Cover Artwork For The Dropper by Ron McLarty

“This book is filled with rich pleasures and textures — it reminded me of Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men.  I highly recommend it.”
— Stephen King

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The DropperWe thought you might like to see Les Edward’s stunning cover artwork for The Dropper by Ron McLarty, a brand new hardcover we’ll be publishing in the spring!

The Dropper
by Ron McLarty

Some say it’s Death, Some say it’s darkness, I say it’s a game of light…

Gutsy 17-year-old Albert “Shoe” Horn is an apprentice plumber and part-time boxer in England in 1922, but when his mother dies, he finds himself responsible for an abusive, alcoholic father and a younger brother with special needs.

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This marvelous novel follows the indomitable Shoe’s day-to-day survival with poetic grit, cynical genius, respect, and deep affection as he navigates a world full of very real characters: the gentle giant McAvy, his slave-driving boss, the Irish louts that resurrect his temper, the tempting ladies who seek him out, his hilarious plumbing clients, and the formidable “Dropper,” who Shoe fears will take away the most true thing in his life, his brother.

Find out for yourself why Stephen King proclaimed “The Dropper avoids sentimentality, but not sentiment; Shoe and his brother Bobby live and breathe” when this novel is published as a Cemetery Dance Publications exclusive next year.

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Shipping the Gift Edition of It: The 25th Anniversary Special Limited Edition by Stephen King

Our warehouse is busy shipping the preorders of the Gift Edition of It: The 25th Anniversary Special Limited Edition by Stephen King, which will take most of the next two weeks, so please note that the rest of our shipping will be a little slower than normal. We have a lot of extra staff and we’re doing our best to stay on top of the regular orders, but we wanted you to be aware of the possible delays. Here is just one photo of the finished book, which is MASSIVE, weighing in at FIVE POUNDS and more than 1000 pages:

See more photos on Brian James Freeman’s blog including shots of the SIGNED Limited Edition

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Today’s Featured eBook Is Discounted to 99 Cents For ONE Week ONLY!

Wildest Dreams

Wildest Dreams by Norman Partridge

Originally published and long sold out in a 500 copy Limited Edition — discounted to just 99 CENTS this week only on our store, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble! (Regular price of $4.99 applies elsewhere.)

A storm is coming to Cliffside, California, and with it comes a killer.

His name is Clay Saunders, and he walks in two worlds. Born with a caul, Saunders sees ghosts. But to him, the world of the dead is very much like the world of the living. It’s a realm of eternal pain — inescapable and relentless — that cuts as deeply as the razor edge of the hired killer’s K-bar knife.

Saunders has spilled blood on Florida sand, and the snow-covered Canadian prairie, and the black lava of Hawaii. His latest target is Diabolos Whistler, leader of a satanic cult. Exiled in Mexico, Whistler is alone when Saunders stabs him just above the first vertebrae… alone, except for the mummies stacked like so much cordwood in his library.

But the living who await the killer’s arrival in Cliffside are more frightening than the decayed corpses of the dead. There’s Whistler’s daughter Circe, a tattooed siren who leads Saunders to a bed of iron and satin…and Circe’s bodyguard, a seven foot student of Egyptology whose sarcophagus rests in a redwood pyramid… and Janice Ravenwood, a new age medium with a startling hidden gift.

And there’s a little girl, a ghost held prisoner by vengeful revenants. Only Clay Saunders can save her. To do that, he must bridge the worlds of the living and the dead in an unforgettable climax of darkness and blood.

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Gideon’s Corpse by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child!

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Gideon's CorpseToday we’re pleased to announce the Deluxe Oversized Signed Special Limited Edition of Gideon’s Corpse by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, and we don’t expect the remaining copies to last long once word reaches their fans!

Update for Collectors:
 This title is already more than 50% sold out and we are offering FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING on this title for ONE WEEK ONLY or while supplies last!

About the Book:

A top nuclear scientist goes mad and takes an innocent family hostage at gunpoint, killing one and causing a massive standoff.

A plume of radiation above New York City leads to a warehouse where, it seems, a powerful nuclear bomb was assembled just hours before.

Sifting through the evidence, authorities determine that the unthinkable is about to happen: in ten days, a major American city will be vaporized by a terrorist attack.

And Gideon Crew, tracking the mysterious terrorist cell from the suburbs of New York to the mountains of New Mexico, learns the end may be something worse—far worse—than mere Armageddon.

Free Worldwide ShippingSpecial Features Exclusive to this Deluxe Collector’s Edition:

• deluxe oversized design different from any other edition

• a full-color signature sheet personally signed by both of the authors

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

• epic cover artwork by Tomislav Tikulin

• extremely collectible print run that is a tiny fraction of the hundreds of thousands of copies of the edition you’ll see in bookstores — and you will NOT see our edition in chain bookstores!

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News from the Dead Zone #148

Last week, I participated in a conference call with several other journalists hosted by A&E to promote Bag of Bones, which premieres on Sunday, December 11. This is the first time I’ve been involved in something like this. Basically it’s a press conference, except it’s done over the phone. While it seemed a little chaotic at first, once the moderator established the rules, everything fell into place. Each of us got to ask three questions in turn.

The interview guest was Annabeth Gish, who plays Jo Noonan in the two-part, four-hour miniseries, which is directed by Mick Garris and stars Pierce Brosnan, Gish, Melissa George and William Schallert. In case you haven’t seen it already, here are the links to my three-part interview with Mick Garris, which was posted on FEARNet.com: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. Stay tuned later this week for my review of the miniseries, which I watched with my wife last week.

Gish previously appeared in Garris’s 2006 TV movie Desperation, where she played Mary Jackson. She received an offer for the part of Mike Noonan’s wife, read the script and accepted the role, even though her character dies early in the movie. “Jo was so clearly drawn, and her essence is throughout the film, so in that sense she kind of resonates. I was automatically drawn to say ‘yes’ for several reasons. One is that I’ve worked with the director, Mick Garris, before and I absolutely adore him. And, again, this is another Stephen King project for me and I respect him immensely. I just jumped at the chance.”

Because of the nature of her role, her on-screen moments are almost entirely with Pierce Brosnan. She first met Brosnan during the photo sessions that gave rise to the Dark Score Stories website before filming began. “You can get to know a little bit more about Jo and her paintings and her relationship to solving the Sara Tidwell murder . . . That was nice to get loose and to play, because we were supposed to be captured as in real life moments. That was really helpful to get to know each other.” They also took a rowboat ride together, but she didn’t feel it was necessary to process their relationship too much before the cameras rolled. “Here’s the thing about Pierce Brosnan that I can’t say enough: He is a consummate professional and an actor. He would come so prepared, with so many diverse options and choices. He’s such an impeccable actor and a great human being that what he brought was fantastic.” A scene in which she lies on the dock with Brosnan was a personal highlight for her. “He’s always been idol of mine from a young age,” she says, remembering him for his days on Remington Steele.

The fact that she was working with Garris for the second time helped, too. “You’ve gotten all of the niceties out of the way. You’re comfortable. You know each other. You know each other’s styles. And Mick has such an open heart. My level of comfort with him was immense, and I trust him implicitly. I would do anything for him. Mick is such an exquisite filmmaker. He has this mastery of horror. Anything he did technically with this film, I trusted, and you knew it was going to be beautiful. Sometimes when you walk onto a set you know everyone is in accordance with the director. Everybody is getting the memo. Filming is working efficiently. That was the vibe whenever I worked.”

Because she is the mother of two young children, she didn’t relish the idea of spending a lot of time away from them, or taking them to Nova Scotia to live in a hotel. She says that everyone worked around her schedule. “I had to take five separate trips to Halifax, but I was able to do only three and four days away from my sons. They were so considerate to me being a mom and knowing that I didn’t want to leave my sons.”

As for Nova Scotia, which doubles for Maine in the miniseries, she says, “Halifax itself as a location was this murky, mysterious, lush landscape that really fit. I think it really gives a sense of the landscape and infuses the film throughout. Weather in that kind of coastal environment always can present a problem but it was beautiful. I would shoot in Halifax any time. I think it’s such a gorgeous area of the planet and I would return there in a heartbeat.”

The most difficult aspect of the miniseries for her was the fact that she had to convey her character’s spirit. “You have a limited amount of time to convey a certain amount of feeling. Mick and I particularly talked a lot about Jo’s essence and what needed to come as a kind of feeling state without words over the screen, which is really amorphous and difficult to execute.

To help capture her character’s vibe, between scenes she often hung out in the set of Jo’s studio and examined the paintings. “They are so kinetic and so emotionally turbulent that they were an immediate hook in for me to Jo. I love that. I have no painting/artistic ability at all but just to take a brush and pretend and follow the strokes of this artist and imagine was inspiring. Pierce is a painter. He paints and draws. On an artistic level it made me think about taking a painting class, even though I’m not good at it.”

An early scene that has her underneath her bed was both psychologically disturbing and physically challenging. “We would get under the bed when we were children, but I don’t know when I’ve been under my bed recently. It was kind of a tight-quarters stunt that they actually did have to pull me with velocity from under the bed. I couldn’t sleep that night thinking of a wife reaching out to her husband from beyond the living world. It’s pretty scary. From a physical, visceral experience of filming, that was one of my favorite scenes.” However, she says, the impact of such scenes doesn’t stay with her long, “Maybe I didn’t sleep for a couple of nights, but after the movie it’s gone. It hasn’t affected my life.”

She also had to undergo extensive makeup sessions. “This project has probably been one of the most physically challenging for me in the sense of the prosthetics. I had to do a four-hour make-up job three times and become the ghost of Jo. That was for me personally very scary. It was claustrophobic and you have to wear all of this gunk all over your body. That was challenging.”

A scene involving a bus crash early in the movie was also challenging. “It was a short scene but it was a very difficult scene to shoot, not diminished by the fact that it was freezing cold and raining in Halifax that day. It was very emotional. To speak to Pierce’s commitment level, he just went for it and brought his grief to life. It was emotional and wrenching.”

She didn’t read King’s novel until after she read the script and had started working on the project. She pointed out some differences between the two that are necessary for “the economy of bringing such a large piece to the screen, to television.” However, she continues, “what I found so impressive in hindsight was how Matt [Venne], the screenwriter, really captured the extent of that universe, that world—it’s kind of like three worlds. It’s Jo and Mike, and it’s Mattie and Mike and then it’s Sara Tidwell and Mike. There are some discrepancies but in general the essence of the project is very authentic and loyal to the book. The script was so tight once we went to production, and so good that our goal was just to be faithful to what we saw on the script pages.”

Though she only started reading King after doing Desperation, Gish has a copy of On Writing on the nightstand in her bedroom, and is currently reading Lisey’s Story, which see describes as “phenomenal.” She says that King’s books translate well into film “because he always has character at the heart of his horror. There is always a real human struggle within these extravagant, horrific circumstances. It’s reality pulled out to its most dramatic stakes. What Stephen King does so masterfully is the human element. He does love. He’s really an expert at writing about love, which is probably why all of his horror is so good.” She says that the miniseries “is not just a horror film or a mystery project or a thriller or a love story—it’s all of them. People will, on a purely entertainment level, be able to sit down, get a little scared, have a few tears, freak out and fall in love with these people.”

She is attracted to horror, but not for horror’s sake. The goal of Bag of Bones is “not just to scare the bejeezus out of anybody. It’s all wrapped very intricately in with a story about real drama and real heart and/or real mystery. This isn’t about zombies, this is about a love affair—three love affairs. This about solving a mystery. This is about race. This is about genealogy. It spans a whole expanse of things that I think people will be drawn to watch it for.”

She says that she “kind of believes” in ghosts and that spirits can exist and wander around. “I would say I have met some ghosts before, let’s just put it that way. I have danced with a few ghosts. I don’t know how you can’t. When you’re on a set, you’re inviting this world in, and if you’re open you can’t help but be sensitive to it. I’m not opposed to believing in it, that’s for sure.” However, what really scares her are catastrophic events, such as someone from her family being harmed.

Social media has played an important part in promoting Bag of Bones. Programs like Twitter neutralize the playing field, she says, by letting people know that “everybody is human and happy to share about their life and open up beyond their work. Pretty Little Liars is what got me started because their whole social network is humungous and electric and certainly wields a lot of power, I would say. They kind of were schooling me in Twitter and how to tweet and all that, and then you do realize that it is a wonderful new platform. It’s hard to define the line between being private and self-promoting. I don’t post pictures of my kids or my husband or anything intimate like that. I do try to use it mainly to publicize the work that I’m doing and also to show a little bit more who I am personally. But that’s me, not my family.”

She has been acting since the age of thirteen and feels lucky not to be pigeonholed in a certain kind of role or genre. In some ways, she feels that her career is just beginning. “Now that I’m forty and I have two children, I’m thinking more along specific lines. What do I want? Your clock starts ticking and you think, what do I want to really say with my work? Things are clicking into place and I feel much more compelled to be driven now, which is odd. I’m excited to see what the next ten years will bring. I think that they might bring a little more concentrated focus, perhaps.” She says she would love to dig deeper into flawed characters like the one she portrayed on Brotherhood, and she would also like to do action films. “A new phase for me, too, is to start developing things of my own that I have passion for, that I’m excited to bring and be more proactively involved in rather than just showing up and doing my job. To comprehensively create something.”

She never feels the need to shift gears when shifting genres. “As an actor, you just play the truth. Whomever you’re playing, whatever circumstances they’re in, whether they’re on a horse or they’re in a space ship or whatever, that’s their truth and you just play the truth. As long as you’re being honest and authentic, then you can cross any genre.”

Last Chance To Preorder It: The 25th Anniversary Special Limited Edition by Stephen King!

“I worked on the book in a dream. I remember very little about the writing of it, except for the idea that I’d gotten hold of something that felt very big to me, and something that talked about more than monsters…”
— Stephen King, from the exclusive afterword for this special edition

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The deadline for preordering the Gift Edition of It: The 25th Anniversary Special Limited Edition by Stephen King is December 4, 2011. On December 5, we will begin processing all of the orders so they can begin shipping the following week.

Orders placed after the 4th may not be processed until the new year due to the tremendous amount of time shipping the preorders will take. That is also the last day to upgrade your shipping to UPS if you previously selected Media Mail.

Thank you for your understanding. You can still place your preorder on the product page today so you don’t miss out on all of the excitement!

IT by Stephen King Gift Edition

IT by Stephen King Gift Edition


Today’s Featured eBook Is A Blast From CD’s Past!

Slippin’ Into Darkness by Norman Partridge
Slippin Into Darkness

Originally published and sold out in 1994 as one of Cemetery Dance’s first Limited Edition hardcovers! Read it again today for just $4.99!

The clock strikes midnight and twenty-four hours of terror begin in a town on the California coast:

12:03
A.M.: In a quiet cemetery, a man throws beer bottles at his lost love’s tombstone.  Graveyard baseball is the name of the game. The pitcher hasn’t thrown a baseball or a bottle since he graduated high school in 1976, but his concentration is perfect, his control unmatched… until someone disturbs the game, and the pitcher explodes in a violent fury.

1:12 A.M.:
A secretive photographer climbs the stairs of his basement studio. Shadows drift across the cool green felt of a pool table in his living room. A young woman waits for him in the darkness. She is naked, her skin ghost-white, and her cold laughter stirs memories of a terrible night in 1976.

1:38 A.M.:
A wealthy thirty-five-year-old woman leaves her young lover’s apartment, thinking of the husband she plans to divorce. Outside she meets a man from her past… a man from 1976 with a camera in his hands and a twisted blackmail scheme in his heart.

3:31 A.M.:
A battered pick-up truck bashes through the gates of an abandoned drive-in theater. Five members of the class of ’76 project an old home movie that hides bitter secrets from the past… secrets that will forever change the future.

So begins Slippin’ Into Darkness, a wild ride of terror combining the relentless suspense of Thomas Harris, the moody atmosphere of Twin Peaks, and the sad longing of a Bruce Springsteen ballad. But ultimately this book is Norman Partridge, writing with the gloves off, taking horror and suspense in a direction all his own.

You can purchase this eBook from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo, and the Apple iBookstore via the links on the product page on our website!


New Addition to the Cemetery Dance Novella Series!

Torn by Lee Thomas
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TornToday we’re pleased to announce Torn by Lee Thomas, which will be book #23 in our acclaimed Cemetery Dance Novella Series! As a special limited time promotion, any orders placed this week for this title will be offered FREE SHIPPING ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD! After this week, regular shipping charges will apply everywhere.

About the Book:

How do you go on when something like that happens to your child?

Bill Cranston is a family man, whose marriage is falling apart, eroding under his wife’s constant bitterness and her retreat into alcohol and drugs.  He is also the sheriff of Luther’s Bend, a generally quiet town. When a little girl is abducted from a local park and carried into the woods, Bill leads a desperate search to find the child. But the little girl is only bait, and something vicious waits in the woods for her rescuers.

I am me. Can’t you see?  I am me and he is he. When he is he, I can’t be me.

Free US ShippingDouglas Sykes is insane. He sits in Bill Cranston’s cell, speaking in rhymes and riddles. Though a stranger to Luther’s Bend, Sykes seems to know a lot about Sheriff Cranston. Through his ramblings he reveals secrets about Bill, and secrets about himself. Sykes claims to be a mythological creature – a monster – and a handful of his victims have finally tracked him down, victims who now share Sykes’ affliction.

A pack is descending on Luther’s Bend. They are hunting Sykes, and they will not stop until everyone near him is left broken, bleeding, and torn.

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The Exorcist: The 40th Anniversary Revised Limited Edition

Last week Lonely Road Books posted the cover artwork by Caniglia for The Exorcist: The 40th Anniversary Revised Limited Edition by William Peter Blatty:

The Exorcist

Click here or on the image itself for a much larger version!

We’ve heard from so many collectors who are really kicking themselves now that they’ve seen Caniglia’s incredible artwork that we’ve decided to start an official Waiting List for both editions.  The Waiting List will be notified if copies become available.  You are not reserving a copy or ordering a copy of the book.

You can sign-up for the Waiting Lists on the product page!

11/22/63 Trade Hardcover Slipcases — First Photos!

Our special slipcases for the US and UK trade hardcover editions of 11/22/63 by Stephen King are moving through production right on schedule and today we’re pleased to show you photos of the “approval” (prototype) slipcases for each book. Please note that these samples do not have the final Hot Foil Stamping:

US Slipcase

UK Slipcase

We only have about ten more UK slipcases that we can sell before we have to cut off orders, so don’t wait to place your order!

Read more about the US slipcase for 11/22/63!

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News from the Dead Zone #147

Bag of Bones will run on A&E on December 11th and 12th as a four-hour miniseries. Part 1 of my interview with Mick Garris is now up at FEARNet. Stay tuned for Part 2 next week and Part 3 the week after that.

A&E provided more pictures than we were able to use at FEARNet so here are a few that I selected to accompany Part 1 that haven’t been published before.

Welcome to Dark Score Lake

Mike Noonan (Pierce Brosnan) and his wife Jo (Annabeth Gish)

Director Mick Garris prepares to shoot a bookstore scene featuring a signing by mid-list author Mike Noonan.

Pierce Brosnan as Mike Noonan at the Dark Score Lake Fair in 1939. Sara Tidwell (played by Anika Noni Rose) is on the stage with her band.

News from the Dead Zone #146

This is 11/22/63 week. The book will be on shelves tomorrow and King’s tour in support of the novel will also be taking place this week, starting today in Boston. Check out the cool interactive Scribner site for the book.

In celebration of the release, StephenKing.com will be holding a fan appreciation giveaway from 6:00 AM ET through 11:59 PM ET on November 8th. Click here for more

 

Other than the public events previously listed, the following are scheduled for the coming days:

  • November 8th: Today on NBC (two segments)
  • November 9th: Morning Joe on msnbc
  • November 11th: Hardball with Chris Matthews
  • November 13th: Today (Sunday edition)

The event in Boston at the JFK Library is supposed to be webcast as I write this update, but I’m not getting anything. The video will be archived at their website within a couple of weeks and may also be available at King’s official website in the Multimedia section.

I’ll be in Dallas on Thursday and Friday, so if you see me, feel free to come up and say hi!

The book has been getting a lot of review coverage, most of it very favorable. Here are the ones I found, starting with my own:

In addition, here are some interviews King has done recently:

Also, listen to Craig Wasson talking about the audiobook.

A Special Note From Glenn Chadbourne!

The Cemetery Dance 2012 LIMITED EDITION Calendar!
A Special Note From Glenn Chadbourne!

Glenn Chadbourne asked us to share this message about the Cemetery Dance 2012 LIMITED EDITION Calendar with his fans:

I think of the artwork in this calendar as a sort of stew. Some of the pieces are rather sweet in their own way, some scary–to me at least–and some fall in the category of comical. Others are just plain gross (which is always fun). I wanted to mix this all together for variety and hope you enjoy the finished dish. — Glenn Chadbourne

All of the paintings are FULL-COLOR and have never been published anywhere in the world before. The wide ranging inspiration for the art includes the works of STEPHEN KING and one of Glenn’s all-time favorite films, The Wicker Man. We will not print more than 1,000 copies of the calendar and we’re offering these for the one-time low price of just $14.99 each, so don’t wait to place your order!

Place your order today while supplies last!

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