Posts Tagged ‘transmedia’

Medallion Press Tries A New Approach to Ebooks With Gregory Lamberson’s “The Julian Year”.

Published by Kirsten on June 1st, 2014 - in Uncategorized

I’m not writing creatively today, just sharing this information because I think using new technologies with ebooks is intriguing. Sometimes it makes no difference, sometimes it’s cool on an individual level but there’s no ripple across the publishing pond. But all kinds of things we can’t imagine yet are POSSIBLE… And this time it’s also interesting because it involves horror author Gregory Lamberson’s novel The Julian Year, so readers will get to experience how this technology can affect the experience of the horror reader.


So, to the news– straight from the press release:


Medallion Press, a subsidiary of Medallion Media Group, has developed a new technology aimed at revolutionizing the reading experience for millions of book lovers across the globe.


TREEbook is a patented new technology which allows authors and publishers to create novels with multiple story branches, giving readers the possibility of a unique and completely unpredictable reading experience over and over again. Based on each reader’s individual reading habits, each TREEbook-enhanced story has the potential to seamlessly branch down new and undiscovered story lines, giving greater insight to the characters, a deeper look at the story, and even alternate endings—all within one book. There are no choices to make. Readers simply read at leisure, while the TREEbook technology works in the background.


“It gives readers a chance to experience a story like never before,” says Adam Mock, COO of Medallion Media Group and one of the inventors of TREEbook. “We’ve taken the traditional reading experience and enhanced it with our innovative TREEbook technology, which has the ability to organically branch a story down alternate paths. So if you’re ready to dive into the next level of reading, this is it.”


Medallion Press has five TREEbook-enhanced novels scheduled to release by end of 2015. Genres range from Horror to Historical Fiction.


As of now, there’s only one way to experience TREEbook-enhanced novels, which is to download Medallion Media Group’s free MMG Sidekick app for the iPad.


The very first TREEbook-enhanced novel release is The Julian Year by award-winning horror author Gregory Lamberson (The Jake Helman Files, The Frenzy Wolves Cycle). In The Julian Year one of the main characters, Julian Weizak, an obituary writer in New York, celebrates his birthday alone in a bar on New Year’s Eve. At the stroke of midnight, scores of homicides break out on the East Coast.

Julian discovers that, in all, 20,000 murders are committed that night in New York alone, with the murder epidemic spreading across the country and the world, time zone by time zone. At midnight each day thereafter, 19,178,082 people around the world become homicidal maniacs, contributing to the biggest killing spree in history. It looks as if the chaos can lead to only one end: the extinction of mankind.

To learn more about the TREEbook visit


For more information about Gregory Lamberson or his TREEbook novel The Julian Year, visit


For questions about the technology behind the TREEbook visit the blog of MMG’s Executive Director of Technology, Brian Buck, accessible from the homepage at


Medallion Media Group, which includes Medallion Press, Medallion Movies, and Medallion Music, is on a mission to provide dynamic multimedia entertainment in collaboration with innovative writers, filmmakers, musicians, artists, and technologists. With a creative approach to book, music, and film production, we seek to synergize the arts and cultivate developing technologies to carve a path on the leading edge of content delivery.


Teen Read Week Giveaway #4: Reckless and Fearless by Cornelia Funke

Published by Kirsten on October 17th, 2013 - in Uncategorized

And it’s time for another Teen Read Week giveaway! This time we have the first two volumes in Cornelia Funke’s Mirrorworld series, Reckless (in paperback) and Fearless (in hardcover), both reviewed here. While Funke is widely known for her children’s books (and especially for Inkheart)he Mirrorworld books are dark fantasy and meant for older teens.  Jacob Reckless is able to travel back and forth between our world and an alternate, highly detailed fantasy world through a mirror he discovers in his father’s study. There is an incredible app based on these two books as well, also highly detailed and with truly amazing additional content written specifically for it (unfortunately, there’s no Android version). That, I can’t give away. But if you love fantasy or Dungeons and Dragons, you can easily get lost in Funke’s Mirrorworld. There’s a free preview of Reckless for Kindle, if you want to try it out and see if it’s for you. Leave a comment telling me what you’re going to be for Halloween this year and these could be yours!

Murder Most Foul: Violent Death in Children’s Literature

Published by Kirsten on August 28th, 2013 - in Uncategorized

The Boston Globe just published an interview with Michelle Ann Abate, a professor at Ohio State University who has just published a book about the tradition of murder and violence in children’s literature (a really interesting take on the “scaring the children” theme). I’m not sure if it’s because of the way the interviewer edited the interview for publication, but for some reason both he and she come across as seeming surprised that there is a tradition of violence in children’s literature, and she’s actually quoted as saying that “the story of violence and books for young readers hasn’t been told before”.

I have to say that I am surprised at the surprise that there is a tradition of violence in children’s literature. It’s a frequent reason that books are banned (although racism, explicit sexual situations, and profanity currently top that). Going back in history, even after you progress past Grimm’s fairy tales, there’s no lack of violence and death. Andersen’s tales often end with death. “The Little Match Girl”, for instance, freezes to death on the street.


Struwwelpeter, by Heinrich Hoffman, is a classic children’s book, with lovely illustrations. Here’s one for a story about a girl with matches who burns to death!



And let’s not forget the Gashlycrumb Tinies.  Poor Kate! Childhood used to be a much different creature than it is today, a point that Abate does make, and attitudes toward parenting tended toward the didactic and scaring kids into behaving. It is interesting to note, though, that Hoffman wrote the book to entertain his young child, and in spite of the terrifying stories and illustrations, there are a lot of adults who remember it as being funny when they were kids.  There’s a darkness inside children that a lot of grownups don’t want to admit is there.

“K is for Kate who was struck with an axe”

Moving on to more recent times, we have the parents of the kids in  Julian Thompson’s The Grounding of Group 6, who send their kids to a school that guarantees they’ll be permanently lost in the woods; the viciousness of the children in William Sleator’s House of Stairs; the matter-of-fact euthanasia of children and the elderly in Lois Lowry’s The Giver;  the government approved murders of “extra” children in Margaret Peterson Haddix’s Among the Hidden; the chilling account of the Holocaust in The Devil’s Arithmetic;  the supernatural terrors from Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark; the death of Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Death, and especially murder, can be scary in books, but nowhere near as scary as daily life. Processing the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. is a lot more difficult for my kids than processing The Tailypo. 

Many people– librarians, critics, parents, academics– have considered the story of violence in children’s books. Nearly every year there’s at least one article about how children’s literature has gotten too dark. I would say that it’s an aspect that people either choose to avoid (it’s not difficult to avoid children’s books containing murders) or take for granted. When something like The Hunger Games or Goosebumps becomes massively popular, violence in children’s books comes into the spotlight, but even when it’s not in the spotlight, there are people who notice it, study it, and write about it. I think as transmedia platforms become more popular we’ll see more of this come to light, as books and visual media connect in more ways than ever, and this is definitely a topic worth paying attention to… but if the study of violence in children’s literature hasn’t been noticed before, it’s only because people didn’t want to see what was really there.