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MAY 5, 2011



Author Rick Florino will release the latest installment in the Dolor mystery/horror novella series—Dolor Saga: Books I-V—May 5 via New American Deities. The Dolor Saga will be available for only $6.66 at and features the first five of the ten book series (Lila, Chrissy, Arielle, Decker, Cassie), including the previously unreleased Decker and Cassie.

In celebration of the Dolor Saga release, Florino will read selections from the book Tuesday, March 22 from 8pm-11pm at The Hollywood Corner in Los Angeles (1156 North Highland Ave.).

Florino—author of Dolor: Lila | Book I, Dolor: Chrissy | Book II, Do The Devil's Work For Him, founder of Ruin Magazine and Editor-In-Chief of—explains the inspiration for combining the first five books into the Dolor Saga.

"This new release finally fleshes out the intricacies and mythology of the town itself. The connections between each individual diary become clearer and the web of intrigue at the heart of Dolor slowly comes into focus. The characters cycle in and out, but the darkness, fear, anxiety, and evil all remain key elements in each story. Psychologically, Dolor exists in the space between the heinous things people do in real life and the unknown evil we fear in nightmares and that may or may not exist. The text is streamlined. Certain nuances have been changed, so Dolor readers will get a new experience in Books I-III in addition to two new books. This is the trip that I always meant for Dolor to be, and it's only the beginning."

In addition, Rick Florino has partnered with one of hard rock and heavy metal's most powerful, poetic, and pummeling voices, Five Finger Death Punch's Ivan Moody, for an iTunes audio book of Dolor: Lila | Book 1. Known for his vocals on Five Finger Death Punch's modern classic albums War is the Answer and The Way of the Fist, featuring the smash hit singles "The Bleeding," "Bad Company" and "Far From Home," Moody is adding his own unique spin to this intense, intriguing, and unforgettable audio book. "I'm beyond honored to be collaborating with Ivan," says Florino. "He's one of the brightest, most brilliant, and best singers the genre's ever seen and he's adding his own spin to Dolor. You'll need to hear this." For more information on Five Finger Death Punch, go to and

Here's a sample of the critical praise for Dolor: Arielle, Dolor: Chrissy and Dolor: Lila:

"Rick Florino is a writer that can be compared to Stephen King…He was put on this earth to tell stories and that is exactly what he is doing."

—Dana Feldman,, March 13, 2010

"Horror fiction has put a few cities on the map: Castle Rock, Serenity Falls, Orangefield. Add Dolor to that list…It's easy to get caught up in Florino's tale, not only because it adheres to storytelling brevity, but also because it has a rock 'n' roll sensibility to it, dishing out details of drugs, sex and violence."

—Rod Lott,, November 2009

"Lila makes for a damn good read. It's creepy in spots, and madly melancholy in plenty of others. Rick Florino clearly understands the sensitivity behind the content, and manages to siphon frightening reality from the idea…outstanding piece of fiction."

—Matt Molgaard,, November 16, 2009

"…when I see an indie book series out, like this Dolor, I stand up and take notice…This second book in the Dolor series is not only a fun read, but its a fantastic and twisted look into an entirely new world! I highly recommend it."

—Matt MacNabb,, February 17, 2010

"Welcome back to Rick Florino's modern day Twilight Zone…Rick Florino understands the tender strands of the human psyche, just as he knows when, and how hard to pull them; often targeting the taboo as the primary victims…Rick Florino has once again penned an unpredictable story that still leaves one wondering: what in God's name has happened in Dolor?"

—Matt Molgaard,, September 17, 2010

"Rick Florino seems to have a knack for surprise endings and eerie storytelling…Although the novella is roughly thirty pages, it is chock full of symbolism, character development, and intriguing suspense."

—Maria Sica,, October 24, 2010

About Dolor

Dolor is a creepy little town that you won't be able to leave. It's the kind of place you can't forget. It's the kind of place where anything can happen. It's the kind of place where evil doesn't just die. It's the kind of place that nightmares are born to live forever…

In October 2009, Rick Florino opened up Dolor to the "real" world with his first novella Dolor: Lila | Book I. At the beginning of Lila, FBI Agent Jeffries goes to Dolor to investigate a fire. The town's been burned to the ground. One lone house stands—charred to Hell on the outside, but fine on the inside. Within those walls, Jeffries finds ten small diaries. Each diary is written by a different denizen of Dolor, delving into some sort of darkness. The first diary is Lila | Book I.

Enter the world of Rick Florino's Dolor, you'll never be the same. Succumb to the tales of Lila, Chrissy, Arielle, Decker, Cassie, Olivia, Orestes, Lucia, Sage and Helen. Nightmares are guaranteed.

About Rick Florino

Florino moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of working in the entertainment industry after graduating from Boston University Magna Cum Laude at 19 years old. He began his career at New Line Cinema and freelancing for magazines such as Metal Edge, AMP and Lollipop. Constantly writing, he cultivated a unique style that was clever, vivid and highly eloquent. That style would fuel his 2006 creation, the bi-monthly hard rock publication Ruin Magazine. In 2007, Rick became an editor for, where he conducts interviews with A-list film and music talent for exclusive features. His words have also appeared in publications including Inked Magazine, BPM Magazine, Revolver, Kerrang!, Hit Parader, LAX Magazine,,, and many more.

His first book, Do The Devil's Work For Him, was released in June 2009. In support of the book, Rick was featured on No Good TV with members of Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver, System of a Down and Devildriver discussing the text. He was also featured on FOX News. He released the first book of the Dolor series, Lila, in October of 2009, followed with Dolor: Chrissy in February 2010, and Dolor: Arielle in September 2010.