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Crazy 8 Press to Launch PRISM on Amazon Vella

The cover of Prism

The writer’s collective that features authors Peter David, Michael Jan Friedman, Mary Fan, and Russ Colchamiro, will release a weekly 80’s-styled spy series called ‘PRISM’ on Amazon Vella.

The Crazy 8 Press announced its planned release of PRISM, a spy-thriller action-adventure made exclusively available on Amazon Vella. Debuting on Thursday, June 9th, PRISM’s chapters will release individually for 10 straight weeks. With additional stories to be made available by the Crazy 8 Press based on users’ enthusiasm for the series.  

Set in the 1980s, PRISM is an homage to TV classics such as MacGyver, The Greatest American Hero, The Fall Guy, Knight Rider, and more. Each PRISM short story will be linked to the series’ overarching narrative, with each tale, featuring some very heart-racing and tightly plotted adventures. All in a format perfect for the Vella weekly release model. 

“We’re all huge fans of spy series, heists, elaborate capers, and action-adventure,” said PRISM Editor-in-Chief Hildy Silverman. “We also wanted to capture the spirit of the wild, fun, and over-the-top, race-against-the-clock-style stories from the 1980s, set during that period, with adventures occurring around the world pitting the good guys against the bad guys.”

Known as the Program Responsible for Intelligently Saving Mankind, P.R.I.S.M. is the story about a secret U.S. government agency whose mission is to retrieve several mysterious alien technologies that are scattered across the globe, before several nefarious groups can take claim to them.  

Each vignette will feature different spy characters at separate points in their careers; characters with their own distinct personalities, skill sets, and gadgets, based on where they are in their history. The spies of PRISM will also face off against a cadre of villains, and each will have little-to-no knowledge about the powers, origin, and scope of the alien technology they are charged with retrieving. 

The official PRISM lead-in goes as follows:

“The meteor shower of 1908 brought the first piece of . . . something mysterious to Earth. The final Apollo mission brought the last one, in 1972. Which is when all the pieces began waking up.  

That was ten years ago. But as the new cold war emerges in the 1980s…

Where are these pieces from? What are they for? They are scattered around the world, in all shapes and sizes. Some of them already exhibit strange properties. Others appear to be inert on their own. What will happen if they are all assembled together?  

No one knows, but PRISM—the Program Responsible for Intelligently Saving Mankind—was formed ensure the pieces don’t fall into the wrong hands. PRISM agents, each chosen for their special skills, scour the globe, seeking out pieces and bringing them back for safekeeping.  

These are their missions.”

Each story featured in PRISM on Amazon Vella will also be uniquely set in different parts of the world. The series will be focused on telling a tale of mystery and thrills and not every story features a happy ending.

The first 10 stories of PRISM will be written by Crazy 8 Press members Russ Colchamiro, Mary Fan, Robert Greenberger, Aaron Rosenberg, and Hildy Silverman. The Crazy 8 Press is a consortium of writers who banded together to bypass traditional publishing and bring stories directly to the readers. 

For more information, visit Crazy8Press.com.

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