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Demons accompany a young man on a hellish road trip through China's wastelands

Desert Bleeds Red
James S. Hornsby

Desert Bleeds Red: A Novel of the East by Jason S. Hornsby. Released May 28, 2014 by Permuted Press

A plane crash in the desert. Doubles lurking in the shadows. A missing wife. A clairvoyant mistress. Eight demons. A thousand corpses. One savage journey through the Wastelands of China…

Part modern rendition of the King Solomon legends, part hellish travelogue, and all white-knuckle terror, Desert Bleeds Red is a haunting vision of China and humanity unlike anything you can imagine.

Want a peek beneath the cover? Here's a tantalizing teaser of what's inside.

People bemoan evil’s presence but obsess over its absence. They writhe around in the night like depraved junkies when they don’t have it in their midst. And so the evil obliges them, time and again, tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow, year after year, the blood of a failed civilization cascading down through the centuries until that very day when the candle of humanity burns no more. It does this because it is within its nature to do so. Wickedness exists out of obligation alone, nothing more.


Jason S. Hornsby is the author of the horror novels "Every Sigh, The End" and "Eleven Twenty-Three," as well as several short stories and articles for time travel and zombie anthologies. His work has been lauded for its originality, dark humor, themes of paranoia, and extreme horror.

His latest novel, "Desert Bleeds Red," follows over three years of research in China. Hornsby was present when the 2009 Urumqi riots began, as well as political insurrections in Sichuan and Inner Mongolia. He was witness and even party to stabbings, brawls, and routine sidewalk bloodshed, and spent a month recuperating from surgery in a Beijing hospital. He was a regular in the expat nightlife scene, frequenting dive bars and concert halls and hidden hutong hangouts.

He has traveled and dodged trouble in over fourteen provinces in China thus far, as well as backpacked through Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia. The author and his family have lived in rural Malaysia since early 2012, getting lost in jungles while searching for spiritual enlightenment. He has no current plans for a permanent return to America.


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Permuted Press was established in 2004 with a modest goal: to produce a single, high-quality zombie anthology titled The Undead. From this simple goal grew a publishing company that has published over 80 titles targeting the apocalyptic, post-apocalyptic, and survival horror fiction markets. Permuted Press has relied heavily on the power of the internet and advances in publishing technology to establish itself as one of the best known publishers in the apocalyptic niche. Permuted has utilized print on demand (POD) technology, eBooks, and grassroots internet marketing to catch and cater to its ever growing fan base. Permuted Press is expanding its outreach to include fiction such as urban fantasy, paranormal/supernatural romance, and young adult fiction.

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