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.
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