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About Jeff Mariotte
Jeffrey J. Mariotte is the bestselling, multiple-award-winning author of more than fifty novels, including dark thriller EMPTY ROOMS, original supernatural thrillers SEASON OF THE WOLF, COLD BLACK HEARTS, RIVER RUNS RED and MISSING WHITE GIRL, horror epic THE SLAB, thriller THE DEVIL'S BAIT, and the Bram Stoker-Award nominated teen horror quartet YEAR OF THE WICKED, as well as books set in the universes of Narcos, Mafia III, NCIS: New Orleans and NCIS: Los Angeles, Supernatural, CSI, Star Trek, Spider-Man, Superman, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Conan the Barbarian, 30 Days of Night, and more. His occasional nonfiction includes the true crime book CRIMINAL MINDS: SERIAL KILLERS, SOCIOPATHS & OTHER DEVIANTS. Some of his short horror fiction has been collected in NINE FRIGHTS.
With wife and writing partner Marsheila Rockwell, he has published the acclaimed sf/horror/thriller 7 SYKOS and the official video game prequel MAFIA III: PLAIN OF JARS, as well as short stories in the anthologies NEVERLAND'S LIBRARY, OUT OF TUNE, OCCUPIED EARTH, CUTTING BLOCK SINGLE SLICES, X-FILES: SECRET AGENDAS, V-WARS: SHOCKWAVES, MECH: AGE OF STEEL, and SUBMERGED. Much more is on the way.
He is also the author of more comic books than he has time to count, including the horror graphic novels FADE TO BLACK and ZOMBIE COP, the original Western series DESPERADOES, and the bestselling PRESIDENTIAL MATERIAL: BARACK OBAMA.
Mariotte is a three-time winner of the Scribe Award for best novel, presented by the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers (IAMTW), a co-winner of the Raven Award from the Mystery Writers of America (MWA), and a recipient of the coveted Inkpot Award for his contributions to the fields of science fiction and fantasy from the San Diego Comic-Con. He's been a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award from the Horror Writers Association (HWA), the International Horror Guild Award, the Spur Award from the Western Writers of America (WWA), the Peacemaker Award from the Western Fictioneers, and in the comics field, the Harvey and Glyph Awards.
He has held many jobs in the publishing industry, including bookstore manager and owner, VP of marketing at WildStorm Productions/Image Comics, senior editor at WildStorm Productions/DC Comics, and editor-in-chief at IDW Publishing. He is a member of the International Thriller Writers, Sisters in Crime, IAMTW, HWA, WWA, and WF. Learn more about him at jeffmariotte.com and follow him on Facebook at facebook.com/JeffreyJMariotte and on Twitter at @JeffMariotte.
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Featuring stunning photos from the CBS series, Criminal Minds: Sociopaths, Serial Killers, and Other Deviants will give you new terrifying and fascinating insights into the mind of a criminal.
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Jeffrey J. Mariotte
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At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).
About Straight Outta Deadwood:
"Cross-genre fans will find this anthology enjoyable . . ."—Publishers Weekly
About Sequel Straight Outta Tombstone:
“The authors were having fun. Even when they are not playing the stories for laughs, they are taking an opportunity to enjoy an opportunity to tell a story with a fresh twist, and expand out of their expected boundaries.
Straight Outta Tombstone is a change-up pitch, which will leave readers laughing on occasion, spooked at times, and entertained throughout.”—Daily News of Galveston County
David Boop is an award-winning essayist, recent Summa Cum Laude in creative writing (earned for a weird western piece) and former acquisition editor for both Flying Pen Press and Lifevest Publishing. David has been a journalist, actor, disc jockey and stand-up comedian. He’s published across several genres, but specializes in weird westerns. Additionally, David has done media tie-in work for the Green Hornet, Veronica Mars and the pulp hero the Black Bat (heavily disputed inspiration for Batman). He’s collaborated with Kevin J. Anderson, the late C.J. Henderson, Peter J. Wacks and Josh Vogt. He is a member of the Western Writers of America, the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers, the Horror Writers Association and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
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Edited by Richard Prosch.
Pull up a stump and join us around the campfire.
When Union private Cody Cavanaugh is captured and sent to the Confederate prison at Camp Tattnall, he's quickly befriended by Sean O'Meara. But O'Meara has a secret—a stash of stolen Confederate gold stashed in a safe location. When he realizes he won't survive Tattnall and its sadistic commander, “Butcher" Crane, he tells Cody where the treasure is hidden, and elicits a promise to deliver it to O'Meara's fiancée, Eleanor Perry.
At the war's end, Cody retrieves the gold, but Eleanor—now Eleanor Bishop—proves hard to find. Her trail leads him across the continent to Pedregosa, in the Arizona Territory. A dozen years have passed, and Cody simply wants to deliver the gold and get started on his own life. But Pedregosa is in the grip of a war between miner and rancher factions, and Cody winds up in the middle of it. When he makes enemies of both sides, only his own hard-won skills and those of a few chosen allies can save his life and bring the war to an end. But that's only if he can survive the lethal manipulations of Ethan Holm, who's not the man he claims to be. And only Cody knows who he really is…