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THEME PARK BABYLON

20 YEARS IN THE AMUSEMENT PARK BUSINESS

Dale Brumfield releases

10th book in 10 years with

“Theme Park Babylon”

 

Richmond-area author, “American Grotesk” journalist, anti-death penalty advocate and Cultural Archaeologist Dale M. Brumfield is proud to announce the September 23, 2019 release of his 10th book in 10 years, THEME PARK BABYLON.

“The memo just came out … everything’s gone crazy.”

THEME PARK BABYLON is set on the March 27, 1980 opening of Burkewood Fun Park’s 30th season. After graduating from a Virginia university with an almost worthless degree during the 1980 recession, “Dale” has to settle for a low-paying seasonal job helping inspect and maintain rides and attractions at this large family-owned amusement park. Working with an oddball ensemble of full-time and seasonal fellow employees, Dale is forced to confront bizarre, almost southern gothic behind-the-scenes situations and encounters while he and his unconventional co-workers, administrators and managers struggle not just to remain open but salvage any remaining ragged dignity of this once popular amusement park.

THEME PARK BABYLON

By Dale M. Brumfield

Imprint: HJH Media

Price: $11.95 ● Pages: 250

ISBN: 978-0578570297

Cover illustration and design by Hunter Brumfield @Tidal Wave Studio

 

For media inquiries please contact HJHmedia@mail.com.

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25th anniversary plaque, design by Dale Brumfield. Courtesy Kings Dominion 

 

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Overhead shot of the original crop circle, courtesy Kings Dominion Marketing.

 

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(KD 25th anniversary plaque, designed by Dale Brumfield. Courtesy Kings Dominion) 

 

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