The Shining Limited Edition Artwork Portfolio!

If you love artwork inspired by the works of Stephen King or you’re a huge fan of The Shining, then you won’t want to miss out on our special Signed Limited Edition The Shining Artwork Portfolio!

We’ve arranged with Don Maitz and Glenn Chadbourne to collect ALL of their artwork from our special edition of The Shining by Stephen King in one beautiful portfolio — and to make this set even more exclusive and unique, Glenn Chadbourne has created BRAND NEW pieces just for these portfolios.

This portfolio will be SIGNED by both artists and will be limited to a one-time printing of just 750 numbered portfolios! These special artwork portfolios will never be reprinted or reissued. Once they’re gone, they’re gone!

The Shining Artwork Portfolio

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Review: ‘Night Moves’ by Mary SanGiovanni

Night Moves by Mary SanGiovanni
CreateSpace (June 2017)

216 pages, $16.00 paperback; $3.99 e-book
Reviewed by Anton Cancre

Fair warning: you may be disappointed to find out that Night Moves is not themed around the works of Bob Seger and his hallowed band of Silver Bullet miscreants. However, it does contain seven short stories and two novellas by one of the finest purveyors of weird horror in the business. Continue Reading

‘Night Things’ by Thomas F. Monteleone

Hello, and welcome to the first installment of Dead Trees. I want to thank you for taking the time to check out my new column.

Most publishers and writers want to see reviews of current or recently released books. There is nothing wrong with that, and all fans should read the new stuff coming out. But in this column I intend to showcase older works. Continue Reading

More About the Cemetery Dance Collectors Club and their Discounted Gift Certificate Sale!

Hi Folks!

We wanted to answer some quick questions we received about the Cemetery Dance Collectors Club and their opportunity to purchase heavily discounted Cemetery Dance Gift Certificates, so here you go:

Q: Are those discounted Cemetery Dance Gift Certificates good on everything?

A: Yes! With the exception of Gift Certificates themselves, which cannot be purchased with another Gift Certificate, once a member purchases a discounted Gift Certificate, he or she can use that Gift Certificate for anything else we offer through the online store! This includes every book and special offer we email the members of the CDCC about before the general public.

A: But can those discounted Gift Certificates be used with my CDCC discount on new books?

Q: Yes! You can redeem you 10% to 30% off coupon code and THEN pay the remaining balance with your Gift Certificate. They work just like normal Gift Certificates.

A: Can I purchase several different Gift Certificates when you offer the special members -only sale?

Q: Yes! We’ve never set a limit on how many members could purchase during the special sale.

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The Cemetery Dance Collectors Club Is BACK!

The Cemetery Dance Collectors Club Is BACK!
Members Receive Exclusive Discounts, Advance Notice on New Books, and Other Perks Not Available to the General Public!
Includes An Exclusive Signed Limited Edition Hardcover Printed Just For Members!
ALSO: We’ve Returned To Our Lowest Membership Fee EVER!

Hi Folks!

We’re very pleased to announce the eighth Cemetery Dance Collectors Club, but don’t wait to place your order because this special offer won’t last long and the CDCC is easily one of our most popular deals of all time!

Each year, members receive:

1) Exclusive special offers and discounts sent straight to their inbox for the next 12 months (actually a little longer than that because we enroll you IMMEDIATELY even though technically the membership shouldn’t start until October 1st, which means your savings start right away)

2) Advance notice of new Cemetery Dance Limited Editions before the general public and discounts of up to 30% off the retail price — this includes our books by Stephen King, Clive Barker, Robert McCammon, Anne Rice, and many other bestselling authors!

3) Advance notice of books from other publishers before the general public and discounts of up to 30% off the retail price

4) Advance notice of special offers such as Grab Bags and other heavily discounted deals

5) Opportunities to purchase books and other collectibles never offered to the general public — many of the books we receive from other publishers have such low print runs that we never even offer them in our regular newsletter!

6) The ONLY opportunity for ANYONE to purchase discounted Cemetery Dance Gift Certificates — this one offer alone makes the membership an incredible bargain for many of our members!

7) Special MEMBERS ONLY “sneak peek” production updates at unannounced projects

8) Exclusive Bonus Items produced exclusively for members including a SIGNED LIMITED EDITION HARDCOVER book that will never be reprinted or sold to the general public!

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Review: ‘Bloodstained Wonderland’ by Christopher Golden and James A. Moore

Bloodstained Wonderland by Christopher Golden and James A. Moore
Earthling Publications (June 2017)
136 pages; $35.00 signed, numbered hardback
Reviewed by Dave Simms

Down the rabbit hole she goes, only this time it’s wrapped in barbed wire and tinged with venom. Bloodstained Wonderland rambles through a nightmarish land which Lewis Carroll could only have imagined if his mind melded with Clive Barker on a weekend bender of LSD and Absinthe.Continue Reading

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King: LAST CHANCE TO PREORDER OUR CUSTOM SLIPCASE FOR YOUR TRADE HARDCOVER!

We’re getting ready to start production on our aftermarket slipcase for the trade hardcover for SLEEPING BEAUTIES by Stephen King and Owen King, so you’re running out of time to order before we pull the item from the site! The ONLY way to guarantee yourself one of these slipcases for your trade hardcover is to preorder now.

Sleeping Beauties Slipcase

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Thank you, as always, for your continued support and enthusiasm!

Review: ‘Paperbacks from Hell’ by Grady Hendrix

Paperbacks from Hell by Grady Hendrix
Quirk Books (September 19, 2017)
256 pages; $15.27 paperback; $14.99 e-book
Reviewed by Blu Gilliand

Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of ’70s and ’80s Horror Fiction is a history lesson crossed with the world’s coolest (and unlikeliest) museum exhibit. As the title indicates, author/curator Grady Hendrix is our guide, taking us from the post-Rosemary’s Baby boom of paperback horror all the way through the 1990s bust. In between, there’s a whole lotta crazy to cover, and Hendrix is more than game to take us through every twist, turn and trend.

I’ll be honest, when I first got wind of this book, I expected little more than a portfolio of lurid paperback covers accompanied by a plot synopsis for each book, maybe a spotlight or two on some of the more prolific authors, and perhaps a closer look at some of the publishers who were churning the stuff out. And you know, I would have been fine with that. But Hendrix has given us so much more. An accomplished author in his own right (My Best Friend’s Exorcism, Horrorstör), Hendrix digs deep and writes with passion. You need look no further than his introduction, in which he writes about the book that served as his “gateway drug” into the world of paperback horror. It’s better heard from him, but let me just toss out the term “Gestapochauns” as an appetizer. Yeah, you’re thinking there’s no way that could mean what you think it means, but it does.

Rather than go year-by-year, Hendrix has organized the book by the themes and subgenres that defined the period. So, we move from “Hail, Satan” to “When Animals Attack” to “Real Estate Nightmares” to “Inhumanoids” to….well, you get the idea. Each of these chapters are written with a historian’s observational skill coupled with a fan’s passion and a professional’s touch. Hendrix hits the requisite high points like David Seltzer’s The Omen, James Herbert’s The Rats, and Jack Ketchum’s The Girl Next Door (and it’s infamous skeleton cheerleader cover!), but he revels equally in obscure gems like Eat Them Alive by Pierce Nace and Slay Bells by Joe Gibson and Blood Snarl by Ivor Watkins. 

Hendrix recognizes that the covers were often the best thing about these books, so he’s written several “Coroner’s Report” asides spotlighting particularly prolific artists and their contributions.

I often look at my own, growing library and keep a mental list of my “essentials,” the books I absolutely could not do without. Paperbacks from Hell is now on that list. As a reference book, as a celebration, and as an appreciation, it’s one of the best books about the horror genre that I’ve ever had the pleasure to read. I’ll honestly be stunned if I ever meet a horror fan that disagrees. This gets my highest possible recommendation.

The Letter I Wrote to Stephen King, and the Response that Changed My Life

When I was 10 years old, I sent Stephen King the first thing I had ever written.

It was a short story called “Murder on Washington St.”

The reply I received changed the course of my life forever. Continue Reading

Bev Vincent explores It (2017) – Chapter 1

Stephen King News From the Dead Zone

Welcome to the Losers’ Club by Bev Vincent

There are a lot of monsters in Derry, Maine during the summer of 1989. These are in addition to the lurching leper, the toothy creature from the painting, a boy who lost his head during the Easter Explosion of 1908 and, of course, Pennywise the Dancing Clown.

The monsters to which I refer are the citizens of this long-troubled, perhaps cursed town. They include people who drive past without offering to help a boy being savagely beaten by bullies, the mother who lies to her son about his health to control and manipulate him, and the sexually abusive father. To the extent that there are adults in Derry (and in some ways, this reality resembles the world of Charlie Brown where grown-ups are seldom seen and hardly ever heard), they are abusive, neglectful or emotionally absent.
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Review: ‘Behold! Oddities, Curiosities, and Undefinable Wonders’ edited by Doug Murano

Behold! Oddities, Curiosities, and Undefinable Wonders edited by Doug Murano
Crystal Lake Publishing (July 2017)
280 pages; $16.99 paperback; $3.99 e-book
Reviewed by Chad Lutzke

This is Crystal Lake Publishing’s second anthology with Doug Murano acting as editor—the first being Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories. It’s also their second anthology that brought in some very big names, which no doubt aided in healthy sales, securing a nice spot at the top of Amazon’s anthology charts. The ironic thing is, those big names (Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, and Ramsey Campbell) brought the weakest stories to an otherwise very solid collection. Continue Reading

Cemetery Dance magazine guidelines: Authors and Artists

Authors:
We have stories on file for the next four to five issues, so we have closed Cemetery Dance magazine to submissions until 2o18 at the earliest.

Artists:
Query with samples. At this time, art director Mindy Jarusek would prefer to receive and view artwork samples and submissions online, if possible. Please do not send LARGE attachments. Links to your website, online samples, or a web-based portfolio would be best. If you must send attachments, please email first for our requirements. For all artwork related questions and submissions, please contact art@cemeterydance.com and Mindy will reply if she’s interested in seeing more. Thank you.

George Romero Can Never Die

Ever since I heard of the late, great George Romero’s passing, I’ve been thinking a lot about how much he influenced my life. Thanks to Dawn of the Dead, my first foray into Romero’s visionary work, I went from a normal kid who collected baseball cards to one who studied every mall, shop and house, figuring out how to fortify it against zombie hordes. Instead of daydreaming about Karen Marone letting me hold her hand after school, I fantasized about commandeering the sporting goods store, blowing zombie heads into tomato juice and eating Spam every night (because…well, it’s got its own key).Continue Reading

Review: ‘The Truants’ by Lee Markham

The Truants by Lee Markham
The Overlook Press (July 2017)
256 pages; $6.99 paperback; $12.99 e-book
Reviewed by Frank Michaels Errington

The Truants is Lee Markham’s debut novel and, in some ways, it shows.

I admit I had a love-hate relationship with this book. It was a bit esoteric for me and the author had an annoying habit of just listing the character’s actions. For example…Continue Reading

Review: ‘Meddling Kids’ by Edgar Cantero

Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
Doubleday (July 2017)
336 pages; $18.32 hardback; $13.99 e-book
Reviewed by Dave Simms

If you need to ask where the title of this book comes from, you’re probably too young to understand the references within (unless you enjoy classic reruns of the great cartoon), but not too young to enjoy this fun story, which is pure entertainment. Continue Reading