'Christmas in Amityville' is Announced Exclusively on Kindle
"Christmas in Amityville," a new story about the haunting, contains original, previously unpublished material. It is being published as an e-book only in an exclusive arrangement with Amazon.com, and will be offered free of charge in a special promotion, December 17-20. Its release is the first in an ongoing salvo of new products and materials heralding the return of "The Amityville Horror" and the launch of AmityvilleNow.com, a new curated web site on "horror, suspense, and the supernatural - real and imagined," premiering Monday, December 16. More about the novella and a sample of its first chapter is available here.
Millions of believers in "true horror" know the story of George and Kathy Lutz, who moved into their new, unassuming Dutch Colonial home in Amityville, New York early one December ... only to flee in terror a month later. The story of the haunting that nearly destroyed them - the plagues of flies, the black ichor filling sinks, commodes, and even bleeding from the walls, the phantom voices and the inexorable transformation of George Lutz from loving father to a dangerously violent madman - captivated the country and the world in the early 1980's. It spawned a blockbuster film, a more recent remake, an untold number of inferior spin-offs ... and a series of books by John G. Jones, who was authorized by the Lutzes themselves to tell the continuing story of what happened to them after they fled from their home in Amityville, never to return.
Now, after a decades-long hiatus, John G. Jones returns to Amityville to relate the previously untold tale of two handymen who are called to 112 Ocean Avenue to fix a broken boathouse door on Christmas Eve 1975 - even as the horrors inside the house are reaching their nightmarish zenith. What happens to them, and how it changes their lives forever, makes for a fascinating and frightening read.
"Christmas in Amityville" is the first release in a series of new material and re-releases that promise to make 2014 "The Year of the Amityville Horror," including a TV series and a feature film. January will see the release of "Amityville Now: The Jones Journal," encompassing new material about Jones' own struggles with the supernatural since he first began covering The Amityville Horror more than 30 years ago. Soon after, "The Amityville Horror: The Sequel" will once again tell exactly what happened to George and Kathy Lutz and their children after their narrow escape from 112 Ocean Avenue, when the evil that was released there followed them across the country and around the world, plaguing them and anyone who came into contact with them for months and years to come. Wombaroo Books, the publisher of the new and repackaged "Amityville Horror" titles, will be releasing other book-length tales of horror, suspense, and the supernatural - real and imagined - throughout the year, including "The Amityville Big Book of Real Horror," Brad Munson's 'supernatural disaster novel with monsters,' "Rain," and John Jones' newly revised novel of transcendence and terror, "The Supernatural."
AmityvilleNow.com will feature news, commentaries and original content about "Real Horror," focusing on horror, suspense, and the supernatural in fact and fiction. It will be supported by iterations on Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, and other social media, as well as an active YouTube channel that will feature new content three days or more each week.