories for audio, all the while ensuring no unwelcome viewpoint is foisted onto their creations. Pocket Universe offers a second life for any creator’s story, via a medium that promises to present that creation to an entirely new audience.

Pocket Universe plans to expand our reach into the worlds of video games and animation, bringing the same quality found in our full-cast productions to the audio components of these forms of entertainment. Pocket Universe is also developing an original line of creator-owned properties for trans-media options and sales to the entertainment industry, including Mr. Dufris’ Twice Upon a Time, and Mr. Axt’s Plunder and Sight Unseen.

 
PHOTO CREDIT: ALL PHOTOS ARE OWNED BY POCKET UNIVERSE PRODUCTIONS
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*First Line Friday 1/10/20* We Used To Be Friends- Amy Spalding

43908961. sy475 Two best friends grow up—and grow apart—in this innovative contemporary YA novel 

Told in dual timelines—half of the chapters moving forward in time and half moving backward—We Used to Be Friends explores the most traumatic breakup of all: that of childhood besties. At the start of their senior year in high school, James (a girl with a boy’s name) and Kat are inseparable, but by graduation, they’re no longer friends. James prepares to head off to college as she reflects on the dissolution of her friendship with Kat while, in alternating chapters, Kat thinks about being newly in love with her first girlfriend and having a future that feels wide open. Over the course of senior year, Kat wants nothing more than James to continue to be her steady rock, as James worries that everything she believes about love and her future is a lie when her high-school sweetheart parents announce they’re getting a divorce. Funny, honest, and full of heart, We Used to Be Friends tells of the pains of growing up and growing apart.

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“By the time you realize that you’re thirsty, it’s too late. You’re already dehydrated. Therefore, it stands to reason that if you feel the end coming, you’re already there.”

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? 1/6/20

It’s Monday again and my first full week back after the holidays.

I’m going to be trying new this year with my reading and try to read at least one classic a month. This month I’ll be reading something that will make me stay out of the sunshine…

This week I’m going to read an arc that I won off of Goodreads and a classic horror novel.

What are you reading?

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Universal Love- Alexander Weinstein

45186616A hypnotic collection of speculative fiction about compassion, love, and human resilience in the technological hyper-age, from Alexander Weinstein, author of Children of the New World

Universal Love welcomes readers to a near-future world where our everyday technologies have fundamentally altered the possibilities and limits of how we love one another. In these gripping stories, a young boy tries to understand what keeps his father tethered to the drowned city they call home. A daughter gets to know her dead mother’s hologram better than she ever knew her living mother. And, at a time when unpleasant memories can be erased, a man undergoes electronic surgery to have his depression, and his past, forever removed.

In an age when technology offers the easiest cures for loneliness, the characters within these stories must wrestle with what it means to stay human in an increasingly cybernetic future, and how love can endure even the most alluring upgrades.

In the vein of Weinstein’s critically-acclaimed first collection, Universal Love is a visionary book, written with one foot in the real world and one stepping bravely into the future.

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Dracula- Bram Stoker

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When Jonathan Harker visits Transylvania to help Count Dracula purchase a London house, he makes horrifying discoveries in his client’s castle. Soon afterwards, disturbing incidents unfold in England: an unmanned ship is wrecked; strange puncture marks appear on a young woman’s neck, and a lunatic asylum inmate raves about the imminent arrival of his ‘Master’. In the ensuing battle of wits between the sinister Count and a determined group of adversaries, Bram Stoker created a masterpiece of the horror genre, probing into questions of identity, sanity and the dark corners of Victorian sexuality and desire.

 

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*First Line Friday- 1/3/20* Nameless Queen- Rebecca McLaughlin

28173303One girl must make a name for herself–or die trying –in this royal fantasy where an unknown peasant becomes the ultimate ruler. But how long can she keep the crown if everyone wants her dead? Perfect for fans of Furyborn, Red Queen, and Everless.

Everyone expected the king’s daughter would inherit the throne. No one expected me.

It shouldn’t even be possible. I’m Nameless, a class of citizens so disrespected, we don’t even get names. Heck, dozens of us have been going missing for months and no one seems to care.

But there’s no denying the tattoo emblazoned on my arm. I am queen. In a palace where the corridors are more dangerous the streets, though, how could I possibly rule? And what will become of the Nameless if I don’t?

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“I wake up the same way I fell asleep: knife in hand, boots for a pillow, and Nameless.”

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? 12/30/19

The new year is almost upon us. I don’t know about you but this year felt as if it flew by.

This week I’m going to read a book that I was asked to review on Netgalley, an arc that I received from the publisher, and a book that I just purchased.

What are you reading this week?

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True Story- Kate Reed Petty

49017632A propulsive, dazzlingly original novel about the fifteen-year fallout from a poisonous high school rumor, exploring how stories from the past can come to define who we are.

A gifted and reclusive ghostwriter, Alice Lovett makes a living helping other people tell their stories. But she is haunted by the one story she cannot tell: the story of, as she puts it, “the things that happened while I was asleep.”

Back in 1999, Nick Brothers and his high school lacrosse team return for their senior year in a well-to-do Baltimore suburb as the reigning state champs. The afterglow of their big win is bound to last until graduation; not even the pressure of college applications can get in the way of their fun. But when a private school girl attempts suicide in the wake of one of the team’s “legendary” parties, and a rumor begins to circulate that two of Nick’s teammates sexually assaulted her, it seems like it might ruin everything–until the team circles the wagons, casts doubt on the story, and the town moves on.

But not everyone does. Fifteen years later, four people–Alice, Nick, a documentary filmmaker, and a wealthy entrepreneur–remain haunted by the roles they played, the things they still don’t understand, and how the story has shaped their lives. In sections told from different points of view, each more propulsive than the last, the layers of mystery are gradually peeled back as we barrel toward the truth of what really happened that night . . . and what came after. At once a compulsive page-turner and a thought-provoking exploration of issues both timely and timeless, True Story marks the debut of a phenomenal new voice in fiction.

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Havenfall- Sara Holland

48342370. sy475 A safe haven between four realms. The girl sworn to protect it–at any cost. New York Times bestselling author Sara Holland crafts a breathtaking new contemporary fantasy perfect for fans of Melissa Albert and Holly Black.

Hidden deep in the mountains of Colorado lies the Inn at Havenfall, a sanctuary that connects ancient worlds–each with their own magic–together. For generations, the inn has protected all who seek refuge within its walls, and any who disrupt the peace can never return.

For Maddie Morrow, summers at the inn are more than a chance to experience this magic first-hand. Havenfall is an escape from reality, where her mother sits on death row accused of murdering Maddie’s brother. It’s where Maddie fell in love with handsome Fiorden soldier Brekken. And it’s where one day she hopes to inherit the role of Innkeeper from her beloved uncle.

But this summer, the impossible happens–a dead body is found, shattering everything the inn stands for. With Brekken missing, her uncle gravely injured, and a dangerous creature on the loose, Maddie suddenly finds herself responsible for the safety of everyone in Havenfall. She’ll do anything to uncover the truth, even if it means working together with an alluring new staffer Taya, who seems to know more than she’s letting on. As dark secrets are revealed about the inn itself, one thing becomes clear to Maddie–no one can be trusted, and no one is safe . . .

Sara Holland takes the lush fantasy that captured readers in Everless and Evermore and weaves it into the real world to create a wholly captivating new series where power and peril lurk behind every door.

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The Rebel of Raleigh High- Callie Hart

45712191. sy475 * The Rebel of Raleigh High is the first book in the Raleigh Rebels Series. Please be advised, this book comes with a trigger warning. Intended for readers 17+ *

Silver

Hit me.

Kick me.

Hurt me.

Hate me.

There’s nothing that the students of Raleigh High can do to Silver Parisi anymore. Over the past year, she’s had to endure more pain and suffering than most people are asked to bear in their lifetimes. She’s a pariah, an outcast, a ghost. She’s also never been one to take shit lying down, though…despite what half the football team might say. With only one hundred and sixty-eight days left of the school year, it won’t be long until graduation, and Silver’s planning on skipping town and leaving Raleigh firmly in her rearview mirror… Until he comes along…AlexOrphan. Degenerate.Reprobate.Deviant. Alex Moretti’s earned most of his labels, and he’s not ashamed of a single one of them. He’ll earn far worse before he’s finished with his new found ‘friends’ at Raleigh High. Having spent years being ground down under the boot heel of society, it’s time for a little payback. And if exacting revenge upon the heads of the Raleigh elite means he can also help the beautiful girl who hovers in the shadows, then that’s all for the better. Oil and water. Fire and ice. The differences between Silver and Alex are broader than any chasm. To reach one another, they must take a leap of faith and fall into the divide. And falling? Nothing good ever came from falling.

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