Friday, September 9, 2016

Call for Stories for Licensed Deadworld Anthology to be Published by RAB THIS Halloween


Deadworld, one of the oldest zombie graphic novels in existence, has teamed up with Riverdale Avenue Books to publish a prose anthology of short stories for Halloween 2016.
The editors are looking for stories that firmly take place in the existing Deadworld universe (see links), but expand the characters and situations in new and creative ways.
A little bit about the Deadworld universe:
Deadworld was launched by Arrow Comics in 1986 and published by various entities through today.
This shortened synopsis covers about 2000 pages of art and story. But it should give an idea.
The initial storyline was essentially a group of teens traveling around on a school bus, being chased by zombies. After the first few issues, a militant group was brought in. The story centered on the military group fighting the zombies and the original teens\ soon became either separated or dead. Another cast of characters was introduced and this group was in Michigan and they made for the Upper Peninsula to escape the zombies. The second volume relaunched Deadworld and continued the storyline from the first volume. Many of the story plots were wrapped up and the Voodoo Queen was introduced who competed with King Zombie for control of the zombies. The Dead Killer, introduced in a back up series of the first volume, spun off into his own miniseries that took place between volumes one and two and became a regular in volume two. At the end of the second volume, the Tattoo mini-series was released.

Deadworld was relaunched in 2006 via Image Comics. This new series (volume 3) was a complete reboot. Deadworld had been around for nearly 20 years and it was nearly impossible to expect fans to pickup on all the storylines. So, the teens were reintroduced and the story soon departed from the original although many of the major characters remain. The mini-series, Requiem for the World, was followed by Frozen Over, which took place in New York and then Slaughterhouse brought the focus back to the primary characters.

War of the Dead DID come out in 2012 and it was followed by Restoration in 2014.  Both were nominated for a few industry awards and both won the Ghastly Award for Best in Horror mini-series. IDW has also reprinted much of the older Deadworld in addition to releasing an original graphic novel, The Last Siesta

This will be a Riverdale Avenue Book in the new horror line, Afraid!.  We pay quarterly 33% royalties on digital and 8% on print.  Royalties will be split on a pro rata share amongst the authors. There is foreign interest in this topic.

We will publish this book by the end of October ONLINE AND IN PRINT as a paperback, so the deadline is October 8. Stories should be between 1200 and 5000 words.  If you have something longer, please email us directly at submissions@riverdaleavebooks.com.

Below are links to the series guidelines, character descriptions and back issues.

Deadworld Reference Guide

Voices from the Deadworld- a chronicle of the story from different perspectives in one-page narrations.

Deadworld: Requiem for the World- the graphic novel that "rebooted" Deadworld and the first in the current storyline.

Deadworld: Slaughterhouse- The second volume of current series.

Deadworld: War of the Dead- The third of four of the current series

Deadworld: Restoration:  The fourth of four of the current series.

Deadworld Chronicles: Short Stories set in Deadworld.

Deadworld Archives 1:  The original series and including the first 4 issues of the very first DW series.

Deadworld Archives 2: The second volume of Deadworld from the late 1980s.

Deadworld Archives 3:  The third (of six) collecting the original series.

Deadworld Archives 4: The fourth (of six) collecting the original series.

Deadworld Archives 5:  The fifth (of six) the original series in the 1990s.

Deadword Archives 6: Final volume collecting the original series of Deadworld from the 1990s.

Friday, September 2, 2016

RAB Resurrects Samhain's Horror Line


As the innovative digital publisher Samhain rebrands to focus its efforts on its Romance division, award-winning hybrid publisher Riverdale Avenue Books will publish some of the authors and titles from the Samhain Horror line.

Samhain publisher Christina Brashear and Riverdale Avenue Books Publisher Lori Perkins have been friends and colleagues in the evolving digital publishing landscape for the past decade. Perkins has also been an active participant in the horror community for more than 30 years and wanted to launch a new horror initiative in what she sees as a burgeoning horror renaissance as evidenced by the audience for The Walking Dead, American Horror Story and Stranger Things.  

“I have great admiration for Samhain’s horror line,” said Perkins.  “I am hoping that with inventive marketing and traditional support, we can bring these cutting edge titles to a larger audience.”

Brashear added, “Lori’s heart has always belonged to horror and she will bring all of her expertise in fresh and creative marketing concepts she learned in the romance industry to the horror market.”

Perkins was one of the founding members of the Horror Writers of America and acted as a liaison between the East and West coast between Dean Koontz and Charlie Grant. As a literary agent, she represented the early careers of Chris Golden, ghostbusters Ed and Lorraine Warren, Katherine Ramsland, Ray Garton and Jim V. Smith, Jr.  She has sold more than 200 horror novels and created the anthology HUNGRY FOR YOUR LOVE (St. Martins’ Press), the first zombie romance title published by mainstream publishing.

To that end, Riverdale Avenue Books is launching its new horror line, Afraid!, in October with the publication of two exciting licensed anthologies: Deadworld, the oldest zombie graphic novel, and a supernatural anthology with the Morris-Jumel Mansion, the oldest historic house in New York City.

Riverdale's Philosophy and Goals

We believe that horror is just as consumable a market as romance, with the potential to reach three generations and all genders. We feel that today’s horror reader is a middle-aged woman, her teen-aged children and her parents who grew up on horror films.  Since 80% of all readers of e-books in America today are women, Riverdale’s horror line will be targeted towards those readers.  Riverdale hopes to develop that kind of audience for today’s horror novel.

Where the horror novel was once targeted to suburban white young men, Riverdale’s line will be aimed at three generations of female readers, especially the goth audience.  It will be ethnically, generationally and geographically diverse and will explore the fears of being female/gender queer, young or old in our society.  We also expect the line to feature novels about women and children who kill and those that should fear them.

Riverdale’s titles are regularly submitted for awards in genre competitions, as well as industry-wide awards, such as the Independent Publishers Association, and The Lambda Literary Awards.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Call for Book Cover Art for Morris Jumel Mansion Anthology



ARTISTS CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: BOOK COVER
MORRIS-JUMEL MANSION ANTHOLOGY OF FANTASY AND PARANORMAL FICTION

The Morris-Jumel Mansion, in connection with Riverdale Avenue Books, is publishing an anthology of fantasy and paranormal fiction based on the Morris-Jumel Mansion, Manhattan’s oldest house. The working title for our anthology is “The Morris-Jumel Mansion Anthology of Fantasy and Paranormal Fiction.” The by-line is “edited by Camilla Saly-Monzingo.”

We are looking for a cover design that reflects the paranormal and/or fantasy aspect of the anthology, and features an image of the Morris-Jumel Mansion as part of the design.  The deadline for submissions is Friday, September 9th, 2016.

Finalists in the book cover design competition will display their work at the Morris-Jumel Mansion as part of a gallery show. If your book cover design is selected as the cover of the published book, you will receive a $100 honorarium from Riverdale Avenue Books, and your name will appear in the book as a byline for your cover artwork. Your submission will also be the featured as the first place winner in a gallery exhibit of book cover submissions that will be held at the Morris-Jumel Mansion.

Submissions must include an image of the Morris-Jumel Mansion as part of the book cover design. You may visit the Mansion and take a picture, or create artwork by painting, sketching or designing work on your computer yourself, or you may utilize any public domain photograph or artwork depicting the mansion. Non-public domain images may not be used. The Mansion’s website, http://www.morrisjumel.org, may be used as a reference, but the non-public domain photographs on that website are the property of the Mansion and associated photographers, and may not be used.

Please be inspired by the content of the anthology: Fantasy and Paranormal Fiction.

You may choose to include a font and display the title and editor’s name, but text is not a requirement of this call for submissions. If you do choose to include text in your book cover image, you must retain the ability to change the text and font on your book cover submission, so that the title and editor’s name will appear correctly.

Each image should be sent as a jpeg (300 dpi, 2500 pixels on height x 1667 on width is best ratio). Please attach all submissions in an email to mjmanthology@gmail.com, with your legal name and any pseudonym, should you wish to use one. You must also include contact information, including your address and a phone number through which you can be reached.

A Brief Overview of the History of the Morris-Jumel Mansion:

Built in 1765, The Morris-Jumel Mansion was designed and built by Roger Morris, for himself and his wife, Mary Philipse. As loyal subjects of the British Crown, when the rumblings of the Revolutionary War began to be felt in New York, Morris and his wife fled to England. The house then served as headquarters for George Washington during the Battle of Harlem Heights, and after the war it had a brief stint as a tavern, and President George Washington’s Cabinet held a formal dinner there. Among the guests were Martha Washington, Alexander and Eliza Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, Henry Knox, John Adams and others. Hessian soldiers in the employ of the British Crown were housed there after George Washington’s army lost New York, and history records that a Hessian soldier fell on his bayonet, probably on the staircase of the house, and died as a result of his wounds. There is also a record of a housemaid hanging herself, although the reasons for that are unknown.

Several decades after the Revolution, the Mansion was purchased by Stephen and Eliza Jumel, originally serving as their country home, but becoming Eliza Jumel’s full-time residence for the greater portion of her long life. Eliza Jumel lived to the age of 90, dying in 1865. Her rags-to-riches story is one of the most compelling in American History. Eliza was born in a brothel in 1775, and rose up through society, eventually marrying a successful French wine merchant. Remaining in France for lengthy stays, her husband’s business faltered, while Eliza, armed with her husband’s “power of attorney” in New York, made investments and, through her business acumen, tripled his fortune. Upon the death of Stephen Jumel, Eliza married Aaron Burr, probably because of his social stature. Burr most likely married Eliza for her money, but when he played fast and loose with her fortune, she divorced him. Interestingly, he died the day the divorce was granted, but hours before it became official, thus granting Eliza the benefit of calling herself “Eliza Jumel Burr” as it suited her, for the remainder of her life. It is Eliza Jumel who many believe still haunts the Mansion, as many paranormal investigators, visitors and employees of the Mansion attest – to this very day. For further fascinating stories about the Morris-Jumel Mansion and its inhabitants, or for answers to any questions, please email the editor, Camilla Saly-Monzingo, at mjmanthology@gmail.com.

We look forward to your submissions!

Sincerely,
Camilla Saly-Monzingo
Editor
Morris-Jumel Mansion Anthology of Fantasy and Paranormal Fiction

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Just Pubbed, Ground-breaking Anthology Outside the XY: Queer, Black and Brown Masculinity


­ Outside the XY: Queer, Black and Brown Masculinity is an anthology of more than 50 stories, memories, poems, ideas, essays and letters--all examining what it looks like, feels like, and is like to inhabit masculinity outside of cis-gendered manhood as people of color in the world. Read these passionate, complex autobiographical glimpses into the many layers of identity as the authors offer olive branches to old and new lovers.

The ground-breaking anthology was the brainchild of the bkyln boihood collective who brought together the unique voices of a movement to share often neglected experiences across queer and trans masculinity.

Morgan Mann Willis, the lead editor on the anthology, explained how the book came about. “Images have always been our primary vehicle of storytelling for bklyn boihood. We produce an annual calendar, manage visually-driven social media platforms and build archives of visual art from our community. But the way we connected and grew was born out of words and stories. This anthology is a web spun of words that explore love, sadness, regret, sex, support, hard questions, ideas and dreams for black and brown bois of color all over the world.”

bklyn boihood, now in it's sixth year, is a collective that champions the healthy, engaging and transformative identities of black and brown queer bois, transmen, AGs, studs, butches, doms, masculine of center lesbians, third gender and gender non-conforming people. "We are a collective and a family who works really hard to make room for the fullness of who we each are and how we identify. Masculinity and the way we've had to navigate it is a huge part of our lives. Most of us found each other pre-tumblr, pre-twitter, pre-instagram.  Pre-androgyny as fashion. We connected with one another through words and stories. They weren't always eloquent or pretty," says Morgan Mann Willis, the anthology's lead editor, "but they were ours to tell." 

The commitment to the collective's roots ensures that the anthology does not read like a textbook; more like a confessional. It reads like a bunch of bois got together and started sharing the experiences of their lives. "This collection is the resource we wish we had access to growing up. It just continues the tradition of building real connections through vulnerability and honesty--and makes us accessible to one another and we need that desperately. This book is a part of ensuring we are never erased from the consciousness of this earth," says Ryann Holmes, co-founder of bklyn boihood and an anthology contributor.

The goal of the anthology was to be uplifting, to consider and explore the authors’ various masculine identities as non cis-gendered males, or those traditionally born with the "XY" chromosome, which the collective considers “a radical act of self-love and affirmation.” 

Said the editors, “Outside the XY has been a labor of love, honesty, writing and representation in ways that as a collective, we never dreamed possible. We are excited to share this book with the world and grateful that the contributors shared their world with us.” 

About Bklyn Boihood

bklyn boihood is Brooklyn-based, national collective that organizes events, collaborations, workshops, media projects dedicated to embracing the diaspora of masculinity in queer and trans bois of color. Our mission is to support ourselves and our communities as we collectively redefine queer masculinity through storytelling, community-building and adventure crafting. Core members (2016): Chino Hardin, Van Bailey, Morgan Mann Willis, Ryann Holmes and Zahyr Lauren .Learn more about our work: www.bklynboihood.com


Friday, July 15, 2016

RAB Publishes M/M Valley of the Dudes to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Susann Classic

Riverdale Avenue Books has just released Valley of the Dudes by Ryan Field to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking classic, Valley of the Dolls.
       Lambda-award-winning author Ryan Field, who has been known for parodying heteronormative romance classics, explained his approach to writing his novel, “I'd always considered Valley of the Dolls a game-changer in publishing, pop culture, and in film. I've always believed it was part of the forefront of the sexual revolution, and it broke those proverbial grounds that lead the way for other books like it to enter the mainstream.”
       Field added, “I also think it’s a little ironic, if not symbolic, that the 50 year anniversary of Valley of the Dolls coincides so closely with the 50 year anniversary of the Gay Liberation movement. Valley of the Dolls and Gay Liberation were both part of an era that helped define sexuality and equality today.”
       Said Riverdale Avenue Books Publisher, Lori Perkins,” It’s amazing how relevant Susann’s classic remains today as we wade through the flood of celebrity worship and scandal that Susann predicted. Ryan’s re-imaging shows just how universal her vision was when it is brought forward 50 years and genders are changed, and it is still a powerful tale of the cost of fame and fortune.”

Thursday, July 14, 2016

To Celebrate Bastille Day, French Men on Sale


French Men HALF PRICE to Celebrate Bastille Day
At Riverdale Avenue Books and AllRomanceEbooks

Riverdale, NY, July 14, 2016 – To celebrate Bastille Day, Riverdale Ave Books has put its popular M/M novel French Men by Adam Carpenter on sale through the weekend of July 21th, as well as the other four titles in Carpenter’s Passport to a Fling series.
The entire Passport to a Fling series, which features the search for love in Europe’s greatest cities by three gay friends, is half price at AllRomanceEbooks.com and on the Riverdale  Avenue Books website, riverdaleavebooks.com.
The Passport to a Fling series features the adventures of three gay men as they look for love in  their Favorite European cities.  The series begins with the short story, Passport to a Fling, and continues with Freddy’s adventures in Paris in French Men; Matt’s adventure in Italy with Italian Guys and Jake’s search for love in London with English Lads.  The fourth volume in the series, American Hunks, takes the reader from Paris to Los Angeles, New York to Tuscany, London to Nice, American Hunks, the fourth novel  as the adventures of Matt, Freddie, and Jake culminate in a surprise wedding
To get the discount at Rveraleavebooks.com, please use the following codes:
FrenchBastille2016
EnglishBastille2016
ItalianBastille2016
AmericanBastille2016
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Thursday, July 7, 2016

ReLaunching the Dagger Imprint with The Ripper Letter by Best-selling Author Katherine Ramsland




Riverdale Avenue Books is relaunching its Dagger mystery/thriller line with the publication of The Ripper Letter, the first novel in The Hearts of Darkness series by best-selling author and forensic psychologist Dr. Katherine Ramsland.


The dark thriller involves a missing letter penned by Jack the Ripper, a secret society of autopsy enthusiasts, an occult code and angels.


"When I learned that a letter once attributed to Jack the Ripper was missing from police files, I thought, 'What if it's missing for a supernatural reason?' This launched my search though ancient codes and biblical history to create a universe in which Jack the Ripper had elevated motives.” Explained Katherine Ramsland. “I used an actual Ripper suspect with occult leanings to entice my female detective into a dangerously erotic arena."


“I am so thrilled to be working with Kathie Ramsland on this exciting, unique paranormal murder series. It’s perfect for our list,” said Publisher Lori Perkins.


Dean Koontz called Ramsland’s Ghost: Investigating the Other Side, “The best book of its kind I’ve ever read,” and Publisher’s Weekly stated that “Ramsland is a master of foreboding.” Whitley Streiber found The Heat Seekers to be a “gem” and said, “Katherine Ramsland is a marvelous novelist, who approaches her subject with chilling, fascinating inner knowledge.”


The Dagger imprint will be publishing a mystery/thriller title every month with the next title being the second novel in the pop culture near future thriller Macroglint series, The Weekend at Prism by John Patrick Kavanagh.