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Living Dead Press Reviews

April 24, 2010

Someone passed through and posted over 30 reviews (update, over 50) of Living Dead Press books in the comments of different posts here in under an hour. Rather than have reviews spread across multiple posts in the comments, anyone interested in reading Living Dead Press book reviews is welcome to visit these links:

Amazon
Amazon.co.uk
Barnes & Noble
More

And don’t miss this review of The War Against Them where someone got in an argument with the reviewer, called the reviewer’s office and tried to get her fired, then went back and deleted all their comments and changed their username to “Suzy Q” to cover their tracks. And the review was 4 out of 5 stars!

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Giangregorio’s plea for Amazon reviews… from his own authors!

April 22, 2010

An anonymous source passed along this email from  Giangregorio to some (all?) of his Living Dead Press authors.  The quality of writing coming from this “editor” is amazing!

hi everyone
this is a call to to all LDP writers.
Living Dead Press is being attacked on amazon. the two reviews that have begun the charge are on “the war against them” and “the Lazarus culture”.
The only want to fight back is to leave more positive reviews and then make the attack and negative reviews the minority
as you may know, the average person doesn’t leave reviews, they just get more books.
but the people on amazon love to leave bad reviews, negativity is fine to them.
if you like LDP and want to see it succeed, then we all have to do what we can to fight off the people that DON’T want us to succeed and would love to see us fold.
if you have friends or family with amazon accounts, please have them leave a review for some of the LDP books, specially other author written books by LDP.
this isnt about me personally even though alot of the attack is. i think of it as a company thing.
anyone who can leave a review doesn’t have to write a book for a review. a simple “I liked it” is more than fine with the 5 or 4 stars.
i dont like doing this, its not in my character but its the way the game is played so i have to play it that way or get off the field.
and i dont want to get off the field.
and if it was just me and my books on LDP then i really wouldnt care about a bunch of idiot reviews, seriously. I write my books for me and family and my legacy when I’m in the ground w/ the worms, I could care less if some jerk in Vermont or Arizona wants to read it. but LDP is bigger now and I feel I have a responsibility to you guys too to make LDP a success so you can be proud you are printed in its pages.
Permuted Press, Library of the Living dead Press and Coscom entertainment( as well as Briane Keene and other writers) all have reviews made by their writers, family and friends.
read some of them, it’s blatantly obvious if you know about the business. but you know what? that also says there is a tight knit group of people out there that has each other’s backs and will stand as one against all the negative people out there.
bottom line. no matter how hard I try, I can’t do this alone, I need help and that’s why i have to come right out and ask for it, though I never hoped I would have to.
in the end, we all stand or fall together.
thanks for any help you can give.
and to those who don’t know yet, check out the June, July & August issue of Fangoria for our full color ad.
regards
tony
ps. if you got double emails, sorry.

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Giangregorio republishes unauthorized DAWN OF THE DEAD sequel

April 22, 2010

Anthony Giangregorio stirred up some controversy with Dead Reckoning: Dawning of the Dead, his apparently unauthorized sequel to Dawn of the Dead (see this post).  Dead Reckoning was quickly pulled from sale, but it looks like Giangregorio just re-released the book as Kingdom of the Dead.

Dead Reckoning:

THE DEAD HAVE RISEN! In the dead city of Pittsburgh, two small enclaves struggle to survive, eking out an existence of hand to mouth. But instead of working together, both groups battle for the last remaining fuel and supplies of a city filled with the living dead. Six months after the initial outbreak, a lone helicopter arrives bearing two more survivors and a newborn baby. One enclave welcomes them, while the other schemes to steal their helicopter and escape the decaying city. With no police, fire, or social services existing, the two will battle for dominance in the steel city of the walking dead. But when the dust settles, the question is: will the remaining humans be the winners, or the losers? When the dead walk, the line between Heaven and Hell is so twisted and bent there is no line at all.

Kingdom of the Dead:

In the dead city of Pittsburgh, two small enclaves struggle to survive, eking out an existence of hand to mouth. But instead of working together, both groups battle for the last remaining fuel and supplies of a city filled with the living dead. Six months after the initial outbreak, a lone helicopter arrives bearing two more survivors and a newborn baby. One enclave welcomes them, while the other schemes to steal their helicopter and escape the decaying city. With no police, fire, or social services existing, the two will battle for dominance in the steel city of the walking dead. But when the dust settles, the question is: will the remaining humans be the winners, or the losers? When the dead walk, the line between Heaven and Hell is so twisted and bent there is no line at all.

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Giangregorio on Absolute Write

August 31, 2009

There’s a short discussion of Living Dead Press and Anthony Giangregorio on the Absolute Write forums.  This comment by “HapiSofi” sums it up pretty well:

A clueless no-distribution not-ready-for-prime-time press is bad enough. But a clueless no-distribution not-ready-for-prime-time press that’s playing fast and loose with copyrights in ways that could get them tied up in court for years? Run away, very fast.

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Nick Mamatas on Giangregorio

August 19, 2009

Author Nick Mamatas posted on his blog a bit about Giangregorio’s unauthorized Dawn of the Dead sequel and his clash with author John Skipp.  He also posts a bit about Giangregorio’s editing complaints against Permuted Press:

Ooh ooh, though he wishes copyright would vanish he seems to have a problem with his publisher inserting “rape scenes” into his books (and indeed, there is no reason why he shouldn’t have a problem with such a thing). Perhaps though his editor was just hoping that some Hollywood producers were looking for an good ol’fashioned zombie rape movie idea. You know, for kids! (Or maybe the rape really was always in the book.)

I’ll post more about Giangregorio’s fight with Permuted Press when I have time to dissect it.

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Giangregorio versus Permuted Press

August 18, 2009

Anthony Giangregorio posted news of Fangoria reviewing his “sequel” to Dawn of the Dead on the Permuted Press message board and it quickly devolved into a fight.  There’s a lot going on, I’ll post more as I pick it apart.  Until then I recommend you start reading here for maximum effect.

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Giangregorio copies King’s The Mist?

August 17, 2009

An anonymous tipster just directed me to this thread on Stephen King’s forum where a poster accuses Giangregorio of plagerizing King’s The Mist in his book The Dark.

I just finished a self-published book entitled “The Dark”, written by Anthony Giangregorio, which is a direct rip-off of your book, The Mist. This book was printed in 2009. This book takes place in a small town in Massachusetts where a man lives there with his wife and small son. It seems that a giant wall of something black is closing off the town and in the dark are giant scorpions and other un-savory monsters from another dimension, that the man, who is stuck in a hardware store alone with his son, his ex-girlfriend and other people of town, must fight.
Sound familiar?

Do we have another potential case of Giangregorio basing work on another’s copyrighted material?  If you’ve read The Dark please let me know your thoughts.