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Stan Swanson
Retail Price: TBD
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication Date: February 2014
Pages: TBD

“If one’s heart is constructed of metal and considered indestructible, can love and romance still find a place within? That is the question facing Henry Thackery who spends over a hundred years pursuing the woman of his dreams—Emily Harding. After Henry and Emily become recipients of the Merganthol Circulatory Assistance Device, we follow their journey from 1875 to the present day and Henry’s unflinching quest to convince Emily (the love of his life) to become his bride. Will Henry be successful in his pursuit of love or will Emily ultimately “break” his indestructible heart? A tale of romance more than science fiction, WIND UP HEARTS will tug at the strings of your heart whether it be mechanical or flesh and blood.”

Slices of Flesh coverSlices of Flesh
anthology edited by Stan Swanson
2012 Bram Stoker Award® nominee
Retail Price: $16.95
Publication Date: March 29, 2012
Publisher: Dark Moon Books
Pages: 336
ISBN: 978-0-9850290-9-8

Do you like your horror in small bite-sized chunks? If so, then SLICES OF FLESH from Dark Moon Books will activate your taste buds like zombies drawn to fresh brains. These flash fiction stories oozed from the brains of some of the best horror writers from around the world and will fit perfectly into your daily diet of “scary.” SLICES OF FLESH includes  short horror tales from some of the finest of today’s horror writers.

WotLD Cover largeWrite of the Living Dead
Araminta Star Matthews, Rachel Lee and Stan Swanson
Retail Price: $24.95
Publication Date: March 15, 2012
Publisher: Dark Moon Books
Pages: 342
ISBN: 978-0-9834335-8-3

Two redhead educators and a horror publisher walk into a bar . . . during a zombie apocalypse. Armed with only their wits and a fully-charged-laptop battery, they hammered out the world’s darkest writing manual amidst the flurry and chaos of gnashing teeth and rotting cadavers. Each chapter of the handbook is devoted to a different genre of writing—everything from academic writing (complete with MLA and APA sample essays), business writing, and even poetry and fiction—all of it with a dark and undead twist. Developing or improving your writing skills has never been so enjoyable. WRITE OF THE LIVING DEAD is the spawn of two scholarly writers and a publisher conspiring to create a freshly dug look at writing for different genres and media. Spattered with popular horror culture and written with horror enthusiasts in mind, this book raises the struggling writing handbook from the dead. Addressing methods of voice, style, function, and formula, WRITE OF THE LIVING DEAD is the perfect tool for students, writers, poets, authors, business writers, and teachers with a dark side.

RotSQ Cover 22Return of the Scream Queen
Michael McCarty, Linnea Quigley, Stan Swanson
Retail Price: $14.95
Publication Date: February 23, 2013
Publisher: Dark Moon Books
Pages: 168
ISBN: 978-0-9834335-3-8

Sometimes the screaming never stops. If you thought scream queen Desiree Starr had quite the adventure in Night of the Scream Queen, you won’t want to miss this exciting sequel by Michael McCarty, Linnea Quigley and Stan Swanson. You’ll follow some of the same characters appearing in the first novel, but many of them do not survive this second encounter with the evil hounding them in the sequel. Not when they come face to face with Zyana, an Aztec Queen who has returned from death for vengeance against those who helped destroy her empire. And she doesn’t care who gets in her way . . . not even a scream queen who not only fights for life, but for love as well. A rollicking adventure and a tribute to B-movies of a lost age, Return of the Scream Queen will have you looking over your shoulder for many nights to come.

Forever Zombie front coverForever Zombie


Stan Swanson (short story collection)
Retail Price: $14.95
Publisher: Dark Moon Books
Publication Date: November 16, 2009
Pages: 216
ISBN: 978-0-9787925-5-8

Zombies and quick-witted humor? You bet! Forever Zombie is not filled with your typical blood and gore zombie tales and even non-zombie fans will enjoy this collection. These tales will take you to a world where the existence of zombies is not just a possibility, but a fact of life. And that life after death might be much different than we have ever imagined. Consider the plight of the Grim Reaper when he descends upon the law offices of Romero, O’Bannon, Fulci & Flanders only to find his next “client” is already dead in “Every Death You Take”. Or how about “The Farmer’s Daughter”, daring to bring home her future husband to meet the family and he isn’t exactly what they imagined their future son-in-law might be like. Or a creepy visit to a zombie museum in the middle of nowhere in “A Night At The Zombie Museum”. And who do you think might be smarter? A gang of zombie bikers or the I.Q.-impaired hillbillies in “Ozark Hicks and Zombie Chicks”? Well, that one’s a close call. And it’s all here in Forever Zombie: A Collection of Undead Guy Tales and each story has a special touch that will keep you reading far into the night. Think you can read just one tale before bed each night? Try two or three. Or maybe you’ll still be reading the last of the stories before the sun comes up the next morning. But as an added precaution, make sure you check your pulse every once in awhile.

Dragontooth Cover JPEGDragontooth: The Prequel

Stan Swanson
Retail Price: $12.95
Publisher: Stony Meadow Publishing
Publication Date: September  2009
Pages: 190
ISBN: 978-0-9787925-4-1


It is time for a rare occurrence in the kingdom of Shadara. It is time for the “hatching” of a White Dragon. This event signals a time to reaffirm commitments made long ago between dragon and man. The ceremony also celebrates the anointing of the kingdom’s chosen heir. Under normal circumstances, this is always the king’s eldest son. Mostly pomp and circumstance, it still carries great tradition and meaning. But something extraordinary happens at this hatching ceremony when the newly born White Dragon anoints a common stable boy as the next king. Timothy Bright is as confused as anyone when he is chosen by the White Dragon. The menacing Lord Flagg, on the other hand, is one of the few who knows the truth. We are also introduced to two members of the Council of the White Dragon: Sebastian, an intelligent, quick-witted Cloud Dragon and Clarence, a common (don’t tell him that) Forest Dragon. Throw in an evil Shadow Dragon (as if Lord Flagg isn’t enough) and you have quite a cast of characters. The Dragons of Shadara is an exciting adventure with heroes and villains alike that will keep you turning pages long after “lights out.” (Ages 12 and up)

TSJ 2Inspiration for Songwriters

Stan Swanson
Retail Price: $14.95
Publisher: Stony Meadow Publishing
Publication Date: January 2007
Pages: 220
ISBN: 978-0-9787925-1-0

Whether you are new to songwriting or have written hundreds of songs, “The Songwriter’s Journal” should be within arm’s reach whenever the mood to write a new tune strikes. It is packed with the fuel you need to ignite the imagination and provides you with more ideas than you could ever hope to write about. With hundreds of entries designed specifically to spark the muse within, the book should reside on every songwriter’s bookshelf or desk. It includes songwriting exercises, chord progressions for new songs, word association exercises, ideas to write new songs about, note sequences for new songs, power words to include in your lyrics, items that belong in every songwriter’s toolkit and much more.

Inspiration for Songwriters CoverInspiration for Songwriters

Stan Swanson
Retail Price: $13.95
Publisher: Stony Meadow Publishing
Publication Date: August  2006
Pages: 172
ISBN: 978-0-9787925-0-3

“Inspiration for Songwriters: Tips and Tricks to Unlocking the Muse” is not your typical book about songwriting. It does not explain how to write, publish, pitch, promote or record your next song. There are already dozens of songwriting books covering those subjects. What “Inspiration for Songwriters” provides is something few other songwriting books offer, and in our humble opinion, does it much better than the few similar titles on the market. It provides thousands of inspirational ideas that could very well be the seeds to your next song! All in all, “Inspiration for Songwriters: Tips and Tricks to Unlocking the Muse” includes over 2000 titles, tips, tricks and other ideas that will inspire you to create song after song.

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