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Christopher C. Payne

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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
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JournalStone Publishing Announces the signing of NYT best-selling author Jonathan Maberry to a 4 book deal. Three separate short story collections – One featuring the first ever Sam Hunter collection – and a Joe Ledger Companion Book co-written with Mari Adkins and Preston Halcomb. SAN FRANCISCO, October 25, 2015 – JournalStone Publishing (JSP) President, Christopher […]


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Alexandra Thank you for adding me! I'm also on Librarything. My username is Punkeymonkey529 on there as well, and had entered to win a copy of Duncan's Diary and won! I can't wait when I get and receive it! It was a nice surprise to see after not having daily internet access for a week until now. Duncan's Diary will be your first book that I will be reading.


Christopher Payne Alexandra wrote: "Thank you for adding me! I'm also on Librarything. My username is Punkeymonkey529 on there as well, and had entered to win a copy of Duncan's Diary and won! I can't wait when I get and receive it! ..."

That is awesome. I just mailed them out today.

Just be warned that Duncan's Diary is very violent in a few parts. Some people have been a little turned off by that.

I do hope you enjoy it though. Congrats.


message 3: by CaliGirlRae (last edited Oct 19, 2010 10:02PM)

CaliGirlRae Thanks for the friendship invite, Christopher! Have an awesome week!


Christopher Payne Right back at you Rae, thanks for accepting!


message 5: by Beth

Beth Hi Christopher,
Thanks for befriending this fellow author on Goodreads!


Christopher Payne Hey Beth, thanks to you as well. I look forward to getting to know you.


message 7: by Lori

Lori Hi Christopher-
Thanks for the friend request! :)


Christopher Payne Thanks for accepting Lori!


Christopher Payne Isamlq wrote: "thanks for the the friend request!"

Thanks so much for accepting. Nice having you as a friend. It is always good getting to know new people.


message 10: by Carolyn

Carolyn Haven Thank you for your friendship. Happy writing.


Christopher Payne Carolyn wrote: "Thank you for your friendship. Happy writing."

Thanks to you as well Caroyln. Hope your week is going well.


Bobs (Reader Unbound) Thanks for the friend request! Hope you will enjoy the rest of the weekend :) Smiles


Christopher Payne Zosia wrote: "Thanks for the friend invite!"

Thanks for accepting.

:)


Leaundra Christopher, thanks for the add. Take care...Leaundra


message 15: by Celine

Celine Hi Christopher,
Thanks for the friend invite!


message 16: by Richard

Richard thanks for the add


Christopher Payne Richard wrote: "thanks for the add"

Thanks to you as well.

Have a good one.


message 18: by William

William O'Brien Hi Christopher - Thank you for your friendship.
Please visit my website http://www.peteradarkenedfairytale.co.uk
to view a sample page and many other snippets about the book.
Expected release date mid-late Jan.
Best wishes, William


Christopher Payne Dawn wrote: "Thank you for the friends request. I love the cover of your book."

Thanks Dawn, It is always awesome to receive positive feedback.

Happy Holidays to you.


Tatum *Sparkles* Is it wierd that i have never heard of you?


message 21: by Christopher (last edited Dec 21, 2010 01:25PM)

Christopher Payne Tatum ^o^ wrote: "Is it wierd that i have never heard of you?"

Not at all. I have done nothing noteworthy as of yet. Maybe some day though. I still hold out hope.

Although I did win first place in my 7th grade 100 yard dash and got a blue ribbon. That has to count for something I would think.


Harlequin Books Hello Christopher, it is a pleasure to meet you.


Alexandra Happy Birthday Christopher!


Christopher Payne Pancakemib wrote: "Thanks for the book recommedation, I did enter to win it and added it to my to-read list."

Awesome, it is a fun book. Good luck on winning.


Kelly/yllektra Thanks for adding me! :)


Christopher Payne That Which Should Not Be is hitting the shelves this week. If you like literary classic horror you have to check out this phenomenal book.

That Which Should Not Be


message 27: by Taznim

Taznim hey Christopher,
thanks for the add!!!


Christopher Payne Congratulations to Gregory Bastianelli. His book, Jokers Club, is published as of today and available on Amazon, Barnes&Noble etc. Jokers Club finished second place in the JournalStone 2011 writing contest and is an absolutely awesome book. If you haven't read it yet you really should take a look. This author will keep you on the edge of your seat to the very last word.
Jokers Club


Christopher Payne Review on Hellnotes.com

"That Which Should Not Be, a novel written in the style of a Lovecrafting Cthulu epic, pays tribute to the dark scribe with a tale that could easily have been a continuation of At the Mountains of Madness, and indeed, reads like something Lovecraft wrote himself. I went into the novel expecting a few references here and there, and an imitation of style and form, but ultimately, what I got was a multi-layered, engaging story told in an interesting way. I would encourage fans of Lovecraft’s fiction to check out That Which Should Not Be, which ends up not as a pastiche or knock-off but rather as a loving and dedicated tribute that presents a new story in another author’s world." - Darkeva, Hellnotes.com


Christopher Payne There are good reviews and then there are insanely great reviews. That Which Should Not Be keeps racking up the positive comments. Take a look at what Mike over at Lovecraft Ezine had to say about Brett's novel. Congrats Brett, your book is awesome.

http://lovecraftzine.com/2011/11/16/t...


Christopher Payne One of the best interviews I have read in a long time. Congratulations to Jeffrey Wilson (HWA Member), author of The Traiteur's Ring, and thanks to Richard Godwin, nicely done.

http://www.richardgodwin.net/intervie...


Christopher Payne Our latest writing contest is well underway. Submit your horror novel and see if you can win the $2,000 1st place prize.

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


Christopher Payne Excellent interview with JG Faherty/Brett J. Talley on Hellnotes helping to promote 90 Minutes to Live. Please remember the proceeds from this anthology are being donated towards the medical expenses for Rocky Wood. Help support the cause. Check out the interview and buy a copy.

http://hellnotes.com/


Christopher Payne Excellent interview with Rocky Wood and Joel Kirkpatrick done by Cassie McCown on horrornews.net helping to promote 90 Minutes to Live. Please remember the proceeds from this anthology are being donated towards the medical expenses for Rocky Wood. Help support the cause. Check out the interview and buy a copy.

http://horrornews.net/45857/interview...


Christopher Payne Congratulations to Gregory Bastianelli for a nice review at Publishers Weekly. This is a great way to start the New Year for Greg and for JournalStone. Big things are coming down the path in 2012. Keep your eye on Jokers Club and on JournalStone.

http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1...


Christopher Payne JournalStone's monthly newsletter!

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


Christopher Payne Excellent interview with Jeffrey Wilson by Brett J. Talley on Hellnotes helping to promote 90 Minutes to Live. Please remember the proceeds from this anthology are being donated towards the medical expenses for Rocky Wood. Help support the cause. Check out the interview and buy a copy.

http://hellnotes.com/an-interview-wit...


Christopher Payne There is a nice interview on Hellnotes.com with Bruce Golden, done by Brett J. Talley. Bruce is a contributor to 90 Minutes to Live, the anthology dedicated to Rocky Wood. If you haven’t purchased a copy yet you need to get it on it! You are missing an awesome book and a great read.

http://hellnotes.com/an-interview-wit...


Christopher Payne Win $20 a week for......

All you have to do is sign up to JournalStone's forum and you are eligible. It really is that simple.

http://journalstone.com/forum/index.php


Christopher Payne JournalStone will be attending the 2012 World Horror Convention and taking pitches during the pitch session. If you haven't signed up yet, please do. How often do you get a chance to party in Salt Lake City? We would love to meet you, have a drink and talk about your horror writing.

http://www.whc2012.org/World_Horror_2...


Christopher Payne Congratulations to Stephen M. DeBock for the great review of The Pentacle Pendant on HorrorNews.net. If you like werewolf books, this is a must read.

http://horrornews.net/46587/book-revi...


Christopher Payne Congratulations to Gregory Bastianelli on an excellent review of Jokers Club from PissedOffGeek.com.

http://www.pissedoffgeek.com/wordpres...


Christopher Payne JournalStone wants to thank David Silva of Hellnotes.com for running the interview series with some select authors from the anthology, 90 Minutes to Live. The final interview, with Brad Carpenter done by Brett J. Talley, can be found on the link below. Brad is a contributor to 90 Minutes to Live, the anthology dedicated to Rocky Wood. If you haven’t purchased a copy yet you need to get it on it! You are missing an awesome book and a great read.


http://hellnotes.com/an-interview-wit...


Christopher Payne Congratulations to Brett J. Talley, author of That Which Should Not Be and JG Faherty, author of Ghosts of Coronado Bay. Both of these amazing books made the preliminary ballot for the HWA Stoker awards. We at JournalStone feel lucky to work with these two excellent authors. For the entire preliminary ballot click on the link. There are a lot of fantastic books in the running. The HWA is a great organization for horror writers. If you are not a member and you write horror you should really consider joining.


http://www.horror.org/blog/?p=2245


Christopher Payne Congratulations to Brett J. Talley, author of That Which Should Not Be. His story, The Spaces Between Space, was chosen for the latest edition of the Lovecraft eZine.

http://lovecraftzine.com/issues/the-s...


Christopher Payne Would you like to earn $2,000 and have your writing published? Send in your manuscript to JournalStone and you might take home the 1st place prize. We would love to hear from you.

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


Christopher Payne JournalStone is partnering with author and HWA member Jeffrey Wilson on a great charity event to benefit the Navy Seals in the month of February. Check out the link, buy The Traiteur’s Ring in February and all the proceeds will be donated to a fantastic cause.

http://journalstone.com/2012/01/23/su...


Christopher Payne Check out JournalStone's 2012 February Newsletter if you get a chance. There is a lot of stuff happening with this small press!

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


Christopher Payne A nice review of the upcoming new release from JG Faherty, Cemetery Club, on PissedOffGeek.com.

http://www.pissedoffgeek.com/wordpres...


Christopher Payne A nice interview with JG Faherty as he discusses Ghosts of Coronado Bay, writing for the YA market and much much more.

http://thehorrorofderekclendening.blo...


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