Photo by Thomas Burchfield; wood sculpture by John Radostain

Friday, August 3, 2012

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

 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:

For more information on Dragon's Ark, including interviews, contact Ambler House Publishing at or call 1-510-817-4432. Or visit You can also contact the author at

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