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ABIGAIL WINTER

by Zoe Phiko

About ABIGAIL WINTER: Nineteen-year-old Abigail Winter, has been labeled "disturbed" since childhood. Finally, she decides that she has the right to lead a normal life, and will stop at nothing to achieve this dream. But when Abigail kidnaps the young nephew of New Orleans Private investigator Armand Malbeau, she has gone too far. In this continuation of the "Violet Winter" series, we not only discover who among Violet's friends betrayed her, but dip deep into the dark mind of the person who Violet trusted most during her last days: Abigail Winter. With Armand closing in, will Abigail abandon her dream, or make a last stand?

Zoe Phiko developed her passion for writing at the age of 13, when she first published a popular series of short stories on the Internet. Currently, she is working on two novels, the continuation of the Winter Series, plus a thriller set in a futuristic, dystopian world. Besides writing, Zoe attends high school and swims daily.

 

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VIOLET WINTER

by Zoe Phiko

Teenage author Zoe Phiko presents VIOLET WINTER, her first installment of the "Winter Series" of short novels.  Originally started as a highly popular web serial on Quotev, the complete version of VIOLET WINTER is now available as a Kindle eBook and in Paperback.

About VIOLET WINTER:
New Orleans private investigator Armand Malbeau uncovers the secret life of straight-A high school student Violet Winter, who drowned herself in the Mississippi River. Her grieving parents want answers, but Malbeau's only clues come from anonymous letters containing excerpts of Violet's diary. Violet's voice makes her come alive – and the more Malbeau gets to know her and her teenage friends, the more he unearths the abyss of fragile friendships, abuse, and betrayal. He becomes a life-affirming crusader who tries to teach the values of trust, forgiveness, and family to the friends Violet left behind.

Zoe Phiko succeeds in presenting the story with two distinct voices – that of Violet and that of Malbeau. Truly an outstanding achievement and a riveting must-read for teens and their parents alike.

 

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THE SAGA OF SIX-FINGER PIKE

by Joe Kane

Set in the American Heartland of 1927, The Saga of Six-Finger Pike follows the phenomenal but danger-fraught fortunes of Ezra Pike, an unschooled teenage farmboy whose double thumbs enable him to throw a nearly unhittable pitch and take the baseball world by storm as star hurler of the Midland Midlanders, the mighty New York Yankees’ Double-A club. Does diamond immortality loom on the horizon? Or do fate—and a bigger-than-life barnstorming Babe Ruth—have other plans in store?

John R. Tunis meets David Lynch in The Twilight Zone in this swiftly paced seriocomic baseball novel, where rules are made to be broken.

ABOUT JOE KANE:

As The Phantom of the Movies®, Joe Kane covered the genre-movie beat for The New York Daily News and authored the books The Phantoms Ultimate Video Guide (Dell), The Phantom of the Movies VideoScope (Three Rivers Press) and Night of the Living Dead (Kensington). He has published the national magazine The Phantom of the Movies VideoScope since 1993. His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in Maxim, Penthouse, High Times, The Monster Times, The Village Voice and numerous other publications. He is also the author of Baseballs Dream Team (Ace Books).


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YOU OWE ME AN ANSWER

by Nancy Naglin

What's it really like behind the façade of glitz and spin at the Cannes Film Festival?

In YOU OWE ME AN ANSWER, author Nancy Naglin takes you into the hotel backrooms where B-movie hustlers and wannabes set up shop. Follow fading action star-turned director Bruce Jay Streeter as he schmoozes the wheeler-dealers behind such flicks as "Brain Bugs," "Trashdance," and "Ninja Holocaust," while dreaming of art films and keeping his smart trophy girlfriend from looking too deeply into the abyss of Cannes-Babylon.

ABOUT NANCY NAGLIN:
Author, film critic and freelance writer Nancy Naglin has been the Art-House columnist for The Phantom of the Movies’ VideoScope since 1993. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Daily News, New York Magazine, The Village Voice and Crawdaddy.

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by Nancy Naglin at Cultmachine:
Art-House Video
Art-House Video Revisited
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THE ADVENTURES OF FORD FAIRLANE

by Rex Weiner

CULTMACHINE presents cult author REX WEINER's original story series The Adventures of Ford Fairlane collected now for the first time in an eBook.

As we all know these cult stories were turned by RENNY HARLIN into the hit movie THE ADVENTURES OF FORD FAIRLANE, starring ANDREW DICE CLAY.

But, Rex Weiner is well known for so much more:

Creator of the original Ford Fairlane stories, Rex Weiner was one of the first writers hired for the Miami Vice television series - his episode #9 "Glades" is one of the classic moments in TV. Formerly the editor of Swank Magazine, and a co-founding editor of High Times, his feature articles often appear in the Italian editions of Rolling Stone and GQ. In addition to writing for the Italians he is also currently West Coast Correspondent for the Jewish Daily Forward, and he's known to do anything to get a story...

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CULT-FILM CONFIDENTIAL Vol. 3
ART-HOUSE VIDEO REVISITED

By Nancy Naglin

THE BEST OF ART-HOUSE VIDEO: 80 MUST-SEE MOVIES FROM UNDER THE RADAR AND AROUND THE GLOBE -- Veteran journalist, fiction writer and VideoScope critic Nancy Naglin collects reviews of 100 international films that are unknown to most viewers but represent essential viewing for art-house movie buffs. Categories include:

GLOBAL SCREEN SCAN
  • CLASSICS
  • LIT HITS
  • MONDO BIO
  • VIDEO VERITE
  • Plus a SELECT DIGITAL DIRECTORY (DVD/Blu-ray company info with links)

    Check out other books by Nancy Naglin at Cultmachine:
    ART-HOUSE VIDEO (Cultfilm Confidential Series)
    YOU OWE ME AN ANSWER (Fiction Series)

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    CULT-FILM CONFIDENTIAL Vol. 2
    ART-HOUSE VIDEO

    By Nancy Naglin

    THE BEST OF ART-HOUSE VIDEO: 100 MUST-SEE MOVIES FROM UNDER THE RADAR AND AROUND THE GLOBE -- Veteran journalist, fiction writer and VideoScope critic Nancy Naglin collects reviews of 100 international films that are unknown to most viewers but represent essential viewing for art-house movie buffs. Categories include:

    • GOLDEN SILENTS (The Dragon Painter, A Fool There Was)
    • ASIAN SENSATIONS (The Emperor and the Assassin, City of Life and Death)
    • VISIONS FROM THE MIDDLE EAST (Kandahar, Waltz with Bashir)
    • SOVIET CINEMA (How I Ended This Summer, My Joy)
    • GERMAN GREATS (The Adventures of Werner Holt, Go for Zucker)
    • SOUTH OF THE BORDER (Central Station, Rosarigasinos)
    • LIT HITS (The Gambler, Howl)
    • GLOBAL SCREEN SCAN (films from miscellaneous locales)
    • DIGITAL DIRECTORY (DVD/Blu-ray company info)

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    CULT-FILM CONFIDENTIAL Vol. 1
    MASTERS OF MIDNIGHT

    Since donning the Phantom mantle for The New York Daily News in 1984, I've had the opportunity to visit with a wide array of intriguing auteurs, a trend extended when I launched my ongoing magazine THE PHANTOM OF THE MOVIES’ VIDEOSCOPE in 1993. Rather than leave them scattered across the expanse of hundreds of columns and scores of magazines, the thought occurred to gather a Butcher’s Dozen (12, with one sliced off) of our fave chinwags with cinematic midnight movers and shakers in one convenient package. Hence, this debut Phantom e-book, where we chat with such genre innovators as Alex (Dance with the Devil) de la Iglesia, Walter (The Warriors) Hill, Patty (Monster) Jenkins and L.Q. (A Boy and His Dog) Jones. While their work ranges across the genre spectrum, what all the filmmakers convened here share is a ferocity of vision and a commitment to quality. We treasure the time we were able spend with them. Hope you do as well.


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    dADDY'S BOY
    by JOHN HUFF
    & GEORGE WAYNE WALLACE

    Walter Hudley, an LAPD homicide detective prematurely retired, is called on to catch a serial killer who has swept through his community like a grisly death angel in the night. The killer is nicknamed "Goody Boy" by the media. He leaves no traces and no clues as to how his victims are selected.

    For Walter Hudley the case starts as a mere abstraction. No more than a point of pride, an excuse to slip back into the harness over a violation of "turf." But the ghoulish puzzle takes the anti-social reclusive detective on a journey he never expected. It shatters his life, forcing him to face the hole in his soul.

    "dADDY'S BOY" is a commentary on the reality and mythos of the criminal justice system. Its hero is not a super-sleuth but an ordinary "grunt" working without the backup of a deep pockets bureaucracy. He lives - or dies - by his wits.

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    NOBUDDIES - a Crime Series by A. K. Kossak

    NOBUDDIES is a provocative joy ride into the mind-maze of twenty-something truth-seekers; it will leave connoisseurs of twisted humor craving to enter the story themselves.

    Barely twenty, Kurt has his lifestyle all worked out. While his stunning girlfriend Flare provides the cash flow by extorting a Wall Street banker, he has the leisure to focus on thinking about things.

    That is until his über-sister Karla sets her sights on Flare and decides she deserves to be her lover. A prodigy in the field of first-degree crime, Karla knows how to spark Flare's own criminal ambitions and when Kurt isn't looking, Flare slips into his sister's dark orbit.

    True, Kurt may be a slacker, but he's no pushover. And that he vows to prove to Flare, even if he has to go barrel-to-barrel with his sister and ultimately with Flare herself.

    A MUST READ for Gen X & Y.


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    CYXORK 7
    - SCREENPLAY
    by JOHN HUFF & A.K. KOSSAK

    Ray Wise and Sonya Smith star as washed-up action hero Kommander 88 and struggling filmmaker Angela LaSalle in this dark and twisted comedy. They're filming "Cyxork 7," latest sequel in a haggard sci-fi franchise--this time shooting at the epicenter of a predicted cataclysmic earthquake. Free special effects! Risking their lives for the buzz, they're desperate to grab Hollywood's attention. That is: if they will survive.

    Also starring Beata Pozniak, Joseph Culp, Paget Brewster, Greg Proops, Ted Markland...

    An original screenplay co-written by John Huff & A. Kossak. Directed by John Huff and produced by A. Kossak, this award winning comedy is released by Troma.



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    NOBUDDIES
    - SCREENPLAY
    by JOHN HUFF & A. K. KOSSAK

    Perfect crime is the true art of enigmatic Karla. To turn her femme fatale could-be lover into a wealthy heiress, Karla leverages a Wall Street banker's Angst into his murderous pursuit of a boyhood nemesis. But self-defeating human nature spins her elegant plan into a fatal vortex. Must human intrigue always collapse upon itself? Karla's Zen Master gives her the answer she least expects.

    The screenplay written by John Huff and A. Kossak is based on 3 chapters of Nobuddies, the novel by A. Kossak.

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