“The Cursed Man” rules! — Sunbury Press bestsellers for July 2014

MECHANICSBURG, Pa.Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for July, 2014. Keith Rommel’s novel The Cursed Man led the way.

About The Cursed Man

Cursed Man pubThe Cursed Man, by Keith Rommel, tells the story of Alister Kunkle, a patient at Sunnyside Capable Care Mental Institution. Alister has been in seclusion for the last 25 years, having no contact with the staff or the outside world. The reason for this is that anyone who communicates with Alister dies within the day, for he is the Cursed Man and Death takes a professional interest in those unlucky enough to cross his path.

Believing him simply deranged, Dr Anna Lee, an up-and-coming young psychiatrist, has come to cure Alister. She is warned about Alister’s past and is shown evidence of previous encounters made by the skeptical or unbelieving, all of whom died, sometimes horribly. Regardless of the stories, Anna will not be dissuaded and is reluctantly allowed access to Alister. All assume her fate is sealed, but when she returns unharmed the next day, we also start to wonder about the stories.

So begins an enthralling narrative told in the past and the present as Anna attempts to learn why Alister believes he is cursed, while at the same time trying to convince him the events were not real and that in fact he is merely ill and so can be cured. Is Alister truly followed by death or is he simply mentally ill? The Cursed Man is an extremely well-written suspense horror story… I enjoyed it immensely; right up until the very end I was never sure of the outcome… Great story-telling in the tradition of Stephen King… — Booklore

 

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for July, 2014 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 3 The Cursed Man Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
2 Of Guilt and Innocence John Scanlan Thriller Fiction
3 My Mom Is an Alien Joanne Risso Childrens Fiction
4 8 The Lurking Man Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
5 4 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
6 7 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last Mike Campbell History
7 The Bronze Dagger Marie Sontag Childrens Fiction
8 The Undecided Robin Donaruma YA Fiction
9 15 The Sinful Man Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
10 The Trevorton, Mahanoy and Susquehanna Railroad Steve Troutman History
11 6 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair History
12 17 Jesus the Phoenician Karim El Koussa History
13 The Mouse with the Broken Tail Dan Shutters Childrens Fiction
14 5 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History
15 16 A Darker Shade of Freedom C James Gilbert Historical Fiction
16 19 Hour 30 Brandon Musgrave Medical Memoir
17 The Spirits’ Cabin of Lake Eagle Talon Paul Argentini Literary Fiction
18 Well I’ll Be Hanged Tim Dempsey History
19 Victims of Circumstance John Scanlan Thriller Fiction
20 20 Sanctuary Dishonored Robin Lee Art History

ogai_pubEbooks continued their decline from their peak in 2012, dropping 20% in July, as compared to last July. Trade paperbacks continue to be the most popular format. The company is preparing for the 10th anniverary celebration at the Sunbury Press store at 50 West Main Street in Mechanicsburg on Friday September 5th. Keith Rommel, the author of The Cursed Man and the lead actor who plays the cursed man in the movie, Brahm Gallagher, will be on hand to sign books and to read. The festivities run from 6 to 9 followed by an after party at The Metropolis Collective at 17 West Main.  All are invited!

Keith Rommel’s The Cursed Man, The Lurking Man & recently released The Sinful Man were helped by orders from Barnes & Noble, strong sales at Rocky’s Hardware and interest in The Cursed Manmovie. John Scanlan’s Of Guilt and Innocence and Victims of Circumstance both charted thanks to strong sales in Florida. Alan Mindell’s The Closer stayed on the chart thanks to sales to San Diego area bookstores. Mike Campbell’s Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last climbed to #6 on the winds of interest in the anniversary of the loss of the aviatrix. Marie Sontag’s The Bronze Dagger grabbed #7 thanks to author events. The Undecided by Robin Donaruma placed 8th due to book store orders. Steve Troutman’s The Trevorton, Mahanoy and Susquehanna Railroad charted thanks to regional interest. Joe Fair’s Call Sign Dracula was #6 thanks to author activity at military unit reunions. Karim El Koussa’s Jesus the Phoenician returned to thst charts thanks to interest in Europe. Dan Shutter’sThe Mouse with the Broken Tail was 13th thanks to author activities. Anthony Julian’s Pit Bulls Icontinued to draw interest among dog enthusiasts. A Darker Shade of Freedom by C James Gilbert was bolstered by author activities in the Gettysburg area and a TV appearance in Harrisburg. Brandon Musgrave’s Hour 30 was the 2nd ranked ebook, taking #16 overall. Paul Argentini’s The Spirits’ Cabin of Lake Eagle Talon debuted at #17 thanks to author activities. Tim Dempsey’s Well I’ll Be Hangedwas helped by bookstore purchases. Robin Lee’s Sanctuary Dishonored rounded out the list again.

The company released six new titles during the month of July:

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for July, 2014
Remember the Sun Melanie Simms Poetry
The Piano Bed Anne Marie Drew YA Fiction
Among the People Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
Shadows in the Shining City John Cressler Historical Fiction
The Spirits’ Cabin of Lake Eagle Talon Paul Argentini Literary Fiction
Great Lakes Lilly Kirckof & Daniel Allen Butler Historical Fiction

For a list of Sunbury’s best-sellers, please see the Sunbury Press web site:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/BESTSELLERS_c3.htm
For a complete list of recent and upcoming releases, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/COMING-SOON_c47.htm

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