Mayan Blue, by Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason
Sinister Grin Press
Publicist/Marketing: Erin Al-Mehairi
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Mayan Blue, Synopsis
Xibalba, home of torture and sacrifice, is the kingdom of the lord of death. He stalked the night in the guise of a putrefied corpse, with the head of an owl and adorned with a necklace of disembodied eyes that hung from nerve cords. He commanded legions of shapeshifting creatures, spectral shamans, and corpses hungry for the flesh of the living. The Mayans feared him and his realm of horror. He sat atop his pyramid temple surrounded by his demon kings and demanded sacrifices of blood and beating hearts as tribute to him and his ghostly world.
These legends, along with those that lived in fear of them, have been dead and gone for centuries. Yet now, a doorway has been opened in Georgia. A group of college students seek their missing professor, a man who has secretly uncovered the answer to one of history’s greatest mysteries. However, what they find is more than the evidence of a hidden civilization. It’s also a gateway to a world of living nightmares.
Melissa Lason and Michelle Garza have been writing together since they were little girls. Dubbed The Sisters of Slaughter by the editors of Fireside Press. They are constantly working together on new stories in the horror and dark fantasy genres. Their work has been included in FRESH MEAT published by Sinister Grin Press, WISHFUL THINKING by Fireside Press, WIDOWMAKERS a benefit anthology of dark fiction.
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Praise for Mayan Blue
“From the outset, Garza and Lason let the blood spill, plunging their small cast of characters into the depths of Mayan hell. There’s plenty of action to go around as the group is confronted with a number of horrors, from the labyrinthine and booby-trapped maze of the newly discovered Mayan temple to the angry gods and their owl-headed, sharp-clawed servants.” –Michael Hicks, Author of Convergence
“Their short works are wonderful to read. However this book proves that they can tackle longer works without missing a beat.” –Tom, GoodReads
”These two show no quarter dragging the characters--and by extension, the reader--into the depths of the Mayan version of Hell. There's vividness to the scenes they craft that made me want to make sure I was reading in full daylight, or at least with most of the lights on.” –John Quick, Author of Consequences
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Tell us a little about the book.
M&M- It’s about a group of people that find themselves in the Mayan underworld and the brutality that ensues. We were brainstorming ideas for a novel and got to talking about how some people think the Mayans could have migrated to the southern states of America. We thought it was an interesting premise so we started to research the Mayans and their beliefs and came upon their version of hell and the beings that inhabited it and decided we would write a story involving Xibalba, the underworld, and its lord of death.
How does it feel to have your book published?
M&M- It feels like a crazy dream; it’s fantastic. We love writing and to have our first novel finally being published is just amazing. Sinister Grin Press has been really wonderful every step of the way too, from the editing process to keeping us informed on how the artwork was coming along, we couldn’t have asked for anything more from a publisher.
Who is your favorite character form the book?
M&M- We really loved Wes and Alissa but we had to put them through a lot to convey the brutality we thought a person would experience in Xibalba. They are both brave, good hearted, and slightly nerdy which we identified with.
Are there more books planned in the series?
M&M- We were talking about a possible prequel to it and who knows maybe a sequel as well down the line after we’ve completed a few projects.
What does the future hold for you?
M&M- We are working on a horror novella, a horror novel, and also a sci-fi novel. There will be a handful of short story releases from us this year. We are definitely keeping very busy and it feels great!
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