Cemetery Dance Writing Contest!

You Could Be Published Alongside Douglas Clegg, Brian Keene, and Ray Garton!

We’ve decided to hold a “Short Short Story Contest” and the winners will be featured in a brand new Cemetery Dance chapbook alongside classic stories by Douglas Clegg, Brian Keene, and Ray Garton. Each winner of the contest will receive a $75 dollar prize as well as 5 free copies of the finished chapbook.

Not a writer but still want a chance to win? In conjunction with the story contest, we will also be holding a separate contest to name the chapbook. The winner of that contest will receive a $50 Cemetery Dance Gift Certificate that can be used toward the purchase of anything in our online store.

For more information, please read the announcement in the official Cemetery Dance forum!

Big News is Coming on Monday, May 23rd

 

We’ve done this sort of “tease” a few times over the years and the main reason is because there are certain announcements that some collectors care about more than others — and if they miss out on those, we sure hear about it! That’s why this notice has now appeared on our front page:

Coming Soon...

What we’ve learned from past experience is this: when we have something we think collectors might be really excited about, we spread the word about the date of the announcement as widely as possible so anyone who is interested can be paying attention that day.

We can’t say more about what we’ll be announcing, but we do encourage our collectors to watch for the newsletter, monitor our Twitter and Facebook accounts, or stop by the front page of the website.

Reminder: the newsletter can take up to 4 hours to send because we have more than 33,000 subscribers, so you might see news on Twitter or Facebook before the newsletter reaches your inbox:

Cemetery Dance on Facebook
Twitter

 

As always, thanks for your continued support and enthusiasm!

The Full Dark, No Stars Covers That Might Have Been

Did you know this could have been the cover design for our special edition of Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King?

Full Dark

That was just one of the dozens of options we considered. A lot of collectors never get to see “behind the scenes” of the creation of a Limited Edition book, so Cemetery Dance Managing Editor Brian James Freeman thought it would be fun to discuss how the cover artwork and design for our most recent Stephen King book came to be.

Right now you can view EIGHT different drafts of the cover artwork by Tomislav Tikulin, along with the dozens of cover design options we considered, and also read some details about how the process worked in Brian’s new post : The Full Dark, No Stars Covers That Might Have Been.

Read (and see) a lot more by clicking here!

On Dangerous Ground Arrives This Week!

Featuring Ed Gorman, Norman Partridge, Bentley Little, Robert J. Randisi, Jon L. Breen, Dave Zeltserman, Jeremiah Healy, and many others!

On Dangerous GroundOn Dangerous Ground: Stories of Western Noir is shipping to us from our printer this week so this is your LAST chance to receive FREE US SHIPPING and a guaranteed 1st Edition, 1st Printing!

Because of the tremendous reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, we already have purchase orders from the big book distributors for MORE COPIES THAN WE ARE PRINTING so this book COULD have been made Out of Print months ago when it was announced, but we want to make sure our direct customers get copies at the regular retail price and not an inflated second-hand price!

Do not wait to order because we’ll be deciding next week how many of those distributor orders we’re going to fill.

Free US ShippingAbout the Book:

For generations raised on the Saturday afternoon thrills of Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, the appearance of the so-called “psychological westerns” of the Forties, Fifties and Sixties came as a surprise. And, to some who didn’t care for them, a shock.

With such films as Blood On The Moon, Winchester `73, and The Naked Spur, audiences saw characters very much like themselves emotionally. Critics argued the authenticity of some of the history in these films but there was no denying their power. Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch confirmed, once and for all, that the western had changed forever, psychologically and sometimes politically relevant to our own times.

On Dangerous Ground features stories of every kind, all with a western setting, all with darkness at their core. And all with the kind of edge that demonstrates how timeless the form is when used well.

Read more on our website or to place your order right away!

Discuss this project on our message board!

Publishers Weekly reviews In Laymon’s Terms

In Laymon's TermsThe trade hardcover edition of In Laymon’s Terms is right on schedule to ship next month (with the Limited Edition to follow around the end of the summer or in early fall when the slipcases are done) and we’re pleased to report the reviewers are loving this massive tribute to Richard Laymon.

Here is a little bit of the very positive Publishers Weekly review:

“This substantial memorial anthology features photos, fiction, and interviews from his archives, as well as scores of essays and stories written in homage to his work… The editors have produced a discerning memorial to a fine and influential writer.”

Publishers Weekly

You can read more on the “reviews” tab on the product page, but as our long-time collectors know from past experience, a positive Publishers Weekly can generate hundreds or thousands of orders from the big retailers and book distributors — and we probably will NOT have copies to fill all of their orders.

Our first priority is always taking care of our customers who order direct and our long-time indie retailers, so please do not wait to place your order if you want to make sure you get a copy of this huge, acclaimed anthology!

Read more on our website or to place your order!

Discuss this project on our message board!

Wicked Things (With Bonus Novella!) New Signed Limited Edition by Thomas Tessier!

Hi Folks!

WickedToday we’re very pleased to announce our signed Limited Edition of Wicked Things by Thomas Tessier, which features a low, collectible print run, a very affordable price tag for the beginning collector, and a great bonus novella!

About the Book:

Private investigator Jack Carlson is traveling to the small, remote upstate city of Winship to look into a rash of suspicious insurance claims.

Like the farmer who accidentally blew himself up in a garnet mine, and the teenager who died in a peculiar car crash.

The Winship police and Medical Examiner appear cooperative but offer no real help.

Local insurance agent Joe Bellman is evasive and fearful.

And shortly after meeting Jack, both Bellman and his secretary Chris Innes turn up dead, an apparent case of murder-suicide.

Jack isn’t buying any of it.

As he pokes behind the Norman Rockwell exterior of Winship, he finds a place smoldering with crime, corruption and bizarre religious fervor. He becomes involved with a club dancer named Kelly, who may know some of the secrets but who may also be a mortal threat to Jack.

The town of Winship is itself part of the puzzle, a place where unseen choirs can be heard, where the ground appears to glow, creating confusion and mental disorder in anyone nearby, where gangs of young thugs roam free to bully and beat people.

A friend of Kelly’s disappears in an open meadow, as if swallowed up by the earth.

Behind it all may be a cherubic old priest, Father Jimmy.

And as Jack tries to unravel the growing number of mysteries — both criminal and mystical — he finds himself in a fight to save his own life, and sanity…

Click here to read more or to place your order before supplies run out!

Or visit our new message board to discuss this new Signed Limited Edition with other readers, fans, and collectors!

Thanks, as always, for your continuing support!

The Mailman: The 20th Anniversary Special Limited Edition

Stephen King calls Bentley Little “A master of the macabre!”

Hi Folks!

MailmanToday we’re very pleased to announce we’ll be publishing The Mailman: The 20th Anniversary Special Limited Edition by Bentley Little later this year!

Yep, you read that right! We’re thrilled to report that Bentley Little has finally decided to publish a signed Limited Edition of one of his classic novels! Considering how long the collecting world has been waiting for a signed Limited Edition of a novel like The Mailman (with the assumption it would never happen), we expect both signed editions to sell out VERY quickly! There will be no second printings of our edition!

Special Features Exclusive to this Deluxe Collector’s Edition:

• deluxe oversized (7 X 10) design different from any other edition ever published

• a color signature sheet featuring exclusive artwork by Glenn Chadbourne and personally signed by the author

• fine binding for both the Limited Edition and the Lettered Edition

• full color cover artwork by Les Edwards

• extremely collectible print run that is a tiny fraction of the hundreds of thousands of copies of the paperback editions that have been printed over the years — and you will NOT see our edition in chain bookstores!

About the Book:

Once upon a time, waiting for the mail was filled with warm anticipation. But the suicide of the local mailman has left the residents of this tiny Arizona town shell-shocked. Nothing this bad has ever happened here. And now there’s a new mail carrier in town, one who’s delivering lethal letters stuffed with icy fear. Nothing — not even the most outstanding citizens or the most secret weaknesses — is safe from the sinister power of this malicious mailman…

Click here to read more or to place your order before supplies run out!

Or visit our new message board to discuss this new Signed Limited Edition with other readers, fans, and collectors!

Thanks, as always, for your continuing support!

Two New Signed Limited Editions Selling Out Fast!

Hi Folks!

Brides of the Impaler by Edward Lee is now 85% sold out, just 24 hours after it was announced, so we can say for certain we will not be sending any copies to the big online booksellers. Order your copy right away or you’re going to miss out!

The Miniaturist by Jay Bonansinga is now 95% sold out and, again, we won’t be able to fill any orders for the big online booksellers. The Cemetery Dance Signature Series books are some of our most sought-after of the past few years, so don’t wait to place your order!

There is a lot more news to come this month, so stay tuned. And thanks, as always, for your continuing support!

Don’t forget to visit our new message board to discuss these new Signed Limited Editions with other readers, fans, and collectors!

Brides of the Impaler by Edward Lee: A Brand New “Surprise” SIGNED Limited Edition!

Hi Folks!

BridesToday we’re very pleased to announce Brides of the Impaler by Edward Lee, a “surprise” in-stock Limited Edition that is in our warehouse right now and will be ready to ship next week!

Update for the Collectors:
Both editions are already 78% sold out and the remaining copies may not last long!

About the Book:
Cristina Nichols fears the future, through the harrowing whispers of her past.
She longs to forget the depraved abuses she suffered in her youth that left
her afraid of love and passion. But something, somewhere, is suddenly tantalizing her, beckoning into a muse of carnal revelation and ecstatic fulfillment…

SECRET PASSIONS…

Deep in the cryptic New York City brownstone, something awakens, brimming with hot, real breath, libidinous longings and desires of the flesh the likes of
which Cristina cannot conceive…

A SECRET LUST BURIED FOR AGES… In the basement she finds it, the sinister evil finally unbound, reaching forth in vampiric bloodlust to prey upon her most forbidden fantasies and plummet her body and soul into a chasm of wantonness as black as the most timeless sin…

IMPALER

The secret will drench your desires in blood…

Click here to read more or to place your order before supplies run out!

Or visit our new message board to discuss this new Signed Limited Edition with other readers, fans, and collectors!

There is a lot more news to come this month, so stay tuned! Thanks, as always, for your continuing support!

New Cemetery Dance Website!

Hi Folks!

Today we’re pleased to announce we’ve launched a completely revamped Cemetery Dance official website:

Front Page

Just a few of the improved features include:

* easier checkout and more shipping options based on where you live

* easier navigation, larger cover images, and more information about each product… with more excerpts, book trailers, and author interviews in the works for the near future!

* our brand new Production Updates page where we post the latest news about each of our announced projects as they travel the road to their publication

* a “Current Specials” page where we’ll list all of the “public” specials that are available at any given time (but there will still be “secret” specials just for members of our mailing lists!)

* a brand new Message Board / Forum for Cemetery Dance customers, collectors, authors, artists, and fans:

Message Board

* plus hundreds of other tweaks and improvements to make it easier for you to find what you’re looking for!

We’re still working out some little bugs, but the site is now LIVE and ready for orders, so please feel free to look around and kick the tires and send your feedback to: brianfreeman@cemeterydance.com. There might even be a special or two already on the “Current Specials” page.

Please Note: Your login and password information from the old website should still work when you go to checkout. In fact, you should be able to use your email address OR your original login. If you have any trouble, just email brianfreeman@cemeterydance.com and he’ll help you out! (Some customers had several logins and that will need fixed before your next order, but it’s a quick fix. Just contact Brian if you have trouble.)

The Miniaturist by Jay Bonansinga: A Brand New “Surprise” SIGNED Limited Edition!

Hi Folks!

The MiniaturistToday we’re very pleased to announce The Miniaturist by Jay Bonansinga, a “surprise” in-stock Limited Edition that is in our warehouse right now and ready to ship to our collectors! This book was not previously announced and has not been used in any forthcoming Grab Bags or the Book Club!

The Miniaturist is the eighth book in our acclaimed Cemetery Dance Signature Series, and the featured artist for this title is Vincent Chong! If you’re new to the Signature Series, each book features more than a dozen illustrations by the artist, and due to Jay Bonansinga and Vincent Chong’s huge followings, we don’t expect either edition of this title to last very long! View a Sneak Peek at the book in Our Free Extras Section!

Update for the Collectors:

The Lettered Edition sold out less than three hours after it was announced, and the Limited Edition is now already 87% SOLD OUT!

About the Book:

Her real name is Eva Strange, although most people know her by her obligatory city registration number: 0004511477.  ‘Sevens’ to her friends.  Of which she has very few.

With her trademark fedora, her shaded welder’s eyeglasses, and her stoic loneliness, Eva is a distant cousin of Phillip Marlow and Sam Spade.  She is also a special detective for a newly formed adjunct to the police force — the White Patrol — a secret intelligence unit charged with ferreting out black sorcery in a future world rotten with magic.  And like Spade and Marlow before her, Eva is about to unlock a horrifying conspiracy — this one threatening the very fabric of space and time.

With echoes of Lovecraft, fantasy pulps, and neo-futuristic noir, The Miniaturist unfolds in feverish, dreamy bullet-time, an acid trip for lovers of all things dark and fantastic.

About the Author:

Jay Bonansinga is a national bestselling author, screenwriter, and filmmaker, whose directorial debut, Stash (based on a Cemetery Dance story), premiered in 2010 in fifty million households on On-Demand.  As a novelist Jay has been called “one of the most imaginative writers of thrillers” by the Chicago Tribune. His 2005 novel, Frozen, is in development as a major motion picture starring Dennis Haysbert, and his latest book, Perfect Victim, is an alternate title for The Book of the Month Club.  He has worked with George Romero, and has won major film festival awards, including a Gold Remi at the Houston International WorldFest, and a Best Comedy Feature at the Iowa City “Landlocked” Festival.  His forthcoming non-fiction Civil War thriller, Pinkerton’s War, is due out from Lyon’s Press in late 2011, and he is currently hard at work on a trilogy of original zombie novels for St. Martins Press based on the universe of Robert Kirkman’s brilliant graphic novel, The Walking Dead (the inspiration for the mega-hit AMC series of the same name).  Find Jay on-line at www.JayBonansinga.com

Click here to read more or to place your order before supplies run out!

King Blood: A Brand New SIGNED Limited Edition by Simon Clark! In-Stock & Shipping Now!

Hi Folks!

King BloodToday we’re very pleased to announce King Blood by Simon Clark has arrived at our warehouse and we’ve started filling the preorders! There will not be a lot of copies left after the retailers are taken care of, so please don’t wait to order if you’re interested in adding this massive end of the world novel to your collection!

About the Book:
Warm
Rick Kennedy feels pretty good. Tonight there’s going to be the party of the summer. The brother he hasn’t seen for years has just flown in, and this is the night Rick plans to do something about Kate Robinson — the beautiful girl he just can’t get out of his mind. In the pleasant village of Fairburn the evening air is warm…

Warmer
And this is the night that Rick encounters the mysterious stranger in the woods.

Hot
Soon he wakes to find 30,000 refugees choking the streets. People are running for their lives. Only there’s nowhere to run.

Hotter
The ground heats up inexorably. Roads melt. Cities erupt into flame. Lakes boil. Pockets of natural gas explode like nuclear bombs and geysers of scalding water flood through whole communities.

Burning
Survivors search desperately for refuge in a landscape burning forever hotter beneath their feet. But they have yet to confront the Grey Men — and the demons inside themselves…

About the Author:
Simon Clark lives in Doncaster, England with his family. When his first novel, Nailed by the Heart, made it through the slush pile in 1994 he banked the advance and embarked upon his dream of becoming a full-time writer. His subsequent novels include Blood Crazy, Darkness Demands, Death’s Dominion, and The Night of the Triffids, which continues the story of Wyndham’s classic The Day of the Triffids. His revival of the wickedly ambulatory Triffid plants won the British Fantasy Society’s August Derleth Award for best novel. He also created and co-presented “Winter Chills” for the BBC TV.

Click here to read more or to place your order before supplies run out!

Picking the Bones by Brian Hodge: Starred Publishers Weekly Review!

Hi Folks!

Picking the Bones

If you haven’t ordered your copy of Picking the Bones by Brian Hodge, you don’t want to wait because Publishers Weekly just weighed in and gave the book a much coveted STARRED REVIEW and they had nothing but great things to say about Hodge’s new collection!

What does this mean for you, the reader or collector? Here’s what happens when our books get a starred review: hundreds of “purchase orders” from book distributors, booksellers, and libraries start pouring into our office… but because we print Limited Editions, we only have so many copies to sell and we can’t fill all of the orders!

Picking the Bones was already headed for very low stock levels due to strong preorder demand and we don’t want our direct customers don’t miss out. We will do everything we can to fill your order if you order through our website this week, but next week we’ll begin filling distributor orders, so the rest of the copies could go very quickly!

Please Note: If you ordered from a big online retailer or bookseller, we can’t guarantee their orders will get filled before we run out of copies. Do NOT depend on one of the large booksellers if you really want this title in your collection. (All of our usual indie retailers are getting their copies if they’re up-to-date on their invoices, so don’t worry if you ordered from them.)

Here’s just a little bit of this terrific review:

PW Star Hodge explores the nature of humankind’s deepest fears and worst failings in his eclectic fourth dark fiction collection. Eloquent, intensely intimate, and infused with existential angst, each of the 17 stories packs a powerful thematic punch… The diversity and quality of stories will more than satisfy longtime horror and dark fantasy fans, and will have new readers hastily seeking out Hodge’s earlier works.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

You can read the rest on our website, but don’t wait too long to place your order because this Signed Limited Edition is going fast!

Click here to read more or to place your order before supplies run out!

Island Funeral by Keith Minnion: Surprise In-Stock Signed Limited Edition Chapbook!

Island Funeral

Hi Folks!

Today we’re pleased to announce Island Funeral, a signed Limited Edition color cover chapbook by Keith Minnion, which is already in-stock and ready to ship!

 

Featuring cover artwork by Steve Gilberts, we’ve priced this one at just $12 to make it a real bargain!

PLEASE NOTE: ALTHOUGH IT IS ALREADY IN-STOCK, THIS ITEM QUALIFIES FOR FREE US SHIPPING FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY!

Free US Shipping

About the Chapbook:
“I want to be buried at home. In the family plot. On the mainland.”

Promises made. Promises kept. Promises broken…

In this haunting novellette, grieving widower Tim Moser finds that a wedding night vow isn’t always easy to keep — especially when his wife’s strong-willed father has other ideas. This atmospheric tale of dread explores family secrets and the strange traditions of an isolated community. It’s sure to be an instant classic.

“Island Funeral” is a signed Limited Edition color cover chapbook by Cemetery Dance favorite Keith Minnion.

Click here to read more or place your order today!

Cover Artwork For Scribner’s hardcover edition of 11/22/63 by Stephen King

Here is a sneak peek at the cover for Scribner’s hardcover edition of 11/22/63 by Stephen King, his huge new epic novel:

Full Cover

This is just part of the cover, though, so visit the product page to see the full cover!