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I’m Buying 99 Cents Books In November

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, authors, crime thriller, fiction, horror, Kindle, nonfiction, thriller, Twitter with tags , , , , on October 31, 2020 by Armand Rosamilia

I’ve decided to put my money where my mouth is (or whatever that expression is) and support my fellow authors

Every day in November (all 30 of ’em) I will be purchasing a 99 cents e-book I think I’d enjoy reading in the future

It could be a horror book, or a crime thriller or a nonfiction… or maybe something else completely different I want to check out

Each day I’ll post my choice and a link for you to perhaps join me and buy a copy as well.

Just my small way of giving back to this great community, gain some karma points, and get some great reads!

I’ll also be using #NovemberReads as well as #WritersLift and #WritingCommunity on my Twitter posts as well. Follow my on twitter at @ArmandAuthor

Beers and Fears:Flight Night Virtual Release Party

Posted in anthology, Armand Rosamilia, authors, beers and fears, book signing, chuck buda, Facebook, frank edler, horror, tim meyer on June 3, 2020 by Armand Rosamilia

Saturday June 27th 6-10pm EST

 

Authors Tim Meyer, Chuck Buda, Frank Edler and Armand Rosamilia (as well as some cool special guests) invite you to a Beers N Fears virtual event for our latest book.

Since we can’t do the normal brewery tour, we’re taking it to you. In your living room. Kitchen. Wherever.

Grab a beer and sit back and relax while we chat about the latest release, previous tour highlights, and chat with some of the other authors that have been on tour with us as well as some of the breweries themselves!

We’ll even have some nifty prizes, too!

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Yard Full of Bones Release Date And More!

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, authors, fiction, horror, jay wilburn with tags , , , on February 13, 2018 by Armand Rosamilia

Coming From Unnerving

May 22: Yard Full of Bones (a novel) by Armand Rosamilia and Jay Wilburn $4.99

PLUS several other great releases!

https://www.unnervingmagazine.com/single-post/2018/02/12/2018-AnnouncementSale

Authors Supporting Our Troops Winding Down #ASOT2016

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, ASOT2014, ASOT2015, ASOT2016, authors, Facebook with tags , , , , , on August 9, 2016 by Armand Rosamilia

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It’s been a truly remarkable run for the Authors Supporting Our Troops event the past three years. With your help we’ve been able to collect over 7,500 author-signed books for soldiers in remote areas of the world. We’ve helped put smiles on faces. Let a soldier forget about where they are for a few hours and read some good books. 

But as the end of 2016 approaches in a few months I had to take a hard look at what is going to be the future instead of just the past. 

While our goal of breaking the 3,500 books in won’t be happening (we’re currently sitting at about 1,000) I think it’s also a good sign. It is getting harder to find soldiers in remote areas thanks to troops being pulled from bad places and sent to bases in neutral or allied countries. We’ve raised enough money to send out the books we have and any stray boxes coming in from authors who still want to take part in this great event. 

I’m going to set a ‘soft’ cutoff date of November 1st 2016 to get me your signed books. What this means: I’ll still take them after the date but not going to push it or announce it. You’ll only read it here, on this post. Once I amass enough books (50 per box usually) I’ll search for another soldier to ship out to. 

Going forward… I’m sure there will be a small event in 2017. It might only be a 2-3 month window where I will be actively collecting signed books as well as soldiers. 

Speaking of soldiers: I need a few more addresses to send the boxes already sealed to ship, so if you know anyone in a remote area (any branch of military) please email me asap so I can get them books. Email is  armandrosamilia (at) gmail (dot) com

It has been my honor to run this event for the past three years and the level of authors and people donating has been unreal. I want to thank each and every one of you for being so generous.

The Authors Supporting Our Troops Facebook Page will stay active as well. 

Armand

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YOUR Favorite Horror Books – May 31st Edition

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, authors, horror with tags , , , on May 31, 2016 by Armand Rosamilia

Sadly, this will be the last installment of what I thought would be a fun exercise in helping other authors… not many people suggested books and I’m not going to ‘remind’ people to get their suggestions in. Also, far too many authors tried to suggest their own books or posted on the comments even though I said not to. Once some authors saw it was to help other authors and not themselves they tuned out. Very sad. 

Here are the final suggestions. I want to thank everyone who played along and tried to help authors as well as have some fun with this:

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Based on the best-selling, award-winning graphic novel series Locke & Key – written by acclaimed suspense novelist Joe Hill (NOS4A2, Horns) and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez – this multicast, fully dramatized audio production brings the images and words to life.

A brutal and tragic event drives the Locke family from their home in California to the relative safety of their ancestral estate in Lovecraft, Massachusetts, an old house with powerful keys and fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them. As siblings Tyler, Kinsey, and Bode Locke discover the secrets of the old house, they also find that it’s home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all….

Featuring performances by Haley Joel Osment (Entourage, The Sixth Sense), Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Kate Mulgrew (Orange Is the New Black, Star Trek: Voyager), Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez, and Stephen King (The Stand, 11-22-63), as well as a cast of more than 50 voice actors, this audio production preserves the heart-stopping impact of the graphic novel’s astounding artwork through the use of richly imagined sound design and a powerful original score.

*Locke & Key contains explicit language and adult situations.

(suggested by Malinda Gibson, who said: it scared the be-jesus outta me)

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Human flesh tacos, hardcore wrestling, and angry cannibal Mexicans…
Welcome to the Border!

The no-man’s land on the United States/Mexico border is the perfect place for getting away with any crime. With the right connections and with the right amount of money you can run drugs, smuggle people, commit murder, and do much worse.

Felix and Marta came to Mexico to film a documentary on illegal immigration. When Marta suddenly goes missing, Felix must find his lost love in the small border town. A dangerous place housing corrupt cops, borderline maniacs, drug gangs and something much worse… something to do with a strange Mexican food cart…

From Shane McKenzie, one of the most imaginative new voices in horror comes a south-of-the-border Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

(suggested by Frank Edler, who said: MUERTE CON CARNE is easily the best horror story I’ve read in quite some time. Author Shane McKenzie evokes the brutal spirit of Richard Laymon and finishes with an ending so dark it makes the bleakest ending of a Brian Keene novel look like the Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah finale in Song of the South. MUERTE CON CARNE is tacos, luchadores and long pig and that’s just the fun parts!)

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Vivienne realizes she is dying. All she wants to do is see her daughter Giselle one last time and apologise. But Giselle no longer exists and it is Crow, a gender-queer anarchist, who returns to a family home that is plagued by ghosts and violent memories.

With the help of a shaman ze met in a dream, Crow unravels terrifying family secrets, hoping to find closure at last. But can anyone survive the shadows that lurk behind these fairy tales?

(suggested by Jack Wallen)

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Armand’s Bonus Suggestion

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They’re coming. They are a race of sadistic spirits known as the Curburide, and they are about to arrive in our world, bringing with them horrors beyond imagination. The secret to summoning — and controlling — them has fallen into the hands of a beautiful, sexy and dangerously insane woman.

Ariana has dedicated her life to unleashing the demons in our realm through a series of human sacrifices, erotic rituals of seduction and slaughter. As she crosses the country, getting ever closer to completing her blood-drenched mission, only three figures stand in her way: Joe, an unwilling hero who has seen the horrors of the Curburide before, Alex, a burgeoning witch … and a spiteful demon with plans of his own.

(suggested by Armand who said: It’s really hard to pick just one of his books. Great author. Highly recommended. One of my favorites)

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Once again, thank you for everyone who suggested a book and played by the rules. I really do appreciate it!

Armand

YOUR Favorite Horror Books – May 24th 2016 Edition

Posted in authors, fiction, horror with tags , , , on May 24, 2016 by Armand Rosamilia

This summer I’ll be doing something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time… I want to recognize some great books in the horror fiction field. I also want to find some new books I might’ve missed myself, so…

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From the powerful imagination of a new horror master comes a bone-chilling tale set in a small town where good and evil are joined in a terrifying, deadly battle. . .

Evil Endures

Once an idyllic Pennsylvania village, Pine Deep awoke one morning to find itself bathed in a massive bloodletting. Twice in thirty years the townsfolk have endured the savage hungers of a murderous madman. . .but if the residents think the death of serial killer Karl Ruger put an end to the carnage, they’re dead wrong.

The Nightmare Never Ends

Bodies mutilated beyond description, innocents driven to acts of vicious madness. A monstrous evil is preying on the living–and the dead–and turning the quiet little town into hell on earth. Their only hope is to find the source. But the secrets that lurk in the heart of Pine Deep are twisted into its very roots. This time the townspeople aren’t just fighting for their lives, but for their very souls…

(suggested by Nina D’Arcangela)

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For over two decades, Detective Ray Truman has been searching for the killer or killers who have terrorized Portvale. Headless corpses, their bodies mutilated and posed, have been turning up all over the industrial district near the docks. The remains of young female prostitutes have been the killer’s victims of choice, but now other districts are reporting the gruesome discovery of decapitated bodies. It seems the killer has expanded his territory as more ‘nice girls’ feel the wrath of his terrible rage. This horrifically disturbing tale of a family tree of evil will embed itself in the mind of the reader, long after the last page has been turned. A crime thriller in the vein of other power-packed thrillers like Thomas Harris’s ‘Silence of the Lambs’ and James Ellroy’s ‘Killer on the Road.’

Meet the Cunninghams . . .
A family bound by evil and the blood they have spilled. The large lodging-house they live in and operate on Artaud Avenue reeks of death and the sins that remain trapped beneath the floorboards.

Meet Caleb Cunningham . . .
Caleb is a disturbed young man whose violent father is a suspected serial killer and mother, an insane alcoholic. After his Father’s suicide, Cunningham’s disturbing fantasy-life becomes reality as he begins his killing spree in earnest. His identical twin brother Charlie is to be released from an asylum and all hell is about to break loose when the brothers combine their psychopathic talents. Eventually stepping out from the shadows of his murderous forebears, Caleb puts in motion his own diabolical plan to reveal himself and his ‘art’ to the world. He’s a true aesthete. An artist of death. His various ‘installations’ have not received the status he feels they deserve, so Caleb is expanding his ‘canvas.’

Meet Ray Truman . . .
A tragic cop whose personal demons won’t let him rest. Overworked and underpaid, Truman is tenacious as a pit-bull. He won’t rest ‘til he’s brought to justice Portvale’s infamous serial killer. His battle with his own demons gives him the strength to chase the shadows and to cut corners when necessary, as he embarks on the hunt of his life. His search leads him to the Cunningham’s house of horrors. What he finds there will ultimately lead him to regret ever meeting Caleb Cunningham and the deviant family that spawned him. The hunter becomes the hunted as Truman digs deeper into the abyss that is the horrifying mind of the most dangerous psychopath he has ever met.

(suggested by Pheebz Jackson)

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Tormented by grief after his four-year-old daughter is murdered, Charles hears sinister whispers as he tries to discover the truth about Naomi’s death. But long-buried secrets threaten to take Charles to a place where he could lose his very soul. Aycliffe is a pseudonym for Daniel Easterman, the bestselling author of Brotherhood of the Tomb.

(suggested by Noelle Kelly)

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“The painting forced him to move back with such suddenness, he nearly fell over the side of the old wooden railing. It depicted a grisly scene, as if your worst nightmare had been splattered on canvas. Despite his mind screaming to look away, he could not avert his eyes” – Ancient

Keyport Cthulhu

Five stories with a Lovecraftian feel to them… set in the New Jersey fishing village of Keyport, where the Esoteric Order of Dagon has been planning for the awakening of the Deep One all these years…

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BARREN
CABAL
DAGON
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Includes two bonus stories, the steampunk tale “Rats In The Cellars” and “Cthulhunicorn” co-written with Katelynn Rosamilia

(suggested by Chuck Buda… and who can blame him, right?)

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Armand’s Bonus Suggestion

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Roaring south in a black Cadillac, John Smith is on the road trip from Hell through a nightmarish version of Americana, a place of rotting hollows and dusty crossroads, slaughterhouses and haunted trains. He doesn’t know how he woke up after sitting down in the electric chair, where he got the black suit with the slit up the back or even the cigarettes in his pocket. All he knows is that there is a woman guarding a great secret and he’s supposed to kill her.

(suggested by Armand Rosamilia, who said: Brilliantly written and the story will have you guessing at each page turn)

I am opening this blog up to suggestions from YOU!

I want YOU to give me one horror book suggestion you loved. It doesn’t have to be new. It doesn’t have to be a certain length or within a certain subgenre of horror (although I won’t be taking zombie or post apoc books on this website because I’ll be doing the same thing on my other site, http://DyingDaysZombie.com each week for that!) It just has to be something you liked enough to want to let the world know. Or the readers of this blog. 

You CANNOT CANNOT CANNOT suggest your own book. That is super tacky and frowned upon by management. 

I’ll be picking 3-5 each week and I’ll post it up each Tuesday on this site and the zombie/post apoc every Thursday. It’s free of charge. It’s just a way for me to not miss what is out there, too. Hopefully it will become a place where horror readers will enjoy some new suggestions, too. I’ll even let people know you proudly suggested it, too. 

Send me an email with the title/author and Amazon link to the book and I’ll do the rest. Simple as that!

armandrosamilia (at) gmail (dot) com

Armand Rosamilia

YOUR Favorite Horror Books – May 10th 2016 Edition

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, authors, fiction, horror with tags , , , on May 10, 2016 by Armand Rosamilia

This summer I’ll be doing something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time… I want to recognize some great books in the horror fiction field. I also want to find some new books I might’ve missed myself, so…

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Two men argue in the low light of one of nineteenth-century New York’s vilest bars. One is an aristocrat, clearly slumming, while the other, in appearance no better than the gutter-trash around him, is the finest author of his age. The wealthy man is Hudson Usher, come to berate Edgar Allen Poe for using Usher’s family history as fodder for his most famous story. The house of Usher has not fallen, Hudson boasts. It will endure into the centuries.
One hundred and fifty years later, the Usher line persists. The newest heir is Rix Usher, a hack horror writer whose ailing father has just called him back to the family’s North Carolina estate. To become the new Usher patriarch, Rix must confront a Gothic mystery more twisted than anything even Poe could have imagined.
(suggested by Nina D’Arcangela)
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Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Yet she spares Cas’s life.

(suggested by Loren Rhoads, who said:  I finished reading Anna Dressed in Blood last week and it was so much fun!  It’s a YA about a teenaged ghost killer who falls in love with a ghost)

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A journey to the past … where a serial killer awaits.

Some believe time is a curve. The days behind us fall from view as we move forward, rounding the bend to discover what lies in store for us next. Nothing is gone … it’s merely back there, accessible again if we only knew how to reverse course.

Others believe that time is a straight line that is obliterated as our present is created, existing only in our memories … gone forever, never to be seen or heard from again.

Luke McCabe wishes the latter were true. He really does. He never wanted to be a serial killer. He never wanted to be The Cowboy.

Take a ride in Luke’s restored, 1958 Cadillac Sixty Special Fleetwood. Buckle in and feel the desert ground beneath your wheels. Only then will you be fully equipped with the knowledge to decide how time really unfolds.

One recommendation: The Cadillac named Adeline holds dark secrets.

Stay clear of her trunk.

(suggested by Giles Batchelor, who said: I know you know Eric for his Zombie/Apoc work but this stand alone horror tale is one of his best.  The story to me is reminiscent of some of the Stephen King books I devoured as a youngster.  It has well developed main character and an interesting twisty plot that has you on the edge of your seat towards the end)

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Hodgson considered his three novels, “The House on the Borderland”, “The Boats of the Glen-Carrig” and “The Ghost Pirates” a trilogy. They are not sequels and not related, except for their emphasis on the supernatural beings, who came, perhaps, from another dimension.
“The Ghost Pirates”, the third book of this trilogy, was one of H.P. Lovecraft’s favorite works.

(suggested by Morgan Griffith, who said: My pick would be an old one, but a book that heavily influenced my love of horror literature, although it might also be classified as dark fantasy. I choose William Hope Hodgson’s “The House on the Borderland”. The imagination and sense of adventure and dread is unique and withstands time. I have read it more than once, and it remains a favorite. This version also includes two other great tales— Boats of the Glen-Carrig and The Ghost Pirates. Hodgson also excelled with his dark tales of the sea)

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Marty Strauss, a gambling addict recently released from prison, is hired to be the personal bodyguard of Joseph Whitehead, one of the wealthiest men in the world. The job proves more complicated and dangerous than he thought, however, as Marty soon gets caught up in a series of supernatural events involving Whitehead, his daughter (who is a heroin addict), and a devilish man named Mamoulian, with whom Whitehead made a Faustian bargain many years earlier, during World War II.

As time passes, Mamoulian haunts Whitehead using his supernatural powers (such as the ability to raise the dead), urging him to complete his pact with him. Eventually Whitehead decides to escape his fate after a few encounters with Mamoulian and having his wife, former bodyguard, and now his daughter Carys taken away from him. With hope still left to save Carys, Marty Strauss, although reluctant to get involved in the old man Whiteheads deserved punishment, decides to get involved and attempt to save the innocent gifted addict from being another victim to the damnation game.

(suggested by Misha Burnett)

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Armand’s Bonus Suggestion

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The quaint Florida town of St. Augustine is a magnet for tourists. But one site is off-limits even for the locals.

Built on the site of an ancient Indian village, Tolomato Cemetery has been closed for years. But now a slaughtered Wiccan priestess has been discovered on the grounds. Human remains have been found in a nearby Dumpster. And a cryptic message is haunting a woman’s sleepless nights–a warning that the doors between two worlds have been opened.

Whatever’s buried in Tolomato Cemetery is more than legend.

It’s alive.

(suggested by Armand, who said: just a phenomenal book by a phenomenal writer. A creepy, wonderful novel)

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I am opening this blog up to suggestions from YOU!

I want YOU to give me one horror book suggestion you loved. It doesn’t have to be new. It doesn’t have to be a certain length or within a certain subgenre of horror (although I won’t be taking zombie or post apoc books on this website because I’ll be doing the same thing on my other site, http://DyingDaysZombie.com each week for that!) It just has to be something you liked enough to want to let the world know. Or the readers of this blog. 

You CANNOT CANNOT CANNOT suggest your own book. That is super tacky and frowned upon by management. 

I’ll be picking 3-5 each week and I’ll post it up each Tuesday on this site and the zombie/post apoc every Thursday. It’s free of charge. It’s just a way for me to not miss what is out there, too. Hopefully it will become a place where horror readers will enjoy some new suggestions, too. I’ll even let people know you proudly suggested it, too. 

Send me an email with the title/author and Amazon link to the book and I’ll do the rest. Simple as that!

armandrosamilia (at) gmail (dot) com

Armand Rosamilia

Your Favorite Weekly Horror Books

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, authors, fiction, horror, Kindle with tags , , on May 8, 2016 by Armand Rosamilia

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This summer I’ll be doing something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time… I want to recognize some great books in the horror fiction field. I also want to find some new books I might’ve missed myself, so…

I am opening this blog up to suggestions from YOU!

I want YOU to give me one horror book suggestion you loved. It doesn’t have to be new. It doesn’t have to be a certain length or within a certain subgenre of horror (although I won’t be taking zombie or post apoc books on this website because I’ll be doing the same thing on my other site, http://DyingDaysZombie.com each week for that!) It just has to be something you liked enough to want to let the world know. Or the readers of this blog. 

You CANNOT CANNOT CANNOT suggest your own book. That is super tacky and frowned upon by management. 

I’ll be picking 3-5 each week and I’ll post it up each Tuesday on this site and the zombie/post apoc every Thursday. It’s free of charge. It’s just a way for me to not miss what is out there, too. Hopefully it will become a place where horror readers will enjoy some new suggestions, too. I’ll even let people know you proudly suggested it, too. 

Send me an email with the title/author and Amazon link to the book and I’ll do the rest. Simple as that!

armandrosamilia (at) gmail (dot) com

Armand Rosamilia

Authors Supporting Our Troops May Update #ASOT2016

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, ASOT2016, authors with tags , on May 6, 2016 by Armand Rosamilia

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Quick update for where we stand and what we need to make 2016 another successful year for Authors Supporting Our Troops

We just broke the 500 signed book mark for the year… obviously we’re running well behind the numbers from the last two years. Hopefully we can pick up the author-signed book donations coming in for the rest of the year. If you’re an author and have a few author friends (and who doesn’t?) let them know about the program and the Facebook group where all of the incoming and outgoing books are pictured. 

What are we looking for besides author-signed books?

Soldiers. 

I have about a dozen boxes waiting to be shipped but I need actual soldiers to send them to. Any branch of the military. The only real criteria: they need to be in remote areas where videogames, laptops and easy access to entertainment isn’t so easy. I want to reach the units that need something to take their mind off of where they are and what they’re doing. I’m looking for a personal connection, so I get these addresses from YOU. Not through a company or the USO. I want to know a soldier we touched is family/friends with someone who cares. As long as the soldier is willing to accept two boxes (about 100 books) and pass them out to his fellow soldier, we’re happy. 

If you have any questions or comments feel free to drop me a line at:  armandrosamilia (at) gmail (dot) com

I never publish my address online so if you want the shipping address to me please email me asap!

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Armand Rosamilia

 

Following The Living – Guest Post by Jay Wilburn #WeAreAllHaunted

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, authors, fiction, ghost story, ghosts, horror, jay wilburn with tags , , , , , , , on March 28, 2016 by Armand Rosamilia

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Following the Living: Telling Ghost Stories

 

We find ghost stories familiar because they have the touchstones of every type of literature. We as writers and readers are looking over characters’ shoulders as they carry on their lives. We watch from above or we enter their minds and read their thoughts. We watch the action through their eyes as we passively possess their bodies. We are the ghosts looking down on the pages from outside their world trying to get into it.

 

The ghosts in a ghost story are representatives of our position from within the pages. Sometimes they reach in deeper and influence the action. Even when they are invisible and we are watching the unexplained events with the living human characters, we get the sense of being watched and influence from outside the world of the story. When they become something that can be seen or spoken to, it is as if both sides of the world of the story have been allowed to interact in a way other literature does not get to do.

 

These interactions have meaning for us. The past informs all our choices either with pride or regret or any of a thousand other emotions. We make leaps of faith or we fail to do so out of fear. We stand by our principles or we fold up in the moment of testing. Those experiences though dead and gone in the past haunt us. They fill us with fear when the same pattern of conditions rise again for another test or another leap. Even when we went through it all before and survived, we are afraid of those ghosts when they appear in our lives again.

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The things we know about our family and friends both good and bad linger with us even once they are out of our lives. The things we suspect or wonder about them do too. Their hidden motivations translated into actions played a part in shaping our lives and setting our paths. We might only begin to put the pieces together later during the haunting of memory to see a fuller picture of the light and darkness behind the people who were once in our lives and may still have a cold, ghostly hand on our souls in the present. No one haunts us as deeply as those that were supposed to love us whether they succeeded at it or not.

 

Armand Rosamilia and I wrote a ghost story together called The Enemy Held Near. It explored a spiritual manifestation of this family haunting in the lives of a troubled family and a strained marriage. We were attempting to tell what would be considered a traditional ghost story and haunted house story set in the modern South. We wanted it to be innately tied to the struggle of the characters experiencing the haunting. We ended up creating a story that included the hauntings of addictions, past mistakes, fear of failing as a parent, family prejudices that go back generations, and the way we hurt the very people we would have once died to protect. Because in the end we are all flawed and we are all haunted.

 

If we could see all of the picture of the generations that came before us, the darkness might be too much for us. The weight of that might be crushing to our spirits. Our heroes would be further fallen than they are now and our monsters would become uglier in the most unexpected ways. We would be tormented by seeing our own failings reflected back at us from the villains in our ancestry. We might be robbed of any hope of changing our course, if we really saw how many tried and failed in the line before us. Death and silence can be a gift when the farthest generations back step off the stage and leave the scene allowing us our brief time with the script to make our best attempt at a worthy performance.

 

This is the real horror to be found in a ghost story. Those actors dismissed from the stage step back on. The hidden darkness is revealed as the shadows take on the characteristics of life. That baggage from the past is laid at the feet of the living. The weight of the motivations of those that were supposed to love us come to bear once more in a manner that is much more threatening than mere memory or unsettled fear. It all comes back in a haunting.

 

Our ghosts in The Enemy Held Near are a manifestation of past mistakes. They reveal how regret and loss would fester if they were allowed to continue on after the release of death. The novel explores how the inability to let go can become destructive in life and after death if ghosts are in the picture. Sometimes the living and the dead are called on to make sacrifices and will suffer from a lack of forgiveness.

 

If you are looking for a great ghost story, there are a lot to choose from. We think you’ll enjoy The Enemy Held Near for the characters and for the haunting. Consider haunting our story and characters for a while.

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The Enemy Held Near – Guest Post by Jay Wilburn #WeAreAllHaunted

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, authors, fiction, ghost story, ghosts, haunted house, jay wilburn with tags , , , , , on March 22, 2016 by Armand Rosamilia

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What Are Ghost Stories Really About?

Ghost stories are about ghosts. End of blog … Okay, there are other characters too. It’s possible to just have the ghosts floating around haunting each other, but generally the only thing that makes a ghost story interesting is going to be the living humans forced to deal with these spirits in some way. That interaction between life and death is significant to the story and as pervasive as the ghost story is to our culture, it must have significance to us as the audience and story tellers.

 

My father loved ghost stories. When I was in Boy Scouts, ghost stories around a camp fire were a staple of our camping experience. The darkness and isolation enhanced the atmosphere. There was an edge to the fear. The ratio of rationality to superstition shifts with the cycles of day and night.

 

Really good ghost stories tend to be about unfinished business. Death has a finality to it on this side of the veil. Even for those that believe in an afterlife or an eternal reward, the moment a life ceases has an impact. There were the moments before and the moments after and that cross over in the timeline changes everything for those left behind. Even the best of us will consider things that might have been done differently in the time before or things that could have or should have been said. Those of us that did not manage to live our best in the time we had with someone may feel regret and be haunted by wasted opportunities. The ghost story picks up that timeline and takes up those unfinished tasks. These stories can address relationships, lost love, or revenge. The full range of things uncompleted missions are available in these stories.

 

The conflict comes in the haunting. We may all be haunted by something whether we believe in ghosts or not. The impact of abusers can stay with a person long after they are out of our lives. The fear of those that hurt us can hang with us long after they are dead and gone. The need for forgiveness often remains even after the ones seeking it or the ones that might extend it are in the grave. These relationships haunt us and shape our lives no matter where we are in the time line of the life and death of those relationships.

 

I have written a few ghost stories. I tend toward other things in writing horror, but I revisit ghosts fairly regularly. I try to find some angle that changes the script or reorients the threat involved in the hauntings.

 

The Enemy Held Near, which I coauthored with Armand Rosamilia, is my first ghost story or haunted house story I’ve written at novel length. We had coauthored other work before including a horror humor trilogy. As we discussed the possibility of doing something more serious, we were standing behind a convention table selling our work to readers. We began to talk about what we had written before and what stories interested us now.

 

The discussion led us to the idea of a ghost story where the main characters dealing with the haunting perceive the events differently from one another. We also discussed that typically haunted house stories find some way to trap the characters in the house. Usually it begins by their own choice to stay despite the early signs of danger and then later they know they need to go, but find themselves physically trapped and fighting for their lives. We discussed the idea of our characters experiencing both options: one character stays and the other goes. Both choices have consequences and we wanted to see both in our story.

 

This led us to trying to put the meat on the bones of this skeleton of an idea. Who were these people, why did they see things differently, and why would they be led to opposite choices. We realized that we were describing a circumstance that happens in relationships all the time. This particular haunting was the framework of a break up or a troubled marriage. In the sense that we are all haunted by something, every home carries the ghosts of the pasts of all the members of that household. They all bring their baggage in with their earthly possessions. Sometimes the weight of those pasts and the choices in the present push us apart. The haunting becomes too much. Every day in homes all around us, someone stays and someone leaves.

 

The ghost story in The Enemy Held Near explores those generations of family baggage attached to a house and the people living in it. We set the story in Atlanta where I grew up and Armand and his wife visit often. It is a haunted city. It has a deep and diverse past. It has trouble in its past too. You have old wealthy neighborhoods across a highway from poor neighborhoods. The city is a patchwork of the remnants of its past. Southern families have storied histories as well with endless tales to tell.

 

We attached our haunting to the breakup of a marriage and we dove into the beginning of the story right in the heat of the coming conflict. The struggle to hold a family together while forces within and without pull the relationships apart is an all too familiar story. The escalation of our haunting mirrored the family struggle well. The inclusion of children in these struggles ups the stakes too. In The Enemy Held Near, we were able to look into the time when our characters saved and fought for each other and when they found themselves working against each other in their anger and resentment. Eventually, the good of the family requires sacrifice and demands that they find what made them fight for each other in the beginning. As with all hauntings like this, it might be too late to find that spark again in time.

 

Working together on the story, Armand and I found deeper and more interesting character dynamics and motivations than we could have conjured up alone. We traded back and forth with the narrative, moving in and out the various characters’ minds. We as the authors were the ones possessing them and moving them through the story. Some characters were haunted by both of us as they dealt with their conflicts. Others were voiced primarily by Armand or primarily by me. The living characters as well as the spirits took on personalities of their own that were completely apart from either one of us. As we blended and adjusted the story once we were finished, we were pleased and surprised at the emotion and action that had found its way into the tale.

 

We are all haunted by something. We hope we have created a ghost story in The Enemy Held Near that haunts readers because we both love and respect ghost stories so much. These characters became something special for both of us as their heartaches played out on the pages. We hope readers will root for them as much as we did. The Enemy Held Near is a ghost story that may reveal the hauntings in our own lives outside of the pages because that is what ghost stories are really about.

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Are We Still Using Blogs in 2016?

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, authors, Blogging, Facebook, guest blog, Twitter with tags on January 10, 2016 by Armand Rosamilia

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I used to post a lot. All the damn time, in fact. I’d average 2-3 posts and 2-3 guest posts a week. Tons of information I thought would be helpful, amusing or just something for me. I could also rely on the posts getting shared and commented on and people wanting to join in on the fun. When I started this blog way back in 2009 or thereabout, it was as a struggling part-time author trying to make the leap to full-time author who is so wealthy I never wear the same pair of socks twice. 

I’m a full-time writer but the pair of socks I have on has way too much wear for my liking. 

I podcast. Two podcasts, in fact… (shameless plug time in 3…2…1…)

Arm Cast Podcast – new episode every Friday

Arm N Toof’s Dead Time Podcast – new episode every Wednesday

Both on Project iRadio 

I get a ton of interaction when a new episode goes live. I used to post about a new episode on this very blog but no one really seemed to care enough to read it, yet I have a very strong listening base. I guess they listen but don’t read about podcasts. 

Is blogging and having a website no longer viable to reach the masses? Do we simply worry about Facebook and Twitter and the next Big Thing and keep connected there? 

Your thoughts… if anyone is actually reading this, that is…

Armand

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