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Scurvy No Laughing Matter

Indie Author Vows to Raise Public Awareness.

New York, NY, August 09, 2008 --( When Steve Dupont became depressed and gravely ill back in 2003 following a corporate layoff, he was under the assumption that mankind eradicated Scurvy hundreds of years ago. Much to Dupont’s dismay, he was wrong – almost “dead” wrong. Doctors diagnosed him with advanced Scurvy, the symptoms of which are never mentioned in pirate jokes. Muscle weakness. Bone weakness. Skin legions. Now Dupont is trying to warn others of the legitimate danger Scurvy poses.

“I was shocked – in fact, I thought the doctor was pulling my leg,” Dupont recalled.

At that moment, Dupont realized he needed to change the erroneous public perception of Scurvy. The product of his resolve: Skull & Bones Publishing, headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, with satellite offices in Los Angeles and Glasgow, Scotland.

“As far as I know we’re the only publisher – and the only company, period – to dedicate ourselves to the fight against Scurvy,” Dupont said.

Currently a portion of every book sold goes to Scurvy research and awareness programs – and while the content of the publisher’s titles is not Scurvy-related, that is soon going to change, as well. The compilation entitled Scurvy Survival Stories, which includes true – and harrowing – accounts from all over the world, is due out in Spring 2009.

Dupont’s dedication to fighting Scurvy hasn’t come without some pain and loss. Just prior to his illness, Dupont had been in negotiations over the publication of his own novel, Therein Lies the Problem – close to signing with a major New York house, only to have the deal fall apart.

“I told them I wanted to bring Scurvy into the mainstream consciousness, while publicizing the book,” Dupont said. “They basically scoffed at the idea, so I walked. It was a serious insult to me.”

Therein Lies the Problem tells the tale of a bold experiment – in an America where Scurvy is just about the last thing on everyone’s mind. Indeed, the Corporate Wars have taken their toll on society, which might explain how Lester Ginn — huckster, hypnotist, swordsman, self-proclaimed visionary — could rally support for his own grandiose notion of utopia ... The Pyramid.

The trade paperback is available in bookstores, and online at

Dupont is also active online, posting regularly at Gonzo Politico ( and TheNervousBreakdown (

About Skull and Bones Publishing

With several talented, like-minded authors on the roster, and with offices in Birmingham, Los Angeles and Glasgow, Skull & Bones Publishing was officially launched in January 2007 with the mission to promote outstanding books and help eradicate Scurvy once and for all.

They can be found online at


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