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Author Gregory Lamberson Talks The Frenzy War and The Julian YearAuthor Gregory Lamberson dropped us a line with updates on two horror projects he has in the works – The Frenzy War, which continues the story of detective Tony Mace, and The Julian Year, the first title written for Medallion Media Group’s groundbreaking e-book format, the TREEbook™.

The Frenzy War, Book Two in Lamberson’s series “The Frenzy Cycle” which began with The Frenzy Way, is now available in bookstores and online as a trade paperback and in Kindle, Nook, and other e-book editions from Medallion Press.

In The Frenzy Way Lamberson introduced readers to Tony Mace, an heroic NYPD detective with a bright future until he comes to believe that a serial killer terrorizing Manhattan is a werewolf. Along the way he discovers the existence of a secret species of peaceful, shape-shifting Wolves who live among us. In The Frenzy War Mace is assigned to lead a joint NYPD-FBI task force charged with preventing a war between the Wolves and a unit of werewolf slayers called the Brotherhood of Torquemada from spilling into the streets of New York. At 450 pages, it’s Lamberson’s longest, most action-packed, and goriest book yet.

“The first book used a police procedural format to introduce the mythology I’m creating,” says Lamberson. “With The Frenzy War I’ve ratcheted everything up several notches: werewolf action, werewolf sex, and werewolf mayhem. Most of my books combine heavy action with explicit horror, but the decapitations, mutilations, and bloodletting in this particular novel goes farther than anything I’ve done before. The series is really about terrorism in the modern age and how authorities and private citizens react to widespread violence, but it has a pulpy flavor.”

Lamberson envisions at least four books in the series so he’s halfway to the end.

Greg Lamberson's The Frenzy War

As for The Julian Year (coming in 2013) , it’s the first title written for Medallion Media Group’s TREEbook™ format. Lamberson’s cinematic approach to storytelling and large-scale character orchestration are the perfect complement to the dynamic capabilities of TREEbook™ technology. The TREEbook™ is a Timed Reading Experience Ebook, which seamlessly integrates time triggers with multiple story branches, allowing stories to organically shift and grow. Using this technology, Lamberson plants the seed for The Julian Year, a global crisis that unfolds over time.

In The Julian Year one of the main characters, Julian Weizak, an obituary writer in New York, celebrates his birthday alone in a bar on New Year’s Eve. At the stroke of midnight, scores of homicides break out on the East Coast:

  • A young woman murders her boyfriend moments after accepting his marriage proposal.
  • A man hides from his eight-year-old-daughter after she murders his wife.
  • A radio host murders his cohost while on the air.

    In all, twenty thousand murders are committed that night in New York alone, with the epidemic spreading across the country and the world, time zone by time zone. Julian makes a startling discovery: The crisis day was every single murderer’s birthday. At midnight each day thereafter, nearly twenty million people around the world become homicidal maniacs, contributing to the biggest killing spree in history. It looks as if the chaos can lead to only one end: the extinction of humankind.

    By utilizing the TREEbook™ approach, Lamberson explains, The Julian Year’s plot leads to a nearly endless variety of situational outcomes and alternate storylines, allowing the reader to experience one of many possible consequences of each pivotal action and choice of characters in the story. The book can change every time you read it, and nearly every reader’s experience can be unique.

    To learn more, visit the official TREEbook™ website.

    Greg Lamberson's The Julian Year

    And that’s not all Lamberson has in the pipeline: His zombie novella Carnage Road was just published by Creeping Hemlock Press’ zombie imprint Print Is Dead, and Tortured Spirits, Book Four of the “Jake Helman Files,” will be published in October. Currently he is line producing Model Hunger, a horror film which marks Debbie Rochon’s directorial debut, in his home town of Buffalo.

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    Exclusive: Rocky Gray Talks Halloween Horror Anthology 10/31

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    The last time we gave you guys word on the upcoming Halloween horror anthology 10/31 was to bring you the knock-out exclusive official poster, which you can peep to your left (click for a higher-res version).

    The new horror anthology in the vein of V/H/S and Creepshow joins an ensemble cast together to spin twisted tales of the macabre. The film is executive produced by P.J. Starks, creator of the critically acclaimed Volumes of Blood.

    The film’s stories are directed by the likes of Justin M. Seaman (The Barn), Zane Hershberger (Devilution), John William Holt (The Dooms Chapel Horror), Brett DeJager (Bonejangles) and Rocky Gray making his directing debut.

    This past weekend we were able to catch up with producer-director Rocky Gray and ask him a few choice questions about the anticipated upcoming anthology film.

    You can check out our quick interview below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know how excited you are to check out 10/31 in the comments below!

    Dread Central: How is the film coming along?

    Rocky Gray: The film is now completed and we are getting the perks out to our Indiegogo backers. The backers and Death By Festival got to see the first cut of the film in October and they loved it so we’re very excited to get the film out to everyone else very soon.

    DC: What can expect from this anthology?

    RG: Expect to have a lot of Halloween themed fun. Each segment has its own flavor so the pacing and the look change throughout the film. With masked killers, vampires, scarecrows, tricksters and old hags there’s something for everyone.

    DC: Will there be a sequel?

    RG: If there was a demand for it we would make it happen!

    Sounds good to us. Thanks for chatting with us, Rocky!

    You can become a fan of the film on Facebook HERE.

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    I wasn’t the world’s biggest fan of the first season of Netflix and The Duffer Brothers’ “Stranger Things” to tell you the truth. That said, I absolutely loved the second season (read our reviews HERE).

    It is with this in mind that we are all looking forward to “Stranger Things 3”.

    Recently Deadline reported that at Vulture Festival LA the Duffer Brothers, producer Shawn Levy, Finn Wolfhard, Paul Reiser, and Linnea Berthelsen talked about season two and teased season three.

    “We are [in] very early days on season three, and we’re still figuring it out,” Ross Duffer said, before taking a beat, then adding: “I probably wasn’t supposed to say that. That’s not official; that wasn’t an official announcement — we’re just working on it, just for our own amusement… for fun!”

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    What did you think of “Stranger Things 2”? Did you dig it more (or less) than season one? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

    “Stranger Things 2” is currently streaming on Netflix.

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    James Cameron’s Terminator Reboot/Sequel Hires Screenwriter

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    The last word we brought you guys on producer James Cameron and Deadpool-director Tim Miller’s new Terminator film was when we let you know that Paramount had set the film’s release date for July 26, 2019.

    Today we have news via The Wrap that the studio is bringing in screenwriter Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) to pen the movie’s script based on a story crafted by Cameron.

    You may remember that Cameron and Miller created a writers room a while back to plan out an all-new trilogy of films, but while that writer’s room included David Goyer, Charles Eglee, and Josh Friedman, it seems like Ray will be the first film’s sole writer. For now.

    Story details are, of course, being kept under wraps, but Cameron and Miller are treating the new movie as a direct sequel to Cameron’s T2: Judgment Day.

    “This is a continuation of the story from ‘Terminator 1’ and ‘Terminator 2.’ And we’re pretending the other films were a bad dream,” Cameron told THR. “Or an alternate timeline, which is permissible in our multi-verse.”

    We also know that Cameron plans to center the new film/trilogy around a new group of younger characters, who will eventually carry on the baton as it were.

    “A lot of this is handing off the baton to a new generation of characters,” Cameron said. “We’re starting a search for an 18-something young woman to essentially be the new centerpiece of these stories. And then a number of other characters around her and characters from the future. We still fold time in the story in intriguing ways. But we have Arnold’s character and Linda’s character to anchor it.”

    How excited are you for James Cameron’s new Terminator flick? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social mdeia!

    The new Terminator film is produced by James Cameron and will be directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool). The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton.

    Terminator 2.5 is expected to hit July 26, 2019.

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