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Christopher C. Payne was born in January 1967 and grew up in DeSoto, IL. He received his bachelor’s degree in finance from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, graduating in 1990. Currently, he lives in San Francisco, CA. In his spare time, he enjoys biking and snowboarding with his two daughters and an amazing wife.

Chris dabbled with writing in his spare time before deciding he would be better served focusing on the publishing side of the literary industry. He founded JournalStone in April of 2009. JournalStone began as a blog before transitioning to a publishing company in the fall of 2010.

Journalstone shot out of the gate by immediately launching a short story contest, then a full blown novel writing contest and quickly began to s...more


SAN FRANCISCO, December 19, 2013 –JournalStone Publishing President, Christopher C. Payne is pleased to announce the additional signings of (David Liss & Eileen Curtright) and (Robert Jackson Bennett and Hank Schwaeble) in the ongoing series of titles JournalStone Publishing releases under the “DoubleDown” series moniker. The DoubleDown Series of books pairs two authors and contains [...]

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Christopher Payne Are you interested in Limbus, Inc. and the creation of the world? Douglas Wynne, author of Steel Breeze, will be doing a five part youtube interview with each author and the editor, Anne C. Petty. See Anne C. Petty's interview, which is available now.

http://youtu.be/ztcZbYnd5QA


Christopher Payne The JS award winning 99 cent weekend is here. The Devil of Echo Lake, Twice Shy, That Which Should Not Be, Terovolas and The Void are all on sale through Sunday for 99 cents on Amazon. If you were looking for one of these books, now is the time to buy.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_...


Christopher Payne Congratulations to Jeffrey Wilson. The Donors is the first JS published book that Barnes&Noble has agreed to stock in its brick and mortar stores! Awesome choice and kudos to Jeff on a great book.

http://journalstone.com/2012/09/08/ba...


Christopher Payne Our very own Norman Rubenstein will be a guest on Library Journal's next Science Fiction focused webinar, with representatives from Night Shade Books and Random House. Make sure you register. Norman is moving into the limelight of fiction stardom. :) and the webinar is free!

https://event.on24.com/eventRegistrat...


Christopher Payne Excellent review of Twice Shy! Let the party commence.

http://www.pissedoffgeek.com/?p=6898


Christopher Payne Another great review for The Donors.

http://newbookjournal.com/2012/08/jou...


message 107: by Katy

Katy Christopher wrote: "Well you had better stop sleepoing and eating so you can get caught up. :)"

Sweet Goddess don't I know it! But, as it is, I *can* read while I'm eating, so that doesn't slow me down TOO much... I even take a book with me when we go out to eat (so does my husband).


Christopher Payne Well you had better stop sleepoing and eating so you can get caught up. :)


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Katy Christopher wrote: "Really? Another great article on Jeff Wilson and The Donors, this time in The Roanoke Times. How many is this? I have lost count.

http://blogs.roanoke.com/backcover/20......"


I am dying to get to this book, but I've promised so many others, and my editing is going slow this week, so it'll probably be another few weeks before I get caught up on my Journalstone books. *sigh* I think I have 3 or 4 of them sitting around here staring at me (well, sort of - they're ebooks, but you know what I mean...)


Christopher Payne Really? Another great article on Jeff Wilson and The Donors, this time in The Roanoke Times. How many is this? I have lost count.

http://blogs.roanoke.com/backcover/20...


Christopher Payne Our very own Jeff Wilson is enjoying some radio stardome!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/suspense...


Christopher Payne Excellent reviw of Craving on horrornews.net.

http://horrornews.net/55525/book-revi...


Christopher Payne Holy Crap! Harriet Klausner, the #1 reviewer on Amazon and a mega reviewer of all genres gave 5 stars to Jeffrey Wilson's, The Donors. Congratulations Jeff on a huge step forward. Everyone at JournalStone wishes you the best! This is fantastic!

http://genregoroundreviews.blogspot.c...


Christopher Payne Subscribe to the JournalStone newsletter and you will receive a free JournalStone paperback book. Details are in the newsletter, at the bottom.

http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Jo...


Christopher Payne Interview with Jeffrey Wilson, author at JournalStone Publishing

http://journalstone.com/2012/06/28/in...


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Christopher Payne JournalStone Publishing Announces Imminent Release of Jeffrey Wilson’s Forthcoming Novel, The Donors

http://journalstone.com/2012/06/25/jo...


Christopher Payne Amazingly good review of active HWA member Brett J. Talley’s The Void on Starburst Magazine's website!

http://www.starburstmagazine.com/revi...


Christopher Payne Library Journal’s review of Brett J. Talley’s The Void is released

http://journalstone.com/2012/06/15/li...


Christopher Payne JournalStone in New York at BEA.

http://journalstone.com/2012/06/11/jo...


Christopher Payne Thanks to Joel Kirkpatrick for making me sound more interesting than I really am. :) An interview with yours truly for anyone who might want to know a little more about me and JournalStone Publishing.

http://journalstone.com/2012/06/05/in...


Christopher Payne JournalStone Publishing Announces Hiring of Renowned Author-Scholar Dr. Michael Collings as Senior Publications Editor

http://journalstone.com/2012/06/02/jo...


Christopher Payne Very nice write up for Jeffry Wilson and The Donors at ITW.

http://www.thebigthrill.org/2012/05/t...


Christopher Payne Another great review of The Void. This time on horrornews.net.

http://horrornews.net/52263/book-revi...


Christopher Payne Congratulations to HWA active member Brett J. Talley on an excellent review of The Void in this week's print edition of Publishers Weekly Magazine.

http://journalstone.com/2012/05/28/pu...


Christopher Payne Congratulations to HWA active member Brett J. Talley on an excellent review of The Void in this week's print edition of Publishers Weekly Magazine.

http://journalstone.com/2012/05/28/pu...


Christopher Payne JournalStone Publishing Announces Strategic New Hire – Norman L. Rubenstein Joins as Senior Editor

http://journalstone.com/2012/05/25/no...


Christine Hatfield thanks for being my friend


Christopher Payne 2012 JournalStone writing contest winners announced.

http://journalstone.com/2012/05/22/20...


Christopher Payne JournalStone Publishing partners with Cycatrix Press on Nam3less Magazine

http://journalstone.com/2012/05/21/jo...


Christopher Payne Excellent review of Cemetery Club on dreadfultales.com

http://dreadfultales.com/2012/05/18/c...


Christopher Payne JournalStone is very excited to announce we have signed 2010 Bram Stoker Award winner and HWA member, Benjamin Kane Ethridge, to a contract for a three book series. We are thrilled to have Benjamin as a JournalStone author and look forward to working with him over the next couple of years.


Christopher Payne "With THE VOID, Brett J. Talley guides us out to the vastness of space and deep into the landscape of nightmare. Talley gives us elegant prose that whispers unspeakable horrors. Highly recommended." - Jonathan Maberry, New York Times best-selling author of ASSASSIN'S CODE and DEAD OF NIGHT


Christopher Payne JournalStone supports HWA by sponsoring the 2013 Bram Stoker Awards ceremony in New Orleans. If you are not a member of the HWA you should really consider joining. Today.

http://www.horror.org/blog/?p=2620


Christopher Payne Great new review of Pazuzu's Girl on horrornews.net.

http://horrornews.net/51397/book-revi...


Christopher Payne JournalStone is excited to announce that not only will we be attending BEA this year; we will be sponsoring the Library Journal’s ‘Day of Dialogue’. We are thrilled to be having dinner with the fiction/review editor from Library Journal and lunch with the fiction review editor for Publishers Weekly. It should be a fun time and we can’t wait to meet everyone. Thanks to JG Faherty and Brett J. Talley (two of our fantastic authors) for agreeing to attend and helping represent JournalStone. We hope to see you there.

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/ho...


Christopher Payne JounalStone Publishing is pleased to announce that Jonathan Maberry will be joining Joseph Nassise, Benjamin Kane Ethridge, Anne C. Petty and Brett J. Talley as the fifth and final author in our 2012 shared world anthology, Limbus. We are very pleased with our all-star line-up which will include Jason V. Brock as the interior/exterior design artist. Look for more announcements as the late fall 2012 release date approaches.


Christopher Payne Another great review of That Which Should Not Be. If you haven't read it yet, you should really take a look and see what you are missing.

http://www.pissedoffgeek.com/?p=4287


Christopher Payne JournalStone is excited to announce we have signed Kristina Meister to a three book deal. Kristina is represented by Laurie McLean of Larsen Pomada Literary Agents. Welcome aboard Kristina and thanks to Laurie for having the confidence in us to sign us to this long term relationship.


Christopher Payne The top ten for JournalStone's 2012 writing contest have been announced. Thanks to everyone who entered and good luck to the top 10. The final standings should be announced in a few weeks! Check out who made the top ten by clicking the link.

http://journalstone.com/contest/journ...


Christopher Payne Congratulations to Jeffrey Wilson. He has a new short story published in Buzzy Mag. Click on the link and take a look.

http://buzzymag.com/calling-home-by-j...


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Christopher Payne It has posted! Our cover on PW posted today and the print copy will be out next week! We are very excited at JournalStone to have our first cover with Publishers Weekly. Congrats to Jeff, JG, and Brett for the excellent books listed.

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/pr...


Christopher Payne A nice review of The Pentacle Pendant.

http://sallyawolfreads.blogspot.com/2...


Christopher Payne JG Faherty continues his virtual tour with a guest post about his latest release Cemetery Club. Click on the link and see why the world of horror is buzzing about JG Faherty. This is an excellent new offering from a very talented author.

http://vrleavitt.com/guest-post-by-j-...


Christopher Payne Purchase a hard cover or paperback book at JournalStone in April, you get the electronic copy free and you will be entered into a contest to win a Kindle Fire. It doesn't get any better than that. Not interested in a print copy; buy the electronic version and you still have a shot at winning the Kindle Fire.

http://journal-store.com/category/boo...


Christopher Payne Excellent review of JG Faherty's new novel, Cemetery Club on The Deepening. You have to take a look at this new zombie offering that rivals any commercial horror novel be sold today.

http://reviews.thedeepening.com/2012/...


Christopher Payne An awesome virtual book tour for JG Faherty to promote his new book, Cemetery Club. Take a look at some of the venues and keep this link around for the April kickoff.

http://www.pumpupyourbook.com/2012/03...


Christopher Payne JG Faherty's Cemetery Club gets a great review on HorrorNews.net.

http://horrornews.net/49441/book-revi...


Christopher Payne Wow, congratulations to Anne C. Petty, author of Shaman's Blood, on what might be one of the most glowing reviews I have ever read. Thanks to Clayton Bye for reading Shaman's Blood and writing up the review.

http://horror.thedeepening.com/2012/0...


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