Seeing as we're balls-deep in press release season at the moment, here are a couple of good ones - the first regarding Michael Moreci and Monty Borror's hard-hitting zombie allegory, Quarantined. I recently had the chance to read this book, and was startled by its originality. Got to love a zombie story that strikes out in its own direction:
Quarantined Sets Loose
For immediate release:
“Paranoid and political: At last, a zombie book with its sights set higher than just cannibalising the genre. Horror fiction with real teeth.” –Cy Dethan, Cancertown, Slaughterman’s Creed
Markosia Enterprises continues its strong tradition of thought-provoking horror with its latest release, Quarantined. Reminiscent of films such as The Thing and Dawn of the Dead, Quarantined takes readers on horrific journey through a politically charged landscape. Centering on a group of survivors trapped in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula after a virus turns nearly every resident into a vicious killing machine, Quarantined examines the fragile bonds of society, and what happens when those bonds are severed.
Quarantined is written by Michael Moreci (Image’s Hoax Hunters) with art from Monty Borror, colors from Lauren Anne Sharp, letters from Jim Campbell, and covers from Keith Burns (Highland Laddie, The Boys).
“Michael Moreci knows that the living are the scary part of the zombie tale. He knows what evil lurks in the heart of those facing inevitable death…. You’ll get
a great, terrifying tale.” Tim Seeley, Hack/Slash (from his introduction)
Quarantined can be ordered through the March edition of Previews. Find it on page 220, order code MAR 11 0810.
The characters in Quarantined, led by Henry Foreman, are forced to fight against the mayhem caused by the infected, as well as their growing paranoia of each other. After confronting a mysterious stranger, the survivors dig into the town’s secrets as they hatch their escape—yet none of them are prepared for what they discover.
“Zombie fans watch out, because Moreci and Borror are here! Full of Gore-Geous scenes and a story to die for Quarantined needs to be on your shelf next to The Walking Dead and Deadworld." - Decapitated Dan Royer, ComicRelated.com.
You can read a 9-page preview here:
Quarantined will also be available for digital download on the Sony PSP network, Comixology, and Graphic.ly.
Cover art, preview pages, sketches, and any other information can be obtained by contacting Michael Moreci at Michael.Moreci@gmail.com. If you are a retailer and would like promotional materials or to book an event at your store, please contact Harry Markos at email@example.com.
To follow that up, here's the release for Marx Pyle's intriguing web-series, Reality on Demand. I've been impressed with the way this has been developing since Ian Cullen of the SFP-Now podcast first mentioned it to me. Definitely worth keeping an eye on this one.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
'Reality On Demand' Announces Cast, Moves Into Production
New Series Selects Cast And Begins Filming Season One
Production Website: http://AlienJungleBug.com
Cast Announcement Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8TAfALWjSQ
First Teaser Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l--qBnTkBEs&hd=1
Evansville, IN – The fast growing collection of online original series and movies is about to grow a little more with the addition of a new series filming in the Midwest. The new science fiction web series REALITY ON DEMAND has announced its cast and released a short video introducing the world to some of the cast. A mix of experienced actors with relative unknowns will help bring to life this new independent TV series that follows four strangers trapped in an advanced virtual reality game world composed of their favourite TV shows and movies.
“We are proud to announce the talented cast we've selected. Some may be familiar to those who follow indie filmmaking in Indiana and Kentucky, but soon the whole world will get to know these talented actors and the characters they portray,” said series creator Marx Hernandez Pyle.
Reality On Demand follows four strangers who playtest a highly advanced virtual reality game that puts them into their favourite TV shows and movies. But when they become trapped, a fun adventure takes a dangerous turn where cancellation means death. Pyle first announced the series on his popular column, The IndieNet and Beyond on the website ScifiPulse.
“Reality On Demand has action, laughs, special effects, and zombies. And everyone knows you can't have a web series without zombies,” said Pyle tongue-in-cheek. “But if there is one thing I've learned with all of my interviews with web series creators is that you have to have a talented cast to bring a good script to life. I'm very happy with the talent we've found.”
Julie Hernandez Seaton (Daylight) stars as Courtney Thompson, a struggling writer with a secret. Seth Cheek (Silence of the Belle, Bloomington) stars as Nick Jacobs, an uber-geek computer programmer that is obsessed with TV and movies. Kathlin Finn (Reality) stars as Kelli Hartz, a wannabe celebrity that is looking for her big break. And Aric Dylon Stanish (Silence of the Belle) stars as Trevor Clay, a marine veteran that is focused on winning.
Experienced actor Christopher P. Tyner stars as the Reality On Demand host, Aiden Kingston. Indianapolis actor and filmmaker Jim Dougherty (Leach, Fire From Below) stars as Robby, a TV character that's a monster hunter who helps the trapped playtesters. And actor Louie Lawless, who has acted in over 100 films, stars as the villain Pastor Jim.
Actors Grant Niezgodski, Benjamin Crockett, Sidney Shripka, and many others portray fictional characters in the game. Many will recognize the characters that inspired them.
“We have nods to many shows in the series. I don't want to give away too much, but if you are a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Supernatural then you'll want to check out season one. But there are nods to many more shows than just those two,” hinted Pyle. “I've been interviewing web series creators since 2007 and have seen the amazing growth in what many call independent television. I'm excited to finally develop one.”
Vancouver Film School graduate Marx Pyle has also gathered together talent for behind the camera with graduates from New York Film Academy, Full Sail University, Ivy Tech and University of Evansville. Pyle said they plan to have the web series online mid- to late 2011.
Alien Jungle Bug Productions, LLC was founded by Marx H. Pyle in 2010 to create the short film SILENCE OF THE BELLE. Alien Jungle Bug is all about thinking outside the box, with high quality imaginative projects often made on a limited budget. We are not limited by any genre or medium of storytelling, be it feature film, short film, documentary, or web series.
Marx H. Pyle: After attaining degrees in Psychology and Computer Information Systems, Marx decided to pursue a dream he had since childhood - filmmaking. Leaving his home in Evansville, Indiana, Marx went to Vancouver Film School in Vancouver, British Columbia to study film production.
In Vancouver he worked on a wide range of projects, including short films, independent feature length films, documentaries, reality television and commercials. He also studied another hobby of his outside of school – fight choreography, which naturally arose out of his interest and background in martial arts. Missing home he returned to the Tri-State, where he has worked as a freelancer in various film projects and wrote/directed Silence of the Belle.
While in Vancouver, Marx interviewed Damien Kindler about the then web series, Sanctuary. Kindler's excitement of the future of web series inspired Marx to go home that evening and write outlines for three pilots meant to be web series. Reality On Demand is one of those three.
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