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Metal Lunchbox Publishing

Metal Lunchbox Publishing is an American publisher specializing in graphic novels, science fiction, fantasy, illustrated chapter books and young adult books.

Our Story

SF (Sam) Varney started Metal Lunchbox Publishing in 2009 to publish Karate Dottie and the Treacherous Treehouse. He went on to publish novels from other authors such as Future Vision, An Unremarkable Girl, Avenging Her Father, Risking a Life and Blood Moon from Ellen Parry Lewis and Pinesport Divide and Pinesport Divide: Behind the Gates from Charles Matthews. We are creatives first who also happen to publish books.

Meet the Creators

We love creating engaging stories.

Author SF (Sam) Varney

SF (Sam) Varney


SF Varney is a writer, artist and publisher of Metal Lunchbox and creator of Karate Dottie. He is the proud father of six amazing boys and currently resides with his family and a squirrel hating Miniature Schnauzer in Maryland near Washington DC. He studied Graphic Design at Pensacola State College and Digital Arts and Science at the University of Florida.

Ellen Parry Lewis

Ellen Parry Lewis 

Senior Editor

Ellen lives in New Jersey with her family and dachshunds, PB and Jay.Ellen Parry Lewis is the author of six young adult novels and one non-fiction book. She is also the editor of a short story collection. Before turning to fiction full-time, Ellen was a freelance reporter for several newspapers. And before that, she placed in a local beauty pageant, which, thankfully, was not nearly as dangerous as the one in her latest book, Crowning Achievement. Ellen lives in New Jersey with her husband, daughter, son, dachshund, and oddly affectionate fish

Author Charles Matthews

Charles Matthews


Charles Matthews is the author of the thrilling Pinesport Divide series and contributed to the Night Light anthology. His work in the bio-tech industry often serves as inspiration for his novels. Charles lives in Maryland with his family.

Author Virginia Parrish

Virginia Parrish


Virginia Parrish grew up near Philadelphia and spent most of her life in South Jersey. At the age of eight, she discovered Nancy Drew, and thus began a lifelong addiction to mystery and suspense stories. A graduate of Rutgers University, she taught both English and French in New Jersey public schools. She has previously published the murder mystery novel, Fatality File, which is available on Amazon. The second book in that series, No Coverage, came out in 2018. Several of her poems have also appeared in literary journals. Virginia no longer lives in New Jersey, but she remains a loyal Philadelphia Eagles fan, and misses WaWa every single day.

Author Sammi Caramela

Sammi Caramela


Sammi Caramela has always loved words and their power to connect humanity. When she isn’t working as a journalist at her nine-to-five, she’s writing (and furiously editing) her first novel, reading a YA book with a third cup of coffee, or attending local pop-punk concerts. Check out her blog at, and don’t be afraid to reach out – she loves hearing from her readers.

Author Jolene Wightman

Jolene Wightman


Jolene Wightman is a lifelong devotee of all things horror. Although Horror on Holiday: Thirteen Tales of Terror is her first publication, her unofficial start in the world of spooky writing came in the form of pen-pal letters sent to the ghost residing in the abandoned mansion next to her childhood home. She lives in beautiful central Pennsylvania with her dog, Harmon, and her bunnies, Puff and Pippa. Though she is a social worker by day, Jolene is also a prominent member of a local horror movie club and plays the banjolele in a small folk group.

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