ASBURY PARK IS SETTING FOR NEW MYSTERY / THRILLER BOOK, “ASBURY DARK”

"Asbury Dark" is the latest thriller from Ocean Grove writer Lisa Bonfitto.

“Asbury Dark” is the latest thriller from Ocean Grove writer Lisa Bonfitto.

Asbury Park has become a horror story.

Just messing with you – I’m talking about a fun new mystery book you will want to read by local suspense writer Lori Bonfitto.

Just in time for the spookiest season of the year, Bonfitto has published “Asbury Dark” – a exciting thriller centered around Asbury Park and inspired by its unique history and characters.

“Asbury Park has so many fascinating stories and landmarks that it can’t help but capture imaginations,” said Bonfitto.  “Combined with the city’s scads of historic moments and landmarks, it’s the perfect backdrop for a collection of scary paranormal stories.”

From the first page, Bonfitto’s storytelling talents howl, errr… shine, creating solid character development that officially makes her book a page-turner.  “Asbury Dark’s” seven short stories take the reader on a mysterious trip accompanied by telekinetic teenagers, a doomed ocean liner, a haunted bed and breakfast, and (my favorite) a zombie-fighting real estate developer.

“When I was a child, I watched ‘B’ horror movies and the ‘Twilight Zone’ with my dad,” said Bonfitto, who grew up in Oakhurst and lives in Ocean Grove.  “My love of everything horror and paranormal started there.”

Today, this Ocean Grove resident’s creativity is inspired by television shows Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead.  Bonfitto’s fantastical writing comes from years of playwriting and a degree from New York University film school. Last year, she published her well-received first novel, “The Lineman.”

Bonfitto knows how to deliver scary-fun escapism.

“I just love stories where everyday people are thrown into fantastic situations with obstacles to overcome,” said Bonfitto.  “I am a big ‘what if’ type of person.  What if this relatable person was put in this extraordinarily creepy situation?  How would they triumph – or even would they?”

That question makes “Asbury Dark” a complete page-turner.

Thanks to Bonfitto’s dynamic imagination and exceptional writing our city is transformed into a community of obsession and the paranormal.  I believe “Asbury Dark” is the first thriller completely set in Asbury Park and it’s a first-class debut that will satiate the most ferocious zombie lover.

“Asbury Dark” launches at the Zombie Walk, Saturday (Oct. 4).  In the casino shell meet the author and buy the paperback at discounted price.  Photo op with 6 foot tall Tillie Zombie. Digital and print versions of the book are available on Amazon.  More at AsburyDark.com.

Richard@TheBPlot.com

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