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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Dracula Wins the Hat Trick, Scores Runner-up at Halloween Book Fest!







FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE!
 Dragon’s Ark, Contemporary Dracula Novel by San Francisco Bay Area Author Thomas Burchfield, Scores Hat Trick at 2012 Halloween Book Festival Awards

Oakland, CA—October 18, 2012 (Ambler House Publishing): Dragon’s Ark, a horror novel by longtime Bay Area author Thomas Burchfield, has scored a hat trick this year, thanks to a citation as runner-up for Best Horror Novel in the 2012 Halloween Book Festival.

This is the third literary award Dragon’s Ark has won this year, following recognition for Best Horror Novel from the National Indie Excellence Book Award and the Bronze Award (Third Place) in Horror from the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY).

Dragon’s Ark tells the hair-raising story of Dracula’s bloodthirsty struggle to stave off the modern world and live free and powerful in the California Sierra kingdom where he has secretly ruled for more than a century.

Award-winning author David Corbett (Do They Know I’m Running? and the recently re-released The Devil’s Redhead and Done for a Dime) praises Dragon's Ark as “not a book to read just before nodding off. Unless you're on very good terms with your nightmares.”

Author John-Ivan Palmer (Motels of Burning Madness) concurs enthusiastically, describing Burchfield as “a world-class master of suspense. Dracula not only lives in our world, he is our world. With a language clear and beautiful as a sunset, Burchfield leads you down the path of darkness.”

Author Burchfield, who lives in Oakland, California, says, “It’s hard to move beyond clichĂ©s of gratitude, but nevertheless I have to say it’s a very satisfying feeling to have my work appreciated and recognized by the Halloween Book festival. This time, I wish to thanks the judges and other folks at the Halloween Book festival for this recognition. And as always, thanks to my wonderful wife Elizabeth and everyone who lent a hand to Dragon’s Ark, including all the beta readers, my interior designer Joel Friedlander, and cover designer Cathi Stevenson.”

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For more information on Dragon's Ark, including interviews, contact Ambler House Publishing at amblerhouse@att.net or call 1-510-817-4432. Or visit http://amblerhouse.blogspot.com/. You can also contact the author at tbdeluxe@sbcglobal.net.

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Dracula Rises Again! DRAGON'S ARK Takes Top Prize in Horror in 2012 NEIA Awards!








FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE!
 Dragon’s Ark, Contemporary Dracula Novel by San Francisco Bay Area Author Thomas Burchfield, Wins Best Horror Novel in 2012 NIEA Awards

Oakland, CA—August 2, 2012 (Ambler House Publishing): Dragon’s Ark, a horror novel by longtime Bay Area author Thomas Burchfield, rose for the second time this year by winning Best Horror novel in the 2012 National Indie Excellence Book Awards (NIEA).
Dragon’s Ark tells the hair-raising story of Dracula’s bloodthirsty struggle to stave off the modern world and live free and powerful in the California Sierra kingdom where he has secretly ruled for more than a century.
Award-winning author David Corbett (Do They Know I’m Running? and the recently re-released The Devil’s Redhead and Done for a Dime) praises Dragon's Ark as “not a book to read just before nodding off. Unless you're on very good terms with your nightmares.”
Author John-Ivan Palmer (Motels of Burning Madness) concurs enthusiastically, describing Burchfield as “a world-class master of suspense. Dracula not only lives in our world, he is our world. With a language clear and beautiful as a sunset, Burchfield leads you down the path of darkness.”
Author Burchfield, currently an Oakland resident, describes himself as “Very happy and amazed. This time, I have the NIEA committee and judges to thank, and of course my wonderful wife Elizabeth and everyone who lent a hand to Dragon’s Ark, including all the beta readers, my interior designer Joel Friedlander, and cover designer Cathi Stevenson.”
The NIEA, based in Los Angeles, CA, is open to all English language books including small presses, university presses, independent publishers and self-published authors. Works published in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 were eligible for consideration.

The competition is judged by independent experts from all aspects of the independent publishing industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters. They select award winners and finalists based on overall excellence of presentation.

“We appreciate you, we applaud you and thank you for your great work. You are contributing to make independent publishing a great sector in the literary community,” said Ellen Reid, President of the National Indie Excellence Book Awards. For more information on the NIEA, please visit: http://www.indieexcellence.com/index.html

For more information on Dragon's Ark, including interviews, contact Ambler House Publishing at amblerhouse@att.net or call 1-510-817-4432. Or visit http://amblerhouse.blogspot.com/. You can also contact the author at tbdeluxe@sbcglobal.net.


Saturday, May 12, 2012

Dragon’s Ark, Contemporary Dracula Novel by Thomas Burchfield, Stakes Bronze Medal At 2012 Independent Book Publishers Association Award


Oakland, CA—June 5, 2012 (Ambler House Publishing): Dragon’s Ark, the debut horror novel by Northern California author Thomas Burchfield was awarded the Bronze Medal in the Horror category in the 2012 Independent Book Publishers Association Awards (“IPPY”), held last night, June 4, in New York.

Dragon’s Ark tells the hair-raising story of Dracula’s bloodthirsty struggle to stave off the modern world and live free and powerful in the California Sierra kingdom that he’s secretly ruled for more than a century.

Award-winning author David Corbett (Do They Know I’m Running? and the recently re-released The Devil’s Redhead and Done for a Dime) praises Dragon's Ark as “not a book to read just before nodding off. Unless you're on very good terms with your nightmares.”
Author John-Ivan Palmer (Motels of Burning Madness) concurs enthusiastically, describing Burchfield as “a world-class master of suspense. Dracula not only lives in our world, he is our world. With a language clear and beautiful as a sunset, Burchfield leads you down the path of darkness.”
And legendary genre scholar Don Herron (The Dashiell Hammett Tour) describes Burchfield’s work as “like he’s Bram Stoker taking a stab at writing Our Town.”
Author Burchfield,  an Oakland, California, resident, and one of the new breed of independent publisher-authors, was unable to attend the ceremony. Nevertheless, describes himself as “still over the moon. I’m grateful to the IPPY committee and judges; to my wife Elizabeth—to whom I owe so much for this; and everyone who contributed to Dragon’s Ark, including all the beta readers, my interior designer Joel Friedlander and cover designer Cathi Stevenson. It's a new world in independent publishing, and I'm proud to be one of many other talented pioneers.”

The IPPY Awards have been held since 1996 to highlight the best work of small press and independent publishers. This year, the awards ceremony will be held in New York on June 4 at The Providence, to kick off the annual BookExpo  America.
For more information, including interviews, contact Ambler House Publishing at amblerhouse@att.net or call 1-510-817-4432. Or visit http://amblerhouse.blogspot.com/.
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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Now Available in E-book Editions: "The Uglies!"


Cover design by M.S. Corley


THE UGLIES: A CRIME SAGA
Original Screenplay
by Thomas Burchfield

The place: America. The time: closer than we may realize.

Unemployment is in high double-digits. The stench of violent discontent smokes the air. The 1930s Great Depression all over . . .

. . . but yesterday is now today . . .

Arch and Tess Uglias are blue-collar residents of the desolate Rust Belt city of Gary, Indiana. Arch, an unemployed auto-plant worker and ex-race car driver, and Tess, an unemployed nurse, are both staring homelessness and starvation in face.

Meanwhile, Frank Regis, an aging disciple of the legendary bank robber Willie Sutton, is masterminding a string of bank robberies throughout Indiana. The Regis gang is a fractious collage of professional criminals, like Frank, and formerly law-abiding folks who have turned to crime out of desperation.

After one of their drivers is killed during a getaway, the Regis gang goes in search of a replacement, a road that leads them to Arch Uglias. Though a law-abiding citizen and square guy his whole life, Arch, like some of the other gang members, feels compelled to take the wheel. Tess meanwhile, becomes an outspoken, unwilling, uncooperative part of the package.

From there, it’s a boisterous, bawdy, and dangerous drive through a desperate world for the Regis mob, from the ruins of the Midwest to the ruins of the West Coast with ruthless law enforcement in pursuit and mistrust and murder stirring among them. In the end, the war that has been raging around the edges suddenly draws them into its bloody vortex, leading to a fierce climax of double cross and desperate escape.

The Uglies an original screenplay by Thomas Burchfield (Dragon’s Ark, Whackers), takes the same wild roads as such classics as Bonnie and Clyde and Sam Peckinpah’s The Getaway. It is a wild and wooly saga about crime and pursuit, friendship and survival. It’s also the story of people who realize the need to stick together as the world around them crumbles to pieces.

To order your copy, go the sidebar on the right side of the screen.



Copyright 2012 by Ambler House Publishing.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Our Second Publication! "Whackers" A comic screenplay now available as an e-book at Amazon, B&N, and at Scrib'd!


Photo and design by Ambler House Publishing w/ assistance from Elizabeth Burchfield, Don Herron, Christine Henry and Annette Roux



A talented but cowardly law clerk's blind passion for a beautiful, mysterious attorney puts him on the Fast Track to Hell when a glib n' greedy hit man hires himself to whack the attorney's fiancĂ©—a slapstick nightmare about the awful things that happen when a dream comes true.

In the noble tradition of movie comedies such as the oeuvre of Abbott & Costello and Some Like It Hot; the meditations of Mel Brooks and Richard Lester; the penetrating drama of Airplane! and The Hangover, comes Whackers, an original and unproduced screenplay by Thomas Burchfield, the author of the newly released novel Dragon’s Ark (also published by Ambler House Publishing).

Whackers is the story of Bryce Doolittle--a young man of great talent, but greater cowardice—and his brave retreat from the greatest choices a man can face--between being a Lottery millionaire law clerk, husband to the most beautiful, but exhausting girl in fifty states (plus Puerto Rico) and best buds with happy-go-lucky hit man Jack Studd; or throwing it all away at the risk of becoming the greatest crooner in pop music since Tony Bennett.

Written in the previous century and featuring an imaginary cast of ohhh, let’s see, a couple dozen characters by our guess, Whackers is a work infused with the same warm-hearted nuance and gentle insight that distinguishes such humanist classics as Straw Dogs and Full-Metal Jacket.

Whackers was a sizzling success on its first release in 1996. As one reader at PHA (Powerful Hollywood Agency) said at the time [Ed. note: Insert later when they get back to us].

Whackers is a slapshtick anything-goes meditation on the meaning of success that dashes from the mobbed-up law offices, karaoke bars and FBI-sponsored sex clubs of San Francisco to the gi-normous mega-resorts of Hawaii where even the sharks pay to eat the tourists.

Unhampered by the low budget demanded by reality, uninhibited by the respect for physical law that hampers movies like Transformers, and disdainful of the formatting rules demanded by Hollywood screenplays, Whackers is a rambunctious sex-and-gangsters farce devoid of any cheap moral lessons, aside from “whacking people is a bad idea!”

The critics all agree! (And why not? We paid them to!). Whackers is a comedy screenplay that:

“Unraveled the stitches from my last hernia operation”--Rush Limbaugh

“Left me sexually confused”--Lady Gaga

“Makes Michael Bay look like Werner Herzog! More fun than reading War and Peace in Cyrillic Russian with the lights off!”--Roger Ebert  [Ed. note: Ebert just e-mailed; wants to return money, take back endorsement.]

“More fun than reading architectural drawings! It was like having sugar with my boiled spinach!”—“Is That Not Cool?” News

“A wacky piece of weirdness. A real slapstick, whack-spittin, lickety-splittin rodeo. There's plenty here to work with for comic actors and the right director”—John-Ivan Palmer, author of Motels of Burning Madness [Actual unpaid-for endorsement, writer probably unhinged stalker]


Whackers is now available for download to your e-reader at Amazon, and Scrib'd! Coming soon to the Barnes & Noble Nook, Apple iBookstore and the Reader Store.

Whackers will have you whacking your knees with laughter. Both of them.

Copyright 2011 by Ambler House Publishing

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

THEY SAY HE DIED IN THE LAND BEYOND THE FOREST . . . BUT THEY WERE WRONG

For a century, Dracula--the Prince of Nightmares, the Superman of Evil--has been quietly casting his dark and impish dreams over the sleeping souls of a High Sierra community who only know him as the eccentric recluse who lives under the forbidding peak known as Dragon’s Ark. But now, facing a modern world intent on washing away the shadows of his enchanting but haunted world, the Vampire King gives life to a dying woman and ensnares her in a grim and ruthless struggle with greedy resort developers over the future of his mountain kingdom.

Dragon’s Ark is a weird, thrilling, and violent tale of supernatural power, intrigue, betrayal, and surreal bloody revenge that follows a fabulous legend’s bizarre and bloodthirsty quest to preserve his life and power against the unforgiving, dreamless light of the 21st century.


"Like a tightrope artist, Thomas Burchfield seems eerily at home walking the fine line between the comfortably familiar and the terrifying. His characters—people you'll recognize, and like—have all blundered much too close to the portal of the unknown. And what resides beyond that portal makes Hell look like Club Med. Dragon's Ark is not a book to read just before nodding off. Unless you're on very good terms with your nightmares"--David Corbett, author of Do They Know I’m Running? www.davidcorbett.com


Burchfield muscles his way into Stephen King country, like he’s Bram Stoker taking a stab at writing Our Town — the sort of entertainment where you transport Transylvania to the mountainous peaks of California. Population: a large and diverse cast of characters. Then grab a seat, in anticipation of the first droplets of blood”

--Don Herron, author of The Dashiell Hammett Tour Book and Willeford
 


"Thomas Burchfield is a world-class master of suspense and makes a heavy statement on the blood-sucking exploitation that goes on all around us. Dracula not only lives in our world, he is our world. With a language clear and beautiful as a sunset, Burchfield leads you down the path of darkness"-- John Ivan-Palmer, author of Motels of Burning Madness.
 
 


NOW AVAILABLE IN POD FROM AMBLER HOUSE PUBLISHING

AND THROUGH AMAZON
AND
Now out in E-book Editions
from Smashwords and Scrib'd!

Copyright 2010 by Thomas Burchfield