Maura Lynch’s review of Foamers

Originally posted on Justin Kassab:

Foamers Review

Click here for the full review of Foamers by Maura Lynch.

…Novelist Justin Kassab, age twenty-six, manages to analyze, define and take control of the fear of the apocalypse in his extraordinary and impressive debut FOAMERS.  This is the first in The Primal Age Chronicles series, a blend of science fiction, dystopian, adventure, and coming-of-age literature.  Kassab has created characters in which the reader invests quite a lot emotionally.  The book is most definitely a page-turner, and Kassab is masterful in determining when to accelerate the pace and when to rein it in. The taut plot keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire novel…


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Two Weeks Until Foamers Releases


Foamers, the flagship E-First novel of Kaylie Jones Books, by Justin Kassab releases on March 25th.

Terminally diagnosed with Huntington’s disease as a child, Kade gave up on living a productive existence. He spent most of his time preparing for the Primal Age, even though he knew the end of the world wouldn’t happen in his shortened lifetime.

In Kade’s twenties, the United States is being ravaged by the Feline Flu. After the Flu hits pandemic levels, a vaccine is released to the public. Viewed as the last chance to stop the virus, over ninety percent of the population receives the vaccine within a single day.

The vaccine takes on a life of its own and deprives the recipients of their higher functions, leaving them with only their primal urges. These bloodthirsty monsters become known as foamers because of the red foam that forms around their mouths when they hunt.

As the world as he knows it descends into the Primal Age, Kade finds that he is not only useful, but is expected to lead other survivors. His group is constantly assaulted by foamers and a warmongering paramilitary unit. In an unrelenting fight for their lives, his group is forced to redefine humanity in a world without law.

Barbara J. Taylor Guest Posts at Reading the Past

Barbara J. Taylor Guest Posts at Reading the Past



The Billy Sunday Snowstorm, a guest post by novelist Barbara J. Taylor

Today is the 100th anniversary of the “Billy Sunday Snowstorm,” a significant event in the cultural history of Scranton, Pennsylvania and in the lives of the characters in Barbara J. Taylor’s forthcoming debut novel, Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night (Akashic/Kaylie Jones Books, July).  I’m excited to be able to kick off my Small Press Month celebration with Barbara’s beautifully written essay

Cover for Foamers, by Justin Kassab


Foamers is Kaylie Jones Books flagship E-first novel, by Justin Kassab. Available March 25th.

“When a screwed-up flu vaccine mutates sixty percent of humanity into mindless beasts, ‘Trust your intelligence’ becomes the leitmotif of a group of survivors. Fast-moving, violent, and vividly imagined, Foamers creates a dangerous world made disquietingly believable.”

—David Poyer, author of Stepfather Bank and The Cruiser

Final Book Jacket for SING IN THE MORNING, CRY AT NIGHT by Barbara J. Taylor


Here is the final cover for Barb Taylor‘s SING IN THE MORNING, CRY AT NIGHT. The second novel in our Kaylie Jones Books imprint. The quote at the top is too small to see on this thumbnail, but it is from the great Jay Parini, who grew up in the Scranton area:

“The world of Christian miners — the hard core of the anthracite mining industry in northeast Pennsylvania — is beautifully evoked by Barbara J. Taylor in this remarkable novel. I found myself drawn back to its pages, living deeply in its world as I read. The sense of place — a place I know well, as I grew up there — is vividly realized. This is a lyrical, passionate novel that will hold readers in its thrall. A first-rate debut.”

Jay Parini, author of THE LAST STATION