Watch Out For This Author/Publisher

Many if not the majority of my readers here are fans of end of the world fiction, right? I mean, c’mon, who DOESN’T love a good post-apocalyptic story! With the rapid rise of interest in prepping, there has also been a dramatic increase in this sub-genre of fiction.

Permuted Press is one publisher who has made quite a name for themselves with regards to these sorts of stories. I’ve read several of their books and most of them were pretty darn good. I’m told they are (finally!) moving a bit away from zombies and into other sorts of disasters.

They aren’t the main focus of my post today though. That honor, dubious as it may be, belongs to Undead Press and the man behind the company, Anthony Giangregorio. Mandy De Geit is just one of his latest victims. You can read the whole sordid story here but, in a nutshell, Mandy is an author who submitted a story to Undead Press. They liked the story and wanted to include it in an anthology. After an agreement was reached, things took a turn. Giangregorio basically took her story, bent it over a table, and had his way with it. He went so far beyond just editing the story that it would be laughable if it weren’t so incredulous.

Then, when he’s called onto the carpet about it, he turns into a complete and utter ass. And Mandy is far from his only victim. There are entire blogs out there detailing this guy’s shady business practices.

I’m bringing this to your attention because there are an awful lot of post-apocalyptic books out there with Giangregorio’s name on them. Almost all of them are self-published. I would highly encourage anyone thinking of purchasing a book by him to think twice, then think again one more time. He truly doesn’t deserve a nickel of your money.

UPDATE: The saga of Anthony Giangregorio gets more interesting. Apparently he’s taken umbrage at the information being shared by his victims and has now threatened one of them. Details here: http://nihilistic-kid.livejournal.com/1763027.html

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Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb has been a student of survivalism and emergency preparedness for almost thirty years. As a young child, he drove his parents nuts with stockpiling supplies in the basement every time he heard there was a tornado watch in his area. Of course, being a child, those supplies consisted of his teddy bear, a few blankets and pillows, and random canned goods he grabbed from the kitchen cabinets. Later, he was the first (and likely only) child in his fifth grade class to have bought his very own copy of Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton. Today, he is a freelance writer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. He is a voracious reader with a keen interest in all stories with post-apocalyptic settings. He maintains the Library at the End of the World blog and is also the Content Director for SurvivalWeekly.com. He currently resides in a fortified bunker in the upper Midwest, accompanied by his lovely wife and their three adolescent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jim's first book, Prepper's Home Defense, was published late 2012 and his second book, tentatively titled The Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness, will be out in mid-2013, both coming from Ulysses Press.

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